BYU Football: Why Do Many Cougars RB Suffer Injuries?


PROVO – This has become a rite of collapse for BYU’s offensive football coaches: scouring the defensive roster for someone who’s playing back in high school and may be able to carry the roster if on the roster Another RB goes down with an injury.

“I think we had some bad luck (with RB injuries), yes,” sports coordinator and quarterback coach Aaron Roderick said Tuesday.

He is putting it lightly.

The No. 22 Cougars, who host Louisiana Tech (2-0) on Friday at LaSalle Edwards Stadium (7pm MDT, ESPN2), appear to be damned at the position, and coach Kalani’s first season for all Let’s complete a five-year term.

That first season, 2016, Jamal Williams of the Green Bay Packers and quarterback Tsom Hill of the New Orleans Saints combined to carry the ball 371 times for 1,978 yards and a season-ending elbow against Hill-Utah State Remain injury-free until the injury is sustained. Regular season finale.

Since then, it has been a revolving door in position, mostly due to injury.

what gives?

“The game of football is hard to predict,” Monday said. “People train very hard in offshin, then we go through fall camp and practice and you get injuries. … running backs, they take the ball far ahead and have to deal with many things that are unique. “

Senior linebacker Kavika Fonua is the latest Cougar to move toward the offensive side of the ball, having entered the game for seven yards on 27 yards in a 48-yard win over Troy last Saturday, while also tackling two tackles and defenses. But he broke a pass.

“Just like it was high school,” said Fonua, who went back in 2017 and ran 87 yards for 59 yards in the opener against Portland State, before four in his game at the end of the season Sports were injured. He was an LB when he returned.

BYU linebacker Kavika Fonua follows during the Hawaii Bowl, December 24, 2019. Kavika is the latest Cougar to lead Ball’s offensive side, who will enter seven carries for 27 wards on Saturday’s 48-7 win over Troy; He tackled two and made a pass on defense.
AP Photo / Eugene Tanner

The coach said, ‘Are you ready?’ I said, ‘Yes, yes, let’s do it.’ So it was an exciting moment for me.

Freshman receiver Miles Davis also lined up in the backfield, and gained 22 yards on five carries. Fonua and Davis got on as co-starter Tyler Alzier closed with a leg injury, and was seen in the final moments with an ice pack on his knee.

The Cougars shorthanded in this position, as Utah transfer Devonta Henry-Cole opted to transfer to Utah State, with junior college transfer Alec Wyble-Meza entering the transfer portal, late-morning Hinale Ropati in the knee at Fall Camp Injuries occurred and promising Bruce Garrett left the program before playing a play.

Then it was spoiled. Sophomore Jackson McKessney picked up the ball 11 times for 56 yards and a touchdown in Navy’s 55–3 win, but stated on social media that “I continued with the 2020 season due to some torn ligaments in my leg Unable to keep. “

Could have helped along the way. Sitake said last week that Soina Feinu, who suffered a knee injury during practice in November last year, is extremely close to making a comeback after undergoing surgery in January. Of course, Finau was the third BYU RB to lose the remainder of his 2019 season due to injury, including fifth-year undergraduate transfers Ty’Son Williams and Emmanuel Esukpa on the sideline.

This is more than the trend of BYU – it is a landslide.

Another converted linebacker, Alzier, leads the gamblers with 182 rushing yards, even leaving the Troy game early. Junior Lopini Cato has 156 yards. Katoa said the “nature of the situation” is one that piles up injuries during the game.

“When you look at the average shelf life running back in the NFL, it’s short, really short,” Katoa said. “Like two years, I think, at the maximum. So it’s a brutal situation, but I think we just had bad luck, especially, in that position room, had more running back than other schools is. “

In 2018, Katoa and Scavalli Canada carried most of the weight until the latter part of the season when they went down with injuries, and Matt Hadley had to move from linebacker. His injury in the season finale in Utah has been pointed out by many BYU fans as the reason why the Cougars dropped aggressively down the stretch, leading 27–7 and losing 35–27.

“Running backs do things that are different than everyone else’s,” said Cytech. “They have to block defensive linemen and linebackers, and then they have to route at defensive backs and (in space). … And then we hand the ball over to them, so, they are probably targeted a bit more. “

The running injury contributed to BYU’s decline in 2017, the year the Cougars went 4-9 and also transitioned to an injured quarterback. Ula Toltau, KJ Hall, Brayden El-Bakri, Riley Burt and Utd Canada and Fonua missed the game that year due to injury.

“It’s really a physical situation,” Roderick said, recalling his final year in Utah (2016) that Rotarich left the team behind, but that Henry-Cole and Zac Moss were injured. Later agreed to return.

“The running backs hit barely half a play in the game, and if they’re not getting hard, they are giving a tough fight to someone else,” Roderick said. “So this is just a very physical situation. … We have worked hard to create some depth. We have some good young players behind Pini and Tyler who are learning what to do and then we have an experienced player in Kavika who is a good, solid back who can help us, so I think we Going too far, hopefully. “

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