Squally Canada hoping for breakout season for BYU


PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – How does Squally Canada and the Cougars move past last year’s disastrous 4-9 season?

Canada just brushes his shoulders and says, “Like that, simple as that. It is what it is. That’s the past. You can’t worry about yesterday. I’m focused on today.”

Canada battled through injuries and lack of playing time last season, rushing for just 205 yards in BYU’s first eight games. But he turned it on in the final five games, rushing for 505 yards and 5 touchdowns, including a 213 yard performance against UNLV. He finished the season as BYU’s leading rusher with 710 yards and six touchdowns.

“I just remember sitting on the sideline the first couple of games, and then halfway through the season, and I was just like, you know what, you don’t have anything to lose,” Canada said. “Whatever you do, don’t listen to what anybody is saying. Just get the ball and run like you did in high school.”

Canada hopes to stay healthy all season and carry the load for the Cougars in Jeff Grimes new offensive system. Grimes wants to establish a dominant run game to help set up the pass game, and Canada is just fine with that.

“I love it,” Canada said. “I love the scheme, how much emphasis he’s going to put on the run game, and how much free reign we’re going to have in the offense as running backs.”

After transferring from Washington State following his freshman season, Canada had doubts about BYU, especially when it came to his hair.

“They talked to me about the honor code and cutting my dreads, and I was like, yeah, I’m not going there,” he said with a laugh. “It was either here, Sacramento State or UNLV, and my dad said I needed to go somewhere where he felt I’m was going to be able to grow spiritually and as a man.”

Canada is all about BYU now, but he did wear red shoes to Media Day on Friday.

“My favorite color is red, which is crazy here because this is a blue school and Utah is red,” Canada explained. “So maybe people are saying I’m at the wrong school, I can’t help it, I love red. I’ve been loving red since I was a kid. And I couldn’t find any blue shoes.”

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