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BYU Football CB Austin McChesney out for season with knee injury

Bleak news out of fall camp Friday, as we learned sophomore CB Austin McChesney tore his ACL.

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The first (and hopefully only) injury news to come out of BYU Football’s Fall Camp? Sophomore CB Austin McChesney, who has torn his ACL and will redshirt this year. McChesney played in nine games last year and certainly showed flashes of brilliance before his season came to a premature end after a.... Yep. ACL tear. Last year it was his left, this year his right, reports say.

The Lone Peak grad saw playing time as a freshman due to other injuries at the cornerback position. He tallied seven tackles and one interception during the 2016-17 season. And he was one of the two Cougars ejected for targeting in the Utah game (sorry to bring that up).

The Media Day Depth Chart had McChesney listed at left CB spot behind Dayan Ghanwoloku (Lake) and Michael Shelton. Some sources say he might have been the backup.

Fans on social media have pointed out that while this is an awful setback for McChesney, it will provide him with the opportunity to play with his younger brother Jackson, who is currently on a mission, but committed to BYU earlier this year. Silver lining, anyone?

VTF’s cornerback preview hailed McChesney for having good hands and a high football IQ. We wish him a speedy recovery and can’t wait to see him back in action next season. He’ll have three years of eligibility remaining after this redshirt year.