Led by Hoffman,the Cougars have one of the best receiver groups in the country.
They will be thrown to by Taysom, one of the best QBs in the country.
I am in hopes that Friel can also step up and get some good catches this season.
BYU has one proven receiver, an unproven o-line, an unproven QB, and an o-line
coach that has never coached at the D-1 level...What could possibly
When you compare the quarterback stats for the past several years one of the
most notable differeces is yards per attempt. I see this more as a quarterback
issue than a receiver issue. We have some very good receivers. The longest
completion Taysom Hill has thrown as a cougar is 28 yards. Hopefully that will
change in a big way this year.
Are you saying BYu only has one good receiver? Man are you wrong. We've
been having top recruiting for years now and the receivers are awesome because
howieDon't worry, I'm sure the coaches know what
they're doing but your concern is quite touching.Now on to my
concerns in kind about Ute football...What could go wrong in
Uteville?Fat Cats might not be able to accommodate your whole team
for some 'cosmic' bowling late night in December.Having a
season like last year with Stanford and Oregon added makes you want this season
to be over before it starts doesn't it? It's going to be a long
ol' strugglin' Ute season isn't it? You know it, I know it,
everyone that knows anything about the Utes and the PAC10.2 knows it as well.And when BYU kicks your sorry rear ends back to SLC in September
it's going to be even a longer sadder and dismal season for U.Excuse me while I smile and savor your Ute moments.
Howard,Your schtick is getting as old as Mildred's and not
nearly as funny, which unfortunately, is really saying something. Apo still has something to prove, as do the tight ends. Falsev is a proven
commodity, Ridley has proven that he is promising. Jamaal Williams will also
catch his fair share of passes again. No one disputes that the
o-line is unproven, but that is still a big improvement over last year. Similar to Ridley, Hill is not unproven. The minimal game experience he
had as a freshman was impressive. Every coach had his first game
sometime, and obviously our coach's experience is a lot more impressive
than a lot of coaches WITH D-1 experience, more impressive than many coaches
with BCS experience. For example, who is Utah bringing back this
year to coach the line? Last year's experience was certainly nothing to
Oh Howard don't be an old fuddy-dud. Everything is unproven until the
final gun sounds. Just sit back and enjoy the journey. See the article on Marc
Wilson...totally unproven until he stepped onto the Colorado State sod and then
60 minutes later 7 touchdowns and suddenly proven.
Howie,Come on dude,you spend way to much time and effort trying to paint
the situation at BYU way worse than it is. One proven receiver?
BYU returns all starters at WR and TE. Hoffman is the only one that has been
consistent, but you can chalk that up to the playcalling of Doman. Slants,
outs, and bubble screens don't do much for the passing game.An
unproven O-Line? 3 starters are returning for 2013, which is just as many as
your utes. Also, the bull rush for JC O-linemen is a good indication that the
O-line is top priority to Anae. An unproven QB? Taysom's
efforts in the Boise St. and USU games were phenomenal. Again, Doman's
offense smothered most opportunity for Hill to really show his potential. But
after watching Anae produce 5 straight top 25 offenses and 2 successful
QB's while at BYU, I like Taysom's chances. Didn't
your utes hire a 25yr old OC? Brian Johnson was 5 years old when Garret Tujague
started coaching college football. He spent the last 6yrs as Head Coach at
College of the Canyons. Not too worried about it. Thanks for your
Me, my son, and granddaughter love to shout A-Po, A-Po. So we are really
excited to see if this is a return-to-greatness season for Russ. Go Cougars!
I do hope that sometime early in the season that they come to understand that
they do need to start and play a quarterback who can throw the deep ball. Boy
it would be so nice to see the best wide-receiver talent, Ros Apo, BYU has ever
had become the star he can and should be. If they should ever decide to really
use the talent they have the headlines would should read, "Apo and BYU
receivers ..." Mark
Wow - storm clouds brewing - suggest BYU folks check out the manpower both
Virginia & Texas will be bringing to BYU's first two games.Considering you're going to have to navigate those two games before you
see the U, you may want to set aside the "kick your butt back to Salt
Lake" trash talking & not look thru those first two teams. You might
just be swiss cheese by then.Both teams have speed, size, and high
rivals ratings on both sides of the ball. There's enough info on line and
with Rivals Virginia & Rivals Texas to make the argument those boys are not
going to be pushovers. Not projecting any outcomes, talk is cheap,
but just sayin', you're very fortunate you have the bye week before
playing the U on September 21st. You're going to need it.
"...if BYU is to succeed against its brutal 2013 schedule,..." -- Lafe
PeavlerBrutal schedule? It JUST BARELY cracked the Top-50. That
could be described as a "solid" schedule, or the "most rigorous
schedule in the history of Indy-WAC football", but not "brutal".
NV, you beat me to it! Utterly Hysterical!"However, if BYU is
to succeed against its brutal 2013 schedule, it is going to have to live up to
some high expectations."I suspect not seeing NMSU/Idaho, et al,
constituting 50%+ of their schedule and reduced slightly just barely to the
other side of 50%, it could sound the alarm bells within the 2-Star byu
faithful, causing extreme panic to set in!Per Phil Steele, 2-Star
byu's '13 SOS is just barely ranked inside the nation's top 50%
at #49. Time for that collective, "Whew", folks!By
comparison, he ranks UTAH's '13 SOS light years beyond, in fact as one
of the nation's absolute toughest, hands-down, precisely at #12!While Brutal clearly applies to the latter, Brutal equally does NOT apply to
Wish BYU had a QB as good as Utah? Ole what's his name.....and the wide
outs are so wide at the U, no one knows their names......Yes BYU could never
live upto the hype of a Utah team that will once again own the cellar in the
PAC12. Go Cougs, lets kick Utah to the bottom of the State where
@Y Grad / Y DadSchlick getting old?If by schtick you
mean truth... it can be hard to take sometimes... but it never gets old.
December Sports Headlines---BYU making preparations to defend their
top 25 ranking and seeking double digit wins in the KFH Bowl.USU
won't rest on laurels as they prepare to go bowling after stellar 8-4 MW
debut.Kyle Whittingham prepares holiday trip to Mexico with family
to leave stresses of a 3-9 record and 11th place conference finish behind.
Editors note: Utah DID play the #12 SOS so congratulations are in order for
The Team Up North had a choice of being a big fish in a little pond or being a
little fish in a big pond. They chose the little fish concept. Oddsmakers have
said they'll have a 5-7 record this year and remain a bottom feeder.Knowing that they'll likely be a bottom feeder most years, would
they make that same choice again?
My expectations are not placed on the receivers. My expectations will be placed
on the new QB.
"AZUTE1Mesa, AZNV, you beat me to it! Utterly
Hysterical!"One Ute fan competing with another for status on a
BYU comment board...
@ Howard S. - Taylorsville, UT - "BYU has one proven receiver, an unproven
o-line, an unproven QB, and an o-line coach that has never coached at the D-1
level...What could possibly go wrong?"Hey, Howard,
there's an article today on your beloved Salt Lake Tribune saying that
bookies are betting that BYU will win 9 regular season games while Utah will win
only 4. Apparently the "what can go wrong" future is going to come
waaaaay more from YOU guys.Want to talk about that?....
"If by schtick you mean truth"Interesting that your
"truth" is filled with your opinion.Got your philosophy
degree at the u did you?Truth is, everyone is unproven until they
take the field.Truth is, every player can get better in the off
season.Truth is, every team changes every year.Truth is,
teams cannot control how their opponents are rated and what their W-L records
will be.Truth is, u trolls calling BYU names doesn't define the
team and vice versa.But on thing we all agree on is...Truth is, BYU wen bowling last year and was on TV for almost every game.Truth is, u didn't and weren't. Funny, I'd
rather be a indyWacer 2 star religious school with no "athletes" BYU
than a bottom dweller no respect utah everyday of the week, without fail, and
without ever thinking about it. Not because of the football, but
because of the fans. vet, chris, hedge, ute, and the lot, you make your team and
the rest of the fans look bad.Move on, yes please.
"WON84Re: "AZUTE1NV, you beat me to it! Utterly
Hysterical!"WON84: "One Ute fan competing with another for
status on a BYU comment board..."Now THAT is "UTTERLY
HYSTERICAL"! Nicely done 84, haha!
STuFOO,Thank you so much!!! You hit all the points I was thinking
and very well!!! I am really looking forward to this season and hope for the
best!!!Go Cougs!!!Go Utes!!!
Jim1027,I think the predictions for a 5-7 season are not at all realistic.
My guess is a 3-9 season, if they are lucky. From the post here it seems the
Utsies are getting nervous for a repeat of the ast 2 years. We won't even
talk basketball as that will be far worse.
Ah, Howard, by schtick I mean comedy routine, same old song and dance, smoke and
mirrors, deception by exaggeration and repitition. When I want truth
fro the other side of the fence, I look for SpokaneUte and a few others who
generally try to deal in objectivity and manners. You might
consider yourself a guest on a cougar board and consider behaving yourself.
Yes, I suppose I could ask Duckie and Sammyg to show the same consideration.It's a lot more fun to trade comments with someone who has asked
thoughtful, if critical, questions. Someone who both exaggerates and over
simplifies, then repeats it over and over like a four year old who thinks he
said something witty, just really isn't a pleasant person to have over.
Truth of the matter is this. BYU has shown it can win games with a Riley as a
QB. Their D is one of the best in the nation, so even if Hill doesn't pan
out this year, they will still be tough. Hoffman is an amazing receiver. I
don't think first or second round material, but this year could prove
otherwise as he will line up against some better DBs. In the end, no one really
knows how the U or the Y will do this year as injuries can change the dimensions
of a team considerably. I wish Hoffman all the luck and health to prove his
mettle this year. If Apo came alive this year the Y would be tough to beat no
matter who is throwing the ball (including Riley).Go UTES!!
Y Grad / Y DadRichland, WA"Someone who both exaggerates
and over simplifies, then repeats it over and over like a four year old who
thinks he said something witty, just really isn't a pleasant person to have
over."Right on. Just like an insurance salesman.
the reason for the expectation this year is because the Y now has an Offensive
Coordinator (again) and a QB that might just be able to throw the ball ..unlike
last year with Nelson.
Re: Wookie @ 2:42 pmThanks for the comments. I disagree with you a
bit in that I believe Hoffman can go in the late 1st round and second round if
he has another good year. Offensive skill positions look solid and the defense
is shaping; we Cougs need to fill the position Fuga left.Where the
battle to win for BYU will be the offensive line. If that group gels together
right out of the gate, then we can have a very good season. However, proof will
be in the pudding.
Interesting - By my count 6 out of the first 14 comments (almost half) on an
article about BYU receivers come from the following Ute Trolls:Mildred in Fillmore, Ernest T. Bass, Howard S., Dr. Ute, AZUTE1 and Naval
Vet.Let me repeat this article is about BYU RECEIVERS!! It is not
even about the Quarterback situation, Bronco Mendenhall or Max Hall etc.These same people in the next breath will say how much Utah has moved
past BYU because they are in the mighty PAC12. This is just hilarious!
Why does anyone pay any attention to Strength of Schedule? PAC-12
fans can't be too excited about these numbers.Oregon #113USC # 70If playing a PAC 12 conference schedule results in these
SOS numbers, that doesn't say much for the PAC-12. Too bad these teams
can't play themselves to improve their SOS. Imagine what USC's SOS
would be if they didn't play ND OOC?Alabama #79So
much for running through the gauntlet of the SEC. If Oregon runs the
table with their #113 SOS does anyone doubt they'll be in the top 2 in the
BCS standings and play in the BCS championship game? So much for the importance
Love all the comments from the Ute trolls. They should be a lot more worried
about their own teams problems than with the Y's issues. It will only get
worse Cougar fans! As the U continues to disappear from the college football
scene, more trolls will come on to BYU articles and try to belittle the
accomplishments of the alpha football program in the state. As for
football, if BYU's o-line can come together I think we will have a 8-9 win
year. The offense will get better as the year goes on and I think we might be
able to spring an upset in November if the defense has filled in the holes left
from graduation. Looking forward to some football. It can't come fast
let's roll--"Why does anyone pay any attention to Strength
of Schedule? PAC-12 fans can't be too excited about these
numbers.Oregon #113USC # 70If playing a PAC 12
conference schedule results in these SOS numbers, that doesn't say much for
the PAC-12. Too bad these teams can't play themselves to improve their SOS.
Imagine what USC's SOS would be if they didn't play ND OOC?"Nationally respected Phil Steele's '13 SOS--UTAH
#12byu #49CU #7Stanford #8UCLA #21WAZZU
#26ASU #31USC #35OSU #37ua #52 [OOC is byu-like with
NAU, UNLV and UTSA!]UO #58usu #93nd #13UT #15UVA #27GT #41UNR #56WISC #69UH #86bsu #91usu #93MTSU #119WSU > ISU, which is arguably the
absolute worst FCS program in history!
Riley could not throw a pass longer than 15 yards sick or healthy.