BYU’s delegate competence feel a small ignored entrance into this season. After all, defensive linemen and linebackers have been creation all a headlines. Former defensive finish Ziggy Ansah was a No. 5 altogether collect in a 2013 NFL Draft, and returning linebacker Kyle Van Noy is a initial group preseason All-American, according to Phil Steele.
While a front 7 perceived many of a regard and credit for BYU finishing No. 3 in sum defense final season, fans and hostile teams should not disremember a secondary.
The Cougars finished No. 10 in flitting defense, according to the NCAA. BYU hold 8 of a opponents to underneath 200 yards passing. The delegate did onslaught opposite large time flitting teams like Oregon State and San Jose State, though it kept each other competition underneath 230 flitting yards.
Senior Daniel Sorensen leads a delegate during a Kat (strong) reserve position. He done 68 tackles and 3 interceptions final season, and he’ll demeanour to urge on those numbers in 2013.
Sorensen is a healthy fit during this position within Bronco Mendenhall’s defense. He indeed started his BYU career as an outward linebacker before switching to safety after he returned home from his goal to Costa Rica.
He also has a ability to review a play fast and get to a ball, that is an useful ability for a safety.
Sorensen’s partner during safety, youth Craig Bills, is another plain defensive back. Bills worked his approach into a starting position during giveaway reserve and picked adult 47 tackles final season. While conjunction Bills nor Sorensen are stars like Van Noy and Ansah, they’re still plain players.
Opposing teams who omit them do so during their possess peril.
Cornerback Jordan Johnson is another plain defender with 48 tackles, an interception and 15 damaged adult passes. He’s a small small during 5-foot 10-inches, though he’s discerning and, like Sorensen, has a nose for a ball.
The range dilemma position is still adult for grabs, however.
Senior Mike Hague tops a post-spring abyss chart. The 2012 deteriorate was ostensible to be Hague’s last, and it finished fast when he tore a calf flesh opposite Boise State. Fortunately, a NCAA postulated Hague an additional year of eligibility.
Hague’s stats aren’t accurately impressive. In 40 games he has only 20 tackles and no interceptions. He, too, is a bit small during 5-foot 10-inches. Hague is a improved fit as a safety, though he’s been operative tough to learn a range position this offseason.
Hague now appears to be a best choice BYU has during that position. Mendenhall brought in youth college send Trenton Trammell to assistance reinstate Preston Hadley, though Trammell tore his ACL in open use and is out for a season.
The male on a abyss draft behind Hague was beginner Jacob Hannemann. Hannemann was drafted progressing this year by a Chicago Cubs and is now personification pro baseball, so he won’t be around around this fall.
BYU is bringing in dual some-more JUCO transfers this fall. Sam Lee and Robertson Daniel will both get a possibility to plea Hague for a range dilemma position when they arrive for tumble camp. If they don’t win a starting nod, BYU still needs them to be prepared as fast as possible.
Especially opposite a Cougars formidable 2013 schedule.
While BYU won’t be confronting too many pass-happy teams this year, Houston will positively exam a Cougars as it averaged 328.4 pass yards per diversion final season. None of BYU’s other opponents finished in a Top 25 in flitting offense.
Still, it would be foolish to disremember teams like Texas and Boise State that have clever flitting histories.
With veterans like Sorensen and Bills heading a way, BYU’s defensive backs should be a plain if not stellar partial of a Cougar invulnerability in 2013.
Lafe Peavler is a National College Football Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow me on Twitter @MasterPeavler