Week three of Spring Ball is in the books, with only two weeks until BYU wraps up Spring practices with a public scrimmage at Lavell Edwards Stadium.
We already recapped Monday’s practice, which saw Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell in attendance, so this will focus on Wednesday’s and Friday’s practices.
Austin Kafentzis Switches to Safety
Junior QB/RB Austin Kafentzis has switched over to the defensive side of the ball.
Fairly significant position change at BYU: Quarterback/receiver/running back Austin Kafentzis is now playing safety. Safeties coach Preston Hadley said it is not a tryout and Kafentzis will likely play safety from here on out.— Jay Drew (@drewjay) March 23, 2018
After getting time as BYU’s wildcat QB and running back last season, Kafentzis was getting reps at running back during spring. With the emergence of redshirt freshman running back Zach Katoa and Squally Canada, Ula Tolutau’u, Riley Burt and others already in the backfield, Kafentizis probably saw the potential to get more playing time at safety.
- Tanner Mangum continues to progress well in his rehab, as evidenced by an Instagram video he posted of him running on the treadmill and in the IPF.
Tanner has been participating in a limited capacity during spring practices and is aiming to be 100% when fall camp rolls around.
- Beau Hoge and Zach Wilson showed off their elusiveness during Friday’s contact scrimmage. Wilson has been one of the stars of camp, as he and Hoge and appeared to have set themselves up for a three-man race with Tanner Mangum during Fall camp.
Here is Wilson putting a juke on sophomore linebacker Isaiah Kaufusi:
Hoge showed his mobility and ability to step up in the pocket on these plays:
Here are some other throws from the QB’s, courtesy of Brandon Judd of the Deseret News.
Here is a long throw-and-catch from Wilson to sophomore tight end Matt Bushman.
Zach Katoa has been turning heads during camp, but Squally Canada showed that he’s still one of the lead backs with a couple nice TD runs during Friday’s practice.
Zach Katoa has his ups and downs during practices:
Ula Tolutau’u has been battling injuries and has been sidelined for most of camp.
Odds and Ends
- Freshman Tight End Joe Tukuafu had surgery to repair a broken right hand.
Tight end Joe Tukuafu will miss the remainder of spring camp with a broken right hand he suffered in a practice earlier in the week. Tukuafu had surgery earlier in the week and was wearing a big cast on his hand.— Jay Drew (@drewjay) March 23, 2018
- Here’s a 1-minute highlight video from KSL of Friday’s practice.