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Published: Wednesday, July 18 2012 9:00 a.m. MDT

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Spanish Fork, UT

But, but, but... Utah's QB is not on the list. How credible can the list be? After all, he plays for a PAC-12 school. C-Whitt is his coach. Just because he's frail and hasn't lasted a season shouldn't matter.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

The utah fans will of course have lots of comments on this.

Good luck with it Riley! We wish you an incredible season!

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA


The "O'Brien" list is compiled based on a QB's prior year results. Wynn only played in 3.5 games last season, and without signature wins over schools such as USU and Tulsa, he had no chance to be nominated.

Otis Spurlock
Ogden, UT

Riley Nelson is hands down the greatest quarterback ever to play for byu. Probably the best quarterback the State of Utah has seen.

Utah has no chance of beating byu this year with Riley Nelson at the helm. Utah should probably just forfeit the game right now.

Farmington, UT

No question Riley deserves to be on this list. Last season, Riley had the easy part of the schedule--he got wins over Utah State, San Jose State, Oregon State, Idaho State, Hawaii, and Tulsa; and a loss to TCU. He had a nice win over USU, and that might be the toughest opponent Riley defeated last season. Riley didn't have to play against Mississippi State, Texas, Utah, or Central Florida--easily the tough run of last year's schedule. So the efficiency rating is a tad inflated.

The Y has huge expectations of Riley this season. But this year Riley has to face Washington State, Utah, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech.

Last year's stats, expectations, and seniority warrant putting Riley on these lists; becoming a finalist for these awards is another story alltogether. Hope he pulls it off and the Y goes 10-2 (with losses to Utes and Aggies...)

Cedar Hills, UT

re:Otis Spurlock

Yes Riley is certainly the best no question. His performance in the bowl game was brilliant...sharp and accurate passes and total domination. I see him going in the first round of the NFL draft.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

Let's just hope that he stays off of the Emergency Room Watch List.

Proud Ute

This young man is exciting to watch. I'm personally never going to forget when he high-fived the ref, a classic moment, don't care who you root for.


In all seriousness, I didn't think Riley would be considered one of the top 34 qb's in the nation this year, but I'm happy for him that he's getting some recognition for his hard work.

From what I've heard, he's working a lot harder than the last guy was. Congrats from a Ute fan.

Springville, UT

Congrats to Riley for making this list, he deserves the recognition.

Will the Ute QB be healthy enough to start this season or is he still on the injured list?

It seems this is the only list a Ute QB can get on these days.


Cottonwood Heights, UT

@ patriot...Riley was totally dominating? Really?

Not the game I watched and rooted for the Golden Hurricane.

Riley was 17 for 40 with 2 interceptions only one more passing down than Tulsa.

He was also sacked 3 times for 20 yards.

The Tulsa qb had an Efficiency Rating of 144.76, Riley's was 109.75.

The Y did not lead the whole first half and had to come from behind in the last 11 seconds to win.

Yes, the game was a blow out, but only if you were viewing it with blue glasses and drinking blue kool aid.

I am sure with more performances like this one Riley will be at the bottom of the Davey O'Brien watch or will get his name removed by the Committee just to keep from having the young man embarrassed.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

My fellow BYU fans, please don't rip on Wynn for the potential of a future injury. Riley has a rather high potential for injury himself, although he has proved himself to be tough.

I snicker at my red brethren with their boogymen for the pre-season. Last year, one of the feared PAC teams, Oregon State, was on that list. As I recall, both Utah and BYU defeated the mighty Beavers by similar scores at the OSU stadium. This year they threaten us with Washington State.

Make no mistake, I have a healthy respect for their new coach, but the "other cougars" have a long ways to go, despite nearly beating Utah last year.

And the new schtick? Leave it to Earnest; he does it well.

Finally, IS Riley one of the 34 best qbs in the nation this year? Time will tell, but I'd say that yes, he will be. And all without having to return punts, Wayne. As for the slights against his bowl game performance? He DID win, game winning drive in the final seconds.

Omaha, NE

BYU sure has its place with this award in its history. It's an honor even to make this list. Riley is so fun to watch. He deserved to be watched and placed on this list.

Why is Taylor Martinez on there from Nebraska? They must expect great things this year from a guy who is constantly accused of his throwing abilities.

the truth
Holladay, UT


Fresno state's QB is on the list but not Utah's....

Didn't some Utah fan recently mention Fresno st. in attacking BYU?

Salt Lake City, UT

Good for Riley for getting some pub. He seems like a good leader and that is important but in no way is he in the top 25% - 30% of college qb's.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA


Thanks for the chance to shoot at this again. You say "no way is he in the top 1/3 of qbs in the country."

I say - he qb'd his team to #25 as a junior. As a more passing team than running, and as he did a modest amount of the running too, it is not a stretch of the imagination to say that, at the end of the year last year, he was in the top 25 qbs.

Take away the seniors from last year, and this year he starts as maybe one of the top 20.

While I realize that this is not empirical evidence, it is at least an indicator that can be taken into consideration.

As opposed to blanket unsubstantiated statements such as yours.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Y Grad / Y Dad:

"...[Riley] qb'd his team to #25 as a junior."

And we Ute fans are soooo impressed that he was able to beat all those C-USA, WAC, and FCS teams in order to back into the Final Coaches poll.

But forgive us if we're not so enamored with his performances vs. Utah and TCU.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

I wouldn't be surprised to see Riley not finish the season this year. Not that I think he'll get injured, but rather by the time November rolls around, he would have already been given the hook due to the cougars' inability to match up well vs. the better teams on their schedule. I'd venture a guess that whoever the #2 QB is, come season's end, will clean up vs. Idaho, SJSU, and NMSU, and kickstart the "we're back" hype we saw right after the Indy-WACers put their toughest opponents behind them back in 2010 and 2011.

Salt Lake City, UT

Y grad/dad
Any honest BYU fan would admit that the ranking and Riley's win loss record is a bit of an illusion to put it lightly. Feel free to hang your hat on that.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Navel Vet

Seeing as while BYU was beating the Idaho States of the world while Utah was losing to the football team with the absolute WORST road record in college football, forgive us for not being impressed with who you are and are not "enamored with."


Fair enough comment, and yet somehow, a broad pannel of impartial observers across the US granted US and Riley that illusion. I would rather live with that figment of the imagination than the somewhat desperate pipedream that Utah's first year in the PAC was disappointing to say the least, with only an inexplicable whipping of your rival preventing it from being categorized as abysmal.

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