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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 31 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Ah, the justification of Bronko's indecision or the inability of Nelson or Heaps to separate from the other's mediocrity is now elevated to a new level with this apology!


Regardless of who plays BYU is going to beat an over-hyped under-performing pac-10 team. Like much of the pac-10. Maybe we'll have another 59-0 route of a pac-10 team. Nobody in the country is giving BYU a chance, but they will turn everyone's heads with great wins.


re:utefan- seriously you're up at 4:24 am to rip on BYU? You're a tiny, tiny person and reflect the utah fans base. Very immature.


Utefan: You will be watching and you will be hoping your prognostication is accurate...but when it's not, make sure you come to these same boards and eat some crow. I will be watching Thursday night with the hope that the Utes go down in flames...that would be a beautiful thing.


And so the trolling begins by the haters. Feel better about yourselves boys?

Wayne Rout

Flying a thousand miles to see a BYU victory Saturday.


Utefan is right. And he should know. Over the past two decades how many times did we see our Yewts under the direction of McHide and UnWhittyham squander a game or even a whole season over second guessing which of their "star" play makers were actually going to make a play. I was tired of it. Bronco, please don't make the same mistakes as the TUN (Tools up North).


Greg, I love your broadcasts and the insight you provide into BYU Football, but I must take exception to the way in which you have covered and commented on the QB competition this fall. It has been painfully obvious that you are a Jake Heaps fan and have painted a very positive picture for him. I'm not saying that is necessarily bad other than it does a bit of a disservice to Riley Nelson. Now that Riley is the starter, and I understand that they will both play, but the question is, will you give equal commentary and explanation to both or will your comments continue to be very favorable toward Jake? Please, I ask, give Riley his due!

Wash DC Reader

To Runner: I am sure Greg W. will prove he is a professional and not let his personal opinion interfere with the coverage he provides.



Did you have the same comment for the departed-from-the-U Coach Urban when he used two quarterbacks and won the national championship at the Florida Gators? I don't think so. And, by the way, how's your application for head coach going with Podunk U? Have they called you for an interview? Maybe you ought to add you blog posts to your resume. Then they'll never be able to deny your superior wisdom, knowledge of the game, expertise, etc.



You forced me to go back and re-read the article.

Where is the criticism of Riley? Go back and read it again.

The "Riley Risk" was that as a mobile quarterback that will aggressively run with the ball and will take more hits than traditional drop back quarterbacks.

I have read all of Greg's articles and have not seen the bias. I think you are reading through "Riley tinted glasses".

Good luck to both young men.


Live Hard...hate consumes you...take a deep breath and count to 10.


I don't get why people like yarrlydarb keep comparing this quarterback situation to the one that Florida used to win a National Championship when Tebow was a freshman. In that offense Chris Leak was without question the starter and leader of that offense going into the season and throughout the season. They just happened to have a very talented freshman that could come in and run the ball after taking the snap. He threw a few passes here and there but Tebow was never thought of as THE quarterback for that team.

BYU very well may work their quarterback situation like that as the year goes on (and hopefully they will) but right now the leader of the offense, if there is one, is not coming from the quarterback position. The coaches and players will do everything they can to make the best of this situation but that doesn't make it ideal. Hopefully one of these kids emerges from the other as soon and as few setbacks as possible.


Thurs night let's watch the FUN vrs the Pitt. Should be a blast. MWC vrs Big East. Then Sat let's watch TDS vrs Wash. This should be really a blast. Let the season start and win it on the field. Last season to have a FUN vrs TDS game that may matter. If Riley is as successful as I hope he is, Jake can take his time learning defensive schemes and preparing for life without the FUN. Go Cougars.


So let me get this straight.

The local media thinks it's risky for BYU to put a double threat of two extremely talented QB's in the game...

The Local media doesn't like it? While I appreciate the media, they are rarely right in their prognastications, yet 100% correct on Monday.

That's all I need. It is totally the right decision. Go for it.


3grandslams...arguements ad hominem when you want to make yourself feel more important than you really are!

nottyou...I'll be here...but one game does not a season make, nor your correct...if you check, you will see that Bronko actually did comment that if there was no clear starter it was because neither had distinquished themselves-thus mediocre.

gr8britton: never use we and Utes in the same sentence...everybody will realize you are talking about things you know nothing about!


This 2 QB system is completely different than the one Florida used with Leak/Tebow. Please Cougar fans, stop making that comparison. Nielsen/Heaps is nothing close to Leak/Tebow


As a former 90% Heaps / 10% Nelsen fan, Greg's articles have forced me to a 50/50 stance. I'm excited to see how the 2 QB systems works. I think it will be devastating against opponents because they're going to be forced to prepare for both QBs. Saturday will tell. GO COUGS!


Utefan | 3:06 p.m.
"arguements ad hominem" have no place on the comment boards. Agreed.
Bronco made that statement before the fall practices, but from the people I know who have seen them both, feel that both earned the starting job...

Big Hapa

History is a good barometer and Wrubel your article is laying out the historic pattern well. However, BYU must embrace the spread, that is why the team spent time this off season preparing the BYU version of the spread Offense.

Anae and company have been moving this direction from the time he became part of Bronco's staff. You did not see this spread style at all with Hall because you do not teach an old horse new tricks or switch horses in mid stream you stay on course.

With the annoucement { cautious reluctance } of Riley Nelson starting you will see the Cougar version of the spread for the first time this Saturday. Lets wait and see how all this pre-season prep pans out. Hold on folks it is going to be fun.

"POLY" Cougar Nation

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