BYU football adds 11 new players to 2015 roster


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The BYU athletic department announced that 11 new players will join the football roster for the 2015 season.

Four of the players are transfers, while seven are returning missionaries. Transfers include running back Bryant “Squally” Canada, from Washington State; cornerback Kamel Greene, from Washington State; tight end Jackson Kaka, from New Mexico State; and safety Erik Takenaka, from Snow College.

Canada weighs in at 192 pounds and will sit out of the 2015 season due to transfer rules. Canada is a four-star recruit, according to He is ranked the No. 32 running back in the nation. He will play for the Cougars starting in 2016.

Also from Washington State is 5-feet-11-inch, 178-pound sophomore Greene. He will play cornerback in 2015 after redshirting last season.

After serving a mission in New Zealand, six-foot-4-inch, 210-pound sophomore Jackson Kaka is transferring from New Mexico State. Kaka will be eligible to play tight end for the Cougars this upcoming season.

Five-foot-10-inch, 205-pound junior Erik Takenaka will join the Cougars as a safety in 2015. Takenaka was named the National Junior College Athletic Association National Defensive Player of the Week for week 3 at Snow College. He also finished second in the nation with the most interceptions and finished first in the highest kickoff return average in the nation.

Returning missionaries who will join the team in 2015 include offensive lineman Austin Hoyt, from California, and wide receiver Josh Weeks, from Arizona. Also listed are defensive linemen Micah Hanneman, from Alpine, and Matt Hadley, from Washington. Redshirt freshmen Sawyer Powell, from Washington; Rhett Sandlin, from Sandy; and Moses Kaumatule, from South Jordan will also join the Cougars for workouts and spring camp.

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