@EdGrady:The jury is out on whether Utah's passing game will be
any good this year but I can definitely tell you we have some serious speed
amongst our receivers, as well as two seasoned Juniors who are expected to have
breakout years. In addition, Jake Murphy has NFL potential at the TE position
and is a very good pass catcher. If our offensive line can pass protect this
year then Travis could pick your secondary apart.
Tough news about your corners, my condolences to BYU. I was hoping to follow Sam
Lee this year because he served in my mission. Let's just hope both our
teams' players recover from their injuries, if they can, and are healthy
for the rivalry game as well as the rest of the season.
Bronco is known for testing the physical limits of his players. It seems as
though every year there are injuries from this mindset before adjustments are
made. The upside, of course, is that he does get absolutely everything possible
out of the players who do not get injured. Does this make up for the losses due
to injury? I don't happen to think so; I'd rather have a full team of
guys at 95% rather than the majority at 100%+ (meaning they are beyond what
might conceivably be considered possible at most programs given their natural
abilities) but certain positions effectively at 0% because they cannot play.
I was wondering if a WR or RB would make a switch. Seems like TCU at one point
used former running backs to man several defensive positions. The DB's
looked to be some of the best ever at BYU, hopefully the new guys can develop
Thanks BlueCoug, I was just coming on to say the same thing lol. Also, Sam Lee
is expected to be ready for the Virginia game and will be competing for the
boundary corner spot as well. It's good news...according to Leavitt (my
buddy said) he is not in a lot of pain, and just feels some tightness. He could
go full as early as Monday or Tues. All that said, we still will be
without our most talented corners at both field and boundary this yr. Get well
Jordon & Trent, we look forward to watching u both next year.
Breaking News: Dallin Leavitt suffered a hip flexor; maximum recovery time - 7
daysEric Thornton is moving from WR to field cornerback. Thornton
was doing well as JD Falslev's backup.Robertson Daniel will
move over to field corner. Mike Hague will continue to recover from injury to
play boundary corner.While still challenging, Bronco is making
adjustments and BYU's corner situation is not nearly as dire as some have
I must be missing something... This was the first thread I read where I thought
Chris B's comments were genuine and respectful. What am I missing?He is right in that we are in trouble against the pass this season.
That is not a show stopper. We have excellent LBs that can force the pass rush
and wreak havoc on passing plays. However, I expect to see some big plays given
up by opponents exploiting our weakness in the secondary.I hate
injuries, especially preseason ones. It seems every year we lose some of our
best talent at key positions. Remember the year we kept getting LisFranc
injuries due to the new shoes they were wearing. I hope they can figure
something out, but aside from the position being the same, each cornerback
injury has been different. Not sure what you can conclude from that, other
than, "what the?"
"Call me crazy, but it seems like byu has a conditioning issue."Reasonable, you're not crazy. There is clearly something that
needs to be managed differently.
Crissy,Come on, let's show some class her. When it was announced
that there were some season ending injuries on the Ute roster the Coug fans were
respectful and not mean spirited like you. Does everything have to be
filled with such hatred?
Very classy comments from the majority of Ute fans!All of my friends
up home that are big time Utah fans are the same way - including my brother.I hope you have a great 11-1 season.
These kids work so hard to play this sport. The time and effort expended to
learn and play football is beyond comprehension. I feel for any player that
gets injured. I hope that he is back on the field soon. Best wishes.
BYU is loaded at receiver... how about recruiting some of those speedy young
guns to CB, who otherwise won't see much of the field this year because of
the wealth at WR. BYU has a wealth of athletes at RB too... surely one or two
can run at CB for this year... Bronco, you have time to convert them... the many
who also played corner in HS. Get 'er doe!
That photo prooves he's has great cover skills.
Additional comments. Look, guys, the team has almost 100 players. They might
have to pull a guy or two from red shirting and play him this year. Also, maybe
there will be a walk on or two. I know it is rather late, but a walk on could be
a backup. Bronco and the rest of the coaches will figure it out.
Look at the positive side. Other guys will have a chance to develop and play. At
least some of them may turn out to be great players. Every player, at least most
of them, had to wait in the wings. So they have to develop a little faster. So
what. Let's not lose hope - let's wait and see what develops. Knowing
Bronco, and how much of a fighter he is, I think we will be fine. If necessary,
he might have to borrow guys from the offense - maybe a running back or two.
Good luck coaches and team. Go Cougars!
Lack of conditioning can lead to increased chance of injury. Pushing the players
too hard can also lead to injury. I've heard enough from the veterans about
how hard they are being worked, that I am thinking the latter. At any rate this
has to be more than just coincidence. There is something wrong going on here.
Do these guys really get the training they need to play at this level???
What is going on in these practices for crying outloud... one injury to a corner
is a tough break, a second injury to a corner is maybe a coincidence, but a
third injury to the same position??? Maybe the coaches need to take a look at
what they are doing and how they are doing it... This crazy.
Lead story? This is sad.
Ok, now I'm worried. My freind at BYU said they still haven't heard
anything, and he said most of them assumed he was ok, because he was stretching
and walking after the "injury". Now he isn't so sure. He's a
grad assistant there, so I'm not sure how much info he has, but he was
positive that Leavitt's ok...I hope he's right. What's with his
tweet being deleted? None of this sounds good for cougar fans. Losing 2 players
in as many days from an already depleted position would be brutal.
Who's left on the roster that's not injured. Shoot, just play whoever
is the least hurt at this point, seriously.
The front 7 are going to have to come up big.
In the past couple of weeks I have seen a lot of regular commentors on these
pages turn down the retoric and express compassion, concern and sportsmanship
for players either injured, killed or involved in tragic events. None of the
teams has been immune from these problems and most commentors have expressed
classy concern for their foes trials and tribulations.There are
still a very few who still can't see the humanity, the reality of
what's important in life and why sports are for watching the development
and growth of all involved and not a basis for ranting about the value of a
color or a logo or even the merits of an educational institution or religion.
To them I pose a simple request.Ask if you would want to be on the
other end of your comment before posting. If you can't be
anything else...be kind.
According to a buddy of mine on staff at the Y, Leavitt will be ok. Probably
keep him out of contact drills the rest of the week and re-evaluate. Toni is a
huge loss, and according to him coaches are more upset about that because he was
promising at NT. Stay healthy Cougs, and thanks for all the classy utes. Good to
know that this is a heated rivalry but at the end of the day we're all good
people with similar values. Cheers.
wow... Coming from a Huge Utah fan this just sucks. I hope he is ok!BYU
has had serious injury problems to injury groups for at least the last 2
seasons. Last year it was the offensive line, this year the secondary. Call me
crazy, but it seems like byu has a conditioning issue. I think
there needs to be a coaching change for byu... not bronco, but for whoever is
responsible for conditioning.
@EdGrady,U-State passes quite well, actually. That Chuckie
guy...oughta check him out. I am not relishing in anyone's misfortune, by
any means, but one has to think that BYU is in some serious trouble if things
don't turn around in a hurry for the secondary. Not just meaning against
U-State, but any team who has a decent passing game at all is going to be
putting some serious pressure on BYU's corners this year. That said,
I'm hoping for an entertaining and hard-fought game with an Aggie victory
on Oct. 4. U-State vs. BYU is evolving into quite a good game every year.
First of all - Ute Nation apologizes for Chris B. He does NOT represent the
Utah fan.Second of all - let's hope that Dallin's tweet is
correct and that he will be fine to play. Nobody should delight at
the pain and suffering of these kids. That kind of delight is hollow. Ute fans
appreciated the support and well wishes from BYU fans at the tragedy that struck
Utah a couple of weeks ago. True Ute fans wish for the speedy and complete
recovery of BYU's players. True fans of the Holy War want hard fought wins
and losses against teams that are at full strength, not depleted teams that can
be run over.Go Utes! Long live the Holy War!!
Sincere thanks to the Utah fans who have expressed their genuine concern for
BYU's injured players. Nobody, except for a few shallow individuals who
shall remain nameless, enjoys seeing any player suffer a serious injury.Good luck to Dallin and a speedy recovery - even a hip pointer can be
extremely painful, but is certainly something that wouldn't prevent Dallin
from playing in a couple of weeks.
@ Chris BYou pitty me? Oh my goodness, not even sure how to respond
to that? Another report has quotes from his family stating that Dallins injury
is extremely minor. I'm also not sure why he would lie on his twitter
account either. No need to pitty me; now I'm sorry, but that is funny. Ha
Three comments out of 14 from Chris B on a short story about a possibly injured
BYU player? I've seen people infatuated with BYU, but they are usually
It's sad to see a fan get so excited about even one opposing player
suffering a serious injury, let alone, multiple players.
Good thing BYU doesn't play any teams early in the season that can throw
the ball. Hopefully, some kids can develop by the end of October.
I don't know if the DN will publish this but the first article, that was
pulled, stated that he had an ACL injury and was done for the year. I read it
and commented and i was gone. I am not making this up. Don't reject this
post because i read it right here.
@warnason, mattprince, and Spokane,I pity all three of you if you
believe everything from someone in a tweet. No athlete wants to
believe he's not seriously injured.Hopefully for him
that's the case, but to believe him solely because he said it on
twitter....come on now.
Why is it every year in fall camp we lose players int he one position that we
cant afford to lose people? BYU's secondary has always been the week spot,
and we are losing everyone in that position! At this rate our 3rd stringers will
be starters be default! this might be a very bad year for our passing defense. I
seriously hope I am wrong.
Let's hope the media is over hyping this.Guess I'll
volunteer my ten minute forty, and ten pound bench press, to play corner back.
Are they practicing on real turf or fake turf?....Something needs to change in
what the Defensive Backfield is doing...Way too many injuries.
@54 - 10 - thanks for being respectful. I'm hoping you will be able to
change your moniker to 10 - 54 after this years game. I'm
really hoping the other reports are true and Dallin's injury is not as
serious as DNews is building it up to be.Can't believe Kanuch
is out for the year. I was sure he would make the two deep.
warnason is right. Leavitt's injury is extremely minor/nothing.
Unfortunately Konuch's is season ending. I hate to see it. It's a fine
line. You want your players in shape so they don't get hurt in the game(s);
but you certainly don't want them hurt before they ever get to a game. It
happens and it's very unfortunate. That's why depth is such a HUGE
Tough breaks for all these corners.An injury here or there is
inevitable, but having 3 major injuries to your top 3 corners all from
non-contact drills, you have to start to question1) coaching and the
drills they are doingor2) conditioning
Leavitt just tweeted out that he's not even injured but still all these
injuries are very unnerving... Keep heathy cougs!!
Is it just me, or does this seem like an excessive pileup of injuries? I feel
bad for those players, and wish them the best in their recoveries. Having been
injured myself a few times, I can feel for them. Hopefully the coaches can
figure out what's going wrong, because a trend like that, especially over
more than just this year (see last year's O-line), is more than just
coincidental. Sounds to me like they aren't being pushed to keep in decent
shape in the offseason, and then when fall camp hits they fall apart--literally,
in some sad cases. Best wishes to those players.
This might not even be true, on twitter Dallin is saying himself that he
isn't even injured...
Hopefully Dallin just has a hip pointer or something else very minor and will
return quickly. These kids work way too hard for way too long to lose time to
injury.Best wishes to him and Toni on full recoveries.
According to Dallin's twitter account he is not injured
Ok that's it. Just watch film until the Virginia game, this is getting
ridiculous. Who's the conditioning coach these days? I mean c'mon. Now
we will be without one of our talented D-linemen too. No more injuries please!
Sooner or later a good coach would tell his secondary guys to just watch
practice.You all think I'm joking?Just wait to see
what kind of career days receivers have against byu this year.Byu's secondary is always bad, can't figure out why that is.For some reason they just don't care about recruiting speed and
depth at the corner position.First string byu corners are typically
not very good(see any in the NFL?)A second or now third string byu