Re Tators: "It's really too bad you weren't able to see him 100%
healthy with even a half-way decent offensive line in college".Then he should have stayed at USU.
I've seen Scott Arellano punt enough to believe that he could be better
than Riley Stephenson.
This article causes this Cougar fan to be a little skeptical of BYU's
chances of improving over 2012. One has to wonder why, if view of how important
the kicking game is, not one scholarship could be set aside to secure a field
goal kicker that isn't struggling to regain his form after a series of
unfortunate physical setbacks. Only time will tell if Bronco's faith in
Sorensen is justified or if he, once again, let his support of a single player
put the remainder of the team in jeopardy. We've already lived through one
season where the coaches exercised poor judgement.@FatMan86BYU has a great deal of team speed. You're simply allowing yourself to
believe something as being true based on perceptions of teams from the 80's
and 90's. That is no longer the case. BYU's greatest challenge
isn't a lack of talent or speed, but, whether or not the coaches can step
up their game and get their players ready to compete to their potential week
@ Cougar Claws:You couldn't be more wrong about Riley Nelson.
He had tons of natural ability. He was just as athletic and accomplished every
bit as much (if not more) in high school as Justin Sorenson did. After all, he
was a national Parade All-American and even to this day still holds many state
high school quarterback records that may take a long time, if ever, for some to
be broken. I watched him play several games in the high school playoffs leading
to an overwhelming state championship in his senior year. I was always totally
amazed at his abilities. It's really too bad you weren't
able to see him 100% healthy with even a half-way decent offensive line in
college. You too would've been amazed... guaranteed. As it was, he played
much of his college career with serious injuries, including multiple broken ribs
and a seriously damaged disc in his back... and very poor offensive lines for
protection. He still led his team to winning seasons and post season bowl
victories. Please be careful about judging him like other uninformed fans
sometimes do. He truly was awesome!
While the kicking game remains a concern, another underrated aspect of special
teams is going to be punting. With a less formidable defense than last year, the
loss of Riley Stephenson will be felt. There will be shorter fields for
opponents to score on, which will lead to more points for the opposition. The
hope of BYU's season for this year rests on the offense's ability to
finally pull their own weight since the 2009 season. The difference
between Sorensen and Riley Nelson is that Justin Sorensen actually has a lot of
natural ability. Where he has struggled the most is with his accuracy from
distance, and for that matter his accuracy from anywhere outside the hash marks.
Justin Sorensen is kind of like the Ryan Mallett of kickers, a cannon for a leg
but little to no accuracy. If he is healthy as he claims, and can overcome his
mental demons, he can be a good kicker in his last season. The other difference
is that BYU actually had options at QB, whereas at kicker there really are no
options.I also think a good kicker and a good punter are worth 2
scholarships because of their potential impact.
BYU can't move forward with a guy that was great in high school. The fact
is, Sorenson is a sub-par college kicker. Deciding to keep him based on what he
did in high school is not a good decision. I'm sure his family and friends
want him to remain, however he's had 2 years? to "Get back to form"
Folks, it ain't coming back. How is Sorenson different than Riley Nelson?
Does BYU keep playing an injured athlete?
Bronco gives walk on athletes a chance. There may be a surprise kicker trying
out the first day of school. I hope Bronco and his staff are paying attention.
@Howard S."DN states the plainly obvious as if it were
insightful commentary."The article was written by a columnist
for the Bleacher Report.
Go Justin!!! all of you supporters in Cougar and Miner nations wish you the
The Arkansas HS coach that never punts has phenomenal team speed compared to his
opponents.Team speed is not exactly a BYU staple.
I suggest BYU coaches and fans google "Arkansas coach punts traditional game
plan." Punting isn't all it is cracked up to be. A four down offense
is difficult to defend against (Will they run or pass on 3rd and long? Do you
remain in your base defense or go nickel?). It makes it difficult for a defense
to platoon or substitute, wearing down the defense. Add to that BYU's
hurry-up pace, it could be an even deadlier combination.
To know the importance of the kicking game, one only needs to look at last year.
With a solid PAT, FG game; a couple of games could have turned into Ws. But
without Stephenson, we could have had a couple more Ls.I'm
predicting an 8 win season, but an outstanding kicking game could lead to 1 or 2
more wins. However FG, PAT results like last year could cost us a game or
two.Stephenson will be missed more than most expect. He was one of
the best punters I have seen in many years at BYU. I'm expecting the
punting game to be down slightly from last year and the FG, PAT results to be
"And, if truth be told, Sorensen never did fully recover last
season."DN states the plainly obvious as if it were insightful
Since the comment that BYU will 'go for it' more often on fourth downs
than last year has been quoted in many BYU articles it makes me wonder if that
is the truth. Seems like an odd comment for a coach to tell other teams a coming
strategy. But, perhaps it is just too obvious to worry about?