BYU football Top 25 Countdown to Camp: No. 22

2014-07-10T06:00:00Z 2014-08-01T20:44:23Z BYU football Top 25 Countdown to Camp: No. 22Jared Lloyd Daily Herald Daily Herald
July 10, 2014 6:00 am  • 

No. 22: Steve Kaufusi, BYU defensive line coach

Note: As the final month before the BYU football team starts fall camp ticks away, here is Jared Lloyd's list of the Top 25 individuals who will have the biggest impact on the success of the Cougars in 2014.

The BYU defensive line comes into 2014 with one returning starter: defensive end Remington Peck.

For most teams, that might be an ominous sign, but the Cougars and defensive line coach Steve Kaufusi have a couple of advantages.

First, BYU has a number of players who have at least gotten a decent amount of game experience, including returned missionaries Graham Rowley and Travis Tuiloma and nose tackle Marques Johnson.

Second, the Cougar defensive front isn't necessarily designed to be flashy. Kaufusi needs guys who can plug holes, tie up blockers and let the talented linebackers roam free.

That means that while Kaufusi still has a big job getting guys ready to go, he's got some pieces to work with that can fill the holes and maintain the depth the unit needs to be successful.

There is no doubt Kaufusi's role is crucial, however. If BYU consistently gets beat at the point of attack, it's going to be a very long year for the Cougar defense.

Daily Herald sports editor ​Jared Lloyd can be reached at 801-344-2555 or Twitter: @JaredrLloyd. Instagram: @JaredrLloyd.

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