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BYU: COUGARS TALENTED, INEXPERIENCED ON DL.

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It wasn't a pretty sight. Bryon Frisch, BYU's promising freshman defensive lineman, was lying on the Cougar Stadium grass in excruciating pain last March with his foot dangling from an obviously messed-up ankle.

The freak injury, coming on an ordinary extra-point attempt in the Cougars' spring game, would require a steel plate and eight screws be inserted into his fractured and dislocated ankle.Four months later Frisch was running the 300-yard shuttle faster than any other defensive lineman on the team and looking to all the world like he was never hurt.

Frisch's remarkable recovery surprised coaches, doctors and just about everyone but himself. The 6-5, 260-pound redshirt freshman is just one of the talented, if inexperienced, linementhe Cougars will rely on this season.

Just one senior, Henry Bloomfield, is expected to see much action on BYU's four-man front. Sophomores Ed Kehl (6-4, 290), Daren Yancey (6-6,260) and Issiah Magalei (6-2, 290) will see a good deal of playing time along with Harland Ah You (6-0, 285), a junior who has played sparingly during his first two seasons.

Bloomfield, a tackle who starred at Dixie College and Taylorsville High, and ex-Brighton High standout Kehl are the two returning starters. Bloomfield, who earned all-WAC honorable mention honors last season, registered 53 tackles with 3.5 sacks and 14 hurries. Kehl, an end, had 34 tackles, 9.5 hurries and 2.5 sacks.

Ah You and/or Magalei will be asked to fill the inside spot manned by all-WAC tackle John Raass the past two seasons. Yancey, who started two games last year, and Frisch along with Kehl will give the Cougars a strong three-man rotation for the two end positions.

"We are inexperienced on the defensive line, but I feel good about the young players we have there," said Cougar coach LaVell Edwards. "We will have good quickness there."