PROVO — Hundreds of former BYU players are expected to descend on campus Friday for Alumni Day.
The Cougars will hold a practice — marking the end of spring drills — in conjunction with Alumni Day festivities.
Coach Kalani Sitake is inviting all former players to return to watch the 2017 team in action.
“Being a former player, it means a lot. Seeing all the former guys, regardless of what era you played in — LaVell (Edwards), (Gary) Crowton or Bronco (Mendenhall) or myself. We want everyone back,” said Sitake. “This is always going to be home to them. I want the alumni and fans to feel like they’re connected to the program. For us to provide these activities and events and opportunities for us to interact will be important. This Friday is just as important. With (LDS general) conference coming around (this weekend), it’s good that a lot of people will be in town.”
SAFETY DANCE: Defensive coaches are evaluating several safeties during the spring as they try to find a replacement for Kai Nacua.
“(Tanner) Jacobson’s done a great job. But there’s a bunch of guys there,” Sitake said. “Austin Lee’s there, Sawyer Powell and Zayne Anderson. Chaz Ah You’s around the corner, too. There are a lot of guys that are going to battle for that spot and Micah has to compete for his position, too. We feel good about our four DBs. The goal is to get the best coverage guys. We may shift some things around. The best four DBs will play.”
BREAKING OUT: Freshman tight end Matt Bushman stole the show at last week’s scrimmage while junior tight end Moroni Laulu-Pututau, who has switched from receiver, provide hope for the Cougars that they’ll get production out of that position this fall.
“Matt Bushman’s great. Moroni’s doing well too. Matt’s been a great addition to our team,” said quarterback Tanner Mangum. “He’s worked hard to become a legitimate target for us. We love having guys over the middle. It makes our job easy. It makes it tough for the defense as well. They are some big dudes that can run as well and it’s a tough matchup for linebackers to cover.”
“He’s getting better and better with reps,” Detmer said of Bushman. “It was impressive for him to run away from people. We hadn’t really seen that. Those are the things you’re looking for when you’re in a situation like today. We want individual ability to come out in a live situation.”
NEXT PHASE: BYU linebacker Adam Pulsipher has two years of eligibility remaining but his wife, Makenzi Pulsipher, just finished her eligibility as a member of the BYU women’s basketball team.
How has Makenzi handled the end of her hoops career?
“It’s a week in. I’ve never seen anyone do so much in a week,” Adam said. “She’s cleaned our house, cleaned out all our storage, gotten a job. I don’t know what she’s going to do. She’s moving on but I think she has some mixed feelings. There will be an adjustment phase but she thrives in everything she does. I’m sure she’ll do well in the next chapter of her life.”