BYU enters a transition period upon retreat. Their record-setting has expired for the past two years at Tyler Allgeier. He’s now competing for picks with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons after being selected in the fifth round.
After Allgeier’s loss, BYU got an injection of talent by capturing a Cal Christopher Brooks transfer. There are a lot of young defenders in the back hall seeking a chance for more playing time.
Let’s take a look at the depth charts in both running backs and quarters.
The Oceanside, California native collected more than 1,700 rushing yards over four years at Berkeley, including 914 yards and eight touchdowns in 2019. He’s no stranger to facing Power 5 defenses. If the season were to start today, he’d probably be a favorite over the Most likely to get the lion’s share of pregnancy. Even with some health concerns, he brings a physical style of running that BYU has lost with the departure of Allgeier. It was one of the biggest additions to the roster outside of last season.
Katoa boasts the most BYU experience among running advocates, having been a part of the team since 2017. The sixth-year senior will likely compete with Brooks to carry on top of the depth chart. He’s scored at least 60 cars in four consecutive seasons. Offering a different skill set may help Brooks win him over at the big games.
This will be Machisni’s fourth season on the team, however he is only listed as a sophomore. In 2019, he set a single-game record for a BYU student with 228 rushing yards against UMass. He scored at least one quick touchdown in each of his first three years in the program. It offers a good combination of power and speed.
This will be Davis’ third year in the program. He appeared in six games between 2020 and 2021, with 89 fast yards in the career path and two touchdowns. He’s a black horse candidate for earning all-season campaigns. He will likely compete with McKinsney for a cast as the third series comeback. Davis was a standout player in last fall camp before a foot injury sidelined him for the majority of the year.
Before his college career took off, Ropati had to rehabilitate his torn ACL. He made his way back and appeared in five games last season, earning four 15-yard runs against Idaho State. He may work his way up to the shift as the year goes on and if injuries build up.
Bell declined offers from the Air Force, Army, and Navy to come to the BYU. In 2019, he was named 6A Region 4 back as MVP from Corner Canyon High School. It came to Provo with a focus on being an advantage in the future. However, this year he may be heading to the Boy Scouts team to further hone his skills.
Vacahua appeared in nine matches last year in the role of special teams. Look for more of the same this year, as the running back depth chart is running deep.
He arrived in Provo last season and spent 2021 with the scout team. At Mountain Crest High School, he sprinted for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns on 238 stands in 22 games. He will likely get a lot of work on the scout team again this year.
Recently committed to transferring Utah and Hawaiians to BYU.
The Heimuli was a great pickup for Kalani Sitake and the company. At Stanford, he was named captain of the team for the 2021 season. This speaks volumes about his leadership and character. While it won’t amaze anyone with its blazing stats, it does provide the needle needed to get ahead in your running game. He even earned an honorable mention from the All-Pac-12 during the 2020 season that has been cut short for the pandemic. In the locker room, he’s probably a celebrity.
The former Lone Peak star has turned into a solid, albeit underrated career in BYU so far. His formidable abilities have made him numerous reels prominent across the country. During his three years at BYU, he was able to capture 22 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns. In the running game so far, he has 11 carry-ons for 29 yards and two points. The more the ball is in his hands, the more likely an exciting play will occur. It will also look at the narrow ends in different configurations. Perhaps more than that, now that Heimuli is on board.