BYU midseason review

Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson


With the exception of an unexpected loss to Florida State at home earlier this year, BYU has been as strong as many expected when the season started. However, that loss continues to overshadow BYU’s other accomplishments and hurt the Cougars in the BCS standings. BYU does play in a tough conference and has two games against ranked opponents remaining, including this week’s tilt against TCU, which could end up being the signature win that BYU though it earned earlier in the season in a victory over Oklahoma.

Offensive MVP

Harvey Unga, RB: Unga has been plagued by injuries throughout his career and even missed games this season because of nagging ailments. However, he’s come back with a vengeance to lead the Cougars in rushing with 95.83 ypg. He has three 100-yard rushing games this season and has rushed for more than 80 yards in every game he’s started.

Defensive MVP

Scott Johnson, DB: Johnson has suffered two concussions this season -- one that kept him out of BYU’s 54-28 loss to Florida State -- but has still been one of BYU’s most valuable players on defense. Johnson leads the team with three interceptions, all in the last two games, and ranks second on the team with 37 tackles. The interceptions are the first of his career.