“The majority of them are coming back and there is just one guy that doesn’t have that much experience,” said Kaufusi of UConn’s offensive line. “I think it’s their left tackle. He’s obviously a really good player if he’s going to be their starting left tackle so you can’t take anyone lightly. Being ready for all of those guys is going to be important.”
The UConn offensive line vs. BYU defensive line matchup will look somewhat like this below.
LT Richard Levy vs. WLB Bronson Kaufusi
LG Gus Cruz vs. RE Remington Peck
C Alex Mateas vs. NT Travis Tuiloma
RG Tyler Samra vs. LE Graham Rowley
RT Dalton Gifford vs. SLB Alani Fua
Both groups are experienced with the exception of Levy at left tackle. Huskie center Alex Mateas (6-4, 309 pound senior) has been named an UConn team captain and will square off against 6-3, 285-pound Travis Tuiloma and should be a good matchup to watch.
If Tuiloma can win that battle it will have a ripple effect on down the line allowing Remington Peck, who also has been named a BYU team captain to work the line in a one-on-one matchup with Bronson Kaufusi on rushing on the edge.
“Rem is awesome and Rem is great,” said Bronson Kaufusi of Remington Peck. “He knows exactly what’s expected and does a great job of doing that. He and I have known each other since high school. We love being on the same side as each other because he can trust me and I can trust him. We both know what we expect of the d-line and the outside linebackers, and so we hold each other accountable in that way. It’s fun to play alongside of him.”
Last season the Huskies played two quarterbacks splitting time with between Casey Cochran and Chandler Whitmer. Cochran threw for a total of 1,293 yards while Whitmer threw for an additional 896 yards. The Cougars are expecting a pro-style offense from the Huskies under head coach Bob Diaco with Cochran getting the starting nod.
“They run a pro-style offense with a tight end,” said Kaufusi. “They’re going to try and ram it down our throat and run the ball and be physical. That’s kind of what we’re expecting from their pro-style offense.”
Catching the ball for the Huskie offense will be two primary receivers in 6-3, 216-pound Geremy Davis, who is a redshirt junior, and speedy 5-10, 172-pound senior Deshon Foxx. If Jordan Johnson and Robertson Daniel start, as was listed on the depth chart, then they’ll be the two defensive backs given the task of shutting down the Husky passing game.
“We’ve scouted them all out,” Kaufusi said with a laugh. “Number 4 and 85 are their receivers. I feel like those two are their main receivers.”
Geremy Davis is a bigger and stronger receiver than Foxx. The Cougars have scouted him out as being their version of former BYU receiver Cody Hoffman.
“Number 4 (Deshon Foxx) is their quick, fast guy that they’re going to try and get the ball out to him on the perimeter so he can try and make plays,” said Kaufusi. “Number 85 (Geremy Davis) is kind of their Cody Hoffman type of a player where he catches everything and makes plays on the ball. When they’re in need they’re going to go straight to him and try and get him one-on-one with some people.”
Last year Davis was third in the conference in receiving yards. This year he’s projected to be one of the leading receivers and is one of the best receivers UConn has ever had.
“They’ve got good some wide receivers and are going to try and chuck it deep,” Kaufusi said. “They’ve got some great wide receivers and so right when you get comfortable they’re going to get you. For us it’s just doing our assignments, trusting in the play call, and trusting the guys around you.”
Big, strong, and quick off the edge, Kaufusi has a plan to keep quarterback Casey Cochran from completing those deep throws to Geremy Davis.
“My job with those two is to try and make sure the ball doesn’t get to them,” Kaufusi said with a laugh. “That’s what I’m going to try and do.”
Bronson Kaufusi Video
Kaufusi talks about the up and coming game against the Huskies of UConn. He talks about the receivers and the challenges BYU will face against the Huskie offense. He also talks about playing outside linebacker, traveling many miles, and many more topics.
Bronson Kaufusi Video