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Freshman Walk-on Hansen Jumps Up Depth Chart

The biggest surprise of the two-deep depth chart released today by BYU head football coach <b>Gary Crowton</b> was the positioning of freshman walk-on <b>Marc Hansen</b> as the second-string "Z" receiver behind <b>Toby Christensen</b>.

"Hansen will be our sixth or seventh receiver going into the Georgia Tech game. He's a freshman and he's getting better all the time," Crowton said today at the weekly media luncheon.

"The reason we like him is because he's very tough. He goes to the ball and he'll go and make a catch in a crowd. He's very physical. He's also very smart. He knows what he's doing, so he's very dependable. That's what's earned him a place on our two-deep (roster) when we're in our three wide-out sets. I'm very happy with Marc," Crowton added.

Hansen earned a preferred walk-on slot following his LDS mission. Crowton noted he's working hard toward a scholarship in the future.

The other mild surprise was Crowton's comment he may still redshirt freshman offensive guard Ofa Mohetau, noting that he had changed his mind regarding his situation. He said he will decide two to three games into the season based on Mohetau's progress in practice as well as make a final decision on Scott Young's possible redshirt status.

Also, Lance Reynolds Jr., was moved from linebacker to center on the offensive line. As such, he will be coached by his father Lance Reynolds, Sr. Coach Crowton is very excited and confident with that move saying that Reynolds is "very mobile for his size." Crowton joked that "although he's only around 250 right now, he should have no trouble getting up to 290, as most of the Reynolds family does."

Crowton was referring to Coach Reynolds other sons who weigh in close to 300 pounds as outstanding high school offensive linemen.

Meanwhile, Vincent Xanthos is listed as a back-up offensive guard, even though Crowton said he will be used primarily as an offensive tackle.

Crowton added he also plans to play true freshman offensive tackle RJ Willing in JV games this year and he will not redshirt.

On the opposite side of the ball, defensive coordinator Bronco Mendenhall said he has cross-trained most of the safeties to play either the Cougarback or the Kat back positions, noting the depth chart there is variable.

Cornerback Nate Soelberg, who received confirmation of a BYU scholarship yesterday, has been added to the punt returning roster. Crowton said he wants to get him more practice time in this area.

The following is the two-deep BYU roster released to the news media today:


ZR- Toby Christensen 6-0, 196, Sr.
Marc Hansen 6-0, 184, Fr.

XR- Rod Wilkerson 6-2, 182, Jr. or Chris Hale 5-9, 175, So.

FR- Jason Kukahiko 6-1, 191, Jr. David Christensen 5-10, 200, Jr. or Ryan Slater 6-3, 195, Sr.

TE- Daniel Coats 6-3, 249, Fr. Justin Jory 6-2, 245, Sr. or Aissac Aiono 6-4, 243, So.

RT- Brandon Stephens 6-6, 280, Jr. Gary McGiven 6-4, 302, Fr.

RG- Jake Kuresa 6-4, 358, Fr. or Scott Young 6-4, 310, Jr. Vincent Xanthos 6-4, 273, Sr.

C- Scott Jackson 6-5, 300, Sr. Hanale Vincent 6-5, 321, Jr.

LG- Quinn Christensen 6-4, 307, Sr. Ofa Mohetau 6-3, 355, Fr.

LT- Eddie Keele 6-5, 283, Fr. Paul Fisher 6-7, 295, Fr.

QB- Matt Berry 6-5, 227, So. John Beck 6-2, 190, Fr. Todd Mortensen 6-4, 225, Jr.

RB- Marcus Whalen 5-11, 213, Jr. Naufahu Tahi 6-0, 234, So. Reynaldo Brathwaite 5-10, 170, Jr. or Thomas Stancil 5-7, 167, Fr.

FB- Taufui Vakapuna 6-0, 229, Fr. Kyle Wilson 6-0, 225, Sr.


RE- Brady Poppinga 6-3, 257, Jr. Justin Carlson-Maddux 6-3, 253, Fr.

NT- Daniel Marquardt 6-2, 315, So. or Ifo Pili 6-3, 325, Sr. Manaia Brown 6-3, 316, So.

LE- John Denney 6-6, 275, Jr. Bill Wright 6-3, 259, Sr.

RLB- Colby Bockwoldt 6-2, 226, Sr. Bryant Atkinson 6-3, 224, So.

MLB- Mike Tanner 6-2, 239, Sr. K.C. Bills 6-1, 219, Fr.

LLB- Levi Madarieta 6-2, 233 Sr. Lawrence Cowan 6-3, 229 Fr.

RC- Brandon Heaney 5-11, 184, Sr. Chad Barney 6-1, 191, Sr.

LC- Jernaro Gilford 6-2, 181, Sr. Nate Soelberg 6-0, 172, So.

CGR- Aaron Francisco 6-2, 206, Jr. Jared Meibos 5-11, 206, Jr.

RK- Jon Burbidge 6-0, 197, Jr. James Allen 5-10, 160, Jr.

LK- Kip Nielsen 6-0, 205, Sr. Josh Brandon 6-0, 190, Sr.


K- Matt Payne 6-4, 234, Jr. John Denney 6-6, 275, Jr.

P- Matt Payne 6-4, 234, Jr. Tyson Dunham 6-1, 198, Sr.

DS- John Denney 6-6, 275, Jr. Phillip Niu 6-5, 243, Fr.

PR- David Christensen 5-10, 200, Jr. Toby Christensen 6-0, 192, Sr.

KR- David Christensen 5-10, 200, Jr. Reynaldo Brathwaite 5-10, 170, Jr. Thomas Stancil 5-6, 167, Fr. or James Allen 5-10, 160, Jr.

H- Tyson Dunham 6-1, 198, Sr. Toby Christensen 6-0, 192, Sr.

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