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Published: Tuesday, Oct. 4 2011 9:00 p.m. MDT

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Saint George, UT

Jake is the guy. If this is what it takes to develop him then ok. But if the talk about not knowing who the QB is, ends up being more than that,(just talk) it could spell disaster for the program for years to come. I don't seem to recall LaVell ever yanking QB's willy-nilly. In fact, I seem to remember him staying the course with a horrible Sean Covey. In any event, if indecision was the downfall early last season, I hope we do not have to go through it again. A couple of lame duck passes by Nelson that fortunately ended up working out does not solve the issues facing a bevy of untested coaches and a seriously under performing offense. Pressure at this point, should be on Brandon Doman and the effectiveness of his scheming as well as the entire receiving core not the QB alone. Where is the "Band of Brothers" now?

Maybe if the team were to rally and play with the intensity with Heaps like they did for a second stringer, we would be blowing out teams instead of eking out close games.

Stockton, CA

I think Heaps can be a great quarterback if he learns how to take time in the pocket. Thats what Nelson was good about, he was able to take his time, and scramble if he needed more time. I just don't know if Nelson will be able to make the throws, last year he would try to run it too much, so when teams made him beat them through the air, he couldn't do it. I say give Heaps one more chance and if he can't be productive against San Jose St. Nelson deserves to be in

BYU Student
Provo, UT

His hair's not even long. Give me a break. Riley, you and your long hair can come hang out with my beard any day, and we can go take tests and not worry about it. Admittedly, this is a terrible way to spend time with anyone.

Tomahawk Red
North Salt Lake, UT

This is probably a good thing for Heaps, and BYU. Prior to his benching, Heaps came across as a believer in his own hype. And often times when that happens, the effort on the field is less-than 100%.

I doubt Heaps thought he'd lose the starting job. Now that he has, and how he's seen so many fans get behind Nelson, it will probably motivate him further.

The next time Heaps is called on to start, he better get the job done or BYU may show him the door.

Saint George, Utah

I politely disagree. Jake is not the guy. He is a frightened boy. Furthermore, either Lark or Nelson would and will do more on their feet and with their arms than Heaps has shown he can do. You may be from St. George but you apparently had nothing to do with high school football down here a few years back. If so you would have seen first hand two young men, who even then were physically more advanced than Heaps has worked, or not worked, to be. Lark was incredible to watch and Nelson was a literal nightmare for both Hurricane and Pineview in the semis and finals of the '05 season. Problem is neither of these boys hired publicists during high school. They were also enjoying time starring in multiple sports and devoted to high GPA's as well as preparing for missions. As a former QB, I can see that Jake is clearly, absolutely, NOT the guy. And, since you brought up Lavell, there have been numerous postings in these threads of QB shuffles back in the day, even without prima donnas and their publicists that Lavell never had to deal with.

Nampa, ID

Doman is the problem, not the QB spot.

The problem is bigger than the QB spot. It is the entire offense. Without a good running game, neither Heaps nor Nelson will have much success as a QB. No team prepares much for BYU's run game, so they can sit back and cover the pass. Sadly, BYU is relying on a QB to run the ball. The running backs need to be the ones doing this and keeping the opposing defense honest.

If Nelson has to throw and run, he's not going to last that long. He got beat up last year just playing half of the time. The poor running game and poor passing game has one common problem, and thats Doman. Doman needs to step. He needs to use the tools available to him.


Heaps comments make me want to throw up. By what he says you would think he had just been diagnosed with some disease or lost a family member. "I am taking it in stride" "I am taking it one day at a time." "It was very unexpected." "I'm fine" Give me a break.
Go Riley
Go Cougs


Jake said he was surprised he was pulled. Really? I think everyone was surprised he wasn't pulled earlier. It shows he has a ways to go in maturing. I hope he will eventually catch up to his promoted talent level but I'm not holding my breath.

West Jordan, UT

IMO, I think Riley should start this week for a couple of reasons. But let me preface this by saying Riley is NOT the answer. Jake is the long term answer for BYU qb

First, Riley came in the game v USU with like 5 min left in the 3rd, and led the Cougars in dramatic come-back fashion to beat the Aggies. Mid-way through the 3rd I had already mentally prepared myself for the loss and the crowd was like a deflated balloon. Riley made that game fun. He made some "lucky" plays and ended up winning it for the Cougs. You cant then turn around and start the other guy after all that happened.

Second, Jake needs to learn that the job just isnt "his" to have no matter what happens. If Jake under performs (like he has all season) game after game, what will be his motivation to get better? If he sees that "yes, they will bench me if I am not playing well" I think that will give him some mental toughness.

Start Riley and pick a scenario, Jake should play in the second half or at least the 4th qtr.

So. Cal Reader
Escondido, CA

The only thing I have to add is, "and that's OK." A little slice of humble pie is probably the best thing for him in many ways. Hopefully it'll produce a personal turn-around for him against San Jose State, because I believe he should still start ... at least one more game. Go, Cougs!

Des Moines, IA

I think that Riley gives us the best chance to win while Doman gets his bearings. That is for a few reasons: 1st, he plays a very similar style to Doman, so Doman knows how to play-call for his skill-set; 2nd, he is tough and the team would follow him off a cliff if he told them they'd make it. I would love to see Nelson take the reins because of his leadership, and I think that we can win with him. He makes up for a lot of limitations that are caused by an inexperienced play-caller.

Arlington, VA

Heaps will be fine. He's got the arm strength and ability to throw accurately. Now he just needs to learn a little patience, to wait a second longer for a receiver to break open, to move a little in the pocket to create a passing lane, to learn how to put a little touch on his passes instead of rifling every throw, and most importantly, to develop greater maturity and more urgency to do whatever it takes to win.

Orem, Utah

To continue as BYU's starting QB, Jake needs to solve his touch issue and his inability to be patient enough to check down. Doman can help in the patience department with a few roll-outs here and there. Maybe.

I'd start Riley vs SJSU and see whether he can produce. If not, bring Jake in and see if HE can. If not, then give Lark a shot.

I wouldn't start Jake unless they see during practice that he can put touch on the ball and do his reads before throwing.

I'm really curious about Lark. He seemed to always have good stats in Fall Practice, albeit with 2nd-teamers.

Omaha, NE

All Nelson needs to do is trim his hair on the back and around his ears and it's fine. It doesn't need to be clean cut like a missionary. His hair isn't extreme in any way. I kind of like it. Hope he doesn't chop it all off. It gives him some power!!!

Oregon State game will get televised. But if not, how dare they not televise a "champion" conference school. Some conference.

Cedar Hills, UT

I would go with Heaps now that Nelson cut his hair:)

Riddles in the Dark
Olympus Cove, Utah

I've heard that there will be NO television for the Oregon State game. Haven't we been told repeatedly by certain folks up north that EVERY PAC 12 game is supposed to be nationally televised?


finding out who is productive in practice? That's the problem with byu over and over and over. they're great in practice, against each other, but getting on the field and performing is another thing. byu has had a fine record since bronco took over, but against good teams they have been less than steller. and when they do win it's barely (USU, Ole Miss, OK). How about a solid victory against a good team?

Anyway, the person to provide the best leadership and production is Nelson. Why do people think Heaps is the long term answer? All he has done is be an all-american HS qb, and in college ranks he has a strong arm, oh and a big talker. what else has he done to show he is the long term solution? It's time to start grooming another guy, or give it over the Larks for a game or two. byu will win 5 of 7 the rest of the year IF I went under center, so it really doens't matter who plays, but it shouldn't be heaps he hasn't earned it...except for maybe in practice, according to bronco...


Lets get real. Jake needs a qb coach, hire Ty detmer! Doman is a rookie offensive coordinator, he's still figuring out where to sit.if Jake is looking tentative it may be a lack of confidence in doman .

NW Coug
Provo, UT

Heaps just needs to grow his hair out. He'll be fine.

Colorado Springs, CO

Mendenhall is keeping the QB thing under wraps to prevent the D from preparing for one or the other. Smart move.

To play Nelson over Heaps now may end Heaps BYU career let alone whatever confidence he has left. Taking it in stride translates to depression.

Nelson is the more mature guy and can likely handle the situation better than Heaps. I say play Heaps until he struggles again at OSU or TCU and force the better teams to prepare for Heaps. After Heaps stinks it up in the first half bring in Nelson for a change-up and we may finally beat TCU again.

If Heaps actually delivers against the weaker competition and then against OSU and TCU QB quandry over. Heaps has learned from being benched and becomes a better QB and person as a result. If not let him transfer. BYU has done better with less recruited talent in the past and will be just fine without him. Still need to let him succeed or fail though.

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