BYU football looking forward to having fullback Masen Wake back on the field
BYU tight end Masen Wake hurdles a defender during the 27-20 Cougar win over UTSA at Lavell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020.
BYU tight end Masen Wake shows the words "Rest in heaven, Mom" under his jersey after scoring a touchdown during the game against Houston at TDECU Stadium in Houston on Friday, October 16, 2020.
BYU fullback Masen Wake scores a touchdown during the 48-7 Cougar win over Troy at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020.
The health of the quarterbacks for the BYU football team has been a hot topic for much of the last few weeks, as the status of Jaren Hall, Baylor Romney and Jacob Conover has been a big deal.
But Cougar offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick said during Wednesday’s teleconference that his unit has really missed the contributions of another player who has been limited by injury: fullback Masen Wake.
“That was a huge loss, not having him,” Roderick said. “He has been one of our best players all year. He’s a very unique player. Fefenses have to prepare for some of the things he does that are just different than what you see week in and week out. In a way, he’s kind of a throwback guy, but at the same time he’s very skilled and does some, some really skilled things as well. He changes an offense.”
Roderick finished by saying that BYU is “going to have him this week so it’s going to be nice to have him back.”
The Cougars have had fullbacks and tight ends work closely so BYU tight end Dallin Holker has had a chance to see Wake in action quite a bit.
“Masen is a great player,” Holker said. “He makes plays and he’s a hard worker. I think we definitely feed off his energy. We missed him but he’s a good leader for us and he was there for us, cheering us on on the sidelines. We love having Masen.”
Holker when asked what makes Wake so effective, Holker grinned and said “He’s kind of a meathead.”
He went on to explain that Wake can use both a physical and a finesse approach.
“He’ll kind of just bulldoze over people or jump over them too,” Holker said. “He just brings the energy in the offense when we need it.”
Wake isn’t the only player who has returned and is practicing with the offense again, according to Roderick.
The Cougar offensive coordinator said Romney is getting back up to speed as well, although he wasn’t certain where he would be on the depth chart.
“He hasn’t taken as many reps as Jacob Conover,” Roderick said. “Right now, I’m not sure yet if Conover will be the No. 2 or where Baylor will be in the pecking order.”
Roderick said that the final day of practice on Thursday would be when all of that would shake out.
“We get a lot of reps in our Thursday practice,” Roderick said. “Pretty much the whole practice is just team reps, so we’ll make that determination after tomorrow. All the quarterbacks are looking really good. Jaren Hall healthy now and ready to roll. Conover has been getting a lot of good reps and it’s nice to have Baylor back out there as well.”
BYU is going to need as many options as possible when it face a talented Baylor defense in Waco, Texas, on Saturday (1:30 p.m. MT).
“They’re a really good defense,” Holker said. “They’re strong and they’re fast. We’ll just go out there like we do every week and try to play to the best of our abilities and do the best that we can.”