BYU Cougars Football Details
The BYU Cougars are an independent football program, which means that the team does not belong to any conference. That has not, however, stopped this team from succeeding at the highest of levels. The Cougars won a national championship back in 1984, defeating Michigan 24-17 in the Holiday Bowl. This program now finds itself doing everything it can to get back to the heights reached in that campaign. The Cougars are coached by Kalani Sitake, who played his college ball at Brigham Young in the 90s. 2016 was Sitake’s first season as the head coach, and he did extremely well for a first-timer. The Cougars went 9-4 last season, and they ended up beating Wyoming in the Poinsettia Bowl as well. It was an excellent way for the team to cap off the year and gave the Cougars plenty of momentum heading into 2017.
Taysom Hill was the starter at quarterback for this BYU team last season, but he is gone now, and Tanner Mangum now has control of the offense. Mangum started as a freshman in 2015, throwing for 3,377 yards with 23 touchdowns and 10 picks. That experience serves him well, and he is actually better than Hill in many regards. Mangum has the arm talent to make all of the throws, and that should open up this offense a bit. The Cougars are, however, a team that relies on its defense to win games. It is once again an excellent unit in 2017, so expect to see this team win plenty of big matchups.