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Published: Saturday, Sept. 10 2011 11:49 p.m. MDT

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nunya
sacramento, ca

drum roll please....and the worse player ever at byu is......HEAPS. he is the most overrated qb i have ever watched. i believed the hype up until i saw him throw that pick again'st ole miss. just when i thought he would redeem himself, he gets worse. i am officially off the heaps band wagon.

BYUfaninWashSt
Everett, WA

The band of brothers got out-brothered. Time to yank of the shirt and try something else.

Draft dumbie
Farmington, UT

BYU needs to work on its red zone scoring and its overall passing game.

To make up for the lack of a dominant running back, BYU used to run a lot of sweeps from its slot position and a lot of screen passes, especially in the red zone (a very small-but-quick former player named Kelly Smith comes to mind). It looks like DiLuigi could play that role on this team, which also lacks a dominant running back. It looked to me like DiLuigi was able to get around the corners on the Texas defense yesterday, but BYU did not put him in that position very often.

Historically, BYU has also relied a lot on passing to its tight ends, especially in the red zone and on critical third down plays. Yesterday was better, but BYU's tight-end-passing-game still needs a lot of work.

Finally, BYU's big, fast young BYU receivers have failed to get open very often on deep routes. The one receiver who did get open deep yesterday was Casey Jacobsen--BYU's most experienced receiver. Maybe Heaps needs to look to Jacobsen more, while the younger guys are still learning how to get open.

Captain L
Provo, UT

I don't blame Heaps as much as I blame Doman, Heaps can't make the throws/plays if Doman doesn't make the right play calls. Doman is being way too conservative. Doman needs to start calling plays that require down the field throws, not all this 3 & 4 yard in the flat stuff. Those should be 2nd and 3rd option throws, after seeing that the down the field stuff is covered.
I'm not pleased with Heaps, he has alot of improving to do but he can't make the plays and throws if Doman ties his hands with his play calling.

estreetshuffle
Window Rock, AZ

Cannot expect Mr. Heaps to be fully developed until jr and sr year level. The two games were excellent measuring sticks because Texas and Ol Miss are not at peak performance. Utah and BYU will go through growing pains and both schools admitted that already. In my opinion, it would have been better to stay in the MWC and keep traditions alive rather than let money be the driving force. At the end of this season both teams will be pretty bruised up but they'll better with time. THERE IS A TIME FOR EVERYTHING...BE PATIENT! Just a note the BYU defense needs to hit and wrap when tackling--we are not playing a game of pool.

IDC
Boise, ID

I guess the whining of bandwagon fans is getting started already. Texas is a good team, playing at home and they won by 1 point. Heaps is a good qb. He is only a sophomore. Doman is learning. The loss was painful mostly because BYU did well early. BYU should be in every game this year although the next 3 (maybe even 4 - is USU really decent this year?) games will be tough, BYU can still have a great season. Go Cougs!

Black&Blue
Hillsboro, Oregon

Why did Texas win the game? Coaching.

At halftime down 13-0, Coach Brown and Harsins made some serious adjustments to both their offense and defense to bring the Longhorns back.

As always, Bronco has shown he is incapable of making adjustments to win a close game. coming out in the 2nd half, Texas utilized a 2 QB system, Ash was in for running plays, McCoy for passing plays. Still no adjustments were made, Texas marched right down and scored. Texas O-line manhandled BYU's LB's the whole second half. Poor effort in the second half.

As far as the offense. Just pathetic. Heaps looks awful under pressure, Luigi and Kariya are scared to be hit. And Doman... needs to go. I have said it from the beginning, this is NO time to gamble with an inexperienced OC. WAY too many passes into the flats and out of the backfield. One pass for more than 30 yards. Any defense could shut this down. As I said, Texas made adjustments, BYU could not. And we are looking at a 17-16 loss instead of a double digit win.

shaybo
Richfield, UT

From the time Heaps threw the interception the play calling became ultra conservative, predictable runs on 1st down when almost every single run was a wasted down, almost no down the field pass attempts, it was like coach Anai had returned to run the offense in the 2nd half.

If we think we can beat a team like Texas by trying to run the ball against them there's a problem. Let's get a clue we do not have Harvey Unga any more.

Mountain Cat
Oceanside, CA

Heaps needs to keep his mouth shut. Everything he says is lame. Two weeks ago we were playing for a national championship. In the real world this kid has great difficulty making a single touchdown.

WhatsInItForMe
Orem, Utah

First half, good Bronco. Second half, bad Bronco.

Playing prevent (less agressive) defense in the second half spelled doom. Why was he scared of 2nd and 3rd string QBs?

Doman? An obvious rookie. He's not doing Hypes (Heaps) any favors. Doman's making Heaps look worse than he should at this stage of the kid's career.

I thought offensive play-calling was what you'd do to protect a lead. But for a whole half and when only up by a little? Dumb.

I'm sticking with my prediction that BYU's first 5 games will all be nail-biters. I don't see more than a 50-50 chance of winning any of those games. And, we're 50-50 in the first two.

At least the Utes didn't look any better offensively than did BYU. But, both teams showed defensive capability. That's why I'm calling next week a 50-50 game.

Unless Doman suddenly matures in his play calling, and Bronco remembers that an aggressive defense for a whole game is how you win, it'll be a very long season.

WhatsInItForMe
Orem, Utah

oops, meant to say "I thought conservative offensive play-calling was what you'd do to protect a lead with very little time left in a game."

East Coast Coug
BELMONT, MA

Much was made of the coaching changes last year. Can anyone point to one thing that is better on offense than it was under Robert Anae?

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