News concerning BYU captains came out of Provo on Monday. Coach Bronco Mendenhall revealed that the players chose J.D. Falslev and Skyler Ridley as offensive captains and Uani Unga and Daniel Sorensen as defensive captains for the upcoming season.
Jay Drew, of the Salt Lake Tribune, reported that Mendenhall prefers “unsung heroes” to be captains, something he said reflects the team’s history of rewarding players who have worked extra hard to be key pieces in games.
But the rise of Falslev, Ridley, Unga and Sorensen means the demotion of former captains Cody Hoffman and Kyle Van Noy, neither of whom cracked under the pressure last year. According to the Deseret News, Hoffman was the “go-to guy” in 2012 for the Cougars. He made a total of 100 receptions in 1,248 yards, marks good enough to be second in school history. Hoffman’s online profile mentions he has a streak going of 32 straight games in which he’s caught a pass. Falslev, meanwhile, made 37 receptions, which was the second amount on the team.
Van Noy’s snub is also interesting. In last year’s Poinsettia Bowl, Van Noy led the Cougars to a 23-6 victory over San Diego State with 3.5 tackles, 1.5 sacks, two touchdowns, one interception and more. In an official blog post, BYU noted the linebacker has the most sacks in a career by any active FBS player (22). In addition, he has already been named four times to Preseason All-American teams and is on watch lists for six different awards.