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Published: Saturday, Oct. 15 2011 8:18 p.m. MDT

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gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

Riley Nelson is an interesting study.

He looks to be so limited, but the dude is a baller.

As a Ute fan, I can't help but like this street fighter (Nelson).

Riley Nelson is an example of what scrap and toughness can do for you. Limitations and all, he is the leader of the football team.

It's interesting to see how WRs make plays for Riley, where they didn't for Heaps. Same goes for the Offensive line. The entire energy of BYU's team rallies around Nelson.

To a much lesser extent, Riley Nelson is like Tebow. He's unorthodox, throws a wobble ball, and takes a beating. The thing is, the dude loves it. Bring on the man game of football, Riley will head butt any man left standing.

Some guys look flashy and put up numbers. Riley Nelson just plays football and will win where he can.

idablu
Idaho Falls, ID

gdog,

Well said. Nelson won't make the NFL, and he makes some mistakes. But he knows how to win and he makes big plays. He is on offense what Van Noy is on defense. Both play with a lot of heart and emotion and both consistently make big plays in clutch situations. I really enjoy watching these kind of players. It really makes the college game exciting.

I hope Nelson doesn't get hurt because I would really like to see what he can do with a tougher schedule next year and a year of experience and improvement under his belt.

WhatsInItForMe
Orem, Utah

Even though Nelson had an interception again, his play this week was way better than last week. He seems to be improving nicely with each week's preparation as #1.

I'm not as concerned as other posters about Nelson's passing. He'll cut down on the interceptions as he gets more experience. A lack of it caused that one today. He can throw long well enough to be a threat. He's shown that in two games now.

Hope the injured players can recoup in time for the TCU game. BYU shouldn't need them for Idaho State.

6 consecutive wins over Pac teams by BYU. Wouldn't the Utes like to have THAT history! Maybe they could win one in their inagural Pac-12 year if they had.

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

Riley Nelson is an interesting study.

He looks to be so limited, but the dude is a baller.

As a Ute fan, I can't help but like this street fighter (Nelson).

Riley Nelson is an example of what scrap and toughness can do for you. Limitations and all, he is the leader of the football team.

It's interesting to see how WRs make plays for Riley, where they didn't for Heaps. Same goes for the Offensive line. The entire energy of BYU's team rallies around Nelson.

To a much lesser extent, Riley Nelson is like Tebow. He's unorthodox, throws a wobble ball, and takes a beating. The thing is, the dude loves it. Bring on the man game of football, Riley will head butt any man left standing.

Some guys look flashy and put up numbers. Riley Nelson just plays football and will win where he can.

WA_Alum&Dad
Marysville, WA

This last game should finally silence the "Team Jake" groupies. Anybody still saying Riley doesn't have an arm?

It has been so great watching Nelson spark this team, and see him keep the opposing team on its heels. That's been missing for a long time.

As long as he keeps playing this way, he should own the field.

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

Riley still doesn't have the same arm that Jake does.

But with that said, with the way he runs and creates with his leg, maybe he doesn't need it.

I don't know that he'll ever complete any 70-80 yards touchdow passes, or make the incredibly tight throws that Jake could make. But he can still get it 40-50 yards down the field and make better decisions right now than Jake could.

As long as he keeps winning and he doesn't run Jake Heaps out of town, I'm fine with him as the starting QB.

CoachWinWA
POULSBO, WA

Jake got the starter role last year because 1. Riley got hurt, and 2. Jake was the 'One,' based on hype that apparently the coaches bought into.

I'm having Steve Young flashbacks. Steve Young had a better arm, but so far Jake is showing that he can make some throws, and he can even stretch the defense enough to get some people open.

Just look at the 3rd down stats and it tells the story.

I just can't believe they let Jake play for so many games early this year.

I'm just happy to see BYUs offense alive and kicking.

Feel bad for Jake, but I feel better watching Riley.

He is going to be just what we need to have a chance to get past TCU.

I fear Hawaii though. Our secondary is showing some serious weakness right now.

But doesn't it feel good to know that WORSE case scenario is 8-4, with an outside shot at 10-2, and a reasonable shot at 9-3.

I'll take it, as next year we will hopefully be much improved and not breaking in everything to do with offense.

nothegame
Saratoga Springs, UT

Not a Byu fan but this kid is fun to watch. With Nelson there is going to be good and bad. U are just going to have to live with the bad sometimes because his good will get u a win.

AzTim
Gilbert, AZ

It was so reassuring to see Riley go long more than a few times, not just for the benefit of big gains but for keeping the opposing defense honest. When the opposition knows you will go deep on them at any moment, they cannot stack the box plugging up the running lanes and smothering the short drop-off passes.

I love Riley's smash-mouth style of playing: that's FOOTBALL! So opposite of Jake. Jake has the tools, but lacks the heart and grit. Football IS about bloodied noses and popping pads and Jake seems to flinch at both. I say take off the yellow jersey in practice and let him get used to his own defense breathing down his neck and regularly knocking him on his can. Once he gets used to it - even feeding off of the contact like Riley does, and Max before him - then his obvious tools and skills will be properly blended with the pre-requisite toughness good football QB's require.

Big Hapa
Kaysville, UT

Why are people still looking a gift horse in the mouth ? Two weeks ago, Riley comes in with 5 min left in the third quarter and plays the the 4th quarter against USU, we all saw that miraculous turn around, it is in the history books.

Riley nailed down that game by running an offense designed for Heaps. Riley without the practice rep's that Heaps had all week, goes out and electrifies LES with infectious enthusiasm something his team mates did not have with Heaps.

Riley then with a week of prep handles SJSU who appeared to be an improving program coming off two wins. Still in the blogs all the Heaps comparisons.

That brings us to yesterday. All the pun dents saying here is a better test, now we shall see if Riley can preform against better talent blah blah.

The dude is a scraper, a leader, cool under pressure, has an ability to make all those around him better and excel. The dude improves everyone, look at all the team stats on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball.

Oh yeah he is pre-med no need for the NFL.

Big Hapa
Kaysville, UT

re: Coug claws

Riley still does not have the arm Jake does.

1. Riley's arm has muscle tone.

2. Riley's arm is completing passes.

3. Riley's arm finish's in the red zone.

4. Riley's arm has inspired his team mates.

5. Riley's arm has improved both the offense and the defense.

6. Riley's arm in 2 1/2 quarters ran a Heaps offense against USU and preformed a miracle in front of 60 thousand in LES and to all those watching on ESPN.

7. Riley's arm is connected to an inspirational leader that has infused intensity once again in his team mates who are all stepping up and away from the lack luster of the Heaps arm.

I guess you are right Riley does not have Jake's arm after all.

alsoaduck
COTTAGE GROVE, OR

Enteresting that all the people saying that the other teams would be able to figure out Riley's run game are not discussing that now. I wasn't sure why they brought it up at all. The Cougars have always had trouble with running QB's so why should that be any different for other teams.

dustman
Nampa, ID

I'm eating crow right now. Nelson did good against oregon state. I hope he holds up. He just goes for it. Good job.

Alisa, glad you showed up to BYU. They need you this year.

Receivers, glad your making catches.

O-line, well, hang in there. With this O-line, its a good thing Nelson can run the ball.

Go Cougars.

SoUtHapa
Saint George, Utah

two things:

One-Riley has only had one full week of 1st O snaps as the week before the SJSU game Bronco was still "not sure who the starter" was1?!?!

Two-Riley's arm also...doesn't wear a sissy sleeve, but if it did it would not be baggy!

sports-junkie
West Jordan, UT

I have always been in the Jake Heaps camp. Always.

But... we did not see any improvment from the NM Bowl to this year. I was expecting him to pick up where he left off and that just hasnt happened. I think a lot of Cougar fans were expecting to see that our Golden Boy had worked hard in the off season and come back with the mentality of a Champion (not to say he didnt work hard).

The offensive struggles were frustrating to start the season and I wasnt sure inserting Riley Nelson in the lineup would make a difference since it felt like a collective problem rather than a individual problem.

Now I regret the two losses this year and think Riley could have at least beat a poor Tx team. (the utah game was a different story with everything going bad for BYU and good for Utah) BYU could easily be 6-1 right now.

I am now in the camp that wants to red-shirt JH next year and give Riley the reins for his Sr year. Might be good for Jake. Maybe the competition isnt great but it sure is fun to win.

SoUtHapa
Saint George, Utah

Cheer up, sports-junkie! You live too close to the eye of what was hurricane heaps, the whole media hype press conference golden boy caught up in the frenzy daze. He has potential and might even grow up and be good some day, but, as you alluded to, has some work to do. You politely interject that you do not insinuate he didn't work. Well, he didn't work, but I'd bet he either starts working or goes elsewhere where coaches let him get away with not working...again.
Hopefully, for his sake, he has learned the lesson that faith without works, or in this case, hype with works is dead, and gets after it now. I hope his wife is the kind of gal that motivates him to get off his butt and work hard. He is probably a nice kid, but it's time to become a man now.

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