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BYU football: Depth of running backs gives new position coach Mark Atuaia some options

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  • 2BCSWINS West of I15, UT
    July 25, 2013 8:46 a.m.

    @Ducky

    "utah will not get to either any time soon and I'll predict they NEVER get to the 4 team playoff. BYU has a better chance of getting in the playoff than utah ever does."

    Yeah just like byU had a better chance of getting to the BCS then Utah did. We all seen what happened there didn't we? Utah twice in the last decade has gone undefeated and to the BCS. They Y has one time in their entire history gone undefeated and that was so far back Karl Malone was still playing for Louisiana Tech.

    I can see how you would think the Y has a better chance though.....LOL!

    I'll give you the next two years 2014 and 2015 they may have a slightly better chance. At least in these two years they won't be taking a loss in September that is now routine....LOL!

  • 2BCSWINS West of I15, UT
    July 25, 2013 8:36 a.m.

    @Max-was-never-right

    Maxy,

    How did the cougies do the last 3 years against the utes?

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    July 24, 2013 11:46 p.m.

    Is it against the rules to stick to facts on here?

    Robert Anae Staff Bio | Offensive Coordinator, assistant head coach, offensive line coach

    2011-2012 offensive line coach (2011-12) and run game coordinator (2011) at Arizona
    2000-2004 offensive line coach at Texas Tech University
    1998 offensive line/running game coordinator at UNLV
    1997 offensive line coach at UNLV
    1996 offensive line coach at Boise State University
    1992-95 offensive line coach at Ricks College
    1990-91 offensive graduate assistant at BYU
    1986-87 offensive graduate assistant at University of Hawai'i
    1984 starting lineman on BYU's National Championship Team.

    I think with Anae as the OC, concerns about the line coaching at BYU because of the Offensive Line Coach's "inexperience" will be just fine, and the OL coach isn't the only coach to move from JC to FBS.

  • nhatch82 Eagle Mountain, UT
    July 23, 2013 10:21 a.m.

    @aggie84

    " I hope each school does well and expect another 2 close games. Go Utah Schools, especially the original true blue school."

    I appreciate the well wishes from an aggie and wish the same for your team. I have alot of respect for what the aggies have done the last 3 years. the only problem i have is that you are insinuating that the aggies are the original true blue school. USU was founded in 1888 and BYU was in 1875 so wouldn't that make us true blue for 13 years more? Just wondering

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    July 23, 2013 2:51 a.m.

    I like BYUs' RBs. The offensive line is the question mark for me. But I do think Anae and his offensive staff will improve the O line and the offense as a whole. Will Tayson Hill be ready and develop his skills this year?

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    July 22, 2013 6:17 p.m.

    "Thankfully Utah canceled the series so that BYU has a better chance of accomplishing their "Quest" over the next two years."

    Unless I'm mistaken, Chris Hill's comment made it sound like the reason Utah wouldn't be playing BYU those two years was to make it easier for Utah to end the season with a good record. It's almost as if BYU would be too much for Utah to handle.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    July 22, 2013 4:22 p.m.

    The U has veteran coaches at all positions, and their players are all 4-5 star recruits. Don't you guys know that being part of a BCS conference is more important than actually winning games. Going bowl-less again this year wont happen. They're king of the hill now a days.

  • talkinsports Gilbert, AZ
    July 22, 2013 12:35 p.m.

    Uteology

    "Playoffs? Don't talk about -- playoffs?! You kidding me?! Playoffs?! You better first hope BYU can win a another game against Utah!"

    Beating Utah will be but a minor speed bump on the way to BYU's first appearance in the playoffs.

    It's laughable that fans of a team that hasn't beaten a single conference foe with a winning record would be whining about what fans of a perennial Top 25 team talk about.

  • talkinsports Gilbert, AZ
    July 22, 2013 12:03 p.m.

    It's obvious to anyone not living under that crimson bubble on the hill that a perennial Top 25 and national championship winning team has much better odds of being selected for the playoffs than a team that is rarily ranked and has never won a national team or individual award of any kind.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    July 22, 2013 11:49 a.m.

    WOW. The utsies are out in force today. I think they see the writing on the wall about their own team this year and are lashing out at BYU to detract everyone about the train wreck on the hill and yet another failed season.
    it's great to be a Cougar.

  • EdGrady Idaho Falls, ID
    July 22, 2013 11:37 a.m.

    BYU will play in the Rose Bowl before utah.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    July 22, 2013 11:35 a.m.

    So Howard S comments on a first-year assistant coach. Every coach has to have a first year somewhere. But why all the comparisons to Utah by responders? What does Utah have to do with BYU's new assistant coach?

    I apologise to you, Howard, on behalf my fellow Cougar fans who see the world in comparison to Utah.

    Newsflash: BYU plays one game with Utah. Utah plays one game with BYU. Other than than that nothing is relevant between Utah and BYU. They don't matter to BYU and we don't matter to them. Both teams have bigger fish to fry.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 22, 2013 11:29 a.m.

    @Duckhunter

    BYU has a better chance of getting in the playoff than utah ever does.

    ------------

    Playoffs? Don't talk about -- playoffs?! You kidding me?! Playoffs?! You better first hope BYU can win a another game against Utah!

    Thankfully Utah canceled the series so that BYU has a better chance of accomplishing their "Quest" over the next two years.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    July 22, 2013 11:05 a.m.

    Ed,

    We own byu...and we have nice facilities.

  • Marked it Down Park City, UT
    July 22, 2013 10:21 a.m.

    Making meaningless "predictions" is as good as it gets for Utah fans.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    July 22, 2013 10:02 a.m.

    Correction...Predicting Utah's future and the kraft fight hunger bowl is as good as it gets for the byu "fans". lol.

  • EdGrady Idaho Falls, ID
    July 22, 2013 9:12 a.m.

    Utah football is completely irrelevant - but heh they have nice facilities.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    July 22, 2013 9:03 a.m.

    @ekute

    "The Rose Bowl and the Playoffs are as good as it gets for Utah."

    utah will not get to either any time soon and I'll predict they NEVER get to the 4 team playoff. BYU has a better chance of getting in the playoff than utah ever does.

    LOL!

  • Ufan Salt Lake City, UT
    July 22, 2013 9:02 a.m.

    ekute

    "The Rose Bowl and the Playoffs are as good as it gets for Utah."

    LOL! The Utes will be lucky to be bowl eligible - 3-9 could be as good as it gets for U.

    Meanwhile, another Top 25 finish and bowl game are the expected standard for the Y.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    July 22, 2013 7:14 a.m.

    fanman,

    The Rose Bowl and the Playoffs are as good as it gets for Utah.

    The kraft fight hunger bowl is as good as it gets for byu.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    July 21, 2013 11:19 p.m.

    This is the most depth I remember BYU ever having at the RB position. Still not sure if I take any of them over Unga or Staley, but I'll take all four over any four RB who have been on the team at the same time. Both Williams and Hine have the potential to be remembered among the Top 10 RB ever at BYU. Williams has already had the most impressive Freshman campaign of any RB at BYU.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    July 21, 2013 10:44 p.m.

    Howard:
    "If you're not concerned about the youth and inexperience of the BYU offensive coaches and players you're just not facing reality".

    I am a Cougar fan that has openly expressed some concern with the O-line, new schemes, etc. Of greater concern to me is why it concerns you so much that you feel the necessity to express it ad nauseum on these boards. Aren't you more concerned about the inexperienced CBs or mediocre LB play at Utah? Any concern about the questions along the O-line there? How about concern with not having a RB that even approaches JW4's ability and quickness? Seems a true Utah fan would have plenty to worry about in his own neck of the woods.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    July 21, 2013 9:32 p.m.

    "If you're not concerned about the youth and inexperience of the BYU offensive coaches and players you're just not facing reality.

    But hey... if you think youth and inexperience is the key to success... then you should be very optimistic."

    I wonder how Howard responded to Whittingham promoting Brian Johnson to OC.

  • byufanman west valley city, utah
    July 21, 2013 8:27 p.m.

    To all the Utah fans that always show so much interest in the BYU football team. Do any of you know how your team is going to do this year? Are all of you looking forward to your bowl game this year? It's against Colorado right? Don't you call it " Rumble in the Rockies"? WOW!! Enjoy because that's as good as it gets.

  • Aggie84 Idaho Falls, ID
    July 21, 2013 7:37 p.m.

    It will be interesting to see how each of the big 3 will compete in the running game. Interesting to see how each of the 3 will compete against their schedule. I do believe the Aggies have the advantage, best qb and returning offensive line to go with a really fast returning running back in Hill. I hope each school does well and expect another 2 close games. Go Utah Schools, especially the original true blue school.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    July 21, 2013 7:30 p.m.

    @idablu

    If you're not concerned about the youth and inexperience of the BYU offensive coaches and players you're just not facing reality.

    But hey... if you think youth and inexperience is the key to success... then you should be very optimistic.

  • jdub1942 PROVO, UT
    July 21, 2013 7:10 p.m.

    I am a huge Utah fan, and let me just tell you I'm glad I misread the title. I thought it said "Death of BYU running back..." Whew, nobody die this year please.
    Go Utes!

  • ekute Layton, UT
    July 21, 2013 6:47 p.m.

    Sammy,

    IF we need an excuse, #1 will be...That it doesn't matter because we beat byu 4 in a row. lol.

  • moderateinmagna MAGNA, UT
    July 21, 2013 6:43 p.m.

    So what Howie,Atuaia was a pretty good running back at BYU,so i think that makes him a better coach than you ,have not seen your name as a coach on any team anywhere,so what makes you such an expert,that,s what i thought you.re not.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    July 21, 2013 1:20 p.m.

    Haha. Utah didn't go bowl last year.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    July 21, 2013 12:59 p.m.

    hey howie

    This is the Utes 3rd season in the PAC10.2

    From season 1 to season 2 we saw a downtrend, will that trend continue?

    Is this the fault of your OC who never had any D-1 coaching experience or was it just an overall lack of talent of the 3 star level?

    Will an old has been OC make a difference or is it just a tough SOS, or again a lack of talent of the 3 star quality that will be the Ute excuse this year?

    We're dying to know the #1 excuse that will be used in Uteville this year.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    July 21, 2013 12:18 p.m.

    Howie

    "This Atuaia's first year of coaching at a competitive level... ever."
    "The O-line coach has never coached a game at the d-1 level..."

    Oh my, oh my!! What shall we do?! Our season is ruined! We don't stand a chance against anyone!

    Thank- you so much for reminding us all of that little known fact. Now all us BYU fans can worry together.

    Now, would you remind us again, just one more time, about the inexperience of the offensive coaches?

  • Cougars1 Bluffdale, UT
    July 21, 2013 12:01 p.m.

    Howard,

    Are you assuming that Atrix was insinuating ANYTHING about the character of Utah running backs? Wait....you already answered that.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    July 21, 2013 11:57 a.m.

    @Atrix

    High character?

    Are you assuming something other than high character among the Utah running backs?

  • Atrix Vancouver, WA
    July 21, 2013 11:51 a.m.

    I would take BYU's top 3 Running Backs over Utah's any day. High character, extremely athletic, and if used right they will be very successful.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    July 21, 2013 11:29 a.m.

    @idablu

    Why yes... since you asked...

    The OL coach has never coached a game at the d-1 level... that combined with new and inexperienced o-linemen and a new offensive scheme are a recipe for success in the opinion of the Cougar Nation.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    July 21, 2013 10:57 a.m.

    Howie

    Now wait, you're telling me this is the first year coaching for Atuaia? I hadn't heard that. Are there any other coaches with limited experience on the BYU offensive coaching staff?

  • Max-was-right springville, UT
    July 21, 2013 10:04 a.m.

    howy,

    how did the utes play in that bowl game last year?

  • Cougars1 Bluffdale, UT
    July 21, 2013 2:31 a.m.

    Hey Howard,
    If you kick a dead horse 1 time or 50, he is still not getting up. We are all aware that Atuaia is a first year position coach. Thanks for pointing that out for the millionth time.(eye roll) I am not any more nervous about him than I was about Doman being a first year OC.
    In other words, as a BYU fan, we really have no choice but to have faith that he will do well.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    July 21, 2013 12:23 a.m.

    First year running back coach?

    Don't try to gloss over it BG... say it directly...

    This Atuaia's first year of coaching at a competitive level... ever.

  • Cougar_Independence OMAHA, NE
    July 21, 2013 12:08 a.m.

    Very promising running backs this year for BYU. With a new O-line coach, I'm hoping for great offensive production from this unit this year. Austin Collie said that Jamal Williams will go down as the best and most athletic player EVER at BYU.

    Go Cougars!

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    July 21, 2013 12:03 a.m.

    With a hurry-up offense, they are going to need all the running backs and linemen they can get. If they can move the ball downfield, everyone should get plenty of playing time.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    July 20, 2013 11:03 p.m.

    Great coaches will continue to build on the inherited talent, and that means recruiting.

    Mike Alisa is a senior and next year Jamaal Williams and Adam Hine will be juniors, they all won't be around forever.

    There is a guy right now, coach, that attended junior day and is loaded with talent, who doesn't have an offer that you've been holding out on, who deserves an offer. You know who I'm talking about.

    Either way, enjoy the talent you currently have and Go Cougars!