(Photo by BYU Photo/Jaren Wilkey)
PROVO, Utah – The BYU football team will conduct the first practice of fall camp Saturday afternoon in preparation for the 2013 season opener on Aug. 31 at Virginia.
Players reported on Friday in anticipation of Saturday’s opening practice session of fall camp. Some of the events taking place in advance of the first practice include a welcome from head coach Bronco Mendenhall, orientation, individual physicals and equipment issue.
Newcomers reporting for camp on Friday included Michael Davis (Fr. WR), Rylee Gautavai (Fr. LB), Brayden Kearsley (Fr. OL), Tomasi Laulile (Fr. DL), Dallin Leavitt (Fr. DB), Kai Nacua (Fr. DB), JohnRyheem Peoples (Fr. DL), Trajan Pili (Fr. LB), Jordan Preator (Fr. DB), Addison Pulsipher (Fr. OL), Colby Pearson (Fr. WR), Thomas Shoaf (Fr. OL), Merrill Taliauli (Fr. DL) and Vance Bingham (Fr. P/K).
The Cougars also welcomed transfers Josh Carter (OL, Jr., Eastern Arizona College), Robertson Daniel (DB, Jr., De Anza JC), Tim Duran (OL, Jr., Cabrillo College), Edward Fusi (OL, Jr. Mt. San Antonio CC), Sam Lee (DB, Jr. College of the Canyons), Trevor Samson (P/K, Jr., Fresno City JC), Kalolo Utu (DL, Jr. Compton CC) and De’Ondre Wesley (OL, Jr., Diablo Valley CC). Also reporting for fall camp were returned missionaries Bryan Sampson (R-Fr. TE), Algernon Brown (R-Fr. RB), Sae Tautu (R-Fr. LB) and Scott Lefrandt (Sr. DB).
Seniors Houston Reynolds (OL) and Jordan Smith (WR) have not been cleared medically to play and will not return for their final seasons. Sophomore Kevan Bills (LB) will also miss this season to recover from off-season ACL surgery.
BYU is entering its third season as a football independent in 2013 and gears up for a tough schedule that includes four opponents ranked in the preseason USA TODAY Top 25 coaches’ poll.