Go Cougars, Go Riley! So glad you're at the helm this year.
Riley should receive votes this year for the Heisman.
Nice job Riley. You represent BYU well.
Mildred in FillmoreSalt Lake City, UTRiley should receive
votes this year for the Heisman.Actually, Mildred, he just might.
Y Grad / Y DadRichland, WAIf Dick Harman or Greg Wrubel has a
vote - no doubt he will.LOL
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
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.
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.
Great attitude. The team appreciates his approach also. I hope he speaks at the
great kid, I hope he has a dream season.
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.
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.
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.
CoUte,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.
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.
@PA.Reader"Lighten up Francis"As far as the
headline, it is a play on words.
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.
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".
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.
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.
He's fun to watch and a great young man. Represents BYU well. After all is
said, football is not life itself.
Regarding the comments about hair... just remember that school is not yet in
session. I'm sure once school has started Riley will do what he did last
year, and the year before and get a haircut. I don't know if I've met
a male BYU student who didn't let his hair or facial hair go a little over
Hey this is one where Duckhunter and I agree on--although he once posted on not
liking a Ute Softball player's haircut style, so I am not sure he is being
consistent.Lighten up PA reader. I have never seen a portrait of
the Savior where he's sporting a high and tight. I think we need to get
over the hair issue.It did give me a good laugh though. Here's
hoping Riley does alright, except for the Weber State game of course.
@PA reader:Maybe Mitt Romney can round up some friends to hold Riley
down while he cuts his hair--he's done it before. LOL!
This story makes me gag.Riley Nelson...the Hero...the Star.I swoon
in his presence.I am starstruck by his awesomeness.The leader of
leaders.The player who sees only "I" in team.He's my
personal hero.......seriously. I think this article made me sick to my
He is giving talks in Cache Valley? I thought he had to slip in under the cover
of night in Logan to visit his family. Anyway, interesting article. The
hair thing is a dumb rule, but it is one of those things where he is getting
special treatment. He had it long in October for the USU game, so don't
tell me he cuts it for school every year. I think they even had an article on
it. However stupid the rule, he still needs to follow it. That is BYU.
The grooming standards set forth by the Honor Code Office of BYU state that hair
must be kept above shoulder length and must be groomed. In other words, combed
and looking nice. Looking at the picture, it appears that Riley's hair is
within the Honor Code standards, and is within policy guidelines set forth by
the University. Sorry if you don't like his hair cut, PA. BYU's policy
for haircuts is not the same as the MTC's. Have a nice day.
He can't throw the ball. He panics in the pocket. I saw him against TCU
in a game we should have won. Too bad Bronco has made this guy a hero.
To PA Reader and all other 'Hair' critics:What are you
talking about? Have you even seen Riley's hair? Riley's hair
doesn't even violate the honor code. Here is what the honor code says for
men, "trimmed above the collar and leaving the ears uncovered." If you are not morally opposed to YouTube, check out the recent videos of his
interviews from the BYU Sports channel. The most recent is of him doing an
interview on Aug 16th, 2012. Go to about :39 seconds, pause, and you will
clearly see that his hair is trimmed above his collar, and his ears are
uncovered. Think it's a recent cut? Nope, go to the videos from Spring
camp 4 months ago. Same hairstyle. What about that style do your young men
find confusing? My guess is this is more of a 'you' issue. Now you
have one less thing to worry about from your exalted vantage point.
@PA Reader: Your young men in your stake are not required to meet BYU's
hair standards. The church has no hair standards.I think
Nelson's hair looks cool. There is no church rule that a member's hair
has to meet some standard. Heck, I wish I HAD hair like Nelson. Lucky for me,
bald is OK on campus.
@Pa. Readerare you serious? riley's hair is not against
standards as long as it is off his ears. worry about yourself
Refreshing attitude in today's "me-first" world. Whiners/Haters,
give Riley a chance. His work ethic and attitude have earned him a shot. If he
doesn't perform, then you can start complaining ...
BYU>utah"Riley Nelson hasn't done anything yet."Read ESPN article "BYU's Nelson reclaims starting job" by
Ivan Maisel - maybe it'll open your eyes a little to the big picture.I'd rather have hundred competitors like Riley, than one 5-star
recruit who is more worried about taking a hit, than winning a game.
HCB63"This story makes me gag."That's
understandable considering that frail little thing U have for a QB on the hill.
Pa ReaderThat is why the headline makes sense. Think about it...Also, Hair does not keep one out of heaven. It might keep one out of
BYU, but the two places are different.
@pa. readerLike I said "lighten up". BYU's gromming
standard calls for hair off the shoulder, not a butch. I'm sure you're
the type that insists every single male member wears a white shirt on Sunday, no
stripes, no other colors allowed. If Riley's hair is not to standard then
they won't let him take his tests. As far as the headline goes
it is a play on that expression, it isn't trying to be that expression. "Lighten up Francis".
@ DuckhunterRiley does exemplify what BYU is all about, its
unfortunate that you do not with your hate filled tirades.
Great kid, the kind you would like your daughter to date. As far as his on field
performance, I think people are too harsh on judging it. He hasn't had that
many starts yet and he won most of them. Just give the kid a chance to show what
he can do on the field. My guess is that he will be better than last year and
lead BYU to another 10 win season. If he can beat the "U" then nothing
else matters. They can go 8-4 and BYU fans will be satisfied with the season if
they beat the "U". His career (maybe unfairly) will be mostly judged off
of that one game. I'm rooting for the kid to succeed.
Riley is impressive and if he tackles medical school and his career/life the way
his attitude is shown in this article, he will be an extremely successful and
charitable doctor/husband/family man.
@uofugrad05I'm sure you can direct us to one of those "hate
filled tirades"? Or is it just that you don't like to read anything
other than sycophantic love for the university of utah? Just post
where we can find one of them so we can verify your claim.
Simple pleasures...... Watching fickle cougar fans feed on each other.
You all know you're your own worst enemy don't you.
Hey MoronBlue, let me say it again...I am not a Ute fan! You can make all the
cracks you want about "the Hill" and I won't care one whit.
HCB63"Hey MoronBlue, let me say it again...I am not a Ute
fan!"Juvenile name calling from another sad, miserable BYU
hater?Here's some advice. Lose the hate, it's not healthy.
Proud UteYou must be referring to the Utah trolls who are pretending
to be BYU fans because they're too embarrassed to admit that they're
actually Utah fans.
DuckhunterHighland, UT"Just post where we can find one of
them so we can verify your claim"Who's we? You and
TrollCop, You really think that do you? So.....does Sasquatch wear
red or blue?Thanks for giving me a good laugh.
54-10You and your 'friends' have been pretty fixated on
Ducky and I lately. Has something changed? Certainly no change on
the PAC 12 Net situation.Still no DirectTV for your dinky PAC 12
Patriot,Nice fixation. Get over it. Next year it will be a bigger
version of Riley (Taysom Hill) running the same kind of offense for three more
years!Perhaps it's time for you to sit back and watch old
school BYU highlight reels or just find another team to follow before this
affects your health and ours. Your comments are nauseating.
Riley really does represent what BYU is all about. I just hope he
can play some football against some good teams this year . . .
Duckhunter,"Lighten up Francis." Words you could live
by...but wouldn't think "Stripes" is sanctioned for you. LOL!