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Published: Tuesday, Dec. 11 2012 8:01 a.m. MST

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jasonlivy
Orem, UT

Others have said it, but I don't think it can be said enough. I completely agree that it's selfish for him to start if still injured knowing that he puts his team in a tough situation.

As a defensive player for BYU, I would be worried to see Riley start. The pressure would be on the defensive to not only stop SDSU but also to score the points. He would know that they would be in several tough situations involving goal-line stands. I would also think that the defense would be on the field for most of the game.

As a receiver, I would be worried if Riley started (unless your Hoffman). They could expect to see the ball almost never, and if they do get a glimpse, it would be sailing 10 feet over their head.

As an offensive lineman, I would be worried if Riley started. It would be my job to protect the quarterback when he cares nothing for himself, or for his team, in terms of getting injured. It will be an exercise in frustration.

I could go on...

kenj
SOUTH JORDAN, UT

I think Bronco is a great coach and he is going to make mistakes; however he has to know well before this game whether Riley is 100% or not, and if Riley is in any kind of pain he should start Lark. Lark deserves it.

sliv43
Orem, UT

Doman,

With the coming bowl game, you have a chance at a "redo" of the Heaps/Nelson fiasco of last year. Here hoping you get this one right. In case you are looking for help, here is the magic formula:

Start Lark (Just like you should have started Heaps)

Use Ryley situationally (just like you should have used him situationally last year)

Use Ryley in WildCougar formations, 3rd and short, goalline, or just to mix things up. Leverage the strengths of your players, that is what you are paid to do. Can you honestly tell me that Ryley makes Hoffman a better receiver? Apo? Ryley has grit and leadership, but he doesn't make his teammates better.

LSU won a Nationsl Championship in 2007 with the 2 quarterback system, and came darn close to doing it again in last year. Die they alternate series (your biggest blunder with Heaps/Nelson? No, they played situationally. I realize you are no Les Miles, but the blueprint is right there. Les get's the most out of his players. Can you? Guess we will find out on the 20th.

Go Cougs!!!

plyxply
SLC, UT

I'd really like to see Nelson get a chance to redeem himself and to prove the coaches right. He's the only BYU qb with the charisma and chutzpah to high five an official and it seems we've all forgotten how happy we were to have him win the USU game. It's not his fault he's been hurt!
Go Riley, Go Bronco!

Mortoon
Idaho Falls, ID

Any coach who would play Riley at this point in the season should be benched!

SportsCenter
Olympus Cove, Utah

Both Riley and Lark through their hard work and devotion to the program have "earned the right" to be the starting QB for the bowl game, but Lark has proven that he gives BYU the best chance of winning, especially if Riley isn't 100% healthy, which is a given.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

For the good of the team, I hope he stays that way.

Lightening Lad
Austin , TX

I hope TO Nelson gets back to his prime physical condition without any lasting effects from all the smacking he took via guys twice his size. I'm not in a panic with his backup starting his second game. San Diego St is not a New Mexico St but their not world beaters either. BYU has to find a way to pressure their QB or he'll be doing the San Jose St first quarter passing game on BYU, for the entire game. Hoffman could be the difference, he thrives under Lark. No digs against Riley, but he and Doman along with the head man were in an alternate universe this season not seeing how horrible this offense really was, don't get me started on the pick 6's.

CWEB
Orem, UT

If BYU starts and plays Nelson...BYU loses. They have yet to beat a team with a winning record.

If BYU Starts Lark, they have a good chance to win. Not guaranteed. SDSU has some grudges and I think they will come out with much more emotion, trying to make a point in this game. If BYU is not UP emotionally, and UP physically, and if they come out slow to start the game, it could be a long day for the Cougars.

They day will be long regardless, if Nelson is the guy. I wanted to go to this game so badly, and was ready to buy tickets...NOTE to HOLMOE...the ONLY reason I am not going...Nelson. I refuse to spend money to watch a guy that routinely lost games to every good team we played. Money speaks people.

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