BYU’s football depth chart for USF game has subtle changes

PROVO, Utah – The first BYU football depth chart for the 2022 season is available. BYU takes on the USF Bulls to open their final independent tour this Saturday in Tampa, Florida.

Head coach Kalani Sitake when addressing the media on Monday around noon (MT), did not initially release the depth chart. He issued a challenge to the media to try to predict what the two and three safeties would look like, and see if they could get close to his roster.

Sitake has been known to present those challenges to the media, but this time, he and BYU media relations ended up presenting a depth chart anyway.

There was no overall change from BYU’s offseason depth chart published in June to this week’s list. But there are some subtle changes.

BYU Football depth chart for USF game

Here’s BYU’s football depth chart for its week one game against USF on Saturday.

Offense

Quarterback: Jaren Hall / Jacob Conover

Running back: Chris Brooks / Lopini Katoa / Miles Davis

Wide receiver: Gunner Romney / Kody Epps

Wide receiver: Puka Nacua / Chase Roberts

Wide receiver: Keanu Hill / Brayden Cosper

Tight End: Isaac Rex -OR- Dallin Holker -OR- Masen Wake

Left Tackle: Blake Freeland / Campbell Barrington

Left Guard: Clark Barrington / Tyler Little

Center: Connor Pay -O- Joe Tukuafu

Right guard: Joe Tukuafu -O- Campbell Barrington

Right tackle: Harris LaChance -OR- Kingsley Suamataia -OR- Brayden Keim

Defending

Defensive End: Tyler Batty / Fisher Jackson / Logan Lutui / Alden Tofa

SE: Earl Tuioti-Mariner / Blake Mangelson -OR- John Nelson / Alden Tofa

Input: Gabe Summers -OR- Lorenzo Fauatea / Bruce Mitchell -OR- Hunter Greer

Nose: Caden Haws / Josh Larsen -O- Atunaisa Mahe / Joshua Singh

Outside Rim: Tyler Batty / Alden Tofa -O- Fisher Jackson / Aisea Moa

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WILL: Ben Bywater / Jackson Kaufusi / Josh Wilson

FLASH: Max Tooley / Tavita Gagnier / Morgan Pyper

MIKE: Keenan Pili / Pepe Tanuvasa / Bodie Schoonover

ROVER: Payton Wilgar/Jackson Kaufusi/Tate Romney

FIVE: George Udo/Matt Criddle

NICKEL: Jakob Robinson / Jacob Boren -or- Caleb Christensen

Strong Security: Ammon Hannemann / Micah Harper / Ethan Slade

Free Safety: Malik Moore/Hayden Livingston

Cornerback: D’Angelo Mandell / Jakob Robinson / Jacob Boren

Cornerback: Kaleb Hayes / Gabe Jeudy-Lally / Chika Ebunoha -O- Korbyn Green

specialists

Kickoffs: Jake Oldroyd, Justen Smith -OR- Cash Peterman

Placekicker: Jake Oldroyd, Justen Smith -OR- Cash Peterman

Headline: Ryan Rehkow, Talmage Gunther, Hayden Livingston

Long Snapper: Austin Riggs/Britton Hogan

Gambler: Ryan Rehkow / Cash Peterman

Kick Returner: Hobbs Nyberg and Talmage Gunther

Punt Returner: Hobbs Nyberg / Talmage Gunther

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Here’s a breakdown of some subtle changes to the depth chart from the one unveiled at Media Day in June.

In the corridor, all the operating rooms are gone. Miles Davis won the third running back spot. Davis received a lot of praise during camp from BYU offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick.

The tight end spot added an OR to Masen Wake’s side. While he also eliminates the fullback position altogether.

In the least shocking development of fall camp, BYU eliminated the OR at left tackle. Potential first-round NFL draft pick Blake Freeland, and now team captain, decisively won that spot. That is putting it lightly.

On the defensive end at defensive end, Fisher Jackson and Weber State transfer Logan Lutui moved above Alden Tofa.

Then, in place of the tackle, Alema Piliami was eliminated entirely, and in her place was Bruce Mitchell, a returned missionary from South Summit.

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A significant development was in this position, where Lorenzo Fauatea earned an OR alongside him and Gabe Summers. Fauatea had a terrific camp and is one of BYU’s best players entering the season.

Finally healthy, after dealing with an offseason back injury that sidelined him, Fauatea appears poised to make an impact as a full-time defensive tackle.

The flash linebacker position added Tavita Gagnier. Gagnier, a former Tooele native, has been climbing the depth chart since she suffered a season-ending injury last year. Gagnier took the place of Chaz Ah You, who is not on the depth chart but is still on the show on the 124-man roster.

Talented freshman linebacker Bodie Schoonover made it to the depth chart at MIKE, and Tate Romney checked in at linebacker at ROVER.

A subtle but interesting development is strong security. Former Orem High defensive back Ethan Slade took third place over Talan Alfrey.

Slade has earned high praise from Ed Lamb as one of the most improved players on the show. Last year, he had two interceptions from scrimmage, and this year he showed playmaking ability throughout camp.

On the perimeter at cornerback, Evan Johnson and Zion Allen, a pair of young freshmen, were eliminated. Replacing them were Jakob Robinson and sprinter Jacob Boren.

In special teams, Talmage Gunther moved up to the second row starter over Hayden Livingston. On the kick return, Miles Davis and Jacob Boren were eliminated in favor of Hobbs Nyberg and Talmage Gunther.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday 12-3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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