The Brigham Young Cougars opened spring football practices yesterday. Just as the spring represents new life, spring practices ushers in a new year for BYU football. With the new year comes new questions. Here are BLUE COGUAR FOOTBALL's spring football 2012 burning questions.
1. Who will sieze the moment? BYU needs to replace four starters on both offense and defense. Additionally, several key back up spots are available. It is a great advantage to players to finish spring first on the depth chart. Two years ago, Jameson Frazier capitalized on the opportunities he was given during spring to start several games at outside linebacker.
2. How do the new quarterback's look? Sure Riley Nelson is coming back, but this is BYU. We are always anxious to see who is waiting in the wings. It has been nearly a year since BYU announced Taysom Hill and Ammon Olsen would be Cougars after their missions. Cougar fans can finally get a peak at what these two can offer. Will they measure up to the expectations, or are they still carrying some mission rust?
3. Can BYU stay healthy? The threat of injury is always looming. BYU was hit hard by injuries outside of games last year. If a player suffers a sprained ankle or pulled hamstring, then they have plenty of time to recover before the season starts. However, blowing an ACL or severely breaking a bone will keep someone out of commission until 2013.
4. Has Robbie Buckner's time finally come? The cornerback from Ashdown, Arkansas first arrived in Provo back in 2006. He has been on the cusp of the two deep roster for three years. Buckner even started one game in 2009 (Utah State). With Corby Eason graduating, Buckner will be in a battle with Jordan Johnson for that open spot.
5. Can the defensive line and outside linebackers restock? Three outside linebackers were lost to graduation. Four key defensive linemen from last year won't be back this year. The front seven is the heart of the defense. While five of the seven starters will return, developing quality back ups is key.
6. Will the Juice be loose? Running back Joshua "Juice" Quezada was bottled up in 2011 with ankle issues. He should be 100 percent healthy now. This is the time for him to show if he has regained his 2010 form, or if he will remain in a prolonged funk.
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