Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Head coach Kalani Sitake talks to the media after football practice at BYU in Provo on Monday, July 31, 2017.

PROVO — As BYU football readies for the upcoming football season, its leaders, positions and season expectations have started to become clear.

Preseason outlook

BYU's defense is projected to be improved this season, but, as Deseret News writers have asked, will that, and a new offense, be enough to propel them to success in 2017?


Though it appears BYU's defense could be more of its strength than the offense in 2017, QB Tanner Mangum and the group have looked sharp at points.

Position breakdowns


Projected starter Tanner Mangum and has taken a lot of advice and guidance from offensive coordinator Ty Detmer this offseason.

Running backs:

BYU has had competition all summer in projecting its next starter, after losing a key offensive component.


It is unclear whether BYU's receivers will be productive this season, but there are reasons for optimism.

Tight ends:

Offensive line:

Defensive line:

Though inexperienced, the Cougars have players on the defensive line with great athleticism and a lot of potential.


Led by Fred Warner and Butch Pau'u, BYU's linebackers could be one of the major keys to success this season.


The Cougars have two sophomore starters returning in Troy Warner and Dayan Ghanwoloku.


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Special teams:


The offense and defense split BYU's two scrimmages this fall.