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Published: Friday, Dec. 21 2012 8:30 p.m. MST

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Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

The season where we found a quarterback after the season was almost over. What a shame to waste this defense and this receiver group just so we could play Bronco's favorite at quarterback. What a shame we drove Jake Heps out of town instead of working with him to help him be better. Good bye 13 win season, it would have been fun. Now let's hire an experienced offensive coordinator. No more on the job training for young assistants with no skills.

Lindon, UT

I'm glad Lark got the nod in this one. Nelson's three plays summed up his career at BYU. Van Noy and Ansah are going to be beasts in the NFL!


Wayne Rout...Great comments that I totally agree with. Having played under Ladell for three years I really appreciate a great coach. I wish we had one now. Bronco is a very good defensive coach but thats all.

Cinci Man

I am so thrilled for this great bunch of young men to have closed out this season with an unexpected win (for my part). I just hoped that the non-performing offense would not do so much damage that the defense could not win it for the team. Truly, the offense kept from making the horrific mistakes that would allow San Diego State to score often. For that, they are to be congratulated. Lark would have been quite a different quarterback had the coaches recognized Riley's having reached his peak (sub-standard) and transferred the reigns to Lark sooner. Ah-what could have been! We all wish Riley well. He's a great young man and gives 110% on every play. And the defense was amazing this year. I agree that it ranks among the best ever at BYU. Best wishes to those who move on from BYU football. WELCOME back to all those who come back for next year. I truly hope that the coaching staff has completed their on-the-job training. Thanks Cougars for this great win!

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

Did you play basketball then for LaDell Anderson?

springville, UT

Dukester, you played under Lavell for 3 years, yet you do not know his name? sure, ya sure you did...

Rockledge, FL

I am tired of folks saying we drove Jake Heaps out of town! If Jake performed on the field and played with heart then he would still be here. His performance put him on the pine and his attitude kept him there. He took himself out by his own platt and packed his own bags because HE chose.

Most accurate passer? Not even close. Check the stats. He was at times and other times he was very inaccurate. Given the wake-up call of being benched and having to swallow his pride and ear a starting spot, I think he will come out the better for it. He may even prove to be very good. I hope he is. But quit blaming BYU for Jake Heaps stinking it up and having no heart.

Mission Viejo, CA

As disappointing as the offense was this year, the defense was among the best I've ever seen. This, folks, is a Bronco Mendenhall defense. Bronco recruited these guys and motivates them. He also defines the schemes. They love him and he loves them. And he wins bowl games. Many of the teams playing in the big bowls this year are defensive teams. Stanford, ND, Alabama to name a few. Those offensive glamor teams, Oregon, USC, have failed to make the top bowls, though, IMO, Oregon belongs in one.

It is fair to question the QB situation this year. It is fair to question Doman's ability to develop a great offense. I expect some changes there. But the O-line was banged up all year. Could Lark have been the man? We'll never know. Could Heaps have been "saved"? Will Heaps ever be a good QB? Will Doman be back? We'll find out shortly.

But I think Bronco deserves huge respect for what he's done with this team. Considering the last few Lavell years, the Crowton years, Bronco has been fabulously successful. Perfection is unattainable, but he's my man, for sure.

cal cougar
camarillo, CA

The problem is that Bronco does not value players that have calm demeanors and don't dive in head first. That works really good on defense. Defensive mentality is way different than offensive mentality.

A quarterback should be fearless in the pocket(Heaps downfall) and hesitant to run. Its called poise. James Lark and possibly Munns are the only quarterbacks in the system that fit this profile( I don't know much about Munns other than if Bronco does not like him, he must be good.) Did you see Lark doing the hook slide rather than take the hit? We will never be successful with a quarterback that only lasts 3 games. No more ADHD quarterbacks.(Nelson,Kuresa, Hill)

Bronco is a great coach but needs help choosing profiles of offensive players. Put together a profile of a good offensive skill player(including O line). NFL players are a wealth of information on that. Bring along a psychologist to see if they meet these profiles, watch film on them. Then train and feed them the same way as the NFL. Also, get calm quarterback coach and keep Doman away from players. He is too nervous, but shows genius on offensive schemes.

Fan up North
Kirkland , WA

Who would have thought when the 2012 season started that our best offensive weapon was going to be our DEFENSE, They turned in some stellar performances. Thanks guys for making the games this year a lot of fun to watch, even when our offense lacked a lot to be desired you guys ROCKED! Looking forward to the 2013 season.


Why is there speculation about whether or not this was the best defense ever? This WAS the best defense ever. No questions about it. It's not "among" them or "one of" them. It was THE BEST!!!

Idaho Falls, ID


You are spot on about Heaps. I would also add that of the 4 QB's we saw with significant playing time in the last 2 seasons, only one of them has/had the potential to take BYU to the next level, and that is Taysom Hill. Doman exploited him as a running QB, but in High School his coaches wisely developed him as mostly a drop-back passer, even though he pretty much could run and score just about any time he wanted to. He has a strong arm with good accuracy, able to hold the pocket or escape the pocket and keep the play alive, and exhibits tons of heart and toughness. If the coaches can improve his accuracy even more and give him even an average O-line, he'll do great things at BYU and the NFL. Oh, and having Hoffman back will help a lot also.

Cinci Man

"Why is there speculation about whether or not this was the best defense ever?..."

Who said anything about speculating? You are welcome to your opinion and I am welcome to mine. Please show respect to fellow posters.

But thanks for sharing your opinion.

Stockton, CA

Jake Heaps, for all his rocket arm, was very sporadic and usually inaccurate. Don't know the inside story but a two year mission would have likely changed his perspective a bit and helped him have the maturity he lacked to handle the position. He made his own bed at BYU, and then couldn't bring himself to lie in it.

Wireless Lawyer
Lehi, UT

Some imperical evidence of the prowess of the defense. Held 12 of 13 opponents under their scoring average; 9 of those were 10+ points below their average (including the #1 team the country Notre Dame); 5 of those were more than three touchdowns below their scoring average.

BYU held 5 of its opponents to their lowest point total of the season and held ND to its second lowest point total of the season.

While many like to speculate about what might of happened (and why it didn't), the above did happen and I congratulate the players and coaches for making it happen.

Centerville, UT

Could have been a spectacular season with the right QB. BYU beat the best USU team ever because they had the right QB in. He couldn't do much against Utah State's defense, but he didn't turn it over either. It's a shame for the defense. Next year is probably going to be particularly difficult for BYU.

Frisco, TX

Excuse me for getting off topic, but the wire is crazy today with news about Boise talking to the MWC. Colorado St and New Mexico wanting to break off and start a new conference. And the Big East trying to lure BYU and Fresno St.

If BYU wouldn't sign with the Big East six months ago, there is no way they sign on now. Too many bridges burned between the MWC and BYU and a still awful media deal and a commissioner who missed golden opportunities to make the MWC a BCS conference.

I'd love to see a new conference with BYU, Boise State, San Diego State, Houston, SMU and Air Force. That's six solid teams in big media markets or with strong followings. We could fill in four others with Colorado State, UNLV, New Mexico, and Hawaii (football only). This conference would easily dominate the non-AQ conferences most years and therefore would get the automatic non-AQ bid to a premiere bowl game.

The media deal this conference could get would be far superior to the MWC deal. We know ESPN loves BYU and BSU.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

This IS the best ever Defense at BYU - period. Bronco deserves the credit for it. I would want Mendenhall to stay on as defensive coordinator - and wish we could have a Mike Leach type for head coach. Only in dreams.

CougFanin TX -

I like your "new conference" idea. I expect we will see some big coaching changes at BYU starting in the next few weeks.

And on another note - so much for the mighty conference of champions. Got beat again by the little Idaho boys from Boise State. Made my day. Now three in a row beating the so called "big boys" Utah, AZ State and now Washington in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Tracy Kid
Tracy, CA, CA

The best thing that could have happened for BYU footbal took place Thursday night. The spunky, gritty Turnove Machine played his last game in a cougar uniform.

Go Cougars!!

Springville, UT

I wonder who got scored on the most.
BYU's Defense or BYU's Offense.

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