The BYU sports teams headed east of the Mississippi River to Tennessee for Saturday’s fanfest. As part of the event, BYU Sports Nation had a two-hour show where they interviewed Kalani Sitake, Mark Pope and members of both teams. Here are the highlights from those interviews.
Zach Wilson’s shoulder is the number one offseason question with just over two months until fall camp. Four months after getting his shoulder operated on, Zach is hopeful that he will be 100% in a month.
Zach Wilson says he's a month away from hopefully being 100% after off-season shoulder surgery. #BYUFootball— Jarom Jordan (@jaromjordan) May 18, 2019
In addition to his shoulder recovery, Zach talked about the Utah game, the two graduate transfer running backs BYU recently picked up and his outlook for the coming season.
Zayne had some big plays in the four games he played last year, including an interception in the upset win at Wisconsin, but a shoulder injury forced him to redshirt as a senior. Zayne said he suffered the shoulder injury in the opener at Arizona and then tore pretty much everything in that shoulder during the Wisconsin game. Now seven months post surgery, Zayne said he is healthy and right around his playing weight from last season — 215 pounds. He’s hoping to get to 225 pounds for the 2019 season.
Pope gave some insight into his recent recruiting trip to Africa, where he traveled 27 hours for a 90-minute meeting with the family of one of the players he is recruiting. Pope couldn’t name the player due to NCAA rules, but the player’s family is Wasatch Academy PF Mady Sissoko. Sissoko is a top 50 national recruit in the 2020 class who is one of the most athletic big man in the county. Sissoko recently received an offer from Michigan State, but BYU is in his backyard and surely made a huge impression by flying across the world to visit his family.