BYU football: Sizing up the Cougars' back-up quarterbacks


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  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    July 18, 2012 9:29 p.m.

    Fan i n Orem

    Thanks for the affirmation.

    Parrot, I interviewed Steve Young, several times, for the Daily Universe, I attended all his home games. Out of the blocks at BYU he struggled, and by the end of his senior year he still scrambled more than LaVel was comfortable with, although nobody complained about the results.

    I would challenge you to use your BYUtv account to go back and actually watch the Tulsa game, listening to what the color commentator, the former NFL qb, had to say. Compare his observations with yours, then come back and tell us he was dead wrong and you are spot on the money.

  • milkshake St. George, UT
    July 18, 2012 8:00 p.m.

    Let me be very clear, I am not pro or anti BYU. That being said, I am very much enjoying the fact that BYU told Brad Sorenson (SUU) to hit the road. Now we are reading articles about the second best QB at BYU. Are you kidding me! First, let's write about the best QB in the state, formerly from BYU, now Pre-season All-American at SUU, Brad Sorenson. Second, I would put Lark ahead of Nelson all day. But that still doesn't matter, we have to sit here and read articles about second tier QB's playing D1 football. Whatever!

  • tuffgong POCATELLO, ID
    July 18, 2012 3:46 p.m.

    I can't wait for Taysom Hill to break onto the scene and shut all these haters, both Y fans and non Y fans. He is a legit pro prospect..

  • fan in orem Orem, Utah
    July 18, 2012 3:11 p.m.

    Dear Patriot: Steve Young was an Option quarterback. He had to work for many years to become what someone would term a drop back QB.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    July 18, 2012 2:46 p.m.

    re:Y Grad / Y Dad

    You're not attempting to compare Steve Young to Riely Nelson .. are you?? Young was GREAT because he was first a true drop back passer that also happened to be a great athlete and could run - when needed. Nelson runs - because he can't throw. See the difference? I 100% guarantee Lavell Edwards and Norm Chow would NEVER have even recruited any of the QB's BYU has today - especially Nelson. BYU has lost it's identity and that happened when Doman took over as Offensive Coordinator. By the way - Nelson would probably be on the scout team at the U.

  • DrUte Woods Cross, UT
    July 18, 2012 1:51 p.m.

    Seems more & more necessary for every team to have both a #1 and a #1A QB.

    The game is hyper-violent, defensive players are bigger & bigger, faster & faster, & I'm reminded of the relatively recent troubles Utah had when BJ went down with his shoulder injury....

    Better have at least BOTH the #1 & #1a ready to go nowadays!

    It's so obvious I'm sure all the QB coaches have a scheme for how to do that....

    Best of luck to all the brave ones who step up behind Center, Be Careful Out There.

  • Coach Biff Lehi, UT
    July 18, 2012 11:45 a.m.

    Ummm, obviously none of you have seen Hill or Olsen lately have you? I'll just let you be surprised when you do. Hill is one of the fastest players on the team and has a cannon for an arm. I'm very excited to see what he can do.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    July 18, 2012 11:44 a.m.

    The fact that Mangum is grey shirting indicates that Hill is leading the race to be the starter next year. I thought Munns would have a shot, but maybe he's had too many health issues. This gives Mangum 1 more year as a starter after his mission.

    The QB pipeline at BYU is rich.

    2012 - Nelson, Lark, Munns, Hill, Olsen (RS) - If Nelson if injured early, Lark will step-in. In November, I expect Hill to play most of the 3rd and 4th quarters.
    2013 - Hill, Munns, Olsen, Billy Green (RS)
    2014 - Hill, Olsen, Green
    2015 - Hill, Olsen, Green, Kuresa, Mangum (RS)
    2016 - Mangum, Green, Kuresa
    2017 - Mangum, Green, Kuresa
    2018 - Mangum
    2019 - Mangum

    Hopefully, Austin Kafentzis' name will also show up on the 2016 and beyond list.

  • dUrrdy-bUrrdz Cedar City, UT
    July 18, 2012 10:13 a.m.

    BEST QB IS IN CEDAR CITY BEBE!!! byU should of gave him a chance, oh well they can have his brother in that awsome secondary, any of those guys could probably start anywhere in the country too!!!.......... NOT

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    July 18, 2012 9:30 a.m.

    Tanner Mangum is the one to watch. He had a great showing at the elite 11 camp. Given the chance, he will be a great QB at BYU. The rest of the bunch is average, at best.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    July 18, 2012 8:28 a.m.

    Patriot? Sounds more like parrot.

    Last year, Utah would have paid dearly to have one of these qbs. And yes, as noted previously, the last pure passer BYU had didn't work out too well for us. But Steve Young did.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    July 18, 2012 7:12 a.m.

    Stop trolling. BYU's backups are excellent QB's. BYU would be in the same boat as any other team who'se starting qb got hurt. BYU may be even better off in that their backup is a senior who would likely be starting by now at several pac schools.

    Patriot. HAHAHAHAHA! You kill me. At least you're consistent.

    Keeton and Kennedy have different styles / strengths but both are good qb's.

    BYU is in excellent shape for years to come.

    Wilson could be a great one for Utah. I don't think Hansen will ever start for Utah. He will end up like Lark or he will move to LB. Wynn is a good qb and will likely start for 2 years if he stays healthy.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    July 17, 2012 10:33 p.m.

    Unfortunately, we do not know if any of them can throw the ball? I assume they all field punts.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2012 10:26 p.m.

    "Our quarterbacks would start for any team in the country."
    One of your best ones won't even start for Kansas.

  • red rocks Saint George, UT
    July 17, 2012 9:20 p.m.

    BYU needs to pu more time and money into quality running backs. I don't ever see Kuresa ever making it past the # 3 spot. They should have put that scholarship towards a RB.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    July 17, 2012 7:30 p.m.

    ByU has four qb's that could all win the Heisman Trophy this year. It's a shame only one will win.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    July 17, 2012 7:20 p.m.

    I wouldn't give 50 cents for the entire lot. Worst group of QB's BYU has ever had in the program. Not one drop back passer in the bunch... which is by design I think The Y is no longer a throwing team.. at least not like they used to be. BYU football not much fun to watch anymore.

  • Swishfrom3 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2012 7:05 p.m.

    Sorry cougarfanzz....

    The best QB right now is in Cedar City. I have seen me all. If not do a little research.

    Then I would draw out of a hat with Nelson, Chuckie, Kennedy. Then Wynn with Wilson on his heels.

  • cougarfanzz american fork, UT
    July 17, 2012 6:45 p.m.

    Our 4th string qb is better than any other qb in this state!

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2012 5:44 p.m.

    Our quarterbacks would start for any team in the country.

  • vesparider Pocatello, ID
    July 17, 2012 5:12 p.m.

    The Pulsipher kid should be back this year or next as a walk on qb as well. Chances are he won't get a scholly if he stays at qb but maybe he could switch positions and contribute somewhere else. He has a LB brother named Adam on a mission now and another younger brother named Addison who will play OL in college probably.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    July 17, 2012 5:10 p.m.

    So what you're saying is that if Riley the Running Quarterback gets injured, the Cougars are doomed.