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BYU Spring Football Day 1: Roster Updates, QB race, and more news and notes

BYU spring football report, day 1

UCLA v BYU Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images

Football season is here! BYU wrapped up the first day of spring practices Monday morning in year three of the Kalani Sitake era.

We’ll get right to the highlights:

Roster Updates

Here is the updated spring ball roster:

Takeaways:

  • Offensive lineman Ului Lapuaho is on the roster. Lapuaho was not on the team last year due to injury issues, but is back on the team as a fifth-year senior. Lapuaho last played in the Utah game in September 2016. Injury issues, specifically to his knees, are the biggest concerns for Lapuaho, but he would be a nice piece to the interior of BYU’s offensive line if he can stay healthy. Lapuaho is listed at 6-7, 340 pounds.
  • Fifth-year senior Trey Dye has moved to WR. After playing at RB last year, Dye is officially listed as a WR. Dye had his moments catching the ball last year, most notably 3 receptions and a TD catch versus Utah, so slot receiver seems like the best fit for him.
  • Matthew Hadley applied for a medical redshirt after playing in the first 5 games last year as a senior, and it appears that the staff is expecting that redshirt to be granted from the NCAA. Hadley started at outside linebacker last year, and he is listed as linebacker again on the roster.
  • Mo Langi is below 400 pounds! After being listed at 410 pounds last season, Langi is at a slim 397 pounds. Langi participated in 4 games last year before injuring his knee and has received a medical redshirt, making him a redshirt freshman this year.
  • DT Tevita Mo’unga has received a medical redshirt and will be a redshirt junior.

QB Updates

  • After undergoing surgery to repair his achilles tendon, QB Tanner Mangum was participating in a limited capacity. Tanner was dressed and making throws, but OC Jeff Grimes said that he won’t be full speed until summer.
  • Beau Hoge didn’t seem to be limited, as he was participating in drills and making throws:
  • Other QB Notes:

Other News and Notes

  • BYU released its 15-practice schedule, which is capped off by a Saturday scrimmage open to the public:
  • After having morning practices last season, BYU will move to afternoon practices in hopes of reducing injuries:
  • Redshirt freshman WR Tariq Buchanan had a nice day, which included a TD catch from Kody Wilstead. Buchanan is a speedy receiver from Texas.
  • Starting LT Thomas Shoaf has struggled to gain weight, but he is up to 288 pounds after being listed at 275 pounds last season.