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BYU captain Keenan Pili out for the season with ACL tear

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BYU Cougars linebacker Keenan Pili suffered an ACL injury in the Cougars’ win over Arizona State last September and missed the rest of the season, though he’s on target to return for fall camp.

Utah Utes quarterback Charlie Brewer (12) slides down with BYU Cougars linebacker Keenan Pili (41) moving during an NCAA football game at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. Pili injured his ACL against Arizona State and will be out for the season.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

The BYU Cougars defense has suffered a big loss, as head coach Kalani Sitake announced Monday that linebacker Keenan Pili will miss the remainder of the season after he tore his ACL last Saturday in the Cougars’ win over Arizona State.

Not only is Pili a team captain, but the sophomore from Provo is also BYU’s leading tackler through three games with 31. The next closest player, fellow linebacker Payton Wilgar, has 19.

Pili also has 1.5 sacks.

Utah native Ben Bywater is now atop the depth chart at MIKE linebacker. Bywater, a redshirt freshman from Salt Lake City, is third on the team in tackles with 18.