PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – BYU head coach Kalani Sitake announced that projected starting linebacker Francis Bernard will redshirt the 2017 football season.
Bernard, who is using his redshirt season for personal reasons, will be a junior for the Cougars when he returns to the field in 2018.
As a redshirt, the 6-foot-1, 240-pound outside linebacker will continue to participate in all team practices, meetings and activities during the upcoming season.
Last year as a sophomore, Bernard started all 12 regular season games at linebacker, finishing third on the team in tackles with 80, including five tackles for loss and two sacks. He also had an interception return for a touchown against UMass.
Bernard, a former Herriman High School star, was suspended before the Poinsettia Bowl against Wyoming for undisclosed reasons.
Adam Pulsipher will most likely replace Bernard in the starting lineup.
As a freshman, Bernard was used at running back, where he rushed for 334 yards and seven touchdowns.
The Cougars open the 2017 season August 26th at home against Portland State.