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BYU vs Idaho State - Senior Night

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Saturday afternoon at 1pm is the final home game of the season--so the outgoing "seniors" will be honored. Let's collect them in this thread. They usually get trickled out during the week and I'm curious to see which "underclassmen" are leaving. The free covid year messed up classes pretty good so it is hard to know until they announce it.


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https://www.ksl.com/article/50274394/wi ... senior-day

One player that won't be available is James Empey. The junior center was not listed on the depth chart Monday after watching Saturday night's 66-49 win over Virginia with his leg braced atop a foot scooter.
Offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick insinuated Monday morning during his Coordinators Corner coach's show on BYUtv that Empey's season is over. That may not quite be the case, head coach Kalani Sitake clarified.
But don't expect to see the American Fork product and team captain on the field for Senior Day.

Other injured players that seem unlikely to make an appearance Saturday include Gunner Romney, the junior wide receiver whose absence against Virginia led to Samson Nacua's BYU career-high 107-yard performance. The two are listed as co-starters on this week's roster.

Tyler Allgeier has been "banged up" for a few weeks, and after 197 carries for 1,127 yards — the third-best mark in the nation — and 16 touchdowns, that's understandable. But the redshirt sophomore from Fontana, California, is showing no signs of slowing down, either — and that may extend to Saturday's contest.

The Cougars, who moved up to No. 17 in the latest Associated Press Top 25, will also honor the program's seniors prior to kickoff on BYUtv. That includes the three "natural" seniors — defensive lineman Uriah Leiataua, defensive back Jared Kapisi and wide receiver Samson Nacua.

The group of Senior Day honorees could also include several "COVID-19 juniors" who could still take advantage of a free year of eligibility provided by the NCAA.

BYU has 21 juniors listed on its roster, including Empey and Romney. Allgeier is a redshirt sophomore, but many expect the two-time 1,000-yard rusher to opt for the NFL draft in April after back-to-back breakout seasons that have him in contention for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the top running back in the nation.

Wide receiver Neil Pau'u, running back Lopini Katoa, cornerbacks D'Angelo Mandell and Malik Moore, and safety Chaz Ah You are also among the "juniors" who have played at least four years.

"A lot of guys are graduating this December, and may want to move. Then there are some that are still deciding what to do," Sitake said. "I think for us, we'll give them all a goodbye, just in case. And then hopefully they come back. There will be more than three guys recognized.

"What we don't want to do is have them make a decision after Week 11 that they are done, and we never gave them the proper sendoff. We'll probably give them a good sendoff, just in case — and then try to recruit them to come back."


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If you can't see the tweet, 3 true seniors are being honored:
DB Jared Kapisi
DL Uriah Leiataua
WR Samson Nacua

11 other players who are finishing their fourth or fifth collegiate season and still have the option to return to complete additional eligibility thanks to the 2020 COVID-19 season or other factors.
RB Tyler Allgeier, Sophomore
DB Matthew Criddle, Junior
OL James Empey, Junior
OL JT Gentry, Sophomore
LB Drew Jensen, Sophomore
RB Lopini Katoa, Junior
DB Jason Money, Junior
WR Neil Pau'u, Junior
WR Gunner Romney, Junior
DL Earl Tuioti-Mariner, Junior
OL Joe Tukuafu, Junior


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I'm a little surprised that both Jaren Hall (4 years in the program) and Baylor Romney (4 years in the program) are sticking around (unless someone hits the transfer portal as a grad transfer). That means Conover won't likely secure the starting job until he is a 4th year junior.


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Here is another way to look at the list of players who were honored at their "last" home game:

Seniors with years in the program:
DB Jared Kapisi - 6
DL Uriah Leiataua - 6
WR Samson Nacua - 1

Players who might return with additional eligibility with years in the program:
RB Tyler Allgeier, Sophomore - 4
DB Matthew Criddle, Junior - 4
OL James Empey, Junior - 5
OL JT Gentry, Sophomore - 4
LB Drew Jensen, Sophomore - 4
RB Lopini Katoa, Junior - 5
DB Jason Money, Junior - 2 (Snow College transfer)
WR Neil Pau'u, Junior - 5
WR Gunner Romney, Junior - 4
DL Earl Tuioti-Mariner, Junior - 5
OL Joe Tukuafu, Junior - 5


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Good info. thanks


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Of course this warrants a look ahead to 2022:

Players moving into their senior year of eligibility with years in the program in 2022
DB Chaz Ah You - 5
DB Keenan Ellis - 6
DL Lorenzo Fauatea - 6
DB Kaleb Hayes - 2
WR Chris Jackson - 3
TE Lane Lunt - 3
DB D'Angelo Mandell - 6
DB Malik Moore - 5
DB Mitchell Price - 6
DL Pepe Tanuvasa - 4
DL Alden Tofa - 6
DB Shamon Willis - 4
DB Jaques Wilson - 3

Players entering their junior year of eligibility with 2022 being their 5th year in the program
OL Clark Barrington
WR Brayden Cosper
RB Sione Finau
QB Jaren Hall
DB Isaiah Herron
DS Britton Hogan
LB Jackson Kaufusi
OL Harris LaChance
DB Hayden Livingston
Dl Atunaisa Mahe
K Jake Oldroyd
LB Keenan Pili
DL Alema Pilimai
DB Morgan Pyper
QB Baylor Romney
DL Gabe Summers
LB Max Tooley
LB Payton Wilgar

Of course things can change if there are medical redshirts, available redshirt years, or other adjustments.


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Fido wrote: Sun Nov 07, 2021 9:33 am I'm a little surprised that both Jaren Hall (4 years in the program) and Baylor Romney (4 years in the program) are sticking around (unless someone hits the transfer portal as a grad transfer). That means Conover won't likely secure the starting job until he is a 4th year junior.
I'm really interested to see if there will be another open competition for quarterback next year; and, if so, is Conover as good as advertised. The only way Conover starts is if he is head and shoulders above Hall and Romney. If he is named the starter, I predict Hall transfers and Romney sticks around.

If Conover doesn't start because he is equal to or less than Hall and Romney, I predict he will transfer.


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Hopefully we blow out GA Southern next game and allow the other QBs some reps.


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