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BYU Football Releases First Depth Chart Of 2022 Season

Jun 22, 2022, 8:30 AM | Updated: Jun 25, 2022, 6:43 pm
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BYU football wide receiver Gunner Romney is expected to be available on Thursday against Utah State. (Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)
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PROVO, Utah – As part of its media day festivities, BYU football released its first depth chart for the 2022 season.

The first look at BYU’s depth chart is an offseason outlook.

BYU enters the 2022 season fresh off a 10-3 season and No. 19 ranking in the final AP Top 25 poll last season.

Last year, there were questions as to who would be the starting quarterback in replace of Jets star Zach Wilson. There isn’t a debate this season as fifth-year junior Jaren Hall steps into his second full season as BYU’s QB1.

A big item on BYU’s depth chart is who will replace the program’s single-season rushing leader in Tyler Allgeier. Allgeier was a 5th-round pick in the 2022 NFL draft to the Atlanta Falcons. A favorite to replace Allgeier is Cal grad transfer Christopher Brooks who sits atop the projected RB depth entering fall camp.

Hall has a host of talented pass catchers ready to make big plays in the receiving game, headlined by Washington transfer Puka Nacua and fifth-year senior Gunner Romney.

On defense, BYU brings back Keenan Pili and Payton Wilgar at linebacker. The two stars missed significant portions of the season due to season-ending injuries. However, they are back and look to lead a defense that’s out to prove last year’s 74th total defense mark was an outlier.

BYU has one of the nation’s best punters on special teams in Ryan Rehkow. The third-year sophomore has an NFL-sized leg, but he’s rarely used, which isn’t a bad thing for Kalani Sitake’s group.

Preseason BYU Football Depth Chart for 2022 season

Here’s the rest of the initial depth chart for the upcoming 2022 BYU football season.

Offense

Quarterback: Jaren Hall, Jacob Conover

Running Back: Chris Brooks, Lopini Katoa, Jackson McChesney -OR- Miles Davis -OR- Hinckley Ropati

Wide Receiver: Gunner Romney, Kody Epps

Wide Receiver: Puka Nacua, Chase Roberts

Wide Receiver: Keanu Hill, Brayden Cosper

Tight End: Isaac Rex -OR- Dallin Holker

Fullback: Masen Wake -OR- Houston Heimuli

Left Tackle: Blake Freeland -OR- Kingsley Suamataia -OR- Campbell Barrington

Left Guard: Clark Barrington, Tyler Little

Center: Connor Pay -OR- Joe Tukuafu

Right Guard: Joe Tukuafu -OR- Campbell Barrington

Right Tackle: Harris LaChance -OR- Kingsley Suamataia -OR- Brayden Keim

Defense

Defensive End: Tyler Batty, Alden Tofa, Fisher Jackson

SE: Earl Tuioti-Mariner, Blake Mangelson -OR- John Nelson

Tackle: Gabe Summers, Lorenzo Fauatea, Alema Pilimai -OR- Hunter Greer

Nose: Caden Haws, Josh Larsen -OR- Atunaisa Mahe, Joshua Singh

Outside Edge: Tyler Batty, Alden Tofa, -OR- Fisher Jackson, Aisea Moa

WILL: Ben Bywater, Jackson Kaufusi, Josh Wilson

FLASH: Chaz Ah You -OR- Max Tooley, Morgan Pyper

MIKE: Keenan Pili, Pepe Tanuvasa

ROVER: Payton Wilgar, Tavita Gagnier

CINCO: George Udo, Matt Criddle

NICKEL: Jakob Robinson, Jacob Boren -or- Caleb Christensen

Strong Safety: Ammon Hannemann, Micah Harper, Talan Alfrey

Free Safety: Malik Moore, Hayden Livingston

Cornerback: D’Angelo Mandell, Caleb Christensen, Evan Johnson, Zion Allen, Nate Gillis

Cornerback: Kaleb Hayes, Gabe Jeudy-Lally, Korbyn Green, Chika Ebunoha

Specialists

Kickoffs: Jake Oldroyd, Justen Smith -OR- Cash Peterman

Placekicker: Jake Oldroyd, Justen Smith -OR- Cash Peterman

Holder: Ryan Rehkow, Hayden Livingston -OR- Talmage Gunther

Long Snapper: Austin Riggs -OR- Britton Hogan

Punter: Ryan Rehkow, Cash Peterman

Kick Returner: Miles Davis, Jacob Boren

Punt Returner: Hobbs Nyberg, Talmage Gunther

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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