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BYU Football Pregame: Zach Wilson officially starting, Squally Canada out, other news and notes

NCAA Football: Utah State at Brigham Young Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

BYU will be trotting out the youngest starting QB in program history versus Hawaii.

In what has been widely reported all week, Zach Wilson will be making his first career start tonight. BYUtv and Greg Wrubell confirmed the news that Wilson is starting. At 19 years 2 months, Wilson is one month younger than Jake Heaps when he made his first career start.

Squally Canada out, Dayan Ghanwoloku back

OC Jeff Grimes said on Monday that Squally Canada is questionable, and Greg Wrubell confirmed that Squally Canada will be out tonight.

Squally has been struggling with an ankle issue since the Wisconsin game and has been limited the past few games. In his place, look for freshman Lopini Katoa to get the majority of the carries and Riley Burt to be the number two guy. Katoa has 180 rushing yards and 4 total TDs on the season and is tied for the team lead with 18 receptions.

On a positive note, BYU will get a much needed boost in the secondary with starting safety Dayan Ghanwoloku back. Dayan suffered an ankle injury early in the Wisconsin game and has been out since. Hawaii boasts one of the nation’s most potent passing attacks, so Dayan is a much needed addition.

Other News and Notes

  • Taysom Hill will be in attendance with the New Orleans Saints on a bye this week.
  • Hawaii is 0-9 all-time versus BYU in Provo
  • One hour to kickoff, BYU is a 10.5 point favorite. The Vegas over/under is 57.5