Behind the Mic: BYU football: Ben Cahoon excited to coach wide receivers


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  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 8, 2011 8:36 p.m.

    Re: PressureDrop

    Thanks for the video link. I especially like Wrubbell's reaction to the video replay call.

    But I digress.

    At no point in this video does it show Bradley's knee down with possession of the ball.

    At best it was a close call from the Cougars perspective. But no frame comes even close to indisputable evidence that Bradley had possession after his knee hit the ground.

    In fact there is not even a series of frames that show exactly when his knee hit the ground. Too many players and officials blocking the view.

    That is why, in accordance with the rules of the game, the call by the officials closest to the play was not overturned.

    If I'm wrong, I invite anyone to direct me to the second by second series of frames that makes the Cougar case of a botched call.

  • Tommy2Shoes Lehi, UT
    Feb. 8, 2011 8:18 p.m.

    Great hire. Coach Ben can truly show the receivers what a great route looks like and how to finish with a catch. A picture is worth a thousand words. Picture this. Jake throws a pass and it is caught. First down or touch down rather than a dropped pass. Go Cougars and beat the Utes this Saturday at the sold out MC. 22700 excited fans screaming "you got Jimmered"--sweet.

  • PressureDrop Provo, UT
    Feb. 8, 2011 6:48 p.m.

    "Correction: If the correct call had been made, BYU would have retained posession of the ball with an added 15 yards from the penalty (facemask)."

    I stand corrected :)

    Here's a link to the BYU/Utah botched call for your enjoyment:


    Was his knee on the ground? Yes. Was he holding the ball? Yes. Did the Utah player have his hand on the ball? Yes. Was it a bad call? Yes. Will the sun rise tomorrow? Maybe...

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    Feb. 8, 2011 6:00 p.m.

    Get over the bad calls! When has there ever been a season in any sport where there have not been bad calls? The sun will rise tomorrow. I promise.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, Utah
    Feb. 8, 2011 5:28 p.m.

    And while we're on the bad call subject,

    "And although no-one knows for sure what would have happened, many observers believe BYU would have won the SDSU game even if the correct call had been made."

    Correction: If the correct call had been made, BYU would have retained posession of the ball with an added 15 yards from the penalty (facemask). It is true that the review was bad, but the call was bad anyway (had he not been facemasked, he would most likely not have fumbled; it's called a personal foul for a reason).

    Next year's BYU team should be very good. Of course, had BYU beaten Utah, they might have gone to the Vegas Bowl and gotten beaten up by Boise State, and Anae may still be the OC. Who knows what will happen? Here's hoping for an undefeated season.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, Utah
    Feb. 8, 2011 5:20 p.m.

    Howard S.

    I am truly shocked that you would say that there was no botched call on that play. The review was done correctly, but that counts for nothing: how many bad calls even this last year were not overturned because the ball wasn't clearly visible (I have never played football, but I am very sure the coaches teach players to tuck the ball in to protect it from being knocked loose, and I thought that was common sense-- silly me)? The fact remains that his knee was down before he lost posession of the ball. Just because you can't see the football with your eyes doesn't mean it's not there. The refs made a really, really bad call. I agree that BYU should have made the kick, but that doesn't explain the luck the Utes had all game (like that bad punt).

    Bottom line: BYU proved to be the better team that game. The better team doesn't always win. Is Nevada really better than BSU? We know you would use that excuse if BYU beat a better team. You would come up with excuses why BYU won. We know you would.

  • J1234 Spanish Fork, Utah
    Feb. 8, 2011 4:15 p.m.

    @Howard S.

    I challenge you to look it up on Youtube, watch and see what actually happened, and prove your point.

  • --JEFFE-- Cedar City, UT
    Feb. 8, 2011 4:12 p.m.

    What a great hire. I am already getting the warm and fuzzies with the knowledge that Ben Cahoon will be teaching the very talented receiving corps that is in Provo and pushing them to be the very best they can be.

    I completely disagree with it being a risky hire.
    Doman was a risky hire, because he will be running an offense with very little experience as an OC. But Cahoon will not be calling the plays, analyzing the defensive coverages, or creating offensive gameplans. While I would prefer to have a OC with proven coaching experience, I would prefer a WR Coach with proven playing experience.

    All Ben has to worry about is grooming the receivers. He has 13+ years of professional experience at the position, and he was the best receiver ever to play in the CFL. Its safe to say he knows what it takes to be successful. The best teacher is experience.

    With probably the most talented group of receivers that has ever set foot in Provo, Coach Cahoon will have plenty to work with. I would not be surprised to see several Cougar receivers in the NFL in the years to come.

  • J1234 Spanish Fork, Utah
    Feb. 8, 2011 4:09 p.m.

    @Howard S.

    There was no botched call? You're the first person I've heard say that (even among Ute fans). Have you seen the video? I agree that the blocked football was BYU's fault, but that was a gift from the refs. His knee was down for a couple seconds and the ball still in his arms.

    Anyways... oh well, you guys with your "amazing" team beat a bad BYU by one point. I'd be boasting that win as well.....

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 8, 2011 2:53 p.m.

    Re: PressureDrop

    Let's set the record straight.

    There was no botched call in the Utah game.

    There is no video or still frame that shows the receiver with his knee on the ground AND clear possession of the ball.

    In fact, in the most published still frame of the play in question the knee is down, but possession of the ball is obscured.

    Look at it. The knee is down, but possession cannot be clearly determined.

    That, my friend, is why the call on the field was not overturned.

    The replay rules were followed and there was no botched call.

    And I would respectfully challenge anyone, including the writer of this article to make reference to any photo or video that indisputably shows the receiver down WITH possession.

    And even if it was botched call... execute a simple field goal and you win the game.

    Simple as that.

  • PressureDrop Provo, UT
    Feb. 8, 2011 2:29 p.m.

    Tom in CA: "However, being in the conference of champions will guarantee they will be so good."


    I love it how Ute fans now throw around the term "mid-major" like it's an insult. Makes me think of hillbillies winning the lottery -- they forget they were living in a trailer a few short months ago.

    "Bring us some fresh wine! The freshest you've got - this year! No more of this old stuff."

    "He doesn't realise he's dealing with sophisticated people here."

  • PressureDrop Provo, UT
    Feb. 8, 2011 2:18 p.m.

    Howard S: "The truth is BYU was not good enough to beat Utah. They couldn't stop Utah from scoring the winning touchdown, and they couldn't score against Utah's defense.

    Make the block and execute on a simple field goal and BYU wins the game.

    BYU simply wasn't good enough."

    You could just as easily make the opposite argument: Utah "simply wasn't good enough" to beat BYU without the benefit of a botched call.

    But that's all water under the bridge. I guess we'll see who comes out on top in September. Can't wait :)

  • PressureDrop Provo, UT
    Feb. 8, 2011 2:03 p.m.

    "byU beat up on the same cupcakes Utah thrashed earlier in the season."


    "If you are bringing up "calls" though, you should probably mention the SDSU and Wyoming games as well. Both of those games were gifts the cougs received on missed or botched calls."

    I'm well aware of the SDSU call, but don't remember the Wyoming call -- probably because I don't get the Mtn on Dish (independence/ESPN can't come soon enough).

    The difference is the Utah botched call DEFINITELY affected the outcome of the game. Can we agree on that? And although no-one knows for sure what would have happened, many observers believe BYU would have won the SDSU game even if the correct call had been made.

    "I don't think either program is a "train-wreck" though."

    Agreed. I was just repeating hedgehog's pithy observation -- which prompted me to make a few comments of my own to stir the pot ;)

    The Ute bball program on the other hand: "train-wreck" does seem like an appropriate description.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Feb. 8, 2011 2:02 p.m.

    @Howard S:

    Oh and btw:

    Based on your expert analysis and definition of BYU, i.e., "can't get it done against good teams", Utah was a lousy team, too.

    However, being in the conference of champions will guarantee they will be so good.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 8, 2011 1:25 p.m.

    Re: PressureDrop

    Mocking a one point victory?

    The truth is BYU was not good enough to beat Utah. They couldn't stop Utah from scoring the winning touchdown, and they couldn't score against Utah's defense.

    Make the block and execute on a simple field goal and BYU wins the game.

    BYU simply wasn't good enough.

    Oh and btw, five wins in the last six games against teams with an average Sagarin ranking of 132 does not suggest that BYU is anything other than what they have always been... a team that can beat bad competition, but can't get it done against good teams.

    Thus the loss to Utah...

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Feb. 8, 2011 1:04 p.m.


    "Compare that to BYU's last 6 games of the season: 5 wins and 1 loss (but we all know it should have been 6 wins). Average margin of victory in those 5 wins: 31 points. "

    You are comparing apples to oranges bud. The Utes lost to (2) top ten teams and ND in southbend at the end of the season.

    byU beat up on the same cupcakes Utah thrashed earlier in the season.

    If you are bringing up "calls" though, you should probably mention the SDSU and Wyoming games as well. Both of those games were gifts the cougs received on missed or botched calls.

    I don't think either program is a "train-wreck" though.

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Feb. 8, 2011 12:39 p.m.

    @22&44 and Cougar Blue

    Talk about a couple of over-reactions. 1st of all yes Cahoon is more mature and experienced than Brian Johnson. Certainly coaching wr's is not as difficult as mentoring qb's. But neither have had a lick of coaching experience.

    We can guess that Cahoon being older and more mature will give him an advantage over Johnsons youth and immaturity, I'm certainly willing to concede that even though I never said anything to the contrary. But the fact remains he is a risky hire because of his inexperience and no one, including Mendenhall, knows if he will turn out to be a quality coach or not. Neither of you has a clue you are just guessing/hoping. Well I hope he turns out to be a great coach but I'll at least aknowledge the risk in it and admit we'll have to wait to find out for sure.

    As for Johnson it is obvious he was hired into a position he was ill equipped and ill prepared for. Neither of utahs qb's improved under his tutelage. That chow was hired to mentor their entire offensive staff is proof of that.

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    Feb. 8, 2011 12:23 p.m.

    @ Gunny

    Amen Brother!

  • Gunny Spanish Fork, Utah
    Feb. 8, 2011 10:44 a.m.


    You can describe a man in inches, pounds, complexion, or physique. But you measure a man by character, compassion, integrity, tenderness and principle "Bishop Richard C. Edgley"
    How do you measure up? Just asking.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 8, 2011 9:13 a.m.

    Ben Cahoon is going to help BYU big time!!!

    Bronco has a hard time making the no brainer decisions but this is one of them. Glad he brought in some real talent.

  • PressureDrop Provo, UT
    Feb. 8, 2011 8:49 a.m.

    Howard S: "You do realize that Utah beat your Cougars in that 5 game span that they were "dropping off a cliff", don't you?"

    Ahhh... yes. That 1-point victory I mentioned. When you look deep in your heart, do you HONESTLY believe that was a legitimate victory? Careful now... I don't want your pants to catch fire.

    Even counting that one, in two of your last 5 games, you outscored your opponents by an average of 2.5 points per game. In the other three games, you were outscored by your opponents by an average of 29 points per game.

    Compare that to BYU's last 6 games of the season: 5 wins and 1 loss (but we all know it should have been 6 wins). Average margin of victory in those 5 wins: 31 points.

    Now which program looks like the train wreck again?

  • J1234 Spanish Fork, Utah
    Feb. 8, 2011 8:41 a.m.

    @Howard S.

    You do realize that your team beat BYU by 1 point, right?

    Here's the difference. BYU knew they were bad and were working to get better. Utah thought they were heaven's gift to football.

    They still thought that after they could only beat a bad BYU by 1 point. Hence Devonte Christopher's cheerleader remark before Utah got pounded by Boise State.

    Cahoon seems to have it together. If he can learn to turn his talent into coaching, he'll be a great mentor for receivers. I think these guys will look up to him. I'm excited to see how things turn out. Love the young excitement on BYU's coaching staff.

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    Feb. 8, 2011 6:22 a.m.

    Dear Duckhunter: Wow, what a comparison. Comparing Brian Johnson who had absolutely no professional experience with Ben Cahoon who has had 13 years experience and is rated the top pass receiver in the CFL for most of those years is at the best immature logic.

    Brian Johnson only had his 5 years of experience at Utah to use as a reference. One of the years he was injured, and another year he wasn't even the starter. Johnson and Cahoon are on two separate planets when it comes to what they can teach the young men under their tutelage. Cahoon has the deep knoweldge what it takes to excel. The only thing that will make a difference is his relationship with his players. If it is good then he will be very successful in his teaching. If he doesn't have a good relationship with his players, it won't matter what he says, because there would not be a trusting relationship.

    Brian Johnson may turn out to be a good coach, but he is light years away from doing it.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Feb. 8, 2011 5:19 a.m.

    @ MiP & Howard

    You do realize you went from a #5 national ranking, to nearly losing within the final seconds to a 7-5 team that started the season with a loss to Utah State, for Pete's sake?!?!?

    You went from 23-3 the previous two years (I'll have to take your word for it; I don't care enough to look...) to 2 and 3 with national humiliation on top.

    In fairness, the best word that applies to BYU's season last year was "salvage," but you have to admit that most Ute posters here were less than conciliatory about any BYU season that ended in a loss. Shoot, even the ones that ended with a victory.

    You have to admit, Utah going to Las Vegas and getting whipped after all the trash talk about BYU and the Las Vegas bowl is just poetic justice.

    Honestly, good luck in nearly all your future games. A healthy Jordan Wynn would have made a difference last year. See ya in September.

    Enjoy your scoreboard. You, well, your team, did earn it.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 11:34 p.m.

    Re: PressureDrop

    You do realize that Utah beat your Cougars in that 5 game span that they were "dropping off a cliff", don't you?

    Doesn't reflect very well on the Coogs to be beaten by a team in free-fall, does it?

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 9:54 p.m.

    Ernestgo de Bajo: You are truly talented in writing poetry. Great poem! I read and re-read it to get the gist of it. At first, I thought the receivers were putting their ten fingers around Big Ben's neck, but alas, the complete poem was about Big Ben's playing days at BYU.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 9:30 p.m.

    Duckhunter, I am a BYU fan, but I do not agree with you about Brian Johnson. Wynn was hurt, but kept playing until he could not play anymore. It was nothing to do with the coaching.

  • PressureDrop Provo, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 9:22 p.m.

    MiP: "Didn't realize the Utes football program, after a 10-3 season (33-6 over the last 3 years), finishing #23, and an upgrade in their yearly schedule would be considered "dropping off a cliff.""

    Consider the Utes first 8 games:
    8 wins, 0 losses
    362 points scored vs 113 against

    Consider the Utes last 5 games:
    2 wins, 3 losses
    68 points scored vs vs 161 against

    lost by 40 (7 total points scored by the mighty Utes)
    lost by 25 (3 total points scored by the mighty Utes)
    won by 4
    won by 1 (based on botched replay call)
    lost by 23 (3 total points scored by the mighty Utes vs 26 by the Boise State cheerleaders)

    Sounds like "dropping off a cliff" to me.


  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    Feb. 7, 2011 8:58 p.m.

    I am not worried about Cahoon. He will do just fine. He will be very good at his limited role and should be a good recruiter. Further, he has a lot more playing experience than most of the coaches that BYU has promoted or hired.

    Overall the BYU staff is very young and lacks experience at most coaching positions. That is going to lead to some mistakes, poor adjustments and poor game plans.

    Bronco is still learning. It is not like Joe PA or even Mack Brown promoting a couple of grad assistants and going out and hiring coaches with 3-0 years of experience.

    Reynolds and Tidwell have been around but how much input do they have on adjusting an offensive game plan?

    Doman at OC is a necessary risk. He will be more innovative but his lack of experience is a big risk.

    Bronco should be decent at managing the defensive coaches and helping with game adjustments.

  • spud Payson, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 8:53 p.m.

    got one thing to say were is matt belinne yehaw were is mat the best hands byu ever saw. gave detmer his hiesman

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Feb. 7, 2011 7:45 p.m.

    Great players don't always make great coaches, but you never know. Hope it works out for them.

    Pressure Drop: Didn't realize the Utes football program, after a 10-3 season (33-6 over the last 3 years), finishing #23, and an upgrade in their yearly schedule would be considered "dropping off a cliff." What will you say if they were to go 7-6 and lose to their arch rival? Ahem.

  • Ernesto de Bajo Albuquerque, NM
    Feb. 7, 2011 6:47 p.m.

    Big Ben
    Came to Provo then
    And made the fans remember when
    when ten were thrown
    then caught were ten
    because the fingers there, all ten
    were on the hands of one Big Ben

  • Solomon the Wise Alpine, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 6:46 p.m.

    If, as the saying goes, practice makes perfect, then Ben Cahoon is the perfect coach for BYU's receiving corps.

    Guaranteed, we'll see far fewer dropped passes this coming season because the players will practicing until they learn NOT to drop passes.

    Plus, practicing with the same QB and having the same type of ball thrown each and every time will be a huge advantage over the beginning of last season.

    With Heaps throwing, Cahoon's receivers catching, and Doman's creative play calling, BYU's offense is going to be VERY good next season.

  • BaneOfHedgehog Bothell, WA
    Feb. 7, 2011 6:34 p.m.

    To ALL:

    Truly - just IGNORE him. He's a pointless waste of time, so don't be drawn into the one guy who consistently demonstrates he knows NOTHING about sports.

    RE: Cahoon - I'm super psyched that this guy will be coaching our receivers on the mental part of this game. Played receiving myself in high-school (many moons ago) and there's a distinct attitude about catching a ball that needs to be ingrained in our receiving corps. This is an area where there's TONS of room for improvement over last season - too many drops. I think this is a HUGE win for the Cougars to have Ben coaching. In his prime, he always reminded me of Steve Largent route-runner, with the hands of Biletnikoff.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 7, 2011 6:18 p.m.

    Whether Cahoon can help these receivers drop fewer balls is up in the air. But I have no doubt that he can teach precise routes and better separation. Better separation creates easier catches, and that is where Cahoon will really benefit Heaps and the team.

    I agree. . . .Don't feed the trolls.

    Duckhunter--You do the same thing on Ute articles that crissy and hedgie do on BYU articles. Why do you lower your self to their levels?

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Feb. 7, 2011 6:06 p.m.

    Where's Stockton ???,

    Bowling Green huh, how's it feel to live in the town Urban built?

    Just can't get away from the Utah connection - it's everywhere.

  • PressureDrop Provo, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 6:01 p.m.

    Regarding the trolls Chris B and Hedgehog: I personally enjoy hearing from them. They remind me of the Iraqi propaganda minister from the first gulf war. Anybody remember him?

    While his Saddam's army was getting pummeled, he was issuing statements like these:

    "We made them drink poison last night and Saddam Hussein's soldiers and his great forces gave the Americans a lesson which will not be forgotten by history. Truly. "


    "They are sick in their minds. They say they brought 65 tanks into center of city. I say to you this talk is not true. This is part of their sick mind. Mark it down!"

    Hedgehog and Chris B are equally funny: as their football and b-ball teams are falling off a cliff, they go on and on about how bad things are at BYU and how the "mighty" utes are going to the "conference of champions" -- where they will be pummeled like the Republican Guard.

  • 22ozn44ozglass Moab, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 5:58 p.m.

    Duckhunter | 1:19 p.m. Feb. 7, 2011.. "I look at the obvious mistake Whittingham made last year hiring the inexperienced, and very young, Brian Johnson to coach the qb's at utah"

    If Brian Johnson had played 13 yrs in the CFL and did as poorly as he did as a QB coach, your comparision might be valid. However, Cahoon has proven that he has exceptional talent as veteran reciever whos stats speak for themselves.

    I would much rather take a "gamble" on Cahoon, than continue in the same direction that Higgins was headed.

  • Kyle loves BYU/Jazz Provo, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 5:48 p.m.

    Cahoon will do great. He is coaching receivers here people. He wasn't hired as the head coach a coordinator or anything else.

    He needs to teach his athletes to run good routes and catch passes not call plays or time outs. I'm positive he'll do a great job and we will all be excited about the results. Go Cougars!!

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Feb. 7, 2011 5:37 p.m.

    I'm excited to see what he can do. Good luck Coach and have fun out there!

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Feb. 7, 2011 5:35 p.m.

    I don't know the man, but I love Cahoon's philosophy.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Feb. 7, 2011 4:49 p.m.

    Cahoon will do very well at BYU! He will make a name for himself by improving BYU's receives, helping win many games and end up coaching for the Utees, just like other coaches they have!

  • Alpha Chicken Orem, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 4:22 p.m.

    I am a Utah fan but have had season tickets at both BYU and UTAH at different times and follow both programs (like we all do) pretty close. I like Cahoon as a recievers coach. I think he has lots of potential. A bit of a gamble, as all first year coaches, but probably a good move.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Feb. 7, 2011 4:08 p.m.

    @Hedgie Doggie
    I really don't see how Trainwrecks fit into an article about Ben Cahoon coaching wide receivers but yes Hedgie... unusual as it is... you are finally right for once. There was a trainwreck South of Toledo involving about 22 rail cars. In fact several of the tankers filled with denatured ethanol exploded and lit up the sky for hundreds of miles. Since Ann Arbor is only about 70 miles away you must have seen it. I thought it was fireworks clear out in Utah celebrating the clean sweep of UNLV.


  • DRay Roy, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 3:59 p.m.

    Ben Cahoon's experience,as I understand it, covers more than a decade of excellence in Canadian professional football. He must have had countless position coaches throughout his career, and hopefully gleans from them the best, most effective ways to help recievers excell. He has my vote, I am hoping he will make a great contribution to the Y football program in the years to come. Good luck Ben.

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 3:58 p.m.

    @Tom in CA

    If by her "brethren" you mean ute "fans" then I am not surprised they don't say anything about what she does. There are several reasons for it.

    One is that utah has a very tenuous "fan"base. There just aren't very many of them. I would be surprised if there are more than 20,000 real ute "fans", meaning the type that actually love the school and its sports programs and will support it regardless of how they perform. If they do not win then they don't have any more "fans" than that. Because of that those guys tolerate the wedgies and christina b's because they know they have to have them to try to make their numbers seem greater than they really are.

    The other reason is that those "brethren" mostly agree with wedgie. They are haters, just like she is, and they have spent so long being beaten down by BYU in almost every sport that they simply hate and haters like that are drawn to each other. They can comiserate and wallow in self pity as well as cast vitriol and criticism at their betters.

    It is pathetic really.

  • sports-junkie West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 3:56 p.m.

    Wow. I already love Ben. He's a guy that can be trusted to make very good decisions.

    It's a great time to be a Cougar fan!

  • Don't Feed the Trolls Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 3:37 p.m.

    Trolls feed on attention, and die without it. Get the hint, Cougar fans.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Feb. 7, 2011 3:20 p.m.


    Why don't you man-up and let us all know what your religion is so we can take cheap shots at it.

    Or even better, leave religion out of your meaningless comments. I'm surprised some of your brethren haven't taken you to task on this issue by now.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 3:10 p.m.


    Grab a mirror...

    Now say this to yourself...

    'you're good enough, you're smart enough, and doggone it, people like you.'

    Feel better than the negativity?

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 3:10 p.m.

    With valentine day approaching, I hope you'll feel the love from all the courgar fans. There isn't a BYU article that goes by without your articulate analysis. You are always right and put the rest of us to shame. We love you so much.
    BTW, where is michigan? I heard it's name years ago, but fail to read anything about since a guy named bo was there. Is the state still in the US or is it a providence of Canada now?

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 3:07 p.m.

    Yip yip yap say the little hedgehogs..er dogs as the cars go past. They don't notice or pay attention because she is of no significance. There will always be yappy little dogs trying to stop whatever is rolling over them. In this case it is BYU. This little dog hates blue cars but can't seem to get noticed or make a difference.
    Jealousy and obsession; Get used to it hedgie..oh wait, that is your life.
    Cahoon will be a terrific coach. He will have BYU receivers in top form. Really looking forward to September.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 3:06 p.m.

    hedgehog | 1:10 p.m. Feb. 7, 2011
    Ann Arbor, MI

    So move off the tracks, because BYU has an offense, and a defense.

    Can I quote you after the game at LES?

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 2:59 p.m.

    Re: hedgiepoo

    You mean unless he is a devout mormon like Brian Logan, JJ DiLuigi, Joshua Quezada, Drew Phillips and Cody Hoffman are?

    I don't expect you to have the BYU depth chart memorized but there are a lot of great athletes on BYU's team even now, that aren't LDS kids. I only expect that trend to continue.

    If he values education and living a clean lifestyle (which a lot more of these kids do than you think), then I think BYU will be a great possibility for him.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 2:47 p.m.

    Cahoon has lots of experience, alot more experience than alot of coaches have. Teaching how something is done is best done by those who have done it and know how it needs to be done and Ben is a perfect fit in that regard. There are alot of great players who can't coach or explain or show or paint a picture in such a way that young players can see, understand and incorporate into their game what is trying to be taught, but I don't think that will be a problem for Ben. Ben has been the type to study, breakdown and put in tons of hours to be able to understand what and how to do his job as a wide receiver and that will help him a ton as he tries to help these young receivers become the best they can be. His attitude as a perfectionist will rub off on the receivers, he will demand it.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Feb. 7, 2011 2:43 p.m.

    kegar klaws,

    Easy cowboy, unless Davonte is a devout mormon he will choose a BCS program.

    I understand you excitment though, seeing that BYU didn't offer anyone let alone get anyone of significance in 2011 class.

  • bikelehi Lehi, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 2:22 p.m.

    As a teacher, I love his approach. If my student misspells a word, I'm not going to make her run laps or do math facts. I'm going to have her practice spelling.

    Seems like a duh statement, but it's true for sports too. If you make a mistake, do you need a negative, unrelated consequence? No. The consequence has to be related to the mistake or it does little good.

    To have his receivers catching more balls if they drop one, run more routes if they mess it up, do more blocking if they miss an assignment, sounds about perfect to me.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 1:56 p.m.

    re: hedgehog

    I know you are but what am I?

    Now, on to the non-junior high dialog. . .

    BYU has recruited surprisingly well at WR. There is a late-comer in this year's recruiting class at WR. He's actually a Cody Hoffman, under the radar type.

    I think Coach Cahoon will be a great coach and will have a lot of talent to work with.

    One guy I would be thrilled to death about if BYU actually landed him is Davonte Neal out of AZ for the class of 2012. If you haven't seen his highlights on film, you'll be AMAZED at how athletic this kid is. He's a good option with his size and speed for a slot receiver type position. BYU has offered him but so have schools like LSU and USC. The Cougs will be hard pressed to get him, but wow, if they can pull it off he will be an incredible athlete on BYU's roster.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Feb. 7, 2011 1:43 p.m.

    He is the receivers coach. He needs to teach them to run routes, catch, and block. I think Cahoon will handle all of that just fine. Can't wait for next season.

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 1:19 p.m.

    This is a risky hire. Cahoon has zero coaching experience. Obviously Bronco is impressed with him however and thinks he can do the job.

    I hope that he becomes a great coach. I'm not one that thinks an individual has to have experience to get a job doing something. If that were the case no one would ever get a job because none of us ever had any experience until we actually were given a chance to do it. But when a head coach makes a decision to hire a position coach that doesn't have any experience doing it then the head coach is responsible for the outcome.

    I look at the obvious mistake Whittingham made last year hiring the inexperienced, and very young, Brian Johnson to coach the qb's at utah. Any objective observer of that situation can see that it was a disastrous move, at least for last year. The qb's there actually got worse, not better.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Feb. 7, 2011 1:10 p.m.