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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.