BYU Football: 5 Cougars We Are Most Excited to Watch in 2013
BYU's season opener against Virginia is still about two months away, but we can't wait for it. We want to see Robert Anae's new offense, Bronco Mendenhall's defense and several key players.
But we are much more keen to see some players rather than others.
Whether it be for their talent or for high expectations, here are five players we are excited to watch in 2013.
B/R's lead writer for college football, Michael Felder, recently said quarterback Taysom Hill "might be the nation's surprise this year" and praised the sophomore play-caller for his ability to shred defenses through the air or on the ground.
In other words, he could be this year's Johnny Manziel.
Hill may not win the Heisman, but he has the potential to be a great quarterback. Between him and one of the nation's best wideouts, Cody Hoffman, the Cougars could have one dominant pair of offensive playmakers.
As ecstatic as we are to watch Hill play, we are equally excited to watch Hoffman. The potential first-round draft pick managed to pull in over 1,000 receiving yards with three different quarterbacks throwing to him throughout last year.
If Hoffman continues to fill stat sheets like he has the past three seasons, he will be on track to rewrite Cougar record books. With a little help from Hill, we could hear Hoffman's name called early in next year's draft.
BYU took a huge blow when Ezekiel Ansah played his final year of eligibility last season, as the Cougars will need a huge replacement.
Bronson Kaufusi may be that person—literally.
The 6'7", 270-pound defensive end/power forward could be a huge piece of BYU's defensive line next season, but he has big shoes to fill. If Kaufusi can step up his game and be a reliable playmaker on defense, it could be a great year for the D.
Ross Apo came out of high school as one of the nation's premier receivers, but he has never found his niche at BYU. Only time will tell if this is the year for him to become a great part of the passing attack.
It would be great for Hill to have another outstanding receiver alongside Hoffman, and Apo could be that player. The new offensive system could be beneficial to him, but we will need to wait and see if Apo can capitalize on the situation.
Kyle Van Noy
Fans come to football games to watch athletes make big plays. They want to see touchdowns, sacks and interceptions.
And that is exactly why we can't wait to watch Kyle Van Noy.
The senior linebacker has proved himself as a dominant defensive playmaker, and it's been said by CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd that he "compares favorably" to South Carolina's star Jadeveon Clowney.
If KVN can continue to be an incredible player, we will love to watch him play.