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Published: Sunday, Aug. 19 2012 8:36 a.m. MDT

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Chase
Saint George, UT

"We'll be able to run two times as many plays as we did last year."

I hope this means the huddle is "gone". That was horrible.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

team up north could only hope for these Cougar receivers.

Alpine Coug
Alpine, UT

Although I promised myself not to get caught up in the hype like last season, I am starting to feel the mounting excitement of a new season. Everyone has totally overlooked BYU and hopefully the Cougs will surprise a lot of their opponents. Can hardly wait until the 30th when Coach Leach brings his Cougars to town!

sammyg
Springville, UT

We have some great returning talent. Let's hope that Riley can connect with these guys and the running game appears. Looking forward to another winning season.

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

BYU's running game was non-existent against:

1) Utah: 11 carries 22 yards (in 2010 65 total yards)
2) Texas: 43 yards (1.9 per rush)
3) TCU: 139 yards (50 carries, 2.8 yard per carry, and 84 yards by Riley on 23 carries)
4) Ol Miss: 91 yards (2.9 per rush)

Does BYU really have that much better talent this year in the running game? Better than Unga? I doubt it.

Hoffman is good, but not sure about Apo.

Good luck but I think you'll struggle if teams can contain Riley.

panamadesnews
Lindon, UT

@Utology: Thanks for the stats. They are old news. I have been reviewing every Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune article I could find about BYU this pre-season. Also ESPN. It is evident that something special is occurring this year with the BYU footrball team. I am looking forward to the Washington State game, as well as the rest of the season.

Alpine Coug
Alpine, UT

@ Uteology

Dead-on analysis sir! Glad you are not too worried and are overlooking us.

See you on the 15th!! Should be a game for the ages...

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

The difference in the run game should be the offensive line. Hopefully that translates into better results. We will see when the season starts.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@uteology

Of course most of the principles in BYU's running game are new this year so last years stats are irrelevent.

Should I post the 109th ranked utah offense passing stats from last year and try to use that as a predictor of this years? In that case most of the principles are the same so it would probably be a much more accurate prediction of what is to come than those you posted for BYU.

Oh that rights, it's utah, that's different.

LOL!

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

Apo was Heaps receiver. Hoffman was Nelson's receiver. Jacobsen was left out in the cold, except for the wonderful hail mary type pass he caught against USU. Hopefully, the chemistry will be there between Nelson and the entire receiving corps this year.

There are four easy games that the second string could win. There are four moderate games, that we should win, but could lose if we're not careful and overlook the opponent. And there are four games that will define our season - BSU, Utah, ND, and GT.

Other than Oklahoma, I'm not sure BYU has a big win over several seasons. Winning two of the top four teams would be a significant accomplishment, especially since they are all on the road. Losing all four would be devastating and reinforce the message that BYU can't win big games. But if the ball bounces the right way, this could be a very special season.

I can't wait for next Thursday. Let the games begin!

54-10
Salt Lake City, UT

This kid could potentially be a good receiver. However, without a qb who can throw the ball, we'll never know.

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

Duckhunter

Of course most of the principles in BYU's running game are new this year so last years stats are irrelevent.

Should I post the 109th ranked utah offense passing stats from last year and try to use that as a predictor of this years?

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Principles mean nothing if you don't have the talent. See Utah 2011 season, Wynn vs Hays.

If Hays starts then yes, Utah will struggle. Utah was ranked 109 last year, now post what they were ranked without a D2 talent starting at QB.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@uteology

And when BYU stuggled running the ball last year it was a different offensive line and a different set of rb's, not to mention a different qb. You see it is easy to just say stuff, you're really good at it, but when I actually point out the same thing about utah you just get defensive.

BYU has talent, their starting offense this year has higher rated recruits than utah does at TE, Oline, QB and wr. It is a new set of rb's pretty much but Alisa looked good and a couple of the younger recruits, Hine was the #25 rb recruit in the nation his senior year and Williams was heavily pursued by most of the pac12 including utah.

Fankly utah will struggle this year offensivle regardless of which of their qb's plays. They have an o-coordinator who is young, inexperienced, and wasn't aparticularly good qb coach. They have the same two mediocre upper classmen qb,s and the 3rd is a freshman. The oline has to replace both tackles. In otherwords if I was you I'd spend my time worrying about the trainwreck on the hill.

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

"This kid could potentially be a good receiver. However, without a qb who can throw the ball, we'll never know."

Although I will admit that Nelson is not the best passer, he is getting better. Besides, good receivers can make a QB look good, and bad receivers can make a QB look bad. Remember that many of Heaps' low stats came from dropped catches and balls the receivers tipped into the air and were intercepted. If these receivers can catch, then that will compensate for some poorly-thrown balls.

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

@Duck

According to Rivals:

Adam Hine was the #75 RB, not #25, in the nation and only had 2 offers (BYU and Staford. Scout has no recruiting information on him.

Williams was not rated and was not heavily recruited by PAC-12 teams. The only BCS team that made an offer was Utah.

So those freshman will lead BYU's improved running game but Utah's passing game will continue to struggle even though we added the #11 QB in the nation Travis Wilson?

Okay, what ever you say.

dallas realist
rockwall, texas

@UTeology

Adam hine will surprise you !!!!

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@uteology

Hine was rated #25 by scout and Oregon was pushing him hard to back out of his BYU committment and sign there. YOu don't know what you're talking about.

And who cares what wilson was rated since he won't be the starter and he is a freshman to boot. Even if he does play he'll struggle.

But utah "fan" delusion is a funny thing to behold, I really do enjoy it.

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

@Duckhunter

I wasn't involved, but apparently it seems Scout nor Rivals know what their talking about. Maybe you coached the kid and know more than they do. If so my bad!

Maybe Hines will be like Unga who apparently had no problem running with the "old principals".

"In otherwords if I was you I'd spend my time worrying about the trainwreck on the hill."

But you do spend your time obsessing about Utah, just go to any Utah article. I just stated facts about BYU's running game without Unga in the backfield. You seem to think it's more about "principles" not talent on the filed. We'll find out soon enough.

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