Behind the Mic: BYU has worked hard to get back to .500 mark

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  • PAC-12 Envy Taylorsville, UT
    Nov. 17, 2010 8:06 a.m.

    How appropriate that a blowout victory over a weak team brings out the comparisons between Heaps and the legendary BYU quarterbacks that also built their legacies on second rate competition.


  • BYU Blue 2003 Waco, TX
    Nov. 16, 2010 8:52 p.m.

    Thank you, Greg, for the article and your great play-by-play of the BYU games. You're a BYU broadcasting icon.

  • TheSpiker Alpine, UT
    Nov. 16, 2010 5:37 p.m.


    You are sounding more like idaRED.

    What do you want Heaps to say. "I hope I end up being in the middle of the pack of BYU quarterbacks"?

    He didn't say he would be at the top, he said that he hoped he might me. Is that really a bad thing to say?

    You people need to get off his case. Everytime he gives an interview we have to read a bunch of critics jumping on his every word.

    He is 19 years old! I'm glad my brilliant thoughts and observations as a 19 year old weren't put out on the internet for the world to see. (Actually, Al Gore hadn't invented the internet yet back then.)

    Let's leave the unwarranted criticism of Jake to the haters so they will have something to do.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Nov. 16, 2010 3:54 p.m.

    Some BYU fans might cringe a little at Jake's seeming over-confidence, but there are many examples throughout sports history of great athletes who decided early in life that they were going to accomplish something extra special, and weren't afraid to make their plans known.

    Often, the difference between greatness, and simply being very good, is that unflagging desire, courage, and determination to dare to be great.

    It may work out for Jake. It may not. But, I admire his courage to set that high of a standard for himself.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Nov. 16, 2010 2:43 p.m.

    OK. I think Heaps has a very promising future at BYU and I have a lot of hope for his success. Nevertheless, he has 2 very good games and at least 6 bad to really bad games. I think it is still premature for him to spout that he plans to be the best QB ever to play at BYU. It is OK to think that, but to announce it publicly just provides motivational fodder for your opponents. A little more humility in his interviews with the media would go a long way for him. Isn't there a "Media Relations" course that BYU athletes can take? Maybe Max Hall could teach it. ;-)

  • BYUBrasilFan Kearns, UT
    Nov. 16, 2010 1:54 p.m.

    And that "opportunity to finish this season out 8-5" is looking better and better based on the recent play by the Cougars and the Utes.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Nov. 16, 2010 12:31 p.m.

    Riley Nelson can still be used as a change of pace option QB if Jake Heaps and the running backs struggle moving the ball. That's what Riley Nelson's role should be and he should willingly accept it. They could train Nelson on play action passes and running some option looks and I think that would increase the offenses effectiveness against better defenses because it would add another wrinkle.

    But Jake Heaps is THE guy, period.

  • fender Washington, UT
    Nov. 16, 2010 12:26 p.m.

    I have no doubt that BYU has worked hard after suffering some tough losses early on, but every other D1 team in this position does the same thing, so I'm not sure why this is news. BYU is not without talent and against the softer part of the schedule it's gonna show up.

    That's certainly true of Heaps, but let's be real here: give Nelson or Lark the start against this part of the schedule and the outcome is pretty much the same.

    Sometimes You just have to wonder where Mendenhall is coming from. If BYU wins out and shows up well in a bowl game, Heaps will be the guy in 2011. It's not gonna matter what Nelson or Lark does next spring; it won't change. Seems like a dishonest way to keep Nelson in the program. In any event Nelson will never be a good fit for this offense, and he is neither big enough or fast enough to be a running back.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Nov. 16, 2010 11:54 a.m.

    Poor New Mexico. BYU by at least 35.

  • jarbon55 Chapel Hill, NC
    Nov. 16, 2010 11:43 a.m.

    Let's go Cougs... Keep this momentum up. New Mexico this week. Bring it!

  • SportzFan Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 16, 2010 8:40 a.m.

    "I also know that we have another excellent leader and an excellent quarterback in Riley Nelson, and so all this (season) is doing is giving Jake every single opportunity to make sure that he can reach his goals and potential as a starting quarterback. (Heaps) will have to be beat out, but I think Riley will do everything he can to help this team, and I'm not willing to rule him out."

    Get over the man-crush Bronco. If Riley was that good, he should've been head-and-shoulders better than Heaps last off-season when he was a Junior and Heaps hadn't even unpacked his bags.

    Seriously, that statement makes me wonder if half the lessons of 2010 will be lost!

  • Idaho Coug Meridian, Idaho
    Nov. 16, 2010 8:10 a.m.

    I can only imagine that Broncon is being respectful to Riley Nelson to mention him as still being in next season's QB battle. But even the most casual observer can see there is a world of difference between the talent level of Jake Heaps and Riley Nelson - and now that Heaps has more than bridged the experience factor it is not even a contest. Nelson would make a solid safety and he should be focusing on his future position as soon as possible. We are too loaded at RB to consider him there.

    If Bronco wants to keep a competitive fire under Heaps he probably should say that Lark and Munns deserve their chance to show what they can do in spring and summer. They are actual QBs with legitimate arms.

  • jazzbball Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 16, 2010 7:49 a.m.

    On the assumption Heaps beats out Nelson for the job next year (he will), I'd like to see what Riley can do at RB or even at safety. I think he'd be extremely effective at either....

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Nov. 16, 2010 12:19 a.m.

    This season will be to Bronco, what the 1974 season was to LaVell. A turning point in the BYU program.

    In 1974, BYU started the season 0-3-1 and appeared destined to suffer their second straight losing season. Then, the Cougars turned things around to win 7 in a row, LaVell's first WAC championship and BYU's first trip to a bowl game.

    Three years later, BYU cracked the Top 20 for the first time, and a legendary football program was born.

    Coincidentally, BYU 1974 also lost to Utah State two games before starting their season-ending winning streak.

    The 1974 Cougars also played New Mexico and Utah in their final two regular season games and finished the season 7-4-1.

    at Hawaii 13-15
    Utah St. 6-9
    at Iowa St. 7-9
    at Colorado St. 33-33
    Wyoming (H) 38-7
    UTEP 45-21
    at Arizona 37-13
    at Air Force 12-10
    Arizona St. 21-18
    at New Mexico 36-3
    Utah 48-20

  • dhsalum Saint George, UT
    Nov. 15, 2010 10:52 p.m.

    It will be interesting to see how they use Riley Nelson next season. Maybe how the broncos use tebow now-- just on the goal line with run/pass option-- or maybe move him to DB if he can play it.. I dont think its possible for him to beat out Heaps but everyone comments on what a leader and athlete he is so they'll look to use him somewhere..

  • Desert Coug Las Vegas, NV
    Nov. 15, 2010 10:07 p.m.

    Sure is nice to be able to read an article and look at the comments without seeing the usual derision's from the utie people. (U know who U are) It is great to be able to tease my ute friends back as hard as they teased me earlier this season. Life is good again!