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Personnel Notebook From BYU Football Media Day 2019

Jun 19, 2019, 9:01 AM
PROVO, UT - SEPTEMBER 16: A singular view of a BYU Cougars football helmet during the game between ...
PROVO, UT - SEPTEMBER 16: A singular view of a BYU Cougars football helmet during the game between the Cougars and the Wisconsin Badgers at LaVell Edwards Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Provo, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
(Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)

PROVO, Utah – The ninth installment of BYU Football Media Day took place on Tuesday and it was a day met with a lot of optimism as the Cougars prepare for the 2019 football season.

Media Day is a great opportunity to sort through the roster and get an update on personnel since spring ball concluded last March.

Here are some personnel nuggets from Tuesday’s Media Day:

– QB/RB Beau Hoge is medically redshirting this season. His intention is to return for the 2020 season if cleared by the NCAA.

– On the status of RB Amone Finau joining BYU this fall, offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes said, “not sure yet.”

– On the status of Joe Tukuafu joining BYU this fall, Grimes said, “don’t know.”

– Incoming freshman Javelle Brown might switch to cornerback in fall camp. Same with Colorado speedster Luc Andrada. Just depends on need and numbers at cornerback.

– 2019 signee Brooks Maile has sent in his paperwork to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The Pine View High School standout will return to BYU for the 2021 season.

– Cornerback Chris Wilcox’s availability for the Utah game is still up in the air according to Ilaisa Tuiaki.  Wilcox is still recovering from a season-ending knee injury he suffered last season.

– Defensive back Austin McChesney’s status for the 2019 season is not yet known. McChesney had two season-ending knee injuries in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

– Preferred walk-on Brayden Keim has switched from tight end to offensive tackle.  This switch took place last month.

– Offensive Guard Tristen Hoge said he’s 100-percent healthy after suffering an injury in the spring game last March.

– Isaiah Kaufusi is still a possible option at Mike Linebacker. Cougars will have Max Tooley, Jackson Kaufusi, and Payton Wilgar competing for that spot in fall camp.

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BYU Football team reports for fall camp on Monday, July 29th. Camp begins on Tuesday, July 30th.

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

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