Spring camp for BYU football begins March 5 -- less than two weeks away. But that doesn't mean the team has been practice-free since the Armed Forces Bowl concluded the 2011 season. Strength and conditioning have taken priority this winter as the team prepares for the 2012 season.
Taysom Hill, Marques Johnson and Ammon Olsen were introduced as members of the 2012 BYU football recruiting class during National Signing Day on February 1. Those three were mid-year enrollees, attending BYU this semester. They have participated in winter conditioning and will be in spring camp. Additionally, 12 returned missionaries will rejoin the team in 2012. Those who are already home and in school have also been in training.
The other side of the football offseason is rehabilitation. Players injured during the season continue to rehab while others who played through injuries begin rehab following postseason surgeries. The following players are still rehabilitating injuries and will not participate in spring ball:
- Austin Holt (torn ACL)
- Devin Mahina (neck fracture); Mahina did not have surgery, but is still recovering from his season-ending neck injury. He could catch some passes this spring, but will not participate in full drills.
- Richard Wilson (torn ACL)
- Justin Blackmore (foot surgery)
- Braden Brown (shoulder surgery)
- David Foote (shoulder surgery)
- Preston Hadley (shoulder surgery)
- Teu Kautai (foot surgery)
- Jason Munns (foot surgery)
- Jordan Richardson (herniated disk); Richardson did not have surgery, but is not expected to participate in spring ball. He is still working with doctors.
- Justin Sorensen (back surgery); Sorensen had a bone spur that bothered him during the season. He will be healthy by fall camp.
- Russell Tialavea (foot surgery); Tialavea recently returned from his LDS mission. He had surgery after he came home.
- Dallin Tollestrup (shoulder surgery)
- Kyle Van Noy (shoulder surgery); Van Noy will be fully healthy for fall camp. He had a doctor's appointment right after I interviewed him on February 9. I don't know for sure, but I assume it was related to the procedure he had one week later on February 16 for a torn labrum he suffered during the season.
Additional Injury Notes
- Braden Hansen had his ankle scoped during the offseason, but is expected to participate this spring.
- Riley Nelson revealed that he broke a rib early in the Armed Forces Bowl. It didn't keep him out of the game, and he has had plenty of time to heal, so it won't keep him out of spring ball.
- Iona Pritchard missed the entire season after breaking his fibula and dislocating his ankle during the opening kickoff of the first scrimmage in fall camp. He is expected to be in spring camp on March 5.