Spring football is now happening for the BYU Cougars, who've yet to set a spring game date. Bronco Mendenhall's squad is already racked with injuries, with 14 players expected to miss spring ball and more than a dozen players needing surgery during the offseason, including star linebacker Kyle Van Noy.
Most of those injuries, however, affect depth more than the starting lineup. The unit that will see the most turnover this year should be the secondary, where outgoing safety Travis Uale and cornerback Corby Eason have given way to quite a competition, says the Herald Extra:
Riley Nelson is your starting quarterback, with Jake Heaps' transfer to the Kansas Jayhawks clearing up what's been a congested spot for some time now. Nelson clearly outperformed Heaps in 2011, but dealt with injury and had a couple of bad games during the middle of the year.
Regarding Van Noy, who led the Cougars in tackles for loss, sacks and interceptions, and who finished second in tackles despite being hurt mid-season, Mendenhall had this to say to the Deseret News:
He's really tough. He didn't say a word. He was hurt in the TCU game and just expected it to get better. He kept playing and playing. He went into the off-season and expected it to keep getting better. Eventually it just started hurting to the point that they did an MRI and found a labrum tear. But there will be time for him to get back and with plenty of time before fall camp to be ready.
For more on Cougars football, visit BYU blog Vanquish The Foe.