It’s almost time.
The endless summer of wide-ranging speculation and prognostications can be put in its proper place in just a few short days.
As college football teams across the country gather to initiate their final preparations for the upcoming season, the focus goes toward honing every skill and mastering every concept.
Fall camp isn’t for basic physical development, nor is it when a squad should be focused on understanding strategy. If a team is using the next month for those things, it can virtually guarantee that the season itself is going to be a struggle.
No, camp is when good programs push themselves to be great by improving in every area to become an efficient, effective fighting unit.
It happens at each level, from individuals to position groups to phases of the game (offense, defense, special teams) to the team as a whole.
Each player and coach must be part of the universal effort but even more responsibility rests on the shoulders of the leaders. They can’t let up in pursuit of the big goals.
That’s the position these final BYU players and coaches find themselves in as the Countdown reaches its conclusion.
No individual has more invested in all levels of the Cougar program than the next individual on the list.
No. 3: Kalani Sitake, head coach
It may be hard to remember but after the 7-6 season of 2019, there were some vocal BYU fans who thought the Cougars should look to get a new head coach.
That seems ridiculous now as Sitake as led BYU to back-to-back 10-win seasons with plenty of national accolades. He also appears to be effectively navigating the Cougars through the turmoil of the transfer portal and name, image and likeness (NIL) deals, which is no easy task.
The 2022 season could be the true indicator of Sitake’s value, as the Cougars have a rare combination of veteran players and high-profile opponents.
As he has shown consistently in the last couple of years, Sitake will have his team ready to compete.