Three storylines to watch for during BYU’s spring practice

Backup quarterback battle and an early take a look at for the switch portal will take middle stage

BYU quarterback Jaren Corridor (3) celebrates as teammate and working again Tyler Allgeier (25) crosses the aim line to attain a landing as Baylor security JT Woods (22) defends in the course of the first half of an NCAA faculty soccer sport, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photograph/Ron Jenkins)

BYU’s spring apply begins Feb. 28 and runs via the tip of March. Listed here are three storylines to observe for over the subsequent 5 weeks.

Discovering a backup

There isn’t any doubt Jaren Corridor will likely be BYU’s beginning quarterback subsequent season. The one drawback is, the remainder of the quarterback room is crammed with query marks.

With out former quarterback Baylor Romney in this system, BYU is left with out a clear backup for the primary time in three years. And if historical past is any information, BYU will probably want to show to a backup in some unspecified time in the future this season.

Prior to now three years, no beginning quarterback at BYU has made it via a full yr. Zach Wilson was injured for 3 video games in 2019 and missed another in 2020. Corridor additionally missed three video games in 2021 throughout his lone season because the starter.

Search for spring apply to play out as an early battle for the emergency position. There are three quarterbacks within the working, however they’ve a mixed 5 faculty appearances and 227 passing yards.

Jacob Conover comes into camp because the probably backup. He has performed in two video games at BYU and had 45 passing yards. He’ll probably be pushed by Cade Fennegan, a Boise State switch who didn’t play final yr.

Sol-Jay Maiava-Peters is a darkish horse candidate within the spring, however is but to make his faculty debut after two years in this system. He has a special model of play than Conover and Fennegan, and is seen as a transparent fourth choice proper now.

A take a look at for the switch portal?

The protection has been BYU’s Achilles heel, and the treatment isn’t apparent in 2022. Though the unit returns all 11 starters, this group is younger and on the lookout for a real playmaker.

There have been flashes of consistency, however spring apply will likely be an opportunity for gamers like Tyler Batty and Gabe Summers to indicate clear progress on the line of defense. Within the secondary, BYU will likely be on the lookout for help round Malik Moore. And the linebackers may also want reinforcements.

One thing to watch is it’s early sufficient to dip into the switch portal if BYU doesn’t see clear development within the spring. BYU has saved two or three spots open — and extra will grow to be out there in the summertime — so as to add scholarship transfers. The protection is the obvious place the place this system may carry gamers in to contribute instantly and add extra depth.

Working again, working again, working again

BYU is returning 18 of twenty-two starters from final yr, however there may be one notable absence: Tyler Allgeier.

Allgeier accounted for nearly 30% of the offense by himself, dashing for a program-record 23 touchdowns and 1,606 yards. Changing him with one particular person will likely be almost unimaginable.

As a substitute, spring apply would be the first probability to see the committee of working backs to fill the void. Cal switch Chris Brooks and returning again Lopini Katoa will vie for a beginning spot. Youthful gamers may also be within the combine.

Of curiosity will likely be how BYU makes use of fullbacks to make up for the working again manufacturing. Kalani Sitake introduced in Stanford switch Houston Heimuli to pair with Masen Wake to beef up the throwback place. Now, it’s about incorporating these weapons into the offense.

Here’s BYU’s path at the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas

Brigham Younger Cougars guard Spencer Johnson (20) reaches out to attempt to foul Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Joel Ayayi (11) as BYU and Gonzaga play within the finals of the West Coast Convention match on the Orleans Area in Las Vegas on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Gonzaga received 88-78. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret Information)

Estimated learn time: 4-5 minutes

PROVO — Convention play is within the books, at the least within the West Coast Convention. Subsequent cease: Las Vegas.

So the place did BYU land?

The Cougars drew a No. 5 seed and can tip off the match Friday on the Orleans Area in Las Vegas towards the winner of Loyola Marymount and Pacific. It is the lowest seed BYU has drawn in its decade within the convention after the Cougars completed with a 21-9 document that features a 9-6 mark in league play.

Gonzaga earned the No. 1 seed after ending with a 13-1 document, its solely loss coming Saturday at Saint Mary’s within the last recreation of the common season and one in every of seven groups within the high 9 nationally to lose over the weekend. The Gaels will take the No. 2 seed, with each advancing on to Monday’s match semifinals.

“We get to go play Friday, and that is not an area we have occupied, possibly ever,” BYU coach Mark Pope stated after Saturday’s regular-season house finale towards Pepperdine. “However proper now for us, we have simply needed to discover a approach to win a recreation. That is been our place for the final month.

“I do like our pattern, I like our momentum, and I believed our defensive effort — particularly within the backcourt — has been terrific.

The Cougars have been “actively, aggressively” searching for a make-up nonconference recreation — one that will’ve been a Quad 1 recreation, seemingly on the street — previous to the tip of the common season. However Sunday’s draw, giving BYU a possible Quad 1 quarterfinal towards San Francisco on Saturday, might need cooled these talks. BYU would seemingly have to schedule the sport by Sunday evening to be able to make it occur, Pope instructed reporters final week.

For the second yr in a row, the WCC partnered with Ken Pomeroy to develop a mannequin of adjusted successful share based mostly on the uneven variety of video games performed throughout the convention. That mannequin left Santa Clara with the No. 3 seed after ending 10-5, a half recreation forward of San Francisco with an adjusted successful share of .673 to USF’s .655.

BYU completed fifth at .595, adopted by Portland at .429. San Diego, LMU, Pacific and Pepperdine spherical out the sphere.

BYU guard Shaylee Gonzales (2) drives between San Francisco guard Abby Rathbun (55) and San Francisco guard Amalie Langer (5) on her way into the paint as BYU and San Francisco play in semifinal West Coast Conference tournament basketball action at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, March 8, 2021.
BYU guard Shaylee Gonzales (2) drives between San Francisco guard Abby Rathbun (55) and San Francisco guard Amalie Langer (5) on her means into the paint as BYU and San Francisco play in semifinal West Coast Convention match basketball motion on the Orleans Area in Las Vegas, March 8, 2021. (Photograph: Scott G Winterton, Deseret Information)

On the ladies’s facet, BYU stormed to the WCC regular-season title with a 15-1 document in league play and simply out-distancing second-place Gonzaga in adjusted successful share, .921 to .870. The Cougars will advance on to Monday’s semifinals, the place they may face the winner of fourth-seeded Portland’s quarterfinal towards Saint Mary’s, Pepperdine or LMU.

It is the primary regular-season title for the reason that 2015-16 season for head coach Jeff Judkins and BYU, who’ve received simply two regular-season crowns since becoming a member of the convention in 2011.

“That is huge for our program to have the ability to win this convention,” Judkins stated after wrapping up the regular-season title Saturday. “Gonzaga’s received it so a few years, and it is good for us to have the ability to go win it.

“We actually need to win that match, go into the NCAA Match with a excessive, and begin taking part in our greatest basketball.”

All video games by way of the lads’s quarterfinals and ladies’s finals might be on the WCC Community and BYUtv. Tuesday’s girls’s last will air on ESPNU, with the lads’s last scheduled for 7 p.m. MST on ESPN.

This is a whole have a look at each tournaments:

Thursday, March 3

  • Ladies’s Sport 1: No.8 Pepperdine vs. No. 9 LMU, 1 p.m. MST (BYUtv/WCC Community)
  • Ladies’s Sport 2: No. 7 Santa Clara vs. No. 10 Pacific, 3 p.m. MST (BYUtv/WCC Community)
  • Males’s Sport 1: No. 8 LMU vs. No. 9 Pacific, 7 p.m. MST (BYUtv/WCC Community)
  • Males’s Sport 2: No. 7 San Diego vs. No. 10 Pepperdine, 9 p.m. MST (BYUtv/WCC Community)

Friday, March 4

  • Ladies’s Sport 3: No. 5 Saint Mary’s vs. Sport 1 winner, 1 p.m. MST (BYUtv/WCC Community)
  • Ladies’s Sport 4: No. 6 San Diego vs. Sport 2 winner, 3 p.m. MST (BYUtv/WCC Community)
  • Males’s Sport 3: No. 5 BYU vs. Sport 1 winner, 7 p.m. MST (BYUtv/WCC Community)
  • Males’s Sport 4: No. 6 Portland vs. Sport 2 winner, 9 p.m. MST (BYUtv/WCC Community)

Saturday, March 5

  • Ladies’s Sport 5: No. 4 Portland vs. Sport 3 winner, 2:30 p.m. MST (BYUtv/WCC Community)
  • Ladies’s Sport 6: No. 3 San Francisco vs. Sport 4 winner, 4:30 p.m. MST (BYUtv/WCC Community)
  • Males’s Sport 5: No. 4 San Francisco vs. Sport 3 winner, 8:30 p.m. MST (ESPN2)
  • Males’s Sport 6: No. 3 Santa Clara vs. Sport 4 winner (ESPN2)

Monday, March 7

  • Ladies’s Sport 7: No. 1 BYU vs. Sport 5 winner, 1 p.m. MST (BYUtv)
  • Ladies’s Sport 8: No. 2 Gonzaga vs. Sport 6 winner, 3 p.m. MST (BYUtv)
  • Males’s Sport 7: No. 1 Gonzaga vs. Sport 5 winner, 7 p.m. MST (ESPN)
  • Males’s Sport 8: No. 2 Saint Mary’s vs. Sport 6 winner, 9:30 p.m. MST (ESPN2)

Tuesday, March 8

  • Ladies’s championship, 2 p.m. MST (ESPNU)
  • Males’s championship, 7 p.m MST (ESPN)

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