PROVO — One of the items on BYU’s to-do list during the offseason is finding a replacement for star safety Kai Nacua.

Nacua was among the nation’s leaders in interceptions the past couple of years.

Senior Micah Hannemann started every game at the safety spot opposite of Nacua last season. During spring ball, multiple safeties are getting plenty of reps.

“Right now, the top three guys are Micah Hannemann, who played significantly last season, Tanner Jacobson and then Zayne Anderson, who didn’t play a whole lot last season,” said safeties coach Ed Lamb. “(Anderson) had a good offseason and it’s time for him to step up and take the playing time I think he deserves.”

Another safety in the mix is Matt Hadley, who played that position last season but has switched over to running back during spring ball. And there’s Austin Lee, a transfer from Utah.

“Austin’s tough, fast and he has all of the skills,” Lamb said. “He just now picking up the scheme. He’ll push for playing time for sure.”

“I played with (Lee) a little bit in high school,” Hannemann said. “He has a lot of physicality. He’s strong. He’s a little bit shorter than I remembered in high school. I guess I got taller. He’s strong for his size. He likes to hit people and he’s a solid tackler.”

Hannemann said the safeties are focusing on fundamentals and improving this spring.

“Everyone’s getting equal reps,” he said. “Everyone’s on an equal level. It’s fun to play right now.”

END IN SIGHT: The Cougars have just two more weeks of spring practices, including the spring scrimmage on Saturday.

Coach Kalani Sitake is happy overall with what he’s seen from his players.

“Obviously, we have some issues and mostly with guys that are still new to the schemes and the program,” he said. “For the most part, I’m …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

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