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Jan 25, 2023
krindorr Truly Addicted User
Where BYU stands with the Portal closing

TL, DR: We've used the portal well to fill holes, maybe could add a few more depth pieces at RB, WR, LB, CB but could also bank on growth from within at those spots.

Here's the current (loosely estimated) 2-deep for next year

*Those in this font are the departures/additions that came through portal, early departure or otherwise early and bold represents new additions

*Underlined are returning starters


Also, note that some starters/backup are in the air so I didn't get too into who is #1 and #2, just listed them both in whatever order.  This is looking more at the big picture so it doesn't matter too much.

Position Starter Backup Departures
QB Kedon Slovis

Jake Retzlaff
Cade Fennegan

Jaren Hall
Jacob Conover

RB Aidan Robbins Hinckely Ropati
Miles Davis

Chris Brooks
Lopini Katoa
Jackson McChesney

WR Keanu Hill Parker Kingston Puka Nacua
WR Kody Epps Dom Henry Gunner Romney
WR Chase Roberts JoJo Phillips Brayden Cosper

Isaac Rex

Jackson Bowers Dallin Holker
LT Kingsley Suamataia Brayden Keim Blake Freeland
Sione Veikoso
LG Conner Pay Vae Soifua Clark Barrington
Talin Togiai
C Paul Maile Sam Dawe Joe Tukuafu
RG Weylin Luapaho Peter Falaniko Campbell Barrington
RT Lisala Tai Tyler Little
Ian Fitzgerald
Harris LaChance

My takeaways: We're pretty solid on WR and definitely at TE, and the transfer portal additions have helped at QB and RB, plus brought OL back from the edge - think we're OK there now. I'd still like another RB though but overall holes have been filled.  Also, WR has a lot of unproven guys... I see why we've been trying to add another


And on defense

Position Starter Backup Departures
DE Isaiah Bagnah John Nelson
Blake Mangelson
Earl Tuioti-Mariner
Logan Fano
NT Caden Haws Atunaisa Mahe  
DT Jackson Cravens Bruce Mitchell
Aisea Moa
Lorenzo Fauatea
Gabe Summers
DE Tyler Batty John Henry Daley
Siale Esera
Alden Tofa

Ben Bywater

Bodie Schoonover Pepe Tanuvasu
LB Max Tooley Morgan Pyper
Josh Wilson
Jackson Kaufusi
Tate Romney
LB Micah Wilson Michael Daley Payton Wilgar
Keenan Pili
CB Jayden Dunlap Jacob Boren
Dean Jones
Gabe Jeudy-Lally
D'Angelo Mandell
CB Eddie Heckard Mory Bamba
Ethan Slade
Kaleb Hayes
Nathaniel Gillis
Korbyn Green
NB Jakob Robinson Zion Allen George Udo
S Micah Harper

Chaz Ah You (LB/S)
Raider Damuni

Matthew Criddle
Ammon Hanneman?
S Malik Moore Talan Alfrey Hayden Livingston?

My takeaways: Cravens and Bagnah does a lot to help the DL.  The LB is still pretty weak and the secondary was a bit of a nightmare, but Heckard helps a lot.  Overall, I'd love to add a bit more at LB and maybe some CB depth.

Worth noting that at linebacker there's a lot of potential options hopefully ready to step up in Wilson (x2), Daley, and Schoonover (any of whom could be the starters, despite what I put down here mostly for convenience).  I'd guess we go to the portal here as well just since there are so many unknowns, but lots of depth.  Alternatively, Ah You might move to LB if Damuni proves ready

Similar situation at DB - Heckard, Dunlap, Robinson is a solid group, but that backups are from nearly a dozen freshman CBs (Isaiah Glasker, Dean Jones, Chika Ebunoha, Ethan Slade, Quenton Rice, Evan Johnson, Preston Rex, Carter Krupp).  I honestly don't know which will be the second string, but just chose mostly at random.  I'd expect at least a few will hit, but think this is another spot we'll need someone to step up

DL and safety are actually pretty solid, both for starters and for backups 

I'm also hoping that I missed someone - especially among returning missionaries or along the lines (where I'm not as aware)

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