BYU football: Chase Roberts, other receivers eager to show last week’s match against Baylor were no luck if stars Puka Nacua, Gunner Romney couldn’t play

BYU’s new jersey recipient Chase Roberts enjoyed his surprise game against Baylor, and all the spoils that came with it, for about 24 hours.

However, as soon as Monday hit, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound evangelist from American Fork High turned his attention to Saturday’s (1:30 p.m. MDT, Fox) showdown with #25 in Oregon, and realization struck him sharply. Direct karmic from quarterback Yaren Hall.

“Yeah, I’m sure, after a good game (it’s going to happen),” Roberts said after training on Wednesday. “Garen Hall has targeted me a little bit. So I’m sure they’ll be watching me. But the good thing is we have all these other receptors that will go off if that’s the case.”

Roberts continued, “If not, we will do our job. No matter what, we will score some points.”

“They look a lot better than last week. It’s day in and day out. It’s really a game time deal. They look really good, and they literally do day in and day out. … I just know they run (in practice) and they look great.” – BYU reception coach Fesi Sitake on WRs Gunner Romney and Puka Nacua

Of course, one of the reasons Roberts was able to pick up eight passes for 122 yards and land in front of Baylor was the lack of BYU’s two top receivers, Gunner Romney and Puka Nacua, who were out due to injuries.

Fesi Sitake, BYU’s passing game coordinator and reception coach, said Nacua and Romney have been doing individual runs in practice this week, but game-time decisions remain for Oregon.

“They look a lot better than last week. It’s day in and day out. It’s really a game time deal. They look really good, and it’s literally day in and day out,” Setaki said. “…I just know they run (in practice) and look good.”

Roberts isn’t the only BYU receiver to have fought off the Bears. redshirt freshman Keanu Hill (four catches, 57 yards), red freshman Cody Epps (three catches, 28 yards) and junior Breden Cosper (two catches, 13 yards) also made timely plays, to extend the lead.

“Really, it was just satisfactory. So proud of these guys,” Setaki said. “…Our whole room—and I including these guys—knew that the next guy would come up and be ready. It was really fun to see them play, lots of clutch plays, and they had a lot of fun. It was definitely a memory I will never forget and I know they won’t, either.”

BYU receiver Chase Roberts catches a touchdown in the corner of the end zone at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, September 10, 2022.

Scott J Winterton, The Desert News

Sitake acknowledges that Roberts’ talent won’t surprise Oregon, but says life won’t necessarily get tougher on the receiver.

“I think it’s going to get easier,” Setaki said. “When you play football, despite the opponent, the atmosphere, all that stuff, that first big game, in my opinion, just (lifts) that weight off his shoulders. And every game brings with it different challenges. I wouldn’t say it’s going to be a breeze from now on. But my guess is he took this match away and it’s a good game.”

Roberts said he is “just here to play football” and feels no extra pressure to repeat what happened last week.

“It’s just a game, go out and play,” Roberts said. “I just feel good, just relax. I’ll go out and do my job.”

However, Roberts believes the Oregon high school is a step up in the competition than the less experienced defenders demonstrated at Baylor last week.

“They are some of the most athletic footballers I’ve seen in the movie, just measurable things and everything. He said of the ducks. “Obviously they want to beat us and so we’ll just go out and play our game and play some football, hopefully it’s a good fight and we can take it.” to them”.

Sitak agreed with the young receiver, saying that Christian Gonzalez, a transfer from Colorado, is one of the potential players in the NFL.

“Really good, very athletic,” said Setaki. They’re big. They’re physical. … They’re experienced. They’re good players. We’re going to have a really good challenge this week – not just in terms of individuals, but schematically. Our young people are excited about this opportunity.”

Romney, Nacua, and Cosper faced plenty of big, boisterous crowds on their BYU days, and their Nacua days in Washington. But men like Roberts, Epps, and Hill did not. It’s not a big concern, says Roberts.

“I think just staying calm and calm and composed is kind of the phrase we’re saying,” Roberts said. “And Jarren (Hall) is an example of that. So it’s nice to have a midfielder who plays somehow. And then the recipients, everyone, kinda have that attitude and we can stay cool, calm, and put together the whole game.”

To simulate the atmosphere and noise of Autzen, Cougars injected music and crowd noise through speakers strategically placed around the training ground and indoor training facility. It has been uncharacteristically rainy in Provo this week, especially when BYU is practicing outdoors.

“It’s just one of those things that you have to practice with,” Setaki said of the noise. “Fortunately the weather was very similar to the Pacific Northwest, so I don’t know what the football gods are doing, but they are clearly sending us some rain that we might need.

“It is difficult,” he said. “You can’t emulate Autzen, but we try to do everything we can and do a good job with that.”

cougars on air

No. 12 BYU (2-0) at No. 25, Oregon (1-1)

Saturday, 1:30 p.m. MDT

Utzen Stadium

Eugene, Oregon

Television: Fox

radio: KSL 102.7 FM News Radio / 1160 AM

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