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Published: Wednesday, Dec. 21 2011 8:00 p.m. MST

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Omaha, NE

It is really a sad story. BYU recruits more quarterbacks than they need and praise them all hoping they can keep them all just in case they need them and guys like Lark could play at many other schools.

Highland, UT


QB's choose to go to BYU, no one forces them to. They do it because of the great qb history BYU has and the desire and opportunity to compete to be the next great BYU QB. But of course not all of them can.

Do you feel it is equally as sad for all the great rb's that never start for USC or all of the great whatevers that never start either? That is just the way it is, not everyone will start and play.

I give Lark credit for wanting to compete and sticking with it all the way through. As far as BYU "recruiting more than they need" well that is the definition of depth. Get all the great players you can. That is what everyone tries to do. In BYU's case they can, and do, get a lot of great QB's. In utah's case they can't, and don't, get many of them at all.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

He would be a 4 times all american at any other school

Cedar City, UT

@flatlander: Every school recruits more QB's than they need.

I wish no ill will to Riley, but I would love to see Lark get some legitimate playing time.


I thought from the title that this was about Lark's reflections. Why so many quotes from the ever present Nelson?

Salt Lake City, UT

I think that if Lark was only at BYU to be the starter, he would be making recruiting trips to the ....... Midwest shall we say?.... over the break, not preparing to go to Texas for a bowl game. Some quarterbacks come to BYU to get a chance to start, but never get it. Some quarterbacks demand that they start or they will leave. Let's just note that right now Lark has a full ride scholarship waiting for him this coming Winter semester....some former BYU QBs don't have such a guarantee it seems right now.

Y Grad Pumping Gas
Beaver, UT

Waist of talent, hope he didn't have aspirations beyond college.

The benefit is that he gets some really neat T shirts with cool slogans on them.

Syracuse, UT

It sounds like flatlander needs to read the article again. How does Lark really feel about being at BYU? Is is so sad that he has not been the starting QB for the last three years? I am glad that he has something to fall back on since he did not win the starting position. Life is more than football and Lark has received a great education at on of the finest Universities in the country along with some valuable lesssons in life and values that he would not have received anywhere else.

Glenwood, UT

He could have started anywhere else, he also had the rights to transfer. he didnt do it, and its his choice. Id love to see a great QB competition this spring with Lark and Nelson.

Salt Lake City, UT

Coming in second is something that no one plans for. Lark is a winner and at least he can "fall back" on this quality education, something not all athletes have available.

Spanish Fork, UT

There are what 90+ scholarships
dozens of walk-ons
severl QB's

The game only allows 11 of them the field at the same time. A 12th is 15 yards.

Every athlete knows 24/7 he is competing with and in many cases his new best friend for the glory of being on the turf during those 60 minutes when 60K+ fans are looking down on them.

James just happens to be the 2nd best QB on the roster right now, if the coaching staff thought he would get them a better performance than the other he would be No.1

James seems to have a great attitude, that he is getting an education in learning and life, that will assist him greatly in the years to come.

I too wish him well here at BYU and in life especially.

Spanish Fork, UT

And don't forget about Jason Munns. He too was a highly recruited QB and he's mired in the 3rd slot behind Lark. He too could have transferred elsewhere. I admire these young men who make a commitment and a decision and stick with it. That has a lasting character impact far beyond scoring TDs.


He's got a great attitude. He has decided to stick around and compete. People are acting like his career is over. Let's think about it for a moment. Next season let's say something happens to Nelson like it did this year where he had to sit out a game (not wishing it on him). Lark gets in and blows up for 400 yds and 4 td's. Get's the next start and does the same. Has a brilliant Sr season then gets drafted. It could happen. Anything could happen. The point is, he stuck it out, worked hard, and is now the backup with a great chance to play next year. Even if it's just in the 3rd and 4th qtr. Now he's got a great education (paid for) and has earned a lot of respect from his team, coaches, and fans. Good luck James!

Las Vegas, NV

Most understand the "politics" of playing at almost any level from grade school to D-1. Coaches also don't always pick the best players, i.e. check games won and stats for Nelson v Heaps. I remember when Randall Cunningham was third-string at UNLV until a couple of injuries to others. Matt Cassel never started a game at USC while behind Matt Leinert, but MC has started more games in the NFL than ML. Coach Dave Rice, now back at UNLV is doing nicely as a coach well but never started as he had five all-americans ahead of him while playing at UNLV. Tough lessons all arond, but those who persever will come out on top one way or the other.

Pullman, WA

It is so great to see the attitude of this young man. Very positive. This is one good thing that has come from Heaps transferring. I wish them all well, but wouldn't it be great to see Lark in action, in crunch time, on the field. Another Mark Wilson in the making.

And what a compliment to BYU itself, that he should think his time there was priceless, even without playing.

So. Cal Reader
San Diego, CA

"This not how"? Another oversight of the DN Sports Department. Editor must have started an early Christmas break. With that being said, what's not to like about Lark?

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

Definitely the best college quarterback in Utah right now, unless somehow Nelson is better.

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

Lark is not a walk-on so his so he has a lower status with Bronco. Further, Nelson will start no matter what he does on the field because fumbles and interceptions just show how much he tries and how badly he wants to win. Do you know he actually receives kicks during practice. We have to find a way for him to stay with the team forever...no one could ever be better than Nelson. Maybe he can change is name and play 4 more years and then 4 more. Bronco loves him and will never say anything negative about him. No other quarterback has ever been as good as Nelson. It does not matter that he can't throw the ball...just having him on the field matters most.


Good job James for stickin it out and not being a baby like Jake Heaps!

AZ Blue & Red
Gilbert, AZ

Un-sung heroes of the BYU football team that usually do not get called on to perform. But if they did they would. Not just the QB position either.

Royce Bybee was one that was the same. He was a Jr College All American at Ricks who came to BYU and ended up backing up McMahon who came in for the injured Wilson. McMahon was the back up. Then he got a chance and you know what happened. But Royce? He was a fantastic QB. Who was the better QB? Guess we will never know as he did not get a chance but I know what I think. Another was Young behind Montana. Two great QB's but different. Young finally gets his chance and look what happened. People will argue that Montana was better but you can't convince me. Both great. Young the better all around QB.

So Lark, Hats off to you. I know you are a great QB just itching for a chance to show what you have. Be ready as Riley seems to have a history of a few injuries. With Heaps gone you are the man.

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