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BYU Football Winter Workouts Underway For 2022 Season

Jan 7, 2022, 10:57 PM
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BYU football quarterback Jaren Hall. (Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
(Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO, Utah – A prominent sign that the BYU football offseason is in full effect is when winter workouts begin.

BYU kicked off the grueling workouts this week just days after students returned to class for the winter semester that started on Monday.

The strength and conditioning in BYU’s football program is led by head strength coach Nu’u Tafisi, who is entering his seventh year with the Cougars. Tafisi is flanked by strength assistants Justin McClure who has been at BYU since 1999, and Kalani Simeona and Jeff Butler, two assistants hired in the summer of 2021 after AJ Middleton left for Stanford (since moved on to Washington).

The official BYU football Twitter account released pictures from inside BYU’s Student Athlete Building of the 2022 squad pushing working in the weight room. Photos included quarterback Jaren Hall, who is coming off a season where he passed for 2,583 yards and a 5-1 TD-INT ratio in his first full year as the starting QB.

Hall missed BYU’s 2021 season finale at the Independence Bowl due to a lower-body injury he suffered against USC in November. Throughout the day on that rainy, sleet-filled December afternoon in Shreveport, Hall was seen sporting a boot on his right foot. No boot in the pics provided by BYU for winter workouts.

Other players pictured include one of Hall’s top targets in the passing game in wide receiver Puka Nacua. The former Washington Husky transfer was an immediate impact transfer for BYU’s offense displaying deep threat playmaking ability while also getting downfield to block for teammates.

Versatile offensive weapon Masen Wake and tight end Lane Lunt, a preferred walk-on from the JUCO ranks, are also in the pictures wearing team-issued apparel.

BYU football typically begins spring practices the first week of March, but the start of spring ball in 2022 has not received an official date yet.

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 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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