BYU Football announced its 8 team captains Monday afternoon, with 7 of the 8 players being seniors.
Four offensive and four defensive players graced the list, including all three starting linebackers.
Here are your 2018 team captains:
- Tanner Mangum- The senior QB is a team captain for the second year in a row and will be BYU’s starting QB this Saturday when they travel to Tucson.
- Brayden El-Bakri- A former walk-on, BYU’s starting fullback will be on scholarship this year for the first time in his career. Brayden is one of the hardest workers of the team and has obviously earned the respect of his teammates.
- Austin Hoyt- BYU’s starting right tackle has played in 35 games and started 17 during his BYU career. The senior is one of BYU’s biggest players at 6’8”, 315 pounds.
- Micah Simon- A Texas native, Simon is the lone junior among the group. Simon tallied 386 receiving yards for 3 TD’s last season and is expected to be one of the focal points of the BYU offense.
- Butch Pau’u- Along with Tanner Mangum, Butch is the only other player who was a captain last season. Butch is looking to rebound for a big senior season and get back to his big-hitting, smiling ways again.
- Sione Takitaki- One of the best stories in the program, Takitaki is a captain after going through disciplinary issues earlier in his BYU career. Always great to see redemption stories, and Takitaki is another example of a player who worked through some struggles to be a great ambassador of the program.
- Zayne Anderson- After playing safety last season, Anderson is tasked with the responsibility of filling the shoes of Fred Warner. Anderson is one of the fastest players on the team.
- Corbin Kaufusi- The towering defensive end will look to replicate the senior year of his older brother Bronson. If Corbin gets close to that, BYU’s defense should be in good shape.
Congrats to all our team captains!