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Published: Saturday, June 16 2012 9:00 p.m. MDT

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Elk Grove/U.S.A., 00

It's obvious that Brandon Doman is a rookie offensive coordinator. Mendenhall should have begged and pleaded with Norm Chow to come back. I think it's a bit much to offer a sophomore a scholarship. You never know whether or not the kid will crash and burn over the next two years. Furthermore, BYU recruits quarterbacks like they're going out of style. BYU needs to focus on improving its offensive line, wide receivers and running backs in order to stay competitive. Finally, the secondary needs to improve as well.

Elk Grove/U.S.A., 00

I'm sorry. This kid is entering his sophomore year. So, he has three years to possibly crash and burn. Really? You offer a kid a scholarship who's not even a junior.

Idaho Falls, ID

I don't quite understand the advantage being the first to offer, especially at such an early age. A lot can happen in the next 3 years. I realize there are offers extended as early as 6th grade, but I just don't see that it does the kid or the school any good.

Orem, UT

Great decision by Brandon to make a promising young talent like Austin Kafentzis an early scholarship offer - it means that BYU will be on Austin's radar for the next three years.

And, never discount the lasting positive impression that can be created by being the first team to offer a young player a scholarship.

Brandon is going to be a great Offensive Coordinator; the naysayers are simply demonstrating their lack of vision and understanding of the game.

Saratoga Springs, UT

Why not graduate early. There is no reason to play 3 more years. He has proven he can play now. Playing more than 2 more years isn't a risk worth taking.

Salt Lake City, UT

I saw that this young man threw javelin this last track and field season, he obviously has a huge arm. But, if you plan on pursuing a college QB career, I would be careful with throwing jav. Believe it or not, javelin seriously messes people's bodies up all the time. If you have the proper instruction, you will probably be okay. But if you're just going out there and hucking it, you will ruin your arm. I started throwing the jav my senior year and strained a ligament by my elbow and to this day if I throw something hard it can be very painful, my arm will never be the same. Keep that arm healthy, kid!

Santa Monica, CA

Anyone who has ever experienced blowback from pushing a kid too fast will testify to the fact that the results can be ugly and the road along the way to the results might not be too pretty either. But what the heck, right? It's football and football is what is important to us a nation. Kids are cheap, a BCS bowl bid is very, very expensive.

Kearns, UT

Impossible. Duckhunter has told us time and time again that BYU is not interested in these Dual-Threat QB's. Otherwise, they would have scooped up Chase Hansen last year, instead of letting him go to Utah.

Right Ducky!

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Timing is everything Williary. Chase woulda been one more horse in a stable full of stallions. This kid is the start of the next generation of qbs.

Frisco, TX

@rafinsure - Offering a scholorship to a Freshman is rare. But a Freshman who puts up these kind of numbers is also rare. He has proven he can play D1 at an early age, why not offer him now. Look at some of the top talent and there are many of them that are offered early in their high school years. BYU needs to recruit WR? Apo and Hoffman may be best book end WRs in the Western US the next two years. Josh Weeks and Dylan Collie in the pipeline look pretty bright also. Jamal Willis will be a nice addition at RB, and if Juice reaches his potential this year or next year - watch out.

@williary - If BYU is not interested in dual threat QBs, why do they have Riley Nelson, Taysom Hill and Ammon Olsen? Hansen chose U because U offered him as a QB, and Y offered him as a LB. If BYU saw him as a dual threat QB who had a chance of starting, the recruiting could have looked much different. Whit is famous for moving QBs and Hansen is much more likely to see action on the D side, even for U.

Lehi, UT

Just to correct CougFaninTX, Jamal Willis played for BYU from 1991-1994. He was a record setting running back for the Cougars and is remembered fondly. He also played for the '49ers if I'm not mistaken. BYU recruit Jamaal Williams is the guy who looks to be a pretty good future asset for BYU. Just to set the record straight :)


The cougar fan in texas must have overlooked the INTs in the stats. I can't remember them exactly but he threw about 21 TDs and 25 INTs. I might be a little off but he had over 20 for sure. Not to mention he is about 5'10", i know the roster might say he's 6'1" but he isn't even close. His mechanics are bad too. Those will get better with time working with the coach at Jordan who is a really good QB coach. BYU already has a guy like this in alex kuresa, same with the starter. As long as they keep playing and recruiting guys like this they will be a mediocre team like they have been the last few years. The best college qb in the state is the Sorensen kid at SUU, not even a debate. I know all the Y homers want to think they are getting better but they are getting worse. The U will beat them by 50 again.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Mightymite: He can go on a mission any time he wants before he turns 25. What does being offered a scholarship have to do with that? And the BYU coaches already addressed the pressure this may cause the normal recruit. Re-read the article. I think your main problem is WHO is recruiting him and the personal issues you have with that school.

markymark: He threw 23 TDs and 19 INTs. A lot of INTs but understandable for a young QB entering big boy football (12 INTs in his first 6 games). Sorenson is already taken, not available. Why bring him up in a recruiting article? Also, even if Jordan is 5-10, I wouldn't be surprised if he grew another 3 or 4 inches in 3 years. Would you? Good luck on your prediction on this year's game. And here's to hoping that the UofU make it to higher than 8th place in the PAC-12. You're embarrassing the other "mid majors" by flopping in the big league.

Go Cougs.

Go Utes!
Springville, UT

UtahUte16 has it right, make sure this kid has good coaching in the Jav, it is extremely stressful on the body and if you dont do it right you can seriously injure yourself. I saw that throw too, it was incredible, he has major potential in track and field, but if football is where your heart is you should be really careful about injuries.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA


"And here's to hoping that the UofU make it to higher than 8th place in the PAC-12. You're embarrassing the other 'mid majors' by flopping in the big league."

I think what you MEANT to say, in your own frantic and emotional way that is, "I hope the UofU finishes lower than last year's SIXTH place, because they've embarrassed the cougars. First by getting invited to a relevant conference while we got stuck back in the WAC, and then AGAIN by pounding us -- at Home no less -- 54-10, and in front of a national audience."

Sad, green-with-envy, mid-majorey coug.

American Fork, UT

I think it's too early. But an offer at this point is merely symbolic. If Brandon sees something, let's hope he is right. We are talking about the 2020 season by the time he starts at BYU.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

For those of you who doubt Austin, here is the inside scoop. This kid can flat out play! Learning under Coach Kjar for the next 3 years will greatly enhance his considerable talents. Kjar has sent his last two senior QB's to Utah State and to BYU. They shatter passing records in his program, he is highly knowledgable and knows how to develop QB's. Not only does this Austin throw extememly well, but he is deceptively fast on his feet.

Austin's family is NOT LDS and he will NOT be going on a mission for the LDS church. This offer is for show only as many any elite programs have inquired about him. Coach Nussmeier Alabama's O coordinator was out here for a visit a month or two ago and visited the Beetdigger campus. Fact is EVERY program in this state and all of the elite programs will be knocking down his door after this year. Keep an eye on this years Beetdigger team they are going to be very special!

Coach Biff
Lehi, UT


Let the idiots blather. I was an opposing coach against this young man and I was a doubter until I saw him play. The boy has skills and his mechanics just got better as the season wore on. He's obviously coachable and I'm looking forward to what he'll do these next couple of years.

Utah-Hawaii Alum
Dallas, TX

Regardless, BYU is in beyond serious trouble. Honestly, they need to go Big Sky at this point. Their November schedule will not be televised.

Uncle Sam
West Jordan, UT

Jordan graduated all of their skill players last year, so they are going out of state to bring in new ones. Right now there are three new faces on campus.

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