BYU sports activities specialists Darnell Dickson and Jared Lloyd reply 5 huge questions dealing with Cougar this week:
1. Which place crew on BYU soccer crew advantages essentially the most from the switch portal?
Dixon: To this point (as a result of I don’t suppose the Cougars are accomplished within the portal but) the protection has undergone vital enhancements. I feel Isaiah Bagnah is a hasty ending that may do some harm, and insiders like Jackson Cravens and Wyatt Dawe will assist tie the knot for the creators. I used to be curious to see how new defensive coordinator Jay Hill handled transfers in the course of the recreation. Final 12 months BYU stored a contemporary physique operating into the sport and I feel it brought about some confusion. Will he proceed to shuffle in protection or will he decelerate?
LLOYD: Darnell has a great level in regards to the protection and I feel it provides plenty of elements to work with. However I’ll have a look at the opposite facet of the ditch as a result of the Cougars actually have plenty of holes to fill within the offensive line. I have no idea if Ian Fitzgerald (from Missouri), Weylin Lapuaho (from Utah) and Paul Maile (from Utah) would match the BYU mission, however all of them performed loads and may Able to contribute. I additionally suppose you cannot ignore the addition to the Cougar quarterback room. BYU had little or no expertise with Jaren Corridor’s departure, and there have been additionally his backup departures. Bringing in veterans like Kedon Slovis and school gamers like Jake Retzlaff will certainly add to the problem for the lead.
2. Which 12 huge soccer matches do you look ahead to in 2023?
LLOYD: Man, are there any enjoyable issues to think about? You’ll be able to watch a match of the massive BYU-Oklahoma recreation in 2009 or Taysom Hill efficiency in opposition to Texas. There have been some enjoyable video games up to now in opposition to newcomers Houston, Cincinnati and UCF and will occur once more. The Day by day Herald dad or mum firm is predicated in West Virginia, so I even obtained concerned with Cougar vs. Mountaineers. However truthfully, what I wish to see is a return to the BYU-TCU competitors that introduced among the greatest video games for the Cougars within the late 2000s. The Horned Frogs are about to enter a fantastic season the place they’ve made all of it the way in which to the nationwide championships, so that may solely enhance the established order, particularly if it occurred earlier within the 12 months. Provo.
Dixon: I am positive BYU obtained shot in Texas or Oklahoma at LaVell Edwards Stadium earlier than each groups left for the SEC. Do everyone knows how a lot the Longhorns prefer to play Cougars? If there was one other Huge 12 that I wish to see come to Provo, it might be Oklahoma. I really feel like it will likely be a recreation between Cougars and The Cowboys.
3. BYU Males’s Basketball is 2-2 on the highway this season heading to Thursday night time’s recreation in Santa Clara. What’s the key to successful on the highway in school basketball?
Dixon: Highway video games in WCC can usually be extra of a psychological battle than a bodily recreation. When BYU travels to Gonzaga or Saint Mary’s, followers present up and create a hostile ambiance. Some groups succeed on that. With most different colleges within the league, the crowds on the streets are minimal. In truth, typically Cougars have roughly followers in locations like Portland and Loyola Marymount. I feel typically it may be simpler for a bunch to pay attention in a tougher atmosphere than a non-viral group. So staying sharp and centered is vital.
LLOYD: I’ll take what Darnell stated and add to it since I agree that focus is a giant a part of the success of the trail. I usually have a look at how properly a crew maintains as proof of how properly it manages the scenario and continues to be caught within the recreation plan. After I see the crew begin to drive a foul shot or be ceaselessly faraway from the defensive place, I feel it’s a clear signal that the participant is dropping focus. We have now already seen it with BYU in a few of their losses that Cougars appear to lose their cohesiveness and begin attempting to do an excessive amount of as people. That obtained worse on the streets as BYU couldn’t get common crowds to get the crew again on observe just like the Cougars did on the Marriott Heart.
4. What impressed you essentially the most about Amber Whiting’s first 12 months as BYU ladies’s basketball coach?
LLOYD: Whereas I actually respect what the Cougars are conducting in court docket, together with successful seven video games in a row after Thursday’s victory over San Francisco, I’ll level to what Whiting is doing on the facet. Out of court docket. First, she offered BYU on taking her out of highschool to change Cougars for the Huge 12. Then, regardless of a troublesome efficiency originally of the 12 months, she persuaded the highest three gamers from Utah, Nevada and Idaho (additionally as gifted athletes from Spain) to enroll as a part of Recruitment Class 2023. If you have a look at the truth that Cougars is the one grownup on the roster (recorded a complete of simply 73 minutes in 2022-23), BYU will probably be prepared for some thrilling items for the approaching 12 months. . I am actually wanting ahead to seeing what Whiting can do with them.
Dixon: The extent of expertise and expertise that has come this season has been questionable for many of Whiting’s first 12 months, as many nice gamers have continued. I used to be impressed with how a lot the crew has improved and continues to enhance every recreation. Trying again on the primary month of the season, I noticed the Cougars as a mid-to-low crew within the WCC. However BYU is 6-2 within the league with one other main house recreation in opposition to Santa Clara on Saturday. Gonzaga are the most effective crew within the WCC and Portland are behind them. I imply, the Cougars are the third finest crew they usually obtained the Bulldogs and Pilots in Provo on the finish of February.
5. Which former BYU gamers are more likely to find yourself within the Tremendous Bowl: Fred Warner (San Francisco 49ers) or Matt Bushman and Zayne Anderson (Kansas Mayor)?
Dixon: As a Dallas Cowboys fan, I’d undoubtedly not have the ability to choose the 49ers, as each groups play this weekend within the playoffs. I don’t wish to be chargeable for sending the boys out of the Playoffs. So I’ll go together with Bushman, Anderson and the president. How are you going to choose Patrick Mahomes within the grip? He confirmed himself many times. Bushman and Anderson are within the coaching squad for the Chiefs, however it’s potential they might be known as as much as motion relying on the harm.
LLOYD: I do know Darnell has been a Cowboys fan for a very long time, however I grew up with the good Battle of Dallas-San Francisco within the mid-Nineties and I all the time needed to see Steve Younger’s crew do properly. I nonetheless discover myself pulling gamers I do know personally, so I actually hope to see the 49ers and Chiefs attain the ultimate. I feel the San Francisco protection led by Warner will get the 49ers by means of the Cowboys and perhaps by means of the Giants-Eagles winner. I feel the president will take the Jaguars which are fortunate sufficient to beat the Chargers. It won’t be simple, however I feel Kansas Metropolis (led by Andy Reid I additionally met) will lead the Payments-Bengals winners. If that occurred then I’d be proud of the truth that Warner or Bushman and Anderson would get the ring. My third crew is Philadelphia since I needed to see former British Timpview star Covey get the most important stage shot in soccer.