I will not be surprised in the least if football for James Lark continues after
BYU. There are far worse avenues in life than to find a job as a competent
backup--with the ability to shine when the starter goes down--for several years
in the NFL.
Heaps could have learned a lot from Lark. The differences in attitude and
approach to the game are night and day.
Wow, he has been around awhile. Talk about being patient. I bet he'll get a
chance to start before the season ends and does some great things. It seems
Glad to see Lark get his chance to play and it sounds like he did well. I
do wonder who did the headline for this story; His "Loyalty is rewarded with
two scores in MOP UP Duty"?Really.... Mop up duty? I just think he
deserves more respect than that.
Nelson is a great leader and a great competitor, but I firmly believe that
Jame's Lark is the better quarterback and is also a great leader and
EMBO23More importantly, mission presidents know that their
missionaries will hear things sooner or later, and where possible, they like to
control the circumstances and the environment. Better for a missionary to hear
potentially distracting news at a zone conference under the president's
watchful eye than in an investigators' or members' home. Besides this, a mission president grows to love these young men like sons. He
would want to make sure this information was communicated the least painful way
possible with the greatest support.
EMBO23Anybody who believes or claims that missionaries are "lost
in the work" 24-7 are simply naive or are just throwing out hyperbole.
Missionaries have plenty of time to think about "other things" besides
missionary work when they're not actively teaching or otherwise engaged in
missionary work. It's not at all unusual for missionaries to get news of
important events happening back home from family, friends, and sometimes,
Great story and a great example to all kids, play hard and play as a part of the
team.It's a shame that the LES PA Announcer kept announcing
that Hill was the QB on plays rather than the correct Lark. Even though the
guy's voice was pleasant he messed up on the PA too many times to count.Good for you Lark, keep up the hard work!
"Lark was just a couple of months in the field at a zone conference when his
mission president took him aside and told him BYU signed his huge high school
rival, Riley Nelson."Gee, thanks for being a buzz-kill,
President...so much for being lost in the work.
I have to be honest, I hated Lark in high school. To be fair I played (well sat
the bench my soph and jr year, his jr and sr year) for his cross town rival. I
wanted him to go to the U so I could keep cheering against him, but I'm
glad we have him now. He is a great player who has gone through so much in
life. Any smaller of a man would have either transferred or never got along
with Riley. I may have disliked him in high school but anytime a St. George guy
(Lark, Foote, Stephenson, Hine, Henderson...hopefully I didn't miss anyone)
does well for BYU or is on the team, I'm always cheering for him. Good
luck the rest of the year Lark, hope to see more of you on the field...although
I do love my some Riley.
Nelson is "tha man"! But Lark has the size (6'5") and the arm
to be drafted by the NFL. Give him some more playing time!!
I'm so happy for James, and for BYU fans. He is a steady and efficient
passer who has endured a huge brush-off!
Before the season ends we will be seeing a lot more of James Lark.
You know, I missed most of the game, was out with the young men, so I sped
through the first half last night on dvr before I had to call it a night. I
just plain don't think Wayne watched the same game. I don't think he
has since Utah State last year. Riley is never going to be Luck or
any of the top five qbs in the land. But I agree with the previous sentiment:
the best BYU football team has Nelson as its qb. If he goes down, the team
won't skip a beat because James too has earned the respect of his
teammates. Next up, Utah. Time to see. I hope you've all
enjoyed the chris b free zone, I expect it won't last much longer. And I
have no reason to expect (s)he will be able to keep quiet for a whole year.
Great to read about such a fine team player! I hope the best for him now and in
Obviously a great person, Lark. I thought he did surprisingly well in the
2nd half. But I wouldn't say he is a stronger or better passer than Nelson.
And certainly not a better leader. He under threw his receivers on at least 3
occasions.I know Nelson won't play in the NFL, but I think most
fans and coaches would agree with me on this--Nelson is the right guy for the
job right now.I know Wayne Rout can't accept that and is
incapable of evaluating Nelson in an objective manner.What is it, Wayne?
Does he owe you money or something?
Lark is the man. He has a really good arm and plays the game well. Like the
article said, he's got way more going for him than just football. I like
that he and Riley are such good friends. He could have chosen to take all these
outcomes so much differently, in a bad way. But he didn't. In a world
that screams selfishness and defames character, Lark is doing a lot of things
I don't think BYU would lose anything if Nelson went down and Lark was #1.
Especially with Hill available for wildcat plays. It remains to be seen what
Lark could do against Utah, BSU or Notre Dame but he sure looked good yesterday.
We could use him...
Wayne, Lark can throw better than Nelson, and Lark has shown he is
effective teammate, but Nelson has shown that he if the best leader on the team.
The team as a whole performs better with Nelson. The other players come out
with a purpose and they believe they can win with Nelson. Nelson has shown that
he will dig in the trenches with everyone else, and the other players respond
well to him. I think that I would rather have a QB that is a proven
leader, and can make the whole team better. That is what a leader and QB should
I agree with Wayne Rout. I know we only saw Lark for 27 plays, but he really
looked sharp - much better than Nelson has looked this year. We may be somewhat
like the Utes. Wynn did not look good. When he was injured, Hays came in and
looked better, and the Ute offense improved. I hope Nelson proves me wrong and
comes on strong next Saturday and leads the Cougars to a win against the Utes.
Nelson's leadership is wonderful, but we will need more than that against
stronger defensive teams. Of course, some better line play would be good too.
Our running game so far has not been good.
I also really enjoyed seeing James get a moment in the sun. He's earned it
with hard work, and a team-first spirit. There is much more in life after
football and James is well prepared. He may end up playing backup his entire
career but he has earned a spot on my personal list of great BYU QB's.
Welcome to my hall of fame James Lark. I wish you the very best through the rest
of this season, your college years, and your life!
good for you.
Wayne, I'm not so sure about that. Taysom did a great job when he was out
Lark Reminds me of Royce Bybee behind Jim M. Also a little of Steve Young
behind Joe Montana. We know what Steve did. I am sure that Royce would have
done as well as Jim M and I am also sure that Lark would have done well if he
had the chance.Lark is a Hero of mine that should be honored as not
only a great player but more importanly a better team mate and person.James my hat off to you and thanks for your example and dedication to BYU
I was also excited to watch James play his passes were pin point accurate. He
had good command of the field hopefully, he will get some more snaps during the
season. Good Job James!
Thanks Harmon, for recognizing an unsung hero. One of the marks of a great
athletic team is to have talented humble people on the bench; athletes who give
their all in practice to challenge the starter and make him/her better, and then
sit the bench during games without grumbling or complaining about their lack of
playing time. Lark knows he could easily be the starter here, and at most other
places. Yet he accepts the coaches decisions. He'll go far in life.
James Lark is the kind of football athlete/hero that every young boy should
admire. He knows what is important in life and has overcome great trials to
become the amazing person that he is. He plays the game of life better than any
other Cougar. Not that I want to see Riley need a backup but I'd love to
see more James Lark in action on the field.
knowing james for years and playing beside him in high school, this does not
surprise me at all. he is a classy guy. he could have transfered to utah or
another school after his mission, but the guy is loyal. good luck birdman!!
Will hope that during the WAC games we get to see more, and watch Lark enjoy
himself doing that for which he has been training.
Seeing James on the field should help some of the fans remember or understand
what a quarterback is suppose to be able to do with a football. He was clearly
the most effective quarterback in the game. I have no idea why he is not the
starting quarterback. I wish he could field some punts so he could start.