This is one thing that BYU fans can smile about- even in a loss. I was laughing
out loud. Riley really has heart. If only our team could start saying
"no" to turnovers and sloppy snaps/punts.
That high five was hilarious! It was good to see the team fight till the end of
the game. . . something that probably would not have happened without Riley in
as QB. Even though he made a lot of mistakes tonight, it's hard not to like him
because he's a fighter.
Are you serious Brandon Gurney, Did we watch the same Game. 3
turnovers and one more that was called back on a penalty, Riley Nelson is a
great kid, but he is handicapped by his lack of an arm and a passing Game.
Every time Riley Nelson runs the Ball is because he can"t execute the
offense. BYU has wasted 4 games where we could of been developed Jake Heaps.
Brandon Doman will be a Great Offensive Coordinator some day but it is not
today. Now BYU plays the sisters of the poor for two weeks and the
hype about how much we have improved drum will beat. Bronco Don"t go down
with the Riley Nelson ship, it just might cost you your Job.
I love Riley, too. But despite his heart and all his accomplishments, his
mistakes are a recurring theme. He has got to learn when to eat the football. If
he had that basic concept down, we probably would have won this football
game.i hope Bronco is not saying he is satisfied with his team's
performance. There were a lot of mistakes on both sides of the ball. There were
plenty of coaching errors, too, which affected the outcome of the game.
@BYU DUDEI know as a Ute, I'm gonna get trashed for posting on your guys'
article, but just hear me out k?Nelson played a decent game, not a great
one, but one that showed he has good character and can stay in the game mentally
even after serious problems. In the U-BYU game (I use this since it's the only
other BYU game I watched, not because I'm trying to rub it in) Heaps seemed to
give up in the second half even though he was doing great in the first. So, of
the two, I'd take Nelson for the rest of this year since he's shown he can win
and, more importantly, stay in the tough games mentally. As for next year, I'd
either go with Nelson or just go all out and start Mangum, since the dude is
incredible with a football and proved it by being named the Elite 11 MVP. You
all mentioned Nelson doesn't give BYU the arm and makes mistakes. Well, Mnagum
fixes that and gives the offense a boost.There, having said my piece, let
the criticism begin!
BYU Dude...Heaps runs from the opposition and cowers in the face of
combat. It makes the game uninteresting as a result and contributes to losses.
Sure he has an arm, but unlike Riley, he has no heart. It is Mendenhall who must
make the call and show some disdain for lack luster performance and using poor
judgment. He is too much of a father figure. Look at the coaching styles of the
two coaches. TCU shows discipline. Mendenhall needs to don a new sweat shirt
when games start to fall apart. Any suggestions folks?
I like Nelson - I like his leadership. But, he just can't pass the ball, and
that's kind of important. The passes he did complete were mostly comebacks and
not by design. All defenses will have to do is play under in coverage and stop
covering WRs after 35 yards since all his passes are underthrown.Bronco - I'm glad you love your team. Good. But what they need is some good,
ole fashion tough lovin. That's what you're getting from the fans, but I don't
think you have the skin for it.
I'm also a Ute and will let all you Cougars decide who is to be hanged but that
Nelson kid has guts and heart. I seriously thought he was going down for the
count on any number of tackles but he was generally the first to pop up from the
pile to get on with the game. Tough kid and genuine competitor.
Total body of work, Riley Nelson had a good game. When he was great, he was
fabulous. When he pushed too far, he made costly mistakes. But he was
constantly pushing. I like that.Over all, I liked our defense.
Yes, I said it. Don't handicap them with having to defend such poor field
position, and they woulda looked dang good.Special teams? Over all?
Killed us.Mental preparation? Call it what you like, but against
Utah and TCU, we were just plain wound too tight.Before the game,
some predicted if we lose TCU, we lose Hawaii too. I'm not so sure. I agree
that Riley has the grit to see this team through.
Riley taught and reminded me last night what the college football game is all
about. It is about getting out there and playing with guts and having fun. If
you win it is wonderful, if you lose you know that you gave it your all and you
had fun doing it. Some of us just take this game a little too seriously and need
to back off a little.
Celebrating the meaningless is the essence of BYU football.Whether
its stomping Idaho State or scoring a meaningless late-game touchdown against
TCU, BYU always celebrates like they've won the Super Bowl.Celebrating the meaningless is simply what BYU does.
I am more concerned about Riley's decision-making than I am about his arm, which
is more accurate than Heaps'. And I think the poor decisions are a lack of
adequate coaching.But despite Nelson's shortcomings, what he brings
to the game is many fold better than what Heaps brings. It is not even close.
Playing Nelson is probably the single best decision the coaches made this year,
albeit a little too late. Their jobs may (or may not) be in jeopardy, but it
won't be because of the call to start Nelson.Will Nelson be one of
BYU greats? The potential is there if he learns to play smarter. He has the
"right stuff" that make champions. Could Heaps become a great QB? Not
a chance. You can't "develop" heart and toughness (right stuff).
"But unlike recent years, the Cougars fought back, and a big reason why was
the grit and determination of quarterback Riley Nelson."Unlike
recent years BYU wasn't facing a top 5 TCU defense.Another moral
victory? Yes, it seems so. At least PAC-12 teams are giving BYU fans something
to cheer about.
Y Grad / Y Dad | 7:55 a.m. Oct. 29, 2011Total body of work, Riley Nelson
had a good game.------Total body of work, who has Riley
beat? Can you share with us the "good" teams BYU has beat
over the last 23 games? Total body of work over the last two years, BYU is
I can't believe this article or many of the comments here. I have been a devout
BYU fan for nearly 50 years and I have never watched a more aggravating QB than
Nelson. Yes, he has grit and determination, and that's fun. But the kid has
absolutely no "sense" and plays with a reckless arrogance that puts
EVERY game at risk. He personally turned a San Jose State game that should have
been a three touchdown victory into a battle. He made the Oregon State game
closer than it should have been. And his mistakes last night gave away a game
that the Cougars should have won and would have been a notable win.Everyone seems so focused on Nelson's helmet flying off or his high-fiving
referees that they seem blind to the fact that this kid is a high-risk player on
every snap of the ball. I have no confidence in him.Nelson is NOT
the answer!!! I'm ready for James Lark - maybe he has the heart that Heaps
lacks and at least a little bit of sense, which Nelson has none of.
I have to say even though I was upset with all the dumb mistakes, this is the
best team BYU has put on the field in the last 4 years against TCU. Riley
Nelson is one tough dude. I felt Riley gave his everything in this game and
therefore I am okay with the mistakes he made. I feel that is what we get with
Nelson. At least he doesn't lose heart and give up. I hate it when I see players
The sad thing is that this is a better team than the one TCU put on the field
last night and the dumb mistakes lost the game.There are QBs that
have both heart and sense. I tend to believe that James Lark may be one of
them.Enough with idolizing Riley Nelson as a "tough dude".
Brandon Ogletree and Kyle Van Noy are both "tough dudes" but I'd
never play them at QB either. QB has to be both tough and smart and have an arm.
Unfortunately, Riley only qualifies in one of those areas.
I can't believe the love Nelson is getting! He had an absolutely horrible game
and the last few games we would have won with anybody at QB. Running because
you can't execute works against high school competition but not against half
decent teams. He just doesn't think and that's what scares me- the pick in the
end zone was just tossed up for grabs off his back foot and the lateral was just
inexcusable. Heaps was being blasted by all of you for playing better than
Riley did last night and you praise Riley for his performance. Are you being
hypnotized by his flowing locks or are you not watching the games? We can't
afford to waste the last few games of the season against bad teams by not having
Heaps playing and developing for coming years. Bench Nelson now before it's too
Riley Nelson sure doesn't play very smart football. It's apparent to me that he
thinks his arm is a lot better than the rubber arm that it really is.
Riley may be a competitor, but every one of his passes seemed destined for a
pick-6. I did not see one accurately thrown ball the entire game. BYU
obviously has enough overall talent to beat the Idaho States regardless of who
is behind center, but will not beat any legitimate opponent with a qb who can't
throw the ball. Heaps lacks confidence and Riley lacks an arm--time to give
Lark a shot. When something's not working--fix it.
Rileys high five is iconic now, totally original. Ranking right up there with
Vai Sikahemas's boxing the goal post when he was with Philadelphia.Riley reminds me of Steve Young as a Jr. Very undisciplined, but with
incredible grit and skills.He's not a bad passer, he just needs
solid Coaching, not sure a former option QB has the tools to teach him.Heart and Grit is what football is all about. He just needs to make smarter
decisions. His misques when being rushed or sacked were the difference in the
game. This must be addressed with Coaching.You can't teach his
headiness. Remember, Riley was a Parade All-American out of High School also.Good coaching could make the diffence, not sure those coaches are at BYU
as we speak.Brandon should focus on OC duties and BYU needs to hire
a really fine x's & o's QB coach.Jake should redshirt next eyar
and learn from Riley and Lark. Jake lacks toughness at this time, can it be
taught? We'll see.
High fiving the ref was funny but really disrepectful and arrogant. Yeah let
Jake redshirt and learn from Riley????? To What....High five a ref????
Uteology,Not reading for content again, I see. Total body of work
for this game.Stand alone, your comment is correct, if somewhat
ironic, coming from a Ute fan. Yes, the Y has fallen on hard times. If we were
in a conference, we might even be in the cellar.Sound familiar?
@BlutoIconic?Iconic moments usually occur in winning
efforts.Apparently mid-major independence (no major conference wants
you) has reduced the Cougar Nation to finding iconic moments in losing games.
I worry about those who are so critical and tight and judgmental, like your life
is just awful or something if the team loses. It was a fun and very spontaneous
moment. I know I am a huge Riley fan, and maybe I have rose colored glasses on,
but I have watched the play again and again, and I saw no disrespect or
arrogance, just excitement in the moment. Some out there remind me of the refs
out there who love to throw the flag for celebration in the end zone. Is
happiness not allowed? I can't see the ref's face, but his body language doesn't
show he felt offended or disrespected. We all need to find the fun and good in
life, and that brought fun in our house.
Oh Uteology, come on...seriously! BYU is so terrible, I know (but bowl
eligible), Utah's marquee wins so far are against Pitt, BYU, and Oregon St.
Guess who on that list is the only one with a winning record? You should be
cheering for BYU so it makes that beat down you (rather, the Utes, you did
nothing) gave them look better. Otherwise, if your claim to fame is beating a
"dismal" BYU...well that only makes you feel better in the state of
Utah, or the State of College Football Irrelevancy. Oh, and Utah will not go
bowling this year, you heard it from the whole world first!
Maybe this has already been brought up, but I didn't think the "point"
was to get CLOSE to the endzone, I thought it was to SCORE. I think the
"high-fives" should wait till Riley can get the ball IN the endzone
more consistently. Anybody seen Jake lately?
To me, the iconic Nelson moment of the game was at one point where he was
surrounded by defenders grabbing on to him, and he had the ball in his left
hand, raised above the fray, as though he were still thinking of passing it.
The lack of ball protection was terrifying. It's a miracle no one tapped his
arm and knocked the ball loose. He has heart, but his heart makes him try too
hard and do stupid things.
KinCoug,It's fine to criticize Nelson...he deserves it. It is also
fine to ask about Lark, another possible improvement from Nelson (I've no
idea).But to go back to Heaps? Never. Heaps should transfer, the
team and fans will never get behind him again. Also, his numbers are inferior to
Riley's, even against inferior teams. Heaps throws hard...period.