In the words of Terry Bradshaw, "we are watching the position of quarterback
in the NFL be redefined tonight." Sorry Utah fans, but we are just getting a
glimpse of why Harbaugh went with Kap instead of Alex. Alex had a ceiling;
tonight Kap blew the roof off the house. You would have to be blinded by extreme
bias not to understand why Harbaugh made this decision.
Ute "fans"? No comments huh? Not much to discuss anymore as this proved
itself without a shadow of a doubt.
It's interesting to note that Kaepernick had 17 carries against BYU when he
played for Nevada. He was impressive getting 85 yards then but his 181 on 16
against a good Green Bay team shows he is a fantastic player and not the WAC
nobody that some implied BYU lost to. You could tell Kaepernick was an
extremely talented young man back then. BYU's record that year was not
good but a look at every loss reveals that almost every school the Y played that
year had senior quarterbacks that have proven to be the strength of those teams.
The Y was starting a freshman in those losses. (Florida State they started
Riley Nelson but went with Heaps quickly) Maybe the the best plan is to always
have a senior proven quarterback and never schedule a team with a proven senior
coming back for that year.
I think that Coach Mendenhall and Coach Doman were envisioning results like this
when they chose Riley Nelson to be the starting quarterback. They might have
thought that a running and throwing QB's potential was greater than just a
throwing QB's potential. So even though that didn't work out as well
as BYU fans hoped for, it makes me think that Coach Mendenhall and Coach Doman
are not as misguided/crazy/incompetent as many people made them out to be
regarding the decision to go with Nelson as QB.
As I said, bencing the mediocre to bad smith in favor of the vastly superior
kaepernick would prove to be the smart move.