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BYU football: Which Cougars are most crucial for success in 2014?

By Jay Yeomans, For the Deseret News

Published: Wed, Aug. 6 1:07 p.m. MDT

 Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Taysom Hill (4) is pursued by Washington Huskies linebacker Princeton Fuimaono (37)  during the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco  Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.   Washington Huskies won 31-16.

Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Taysom Hill (4) is pursued by Washington Huskies linebacker Princeton Fuimaono (37) during the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. Washington Huskies won 31-16.

(Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

The BYU Cougars have already started fall camp and are poised to have a monster year.

The Cougars are loaded with returning starters from last season's 8-5 team who are looking to add to already successful careers. There are also some big-time newcomers who are looking to make their respective mark on the program this year.

With the abundance of talent that litters the Cougars' roster in 2014 there are more than a handful of players who need to have big seasons for BYU to find success. This is the list of the best of the best of those players. These are who will carry the load for the Cougars this season as they try to make another step forward to get their name back into the national conversation as one of the best football schools in the country.

Here is a look at the most important players for BYU to have a successful season in 2014.

Defensive stats are from cfbstats.com, offensive stats from Sports-reference.com.

Jay Yeomans is a courier by day and a freelance writer by night. He is the creator and lead writer of the website jmoneysports.com. Contact him at jmoney34@hotmail.com. Twitter: @jmoneysports

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1. Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA,
Aug. 6, 2014

Which Cougars are most crucial for success in 2014? The schedule-makers.

If BYU can find enough patsies to play, eventually they should go undefeated.

2. bournesupremacy
Kaysville, UT,
Aug. 6, 2014

@brave - San Diego huh? I guess Kyle Van Noy DOMINATING the aztecs still stings.

3. Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT,
Aug. 6, 2014

bourne,

Kyle Van Noy went 0-4 in his super bowl games. It didn't matter what team we had out there and what team byU had out there, van noy and byu are simply a big step below big brother and don't have the talent or coaching to beat us.

Tell us, whats it going to feel like when you go at least 7 years without a win over your rival?

Glad I don't know that feeling. Never have, never will. But you do.

4. Cougar Nation #1
Provo, UT,
Aug. 6, 2014

Chris B, you guys are our little sister. Do you have a national championship in football? Heisman Trophy winner? Doak Walker Award winner? Outland Trophy? How many conference championships (WAC & MWC)? We know how many pac-10 championships and will have for the next 10 years? Zero.

BTW, utah didn't beat BYU from 1979 to 1987.

5. bournesupremacy
Kaysville, UT,
Aug. 7, 2014

oh chris b its so funny that you actually THINK BYU fans think that much of the u. utah is BYU's 'super bowl'??? I don't think I have laughed this hard since suspender boy ran away from Bronco with his tail between his legs. FACT of the matter is, BYU is utah's 'super bowl' proof being that there isn't a u fan that cares that they haven't been to a bowl in two years (soon to be three) and their claim to success is that they beat BYU the last 4 years. this is also proof, like Courgar Nation #1 so eloquently stated already, the u is AND ALWAYS WILL BE BYU's little sister.
Question for you chris b - who is going to be utah's new HC next year???