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Published: Tuesday, Nov. 29 2011 11:00 p.m. MST

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Springville, UT

Just hope things are not being rushed. Good luck!

Farmington, UT

Good Luck. Stay healthy and get the game to a point where Jake can clean-up again, thus both of you keeping your skills current.


West Jordan, UT

He has no business playing this week. Give the team back to Jake. He is the future of the team.

Provo, UT

Hawaii is going to take Riley apart, then finish with Jake. Which will be bad news for the Bowl game.

Ted H.
Midvale, UT

Usn, although I still wish jake were going to be the future, I think the guy is gone. He has been asked several times recently about transferring and his only response is "now is not the time to talk about that." Even if jake was mostly undecided I think he would say something typical like " I am committed to this program" and then decide in offseason. The fact that he wont even give a half hearted commitment right now says to me he is gone. And before you go crazy on me, I have said nothing about whether he can or should be the future. Its simply my guess that based on his weak responses that he is gone.

Alpine Coug
Alpine, UT

Love Riley Nelson, but this seems so unnecessary and so premature. Allow Jake to start against Hawaii and bring Riley in on an "as-needed" basis. Why would BYU choose to jeopardize the long-term health of a young athlete by rushing his full recovery. Rest him against Hawaii and save him for the bowl game.

South Jordan, UT

I agree his responses have been weak but it seems like the coaches have given up on him. If they want Riley back next season then he doesn't need to play. A collapsed lung is nothing to play around with.



The reason Heaps was sidelined was not because of an injury, but because of fear, and lack of real leadership when his team mates needed him.

Give it back to Heaps ? No that is not an option.

Ted H. is on the right track however, he stopped short. Heaps has a weak heart and like all drama queens he needs the spot light, without it he simply fades out and into obscurity.

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

Maybe he will get another cheap shot that will give the reigns back to Jake Heaps in the first quarter.

Cougar Nation #1
Provo, UT

Noooooooo!!! Please don't play Nelson at QB anymore.

Louisiana Cougar
Pineville, LA

Stupid on Mendenhall's part to give Nelson the snaps all week against an opponent where 1) it will be likely that Hawai'i head hunts the Cougar quarterbacks, and 2) BYU will need Heaps to be sharp.

My prediction is that BYU will lose big on the island! Just another example of Mendenhall's inability to properly prepare a team with lots of potential.

Frozen Chosen
Savage, MN

Bronco is proving he doesn't have what it takes to be a successful head coach. There is absolutely no reason to rush Nelson back on the field like this - he is rusty and still banged up. Given Hawaii's propensity for getting very emotional against BYU there is a strong chance that Nelson will get sacked a few times and reinjured. Then Heaps will have to go in the game cold without having had the starter's reps in practice. Let Heaps start this game and bring back Nelson for the bowl game fully healed with more practice under his belt.

Bad, bad coaching.

Dixie Dan
Saint George, UT

Adios Jake! Another brilliant decision by Bronco.

aunt lucy
Looneyville, UT

Bad move. Jake is the future and should be the starter. Nelson should be the safety net on the bench. Fans want to see the starter even he only takes baby steps in getting better.

Honor Code
Denver, Colorado

Can't wait to watch those Warriors beat BYU this weekend. Good to see this "INDEPENDENT" thing working out nicely for BYU!!! Maybe Carl Benson will be at the game to get BYU to sign a contract to play in the WAC!

Morgan, UT

Wow, my respect rating for Bronco is lower than my respect for Obama...and that is low.

How can Bronco keep making these kind of decisions...isn't anyone advising him?

Sad, sad and sad.

Norman, OK

If I hear Jake is the future one more time I may vomit. If we had all american talent at RB and WR positions then he would be a very good quarterback. Hoffman and Apo are solid, but that is it, and Hoff is gone next year. No one else can get open against good defenses with speed. (see Utah, Ole Miss, Texas, and TCU games) And our RB's are not good enough to keep the defenses honest.

If receivers were open and Jake had time he would be a great QB, but against good defenses Jake has no time and WR's are not getting open....at that point Jake is an average athlete that is terrible when under pressure and he becomes a sitting duck.

Jake is not the future against top tier competition....which is where BYU would like to be considered. Against the New Mexico States and Idaho's of the college football world, if that's what you want Cougar fans, then yes, Jake is the future.

Riley at least gives us a shooting chance against the big guys with a little above avg arm and his ability to run. Love his heart and leadership as well.

BYU still rules
Nephi, UT

Honor Code, if I was from Colorado I would be excited to see someone else beat BYU since nobody in Colorado can. Like exclamation points much?

Salt Lake City, UT

Uh oh...coach Doman said Miraculous.

Cue the obnoxious utah fans...

Morgan, UT


Send me your address...I will send you some barf bags.

With some people, the truth hurts.

But in your case you, it seems it makes you sick.


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