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A Look to Football's Future

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The current season hasn't yet begun, but a look down the line reveals a positive outlook for the Cougars.

Based on the latest roster posted by BYU (Spring 2008), 17 seniors are listed. 16 of the 17 have lettered at BYU, with one senior listed as incoming for 2008 (LB Tana Uyema).

I have broken down the returning 16 seniors into three categories:

Multi-Year Starters--

Michael Reed

Dallas Reynolds

David Oswald

Travis Bright

Ray Feinga

David Nixon


Significant Contributors--

Fui Vakapuna

Bryce Mahuika

Kellen Fowler

David Tafuna

CJ Santiago


Lettermen Looking to Leave their Mark--

Reed White

Isaac Taylor

Saia Hafoka

Mo Foketi

Brock Richardson


One could argue that Vakapuna, Mahuika, Fowler, Tafuna and Santiago deserve placement in the first category, but I have factored injuries, snaps taken, projected position battles and a general sense for past accomplishments into the equation to come up with the designations. Either way, BYU has roughly a dozen starters/potential starters to replace after this season, which is not that big a number when you consider that BYU will likely have more than 30 juniors on this fall's roster (the sophomore and freshman classes will also be in the high 20s to low 30s range).

So, the way it's shaping up, BYU may not "peak" until next season, personnel-wise, with years to come framing Bronco's vision of a program less dependent on marquee names than players committed to his ideals and prepared to perform at a level matching that of the players they replace.


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