Introducing the 2015 Walk-Ons

pittaWith school now officially in-session BYU is permitted by the NCAA to increase their rosters from the summer limit of 105 to the 123 limit Bronco tries to maintain during the season. With thirteen returning walk-ons (two of which are now scholarship players), four preferred walk-ons, and four new walk-ons from open try-outs it appears the roster is just about set.  Who knows, maybe one of these will become the next Dennis Pitta at BYU.

Former Walk-Ons now on Scholarship

Mitchell Juergens (Junior) and Nate Carter (Senior) were both awarded scholarships, which came as no surprise. Juergens had 424 yards receiving with four touchdowns last season and was named to the Phil Steele Preseason All-Independent Second Team this year. He could contribute as a wide receiver, punt returner, and as a running back during the 2015 season. Carter lettered playing in eight games as a junior last season. He had 290 yards rushing on 46 carries (6.3 yards/carry) and one touchdown last season. With Jamaal Williams out for the season Carter is needed and expected to step up and help fill that void.

Returning Walk-Ons

Edwards, Corey K Hurricane High School (UT) RS Freshman 2014
El-Bakari, Brayden RB Brighton High School (UT) RS Freshman 2012
Engstrom, Bryan RB Alta High School (UT) RS Freshman 2012
Hansen, Colby RB Clarkson High School (WA) RS Sophomore 2011, 2014
Juergens, Garrett DB Langham Creek High School (TX) Junior 2013, 2014
Knox, Elliot WR Arizona State University Junior Transfer
Maxwell, Maurice DL Dixie State College (UT) Junior Transfer
Richardson, Creed LB Timpview High School (UT) RS Freshman 2014
Sampson, Nate LB Pleasant Grove High School (UT) Sophomore 2012
Stewart, Cody WR Mountain View High School (AZ) RS Sophomore 2013, 2014
Unga, Morgan DB Bonneville High School (UT) RS Freshman 2012

New Walk-Ons (True Freshmen, *preferred walk-on)

Detmer, Koy Jr.* QB Somerset High School (TX)
Fifita, B.J. DB Oaks Christian High School (CA)
Foley, Matt* DS Temecula Valley High School (CA)
Hall, K.J. WR/DB Maple Mountain High School (UT)
Huntsman, Scott* LB Coppell High School (TX)
Johnson, Batchlor IV CB/WR Seven Lakes High School (TX)
Langi, Paul LB Bingham High School (UT)

Cracking the two-deep

Mitchell Juergens and Nate Carter were able to secure meaningful playing time last season and were rewarded with scholarships this year. That is what everyone else on this list will be trying to do this season. As “Walk-On U” it is inevitable that a handful of these players will see considerable playing time this season and one or two of them may become the next Dennis Pitta.   Right now, the players most likely to see playing time this season are Scott Huntsman (currently listed as #2 SLB), Matt Foley (#1 DS), Koy Detmer (#4 QB), Creed Richardson (#4 SLB), Garrett Juergeens (#4 FC), and Morgan Unga (#4 KAT).

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