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Another BYU football star suffers season-ending injury, continuing troubling September trend

Junior linebacker Chaz Ah You joins tight end Matt Bushman, running back Jackson McChesney and others on the sidelines in the 2020

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Linebacker Chaz Ah You intercepts a pass in BYU’s loss to USF at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Oct. 12, 2019.

FILE: Linebacker Chaz Ah You intercepts a pass in BYU’s loss to USF at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. Ah You will undergo season-ending surgery, a BYU spokesperson confirmed Friday.

Robert W. Grover, For the Deseret News

PROVO — Season-ending injuries continue to plague the BYU football team.

The latest Cougar to undergo season-ending surgery is linebacker and safety Chaz Ah You, BYU football spokesperson Brett Pyne confirmed Friday.

Pyne said Ah You had lower-leg surgery Friday morning, but declined to offer more details.

The surgery was for a pre-existing condition and was originally going to be performed at the end of the season, but “a variety of circumstances” led to Ah You choosing to have the procedure now, Pyne said.

Ah You, a Timpview High product, made two tackles in the 55-3 win over Navy, including a fourth-down stop on a reverse run. He was listed as the starter at the “cinco” position for Saturday’s home opener against Troy (8:15 p.m. MDT, ESPN).

His absence will be a huge blow for BYU’s defense because the former four-star recruit is one of the Cougars’ best ballhawks. Ah You made 31 tackles and an interception last year, while also forcing and recovering a fumble.

He has made 42 tackles, including seven for loss, in his BYU career.

BYU plays multiple defensive schemes, so it is not certain who will fill in for the talented Ah You. Sophomore George Udo is listed as Ah You’s backup at the cinco position.

Ah You made headlines last February when he was pulled over by a Utah County sheriff’s deputy in Eagle Mountain and booked into the Utah County Jail on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, reckless driving and three other traffic-related infractions.

In March, Utah County Attorney David Leavitt declined to prosecute the case, citing a “lack of admissible evidence,” and all five charges were dropped.

Ah You did not participate in BYU’s six practices of spring camp because he was recovering from a shoulder injury that caused him to miss time during the 2019 season.

Tight end Matt Bushman (Achilles) and running backs Hinckley Ropati (knee) and Jackson McChesney (knee) have also been lost for the season due to injury.

Wednesday, the father of offensive lineman Tristen Hoge, Marty Hoge, noted on Twitter that his son has pneumonia after testing positive for COVID-19 two weeks ago and will miss Saturday’s game.

The Cougars could also be without linebacker Isaiah Kaufusi and offensive lineman Kieffer Longson for similar reasons.