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Published: Saturday, Sept. 8 2012 9:00 p.m. MDT

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Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

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.


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.

dallas realist
rockwall, texas

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!!

Huntersville, NC

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.

Spanish Fork, UT

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.

South Jordan, Utah

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!

AZ Blue & Red
Gilbert, AZ

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

Alexandria, VA

Wayne, I'm not so sure about that. Taysom did a great job when he was out there too.

jim l
West Jordan, UT

good for you.


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!

Atlanta, GA

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.

Layton, UT

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 do.

Orange County, CA

We could use him...

Eagle Mountain, UT

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.

Salt Lake City, UT

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 right.

Idaho Falls, ID

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?

South Jordan, UT

Great to read about such a fine team player! I hope the best for him now and in the future.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

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.

Blue Rampage
Salt Lake City, UT

Before the season ends we will be seeing a lot more of James Lark.

Orem, UT

I'm so happy for James, and for BYU fans. He is a steady and efficient passer who has endured a huge brush-off!

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