BYU got some realllly bad news ahead of the New Mexico State game with the announcement that star defensive end Corbin Kaufusi will be out for the remainder of the season with a foot injury. Coach Kalani Sitake confirmed the news with Greg Wrubell.
Coach Sitake tells me in our pregame interview that Corbin Kaufusi’s senior campaign is over early due to season-ending injury. Younger brother Devin will get the start at DE. Kalani adds that LB Riggs Powell and RB Squally Canada will not be available tonight due to injury.— Greg Wrubell (@gregwrubell) November 18, 2018
The news is a devastating blow to BYU’s defense. Corbin has been arguably BYU’s best player the whole season, as his 8.5 sacks leads BYU and is one of the highest in the nation. He also leads BYU with 9.5 tackles for loss and is second on the team with 49 total tackles.
BYU should be able to weather the storm versus New Mexico State just fine, but his absence is a major blow versus Utah and in a potential blow game. Younger brother Devin Kaufusi will get the start in Corbin’s place. The 6-foot-7, 255 pounds true freshman has played in 9 of BYU’s 10 games and has 2 tackles on the year.
Here’s to a full recovery for Corbin so we can see him playing in the NFL next year!