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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 17 2007 12:03 a.m. MDT

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Carl in San Diegp

Couldn't have said it better myself, Harmon. All key points were covered.

Although, it should have been mentioned that despite having issues with turning the ball over, BYU is still killing teams in the time-of-possession battle. Improve on the former and maintain the latter.

Devin

Easy on Max Hall already! He's a sophomore who is playing in DIV 1A and hasn't played football for 4 YEARS and his last season was as a high school senior! He has completed 59.8% of his passes, has 13 TD's to 8 picks 5 of which came on tips or under pressure. Has spread the ball around like mustard from a squeeze bottle, has leadership and a fire in his belly to win, to ask this guy to show better decision making at this point is actually ridiculous, he is one of the best QB's as a soph. starter EVER at BYU. His decision making would improve if the RBs and tackles PROTECT HIS BLIND SIDE! With a 135.7 QB rating and no prev CFB exp, he's awesome. I agree with all your other points Dick, but you are wrong about Hall. He needs protection and that will show his decisions are adequate if not very good. Go Cougars, and Max keep it up and I hope you don't read all this garbage, but if you do, you are awesome and keep it up!

Gretzky

take a lesson from hockey, the QB cannot telegraph his passes.
hopefully, Hall will be able to watch Gaskins from the sidelines this week for at least part of the game. in fact, Hall should be up in the booth with offensive coordinator staff to help watch the game. Let's see what Gaskins can do.

SLCWatch

What is with the people who always thinks the guy on the bench is so much better? Hall is our QB because...duh..the coaches actually go to practice and actually know what they are doing. If you are not a retired Div. I coach with a winning record and say 16 conference championships under your belt and who visits the practices daily...don't comment about something you spend the morning reading about in the paper. All this negativity!!!

Optimist

I always enjoy Dick Harmon articles. He gives us the needed facts without telling us more than we need to know about individual players past faults.
It is no secret that we need to improve our kicking game and our turn overs. The last game showed great improvement with only 25-30 penalty yards, yet that still needs to improve. The last minute and a half could have brought another 3-7 points at the UNLV game, but we took the knee four straight times instead. Beating the spread puts us up in the polls. We chose not to try, and possibly becasue the coach of UNLV complained about the teams that run up the score just before the game in a press conference. Our half time adjustments saved us from what could have been a disaster at UNLV. I truly feel that the Cougars are on their way back to the good old days. It took us a long time to get their, starting with the hiring of Lavel Edwards. Now it is taking us about the same time to get back to prominance since the hiring of Bronco Mendahall.

BlueBoy

It's only part Max's fault. The coaches seem to think long pass plays on every down are good. "He's looking down field. He's looking down field. He's looking down field." BANG! Now he's looking at the grass in his face. Come on coaches, where are those quick release passes to somewhere other than behind the line of scrimmage?

Too hard on him

Maybe I misread Gretsky, but I think he was suggesting that Max not be used too long against EW if the Cougars get a big lead, due to the potential for injury. If that wasn't his point, then I agree with SLCWatch. Because of the hits Max has taken,I too worry about Gaskins having 0 experience. Nevertheless, I trust our coaches. They have proven that Tommy H. made a good decision -- or I guess it was based on Chris Hill making one that wasn't so wonderful.

rae

just remember rushing efficiency and rushing/passing balance are not the same. If the Y is to compete nationally they must do it as a passing offense. Run efficiently just enough but we always have been and must be a dominant passing team for national success. Better reads by the defense and better o line blocking are the keys.

He's got it right...Booth time

Don't know the guy, but I look for his posts. Gretzky is right on. Booth time might help Max a bit. There is no way this will happen, 64,000 fans will be there to see the "A" game and Max will be right in there to pad the stats by 400 yds because that's what QB's do.

What an opportunity for E.Washington. The underdog role. Just let it all hang out, play hard and have fun. Run every gadget play ever devised and go deep on every play, what do you have to loose.

Big Otis

75% of the turnovers are associated with the QB: errant passes, tipped passes and fumbles. Beck had trouble in his early years because he did not release the ball quickly enough. Hall needs to speed up his delivery; otherwise, perhaps another QB should be given an opportunity. Turnovers are the primary reason for upsets this year and they may catch up the the Cougars in the final three games unless corrected. The QB is the key.

JUCO Bloodlines?

A strong case can be made that BYU could be undeated IF it were minus the 2 picks for TDs (Ucla/Tulsa). But never mind that, the suspense of having a hot handed 6-5 JUCO all american stalking the side lines is tempting. Com'on Bronco, SERIOUSLY, Give us a peek. Sounds like Gaskins just might have the same booldlines as The Sark.

stophillary08

None of this matters if BYU continues with the MTN contract. I am a huge BYU and college football fan, but sadly, BYU is losing relevancy in college football as is Utah. What a mess this MTN deal is.

Anonymous

Give me a break! I can't believe that people are asking for the BACK UP quarterback. BYU fans are spoiled! Give Hall a chance to develop. You'd think that BYU fans would have learned their lesson about flip flopping quarterbacks from Gary Crowton. The coaches are in practice. They see what's going on. If Gaskins was the better quarterback, he would have started this season.

craigp29

Hey BlueBoy, passing plays aren't like running plays. There are many options on passing plays and nobody (necessarily) knows before the snap where the ball is going. That's what they mean when they say "taking what the defense gives" them. If the deep option is open, great. If not, take an underneath route or dump off to the running back. Part of Hall's decision making mistakes comes from waiting for a bigger potential play to open up then getting creamed because he didn't choose another option sooner.

Allanoil

Too bad we can't watch the games...when will The MTN deal finally be rectified? BYU has one of the largest groups of alumni in the country and they are spread all over the USA, but the majority cannot watch the games. Come on, let's do something about this lousy contract.

Coolar

SLC Watch and Anonymous, BYU Fans are not asking for Gaskins to start the game...they are asking that if BYU is up by 25-30 come second half, then take Hall out of the game and put Gaskins in, NOT because Hall is failing in some way but because its smart football to protect your starting QB. Don't risk injury to Hall just so he can pad his stats.

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