The Cougs have a great season ahead of them. And we get to watch EVERY GAME!
I really want the first play against Ole Miss to be a long ball to Ross Apo,
preferably a touchdown, but even a completion or a PI call would really set the
tone and momentum for the game.
...a PI call to set the tone??? A touchdown pass I can understand...but a PI
call. Where's your faith???
Thanks, Stockton! A long bomb touchdown on the first play of the game anybody
can understand. In fact, I have been fantasizing about the pass play to McKay
in the OU game, except in perfect stride.Still, a long PI serves
notice to a young group of defensive backs, the whole defense and every
Mississippi fan in or out of the stadium that BYU has come to attack every sqare
inch of the field between them and the goal posts.Every player wants
the play to come to him. I'd love it, from early on, for the Rebel pass
defenders to start FEARING the play will come to them.Hey, it's my
fantasy! I've been paying for it with every minute that has dragged by this
summer. Ute trolls and others can have their own day dreams...
"So many weapons" can mean no one has really risen above and
distinguished themselves as "the" playmaker."So many
formations" is great, but execution is key. E-x-e-c-u-t-i-o-n. Remember
the Crowton years?"Best press box coach in the nation."
Look, I love the Cougars, but I hate, hate, hate the constant,
year-by-year-by-year hyperbole. "Best offensive line in the country,"
"Best offensive line ever." (Not one started a game in the NFL.)
Last year it was "One of the top ten receiver groups in the nation,"
and they couldn't catch a cold.Just put your head down and say,
"We're working hard to be as good as we can," "We're just trying
to get ready of Mississippi State," "We're just trying to learn a new
system," instead of, "So many weapons," "Best coach in the
nation," "So many formations." "Blessed are
those who humble themselves without being compelled to be humble." Alma
32:16"Prove me now herewith." Malachi 3:10"Ye receive no witness until AFTER the trial of your faith."I know you are excited, coach and staff, but SHOW it, don't brag about
Bragging is false confidence, which easily wilts in the heat."Blessed are those who humble themselves without being compelled to be
humble." Alma 32:16In other words, blessings flow from
humility. Humble up, shut up, work it up, run up the score, and then STILL be
RationalThanks, minister. Save it for Sunday.There's
nothing wrong with having self-confidence and saying so publicly.For
false, self-confidence, see the "biggest game in Utah history", South
Bend 2010 disaster, and Las Vegas Bowl 2010.
I haven't heard any "bragging". I have heard all the players and
coaches saying how hard they are working to be the best they can be. I hear
confidence each time they speak. I hear that they have come together and trust
each other to complete their assignments on each play. You have to expect to
become great before you become great. Doman does have a lot of weapons
with a lot of potential. That, with the new formations will prevent the defenses
from focusing on one or two plays by simply looking at the formations. There are
still question marks such as receiving and tight ends but I am really looking
forward to some good football.
"Rational" Give Doman a break. He has a right to his opinion, he
didn't say as you quoted. He said "And I THINK we have the best press box
coach in America in (tight ends coach) Lance..." People have the right to
THINK someone is the best at something. Based on how long Coach Lance has lasted
be my very well be the Best at this or that. Now concerning our
young quarterback statement:"It's really scary for opposing defenses
to look at our offense," Not too accurate yet as no defenses have
"looked" at our offense in action yet this year. Lets hope this come
true.Lets hope for hard work, some good breaks and a great seasonGO COUGS
It sounds like BYU will be in contention for the National Championship again
this year. I can't see one area of concern on either side of the ball. A
superior and experienced coaching staff, top notch athletes who represent the
church extremely well, the best facilities in the country, the most dominant
home field advantage, high level national exposure. How could we expect anything
less than a BCS Championship game appearance? Bronco has the boys headed for
higher ground. I've never been so excited for a BYU football season to get here.
With an experienced and talented offensive line opening holes and protecting our
quarterback, a deep and varied backfield, a quarterback with a cannon for an arm
and an itch to prove himself against good competition, a good group of receivers
that hopefully improved their precision and pass-catching from a year ago, and
an offensive coordinator who is less predictable and willing to use the weapons
he has, BYU fans have every reason to be optimistic. It's possible
for one or more (or even all) of these things not to pan out...so feel free to
bring your half empty glasses to the party. My glasses have blue tint and the
whole world looks great :)
I agree. Nothing has been accomplished yet. I'd like to see them shut up,
practice and then win the games. Then, after the season, they can then smile,
knowing inside that they had a great season. But now? This attitude scares
@ Y Grd Y Dad... True...Haven't we all been fantasizing
long bombs in slow motion... while throwing sticks and stones at trolls... I
like the really serious ones.... but it's all just fun...especially when you can
get them to take it soooooooooooo seriously. I like the throwbacks. Some are
really hilarious. Beats twiddling thumbs. I have a couple of favorites and
pick up a couple of new ones on occasion. Can't wait to see the team in action.
Haven't been this excited for a season to start since MAC's senior year. I've
got a great feeling for this bunch...and with all the instability among the
conference rumors it's actually nice to have BYU be able to ease back and not be
concerned. I don't see them going undefeated this season...that would be
pushing the envelope...but it's going to be a good season. I really like the
Our offense this year should be terrific. Averaging 35 points a game should be
I'm glad BYU has a positive attitude. It will be interesting to see if it
translates into good play and wins.
RationalI am optimistic, this is the point! I hope for 12 - 0!
Every year starts with high expectations. It is great that BYU actually has
solid talent (with depth) at each position (this includes punting and kicking)
and exceptional talent in several positions. They are still very young and may
make enough mistakes to not win every game, but the talent is there. 12 - 0 is
not out of the park!There is no lack of depth or health at
quarterback and Heaps so far has been great! The Oline is healthy, talented and
deep as are the running backs and receivers. Most important, they are all
getting quality practice to ensure exceptional execution! I am
happy that I can be optimistic instead of worrying is Wynn healthy, what happens
if he goes down, how is the Oline going to survive the PAC12 schedule, will the
running backs step up in the PAC 12, and can we even make a medium range field
goal? So far Bronco has give us a lot to be optimistic about!
There's nothing wrong with acknowledging your stregnths, that's where confidence
comes from. Arrogance would be guaranteeing a victory over Ole Miss. That's not
what the coaches are doing. Go Cougs!
Cougar Claws -- Who is worried about Ole Miss? That will be a cakewalk. This BYU
team has no flaws. They will steamroll the first half of the schedule and
absolutely cream the second half. Only real question is who they will play in
the BCS Championship game. Come on, get on board -- Cougs are going all the way
hmmm...are you sure you're UU32???
I am also excited about about this season, but I have realistic expectations
about our offense. So many weapons? Surely we don't have as many weapons as when
we had Collie, Pitta, and Unga behind the effective Max Hall while being guided
by an experienced and proven offensive coordinator. I am glad my cougars are
confident, but they still have a lot of questions to answer.
Sorry, been reading so many articles and posts trumpeting the Cougs that I
started to drink the Kool-Aid. From everything I've read and heard coming out of
Provo, you would have to agree with my previous post though right? The Cougs are
so loaded at every single position that a single loss will be very surprising
and disappointing. When I listen to Heaps - there is no area of the team that
needs improvement at all - he even says the front 7 on defense are in the top 10
in the country. His confidence, the confidence of the coaching staff and
especially the confidence of Cougar Nation has me all giddy. It will be exciting
to see another crystal trophy in Provo to compliment the one from 1984.
@UU32 - aren't you a Ute fan? Well, I think you've hit on something. I don't
like our QB spouting off about how great we are. This'll go on bulletin boards.
Ole Miss won't be a cakewalk. They have a huge line and will run and run. We'll
have to execute against traditionally fast DBs. Ole Miss might not be the best
in the SEC, but they'd be a power in MTN, every year.I think BYU can
beat Ole Miss. I'll be there to see it. But someone needs to put a filter on
truth machine:You say "For false, self-confidence, see the
'biggest game in Utah history', South Bend 2010 disaster, and Las Vegas Bowl
2010."But you have conveniently omitted the Florida State
massacre of 2010 in Provo, the Nevada debacle in Provo of 2010, TCU and Air
Force's destruction of BYU in 2010, BYU's heartbreak in Salt Lake in 2010, and
BYU's total embarrassment in Logan in 2010.Selective memory?
@ BlueHusky | 3:43 p.m. Aug. 16, 2011 Mission Viejo, CA "But someone needs to put a filter on Heaps' mouth". I thought that
is what his publicist is for.
WestCoast1Selective memory?Hardly. Nobody in the BYU
camp was talking national championship before the biggest game in Utah history;
BYU outplayed Utah; nobody was surprised that a very good Air Force team beat a
young and inexperienced BYU squad; the Florida State loss was not unexpected. To
be sure, Nevada was a disappointment, but I blame the Utah State entirely on
Hill, who literally stopped calling defensive plays in the first half, allowing
the Aggies to score against a base defense with no real assignments.As soon as Bronco took over the defense and Heaps and his receivers started
getting quality practice time, BYU improved dramatically.Compare
that to Utah whose offense virtually disappeared during the TCU and never
recovered, and who defense wasn't much better.
Currently, until you beat Utah St, you are the 3rd best collegiate team in the
state. Beat Utah St, and then you will go back to where you belong. The 2nd
best team in the state.
Again though, there is nothing wrong with Jake Heaps thinking his team can be
good and having confidence in them. As long as he's not comparing BYU to other
teams, I think that's what matters.
Most years begin with easy games (see Utah schedule). It allows you to get
started and work out the rust before you play the truly important games. It is
smart scheduleing. Unfortunately, BYU doesnt have that luxury. I
liked Domans explanation of why he decided to stay on the sideline. He has
experience in the press box and despite all the predictions he feels he needs to
be on the sideline to help his inexperienced quarterback. Good reasoning. As for everyone prdicting 30-40 pts per game. Get real. I would like to
see and hear a more humble approach to the difficult schedule they will be
playing. Just win baby and talk later in December. Just another area that BYU
Salt Lake has a better approach than BYU Provo.
@ Outsideview,Totally agree. Heaps needs to quit providing bulletin
board material with every soundbyte. He's still talking like that cocky
freshmen from last year.As for the Crowton years, if I remember
right, the execution the first year was awesome until Staley hurt the leg. I
would be happy if Doman can repeat that first year success, then sustain it. He
was the quarterback of that great offense. Hopefully he remembers what worked.
"It's really scary for opposing defenses to look at our offense," Now what would really be ridiculous would have been if Wynnie up north had
said that. But I can actually get behind a QB like Heaps that has that kind of
confidence, Heaps has the OL and skills to actually backup his smack talk. Being
confident hasn't hurt Collie in the NFL it seems.
I like the confidence, all the great QBs had a ton of confidence. Football needs
to be played with confidence. With all the smack talk from Utes, I guess their
team is "humbly" and "realistically" just hoping to win a
few this season.