The Cougars today started preparation for the season opener with Washington by creating a scout team and identifying redshirt candidates.
Of the 23 players specifically listed for BYU prep team duty this season, only one was a regular member of the two-deep at his position during camp: OL Jordan Black.
In other words, there are no surprises in the list below:
2010 Redshirt Candidates
Jordan Black, OL, FR (#2 RT in camp)
Matt Jensen, OL, FR (#3 RT)
Cole Jones, OL, FR (#3 LT)
Quinn Lawlor, OL, FR (#4 RT)
Manu Mulitalo, OL, FR (#3 RG)
Blair Tushaus, OL, FR (#3 C)
Algernon Brown, RB, FR (#7 or 8 RB; injured during camp)
A.J. Moore, RB, FR (#6 or 7 RB)
Drew Phillips, RB, FR (#4 TB, #9 or 10 RB); late/injured during camp)
DJ Doman, WR, FR (#4 HR)
Bryan Sampson, TE, FR (#6 or 7 TE; injured during camp)
Jordan Atkinson, LB, SR (inactive during camp; shoulder)
Cole Herrmann, S, FR (#4 FS; multiple knee ligament tears in camp)
Uona Kaveinga, LB, JR* (might have been starting MLB if eligible)
Collin Keoshian, LB, FR (#4 BLB)
Alani Fua, LB, FR (#4 WLB)
Sae Tautu, LB, FR (#5 BLB)
Peter Welsh, LB, FR (#5 BLB)
Jordan Johnson, CB, FR (#3 BC)
Kori Gaines, CB/S, FR (#4 BC)
DeQuan Everett, CB, JR (#3 FC)
Josh Marquardt, DL, SO (#4 RE)
Travis Tuiloma, DL, FR (#3 NT)
*NCAA ruled Kaveinga ineligible for games in 2010
Notably, newcomer Tayo Fabuluje was not listed as a potential redshirt. The 6'7", 317 lb. freshman from Euless, TX found his way into some reps with the second-unit at DE by the end of camp.
Here's an updated projected depth chart, with only a couple of changes from yesterday's two-deep, at offensive line (minus Black) and running back (where the "Combo" designation is eliminated).
Pre-Washington Projected Depth Chart
QB: Jake Heaps OR Riley Nelson
RB: J.J. DiLuigi, Bryan Kariya (also FB) OR Josh Quezada, Mike Hague (also FB)
FB: Zed Mendenhall
TE: Richard Wilson OR Marcus Mathews OR Devin Mahina OR Austin Holt OR Mike Muehlmann
WR-H: McKay Jacobson, Matt Marshall
WR-Z: Luke Ashworth, Ross Apo OR Rhen Brown
WR-X: O'Neill Chambers, Cody Hoffman, Spencer Hafoka
LT: Matt Reynolds (also RT for Nelson), Walter Kahaiali'i
LG: Braden Hansen, Ryan Freeman
C: Terence Brown, Houston Reynolds
RG: Jason Speredon OR Nick Alletto, Marco Thorson
RT: Braden Brown (also LT for Nelson), Nick Alletto
LE: Eathyn Manumaleuna, Matt Putnam, Graham Rowley (also RE until Bryson returns from suspension)
NT: Romney Fuga, Jordan Richardson
RE: Vic So'oto, Thomas Bryson (suspended for Washington game)
SLB: Jordan Pendleton, Zeke Mendenhall (#3 behind Frazier if Frazier flips to SLB)
MLB: Shane Hunter, Zac Stout
BLB: Brandon Ogletree OR Aveni Leung-Wai OR Austen Jorgensen
WLB: Jameson Frazier (also #2 SLB), Kyle Van Noy, Jadon Wagner
FC: Brian Logan, Robbie Buckner
BC: Brandon Bradley, Corby Eason
Kat: Andrew Rich, Jray Galea'i
FS: Steve Thomas, Travis Uale
PR: Chambers, J.D. Falslev, Jacobson
KOR (pairings): Chambers/DiLuigi, Falslev/Hoffman
PK: Mitch Payne
P: Riley Stephenson
DS: Reed Hornung, Mike Hague
Holder: Matt Marshall, B.J. Peterson
After fielding five team captains in 2009, BYU will bring only two players into the pre-game coin toss this season. OL Matt Reynolds and safety Andrew Rich have been selected as 2010 team captains.
Said head coach Bronco Mendenhall: "Andrew and Matt are both fantastic representatives of our program and outstanding football players; both have demonstrated they are capable of leading our team on and off the field."
As noted above, redshirt freshman DE Thomas Bryson has been suspended for the season opener due to a team rules violation.
The Cougars held a closed practice this afternoon, and will hold closed practices on Friday and Saturday mornings before taking Sunday off. There will be morning media availabilities on each of the next two days.
Bronco Mendenhall's first weekly press conference is scheduled for Monday morning at Legends' Grille in the BYU Student Athlete Building.
As in years past, the press conference audio will be posted on "Cougar Tracks" immediately after the conclusion of Mendenhall's remarks. Interviews with BYU players will also be posted.