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BYU football: Jordan Johnson and Robertson Daniel top updated depth chart at cornerback

By Lafe Peavler, Deseret News

Published: Mon, Aug. 25 11:15 a.m. MDT

 Brigham Young Cougars defensive back Robertson Daniel (4) intercepts the Washington Huskies pass during the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco  Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.   Washington Huskies won 31-16.

Brigham Young Cougars defensive back Robertson Daniel (4) intercepts the Washington Huskies pass during the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. Washington Huskies won 31-16.

(Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

PROVO — BYU released its updated depth chart Monday and there are a few small surprises on it.

Despite running with the second team for most, if not all, of fall camp, Jordan Johnson and Robertson Daniel are listed as the starters at the cornerback positions. Also, Nebraska transfer Harvey Jackson is not listed on the two-deep at safety.

However, this depth chart still appears to be a work in progress. Four of the five offensive line positions are listed have "or" listed next to the names, meaning BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall has yet to determine a definite starter. Only Ului Lapuaho at left tackle is listed as the definitive starter.

Running back Jamaal Williams and wide receiver Devon Blackmon are not listed on the depth chart due to suspensions. Adam Hine is the starting running back, while Paul Lasike and Algernon Brown are listed as "or" at halfback. Terenn Houk, Mitch Mathews and Jordan Leslie top the three at wide receiver with Devin Mahina the starter at tight end.

On defense, Graham Rowley, Travis Tuiloma and Remington Peck are the starters on the defensive line. Alani Fua, Zac Stout, Manoa Pikula and Bronson Kaufusi top the chart at linebacker. Dallin Leavitt and Craig Bills are on top at safety.

On special teams, Trevor Samson is the kicker, and Scott Arellano will remain the starting punter. Hine and Lasike will take kickoff returns, while Leslie and Keanu Nelson will handle punt returns.

Lafe Peavler is a staff sports writer for the Deseret News. Follow him on Twitter @LafePeavler.

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1. Hoosier87
American Fork, UT,
Aug. 25, 2014

Normally I find "Chris B" comments over the top and a little obnoxious - however, this time only - that was funny stuff brother!

Kudos to you on that one - dreaming about Savannah State.....

2. cks1450
LOS ANGELES, CA,
Aug. 25, 2014

Ha Ha, DesNews no like Chris B comment.

3. Uncle Rico
Sandy, UT,
Aug. 25, 2014

I believe Chris B, like myself are just super-excited about BYU and the upcoming season. We were both hoping that Harvey Langi would break into the starting LB position, but glad that he's in a support role if needed. I also know Chris would want to thank all BYU starters for working hard in the off-season to prepare for a great year ahead!

4. Mountanman
Hayden, ID,
Aug. 25, 2014

Dang it! I was so looking forward to Chris B's scintillating analysis of BYU's team and now it has apparently been taken down! For years many of us have us have relied on his wisdom as a reverse barometer and now where shall we go?

5. 1978
Salt Lake City, UT,
Aug. 25, 2014

Do you mean that the P5 Nebraska transfer is not on the two deep rotation at BYU? That contradicts everything I have heard from certain sources that P5 talent is always light years better than all of the non P5 schools.

There are two conclusions from this neither of which would make certain Utah fans very happy. Either BYU has P5 talent already or the above argument is invalid.

To make matters worse the defensive secondary is usually BYU's weakest area.