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Published: Thursday, Dec. 13 2012 8:31 a.m. MST

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Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

I am wondering why the coaching staff did not start this guy in the first game. I think most fans know that except for fate he would still be sitting on the bench.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Ah, Wayne, can you give it a rest? Everyone who is not in the game now is the next potential big star. They were, after all, recruited to play division I football.

Except Ziggy. And Falslev. And all the other walk-ons.

Everybody waits for their chance. You could just as well been questioning starting him so soon if he had gotten injured. Or proved to be a bust.

Coaches make decisions. Sometimes they regret them. Sometimes they don't regret them even when we think they should. We don't like coaches who are wishy-washy and we don't like coaches who are inflexible. Bottom line is, we like coaches when their decisions pan out and we criticize them when their decisions bottom out.

But don't make it a conspiracy, please?

Mesa Coug
Phoenix, AZ

Wayne,

If memory serves me right and I am getting old so maybe it's not but wasn't Alisa a breakout star last year like Williams this year. So why wouldn't we have played Alisa at the beginning of the season. My hope is that both Williams and Alisa are healthy next year and they can share the carries and keep both of them fresh. Just my two cents.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

this entire bowl system is ridiculous. To reward a mediocre team like BYU with post season play is just dumb. How many people watch the Poinsettia Bowl? Just fans of the two schools participating watch the game and that's about it. The game means nothing win or lose. In a true playoff system teams like the Y and U this year would be watching football on TV for the holidays and that's about it. Rewarding mediocre teams is not what athletics should be about. At least in basketball you pretty much have to prove yourself with 20 wins against decent competition to get in the tournament.

Ted H.
Midvale, UT

@patriot,

You do mean "Who will watch the game besides Aztecs, Cougars, AND Utes. Right? Let's not kid ourselves. Your bowl game is byu's bowl game this year.

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

patriot

Bitter, just a bit?

The NCAA Standard is to win 6 games, which apparently the mighty Utes did not. Just look at some of the SEC weaklings conference records and tell them they aren't supposed to play in a bowl games.

You and your Utes can be in a bowl game this year.....just drive to Vegas and buy a spectator's ticket. Then play harder (or better) next year. Last year Utah had a greased path to the PAC 12 play-off game and couldn't beat Colorado at home. (Insert laughter here.) Yet I did not rail against them going to a bowl game.

Maybe you should cheer on your Utes in Basketball----although both the men's and women's teams at BYU beat Utah on the same day last week. Enjoy the season.......

54-10
Salt Lake City, UT

Good luck to Jamaal. He played well this year especially for his age and experience level.

Should be a good one for years to come.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

San Diego's not very good so he should have a great game.

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

patriot,

Mediocre teams don't almost beat the #1 team in the nation on their home turf, only losing because the QB can't hit a wide open receiver.

RockOn
Spanish Fork, UT

Got to agree with patriot and take slight umbrage with Riverton Cougar. When you lose to SJSU, a poor Utah team, etc., you are, by definition, a mediocre team. The PAINFUL reality is we lost barely because our coaches can't let Riley go and Riley did not fess up that he was injured. Selfish. The result is a painful, mediocre season that "might have been." For anyone wishing to play BYU, their chances of getting beat are very good because if Riley hits half of his open receivers, BYU will destroy the other team.

casual observer
Salt Lake City, UT

Somewhat out of date: San Diego doesn't play football, it's San Diego State playing BYU. Certainly that information is available in Bountiful to the sports literati.

ed in atl
Duluth, GA

Patriot
Do you realize how many 6-6 teams are playing in bowl games this year? Some of my friends are embarrassed that GT at 6-7 is in a bowl game. And some are upset the the Dawgs are not playing in a BCS game when they beat the Gators. Go figure!

shorts
Payson, UT

re:Mesa Coug
Alisa is a SR. he will not be back next year.

Eliot
Santaquin, UT

Alisa is a JR. He will be back.

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