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Published: Monday, Sept. 27 2010 10:00 p.m. MDT

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Desert Coug
Las Vegas, NV

Wow Greg, a thoughtful and open opinion. I agree with you. Thank you for your candid and honest points.

Being in Las Vegas, and not being able to cope with getting to a Tube with the Mountain so I could watch the game, I listened to the AM radio station locally which carried the Wolf Pack version of the broadcast.

I was impressed that I wasn't too irritated by their homer announcing. They made fair and reasonable comments about the Cougars. They were embarrassed by the cheap shot on Fuga. So I am pleased to read your fair evaluation here also. It is refreshing. Thanks for being a fan, but a reality driven fan.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

No player has ever come to BYU with the advantage of the private coaching that Jake Heaps has had.

I understand the desperate need of Greg and his Cougar followers to believe that Jake will develop into a Cougar great.

But the reality is that in spite of extensive private coaching, Heaps has looked as lost as any other freshman qb getting his first meaningful playing time.

Will Heaps further develop his skills under the tutelage of Cougar coaching? Or has he already peaked under the tutelage of private coaching?

Time will tell.

But the possibility that he has already reached his highest potential is no less likely than the possibility that he possesses the further potential to carry the Cougars to greater fame and glory.

Such are the risks when a coaching staff chooses to depend on a freshman qb.

Kaysville, UT

I see it as lethargy. When I hear Bronco speak I like the guy but I also wonder how in the world he motivates his players? I see no fire, no passion. Its oft commented that many players are married and maybe have lost the grit and determination to get nasty and after watching the Y this season I have to agree, whether their married or not. Is there anything about this Y team that is scary? The execution? No. The O-line? No. The QB? Well not yet. Receivers? No. Add all those no's to the fact that BYU has never been known to be down right nasty and you have a recipe for a program that can shine but only against, well Utah State. The level of athlete BYU brings in is sub par. Typically their execution is way above par but this year it is far from that above par level. Bronco needs to fire things up a bit, have some passion Bronco!!!

This all brings me back to a comment Austin once made about living right on and off the field, wait, what?

Houston, TX

Cody Hoffman is going to be a great receiver. JJ may do really well. He is smaller but faster than Unga. He reminds me of the Rodger Bros of ORState.

By the end of the year Heaps will be very good. It is surprising but so far he has thrown 1 INT and fumbled once in spite of numerous sacks and hurries. He has protected the ball. So far he has been to conservative.

It may take another 3 or 4 games but the D will gel, play with chemistry and improve a lot.

This team did not lay down and die at FSU or against NV. The might be out of sync but experience will fix some of that.

Heaps will get to know his receivers better and how they run with getting bumped. His timing and receiver selection will improve.

Anae gets blamed for a lack of creativity but the QB and receivers decide what actually gets run on the field by adjusting in real time after Anae has called a play.

If just one of the TEs would step up that would balance the offense a lot. Try Kariya at TE for 3 plays.

Salt Lake City, UT

" five freshmen tight ends are talented, but will be a work in progress for the foreseeable future."

FIVE tight ends in the same class? Even with the uncertainties of missions, this seems ludicrous.

Springville, UT

To Bugoff

How can you compare JJ to the Rodgers brothers. They are so much better than JJ.

I understand that everyone says that this is a down year for BYU and I agree that it is but my question is what happened to the recruiting? Guys leave every year to graduation and the NFL and it just seems that BYU has not recruited anyone ready to play and they have not prepared the ones they have to be ready to play. Who is responsible for the down year? Bad recruiting? Bad preparation by the coaches? Bad evaluation of players? What is going on? What does everyone think? I just have a really hard time with the fact that BYU lost so many players and barely anyone is prepared enough to step up and take their place. But I will say that the D played better than I thought. My prediction was NEV 42, BYU 27. I gave the offense too much credit but the D did do better than I thought so that is good

Salt Lake City, UT

It might help if BYU had a real offensive coordinator. Robert Anae isn't getting the job done! 2 throwaway downs and then 3rd and long. That is his MO

Omaha, NE

Thank you for not naming the five tight ends. If they were known they would have to pull their hoodies over their heads as they walk around campus. Seems they get all the blame. I guess you are assuming that every pass throuwn to them was catchable and that the Oline held up and gave up no sacks or hurries in all those games.

Murray, UT

Utah lost 6 players to the NFL, the same number as Texas and both coordinators are only in their second year but the Utah program keeps on trucking. I believe Bronco is a good coach and he will find a way out of this situation but I have to wonder why he left himself in this situation when he knew these guys were leaving.

Beverly Hills, CA

BYU doesn't rebuild, they reload.

Crispy Lips
Fruit Heights, UT

The solution for all of this anemic offense is to try to poach Jordan Wynn from the Utes! Maybe Utah would be willing to trade Jordan Wynn for Heaps and byu's 4 best guys.

Salt Lake City, UT

I agree with TJ. JJ is great for the cougars, but he's nothing like the Rodgers brothers. This is what I feared when Unga had to leave school; his loss is immeasurable in terms of leadership and production, and it would have been great to see where we would be if we had him.

Heaps will learn. The receivers will feed off of his enthusiasm, and a good passing game will free up some running lanes. Sustained drives will keep the defense off of the field (which was really the biggest problem against Air Force and FSU). It won't be a pretty year, but I think we'll probably finish 6-6 and go to the New Mexico Bowl. Anything better would be cherry for me.

Kyle loves BYU/Jazz
Provo, UT

Play Vic So'oto both ways. He came as a TE but switched after getting injured and not playing behind Pitta and George. If he is healthy enough play him both ways!! He is one of the best athletes on the team.

Bugoff thinks Kariya should play TE but he can't catch the ball as a running back so what makes you think he can do it as a TE??? Kariya shouldn't even be playing over Quezada. He hasn't looked at all like the running back from last years Oklahoma game. Juice is ready for more carries.

Houston, TX

Keep in mind the that Rogers Bros have a several years of experience actually starting and playing extensively. This is JJs first real year. Further, JJ is making running yards when no other part of the offense is working.

There are those that say that Heaps is not making progress. He passed for 114 yds with a 48% completion rate and a QB rating of 90 against FSU. OK had 394 passing yds against FSU.

Heaps had 229 yds against NV with a 53% completion rate and a QB rating of 96 against NV. The 229 yds is more than Kaepernick's 196 yds. Kaepernick had a QB rating of 135.

If Heaps can connect on a few long passes and get a couple of decent short targets his QB rating will come up substantially.

The biggest problem is making the right plays on the right downs.

The inability to make 3rd and 4th downs and score is not all Heaps. It is receivers, lack of running game (short yardage Unga/Tonga) and play calling as much as Heaps.

Anae is quite limited in what he can get executed.

The TEs were high rated recruits. They will improve.

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

Actually JJ is looking pretty good right now, so I don't think a comparison to the Rodgers brothers is unfair. He already has 332 yards rushing on only 53 carries. That's a 6.3 yards per carry average. That's not too bad. And these have all been against tough teams. Keep in mind to that he's also already the leading receiver on the team with 200 yards and he returns kickoffs. That is a lot of work for 1 player.

If he can keep up the pace I don't think JJ being the next 1,000 yard rusher in a season at BYU is out of the realm of possibility. If he can manage to get 500 yards on the ground before the TCU game I think he'll get there.

If other guys would pull their weight on the offense JJ would be even better than he already is.

Alpine, UT

TJ2407 & BP

What's with this JJ/Harvey/Rodgers obsession? Do either of you actually have a clue what you are talking about?

Here are some facts to put against your opinions:

Rushing Yards 2010 (Unga 2009)
Jacquizz Rodgers 4.2 ave 84 per game
James Rodgers 5.1 ave 12 per game
JJ 6.3 ave 83 per game
Unga 4.7 ave 87 per game

Receiving Yards 2010 (Unga 2009)
jacquizz Rodgers 3.9 ave 9 per game
James Rodgers 12.6 ave 37 per game
JJ 11.1 ave 50 per game
Unga 7.4 ave 23 per game

Total Yards 2010 (Unga 2009)
Rodgers Bros Combined 142 ave per game
JJ 133 ave per game
Unga 110 ave per game

Harvey Unga was a great back. JJ doesn't have Harvey's power. I like Harvey, but JJ has outgained and outperformed him (on a struggling team).

Rodgers brothers? Really? I will see your Rodgers brothers and raise you 1 JJ (helpful hint: poker reference). JJ alone is the equivalent of 2 Rodgers brothers combined.

Try this ... appreciate what we have. Count your blessings, name them JJ.

Salt Lake City, UT

If you actually have a "life", a down year for your favorite college football team is absorbable. It is not as much fun, but certainly life goes on. The Cougs should improve and be better next year.

The cheap shot on Fuga still bothers me. The Nevada announcers thought it was "horrible and unneccessary". Here's hoping Boise State delivers some Karma in November.

Bountiful, UT

i've said it in another article but byu doesn't get the athletes other programs do they get kids with good character (albeit sometimes questionably) that know how to play the game. all of these big name guys that byu lost last season were all in high school during the crowton years (unga may have been part of bronco's first class, i can't remember). the next few years will show the byu fanbase how good of a recruiter bronco is. from what i've observed over the last few years that bronco and whittingham have been at their respective schools i've noticed that while bronco is good at getting his players to execute their gameplan and do it well, whittingham is better at developing his players. it looks real apparent this year because the U is showing some real depth on both sides of the ball and byu is struggling to find any kind of rhythm on either side. yeah, bronco's caught in a tough situation, but if he's the coach everyone thinks he is then he'll be just fine. here's hope to the Y from a U fan.

Lehi, UT

BYU is fun to watch even when they lose. Team is getting better and is going to win many more games before I die.

West Jordan, UT

Is this about being a "down" year or is this finally Broco's recruits showing what they really are.

Dennis Pita, Max Hall, Andrew George, and Austin Collie were all Crowtons recruits....so Bronco can thank Crowton for setting the table with some of the Cougar greats when he arrived.

Is Bronco a bad recruiter and now that all of Crowton's recruits have finally exited the stadium, this weakness if finally showing through?

The difference between reloading and rebuilding is the difference between Utah and BYU. Utah loses 6 players to the NFL draft and they reload with freshman safeties that knock people around, among others. BYU loses a few key players and stuggles for 2 years to get back to where they were. The problem has got to be in the coaches and how they train the backups. BYU has some talent, but somewhere along the way the training is lacking until they are a starter.

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