Robert Anae has revamped a formerly hindered offense and turned it into a high-tempo unit. The offense should show much improvement, but it is not possible to have a successful team without good players.
BYU boasts some very talented athletes on the offensive side of the ball this year and could turn their talents into something special. They may not be Heisman candidates or potential top-5 picks, but they will have a big impact on the Cougar team, and here are a few of them.
Offensive linemen are often overlooked and underestimated, but it is worth noting that they are what makes an offense run. Without a line, there wouldn't be an offense, no matter how athletic or skilled your backfield and receivers are.
Ryker Mathews fits the mold of a great lineman at 6'6" and 290 pounds. He has agility that is not usually found at his position and boasts a high football IQ. On top of that, he started every game last year and will hopefully improve under first-year BYU coach Garret Tujague.
Jamaal Williams unexpectedly burst into the spotlight last year after starter Michael Alisa was sent to the sidelines because of injury, and he is suddenly a big threat in the Cougar backfield. As a 17-year-old, Williams set BYU true-freshman records for touchdowns, rushing yards and carries in a season.
The six-foot speedster should be even better next season and could blossom in Anae's new system. Paired with a healthy Alisa and a supporting cast of Adam Hine and Paul Lasike, BYU could have a very good rushing game.
I've been hesitant to jump onto the Taysom Hill bandwagon since last year. The last time I praised a quarterback a little too early was when I praised Jake Heaps and Riley Nelson, and neither proved to be great players. Hill is young, inexperienced and hasn't shown his full potential yet, but that's why he has gotten such a high spot on this list.
He may not be a veteran, but he has the speed and the arm to be a threat to defenses in two ways. He may be inexperienced, but that's why he has a full summer to work with coaches. I don't think Hill will turn into Steve Young 2.0 by fall, but he will be a good quarterback to lead the offense.
Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you the most threatening weapon in the BYU offensive arsenal...Cody Hoffman.
Well, that was anticlimactic.
There isn't much to be shocked about with this pick, but Hoffman's play on the field is definitely shocking. The 6'4" receiver from Crescent City, California has no shortage of incredible moves in his possession, and he fills up highlight reels like a tank of gas. Mel Kiper of ESPN has Hoffman as the second-best senior receiver in the country, and if he can live up to the pre-season hype, it will be a good year for BYU.