mnsave - That's why Bronco is the coach and you, I, nor anyone else is not.
He is on the field with the players. All in all, he has done pretty darn well
don't you think. He was more interested in Ziggy's development than
in selfishly using him "ahead of his time". Kudos to Bronco.
In case BYU fans wonder why I comment on these articles it's because I love
football and am already experiencing withdrawals from its absence.Cougar fans should be justifiable stoked about Hill and Williams. They both
showed last year that they are potential studs. I would have some concerns about
whether Anaes system will take full advantage of there skill set. I know Anae
says he learned a lot fron the Rich Rod scheme, but it's 1 thing to say
your going to add wrinkles to an offense and another thing to actually implement
them and coach them. (See UTE OC's for the past 7 years).I hope
the Des News runs the same type of spring preview articles leading up to our
spring practices. It's always fun to be thinking football.
at Blue husky, your post has me rethinking my position some. Good observations.
Next at black and blue, I agree with that one. Level headed Cougars are
refreshing today. BYU has some RBs that with Anae's strengths of putting
together an O line have me worried the Cougs could be tough to beat.
Byu is going to need more than Williams this year. Utah had the best front seven
in the country last year and rumblings on the hill say we'll be the best
this year too. Go UTES!
I'm so happy with the Cougar running backs for this year. Very few teams,
if any, have the talent at runnung back that the Cougars do. Our depth at that
position is like a SEC team.
I was not impressed with Prichard. I think that was a wasted scholarship.
Hacing said that, BYU has a lot of talent in that backfield and under
Anae's system, all may be able to display talents that were buried in
Doman's offense of bubble screens and option pitches. Anae has a lot more
trap and pulling rotation blocking schemes planned. That will create more and
better holes than the zone read and reaction blocks that cause BYU's
running backs to stumble and paw for holes at times. Prichard may be of value as
a lead blocker, but again, that person has to be able to hit the (A & B Gaps
usually) hole and not stumble in which blocks it for the ball carrier.
Continued from first post...The nice thing is that they have
different strengths. Williams has quicker feet and has a cutback ability that
Alisa doesn't. While Alisa is signifficantly bigger and stronger than
Williams, that isn't only part of the story. The more important, and more
surprising part is his speed. He is at least as fast as Williams, if not
faster. Williams can do a lot of dammage on options and shovel
passes because of how quickly he can get to full speed. Alisa can be
the most dangerous up the middle. His long runs don't usually come of of
sweeps,opions, or streatches that go out wide. They happen in the middle of the
field. If he can get into the second level of the defense, he is only a missed
or broken tackle away from a long run and/or TD. Once he is past the LB, he has
the speed to beat the safeties in a foot race, which he did several times in
2011. Summary: BYU has a great pair or running backs. Go Cougars!
People have short memories. Everyone raves about Williams and relagates Alisa
to a blocking/back up roll. The funniest comments are the ones about how
Williams proved he was better than Alisa.I don't know who is
better, but Alisa has shown he can be is at least as capable as Williams.Alisa's first year at RB, he averaged 5.4 ypc.Williams'
first year at RB, he averaged 4.7 ypc. Most say that Williams has a
much greater big play ability. At least as of last year, that is incorrect, or
at the very least unproven. In 166 carries last year, Williams had two runs
that went for over 30 yards. In 2011, Alisa has 3 carries that went for over 30
yards, in only 85 carries.Now, it must be said, that Alisa
definately did have better blocking, so I won't say that he performed
better. What I will say is that both Alisa and williams are good backs and
could become a great ones.
Cant wait to see what this year holds. Last year was a disappointing, but
I'm very eager to see what this group will do with a better Quarter Back at
the helms. A healthy O-line wouldn't hurt either. Skilled positioned wise
we are as good and deep as any team in the country. Some question whether Anae
will let certain players play their game, throw that out.....Anae will coach to
the strengths of the team. I see a lot of passing and running just like it was
when thunder and lightning were playing in the backfield. I also see Hill
running for at least 6-700 Yards along with 2500 plus passing. We have great
receivers and tight ends. Look for Devin Mahina to have a great year. Anae will
love going to him early and often. Mahina just lost his Father (my role model
growing up) and will have a fire in him to say the least this year. I know im
writing a novel, but this WILL BE A GREAT YEAR for BYU football. Quote me
please. lolGO Cougars.
I hope this isn't like last year where the press plays everyone up with BYU
having all conference at every position in the spring and then in the fall
"wow what happened to our team they were so good in the spring and pre
Apparently we BYU fans are prone to amnesia. Just a few years ago most of us
were greeting Anae's firing and Doman's hiring with great enthusiasm
and now we're hailing Anae's return as the Second Coming? It does seem
rather contradictory.Granted there are some good things that are
happening. Riley Nelson is gone, we have some good players, and Anae got some
good experience while away. While I think it's fine to be cautiously
optimistic about this season I think that's about all. Anae hasn't
demonstrated yet that he has overcome his previous weaknesses that led to his
firing/resignation. And that won't happen until fall.
Excited to see what BYU can do this year. Great schedule and lots of new players
to watch. Should be a fun year.
In an interview with 1280 the zone, when he was asked who was most responsible
for the decisions to start Riley, lark pointed at doman over bronco, which is
consistent with his tendency to delegate and proverbially wash his hands of the
offense. With anae at the helm, hopefully the best players will play.
Anae is going to have full reigns as Offensive Coordinator. If you look at the
signs, this is Bronco's last season as HC and he will be replaced by Anae
in 2014. Bronco's contract goes up after this year, a contract he chose to
cut short, and the fact Anae has been hand picking his entire offensive staff
says it all.Anae's experience at Arizona will bring a whole lot
of excitement to the BYU offense. He was the only member of Stoops staff that
Rich Rod kept on staff last year. Anae was able to play a vital part in one of
the best offenses in the country last season as O-line coach and running game
Coordinator. We will see a very strong running game and an efficient
passing game with the no-huddle. Many of the chips are in place on offense to
have a very good and balanced attack. QB, RB, WR, and TE are all very deep with
a lot of experience and talent. And with all the JUCO O-Linemen coming in it is
obvious that the focus is on improving the line. Either way, good change
is coming to Provo.
gdog3-Some good observations about both Bronco and Kyle. Kyle hanging his hat
the past 2 seasons on Jordan Wynn, without a viable backup plan when he
obviously wasn't going to last very long is right up there with Bronco
throwing at least 3 winnable games by sticking with Riley Nelson when he
obviously should have been holding the clipboard on the sidelines.
I love Ernest. The other trolls completely lack his wit. Keep it up, Dude.Forget the Riley Nelson debacle. Won't happen because Anae will be
running the show. But fans always second guess the coach if anything goes wrong.
Strange that nobody questions Bronco's defensive player choices ... but
blame him for the offense. Well, the offense may or may not be great this year,
but it will be better than the last two.This year I'm excited
to be going back to my old stomping grounds when BYU plays UVA. And Nashville?
Goodness, what a fun stop!I just love independence.
You may note that we have an new offensive coordinator this year. Athough
he's had that position before, and at this school, you can be sure that he
will be given lots of authority to put his team on the field.That
said, why keep harping about who Bronco will start?
I'm excited to see my Cougars get 6 wins this year. I hope they can sneak
a good win or two into the mix. Now THAT would be news. PLEEZE exceed my low
expectations this year.
Whoa, slow down Mildred. BYU's offensive backfield is not close to one of
the best in the nation. I will say Williams looks very promising to me. And he
could blossom. But if I was a BYU fan I would be very worried that Bronco puts
Alisa into the backfield as the RB the majority of the time. If that
happens (Alisa over Willimas) you guys might pull your hair out next year. It
would be like; Oh no last year it was Riley Nelson over the rest of the QBs and
now it's Alisa over Williams. I am not saying that scenario will happen but
I wouldn't be surprised at all. I can see it now. Imaginary quote; "
Alisa just oozes leadership" (hypothetical Bronco twist there).Coaches everywhere get judged for their lineup and roster choices. Sometimes
they are right or wrong. Sometimes we will never know (Lark example last year).
But to me Bronco and Kyle, despite being solid coaches have made some insane
choices relative to starters at key positions in recent years. I believe both
teams have had their seasons fall apart the last two years because of it.
I can't help but get excited whenever I hear spring ball until I stop to
realize how far away September is.
@mnsave-I agree, Bronco seems to go with upperclassmen rather than
talent. 10 bucks says Alisa is the starter again even though Jamaal proved he
was the better RB.
If Adam Hine is buried on the depth chart at RB, WR would be a good alternative
to help him see the field. Adam has amazing jumping skills. It would be tough
to see a DB out-jump him on one of those fade routes in the end zone.
@Clark - You fell right in the hole, buddy. Watch out next time. And
there will be a next time.
It's hard for me to understand why an NFL caliber RB (Williams) and a first
round pick (Ansah) start the season on the 2nd string. It's hard for me to
have confidence in Bronco when he can't recognize who the best players are
until the 3rd or 4th game. This happens every year.
Nomber one in state!
Yes, and "Mildred" aka "Earnest" (same Troll) has been using
this same tired schtick for years now. It's really old and lame and
(s)he's the only one who thinks its oh so clever... Vapid Ute Troll, if
you ask me... /waves at "Mildred". "Hi Mildred! Good to see you
again! Welcome to yet another BYU article... Go Cougs - looks like
a great backfield coming together.
Ouch, Clark! It's one thing for Mildred the Troll to dupe BYU fans - we
are after all naive and gullible. But for a Ute to get sucker punched by
Mildred is just embarrassing.By the way, if you are going to be a
regular on Y boards, you need to know that Ernest T Bass does it better than
Mildred, and the jury is still out on Chris B as to whether s/he is really a
snotty Ute fan or a really clever BYU fan posing as a Ute troll to give Utes a
bad rep. There goes the neighborhood.Well, cheers!
Of all the names listed, I'm most excited about Williams. Has there ever
been a Freshman RB, nationally, with as many carries as he had and no fumbles?
The kid is what I thought Juice and Hine (both of whom had more stars) would be.
Alisa will be a fair amount of carries but Williams could have 1,000 yards
rushing and 300 receiving.I'm most hopeful about Hill. If he
can deliver an accurate ball, his legs will make him a real dual threat QB.
However with Anae, he'll run 5 or 6 times a game, not the 20 times we saw
Riley rumming. If Hill struggles with accuracy, Olsen or Green could get the
nod. I don't expect we'll see Munns unless he is clearly a notch
ahead of the others. With Williams, Alisa, Hoffman, Apo and
Falslev, there is no reason for Hill to struggle. He has every tool at his
disposal, along with hopefully an improved O Line.
TROLL ALERT - *Mildred in Fillmore* is trying to make Y fans appear to be
obnoxious! Having said that, I'm more excited about Spring
Football than I have been for a number of years! I just hope, but it's
probably wishful thinking, that Bronco will actually let the team do a REAL
@Clark:Just so you know, Mildred is a troll Utah fan who writes
sarcastic things that make BYU fans sound dumb so that people such as yourself
will take him seriously. Don't be fooled.
@ Mildred in Fillmore"This may be the best offensive backfield
the Cougars have ever had and is definitely one of the best nationally".You Y fans say that every year! Who cares who BYU has coming
back this year. Until the Cougs start beating the good teams on their schedule,
they're only a mediocre football team who consistently loses to the Utes
I would expect Michael Alisa to be right there with Williams when fall comes
around. There is a reason that Alisa was the starting running back at the
beginning of last season when BYU beat Washington State.
This may be the best offensive backfield the Cougars have ever had and is
definitely one of the best nationally.
Comments about BYU spring practice preview. I enjoyed this article very much
and I hope youhave many more. Everyday thur spring ball would be great.
Here in Boise the coverage of spring ball is almost as great as it is during the
season. Keep up the good work.