Dick Harmon: Cougars' spring practices show a different, re-energized team


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  • Wally West SLC, UT
    March 19, 2011 7:17 p.m.

    Re: CougFaninTX | 9:25 a.m. March 15, 2011

    Heaps to Hoffman, Jacobsen and Apo is a dream team.

    The problem with dreaming, you see, is eventually you have to wake up.

    And a few trick plays designed for Riley Nelson thrown in for good measure.

    I hear that Dan Henning has some free time and needs an outlet for his creativity

    If we get solid play from our Dbacks

    Possibly the funniest thing ever posted. Considering BYUs track record in the secondary and Bronco has to replace 75% of last yes unit; Id say a quest for mediocre is realistic.

    Re: afro14 | 12:12 p.m. March 18, 2011

    Did you forget D Harmon is the pinnacle of objective reporting especially when it comes to BYU football?

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    March 18, 2011 8:46 p.m.

    Well, I'm guessing that's your issue, not the writer's.

  • afro14 Sandy, UT
    March 18, 2011 12:12 p.m.

    @veritas aquitas

    Sorry, but Homer Harmon's opinion (which he always spews at the beginning of football season) is not enough solid evidence for me to be convinced that the Cougars will be anything more than mediocre this year.

  • In My Humble Opinion South Jordan, UT
    March 17, 2011 8:44 a.m.

    Instead of the upperclassmen and veterans feeling threatened by freshmen and sabotaging them with "put 'em in their place" and "protect our culture" bravo sierra and "pay the price" rhetoric, the entire team has moved forward and put pettiness aside. The rookies are pretty good and are playing.
    As I feared last year, instead of a meritocracy, best player plays, BYU had gone to a seniority system, "I've earned the right by lasting" system. That's why an "experienced" Jr. Who couldn't beat out a rookie got playing time. Why not just form a union?

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    March 16, 2011 11:25 a.m.

    afro14 | 8:20 a.m. March 16, 2011
    Sandy, UT
    What evidence is there that BYU will so much better than they were last year?


    OK, here's what you do.

    Read the title, and then the story.

    I hope that helps you out.

  • afro14 Sandy, UT
    March 16, 2011 10:46 a.m.

    I know that byu improved vastly over the course of the season last year, but at the end of the year, they were still only a mediocre team, evidenced by their loss to a very mediocre (or even poor) effort by the Utes. Nothing suggests that they've done anything to improve so much that they'll be playing at a whole new level than from the end of last year, or that they deserve these praises being laid on them by Harmon. They have new players, new coaches, and a whole lot of things to get into place. The potential for improvement is great, but we won't know until the season actually begins I guess. It is very likely that their difficult schedule will still result in, at the very least, 4 losses, more likely 5.

  • CordonBleu Park City, UT
    March 16, 2011 9:07 a.m.


    "What evidence is there that BYU will so much better than they were last year?"

    The whole BYU team was playing MUCH better by the end of the season last year.

    In theory, a 7-6 BYU should have been blown out against a once Top 5 team at RES, but BYU outplayed the Utes for most of the game. If Anae hadn't decided to sit on the ball after Heaps had moved the Cougars inside the 20 with still plenty of time to score a touchdown, the final records would have been:

    BYU 8-5
    Utah 9-4

    Considering where BYU and Utah were when the Utes played TCU in early October, that's a monumental improvement for BYU and a monumental collapse for Utah the 2nd half of the season.

  • afro14 Sandy, UT
    March 16, 2011 8:21 a.m.

    Whoops, don't forget TCU

  • afro14 Sandy, UT
    March 16, 2011 8:20 a.m.

    What evidence is there that BYU will so much better than they were last year? Heaps has improved, but the tight ends are still mediocre at best and so are the receivers. Quezada will be a good contribution and Kariya is always good to get a couple of yards up the middle in short yardage situations, but there really aren't any big play threats on the offense. I see a five loss season, with the losses coming against Oregon State, Hawaii, Texas, Ole miss, and Utah.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    March 16, 2011 12:47 a.m.

    Hedgie, you only need 14 more posts to break Clowntown's record.

    I think a 11-2 season is a very fair prediction for the Cougars.

    On the other hand, 11-2 for the Utes is just wishful thinking especially after choking on the BIG games last year. I believe those scores were 7-47 (like a jumbojet), 3-28, and 3-26. Correct me if I'm wrong.

    I believe Ute football will be following Ute basketball into the abyss. The PAC-10.2 teams are just smacking their lips for fresh meat and Hedgie... they're waiting for you as well.

    I can't wait to see your posts on these PAC-10.2 stories.

    By the way... Heaps and Company will smoke the Utes this year, and the next, and the next...

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 16, 2011 12:08 a.m.

    How about Hawkins as the ute basketball coach?
    Utes get no pac-12 money next year.
    Hedgehog bet---When the cougs win against the utes -you promise to never post again?

  • Big Hapa Kaysville, UT
    March 16, 2011 12:01 a.m.

    Cool here we go another Football season Yeah Baby ! Lets all sit back and continue soaking in all the Spring Ball Fever reports on the progress of our brothers in Blue. I love this stuff.

  • CougarOnTheProwl Murray, UT
    March 15, 2011 9:38 p.m.

    Starting a new Era as an independent, it should be a fun and exciting year. I look forward to seeing the new energetic coaches work with the players and the progress of the offense. Should be a much improved team from a year ago, only real question I have is who is gonna replace the guys we lost in the secondary. There is plenty of young talent in the secondary but it will be interesting to see who steps up and takes hold of the starting spots at Corner and Safety.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    March 15, 2011 9:27 p.m.

    Yes, most of the team is academically ELIGIBLE. What is your point?

  • Tommy2Shoes Lehi, UT
    March 15, 2011 8:35 p.m.

    First week of practice and everyone is happy. Let's focus on Jimmer this week and as long as the team lasts. Fall wins are predicated on spring practices or are they predicated on many other factors?

  • deductive reasoning Arlington, VA
    March 15, 2011 7:40 p.m.


    Good for BYU!

    It just shows that BYU and Bronco expect BYU football players to be student-athletes.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    March 15, 2011 7:29 p.m.

    Hey Cougar Claws,

    We have "several BYU football players academically eligible for spring ball". Quite the scoop, huh?

  • Alberta Reader magrath, ab
    March 15, 2011 6:54 p.m.

    Where's Stockton
    You know we all look on this board to the absurdities that Hedge and Chris pen
    They are legends in their own minds it wouldn't be nearly as fun without them
    Long live Hedge and Chris

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    March 15, 2011 6:52 p.m.

    Cougar claws,

    Actually there are several BYU football players academically eligible for spring ball. The other newspaper has the long list

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    March 15, 2011 5:44 p.m.

    Listen guys...let's just put the kabosh on Hedgie right here and now. If you just ingnore and don't respond to him but in actuality verbally neuter him, then you've effectively taken away any empowerment that his adled little mind irrationally believes he has. Same with Chrissy B. Let's all just ignore them enjoy the prospect of a possible great new beginning...and leave them both to wagging their tongues. Just turn your backs and give them the silent treatment...and encourage everyone else to do the same. Besides...There is "No Joy" in Ann Arbor

  • Parkercoug Parker, CO
    March 15, 2011 4:36 p.m.

    BYU should certainly be improved over last year based on experience alone. I will like to see them run the table, but know this is not realistic. Doman is quite green in the position with no prior OC experience, and it will be interesting to see what he can actually do versus all of the hype. I know he is popular with many players and Mendenhall in particular, but a new offense is not easy. Actually, the OC is my number 1 concern, and I do not want him to take the first few games in the season to figure things out-

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    March 15, 2011 3:06 p.m.

    Drew Phillips is not academically eligible right now but he's being worked with from what I understand. The sooner he can be eligible, the better. He's going to be a ball player!

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    March 15, 2011 2:30 p.m.

    Why wasn't Drew Phillips included in the conversation - anyone??

    H-hog: - does utah still have a football program?? How did the basketball team do this year, pretty good?

  • Jealous U Alpine, UT
    March 15, 2011 2:17 p.m.

    "Interesting you troll Pac12 articles..."

    Says the BYU-obsessed PAC 12 troll.

    Whatever the new TV contract is, it's guaranteed that Utah will be getting much less than any other team in the conference for many years to come.

    btw, hedgy, fresnogirl lives in Cali; she probably reads the LA Times frequently just to keep up on local news.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    March 15, 2011 2:17 p.m.


    You speaking about trolling makes me laugh. You live 2 time zones away from Provo, your team is no longer in BYU's conference and yet you have 5 out the 21 comments so far on this article. Talk about obsessing....

    As for my reading the LA times, I'm a California girl. These things get reported here. But nice try.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    March 15, 2011 2:06 p.m.

    hedgehog | 11:15 a.m. March 15, 2011
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Sounds like a bronco idea.... go ask a coach for ideas who was fired for not winning the big ones.


    I love the huevos on this kid!!!

    Hedge, a good, motivated coach will see his team improve during the year (See Whit 2008, Bronco 2009)...

    A poor or unmotivated coach will see his team get worse during the year (See Whit 2009, Boylen 2009, 2010).

    I think it will be interesting to see how both Utah and BYU end up this year. Needless to say, there will be soom fun games this fall.

    (Hedge, BTW... What are the odds ya think on Clyburn being at Utah come this September?)

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    March 15, 2011 1:40 p.m.


    Interesting you troll Pac12 articles.....let it go.

    I can't wait for the Forbes article AFTER the new TV contract. I'm sure you won't be prompting me about that one, now will ya.

  • B C Park City, UT
    March 15, 2011 1:40 p.m.


    dashes off to quell rumors that the "conference of champions" isn't really.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    March 15, 2011 12:20 p.m.


    Did you see the LA Times article from March 10th which states "Commissioner Larry Scott acknowledged concern Thursday over a recent Forbes magazine online report showing that the Pac-10 lags well behind other major conferences in terms of football revenue and athletic department profit"?

    You should probably hop over there and comment a lot.

  • Marked it Down Park City, UT
    March 15, 2011 12:08 p.m.

    "go ask a coach for ideas who was fired for not winning the big ones"

    Sounds like you're just jealous hedgehog because your guy Kyle got smoked in all of his big ones last season. Maybe Kyle should be calling Hawkins for advice.

    I marked it down, but apparently you didn't, so here's a reminder:

    BYU Jimmered SDSU on February 26th!

    And you promised to do what if that happened?

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    March 15, 2011 11:15 a.m.

    "Do you think Bronco is picking his brain about how to win some of the "big ones" as he did at Colo"

    Sounds like a bronco idea.... go ask a coach for ideas who was fired for not winning the big ones.

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    March 15, 2011 11:10 a.m.


    "Your not very accurate... I know this because I've yet to find a tds fan who ever rationally projects anything more than two loses."

    chuckling that you of all bloggers should be whining about "accuracy"

    BYU 2006 11-2
    BYU 2007 11-2
    BYU 2008 11-2

    It would appear that predicting 2 losses for BYU has a very high degree of accuracy.

    Unlike your 4-30 accuracy during the BYU basketball season, including your famous prediction of a BYU loss at SDSU.

    Which begs the question, why are you still spamming BYU articles?

    btw, the word is "you're" as in "you are" not very accurate.

  • softbear Olympia, WA
    March 15, 2011 10:54 a.m.

    I'm not sure what the team will do this year, it should at least be better than last year. Like in the movie "Any Given Sunday" our team could win on any Saturday. But I do like the new coaching staff. They seem to have an excitement we have been missing. The fact that Hawkins was visiting should tell everyone something, not sure what it is, but something! Do you think Bronco is picking his brain about how to win some of the "big ones" as he did at Colo and BS?

    Other than the September game with Utah, I think it's time we Y fans lay them to rest. Why should we care what they do, it will not affect us but one week a year and hopefully that will be only good for us. They will have a tough enough road to hold on their on. So, hedgehog, go find some Pac 12 people to tell them how good you are and what your going to do to them. We Cougar fans really don't care much about the U any more.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 15, 2011 10:50 a.m.

    How can you expect the real football fans to forget anything when the Yners are constantly barking at the big blue bus.
    You will be proven wrong again and again and again...

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    March 15, 2011 10:36 a.m.

    "I think it's a two loss team, at most"


    Your not very accurate - as you said the same thing last year. I know this because I've yet to find a tds fan who ever rationally projects anything more than two loses.

    This is a team that's good enough to put of big scores against the WAC/SWAC teams but top to bottom, not even close to the BCS teams on the schedule.

    Thoough in the fact all real games are on the road? Forgett it.

  • Real Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    March 15, 2011 10:21 a.m.

    What does it all mean?

    Better get your season tickets!

  • Idaho Dad Pocatello, ID
    March 15, 2011 9:58 a.m.

    What fun! First Spring news of a team with coaching staff and a program like none other in the world. Of course the tone is positive--the season is full of large potential.

    The characteristics that make this team and program unique are the very reasons I am a big fan. Hooray for Coach Mendenhall. Go Cougars!

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 15, 2011 9:46 a.m.

    This all means exciting football coming this fall. More winning for the Y and more Yning from the hedgehog and the other members of jealous and BYU obsessed chorus line.
    I can't wait for September. Go Cougars!

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    March 15, 2011 9:25 a.m.

    @ jazz, I'm with you. This will be a very good team. I think it's a two loss team, at most - likely in the great state of Texas to UT and TCU. I think they'll handle Ole' Miss and Oregon St. They'll blowout Utah this year. However, Texas is still rebuilding after last year and TCU lost a lot of talent. Both of those games are more winable than tradition would suggest.

    Is Munns still in the program? I haven't seen his name in any of the pre-season write ups.

    Heaps to Hoffman, Jacobsen and Apo is a dream team.

    Slash, dash and smash out of the back field will be exciting and keep the defense guessing.

    The front seven on defense may be the best front seven BYU has ever had.

    And a few trick plays designed for Riley Nelson thrown in for good measure.

    If we get solid play from our DBacks and improved play from our TE's, this could be a season to remember! And if it is, the rush to independence will begin for Texas, USC, Oklahoma and a few others - trying to mimic BYU.

  • oh ye confederacy of dunces Flushing, NY
    March 15, 2011 9:22 a.m.

    BYU will be a dominant team this year. Hilariously, the U will have a very mediocre season and will be destroyed in Provo.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    March 15, 2011 9:07 a.m.


    It's hillarious how obsessed you are with BYU. Except for their September meeting in LES, Utah and BYU are on completely separate paths this year, so what BYU does this year will have almost no impact on Utah, and yet, here you are.

    Further proof, that BYU is far more interesting team than Utah.

    What amateur fans see as running around cones, clapping hands, knowledgeable fans see as coaches teaching players valuable football basics that will form the foundation of a well-coached football team.

    btw, I checked with Notre Dame. There's no record of a hedgehog ever owning season tickets for Fighting Irish football. Not surprising, considering the source.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    March 15, 2011 8:48 a.m.

    The offense should see huge gains this year. Starting all of those freshman last year will pay dividends for the next 3. I am excited to see how the receivers do with Apo back. I believe Quezada is going to be great.

    BYU needs some DBs and safteys to step up, otherwise the defense should be very good.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    March 15, 2011 8:21 a.m.


    As I said, same old song and dance. I'm sure last year at this time you earmarked a 10 or 11 win season. Only trip-up at TCU and Fl. St.....some how your delusion didn't account for the likes of Utah St. Airforce ect...

    I'm hoping your not a gambler because going 1-1 with opening road dates at TX and Ole Miss is a suckers bet.

  • jazzbball Salt Lake City, UT
    March 15, 2011 7:48 a.m.

    There's old hedgie. Sitting by his computer just waiting for the BYU article. Not much else going on there, eh hedgie?

    BYU faces a tough challenge out of the gate with a tough SEC team in Ole Miss, followed by Texas. I think they go 1-1 out of those two games, but come home and handle utah easily.

    Rest of the season should be wins with a tough roadie at Oregon St. I see this as a 2 loss team probably. Either to Ole Miss and Texas or one of the two and at Oregon St.

    Sorry hedgie, but utah won't be a problem.

  • Alterego Ogden, UT
    March 15, 2011 7:32 a.m.

    Hawkins was there?

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    March 15, 2011 6:51 a.m.

    I won't be surprised if BYU makes its mark this coming season, as an Independent.
    Their talent base is getting deeper. I saw Joshua Quezada play here in So.Cal. and he is going to turn a few heads this year. Trust me.
    Along with a fine QB and promising receivers, this will be an interesting season.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    March 15, 2011 6:40 a.m.

    Wow, by reading this article you would have thought Dick wrote a dark and gloomy forcast last year at this time. Nope.

    Every year it's the same song and dance. How the tds will be even more perfect than year before and how BCS Championships are only days away.

    Running around traffic cones and clapping your hands might make you feel good about yourself now but reality will hit very early at O'l Miss.

  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    March 15, 2011 2:07 a.m.

    Why was Hawkins at practice?

  • Desert Coug Las Vegas, NV
    March 15, 2011 12:53 a.m.

    The offense seems ready to move forward, hopefully the D will come along.

    I always wonder about the secondary. The good years have always included a better than average secondary, (But also at least one excellent tight end on O).

    Hoping for the best.