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24 Former BYU Cougars take NFL snaps this weekend: BYU Football Pro Tracker Preseason, Week 1

BYU currently has more former players fighting for roster spots in the NFL than at any other time this century.  24 former BYU football players got NFL snaps this weekend with another four players under contract being held out of games for various reasons. And while it’s highly unlikely that all 28 players make their teams’ final 53-man rosters it sure is fun to see so many fighting for that opportunity.

Here’s how the Cougars did.

Standout Performances for Preseason Week 1

The two quarterbacks got the headlines this weekend and both of them played well.  Zach Wilson made the most of his NFL debut going 6-for-9 for 63 yards and putting the Jets in position to score the opening field goal.  Taysom Hill threw a pick, but he went 8-for-12 passing for 81 yards and looked confident in the QB1 role.

Some exceptional performances came from under-the-radar rookies Isaiah Kaufusi, Ty’Son Williams, and Dax Milne.  Kaufusi had five tackles and a fourth down tackle for loss for the Colts, while Williams had 42 yards rushing and 23 yards receiving for the Ravens.  Milne caught two passes for 16 yards and hard an impressive 19 yard punt return.

Game Summaries

  • Zayne Anderson (CB, Chiefs). Three tackles (two solo).  Was moved from linebacker to cornerback earlier in the week.
  • Matt Bushman (TE, Raiders). One reception for five yards.
  • Brady Christensen (OL, Panthers).  Started and played most of the game at right tackle (played a little a left tackle).
  • Michael Davis (CB, Chargers). Started and had one solo tackle.
  • Zac Dawe (DL, Falcons). Had one tackle.
  • Chandon Herring (OT, Titans). Played tackle and recorded no stats.
  • Taysom Hill (QB, Saints). Started and went 8-for-12 passing for 81 yards and an interception.
  • Tristen Hoge (OT, Jets). Was in for two drives at tackle.
  • Corbin Kaufusi (OT, 49ers). Played at right tackle in the 4th quarter and allowed two pressures in 15 snaps (nine pass blocking snaps).
  • Isaiah Kaufusi (LB, Colts). Five tackles, one tackle for loss.
  • Harvey Langi (LB, Patriots). Ten tackles (eight solo).
  • Dallin Leavitt (S, Raiders). Had a rough game with some missed coverage that led to a touchdown.
  • Dax Milne (WR, Washington). Caught two passes for 16 yards on four targets, had one punt return for 19 yards, and put in some time on special teams.
  • Kai Nacua (S, 49ers). Six tackles (three solo) and a pass defended in 35 total snaps.
  • Micah Simon (WR, Panthers). 0 catches on two targets. .
  • Daniel Sorensen (S, Chiefs). Didn’t record any stats.
  • Sione Takitaki (LB, Browns). Three tackles.
  • Khyiris Tonga (DT, Bears). Started at tackle.
  • Kyle Van Noy (LB, Patriots). Three tackles.
  • Troy Warner (S, Rams). Started on special teams and recorded no stats.
  • Chris Wilcox (DB, Buccaneers). Two tackles.
  • Jamaal Williams (RB, Lions). Rushed nine times for 15 yards.
  • Ty’Son Williams (RB, Ravens). Rushed 10 times for 42 yards, five receptions for 23 yards.
  • Zach Wilson (QB, Jets). Went 6-for-9 for 63 yards and put the Jets in position to score a field goal.

Did Not Play

  • Francis Bernard (LB, Cowboys). Did not play as he is sidelined with a hamstring injury.
  • Aleva Hifo (WR, Cardinals). Was signed to the Cardinals on August 6th but recorded no stats in Arizona’s game this week.
  • Bronson Kaufusi (TE, Packers). The Packers are moving Kaufusi from defense to offense, giving him a shot at tight end and offensive tackle.  Has also been busy recently starting a company to help college students with NIL.
  • Fred Warner (OLB, 49ers). Was held out of the 49ers 16-19 defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs .

Free Agents

  • Ziggy Ansah (DE, 49ers).  Hasn’t re-signed with the 49ers since the summer and isn’t currently attached to a team.
  • John Denney (LS, Saints). Was at a tryout earlier in the week but didn’t appear in the Saints game on Thursday.
  • Kavika Fonua (DB, Panthers).  Had mini-camp invite but was cut from the team over the summer.

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Video and Commentary for Week 1 from Cougar Nation

Here’s what Cougar nation had to say about all of the outstanding performances from this weekend.

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