PROVO, Utah – As part of its media day festivities, BYU football released its first depth chart for the 2022 season.
The first look at BYU’s depth chart is an offseason outlook.
BYU enters the 2022 season fresh off a 10-3 season and No. 19 ranking in the final AP Top 25 poll last season.
Last year, there were questions as to who would be the starting quarterback to replace Jets star Zach Wilson. There isn’t a debate this season as fifth-year junior Jaren Hall steps into his second full season as BYU’s QB1.
A big item on BYU’s depth chart is who will replace the program’s single-season rushing leader in Tyler Allgeier. Allgeier was a 5th-round pick in the 2022 NFL draft to the Atlanta Falcons. A favorite to replace Allgeier is Cal grad transfer Christopher Brooks [[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[who sits atop the projected RB depth]]]]]]]]]]]]]entering fall camp.
Hall has a host of talented pass catchers ready to make big plays in the receiving game, headlined by Washington transfer Puka Nacua and fifth-year senior Gunner Romney.
On defense, BYU brings back Keenan Pili and Payton Wilgar at linebacker. The two stars missed significant portions of the season due to season-ending injuries. However, they are back and look to lead a defense that’s out to prove last year’s 74th total defense mark was an outlier.
BYU has one of the nation’s best punters on special teams in Ryan Rehkow. The third-year sophomore has an NFL-sized leg, but he’s rarely used, which isn’t a bad thing for Kalani Sitake’s group.
Preseason BYU Football Depth Chart for 2022 season
Here’s the rest of the initial depth chart for the upcoming 2022 BYU football season.
Quarterback: Jaren Hall, Jacob Conover
Running Back: Chris Brooks, Lopini Katoa, Jackson McChesney -OR- Miles Davis -OR- Hinckley Ropati
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
Fullback: Masen Wake -OR- Houston Heimuli
Left Tackle: Blake Freeland -OR- Kingsley Suamataia -OR- Campbell Barrington
Left Guard: Clark Barrington, Tyler Little
Center: Connor Pay -OR- Joe Tukuafu
Right Guard: Joe Tukuafu -OR- Campbell Barringto
Right Tackle: Harris LaChance -OR- Kingsley Suamataia -OR- Brayden Keim
Defensive End: Tyler Batty, Alden Tofa, Fisher Jackson
SE: Earl Tuioti-Mariner, Blake Mangelson -OR- John Nelson
Tackle: Gabe Summers, Lorenzo Fauatea, Alema Pilimai -OR- Hunter Greer
Nose: Caden Haws, Josh Larsen -OR- Atunaisa Mahe, Joshua Singh
Outside Edge: Tyler Batty, Alden Tofa, -OR- Fisher Jackson, Aisea Moa
WILL: Ben Bywater, Jackson Kaufusi, Josh Wilson
FLASH: Chaz Ah You -OR- Max Tooley, Morgan Pyper
MIKE: Keenan Pili, Pepe Tanuvasa
ROVER: Payton Wilgar, Tavita Gagnier
FIVE: George Udo, Matt Criddle
NICKEL: Jakob Robinson, Jacob Boren -or- Caleb Christensen
Strong Safety: Ammon Hannemann, Micah Harper, Alfrey Talent
Free Safety: Malik Moore, Hayden Livingston
Cornerback: D’Angelo Mandell, Caleb Christensen, Evan Johnson, Zion Allen, Nate Gillis
Cornerback: Kaleb Hayes, Gabe Jeudy-Lally, Korbyn Green, Chika Ebunoha
Kickoffs: Jake Oldroyd, Justen Smith -OR- Cash Peterman
Placekicker: Jake Oldroyd, Justen Smith -OR- Cash Peterman
Holder: Ryan Rehkow, Hayden Livingston -OR- Talmage Gunther
Long Snapper: Austin Riggs -OR- Britton Hogan
Punter: Ryan Rehkow, Cash Peterman
Kick Returner: Miles Davis, Jacob Boren
Point Returner: Hobbs Nyberg, Talmage Gunther
Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 pm) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.