BYU football: Wish list for BYU football heading into Big 12

BYU has about 230 days to arrange for the opening recreation of the 2023 football season as a member of the Big 12 Conference.

It will take numerous work. Growing pains are anticipated. Fan expectations should be calibrated with actuality. There are tons of issues this system must compete week-in and week-out towards Big 12 opponents.

It took former Mountain West Conference members TCU and Utah virtually a decade within the Big 12 and Pac-12 to recruit sufficient expertise and depth to achieve the higher echelons of their respective leagues, with the Horned Frogs making it to the CFP championship this season.

I polled former BYU gamers, asking them if that they had a magic wand to wave, what can be the highest three issues on their want list for head coach Kalani Sitake to get within the subsequent 200 days.

At the highest of the list are sources and higher success in recruiting. Said former nook, Derwin Gray, who performed in BYU’s 1990 win over defending nationwide champion Miami: “If you go into a struggle with a water gun, you’re going to lose. You want the sources to compete and win.”

Here’s what they mentioned:

Derwin Graycreator, former BYU, Indianapolis Colts, Carolina Panther DB, lead pastor of Transformation Church, South Carolina

  1. Entering the Big 12, Sitake and his employees should create a tradition of unusual perception, unusual enthusiasm, unusual effort and unusual self-discipline.
  2. It can be nice for Sitake to land some premier defensive tackles, defensive ends and cornerbacks by way of the switch portal.
  3. The lifeblood of school football is recruiting, and getting into the Big 12 I’d like to see Sitake land one of the best LDS gamers within the nation and key elite non-LDS gamers within the 2024 and 2025 recruiting cycle.

Reno Mahea former RB coach underneath Sitake and participant for the Philadelphia Eagles

  1. Give Sitake his gamers. Ask about Khyiris Tonga. Getting him into college was a nightmare. Some gamers Sitake wants will not be allowed in, even after serving a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  2. Let him personal his program. The most profitable applications permit the top coach to have a say on something that touches this system. I hope he has the liberty to have full management.
  3. Proper funding. From recruiting to teaching to something that entails football, it must be correctly funded. It is tough to recruit towards the large boys when your budgets are with the small boys. I do not know the numbers, if the rumors are true, I hope the Big 12 can change that.

David Nixon, former BYU linebacker, former Oakland Raider, Houston Texan and St. Louis Ram and present BYUtv analyst

  1. Hire a guide that has lengthy expertise teaching within the Big 12 to assist with the transition and what to anticipate.
  2. Detailed exercise regimens that put together gamers’ our bodies for the grind of a P5 convention schedule.
  3. Recruiting. Figure out what the proper stability of switch portal and highschool children is; learn how to construct a sustainable crew with expertise and depth.

Riley Nelsonformer BYU QB, present KSL Radio recreation shade analyst

  1. A QB. Hopefully Kedon Slovis is the man everybody hopes he might be and if he is not, another person will step up. A superb QB will increase your crew’s margin for error exponentially and might cowl a mess of deficiencies. At all ranges of football in as we speak’s recreation, the man underneath heart has essentially the most outsized impression on the crew’s success.
  2. Humility There’s nothing like the actual factor. As a lot as all of us wish to imagine that the current schedules are much like what BYU will face, they’re strolling into an entire new enviornment. The independence schedules, particularly lately, have been higher than what G5 would have been, however a P5 convention schedule is a distinct stage. Utah and TCU made the leap with BCS bowl victories of their very current previous and struggled for a number of years. The program wants to just accept the approaching challenges with humility and braveness. That will produce essentially the most fast charge of enchancment and adjustment wanted to compete persistently.
  3. Patience. As a lot as I prefer to dream that BYU might be on the high of the convention and competing within the expanded playoff in its first few years within the convention, historical past has proven that to be the extraordinarily uncommon exception, with no true precedents. It will take extra time … extra time than most of us suppose.

Kalin Hallformer operating again, father of QB Jaren Hall

  1. Three huge three-technique trench gamers.
  2. Multiple 6-foot-4 playmakers with sub. 4.4 pace.
  3. Four defensive backs the caliber of Derwin Gray and Mike Davis.

Mitch Mathewsreceiver on game-winning Hail Mary to beat Nebraska in 2015

  1. Big O-line.
  2. Big D-line.
  3. Me as a receiver.

Margin HooksCEO, Sky’s The Limit Training for huge receivers

  1. Speed.
  2. Depth
  3. Speed. Explosive performs are a should.

Eric Drage12 TD catches in 1992

  1. Depth
  2. Depth
  3. Depth

(“I’d additionally embody extra toughness up entrance on either side of the road; I feel modifications they’ve made on protection will do that. They must carry extra strain.”)

Bronson Kaufusiformer Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets defensive finish

  1. Most bodily guys within the trenches.
  2. Elite move rush.
  3. Immediate impression gamers from switch portal/recruiting.

Writing for Fan Nation, related to the University of Central Florida, Brian Smith mentioned Big 12 newcomers have to take a look at how Georgia did it to grasp the span between the nationwide championship Bulldogs and TCU.

He listed essential issues Georgia did: 1) Spend cash; 2) Have a top-notch power and conditioning program; 3) Hire an amazing employees; 4) All the above attracts the highest recruits.

Well, that is all true. But Texas has essentially the most cash and it did not make the CFP. Texas A&M had the No. 1 recruiting class in 2022 and had a shedding document.

The fact is, it takes numerous sources, expertise, many intangibles, momentum and luck. But of all of them, recruiting needs to be on the high.

As Dr. Gray put it the opposite day on ESPN 960 AM radio, “You cannot out-coach recruiting.”

TCU discovered that out Monday evening at SoFi Stadium.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart advised The Athletic: “If you do not have good gamers, you don’t have any probability.”

The Big 12 Conference emblem is seen on a aim line pylon earlier than Duquesne performs TCU in an NCAA faculty football recreation Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, in Fort Worth, Texas.


Ron Jenkins, Associated Press

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