BYU football: How healthy are linebackers Keenan Pili, Payton Wilgar?

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BYU linebackers Keenan Pili, left, and Payton Wilgar are interviewed during BYU football media day in Provo on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

It has been well-documented that injuries to key players put a damper on BYU’s 2021 football season, as the Cougars sort of limped toward the finish line in November and lost 31-28 to UAB in the Independence Bowl in December.

Linebackers Keenan Pili, Payton Wilgar and Chaz Ah You, tight end Isaac Rex and even starting quarterback Jaren Hall missed the bowl game.

During Wednesday’s BYU football media day at the BYU Broadcasting Building, coaches and the players themselves — with the exception of Ah You — provided updates on their recoveries as the “season feels like it is just around the corner,” in the words of head coach Kalani Sitake.

“If we can (stay healthy), I think we will have a good shot at a good season. Part of getting our guys ready and providing good depth is making sure that we are healthy. So far, going into this camp, I think we are going to be in a really good spot.” — BYU football coach Kalani Sitake

Generally, the reports were favorable. Barring any unforeseen setbacks or new injuries, BYU should start fall camp on Aug. 3 at full strength.

“If we can get that done, I think we will have a good shot at a good season,” Sitake said of the recoveries. “Part of getting our guys ready and providing good depth is making sure that we are healthy. So far, going into this camp, I think we are going to be in a really good spot.”

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

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