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Published: Monday, June 10 2013 9:35 a.m. MDT

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Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

Aw yeah, bring it on! Let's have a great year this year!

Hyrum, UT

An interesting and very positive article about BYU football. Thank you Lafe Peavler for a well written article. There are a lot of growing reasons to be optimistic about BYU football this season. Sadly, that also seems to scare their critics and bring them out of the woodwork.

That means we will probably soon be hearing from Chris B and his fellow Ute trolls with their off-the-wall criticisms about anything BYU... even if it has nothing at all to do with this article. Maybe, just maybe, we'll get lucky this time and they will give it a rest. But my hopes aren't too high. They've demonstrated an obvious and true obsession in the past.

Herbert Gravy
Salinas, CA

Anyone know if the games will actually be played on the field this season?

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT


Yes they will, but that is more just a formality these days.

After 3 in a row including 54-10 at your place when players and fans alike went into hiding and ran away, our seniors are on the verge of a 4-0 perfect sweep over byu.

I wonder what it feels like to never beat your rival?


That must be the most embarrassing thing that could happen for any college football player, a big goose egg against your rival.

Omaha, NE

Okay, a little sarcasm never hurts.

You mean this years schedule is harder than the 1984 Championship season for BYU? You mean to win the national title game they will have to beat a team that was 6-5 when they played and 6-6 after their win. A team that wasn't even the best team in the BIG-10? This is unheard of. I am not certain how they will fare.


Omaha, NE

Not a huge fan of Alisa's game, but Williams is the real-deal. That kid is going to break records at BYU if he stays in the college game long enough. He is only going to get bigger and faster which should be scary for a lot of other teams. Not convinced by Anae and his offense though. Time will tell.


Rexburg, ID

Re: Chris B @ 9:57 am

"Look for Williams to follow in Unga's footsteps.

It's only a matter of time before he's shown the door."

Less likely to happen than the PAC showing your place holding, done nothing UTES the door; especially if the Big 12 gets its waiver to have a championship game with only 10 teams in the conference.

Oh no, he comes the spin cycle on the Ute "fans" BCS washing machine....once again. The only thing they serve on a one item menu; it different forms of course (half baked, baked, fried or just plain poached).

Layton, UT

I'll take a cupcake and a couple of turnovers off byu's menu.

I've been having them for a quarter of a century, and they just get more delicious every year.

Go Utes.

Mildred in Fillmore
Salt Lake City, UT

Both NFL quality backs who will establish a dominant BYU running game.


Nearly every paragraph contained the the phrase "should be." As in the two RBs should be a threat together in the back field, Anae's offense should be better than what we saw from Doman, the offensive line should be improved, and Hill should be a better QB than Riley. Instead what I hear is that you see a lot of question marks heading in to the season.

Is Hill a competent passer? His ypa & ypc were not stellar and he never completed anything down field, but he did show impressive speed and skill running. Are we destined to see more option offense? (Please, no).

Is the line really better? Alisa, when healthy, is an effective back. Williams, we saw, has it in him to be very good, but the line was bad last year and it is hard success running the ball without a good O-line. Not to mention that it is hard to tell, before the season starts, whether or not JC guys are going to be an upgrade over guys who were considered D-1 talent out of high school.

I am optimistic, but these are the things I will be watching as the season progresses.

Hyrum, UT

To ekute:

Do you really want to start commenting about BYU and Utah's records and opponents from several decades ago? It will be iffy if I'm allowed to like you have, but here's an actual fact to ponder on...

Going back to the timeframe that you've brought up, and when LaVell Edwards became BYU's coach, BYU went on 19-2 winning dominance of Utah. It's easy to verify in the record books. So just exactly who was the "cupcake" during the timeframe you've referenced??

And speaking of "turnovers", it was only just a few of those that kept BYU from beating Utah in 2 of their last 3 games when BYU also had more offensive yardage. Hardly any recent dominance by Utah using any objective measurement.

Gone fishin
Murray, UT

Great article Des News. I look forward to a geta season in Provo.
The saddest part is that there is nothing at all interesting about Utah football to write about. Maybe Des News could make something up just to give Crissy, ekeute, and Naval Vet something to comment about. OH well, maybe next year but probably not.

Hyrum, UT


We all know you're using your obvious and VERY tired sarcasm again, but don't be surprised if and when Williams does become a successful NFL running back. He's getting some serious attention from a lot of their scouts with some very impressive early college career statistics.

Reno Cougs Fan 68
Reno, NV


As with every other bowl game, BYU opponent was chosen by somebody else!!! BYU would have loved to play UW on the field but they stuck by their word and played in the Holiday Bowl and beat their opponent and were rewarded for their efforts throughout the entire year!!! By the way, the mighty Utes had their chance to knock them off on the field and could not!!! So the Utes are as much to blame as all the voters that gave the award to BYU!!!

Go Cougs!!!
Go Utes!!!

Reno Cougs Fan 68
Reno, NV

Chris B

Maybe he will follow in Ziggy's foot steps and be picked in the first round of the NFL draft!!! Only time will tell!!! I for one am looking forward to watching the whole team this year and see if they can rise to the challenge ahead!!! Maybe the third year will be the charm for the Utes and they will finally win more conference games then they lose!!!

Go Cougs!!!
Go Utes!!!

Warrior Parent
Belle Glade, FL

Alisa and Williams better watch out... Hine will get a few downs and after the ensuing touchdowns will earn the starting spot

Omaha, NE

I agree Reno Cougs Fan 68. Thank you for clarifying, as it is true, they "gave" the award to the Y as opposed to earning it. Sorry, I couldn't resist. Truly, I was just having fun, not wanting to offend anyone. I just find it interesting the facts surrounding the title game of 84. Nebraska was 11-2 that year and throttled teams from the BIG 10, including those that beat Michigan. I will say this though, the U was horrible back in the 80's. To even mention that the U had a shot is almost insulting to the Y, they never had a prayer.


Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Reno Cougs Fan 68:

"BYU would have loved to play UW on the field"

In retrospect, seeing as how difficult it was for you all to get past an unrnaked 6-5 Michigan team, I doubt seriously that the Y would have "loved to play UW" in the Holiday Bowl back in '84. They would have pounded you right out of the Top-10.

Hyrum, UT

To Chris B:

No... not beating your rival during your college football career is not so embarrassing, as you've stated. But it probably would be frustrating, especially when game statistics (more offensive yardage) show you outplayed them in 2 of your 3 losses to them... and knowing that just a few untimely turnovers determined the final outcome of those 2 losses. Yes, that indeed would be frustrating... not embarrassing.

However, things are now in place for the law of averages to again kick in and BYU back on track for another winning streak over Utah. As such, BYU's seniors will almost certainly be leaving with that well deserved satisfaction.

What would actually be both embarrassing and frustrating is playing for a once proud program that no longer can even qualify for a bowl game, as many current Ute players are now experiencing. I sincerely do wish positive things in the future for Utah and it's players, except for that one game a year against BYU. BYU's upcoming victory over Utah would look a lot better if Utah can somehow establish a winning record again.

St George, Utah

No mention of Adam Hine? I watched him run some drills this last weekend with Alisa, both backs looked really good. I would like to see Williams and Hine getting the majority of the reps with Alisa coming in for some power run plays and other options. It will be interesting to see how Anae incorporates such a talented backfield into his game plan. I am excited to see the new and hopefully improved BYU offense this Fall. With the talented RB group and some new big guys up front, I think the running game will take a big step forward.

And man, I love seeing the obsessive Ute fans on these boards. Since their embarrassing plummet in the PAC-12 the past 2 seasons, BYU football is all they have. Isn't it funny how much stronger obsession and hatred is than loyalty? Chris B, ekute, and wookie, thank you for your constant attention to all things BYU!

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