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Provo • How healthy are the BYU football team's two best offensive weapons, quarterback Taysom Hill and running back Jamaal Williams?
After suffering devastating injuries that abruptly ended their junior seasons, the BYU stars will meet with the media Wednesday to discuss their recoveries as the Cougars hold their fifth annual Football Media Day at the BYU Broadcasting Building.
It is quite possibly the earliest media day in the country for the 2015 season, a BYU tradition since it went independent in football back in 2011.
No major announcements are expected, unlike previous gatherings when the Cougars announced a contract extension for coach Bronco Mendenhall (2013) or some new bowl agreements (2012).
In late April, BYU announced that it has accepted an invitation to play in either the Hawai'i Bowl or the Las Vegas Bowl following this season if it is bowl eligible. Whichever bowl does not get BYU in 2015 will get it in 2019.
The contract extension Mendenhall signed in 2013 takes him through the 2016 season, but coaches rarely head into the final year of their contracts without an extension, so any announcement of that sort will likely come at next year's media day.
Along with the health of Hill (fractured leg) and Williams (severe knee injury) after both players missed spring camp to recuperate, other major topics on Wednesday include the depth of Mendenhall's defense which was shorthanded in March due to injuries and players being held out for academic reasons and the impact of new director of football performance, Frank Wintrich.
The day will begin with a "State of the Program" television show featuring Mendenhall, athletic director Tom Holmoe and offensive coordinator Robert Anae. They will discuss the 2015 season and the rugged September schedule that includes Nebraska, Boise State, UCLA and Michigan, in that order.
Breakout sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon where reporters will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with Mendenhall, Anae and various offensive and defensive players.
At 2 p.m., a live one-hour show covering the last 40 years of BYU football will originate from Studio A at BYUtv headquarters. Star players in program history such as running back Harvey Unga, quarterback Ty Detmer, receiver Glen Kozlowski and defensive lineman Chris Hoke are scheduled to participate.
BYU Football Media Day
When • Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where • BYU Broadcast Building, Provo
Who • Selected BYU football players and coaches will meet with media members to discuss the 2015 season
TV: BYUtv, 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.