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Published: Monday, July 9 2012 9:00 a.m. MDT

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Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Oooooh, that'll ruin Wayne's day. And not a single mention of being on the punt return team.

Rise and shout, Riley! Show 'em what you're made of

Salt Lake City, UT

Congratulations to Riley Nelson on being the latest BYU Quarterback to be named to the Maxwell Award watch list!

Looking forward to a fun season.

Danbury, CT

I'll be impressed when we beat a good team - e.g. Boise St, Utah, Notre Dame - then we'll really be talking about something...

Frisco, TX

I'm happy others are recognizing Nelson's talent. He will have a breakout year in 2012!

Mildred in Fillmore
Salt Lake City, UT

I think Riley should also be in the Heisman conversation.

Go Cougs.

Provo, , UT

Congrats to Riley! And in the style of good sportmanship congrats to the two Ute players also put on preseason watch lists! Hope Riley and them both do well! But only Riley is allowed to do well when we play each other ;) Good luck! Go Cougars :)

Orem, UT

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha ha Ha Ha Ha....!

That is the funniest news I've heard in a long while! Keep the comedy going...

Provo, , UT


Well im so glad you're enjoying yourself here. I just have to point out that you're laughing against statistics. This isnt just Deseret News that is saying Riley has potential to be great. This is a nationally recognized list! That a ute also made! If you're going to laugh at this then we must too laugh at the fact that White made the list as well. How about instead we just congratulate both athletes on a job well done and good luck to them in the future! Why laugh at one another? Let's be happy for one another. :)

South Jordan, UT


Statistics are very fickle. If one is playing against poor competition, do the stats speak for themselves? If John White gained all his yards against,....say North Dakota State, is that impressive and do the stats prove anything?

What is more impressive .... Chang of Hawaii averaging over 470 yards a game passing against WAC competition or Joe Montana averaging 285 yards per game against the toughest schools in America?

I say the latter. I've seen how tough our new conference can be on our team.

Riley has only played in one tough game and he had multiple interceptions against TCU. Let's see how impressive he is against the first half of BYU's schedule before saying he is really good.

Black Shirts
South Jordan, UT


So you're saying that John White yards against these very weak and overrated teams shouldn't count. I thought that is what you were saying. You probably think Utah will actually win the PAC12 someday, NEVER. They are in the weak half of the PAC12 and still will never win it.

Northern Colrado
Utah St
Arizona St
Oregon ST
Wash St

The PAC12 will probably only have two teams in the top 20 this year. WEAK.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA


Yep, you caught them out on that one! Fools thought they could slip a ringer through, but you were too quick for that!


I'll cut you some slack on the "seeing is believing" routine, but when he DOES have a breakout season, please don't be one of the "I knew it all along" crowd.

Salt Lake City, UT

Black Shirts

South Jordan, UT

Thought this was an article on Riley Nelson.

The 54-10 is really eating away at you isn't it?

Provo, , UT

It's not just the statistics saying Riley can be great though. This is actual people who are earn their living evaluating these athletes. They don't just look at statistics. they put Riley on the list because they realize he can be great. same with White

Highland, UT

Pretty stark contrast between pac12fan's comments on this article and the ones he posted on the article about jon white and star also being named to the watch list.

If anyone ever wanted to read a textbook case of homerism and bias just go read his comments there and compare them to the ones he posted here.

He can't just wish the kid good luck, he is a BYU player afterall.


Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@Mildred in Fillmore

I know you're a BYU fan and you guys like hype, but can't you at least wait until Nelson throws ONE pass this year before proclaiming that he should be in the Heisman discussion?

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Brave Sir Robin

Epic fail, friend. Mildred is an anti-BYU fan who delights in mocking BYU with not too subtle sarcasm intended to parody supposed real BYU fans.

Kinda like Earnest T Bass, but not as funny.

Cedar Hills, UT

Watch list? Watch Riely do what - pass the football? Are you kidding? I've seen much better Junior College QB's throwing the ball compared to Nelson. Take a look at the bowl game and you saw an undersized kid attempting to throw the ball down field in tight windows ... with zero success. Nelson is the worst throwing QB to ever play at the Y ... even long before Mark Lyons when the Y was a running team. Nelson can't compete against good teams with athletes - Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Utah, Boise... If Brad Anae were still at the Y along with Jake Heaps you would have a "real" QB to watch.

Salt Lake City, UT

BYU football: Riley Nelson named to Maxwell Award preseason watch list"

Fans commenting (some more than once):

BYU - 7
Utah - 6

"Utah football: John White, Star Lotulelei named to Maxwell and Bednarik watch lists"

Fans commenting:

BYU - 0
Utah - 5

Utah fans just can't help themselves - once a little brother, always a little brother.

South Jordan, UT

Congrats Riley. You've earned it!

Springville, UT

Congrats to Riley!

Kind of interesting that the headline has been updated to include the Ute players from the BYU angle of the story. From the Ute angle the story maintains its original title only highliting Ute players.

Not a single negative comment on the Ute headline and here you see the usual garbage from 'the hill' spilling over and denigrating Riley. So typical.

I'm glad BYU has a gutsy no holds barred QB like Riley. At least the fans don't have to worry when Riley gets knocked around once in a while unlike the injury prone QB from the hill.

It's sad that a Ute season is contingent upon whether the QB survives his propensity to injury. You know its bad when its on everyone's mind if the kid is going to make it through, every play. It overshadows everything there is about the game.

I bet Chow was glad to leave this scenario behind, for personal health reasons.

What Riley might lack is more than compensated by his abilities in leadership and making things happen in clutch moments.

He's a BYU QB, a rare and honored young man. Congrats for making the list!

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