BYU broad receiver Puka Nacua runs after creating a catch all the way through the Cougars’ street sport at Baylor, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021 at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas. (Jaren Wilkey, BYU Picture)
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PROVO — BYU can be with out its two main receivers when it hosts No. 9 Baylor in Saturday evening’s house opener, in step with ESPN.
The Twenty first-ranked Cougars (1-0) will host the Bears (1-0) in some of the peak faculty soccer video games of Week 2 with out broad receivers Puka Nacua and Gunner Romney, in step with a document from ESPN’s Pete Thamel.
Nacua, who used to be a key element in BYU’s offense all the way through the Cougars’ 38-24 loss in Waco, Texas, final 12 months, has been struggling with an ankle damage that took place within the first part of the 50-21 win over South Florida within the season opener. The previous Orem Prime standout had two speeding touchdowns in that sport, together with a 75 yarder on a jet sweep at the sport’s first play from scrimmage.
Requested Wednesday if Nacua used to be wholesome sufficient to play at the weekend, offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick used to be cheeky however truthful in his reaction.
“I would not let you know if I knew,” Roderick stated. “However I do not know. Most definitely a game-time resolution.”
Requested if Nacua had practiced per week after leaving the season opener at South Florida early with an obvious ankle damage, Roderick used to be likewise unequivocal.
“I am not answering that,” he quipped.
Romney can be held out with an undisclosed damage, one that still stored him out of the sport in opposition to South Florida and restricted him all the way through maximum of fall coaching camp. A timetable for his go back has now not been publicly decided.
“There are some guys who’re questionable,” BYU trainer Kalani Sitake stated Monday. “We will see what occurs. I’m going to most likely have extra of an concept the next day to come.”
Defensive coordinator Ilaisa Tuiaki stated this week that he is been operating with a complete allotment of defensive gamers (from the South Florida sport) in follow, together with defensive lineman Gabe Summers, who left the primary sport early with an obvious knee damage.
“At the moment, we are wholesome,” Tuiaki stated. “We have were given everyone who went into the sport in opposition to South Florida.”
Within the absence of Nacua and Romney, BYU will flip to Keanu Hill, who had a 21-yard landing in opposition to the Bulls; Kody Epps, who stuck 4 passes for 26 yards; Brayden Cosper, who had 3 catches for 27 yards; and Chase Roberts, who had 3 catches for 41 yards. Tight ends Dallin Holker (3 catches 39 yards, 1 landing) and Isaac Rex (two catches, 23 yards) may just additionally see extra goals.
In final 12 months’s loss, Nacua hauled in 5 catches from quarterback Jaren Corridor for 168 yards and a landing. That is with regards to part of the 342 passing yards by way of Corridor, who additionally had a career-long 56-yard speeding landing, and a big chew of the offense that still incorporated 33 speeding yards and a ranking from Tyler Allgeier.
The junior Washington switch completed with 76 yards and two touchdowns for the Cougars in opposition to South Florida.