BYU No. 35 in Phil Steele's Top 40 Countdown

May 16, 2012 - Posted by Kenny Cox on May 16, 2012 at 5:13 pm

College football pundit Phil Steele revealed BYU as No. 35 on his 2012 Top 40 college football teams. Visit www.philsteele.com for more information on his countdown.

Steele recognized the Cougars as having a team highlighted by a strong junior and senior class. His article includes full breakdowns of each position as well as an offensive and defensive depth chart, information on the 2012 opponents, statistics and more. Here are some excerpts from Steele's full page articles from his upcoming 2012 College Football Preview Magazine.

On the 2012 squad
"...has 14 starters back and 29 seniors this year. The schedule is tough with Utah, Boise, Notre Dame and Georgia Tech all on the road but this team is even stronger and capable of their sixth double-digit win season in seven years."

On the wide receivers
" ...the WR's had unusual size and speed for BYU ... this year they only lose McKay Jacobson (9 starts, 323 yards, 12.9 yards per reception) and I really like the size/speed combination of Hoffman and Apo."

On the defensive line
"They return two starters plus get back Russell Tialavea and Ian Dulan. They also add a true freshman Bronson Kaufusi and Simote Vea was granted a 6th yr. I'll call for continued improvement despite losing a top-notch DL."

On the linebackers
"While they lose 19 starts from last year, they return the top three linebacker tacklers (No. 1, No. 2, No. 4 overall) so I'll call them as having three starters back and this is one of the better LB corps in the country."

Phil Steele's complete two-page article on BYU