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Published: Tuesday, April 3 2012 5:51 p.m. MDT

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Otis Spurlock
Ogden, UT

Great article. I think this would make a great t-shirt for byu: "Help is on the Way" or "Better Late Than Never".

Let's start printing them!

David
Centerville, UT

For decades BYU has sported an oversized offensive line. It served them well in the 80's and 90's, but offenses now must be more athletic and mobile, including the line. I am pleased to hear that Mendenhall and Doman indicate that the O-line will be slimming down a bit. I think it will make BYU stronger. Go Cougs!

Louisiana Cougar
Pineville, LA

This spring was an absolute disaster for the Cougars!

The BYU Football team dang well better get their O-Line healthy -- and they better be slimmed down, strong, and deep.

Otherwise, Riley is a cooked goose at QB and will be destroyed by opposing defenses. Figure him for no more than one half against a Wazzu defense that will be head hunting for him.

I am far from optimistic about the upcomin football season.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

Otie, glad to see you continue to be the first one to comment on every BYU article. You are a real fan, even though your assessments are off target. Ever consider applying to be president of Cougar Fan Club?

Louisiana, I am very optimistic about the upcoming football season. I think the Cougs will have a more talented team than we have had for many years. QB and O Line may not be as strong or talented as the Hall or Beck teams, but entire defense, RB, and WR will make this a team that should get 9 or 10 wins and a possible Top 25 ranking against the most difficult schedule we have ever played. Go Cougs!

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

Let's hope Riley does not get hurt, otherwise he'll be back next year. He destroyed last year and will do the same this year. I'm just hoping he can finish this year so we'll finally be through with him. If he plays the whole season, he should be able to set a new record on interceptions. If he averaged 5 a game, Bronco would still be singing his praises. I know he will become a graduate assistant and later an assistant. I fear we will never be free of the guy as long as we have Bronco. I doubt that there is another coach in America that would have allowed Riley to replace Jake. This article talks about a thin offensive line. I've heard this story for many years. Who is responsible for having poor talent on the offensive line for years? Last year we were told that we had the best offensive line in the country, only to find that they could not, or would not, protect the quarterbacks or run block.

FootballFanatic
Kearns, UT

Wayne, did you even watch last season? Jake Heaps was the horrible QB, not Riley. He had one more interception than Riley for the year, but played less. Did you also forget how horrible he was in the Utah game? What good QB tries to pick up a fumbled snap, drops it, tries to pick it up again, drops it again and then muffs it in the endzone for a ute score? I was glad when Bronco finally made the switch that was much overdue.

cougardevil
TEMPE, AZ

As always, I'll keep my off-season enthusiasm on very low heat. I heard something about better conditioning and/or quickness drills last off-season, but honestly I couldn't tell. I'm not sure I buy the silver lining that the younger players are getting quality reps in spring ball, either...

I'm with David - I'd love to see an athletic offensive line. They always throw up the stats with how big our line is at the beginning of the game, then we have to watch them get beat by the "undersized" defenses. Let's get a better diet and endurance program for these guys!

WON84
PLANO, TX

I am far from optimistic about the upcoming season too. If the offensive line is banged up they really are in trouble but, it's not Washington St.'s defense that worries me at all. Have you ever seen them play?

DevilishUte
Tempe, AZ

"I am very optimistic about the upcoming football season. I think the Cougs will have a more talented team than we have had for many years."

You made this same comment last year.

Truth Seeker
Wellsville, UT

Yes Jake made mistakes. I think they expected to much to soon. I remember when BYU quarterbacks would never start until they were Juniors. I agree with a earlier comment. Let's hope Riley does not get hurt. It would help also if we keep the offensive line from injuries or have alot of them for back up.
I have one question. Does Otis have a life other than commenting on every BYU article?

BigCougar
Bountiful, UT

@Otis Spurlock
"Great article. I think this would make a great t-shirt for byu: "Help is on the Way" or "Better Late Than Never".

Let's start printing them!"

That sounds awesome. They can replace my red ute T-shirts from this past season that read: "8th place in the Pac12 is better than a BCS Bowl anyday!"

BigCougar
Bountiful, UT

@Cougar Devil
"As always, I'll keep my off-season enthusiasm on very low heat. I heard something about better conditioning and/or quickness drills last off-season, but honestly I couldn't tell. I'm not sure I buy the silver lining that the younger players are getting quality reps in spring ball, either..."

That's my motto this year, "I ain't fallin' for no banana in the tailpipe!"

Seems like last year the drizzle we heard was that the team had this new,revamped, revolutionary off-season conditioning program and it helped lead to the offense being the furthest along that Bronco had ever seen coming out of Fall camp. The proof is in the pudding.

Spurlock is talking about printing new T-shirts, maybe this year they should say, "Look Bronco, We ain't fallin' for no banana in our tailpipe!"

Osgrath
Provo, UT

I hope all you pessimists and all those so deeply disturbed by all the out-of-commission O-linemen will consider that you didn't watch a single practice this spring and are basing your strongly held opinions on newspaper articles.

When Will Rogers said "Everything I know I get from the newspapers,' he was making a joke.

2BCSWINS
West of I15, UT

@Big cougie "That sounds awesome. They can replace my red ute T-shirts from this past season that read": "8th place in the Pac12 is better than a BCS Bowl anyday!"

Or you can just borrow my Utah Sugar bowl or Fiesta bowl champion T-shirt's. See Utah wears the shirt's after we do something. We don't print shirts talking about doing something.

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