Bernard, who had 83 tackles last year, will sit out this year.
The Cougars have 23 players returning with starting experience in the backfield, and the trio of Warner, Pau’u and Bernard are set to lead the charge.
The offense will look to the tight ends more this season and re-establish the position while the wide receivers will look to flourish under Tanner Mangum.
BYU and Virginia Tech will play each other in 2026 and 2030.
Depth and experience will help both lines this season after injuries plagued the groups last year.
BYU has players on both sides of the ball that have been nominated for college football awards.