I’m getting my mind right and I know I have to step up. I know a lot of people are counting on me and I’m going to have to do my thing. I’m ready for the role. —BYU cornerback Chris Wilcox
PROVO — Another week brings another task of replacing a defensive starter for the BYU football coaching staff. Previous weeks brought injuries to linebackers Matt Hadley and Butch Pau'u, and defensive tackle Tevita Mo'unga. Now it's all about replacing starting cornerback Troy Warner.
Warner left BYU's 33-17 loss at East Carolina with an apparent leg injury and is a longshot to return to action this year, according to coaches.
“It’s kind of been the theme of the year,” said BYU defensive coordinator Ilaisa Tuiaki. “The next guy’s just got to come up and we have to find ways to put them in a position where they feel confident going out there playing.”
As for who will replace Warner, Tuiaki mentioned the names of both Chris Wilcox and Trevion Greene. Wilcox is a 6-foot-2, 185-pound sophomore who has seen time at cornerback, while Greene is also a sophomore with a similar build to Wilcox.
“Trevion reminds me of myself, physically,” Wilcox said. “He’s still learning, but he’s practicing well and he has a lot of ability to do some great things out there.”
As for taking on a starting role, Wilcox feels equal to the task.
“I’m getting my mind right and I know I have to step up,” Wilcox said. “I know a lot of people are counting on me and I’m going to have to do my thing. I’m ready for the role.”
DUELING QUARTERBACKS: The Cougars are likely to face two rotating quarterbacks when taking on San Jose State this Saturday in sophomore Josh Love and freshman Montel Aaron. Aaron saw most of the action during the Spartans' last game, a 37-26 loss to Hawaii.
“It’s seems like they’ve kind of gone back and forth with two different quarterbacks,” Tuiaki observed. “One of them is a young freshmen who doesn’t really see kids open. He just kind of sits and waits for them. So I think that will allow us a little more time to get to the quarterback.”
SIMILAR TO EAST CAROLINA: The Spartans come to Provo with a 1-7 record, a mark similar to that of East Carolina last Saturday. According to Tuiaki, SJSU's similarities to the Pirates don't end there.
“They’re similar scheme-wise to what we just faced,” Tuiaki said. “They’re probably going to end up taking a lot of shots to their receivers. Their receivers are decent.”