Provo • Quarterback Taysom Hill and BYU’s offense will have a difficult time moving the ball against Utah State and its stingy defense on Friday, but at least the sophomore will have a couple of weapons at his disposal that he didn’t have last week.
Sophomore running back Jamaal Williams, who sat out of the 37-10 win over Middle Tennessee State with a concussion, and senior receiver Cody Hoffman, who was suspended, are both expected to play in the instate rivalry game at Romney Stadium (6 p.m., CBS College Sports Network).
Williams “should be good to go on Friday,” said BYU trainer Jeff Hurst, noting how Williams practiced on Monday “and looked great.”
Hoffman, meanwhile, said he is “healed up, 100 percent, and ready to go” after missing the opener at Virginia with a hamstring injury and the MTSU game for disciplinary reasons.
“This is as healthy as I’ve been since I first tweaked my hammy in fall camp,” Hoffman said.
Mendenhall said after the MTSU game that Hoffman’s suspension would last just one game if the star met certain “standards” agreed upon by the coach and player. Hoffman said Monday he’s OK with that.
“Yeah, I feel like we came to a mutual agreement and that the tasks that I have to do … I will be able to do them,” Hoffman said.
Asked if the one-game suspension was fair, Hoffman nodded.
“Yeah, I made a mistake and I paid for it,” he said. “So, you just gotta keep going.”
Hurst said kick returner Adam Hine began the first stages of protocol on Monday for his concussion and has improved considerably since Friday. Offensive lineman De’Ondre Wesley also suffered a concussion and has started protocol. Neither seems likely for Friday.
Linebacker Tyler Beck (hamstring) did not practice Monday but is improving, Hurst said. Mendenhall said he expects Beck to be able to play, but has moved Manoa Pikula back to the buck linebacker spot as a contingency plan if Beck can’t go.
Of the two starting offensive linemen who didn’t play against MTSU, Ryker Mathews and Brock Stringham, Mathews practiced on Monday and should be able to play. Stringham, who has a shoulder strain, did not practice but is going to try to practice on Tuesday.
Georgia Tech TV plans
ESPN announced Monday that the Georgia Tech-at-BYU game on Oct. 12 will kick off at 5 p.m. MDT and be televised on ESPNU. It is BYU’s homecoming game and the Cougars will wear the program’s core values — Tradition, Spirit and Honor — on the backs of their jerseys.
BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy was named the FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Week after recording seven tackles, a pass breakup, a quarterback hurry and a safety in the 37-10 win over Middle Tennessee State. … Senior safety Daniel Sorensen is tied for eighth nationally with seven pass breakups. The school record is 17, set by Tim McTyer in 1996. … BYU leads the all-time series with Utah State, 45-34-3. … BYU is ranked No. 4 in the nation in rushing yards per game, 307.25. Hill is sixth in the nation in individual rushing, averaging 141.25 yards per game.
BYU at Utah State
P Friday, 6 p.m.
TV • CBS Sports Network