Okay, so brace yourself, Taysom and the loyal blue. This year the anklebiters
are as bad as ever, but they are joined by the grumblers, the less than loyal
blue and the torch and pitchfork gang. To some extent you have to
cut them some slack. It's been a while since we have played up to our
potential on both sides of the ball, let alone exceeded expectations. See, the
problem is, BYU fans by nature are optimists. Which leads to hope springs
eternal. Which leads to high expectations. You get my drift. Just
don't take any guff from any of them. Most never wore pads.
A couple of things I noticed in the scrimmages and video's I've seen
that give me optimism is:1. The quarterback seems to have returned to
being...well, a quarterback. More throwing, definitely more deep and middle
routes. Quick hand offs to the backs and very little running (okay some but not
the 3rd running back we grew tired of)2. We have no running backs!!!
(It's called a disinformation campaign. Wink wink, Nod Nod)3. The
dropped ball was rare. I am tired of seeing receiver dropped balls.4.
It's definitely fasssssster. Ok, I jest, the pace is like a Sunday School
class in a geriatrics Ward. (Wink Wink, Nod Nod)Five
Months....Ohhhhhhhh Kay. Breath deep. Hope springs eternal.
I like what I see
Really enjoyed listening to the player interviews on True Blue. Hill is quite
eloquent. He doesn't have the arrogance of Heaps or the enthusiasm /
charisma of Nelson, but he sounds like a real QB. I bet the players respond to
his leadership during the off-season. But why hasn't Bronco or
Anae named him the starter? Are Olsen and Stewart really that close? Are the
coaches waiting to see what the QBs do on their own in the off-season?If (big IF) the offensive line comes together this will be a very good season
with 9 or more wins. If they perform like Swiss cheese, we'll be happy
with our invite to stop World Hunger.
A couple other QBs I noticed without arrogance or charisma were Kellen Moore,
Andrew Luck, and Marcus Mariota. If Hill has a level head on his shoulders and
plays intelligently, the lack of arrogance and charisma is just fine with me.
Claws - I absolutely agree. I like Hill's confidence without the
arrogance. I think he plays like a young Colin Kaepernick.
Please accept my sincere hopes for a great season. And I wish the very best for
Hill. He seems like a great young man and I'm glad he's on OUR team.
Go mighty Cougs!
Claws and Messing with Texas have provided good laughs this morning. Mentioning
Hill in the same breath as Luck, Moore, Mariota, and Kaepernick.............
Kepp'em coming boys.
We're going undefeated this year. I can feel it. Just like last year.
Nothing to see here folks. You would expect the QB and team leader to have high
expectations. Sounds like a good kid.
It's great to have these athletes represent BYU. Success? We hope so, but
the final score in life does not include football W-L. Yale has lost to that
school up north several years in a row in The Game, but Eli Yale is doing just
fine thank you. So goes BYU.
I like to see the Cougars embracing the fast paced offense. Tough,demanding
system. Taking the lumps last year was so frustrating because of having no
offense. How do you lose to Boise St. when their offense is held scoreless?
Answer: you have no offense at all, no where. Bold,good moves in the
off season by Bronco. Anae will put a nasty offense on the field, coupled with
Mendenhalls D, we will win games we are supposed to win and maybe a few more.
Van Noy is only interested in one game...
I think KVN is interested in more than one game. He may be most interested in
one game, but something tells me he's very excited in the best schedule the
Cougs have ever had.
"Hill, who completed 42-of-71 passes for 425 yards and rushed 55 times for
336 yards last season..."Winning helps people forget the
mistakes and watching Riley and then James struggle really made fans pine for
Hill and 2013, but these numbers are not very good for a D-1 starting QB and, if
not improved upon, could lead to a very difficult year to watch. Hill's completion rate of 59.2% has to be better. For comparison Nelson
was 58.8. This is the equivalent of about 2 extra completions across a season
(assuming 500 attempts in a season as BYU did last year).His yards
per attempt was less than 6 and per game (as a starter) was 173.5. The top-50
QBs in this statistic in 2012 were all above 7.5 & 230, not to mention that
Nelson was better as well at 6.5 and 201.In two starts, Hill rushed
34 times, the last one resulting in a season-ending injury. In my opinion, if he
can't throw then he needs to sit and if he can throw then BYU needs to stop
running him so much.
59.2% isn't bad for a freshman just getting his feet wet and working in an
offense where throwing on the run was common. Hill shouldn't have much
problem improving upon that.
@WisCougI get what you are saying. Those stats would be sad for a
junior or seniour QB but Hill was making his first throws ever as a QB. If you
take those stats and make them the worst case projections, which can be expected
from a natural progression for a player, then Hill looks good. Like I said,
completing 59% of your passes in your very first 2.5 games as a freshman is
If you think 59% is overly impressive for a freshman, Realize chuckie keeton
started his career as a true freshman throwing 70% in his 1st two games. One of
those teams was the defending national champs. 59% may not make you give up on
the guy, but impressive isn't the right word either.
Claws and cougie in TX are right. Hill is the next Peyton Manning or Tom Brady
they guy will break every record in NCAA college football history.