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Published: Wednesday, April 10 2013 9:00 p.m. MDT

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NorCalCougarFan&Alum
Elk Grove, CA

I will never claim to be an expert regarding college football. However, sometimes I wonder if the Cougars are too top heavy in the quarterback position. I read something after Alabama won the national championship that Nick Saban's teams are so successful because they focus their recruiting on offensive and defensive linemen, the secondary positions, and their running back positions. Saban is willing to take two-star quarterbacks and focus his attention elsewhere. We saw what Alabama's secondary, linemen, and running game can do in their win against Notre Dame. I will always be a proud Cougar fan and alumni, but I sometimes wonder since the limit on scholarships players is eighty-five, and I'm guessing BYU doesn't come close to the latter number. I'd like to get people's thoughts about what I'm talking about.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

The biggest surprise to me on the depth chart was at wide receiver, where Hoffman and Ridley are listed as the two starters and Apo is a back-up. I know that could change in August.

NorCal - I understand your point about Alabama QBs, but their offense is completely different than BYU's. Their offense is focused on a power run game. A top passer is not as critical to their success. However, BYU's offense relies on the passing game, and having a great passer is critical. That's why we struggled on offense the last few years. We didn't have a QB with a great arm. I'm very excited to see Hill, and it sounds like Olsen is a solid back-up. The BYU offense will be much more potent this year.

David
Centerville, UT

Can BYU football have a perfect QB? One that can run the ball with speed, and also have a great throwing arm? Steve Young type QB? Great leadership, great athleticism, great speed, and great arm.

Maybe Hill will be the man.

Sweater In Rafters
Franklin, IN

After his performance last year it would seem obvious for him to be the guy right? His injury last year as well as Riley's supports the Elk dudes comment above...

Lone Star Cougar
Plano, TX

You can have a great QB but if you don't have a great O-line, then it won't matter how good your QBs or RBs are. I am glad to hear that BYU's O-line is improving from last year as I think this is very essential to a winning program.

SuperZell Shandee
Salt Lake City, UT

Stop the presses! Hill's going to be the starter!!!

Cinci Man
FT MITCHELL, KY

Congratulations to Taysom and best of luck this season.

Barney Google
Beaver, UT

I agree with Lone Star Cougar.
"You can have a great QB but if you don't have a great O-line"

Remember Steve Young playing in Tampa Bay?

Or should I say running for his life in Tampa Bay!

Need the Big Boys!

Hondo
Scottsdale, AZ

Shocking development!

Snark
Provo, UT

I am cautiously optimistic about the line and the offense generally. What I saw at the spring game with the up-tempo offense and remarkable running back output gives me real hope for a great season. My caution comes in the form of the issues conditioning and keeping the hogs healthy (those are joined at the hip). Ryker and the other OLs have to be in the lineup and the uptempo style of play will require extraordinary conditioning (especially for the big boys). The stable of great running backs we are sporting will serve us well at the new pace, but I don't see that we have the same depth on the OL. Those guys are going to have to be remarkably fit.

Taysom, news? Maybe not but those who watched the spring game will be very excited about how little we lose if Hill goes down again. The QB competition produced confidence in the depth chart that will pay dividends.

Lightening Lad
Austin , TX

Shocking! Taysom's choice knocked me right off my chair and onto the floor. Anae pulled the big surprise, who would have thunk?

papi_chulo
Ogden, UT

I was waiting for Mendenhall to say the starting QB was Riley Nelson...LOL

Cougar Passion
Salt Lake City, UT

A few years ago, I asserted in another newspaper's comments that Jason Munns would likely never see meaningful playing time, for which I was castigated by a couple other readers. Why did BYU recruit him? Well, a very big reason, of course, is that he is LDS. Another reason, related to that, is that he was the highest-profile LDS quarterback coming out of high school that year. As most schools do, BYU tries to ensure they bring at least one quarterback into the program each year, as insurance in case things get wacky and the more highly-sought quarterbacks are unavailable due to injury, transfer, or whatever. But my feeling is that he was never the one looked to as "the guy".

Now, we have another quarterback on the roster, and I am going to predict the same thing. Does BYU recruit Billy Green if there is a similarly-rated LDS quarterback available? Very unlikely. But BYU didn't want to go a year without one QB coming in. He probably has more potential than Munns, but I still think it's likely that he will be passed up by other future recruits.

RepresentBlue
West Jordan, UT

So Munns has officially been put out to pasture. Not surprising, but I feel bad for the guy. I think he had a ton of potential and probably should have transferred after his mission. I could say the same for James Lark as well.

Vladhagen
Salt Lake City, UT

I have not heard much about the diet/conditioning of the OL that was used last year. I know that for a while the prevailing philosophy with the OL was to lean them down and make them more mobile. I guess that Anae changed all that.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

@Passion - I don't think Munns was doomed from the start. He was a 4 star high school QB with NFL size. I was surprised that neither Lark nor Munns was able to beat out Nelson. As 4 star QBs, both should have been able to win the starting nod over Nelson. For whatever reason, Munns never reached the expectation that many had for him. It looks like the future is Hill and Olsen with Stewart as an insurance policy.

Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

RE: NorCalCougFan&Alum

"Saban is willing to take two-star quarterbacks and focus his attention elsewhere."

Maybe, but his actions show differently. I just checked the recruiting services and see that in the last five years Saban has recruited one five-star, three four-star, and ZERO two-star recruits at the QB position. I agree with the premise of your argument--that improving the O-line will do wonders for our offense. However, I still think having a quality QB makes a big difference as well. And let's be honest here, BYU is not Alabama. We have to do what works within our system.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Cougar Passion:

"BYU tries to ensure they bring at least one quarterback into the program each year, as insurance in case things get wacky..."

And things certainly DID get WACey for the team down south. Good thing they recruited all those QBs before they left the MWC.

Cougar Passion
Salt Lake City, UT

CougFaninTX: I don't remember him being a 4-star recruit, but it wouldn't be the first time that I was wrong. What I do remember was the feeling that he had gotten about as far as he was capable of going based on his size, and that the big-bodied quarterbacks rarely do well at BYU, or even in the NFL. When I say big-bodied, I mean burly guys taller than about 6'3". With a few exceptions, it seems the ones who are the *very* best quarterbacks, even into the NFL, are the guys who are no more than about 6'2" and had to maximize every aspect of playing the position, tangible and otherwise, because they were not always fawned over because of their "prototypical NFL size". And that is also why, with few exceptions, the top quarterbacks at BYU didn't have the NFL size either. It's also why I do leave more room for Billy Green than I felt was there for Munns: he does fit the mold size-wise, and likely feels he has something to prove.

Hemlock
Salt Lake City, UT

Brilliant conclusion, Navel Vet, just brilliant.

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