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Published: Thursday, Nov. 29 2012 3:45 p.m. MST

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Informed Voter
South Jordan, UT

Regarding Bronco's evaluation of talent: Ziggy did not start until Game #5 this season, and now he is likely a 1st Round NFL draft pick. Irespect Nelson's grgit, but I think Lark deserves to start and should have been allowed to do much more than sit on the bench every year.

San Diego, CA

interesting to see the quality opponents nelson beat the last 2 years. That is pathetic. Cant remember the last quality win we had. Bronco needs to pull his head out, start lark, and reorganize for next year. Starting with a game plan for the utes, tired of losing to them.

The Deuce
Livermore, CA

The BYU Cougars need to move beyond Bronco Mendenhall! When will the AD shut down this coaching staff and get back to the great days of BYU fotball?

Albuquerque, NM

First off, BYU is playing in a minor bowl of no significance and choosing between two seniors in their last game, so who cares? Bronco needs to pull a Harbaugh and start the hot quarterback. But, based on comments about his love for Riley's grit and refusal to bench him when needed this season, and the fact that he derides the negative and overly analytical comments of BYU fans, and doesn't want to prove that he has been playing the wrong QB most of the season, and if he's even somewhat healthy, and based on his comments in the NMSU postgame, of course he wants to start Riley and probably will. Which means BYU has another chance to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. BYU won't give up on Bronco as the HC since he's perfect for this very specific role representing the church and university and is a great D coordinator, but Doman and others have to go. Too bad we can't somehow demote Doman to some minor role (to keep him for his recruiting). A ruined season& 2013 is a disaster in the making.

Ogden, UT

Riley certainly hasn't performed up to the offensive expectations at the Y, but neither have the offense line, tight-ends or field-goal kickers for that matter. I say start Riley, give him the rock, if he's ineffective shut him down for Lark. Either way, Broncoman (Bronco+Doman) is in a tough situation.

Just beat the Aztecs, please.

Farmington, UT

I still have to ask, after learning that Nelsomn was allowed to grab his hemet and run onto the field against SJSU while having his injured rib examined: Who's in charge of this team? Anyone?

Franklin, IN

For some reason "era" is an odd word to use in this situation... Not sure what actually fits here but I'm thinking??? Riley Nelson endured period? Riley Nelson stint? Riley Nelson experiment?

Lets talk about some meat and potatoes, real important stuff!! What slogan will Bronco put on his tee shirts next. That is where his real talent lies?

Anchorage, AK

I'm sure Bronco will do the wrong thing and start Nelson. BYU brass should then do the right thing and show Bronco the door. Andy Reid should be offered the job immediately!

West Jordan, Utah

Rather I find Coach Mendehall smug or not, he is the RIGHT guy for the unique head coach job at BYU. You don't just pull out the LaVell Edwards ping pong ball each draw. Besides, what fans expect today is not what they expected for the first 15 years or so of LaVell's tenure. The landscape is different now. BYU ran an offense ahead of its' time for many years. Now it's the type of offense that many college teams use.

BYU's administration focuses on the honor code more than ever. Bronco has handles that really well.

Look, if I were a BYU fan, I would be going crazy with Bronco sticking with Riley Nelson at all costs, but I am probably just as frustrated with Whittingham's choices at QB in recent years. Sticking with Wynn for the last three years when his arm strength was gone after the first injury was maddening. Then this year, after September woes, the offensive line started gelling and White IV got healthy, only to see Whittingham go to the freshman Travis Wilson at the same time (Utah was only 0-2 in conference then). That move sunk the ship.

Heber City, UT

Sadly Riley convinces coaches he is well and then goes on the field for everyone to see he is hurting. This hurts the team.

American Fork, UT

Bronco is being considered for Colorado buffaloes job per denver post's woody Paige

Bill Shakespeare
Salt Lake City, UT

Come on, Bronc! Leave Riley in! He's got a heart of gold!

Brother Wolf
Salt Lake City, UT

Bronco, can't you see the boy wants to play? For the love of all that's holy, let the boy play the ballgame!

Salt Lake City, UT

@54-10 "Truth is, the bar that is set by the BYU "fan" and the local media is way higher than the team will EVER be able to reach. Whether it's Riley or someone else, BYU will never reach the lofty expectations of the BYU "fan" and the "fan" will continue to grumble."

I do not profess much loyalty to either team but I believe your statement is false. With the talent the team has they should be expected to win win 10+ games when they play so many WAC teams and a very mediocre to poor Utah team. These are not unrealistic expectations at all. This year the schedule was such that a 10+ win season would have been difficult but not unrealistic with a quarterback who has the talent to play at the D-I level.

Salt Lake City, UT

Here, fundamentally, is the problem--

First, Mendenhall is NOT a head coach. He is a fine DC, but what we are witnessing is the Peter Principle at play. While there are exceptions, the records show that good HC's come from the ranks of good OC's. DC's? Not so much.

Second--Nelson is NOT a quarterback. A running back, sure. And, he plays like a running back that has been asked to fill in at QB. Not his fault--he's doing the best he can and knows how to do. He'd be great in a pick-up game at your local school yard on Thanksgiving morning, but he is not D1 QB material. Put in a Lark at QB, and wildcat Nelson. THEN you've got something going.

Third--Doman is NOT an OC. At least, not an experienced one. Not his fault. But, as an inexperienced OC, who is/has been his mentor? When you have an inexperienced OC working with a less-than-qualified HC, you're asking for problems.

Cougar Nation #1
Provo, UT

Isn't riley nelson 11-8 as a BYU starting QB? I agree time to move on from the riley nelson era.

Aloha Saint George
Saint George, Utah

"The best guy plays" this is true at Utah, USU, and SUU. Many insiders claim it's true at BYU. Does it matter who plays during the bowl game even though Nelson and Lark are seniors?? It has nothing to do with the two seniors. It does matter to the recruits you're trying to bring into your program AND to those faithful BYU fans who are doing the same to their own companies. Football is much less forgiving.
USU- this clearly is demonstrated. Utah, they had no one very good at QB- but the best guy is playing. Be patient UTAH fans, I think in time they'll be a force.
With Lark, they looked like the BYU of OLD. Can he do it again against San Diego St?? Can BYU as a whole? We'll see

mesa, AZ

Rock has hit the nail on the head. Sometimes I have waited too long to make a decision and the consequences continued to mount. Make the Change now. If you turn the ball over, your time should be over. End of Story.

Informed Voter
South Jordan, UT

Brother Wolf: If you are talking about Lark, I agree with you.

Tacoma, WA

If BYU really wanted to move toward the future, Doman would start Jason Munns at quarterback since neither Riley nor James will be around, and Hill won't be back until next Spring (hopefully).

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