BYU Football Depth Chart Quick Hits For Utah Week
PROVO, Utah – The BYU football depth chart for the rivalry contest against Utah is now out. Let’s dive into some quick hits to set the stage for what should be another fun chapter in the BYU-Utah rivalry.
-OR- at wide receiver
With the injury to Gunner Romney that forced him to leave the Arizona game on crutches, the senior is now an -OR- with Chris Jackson. Head coach Kalani Sitake said that Romney was “doubtful” for Saturday’s game against the Utes during his Monday press conference.
Last year, Jackson, a JUCO transfer, had one catch for two yards in the 24-16 win over Arizona.
The other wide receivers include Neil Pau’u as the starter above Keanu Hill. Then at the third receiver spot, an -OR- is still in place for Puka Nacua -OR- his older brother, Samson Nacua. After Saturday’s win over the Wildcats, Sitake said he “feels good” about the Nacua brothers playing against Utah.
Keenan Ellis is off of the BYU football depth chart
After suffering a scary injury in the first quarter of the Arizona game, cornerback Keenan Ellis is off of the depth chart. However, his return to the field isn’t the top priority at this point. Even Kalani Sitake noted that football isn’t something they are worried about. They want Ellis to be healthy.
On Sunday afternoon, BYU spokesperson Brett Pyne provided the following update on Ellis’ recovery.
“CT scans conducted Saturday night on Keenan Ellis were normal. He spent the night at University Medical Center in Las Vegas for observation and additional testing. Keenan is out of bed, walking and reports no neck or back pain.”
Ellis, who was a starter at cornerback, is now replaced by Isaiah Herron. Herron was listed as a backup after the other starter D’Angelo Mandell headed into Arizona’s game. He was the first man off the bench when Ellis went down.
Behind Mandell and Herron is Shamon Willis and Oregon State transfer Kaleb Hayes.
Jake Oldroyd still listed
No “ORs” next to Jake Oldroyd’s name as the kicker. It was a surprise for fans not to see the sophomore kicker out there against Arizona. But it was a surprise for coaches too. Offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick pointed out in his Coordinators’ Corner interview he didn’t realize it wasn’t Oldroyd on a 40-yard field goal on Saturday.
Oldroyd was participating in warmups, but he was a late scratch.
The man who made the 40-yard field goal against Arizona was freshman Justen Smith. Smith played a little bit in relief of Oldroyd in 2020, but he struggled. So stepping into that moment for Oldroyd against the Wildcats was big for BYU.
Linebacker Max Tooley practiced last week and was on the travel roster for BYU-Arizona; he participated in warmups and was dressed. However, he had a right knee brace on in pregame, and he didn’t play against the Wildcats. In replace of him was redshirt freshman Ben Bywater.
Bywater, who dealt with a season-ending injury midway through last year, started in relief of Tooley and racked up 10 tackles, eight of which were solo. A former Olympus High standout, Bywater was a player in 2019 that his defensive teammates were raving about as a young promising player on the scout team.
On BYU’s depth chart, both Tooley and Bywater have an -OR- in between their names at the ROVER spot.
BYU Football Depth Chart for Utah Game
-OR- Lopini Katoa
-OR- Chris Jackson
-OR- Samson Nacua
Defense / SE
-OR- Ben Bywater
-OR- Caleb Christensen
Chaz Ah You
-OR- Javelle Brown
Specialists / Kickoffs
-OR- Cash Peterman
-OR- Talmage Gunther
Long Snapper Place Kicks
-OR- Austin Riggs
Long Snapper Punts
-OR- Britton Hogan
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.
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