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Published: Thursday, Aug. 23 2012 4:00 p.m. MDT

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Cougar Cindy
Salt Lake City, UT

Go Cougars, Go Riley! So glad you're at the helm this year.

Mildred in Fillmore
Salt Lake City, UT

Riley should receive votes this year for the Heisman.

Highland, UT

Nice job Riley. You represent BYU well.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Mildred in Fillmore
Salt Lake City, UT

Riley should receive votes this year for the Heisman.

Actually, Mildred, he just might.

Salt Lake City, UT

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

If Dick Harman or Greg Wrubel has a vote - no doubt he will.


Frisco, TX

What an inspirational article. I'm not sure if Riley will make a living playing football, but I know he'll be very successful at whatever he does. He's a kid that has his head on straight, unlike a lot of other college athletes. I'm glad he's out QB and I'm hoping for a great season.

Scott Farcus
Beaver, UT

From the article; "Being the BYU quarterback means always standing in the spotlight, doing countless interviews, and dealing with overwhelming scrutiny and pressure."

Riley does do that very well, unlike a past Q we all know of. As a Ute fan Ive never heard any negative comments come from Riley, very impressive. I also liked his noncom-forming attitude with the hair, Im still trying to figure out how he gets in the test center.

All in all, an impressive young man.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

This time last year everyone was saying that Jake Heaps was "the next Jimmer." It only took one game (which BYU won interestingly enough) for him to go into downward spiral of unpopularity. I wish Riley better luck.

Iowa City, IA

Great attitude. The team appreciates his approach also. I hope he speaks at the ND fireside.

Bountiful, UT

great kid, I hope he has a dream season.

Springville, UT

I like it when we hear about kids donating their time like this.

I also like it when I hear about kids donating their hair for cancer patients, etc.

When it comes to selfless acts of charity and service it's simply great that young people understand the importance of these things.

The stupid comments speak volumes for their contributors when we're talking about these kinds of things.

CO Ute

I actually like Nelson and think he has a certain moxie that helps his team. However if you are honest, he led BYU to 2 wins last year over teams with winning records - Utah State and Tulsa. Both were the result of last minute TD drives and had a little bit of 'luck' keeping the drives alive. This doesn't make him a bad qb but I'm holding judgement until he beats some stronger teams.

Salt Lake City, UT

What's not to like about Riley? He makes me want to be his teammate. He won't win a Heisman (let's be honest here), but who cares? Let's hope they beat some teams with good SOS this year.

Bluffdale, UT

Good comment. I would only add that he brought his team from behind against Utah State as he did not start the game. Like you, I am withholding judgement until we see him play some teams like BSU and Utah from start to finish. I will say the loss against TCU last year had nothing to do with him. He had a very good game against a tough defense. Special teams laid an egg.

Pa. Reader
Harrisburg, PA

If Riley wants to be a positive example of BYU he needs to get a haircut.
It might seem to be a trivial thing but to anyone who has attended an LDS school it is another example of an athlete being allowed to ignore a rule that other students are forced to follow.

By the way, the correct expression is "walks the walk." Your headline makes no sense.

Highland, UT


"Lighten up Francis"

As far as the headline, it is a play on words.

Cedar Hills, UT

Riley Nelson is NOT a standard BYU QB by any means. Let's compare.

Giff Neilsen (NFL Houston Oilers)
Marc Wilson (NFL Oakland Raiders)
Jim McMahon (NFL Chicago Bears - Super Bowl winner)
Steve Young (NFL San Francisco 49ers - Super Bowl winner)
Robbie Bosco (NFL Green Bay Packers)
Ty Detmer (NFL Green Bay Packers - Heisman Trophy winner)
Steve Sarkisian (USC and now Washington Head coach)
John Beck (NFL Washington Redskins)
Max Hall (NFL Arizona Cardinals)

Every single one of these QB's were drop back passers - record setting passers. These guys were the ones that set the standard at BYU and every BYU QB - until now - has tried to fit into this mold. Like Alabama running backs or Penn State linebackers BYU was known for its NFL style offense and drop back passing QB's.... until now.

Brandon Doman and Bronco have attempted to change BYU from its past standard of passing excellence into some sort of goofy run - scramble offense using undersized QB's. I think this is all Doman's influence and it certainly was at odds with what Brad Anae brought.

BYU isn't BYU anymore. No more identity. Sad to see the program implode like this.

Cedar Hills, UT

Geez looking at this photo of Nelson standing next to the other QB's it is shocking to see how short this guy really is. He looks to be no more than 5'10" tall at best. Maybe even 5'9".

Pa. Reader
Harrisburg, PA

The correct expression is:

He not only talks the talk, he walks the walk.

As written, the headline is nonsensical and would be rejected by any copy editor.

When Aaronic Priesthood holders in our stake ask why the BYU quarterback doesn't have to follow the same grooming standards as their older brothers, "lighten up" is not an appropriate response.

Provo, UT

Riley Nelson hasn't done anything yet. He hasn't beat a top 25 team. I'm not sure he is any good. I'd like to see Lark or Taysom Hill play once Nelson gets hurt. I sure hope Nelson proves me wrong, but look how he played against utah, TCU and Tulsa last year.

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