BYU Cougars: Top five freshmen to watch in 2015

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Sep 6, 2014; Austin, TX, USA; Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Taysom Hill (4) and tight end Devin Mahina (84) and wide receivers Jordan Leslie (9) and Mitchell Juergens (87) react after a touchdown against the Texas Longhorns during the second half at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. BYU beat Texas 41-7. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

In 2014 BYU had several standout freshmen, notably Tejan Koroma on the offensive line and Fred Warner at linebacker. BYU will make even more use of these players in 2015, but which newcomers will contribute to the team in 2015?

The 2015 season should be a big year for BYU, who has a lot to measure up to this year. Whether a player is fresh out of high school or recently back from a LDS mission, the Cougars will look up to several freshmen to boost team depth.

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Regardless of how the players were rated as recruits, several BYU freshmen have stood out through the years and have helped to carry the team. Ross Apo and Cody Hoffman were star red-shirt freshmen, and Jamaal Williams picked the team up in 2012 as a very underrated, 17-year-old true freshman (especially against Georgia Tech).

Unfortunately, the running back position at BYU is a little up in the air about what each player’s roll will be, as it’s a position that will miss Jamaal Williams, who recently revealed that he will not be playing for the 2015 season. BYU did pick up Washington St. transfer Squally Canada, but he needs to sit out a year, and recruit Charles West may or may not be joining the team.

A good chunk of BYU’s 2015 recruiting class is heading on missions first, but that also means a group is coming back from finishing their own. Most of the freshmen players will probably see playing their time increase gradually throughout the year, but some could fight for quality time at Nebraska to start the season. Feel free to share which rookie players you think are going to stand out the most this season.

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