Whoops! I think in your last line you meant to say that no one should say a
backup QB isn't valuable. "Invaluable" of course means 'indispensable'
or 'very useful'. A common error. Nice article otherwise.
Blaine (and Ken) Fowler coached with my Dad when his son Jeff and my brothers
played little league football. I was a bit older and helped out with filming
games. Years later I ran into him at Lagoon and he seemed genuinely happy to
see me and remembered my name. Very class guy and someone I definitely look up
College and life is all about achieving your potential. It is a crying shame
that the only way one can reach their potential as a QB is to start and play
against top defenses. This leaves out many good players.There is
just no substitute for experience.In the final analysis it is far
more important to achieve one's potential as a husband, father and before his
Maker than on the grid iron. Those people who keep that in focus will always
have a happy life.
Harmon ,Great article a trip down memory lane. Blaine Fowlers
parents volunteer there time at BYUs Football practices they are the most
friendly couple I have ever met.Blaine is first class I know he is
going to do BYU Football Games.
Ernie Davis was never in the same backfield with Jim Brown. Although both
played at Syracuse, they were not there at the same time. Brown preceded Davis
and was already playing for Cleveland when Davis arrived.
Fowler was so good and efficient that when he did go in for the injured Bosco in
BYU's NC title game, the TV announcers didn't even notice it at first. It took a
a play or two for them to recognize the change.I noticed it right
away when the number didn't match Bosco's. I thought at that time Bosco was done
for the night. But, an amazing performance by a limping Bosco ensued.I always felt for Fowler. He could have been another notable QB for BYU.
Sean Salisbury was let go by espn unless something new changed this year.
Backups pressed into action such as Alex Smith [Brett Eliot] and Brett Ratliff
[Brian Johnson], went on to play in the NFL.
@79UteHarmon didn't specify, but i believe that those two shared the
backfield in the NFL...
Insightful article Harmon. It let's us know there is a lot more to sports than
sports and that maybe as fans we are too judgemental. I'm glad that Fowler has
stuck around BYU. He is a classy guy.
Excellent Article Dick. I think the backup QB has the most emotionally draining
position on the team. One second your an afterthought and the next, your front
and center with the weight of the team on your shoulders. These guys have to be
emotional rocks. Brian Johnson was a good example of being prepared last
year although he did have some starting experience prior.
Every college football team has scores of players like Blaine Fowler - great
athletes who excelled in high school but for whatever reason were not good
enough to be a starter in college. It is simply part of the game, and its
especially hard for QB's because you can't rotate them like other positions, but
at the same time you don't want a huge dropoff in talent from your 1st to your
2nd string because injuries are also a part of the game. This means you are
going to have one or more talented QB's sitting on the sidelines for most of
their college career. Right now BYU has three. Munns, in my opinion, would be
wise to transfer or change positions. Lark and Nelson are still battling it out
to be Heaps' backup, but I think Nelson will see plenty of action as a wildcat
option, or some kind of fake punt, trick play specialist. Doman has stated
publicly that he wants to mix things up in order to throw off opposing defenses
and capture the momentum in close games. And both Lark and Nelson will also
probably see plenty of action in games that are not close.
@ TJ | 9:13 a.m. Aug. 16, 2011 Eagle Mountain, UT Brian
Johnson was/is a coach who played for the Utes through the 2008 season. I
believe you are referring to Terrence Cain.
Great article, Dick. BYU has a long history of back-up QBs who could have
started at many other schools, but who put their team and school first. Just
another one of the thousand things I love about BYU football.
Back-up qb's need to be good? This is something BYU has known for a very long
time, and they recruit accordingly. utah is learning this right now and it is
going to become glaringly apparent to them this season. I don't know how anyone
didn't know this.
So did you throw out the envelope? I bet you have a treasure trove of interviews
and notes from the many years of sports writing. Thanks for sharing.
James Lark needs more reps.
@ duckhunterSo true. So true. After the Utes go 1-3 I
might start rooting for the underdog. Too bad they don't have the QB draw as BYU
I felt Fowler should have played instead of Bosco once Bosco was injured...I
agree the backup must be good and ready to play, and disagree that the starter
should play even if injured as Bosco did, as I feel it hurts the team, becomes a
case of the starter putting himself ahead of the team...and wasn't Bosco injured
more permanantly because he ruined his arm, probably playing hurt, throwing with
all arm because the leg was hurt?
Great article and topic. I have appreciated Fowlers example every time we see
hot shot recruits at BYU (specifically quarterbacks)complain about their role on
the team. I have always heard that there wasnt much difference between Fowler
and Bosco. I expect his family was disappointed that he wasnt the main guy on
the team but look how his response to this situation has blessed his life.My congratulations to him and my appreciation for his example.
I saw Lark on Tuesday and he looks sharp. The passes he threw were similar to
Jake, Just really accurate, dart-like throws. Incompletions were because of WRs
dropping the balls.
Dick...as always, a great article of backup QB's. I would be curious to know
what Sean Salisbury is doing now that he isn't working for ESPN. I am told that
BYU's football team this year is "stupid good". Is that your appraisal
overall as well?
I'm really hoping we'll see Lark in the game in the fourth quarter when we're up
by 30+ points.I'm also hoping we'll see Nelson come in for a few
plays each game in a wildcat formation. I also like the idea of using him as
the holder for punts and PATs, opening up the option for an occasional fake.
Well I was there in the stands in 84 (lived in cali at the time) and I DID
notice the change in the Y's QB position, not to say that Fowler did bad.
Remember that a QB that has led you to 12 previous wins, getting hurt then
limping back in, I'm sure inspired his teamates to play that much better.Oh, to all those SMU players throwing ice and water on each other when
they were ahead by 20 in 1980 I'm still laughing at how fast those smiles turned
to frowns by the end of the game.....man I loved living in cali in the 80'sGo Cougs
I have no idea what he was like as a back up QB, but he is horrible annoucing
the games. glad he is off the mtn. he talks over the plays with non-sense
stats and name dropping. too bad he wasn't a back-up annoucer as well...