@slackI noted the open running backs in the flats as well, but
figured I was not seeing as much from the televised viewpoint. It takes some
patience to go with the short-dump passing attack at times and I hope Max will
avail himself of it when the downfield receivers are so well covered.It was an important and great win. I admit to pacing a lot during the last
drive, but we have been there so many times before when BYU moves like a machine
and pulls it out that it was an 'of course!' moment when Jacobson was alone with
the ball in the back of the end zone.Rise and SHOUT!
I hear people say he should be a receiver but I still disagree. We need decent
speed at the RB position and he's got it. Bryan Kariya has a nice mix of size
and decent speed at RB but DiLuigi is faster. The one thing he lacks is size. I
still have a lot of faith in him at the RB spot, the guy had 2100 yards rushing
and won the CA State Championship! WR has enough speed with Chambers and
Jacobsen. As far as the speed aspect he is much more needed at RB. He doesn't
need to be that big. Barry Sanders was 5'10" and he was awesome in the NFL. JJ
is a similar style back.
Patrick Kinahan said he was worried about depth at the RB position before the
game. So was I, and when I heard Unga was not playing, I was very disappointed.
But we learned Kariya is a playa. Against OU we need size and speed.. That OU D
line was incredible. Tonga will get better. How long was he out - a year or more
and then he has 2 weeks of practice. He played pretty well for what little time
he has had with the team. Just glad Kariya was ready to answer the bell. If Unga
is not 100% for Tulane, I say keep him out there too and get him ready for FL
State. That game will be rockin!!!!! As far as DiLuigi, maybe he'd be better as
a receiver??? Time will tell, but if you have a big back and a little back and
they both have the same speed, you likely use your bigger back.
Agree with Bill and Woody. Give JJ more looks at RB. He will break it out and
let Tonga block not run.
3 cheers for Kariya!No way BYU would have won if he hadn't stepped
up big like he did in that game.
It's hard to believe that this guy was the 5A player of the year for Utah and he
didn't get a scholarship. What dedication to walk on to the BYU team, earn a
scholarship the hard way, and then have a game like this!I'm
wondering if BYU if offering the right players when I read that Pitta, Rich,
Kariya and others weren't even on scholarship when they started playing at the
Y. But Kariya was definitely the MVP. No fumbles and more than 100 yards in
Both are great backs and very quick, fast, awesome guys. But Kariya just played
with a lot more poise last night than DiLuigi did. I really think that both of
them will be used and get some good time, and they will both fill their roles in
helping the team, and they are both willing to do it too. Kariya is bigger and
can run the ball stronger up the gut, but DiLuigi is quicker on the edges and so
both can be used effectively. Both are faster than Unga and Tonga. I
agree that Tonga should be used where he is most effective and help with
blocking. He may be a good player to give the ball to against slower MWC teams
but he just didn't have the quickness to be effective enough against Oklahoma.
But I'm very excited about all of the running backs and they are all very
One thing that I have not liked about Max Hall- He doesn't look at the running
back in the backfield for a dump off pass. That play was open several times.
Most notably on that 2nd interception, the tailback was wide open in the
backfield. It may have been enough to get the first down and keep the drive
open, but we will never know. That play has always been used by BYU with a lot
of success but Max doesn't seem to look that way when he gets in trouble.
great work kariya way to fill the shoes and show heart and desire to win. Great
Work BYU now stay focused one game at a time
I agree with Bill. Tonga just didn't have what it takes to be running the ball.
He only had 6 yards total through the game. Kariya had 118. Yet they kept
running it with Tonga. Tonga is a great blocking back however. He works great
when he's blocking for Max, which we needed him to do against big man McKoy and
that great D-Line OU had. So great job Tonga, and Kariya, but run with Kariya
and have Tonga pass block. Works better that way.
CONTRATS COUGS! What I enjoyed about the game was how many players contributed
key plays...this was the epitome of a team win...the whole defense proved
themselves, as did the offensive line.I have to apologize to the
defense. In the challenge game I predicted Oklahoma would score 21 points.
Obviously, the defense was better than that.Looking forward to the
Cougs giving the BLUE FLU to that other team who wears red.
Another example of "Blue Grit":"Everybody has to fill their roles on
the team," Kariya said. "When you're called on you have to get in there and do
your thing ... hopefully each of us are trained to make those plays when we're
I said the same thing last year, what are the coaches going to do with DiLuigi?
This kid has some real football savy and was great in highschool but the coaches
don't seem to want to give him a real showing. Does this mean he gets moved
down the list now we have Kariya? I hoppe this kid is good,but Diluigi deserves
alot more than only 2 -3 carries a game and I think Diluigi deserves a better
chance to strut his stuff and the coaches would find out what he can really do.
I am way excited about the win. The only thing that bothered me was the
infatuation Anae has with Tonga. He kept giving him the ball and he kept losing
yards. I am shocked Diluigi didnt get more carries but Kariya was great