I tried to find the article printed prior to the Utah game about the Making of
another BYU quarterback legend. I was also reminded of a comment on the BYU fan
site where someone said if Reily stayed healthy this year he should be
considered for the Heisman trophy. (To another's credit he simply said he
hoped a Utah fan did not see the first comment.)
Painful game to watch and a very poor decision to go for two, even a high school
coach would have known to go for the tie and try to win it in overtime.
On the bright side of this loss, Taysom Hill has shown he's the threat the
Cougars need at quarterback. Had BYU won the game, Hill would have been the
toast of the town in Provo.Now the BYU faithful will have to wonder
what might have been had Hill been put into the game sooner.
I am suprised Lark is still with the team. After the hose job he has received,
I would give them my helmet tomorrow morning.
I agree about Lark. This coaching staff has the offense in disaray. Lark is the
type QB who was needed on the field.
Looks like Nelson should have stayed an Aggie, they need a backup right now.
When the Aggies whoop up on the Y, Nelson will at least be able to remember last
I do not understand the logic of "going for TWO"
I understand the logic in going for two on the road late in the game. But in
this particular game, when BYU's defense is pitching a shutout, Boise
State's kicker is worse than BYU's kicker, and BYU is out of timeouts,
why not go to overtime and take all your momentum with you.
Sorry, Dick. You're wrong. I believe the true "water cooler debate for
all time in Cougarville" will be why Bronco went for 2 points instead of
tieing the game and putting it into OT. I know I'll never see it, but I can
at least ask to finally see any article whatsoever in this paper that would be
even remotely critical of any Bronco does. As a Cougs fan, and yes, I like my
Cougs, I'm embarrased by this 2nd poor showing in-a-row. This team is not
ready to play key games and have beyond more execution on the offensive side of
the ball-- that's coaching. Is the drum beating yet for Doman? My word.
Let's all remember that when BYU took the field BSU was 75-3 at home since
becoming a member of the FBS. SEVENTY FIVE and THREE!!! Uh, yea, if you have a
chance to win there late in the game, you go for it; OT is out of the question.
BSU did the same thing against Oklahoma for the same reason (that a win was
considered unlikely) and it paid off big time. Love me some of that
Defense though!!! The best collective Y defense I've ever seen. It's
time to put Hill in for QB, dude's a better downhill runner than Nelson and
has those shifty hips that remind me of Harvey Unga. Lark's a better
passer than both of them, but he's a senior, we have to build for the
James Lark was the QB BYU recruited out of high school. Nelson came into the
picture after the disarray at USU and he desire to transfer. He played admirably
last year. Whether it's the injury, the O line's continued poor
performance (first three downs tonight were "Open House" invites for the
BSU defense), unacceptable number of turnovers, questionable play calling, my
heart goes out to Lark. He has been a true blue trooper his entire career. To be
treated this way is just wrong. And yes, Harmon is correct,
"The offense looked like somebody should lose their job", or jobs.
Riley Nelson is a great competitor and has plenty of heart, But my wife can
throw a football with more zip and accuracy than he can. Seriously, she can.
Riley cannot throw the ball more than 15yds downfield without it turning into a
wounded duck. He makes terrible decisions and is a fumble/int waiting to
happen. Doman shows in his playcalling that he is aware of this, every route is
under 15yds, unless we get into a 3rd and long. We will not beat any decent
defense or coaching staff as long as we run this pathetic offense. Taysom Hill has been recognized since springball as being faster, stronger,
and smarter than Riley. Not to mention has a vastly better passing arm and
upside. And he's a freshman! There is no reason Riley should start another
game for BYU. Taysom is already a better Qb. He almost single-handedly won the
game for BYU if it weren't for a terrible 2pt conversion call. He carried
4 BSU defenders into the endzone! Seriously, its time to make some changes. We
lose way too many winnable games.
I am happy for James Lark that he found his bride and is getting his education.
However, what a waste of talent to have the best passer of the bunch, while your
receivers tower over the opposing DB's, sitting on the bench. Certainly,
Taysom Hill is a tremendous athlete and will have a bright future but he has not
put in the years and worked with these teammates for as long as James. None of
the QB's have, including Coach Max, who James preceded at the Y.Maybe
the only mistake he really made was NOT signing somewhere else first. It seems
to get you more PT than loyalty does.Pathetic!
Just when I thought I could not get anymore satisfaction from watching BYU lose,
they pull Nelson for an even more limited qb. Taysom Hill is a strong safety
playing qb and gaurantees the Y another 4 losses. Right now BYU could not
beat Oregon State, Utah State, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and would be an underdog
at San Jose State. Watchout BYU, your november schedule of patsies looks like
stiff compitition now. Maybe Westminster has some room on their schedule.
All you 20-20 hindsighters are ridiculous. Going for two makes perfect sense and
it was a great decision. Did it work? No. That how you all can act like you knew
better. On the road against a good team is precisely when you need to snatch
those opportunities. Great courage by Bronco to make that decision. Why take
your "momentum" into overtime if you already had momentum going into the
2-point conversion? It was a great call and all the criticism amounts to
cowardly cheap shots at the coach. Go Cougs! Excited about Hill!
This article took some guts to write...something neither Mendenhall nor Doman
have shown since sacking Heaps. Nelson was not a college level quarterback
before being injured and has been an embarrassment to the program the last two
weeks. Seriously, 19 yards passing with 4 turnovers? Let Nelson join Hall as
student assistant and let's get on to proving that Doman is in over his
Logic wasn't involved in that decision. That was pure ineptitude and
arrogance.Hats off to the defense. That was a stellar game. The offense
should be completely revamped starting with the offensive coordinator. If I
were Hoffman or Apo, I'd be looking to transfer!
Aggie: BYU will beat Utah State - Again. Where is Merlin Olsen when we need
him?Sad for Utah State that Riley Nelson won't be the BYU
quarterback and give Utah State a chance to win.
I know that you are not supposed to let the other team score...but, follow me
here. When BSU got the ball back after the failed 2 point conversion and got
their first 1st down and it was apparent that they could just run the clock out
from there, why not let them score? You would then get the ball back with
around 2 minutes to go. You at least give yourself a chance to tie the game
(have to score a touchdown and 2 point conversion). I would rather do that and
take my chances than watch the other team simply run out the clock.Any
Don't understand at all why you replace a QB who can't throw with
another QB who can't throw. Hill missed open receivers all night. Obviously
I'm not a BYU fan, but how in the world is this BYU team not utilizing
possibly their two best players on Offense in Hoffman and Apo. It is mind
boggling to me. Poor coaching on BYU's part if you ask me. Bronco made a
mistake allowing Riley Nelson to play if he is hurt and made a big mistake going
for two when he should have tied and played for overtime. With 2 losses BYU
already knows where they will be playing in December so they may as well stick
with the Freshman if they think he is the future.
La Furia Roja, I love BYU football and will continue to be upset every time I
see a play that does not go our way. However, I disagree completely. If you
have a defense that has not allowed a Boise State Offense to move the ball more
than a few yards the entire second half. How could you not allow them to have a
chance to be the hero's and stop Boise one more time. Our new improved
quarterback was making much wiser decisions than our experienced quarterback and
very likely would have gotten in the endzone again. However, even if he
didn't and even if we had lost, at least you put it in the hands of the
best performers that night the Defense and allow them the chance for victory.
Taysom Hill is a man among boys, and he gives BYU the best opportunity to win.
This has been apparent since he was a senior in high school, so the decision to
pull Nelson was loooong overdue. But the real head-scratcher is why Ziggy Ansah
didn't get more minutes much earlier in his career? He has been a terror in
practice for two years now, and yet he has only recently been given the field
time he deserves.
It's telling to note that neither in Harmon's article, nor in any of
the comments listed here--is credit ever given to BSU for having played a better
game. BYU's defense was very good and may have "put on a show for the
ages," but BSU's defense was every bit as good, if not better.
It's tough to man up and credit a superior opponent when you have been
beaten in close games over the last two weeks by two of them--but it's in
times like these that true character is revealed. I know my Utes will face real
tests over the next few weeks. If we fail at ASU, at home against mighty USC or
wherever, I hope I can remember to not call for my coaches firing, or fail to
give credit where credit is due.
Archer you are wrong. I don't know if you saw a different game than I did,
but to call Boise State a good offense that night would be stupidity. And your
defense has been more than dominating them. Give the defense the accolades and
let them stop Boise one more time. I for one wanted to throw my remote at the
TV when I saw BYU line up for the 2 pt conversion. But instead I watched in
agony as their Defense (only legitimate part of Boise's team that night)
was given the glory.
This is what we get for hiring an OC with no experience whatsoever running an
offense. Doman is responsible for prepping the QB's and now for the second
year in a row, his starter has tanked after 3 games.
Riley is a good guy and a hardworker. No doubt about that. But moxy and
toughness can only get you so far. BYU and Coach Mendenhall created
this problem last year when they benched Heaps in favor of Nelson. I said at
the time that BYU won the battle (BYU won the Utah St. game) but lost the war
(Nelson is not a long-term solution). There was no doubt that Heaps was
struggling and something needed to change. But I believe that Heaps would have
improved simply because of the schedule. The end of the year schedule hid how
poor of a QB Riley really is.Let's also not forgot how bad the
O line has played this year and how the offense has not gotten on track under
the helm of Doman. Serious questions and analysis needs to take place and
someone may need to lose their job. Example, Jaime Hill after the USU game. If Nelson starts against Hawaii next week he will look good simply
because of how poor Hawaii is. The season is over with 2 losses
(meaning NO BCS) we need to move to next year!
Dear Riley,Thank you for transferring to BYU.Love,Utah State
ESPN announcer Palmer summed up my frustrations: BYU has Hoffman, Apo, and a
lot of other weapons at TE. But they can't get them the ball. Anyone who
thought Riley was a legit QB...wow. He has finally been exposed over the past 2
games. So they now have Hill at QB with Doman still at the OC - both
can't/dont know how to get the ball to the weapons. Doesn't look
gonefishin,You will eat those words. Taysom Hill is the present and
future of BYU football. He is 6 2, weighs 210 (and just returned from a
mission) and runs around a 4.5. He has a canon for an arm and is extremely
bright. I wouldn't be crowing to much until Utah proves they have any
offense on Saturday.
-4.49 QB efficiency. Enough said.
The biggest mistake here was Coach Mendenhall promoting Coach Doman to OC last
year. Why hire a rookie OC when you potentially have one of the best QBs in the
country with Jake Heaps. Doman was over his head from day one. Now that QB is
gone. Riley is benched. The real 2nd string (Lark) was not played - putting Hill
in was like putting another Riley Nelson.
Riley/Hill reminds me of Riley/HeapsRiley struggles and they throw
Heaps in too soon. He does ok for a while but is too young and loses confidence.
They they go right back to Riley.They are going to do the same thing
with Hill... just wait.
Someone should lose his job? YOU BET. Will they? Not in this church. All of our comments will be dismissed by BYU officials as coming from
armchair QB's, guys just upset with a loss. "Heck, they'll get
over it. We've seen this before, yes? Ain't no big thing. WE still
have our jobs and nobody is holding our feet to the fire."Such
poor decision making should be followed by consequences, but never are down
Does anyone besides me wonder why it is that we see report after glowing report
of the Y signing the world's greatest QB's only to yet again be
involved in "gut-wrenching" decisions as to which one will play? If
these guys are half as good as we are told they are, PLAY THE ONE THAT CAN
WIN!!!!! Bronco, this is not rocket science, nor is it a game of who's my
best friend that didn't get recruited, that had to make it on his own, like
me, so MUST be the right guy.If you want to coach defense - fine.
Just tell Holmoe to start looking for a real HEAD coach.
I love Riley. I think he's great. BUT, he should have taken himself out of
the game before the coaches did. The two-point conversion was
nothing but bad judgement all the way around.What was Bronco
Sad - all I said was if our offense scored more points for us than for Boise we
could win this. Turns out I was right - but Nelson had such a sad showing that
he actually managed to score more points for the other team. I realize he is a
tough guy, but the coaches need to show their maturity and BENCH players when
they are HURT. It is offensive to me that they would let him play, risk further
injury, and perform poorly enough to lose this game despite the incredible
efforts of the other players on the team. And if I am Lark or Hill, I'm
offended that the coaches think an injured Nelson could out-perform me, when
that is so clearly not the case. Shame on the coaching staff and their
I like Riley Nelson and he has many great qualities. Is he a great QB? No but he
never was. He had one thing Heaps never had and that was the respect of his
teammates. With two losses and a hurt QB everyone is jumping ship.The biggest problem with BYU fans is they never take a realistic look at the
talent on their team. I mentioned several times too many of them this off
season, where is the Y improved over last season? The answer was nowhere.
Expectations should have been the same as a year ago. But they were talking
undefeated and NC.With that said there are some good players on the
team. I would take Hoffman and Van Noy any day. The D line is also solid. The
secondary is average at best. The O line is poor and got worse with the loss of
Reynolds. The running game is poor. There is some hope at tight end and maybe
Apo will come around. It is what it is.
Why did Lark get demoted to third string again? Does anybody on the BYU coaching
staff have a brain? Lark could be one of the top quarterbacks in the nation, but
he is never even given a chance. In fact I think James Lark could go to the NFL
combine after this season and get drafted if he chooses to do so. No NFL team
would look at Riley Nelson, and Hill is just a wildcat type of quarterback.
It's a joke that the coaches at BYU have continued to disrespect Lark and
not reward his loyalty and hard work. Shame on Coach Mendenhall and Coach Doman.
SC Coog: theoretically your strategy is sound . . if Boise would've been
dumb enough to fall for it. They weren't trying to score on their final
drive, they were trying to run clock. If all of a sudden they saw our D part
like the red sea and invite them to run into the end zone, I have to believe any
well-coached player would be smart enough to go down.Going for 2
was, stragetically, the wrong decision. Looking at it logically and
dispassionatly, without the "Look at me! I'm a riverboat gambler!"
bravado, Bronco didn't play the percentages. And yes, I would've been
giddy if it would've worked, but even if it did it wasn't the choice
more likely to result in a win. Given the clock and timout situations, Bronco
had to take into account that if the attempt failed, the game was over. Given
the way both teams were playing in the 4th quarter, you have to like the
Y's chance in OT. But, we'll never know. Bronco went with his gut, and
he lost. Oh, well.
I hate to bring it up, but wouldn't it be nice if Jake Heaps had not
transferred. Riley's style of play just doesn't seem to work with
BYU's offense. It shows up in the tough games. He's got a lot of other
great qualities, but maybe an investment in Jake Heaps would have brought big
dividends, about noew. For whatever reason, people just never warmed up to Jake.
Maybe if he had the personal characteristics (and age) of Riley Nelson, people
would have been willing to let him continue to learn. His potential is certainly
higher than Riley's, but I guess everyone was too impatient. I don't
think Cougar fans would have stood for Jake starting again after the Utah State
game. I wouldn't be surprised if Riley starts the next game though. If
those who think he should be benched constantly praise him.Tough
First thing First. BYU has a great D. As a Ute fan I a very impressed and I can
appreciate the frustration of not having an offense that can keep up with the D
fense My hat is goes off to them. That said, While I know Most of you love the
guy, Bronco is a great Defensive coordinator and a horrible head coach, who
makes poor decisions and fails to make in game adjustments! His decision to go
for two was yet another prime example, BSU does not trust their Kicker, BYU Has
all the momentum your D has kept Boise out of the endzone all night even when
they had the ball on the 1! And you go for two with no timeouts to stop the
clock to get it back to your offense? I know it is my opinion but wow. On a
side note, I was cheering for BYU as I cannot stand BSU and think they are way
over rated this year and think that the blue turff is cheating!
Sorry for Riley. Who ever knows who the best QB will be. Sometimes you go down
the line and bring in the 5th string QB- Steve Young- and the rest is history.
Be careful, Hill while they build you up to be the next Savior of BYU Football.
They did that to Nelson, Heaps, and many others.It's not surprising
about Lark. At USU, and UTAH; the best guy plays and their very careful with
politicizing. USU and Utah coach let you know where you stand and 'the
best guy plays.' BYU, the best guys play on first string, then it's
political after that. At the other schools- Lark would have known up front that
he was not going to play and even be given a chance. I don't know that
I'd continue to point the finger at Nelson, Lark, or Hill- They're not
responsible- Doman is for the offense. Heaps, Nelson... Strike TWO.
Lose their jobs? Nelson should lose his. He pulled this two years in Fall Camp,
playing when he was hurt and not telling anyone. Nelson gave Utah 14 points and
Boise State the only 7 points they could score. Lose him! Doman's play
calling is worst than Robert Anae's. Lose him. Weber's O line still
can block anyone, so that blows up the running game. Lose him. Mendenhall is a
great defensive coach. But if he can't make the decisons to help this team
win, then lose him. Mendenhall gravitates to players and coaches who are gritty,
but not necessarily the best individuals for the job. It's his weakness,
and it has kept us from being 4-0. By the end of the season we will be lucky to
be 7-5. Watch what happens with Utah State, Georgia Tech, and Notre Dame. Better
coaching will win those games.
Such a waste to have receivers like Hoffman, Apo, and Falslev and you can't
get them the ball? What ever happened to passing to the Tight Ends or the backs
coming out of the back field? Unless the O-Line is so bad that it
can't stop D-Linemen, then BYU is wasting a lot of talent.
I clearly am not seeing what Doman is seeing. From what I can tell, a
quarterback that can pass would have won that game. Lark can pass. Taysom Hill
will certainly be able to at some point, but why stick him in right now? Why is
Lark not being given the chance? There is still plenty of time later in the
season to let Hill get substantial playing time or even to start. Lark not only
seriously deserves the chance to play, but may also be very effective in leading
an offense that has so many weapons.
Cougarfan777,So well said. I would add that James has been more than led
to believe that he would be given the reigns. It is outright disingenuity, even
dishonesty at it's worst regarding the coaches handling of Lark.Regarding his ability to enter an NFL combine and perform, you are right on
again, that is if the choices these inept coaches have made haven't sucked
the life out of him, I hope he pulls it together, tries out and shine while
showing them what he's made of. As for those of you with
disparraging remarks about Riley, it should be obvious to all that he is playing
hurt, whether by his own choice or that of the coaches. Since early in the
Weber State game he has not been himself, and it has hurt the team. My heart
goes out to him, but it is James' time now. They are making the same
mistake with Hill that they made with Heaps, though he has the grit, edge and
physicality that Heaps never did or likely ever will. Too much, too soon.
Aloha Saint GeorgeIsn't if fun to live in your own delusional
BYU-hating fantasy?To claim that BYU is the ONLY school in the
country that signs players who never become starters is laughable. Name me the
player who accepted a scholarship offer from Utah knowing that he would never
have a chance to start.
I do not blame Nelson for wanting to be in the game. He is a tough competitor.
Anyone who has played sports competitively understands that even when
you're hurt, you still want to compete. It is the Coach's
responsibility to make the decision whether someone should be playing, not the
athlete. The coaches knew that Riley was injured. They made the decision. I'm glad that Bronco has such high regards for Riley. But Bronco
has a responsibility to his TEAM and to the people who show up to all the games
and support the team (fans.)The players gave their all last night.
The coaches came up short. Kudos to the entire defense. That was a great
performance. Kudos to the Freshman Hill for going out in very tough
circumstances and putting together a 95yard drive. Kudos to Hoffman and Apo for
not giving up on this team.
Bronco and Doman do not know how to handle and groom quarterback. They had the
highest rated h.s. quarterback in the nation and blew it in favor of a player
who should have been a safety. When the season begins,they favor Riley over
Lark. Munns is ignored. When Riley fumbles and throws away two games, they go
with a freshman who has yet to demonstrate he can throw the ball. Doman favors
quarterbacks who remind him of himself but he forgets that when he was
successful, the Cougars had the best runing back in the nation. What a mess.
Why hasn't someone explained to Coach Mendenhall that timeouts are actually
valuable in the second half of a close game, particularly one in which his team
is losing? He squanders them regularly; Utah and BSU this year and others in
the past. He seems to be a good recruiter and good defensive game planner, but
when it comes to "in-game/gotta make a quick call and right now"
strategic questions (like the ridiculous and indefensible decision to go for 2),
he is simply in over his head. One other thing missed in the "why not go
for 2" debate is this: if BYU converts and leads 8-7, then Boise will be in
4 down position. It is a lot harder to stop an opponent from moving down the
field when the opponent knows it has 4 plays to use rather than the normal 3
downs and then punt. That is why so many last-second drives are successful. If
BYU had gone for the tie, Boise would almost certainly have played it safe
and the game would had gone to OT. Gee, which team would have had the momentum?
Re: BacanaUte. I definitely don't bleed red and am a Cougs fan, but I
thought your comment was spot-on! Couldn't agree with you more. Indeed, it
comes down to successful coaching ... or the lack thereof. Perhaps Bronco's
"gig" has more than run thin, including his continuing support of an OC
who's way in over his head.
I don't quite understand all the criticism of Hill in essentially his first
outing. He put BYU in a position to win, then the BYU coaches stole it away
from. I was very disappointed in Bronco's post-game interview in which he
didn't take any responsibility for the loss and threw Taysom under the bus.
Instead of saying something like,"Yeah I took a gamble with the 2 point call
and it didn't pan out," he said Hill had open receivers and
couldn't get it to them. Bronco, certainly you have more class than that.
Very poor form for a head coach.Hill is NOT another Riley Nelson.
He has a MUCH stronger arm, bigger, and faster. He just lacks experience. That
is why I wish they would have put Lark in to replace Nelson. Not that I think
Lark is any better of a passer than Nelson--and he isn't--but i just
don't want to see the freshman thrown into the fire like that with
everything stacked against you. To so many fickle fans, the best QB is the
unproven one sitting on the bench.
Mr. Harmon you should read Gordon Monson's article. Riley Nelson is not a
good qb. He can look good against inferior teams, but against decent teams he
plays poorly.Stop blaming it on an injury. Lots of players are hurt but
we don't even know about their injuries, because they don't make a big
deal out of their injuries. They play through injuries and play well.Riley Nelson is a good guy, but not a good QB, hurt or not.
There is no question that Riley needed to be replaced last night. In fact he
shouldn't have started the 2nd half. But mark my words, he won't lose
his starting position unless he is injured. They really need to fix
the O-line if any QB is going to be effective. New O-line coach?I
really like Doman, and i'm not ready to give up on him, but he needs to be
put on notice. That pathetic offensive showing last night was one of the worst
ever (combined with perhaps the best defensive effort ever). Our offense is
very, very dysfunctional. Nelson, Doman, and the O-line equally share in that
dysfunction.The defense was stellar but the slowness of our
defensive backs has been exposed for 3 games now. Have they adequately covered
the deep ball even once? I think in all our games this year, every attempt by
opposing teams in the deep ball has found wide open receivers. Lucky for us
most of the time the passes have been off the mark.
This isn't so much a QB decision at BYU as it is an offensive coordinator
decision. Ever since Robert Anae left BYU has been HORRIBLE on offense. This
nutty run and scramble scheme might work at Air Force but not at BYU and I
wonder how much more pain the Cougar Club and others are going to endure before
they demand Doman be let go. Brandon is a decent QB coach but his offense is not
for BYU and it's a round peg in a square hole situation. This is UGLY and
embarrassing football. My hope is that Bronco signed only a 3 year deal for a
reason and after his third year he is gone. I would love to see some fresh faces
at the Y and Robert Anae would a great pick for head coach with Steve Kufusi as
D-coordinator. Great island connection!! Also - Ty Detmer as QB coach for a year
or two wouldn't be bad either.
I can't believe the BYU fans on here that are clueless on the QB situation.
There is one QB on the team that can throw the ball, has excelled in spring ball
and practices came off his mission and stayed loyal to BYU when Utah and Arizona
St offered him the QB position and that's senior James Lark. He has never
been given a chance, first it was Heaps, then Nelson and now they pass him over
for a freshman even though Mendenhall and Doaman promised him a chance. BYU fans
looks to your coaching staff as a prime example of what bad character and
coaching do, it's crime what your coaching staff has done to your team.
James Lark is a good QB and a good kid too bad he was treated with such
Well Dick The problem is not riley,lark or who ever you could put Peyton from
Denver Brandon Doman dont have it never did. Some people dont have it and
he's one he waits on when he should pass until he has to how come no trick
plays Why not let some else call the plays Bronco dont bring it like edwards
did. Hold Bronco accountable you have to your indepent now espn has some regets
Wake up Doman! This team has some big, fast and talented WR's and TE's
and only one QB that can throw down field. Come on Doman, the fans want to see
some real BYU football. Play James Lark... he deserves it... your receiving
corps deserves it... and most of all the fans deserve it!
If Coach Mendenhall had gone for the 1 point PAT and the kicker missed, you all
would have wanted Bronco's head for not going for the 2 points. Easy to
criticize after the fact. Great game guys, but offense needs some work.
Doman has been suspect since he took over last year. In the Utah game BYU had a
1st and 5 after a penalty in Utah territory and ended up punting. Not using Apo
is perplexing. I've heard BYU say that Apo isn't practicing as much
due to possible injury and for that reason may not be getting the ball as much.
Who knows. All I know is the play calling is horrible and execution is an
embarrassment. They had better figure it out before Georgia Tech and Notre Dame.
The legacy of BYU has been great passing. That legacy has been destroyed since
Doman became the OC. He obviously favors a mobile qb to one who can pass ie.
James Lark. I think James Lark's passing arm would infuse excitement into
a very insipid offense. Look for BYU to lose its television deals if Mendenhall
can't turn BYU into the scoring machine of yester year. I don't think
the offense will improve while Doman coaches the offense...I have seen nothing
in the last two years to make me think otherwise.
Jake Heaps was the number one quarterback in the nation and he was going to BYU
and his talent throwing the ball was obvious. BYU made no bones aboutit either.
Follow Andrew Luck at a great school like Stanford sounded like a
pretty good option to Taysom I am sure especially since Heaps had his eyes on
BYU forever. Taysom's brother Jordan was a redshirt linebacker heavily
recruited to BYU who after his mission started for 4 years at Arizona.