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BYU Football Camp 2018: Skyler Southam named starting kicker, QB update, and more

Does BYU have a capable long-range kicker?

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As Fall Camp wraps up and Arizona game prep begins, the depth chart is shaping up before BYU heads to the desert.

Here are the takeaways from Wednesday’s practice:

Skyler Southam named starting kicker

BYU has officially named a starting kicker as true freshman Skyler Southam has locked down kicking duties, according to Kalani Sitake.

A high school All-American during his senior year in 2016, Southam was the odds-on favorite after returning home from his mission. Southam set several state records during his high school career at Wasatch, including the records for both single season and career field goals made. Southam made 20 field goals and 33 PATs for a total of 93 points during his senior season. His career long field goal was 53 yards and he hit 70 percent of the field goals he attempted in his high school career.

Southam nailed a 47-yard scrimmage during BYU’s August 16 scrimmage, and he showed off his leg earlier this year with a 60-yard field goal.

BYU fans may be getting flashbacks to former kicker Justin Sorensen, who had similar accolades coming out of high school, but Southam has thus far avoided the unfortunate injuries that plagued Sorensen. Here’s to hoping Southam can cure BYU’s kicking woes and be a weapon on special teams.

Coaches “really close” to naming a starting QB

Aaron Roderick and Kalani Sitake both reiterated that they are close to naming a starting QB.

Kalani went into more detail in this video from Jay Drew:

Other News and Notes:

  • WR Akile Davis had a couple nice TD catches from Tanner Mangum and Zach Wilson during the media viewing portion:
  • Aussie Punter and senior Rhett Almond have yet to separate themselves in the race for starting punter.
  • As you would hope, the first string defensive line got the best of the second team offensive line.
  • Freshman QB Baylor Romney, brother of WR Gunner, has been turning heads with his play. He was a Nevada commit prior to his misson.