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.


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

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for 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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