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  • sammyg Springville, UT
    June 14, 2011 8:23 p.m.

    You guys are so pathetic. This is like saying ND is not a storied program because they have not won a nat'l championship since 1988.

    Ask any sports media person and they will say that BYU is known for its QB factory. Period. Storied programs simply have a track record of doing things, even if its way back in the 80's like BYU's NC which U don't have.

    Keep wishing that your QB will take you to the 'promised land'. It ain't happening this year, or the next one either.

    This September is pay back and it won't be pretty on ESPN for U.

    By the way, how many Ute games on TV and exclusively on radio this year?

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    June 14, 2011 7:44 p.m.

    @ Navel Vet, Duckhunter Hunter
    Thanks guys !
    By the time September comes he'll be down to pin feathers. Nothing is too good for the man from the marsh.
    Other than Riley has any of the clip board and wannabe QB's taken a snap ?
    Only 92+ days left, think we can hang on that long sand put our theories to rest?
    In Provo, Utah by 5

  • Duckhunter Hunter Alpine, UT
    June 14, 2011 5:25 p.m.

    Most, if not all, of Duhkunter's points are based merely on opinion and conjecture instead of fact or evidence on any level. That's why it's such a joy to engage him in debate. And then, at the end of many of his posts he writes "LOL" like a little school girl texting her friends and wonders why even the most ardent BYU fans won't claim him.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    June 14, 2011 2:56 p.m.

    One thing quacky tries to hide is that NO y QB has done ANYTHING in the NFL since Steve Young - more than a decade since he left. So he is bragging that y puts QBs into the NFL? Hilarious.

    Alex Smith far surpasses - by leaps and bounds - any QB coming out of y since Young. And if you look at where Young was at Smith's age, Alex is pretty similar to Young (and remember that Young could not do anything in the NFL until he go a Ute for head coach). Even the great (in Utah County only) Ty Detmer's 14 year NFL career pales in comparison to what Smith has done in his first six seasons.

    Quackers will never admit the truth that is staring him in the face - y will always be in the shadow cast by the U!!

    Go Utes! Go Crimson!

    Good luck with independence/irrelevance, and with the Dons and Toreros!

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    June 14, 2011 2:51 p.m.

    AggieLuva:

    "BYU has 3 or 4 QB's that are way better than your starting QB in Wynnie. Heaps, Nelson, Lark and possibly Munns, not to sure on him."

    Actually, you aren't sure about ANY of them. Yours was just a frantic and emotional cry for attention. You have no proof that any of your QBs are even remotely better than any of ours. The only thing we DO know is that on the field, buth a Freshman Wynn, and a Sophomore Wynn posted a higher year end QB rating than Heaps. And since Heaps beat out the other QBs, it's clear who has been able to prove it on field; not on the comment boards.

    And, as Uteology so astutely pointed out, Wynn has more wins than your entire QB roster combined.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    June 14, 2011 2:10 p.m.

    Duckhunter:

    You had earlier accused me of "lying". The quip that you cut-&-pasted, was true. So true WAS it, that you neither did, nor could, even refute it. So I'm not sure why you cut-&-pasted it as if you were providing evidence to me being a liar.

    Look. You failed to prove your accusation of me "lying". Thus, you were the liar in accusing me of such. Case closed!

    As far as my "s.o.p.", I felt that 4 yrs would have been sufficient to establish a trendline as to whether or not a school, as you claimed, "routinely signs a top 25 qb or 2 pretty much every year." Even adding a 5th year [2007] still did not produce any significant value of sustainability. You scored 4 out of 7 yrs. Utah scored 6. Edge: Utah. Case closed!

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    June 14, 2011 2:07 p.m.

    AggieLuva | 12:27 p.m. June 14, 2011
    BYU has 3 or 4 QB's that are way better than your starting QB in Wynnie. Heaps, Nelson, Lark and possibly Munns, not to sure on him.

    ------------

    Yet "Wynnie" has more Divison I wins than Heaps, Nelson, Lark, and Munss combined. Go figure.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    June 14, 2011 1:53 p.m.

    Duckhunter:

    "...claiming blechen as a qb signing proves how far you are trying to reach to make up some 'truth' as he was never a qb recruit..."

    Looks like a certain little someone didn't do his own research. Check out Utah's 2010 class on Rivals. Blechen is listed as a QB out of Moorpark, CA. Now click his icon. It clearly states position ranking: #14. Case closed!

    Once again, it was YOU who was guilty of "making up some 'truth'."

    Now I think it's pretty obvious, just by reading this entire page of the back-and-forth dialogue we've had with each other, who between us has been truthful, and who has not. It's furthermore obvious who between us knows what they're talking about, and who just frantically and emotionally makes stuff up. The comments are all there for everyone to see. Only one of us has been able to consistently cut-&-paste our opponents faux facts and willful deceptions, while the other....has nothing. You lose Duckhunter. Case closed.

  • Chris Bryant SLC, UT
    June 14, 2011 1:10 p.m.

    he slipped up! he slipped up! Write this down folks.

    Duckhunter Hunter posted at 12:54 and Duckhunter was able to respond to him at 12:56. There is no way that he could have responded that quickly with the way the comments are screened, they dont appear that fast. Two minutes is just the perfect amount of time to log out, log in to a different account and respond to what he said.

    Duckhunter Hunter=Duckhunter=Duckhunterr

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    June 14, 2011 12:56 p.m.

    @hondo

    "Max Hall = LOL!"

    Max Hall is in the NFL. Brian Johnson is currently doing an inept job of 'coaching' jordan wynn.

    LOL!

  • Duckhunter Hunter Alpine, UT
    June 14, 2011 12:54 p.m.

    @Quack

    Max Hall = LOL!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    June 14, 2011 12:30 p.m.

    Naval I can cut and paste as well. here is one directly from your post.

    "The only Top-25 quarterback the cougars have signed within the last 4 years was Heaps. -- Naval Vet"

    Hmmmmmm.......

    Selective "facts" are your s.o.p.

    Obviously BYU signs top qb's, and puts qb's in the nfl. utah signs qb's and moves them to defense. Even claiming blechen as a qb signing proves how far you are trying to reach to make up some 'truth' as he was never a qb recruit.

    I'll await for your hilarious reply.

  • AggieLuva South Jordan, UT
    June 14, 2011 12:27 p.m.

    @Naval Vet

    BYU has 3 or 4 QB's that are way better than your starting QB in Wynnie. Heaps, Nelson, Lark and possibly Munns, not to sure on him. Regardlees of what stars or how high they are ranked, BYU has always been know to have excellent QB's. It's obvious Utah doesn't know how to play all the talent they have at QB, they move most of them to the defense. I do like what Utah does in that regard, but to even try to think the Utes are on the same level for QB's, it's NO comparison.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    June 14, 2011 10:17 a.m.

    Duckhunter:

    Correction: As of today, Rivals finally released their position rankings. Utah QB-recruit Travis Wilson was #16. So that's still 6 "top 25 qb(s)" for Utah in the past 7 yrs [not bad], to 4 for the cougars.

    But by all means, please go ahead and cut-&-paste any "lies" I may have posted. Otherwise, the person with "truthiness issues" is YOU.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    June 14, 2011 9:37 a.m.

    Duckhunter:

    Once again...you said, "BYU routinely signs a top 25 qb or 2 pretty much every year."

    (Notice how I use the cut-&-paste function when I'm pointing out YOUR "truthiness issues".)

    But I have proven that they do not. Now you're trying to lower the bar to Top 30. Admit it. You lied.

    Here's another "truthiness issue" issue of yours. You said that in 2006, Reilly Murphy was the "#3 ranked JC qb Scout". I checked Scout. They don't rank JC players like Rivals does. So how would you know? Additionally, the Y has no "Reilly Murphy" signing an LOI back in 2006. I even checked '05 and '07. Nothing. And ditto for Rivals.

    Riley Nelson was an unranked QB. So again, not "top 25".

    So including Mangum, I count 4 "top 25 qb(s)" in the last 7 yrs.

    In that same frame, the Utes had signed/committed Griff Robles [Rivals #12], Terrance Cain [Rivals #1 JUCO], Jordan Wynn [Rivals #22], Brian Blechen [Rivals #14], Tyler Shreve [Rivals #20]. Rivals had not yet ranked the 2012 class, but Scout ranked Travis Wilson #24.

    So including Wilson, I count 6 "top 25 qb(s)" for Utah.

  • Chris Bryant SLC, UT
    June 14, 2011 8:36 a.m.

    Ducky,

    so what?

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    June 14, 2011 7:51 a.m.

    Let's see naval

    2006 James Lark Rivals #25 Scout #16, Reilly Murphy #3 ranked JC qb Scout
    2007 Jason Munns Rivals #15 Scout #27
    2008 No qb's recruited but announced transfer of Reilly Nelson
    2009 Taysom Hill Rivals #30 Scout #30 sure he's #30, not 25 but still a top qb
    2010 Jake Heaps Rivals #1 Scout #1
    2011 signed Jake Kuresa, Not going to play qb
    2012 Commit Tanner Mangum #9 Rivals #17 Scout

    So in the 5 years of the last 7, and yes I am counting the commits for the coming year, BYU has signed or committed 6 top 30, 5 top 25, 4 top 20, 3 top 15, 2 top 10, and 1 that was the #1 qb recruit in the country. That is an average of more than 1 per year every year they sign a qb.

    I do like how you simply didn't even list most of these guys, Lark, Munns, etc. as if they never happened. You have some truthiness issues. LOL!

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    June 14, 2011 12:10 a.m.

    Duckhunter:

    No they dont. The only Top-25 quarterback the cougars have signed within the last 4 years was Heaps. -- Naval Vet

    If youre going to call me a liar, you need to show me, other than Heaps, a top 25 qb that the Y signed within the last 4 years.

    And dont say Taysom Hill. He was ranked #30?

    And dont say Mangum either. Since neither Mangum [Scout #17] (nor Ute-recruit Travis Wilson [Scout #24] for that matter) have signed LOIs, their inclusion on your list has been rightfully omitted. You said, regularly signs Top 25 QBs. Not regularly recruits them.

    In 2007 the Y signed Jason Munns [#15 Rivals, #27 Scout], the same year the U signed Griff Robles [#12 Rivals, #31 Scout]. You had to go back 5 years to get your 2nd top 25 qb, and that didnt really pull the Y ahead in the signing of them.

    All it did was demonstrate, that the Y does in fact, NOT routinely sign(s) a top 25 qb or 2 pretty much every year.

    And YOU were calling ME a liar?

    L-O-L!

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    June 13, 2011 6:33 p.m.

    Troll Hunter
    We knew this was going to happen, they struggle to develope QB talent but they can sure turn QBs into LBs.

    -------------

    Utah's last two senior QBs: 12-0 and 13-0. Your turn.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    June 13, 2011 6:01 p.m.

    Duckhunter:

    BYU routinely signs a top 25 qb or 2 pretty much every year.

    No they dont. The only Top-25 quarterback the cougars have signed within the last 4 years was Heaps. Thats hardly an annual or routine accomplishment.

    In 2011, the only one the Y signed was Alex Kuresa...a Rivals-rated 2-star.

    In 2010, the only one the Y signed was a Rivals-rated #1 4-star Jake Heaps. The U signed Rivals-rated #14 Brian Blechen, and #20 Tyler Shreve.

    In 2009, the Y signed no quarterbacks. The U signed the Rivals-rated #1 JUCO 4-star Terrance Cain, plus the Rivals-rated #22 QB Jordan Wynn.

    In 2008, the Y signed no QBs. The U signed unranked 3-star DeVonte Christopher in 2008

    For all your "LOL"-ing, you sure can't back up your assertion of "routine" top 25 QB recruitment at the Y, can you?

    L-O-L!

  • Bo Jangles Meridian, ID
    June 13, 2011 5:35 p.m.

    "Oh and by the way, BYU routinely signs a top 25 qb or 2 pretty much every year. That means 3 years from now there'll be another 5 of them in the system."

    If this statement were true, the NFL would be absolutely littered with BYU quarterbacks. However, that's not the case, I think there's Beck and Hall in the NFL right now. If there are more, perhaps someone closer to the Cougar program can enlighten the rest of us.

    Point is, while BYU has a nice program, they do not sign 2 top 25 QBs year in and year out. C'mon Duck

  • Chris Bryant SLC, UT
    June 13, 2011 4:36 p.m.

    "It kinda reminded me a few seasons back when whittingham proclaimed in the pre season that utah had "the best qb situation in the entire nation" LOL! It was such a good situation that they managed to get shut out by unlv that year. LOL! Now that is good qb play."

    I know that fact checking is not your strong suit ducky, but Whitt proclaimed his QB situation to be the best in the country in 06. The UNLV game was in 07, but the facts have never stopped you before.

  • AggieLuva South Jordan, UT
    June 13, 2011 4:21 p.m.

    I actually like what coach Whit does as far as moving QB's into LB's. That Blechen(sp) kid is my favorite player and he was recruited as a QB. The best/most talented kid on every high school team are QB's and I think this a very smart. As far as Utah having actual QB's is a joke though. If all you have is Jordan Wynnie to start for a team going again other Pac schools, you are in serious trouble. I sure hope for the Utes sake that they have some serious talent coming in to actually play QB. The Utes are done this year and will be lucky to be .500.

  • Troll Hunter Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 13, 2011 3:58 p.m.

    We knew this was going to happen, they struggle to develope QB talent but they can sure turn QBs into LBs.

    Where's Urban Meyer when you need him.

  • Duckhunter Hunter Alpine, UT
    June 13, 2011 3:40 p.m.

    @Duhkunter

    "Oh and by the way, BYU routinely signs a top 25 qb or 2 pretty much every year. That means 3 years from now there'll be another 5 of them in the system."

    Weird. All of those top 25 QBs BYU's been pumping aren't translating into BCS wins or a decent bowl record. And last year, those same top QBs allowed BYU to get slaughtered by USU (31-16 and it wasn't even that close). LOL!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    June 13, 2011 3:27 p.m.

    @naval

    "That projects more QB depth at the U than at the Y"

    *snicker*

    That has never been the case in the history of the two programs and it never will be. Thanks for the LOL though as it was a full blown belly laugh. I actually spit water all over my keyboard when I read it.

    It kinda reminded me a few seasons back when whittingham proclaimed in the pre season that utah had "the best qb situation in the entire nation" LOL! It was such a good situation that they managed to get shut out by unlv that year. LOL! Now that is good qb play.

    Oh and by the way, BYU routinely signs a top 25 qb or 2 pretty much every year. That means 3 years from now there'll be another 5 of them in the system. utah on the otherhand....well there qb signings usually wind up playing on defense. LOL!

  • Pedro Sanchez Magna, UT
    June 13, 2011 2:16 p.m.

    Oh no! Ducky says the Utes sky is falling! The Utes Sky is falling! Thanks for your concern Ducky. We'll be just fine.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    June 13, 2011 1:41 p.m.

    CougFaninTX

    Last I saw, both Tanner Mangum (Y) and Chase Hansen (U) are planning on missions. Throw in the probability of a red shirt season and your dates are off by three years.

    There was nothing wrong with my post. Just your comprehension skills. Hill will be a Senior in in 2014 [2015 if he redshirts], and Magnum and Hansen will be in the same class. By the time Mangum and Hansen return from their missions [2014], the only Y players on the depth chart at that position would be a Jr/Sr Hill, and a slew of your remaining current unheralded 2-star athletes. At the U, Shreve will be a Jr/Sr, and Wilson will be a So/Jr. And at that time, we may even have another high touted Fr/So on the roster from the 2013 class. That projects more QB depth at the U than at the Y.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    June 13, 2011 1:38 p.m.

    Duckhunter: "If a .. qb can switch to linebacker 6 weeks before fall camp"

    The actual decision to move him to LB was made weeks ago with Griff's blessing. Can't wait to see him play LB and to see Hypes flounder, again!!

    It is indeed great to be a UTE!

    The future is bright, the future is Crimson!! Get Used to it!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    June 13, 2011 12:25 p.m.

    @mormon ute

    Well good luck to him, I sincerely mean that. He just wasn't ever a very good qb. It also makes you wonder what utah has been recruiting for linebackers if he can switch from qb and start playing immediately. I was under the impression from the utah "fans" on here that utah had the best group of linebackers in the entire pac10, if not the entire country, even though I can't name a single one of them. If a failed qb can switch to linebacker 6 weeks before fall camp and then actually get playing time it says more to me about the lack of quality linebackers in the utah program than it does about the athletic ability of a former 3rd string qb.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    June 13, 2011 12:10 p.m.

    Duckhunter,

    Hopefully we'll see Robles running down Jake Heaps a few times as he scrambles to avoid the rush or maybe he'll put one of those punishing hits on Heaps when he slips around the line on a blitz. Should be fun to watch.

  • AggieLuva South Jordan, UT
    June 13, 2011 10:48 a.m.

    @Naval Vet
    (1) Hansen was recruited to the U by Def. Coordinator Kalani Sitake and DB/Special Teams coach Jay Hill. Hansen can be quoted saying, "Im very open to playing on defense, and I have a lot of good experience on that side of the ball, just whatever is best for me and for the team, I'll do..."

    (2) Hansen was recruited to the Y by Off. Coordinator/QB Brandon Doman. Hansen can be quoted as saying, "Having [Doman] as both my QB coach and as the off. coordinator there is definitely one of the things I like best about BYU." That doesnt suggest Doman was recruiting him to play LB.

    What you don't understand is the people recruiting these 2 young men are the IN STATE RECRUITERS! It doesn't matter that Sitake from the defense talked him into coming, that is his and Coach Hill's job, IN STATE! Doman, recruits IN STATE to that why he was talking to Chase.

    This is a good move for Robles, if he isn't good enough to beat Wynn, he shouldn't play QB at all.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    June 13, 2011 10:26 a.m.

    Well if a qb isn't good enough to be utah's qb then they simply aren't a very good qb at all. Let's face it being the qb at utah is hardly any sort of huge accomplishment. But we knew this anyway based on a history of mediocre qb's and of course robles terrible spring.

    So now he is going to try to be a LB, good for him, hopefully he can make the switch, but of course just because he has been switched there it doesn't mean he'll be any good, We'll find out I suppose.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    June 13, 2011 9:15 a.m.

    I trust the coaches on this move. They make similar moves every year and it always seems to work out. Gary Patterson at TCU does the same thing. Coach Witt and Coach Patterson recruit the best athletes they can get and they're not afraid to ask them to move, if it will improve the team.

    In this case I think Robles could see his best chance to play was to make the switch and isn't that what the competitors really want to do, play? Having a former QB at LB will be great. He will be able to read QBs a lot better than most and anticipate where the ball is going.

    As far as the QB situation, obviously all the BYU fans laughing at our QB situation don't see what the coaches do. I have always maintained Jordan Wynn is tougher than the BYU fans think. He proved that by playing half the season injured and not complaining. I know many of you don't believe he was injured until the BYU game, but his play and the stats prove otherwise.

  • Tommy2Shoes Lehi, UT
    June 13, 2011 8:57 a.m.

    I'm happy that this very big qb is switching to lb. If they aren't going to play him at qb then it clearly shows that he wasn't good enough or he didn't have the desire to develop into someone better than JW. Have fun hitting the pines while you wait your shot at LB. I'll be watching. And on the little speedster. Speed is speed. This kid might make you a great returner or maybe he'll be a really fast water boy. Let's all show him a little love.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    June 12, 2011 9:59 p.m.

    @gonefishn
    I stand corrected. You are absolutely correct. As it stands right now, BYU has three backup QBs (Nelson, Lark, Munns) who would be starters at 80% of D1 colleges.

    @Naval Vet
    Last I saw, both Tanner Mangum (Y) and Chase Hansen (U) are planning on missions. Throw in the probability of a red shirt season and your dates are off by three years.

  • gonefishn Salt Lake City, UT
    June 12, 2011 1:30 p.m.

    Cougfanintx
    This is not fantasy football. "they are now looking for quality back ups". If that is true the cougars are the only D1 program that I am aware of that will slot a recruit as a starter or pigeon hole them as a reserve before they show up on campus and compete.

    psuyb
    1. Most prospects have not been rated at this point.
    2. "Joining the pac has clearly made a huge difference" correct.

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    June 12, 2011 1:06 p.m.

    Also on the hot recruit list by ;
    Utah
    Arizona
    Arizona State
    Hawaii
    Idaho
    USC

  • -PSUYB- Scranton, Pennsylvania
    June 12, 2011 11:44 a.m.

    So what happens if Wynn goes down at the beginning of the season? all you ute fans will be comfortable with Shreve being the only QB on your team? After reading reports of Spring Ball, neither Robles or Shreve were any good, and we all know Wynn is mediocre at best. So it seems strange to throw out any QB when there is so much in question at the position.

    hedgehog,

    DELSHAWN MCCLELLON
    Rivals: 0-stars Unranked
    Scout: 0-stars Unranked
    ESPN:0-stars Unranked

    Wow, we are all extremely impressed with Utah's recruiting. Joining the PAC has clearly made a huge difference.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    June 12, 2011 6:53 a.m.

    "Sorry Griff!"

    Blew Kewg,

    I suspect Griff is actually thankful for the new opportunity to see real playing time for the Utes. We all know if Griff was at bYu he'd be in QB puratory holding a clip board on the sidelines for the remainder of his career.

    Now he get's the chance to reinvent himself....just like Paul Kruger of the ravins.

  • DrUte Woods Cross, UT
    June 12, 2011 5:30 a.m.

    I would like to applaud Griff Robles' decision & his commitment to the team. It's hard to give up a personal goal, but it's wise to rely on an experienced coaching staffs' recommendation to move to a position that may be a better fit and where it may be possible to compete for increased playing time, even with a stacked LB corps.

    Clearly, competition is King. Better matching isn't a loss; it's a decided gain. Every Div I team MUST put their best athletes on the field at every position; any other policy would be suicidal.

    That said, this move is another testimony for the U coaches' ability to maximize the overall capability and potential on the entire roster, and it speaks to the tradition of team loyalty we continue to see each year as these adjustments occur.

    I'm personally looking forward to seeing Griff make some sensational plays this Fall; I'll be looking for his number on the field.

    I have a real sense of respect for this young man, and I applaud his decision to demonstrate his continuing commitment to the Utah football program.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    June 12, 2011 12:11 a.m.

    CougFaninTX:

    So in other words, what you're saying is, you can't show anyone anything where Hansen was told he'd have a better shot at QB at the U than at the Y.

    I thought not.

    And the Y is not looking for quality backups for 2014 or 2015. They're looking for players who can play. Hill will be a Senior in 2014, and Magnum will be in his same class. You don't have any other QBs worth mentioning at this point for when Magnum and Hansen are scheduled to suit up. But Utah does.

    When Hansen finally enrolls at the U, he'll be behind experienced upperclassmen QBs like Tyler Shreve and Travis Wilson.

    Just admit it. You're bitter and jealous that a 4-star cougar legacy from Utah County "Chose The Red".

  • BluCoug Provo, UT
    June 11, 2011 11:24 p.m.

    Sorry Griff!

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    June 11, 2011 11:22 p.m.

    @ Naval Vet
    Thank you for your insights and clarifications. Makes you wonder what some of the blue bloods got on their reading comprehension exams.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    June 11, 2011 11:16 p.m.

    @Naval Vet

    Hansen's intentions seem pretty clear to me. I love Norm Chow and cant wait to play for him, said Hansen. I was able to really sit down and talk to him over the past few weeks, and I love him. Hes the perfect coach for me. I feel real comfortable with him."

    That doesn't sound like someone who is intending to play LB.

    With Jake Heaps, Tayson Hill and Tanner Mangum; BYU is set at QB through 2018. We're just looking for a couple of solid back-ups at this point. Hansen could see this. Hansen isn't looking to be in a starting role until 2014 or 2015 and U don't have a QB that far out. If you sign a top notch QB while he's on his mission, don't be surprised if his plans change.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    June 11, 2011 10:17 p.m.

    CougFaninTX:

    "...his primary reason for going North was a better opportunity to play QB."

    According to Hansen, is primary reason was, "It's the Pac-12. Its big, it's exciting. I still think BYU is going in another direction...the Pac-12 was a can't miss experience...".

    Furthermore...

    (1) Hansen was recruited to the U by Def. Coordinator Kalani Sitake and DB/Special Teams coach Jay Hill. Hansen can be quoted saying, "Im very open to playing on defense, and I have a lot of good experience on that side of the ball, just whatever is best for me and for the team, I'll do..."

    (2) Hansen was recruited to the Y by Off. Coordinator/QB Brandon Doman. Hansen can be quoted as saying, "Having [Doman] as both my QB coach and as the off. coordinator there is definitely one of the things I like best about BYU." That doesnt suggest Doman was recruiting him to play LB.

    You see for yourself on the DNews article titled "Cougars, Utes lead the recruitment for Chase".

    Now can you tell me where Chase was told he'd have a better shot at QB at the U?

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    June 11, 2011 10:16 p.m.

    Here's how Delshawn McClellon compares to the BYU commit U took shots at:

    McClellon 5'9" (5'8" on one site) and 156 pounds. 4.37 in the 40. Points per game 6. Yards per catch 15. CA State rank 421 Team Record 5-5. Rating: NR

    Josh Weeks 6'4" and 205 pounds. 4.42 in the 40. Points per game 10. Yards per catch 22. Arizone State rank 4. Team Record 13 - 1. Rating: 3 stars

  • MidMajor4ever Syracuse, UT
    June 11, 2011 10:14 p.m.

    Laser, give it up already! Hansen chose Utah because the program was better suited for him, read his comments. Hansen more than likely will play defense for Utah after his mission.

    Your comment makes absolutely no sense. Griff will be gone before Hansen begins his career at Utah. Hansen still has his senior season of High School, then a two year mission. Robles will graduate before Hansen joins the team.

    Playing a PAC-12 schedule must be more appealing to some athletes than playing a schedule that includes mostly mid-major opponents.

  • FYI Taylorsville, UT
    June 11, 2011 10:12 p.m.

    @Laser
    "Now it makes sense why Hansen verballed with the utes. He was promised that room would be made for him. Griff is the casualty of Hansen."

    You do realize that Robles will be gone before Hansen ever steps foot on the field at the U?

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    June 11, 2011 10:06 p.m.

    At 6-5/235, Griffin Robles has the physical tools to excel at LB. However, Robles was the 12th-rated Pro-Style QB coming out of H.S in the 2007 recruiting class. Are we really expecting QB-recruit Jon Hays, who's transferring in from a Div. II school, and who has never even set foot on the Utah practice field yet, to outperform Robles?

    And aren't we already fairly deep at the LB position? Phil Steele listed Chaz Walker as a 2nd-team LB, Matt Martinez on the 3rd-team, and Brian Blechen on the 4th. And in addition to those outstanding athletes, Utah experienced LBs J.J. Williams, Trevor Reilly, and Boo Anderson, Michigan State-transfer David Rolf, a 4-star LB in V.J. Fehoko, and 2 highly touted 3-star LBs in Jared Norris and Jacoby Hale.

  • Laser Iowa City, IA
    June 11, 2011 9:54 p.m.

    Now it makes sense why Hansen verballed with the utes. He was promised that room would be made for him. Griff is the casualty of Hansen.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    June 11, 2011 9:34 p.m.

    FYI:

    Utes just got a solid verbal from (Wr) Delshawn McClellon. With a 4.3 40 McClellon is described as the fastest football player west of the Mississippi.

    Main reason to join the Utes? Norm Chow and the PAC12.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    June 11, 2011 9:14 p.m.

    "I don't really understand this move. It just thins out an aleady thin position for the Utes."

    Kewg claws,

    Yes, I know you don't understand the move...neither does bronco and the entire bYu coaching staff. To think a football player can switch from a position they played in High school and be successful must be very foreign to you... Big reason why Chase Hansen chose the U.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    June 11, 2011 9:09 p.m.

    I'm sure we'll read a similar article in a couple of years replacing the name of Griff Robles with Chase Hansen. I don't know enough about Robles to comment on his move, but Hansen will be a great LB. I think that's where he was destined to be whether he went North or South. I think he will be disappointed though, because his primary reason for going North was a better opportunity to play QB.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    June 11, 2011 9:08 p.m.

    Lol. You guys are funny.

    I really don't care the Utes can do whatever they want with their players. They could move Jordan Wynn to linebacker for all I care.

    It's just funny to see people get worked up over the smallest comments. I used to be like that. Just chill guys, it's a game, not life.

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    June 11, 2011 8:32 p.m.

    @Cougar Claws'
    What do you care ?
    The way I see it Griff could turn out like Paul Krueger, ( also a Utah County boy), that was a qb and is now a OLB for the Ravens. Coach Whitt has always maintained that he wants the best athletes on the gridiron as possible at any given time.
    I trust the former COY and 3 time Assistant Coach of the Year to make the best possible decisions for the team and the individual.

  • Magna Ute Fan Magna, UT
    June 11, 2011 8:31 p.m.

    Man! Is it September yet?

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    June 11, 2011 8:30 p.m.

    Remember Devonte Christopher ?
    2007 Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year, Nevada Prep Player of the Year and Las Vegas Review Journal Player of the Year.
    He was a qb and could be called upon, yet has found a home as an exciting WR and return man.
    Brian Blechen is also a duel threat qb-- in fact was the 14th ranked dual threat qb in the nation as a senior in high school, and is now a really hard hitting linebacker.
    I think that the advantage of playing qb carries over onto the defensive side of the ball as sometimes the read from the eyes of the qb helps tip them off as to where to play the defense. I will always remember the look on Max Halls face when he threw that interception to Krueger... priceless.

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    June 11, 2011 8:22 p.m.

    @Cougar Claws'
    What do you care ?
    The way I see it Griff could turn out like Paul Krueger, ( also a Utah County boy), that was a qb and is now a OLB for the Ravens. Coach Whitt has always maintained that he wants the best athletes on the gridiron as possible at any given time.
    I trust the former COY and 3 time Assistant Coach of the Year to make the best possible decisions for the team and the individual.

  • Smack Jefferson City, MO
    June 11, 2011 8:05 p.m.

    Well, my last comment got cut off by one of my little ones.

    But what I meant to say was, if Wynn is healthy, there may be little need for a backup QB. And if we do need some backup, Shreve seems quite capable. We'll see come fall.

    Go UTES!

  • Smack Jefferson City, MO
    June 11, 2011 8:02 p.m.

    Well, Cougar Claws, perhaps it means that the position is not quite as thin as you think. One can only guess, but I'd be willing to say that the coaches wouldn't just throw Robles him into a new position if they needed him at QB. If Wynn is healthy, which seems probable, he can play well. In fact, chances are, the backup QB wil

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    June 11, 2011 8:01 p.m.

    Kitten claws,

    Only byU needs 3 to 4 guys to hold the clip board. 1 to 2 back ups is plenty. If the kid has some talent, get him on the field.

    I will be looking forward to seeing his progression like so many other kids that came to play a position at the U and were moved by Kwitt and then blossomed into stars.

    Go Griff and Go Utes!

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    June 11, 2011 7:50 p.m.

    I don't really understand this move. It just thins out an already thin position for the Utes.