No. 19: Nick Howell, BYU defensive coordinator
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.
This coach might be in the long shadow of BYU head football coach Bronco Mendenhall as far as organizing the defense, but you better believe he has a huge part in how well the Cougars do on that side of the ball.
Howell is one of those guys who is great to talk to because he'll tell you exactly how he sees it and what needs to be done. He's got a bright future in coaching with a good grasp of scheme and organization.
But this year he has the task of retooling a defense that lost some big-time contributors. You don't replace the abilities of Kyle Van Noy, Daniel Sorensen, Eathyn Manumaleuna and Uani 'Unga, but you have to find ways to fill that void.
Howell also has the specific duty of coaching the secondary, which probably has as much hype coming into 2014 as it has ever had. It has athletes and experience ... but will that translate to success on the field?
If Howell gets the pieces fitted together, both in the secondary and the entire defense, this could be a squad that continues BYU's recent tradition of being stingy and tough to move the ball against.