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4. Football MVPs so far

October 19, 2018 GMT

4. Who are your BYU football offensive and defensive MVPs for the first half of the season?

LLOYD: I think the Cougar defense deserves the most credit for wins against Arizona, Wisconsin and Hawaii, so I’m going to start on that side of the ball. For me, the choice has to be senior defensive lineman/linebacker Corbin Kaufusi. He isn’t just the best BYU pass-rusher, but he has been asked to do everything: stop the run, drop back in coverage, spy the quarterback and block kicks. Being 6-foot-9 gives him some obvious advantages, but Kaufusi has to deal with difficult challenges when it comes to leverage. He hasn’t been perfect, but he’s made a ton of plays and the team has rallied around him as a leader.

On offense, I think you have to give the MVP award to the Cougar offensive line. If you make me pick one guy, I’ll take freshman center James Empey who has come in to replace Tejan Koroma and done a great job organizing the unit, as well as making good snaps.

DICKSON: There have been a lot of guys on offense who have had one or two strong games, but it seems to me that wide receiver Aleva Hifo has been the most consistent. He leads the team in receptions with 21 and has really been the most consistently dangerous offensive player.

On defense, I’m going with safety Austin Lee. He’s the third-leading tackler and he made a prophet out of me last week when I predicted a big game-changing turnover at the end of the half against Hawaii, so he’s my guy.