I think the offensive line being completely overhauled is a bigger issue that
not having any corners.
With the pressure the BYU DL and LB's put on, opposing QBs won't be
able to stand back a lob bombs all day. I went to the Poinsettia Bowl and BYU
absolutely stuffed a pretty good offense. Likewise with BYU, Utah, ND. Van Noy
alone is a wrecking ball.If the offense is just normal BYU offense,
the D will make every game close. If the offense is really good, this will be a
fun year.Right now I'm figuring 8 or 9 wins. But we have to
play the games, don't we?
@BYUHockey. I'm fairly certain that Hanneman could play football after his
season. I don't believe it violates NCAA rules. However,
I'm pretty sure there is a clause somewhere in that nice MLB contract he
signed that says he can't play other sports or engage in activities that
could render him unable to play for his MLB team.
I've learned not to underestimate Bronco when it comes to defense. While
it may not be a perfect fix, I believe he'll come up with something so that
it will lessen the seemingly dire situation. BYU will be ok on defense.
@capsaicin,How about morale and loyalty to the school? How about
all the national exposure and advertising? In terms of players, how about
character, commitment and perseverance? How about the ability to be a team
player when they join the workforce? Most worthwhile endeavors in
life require taking some type of risk. No one who has ever made a significant
contribution to any endeavor has done so without taking bold steps into the
unknown.Those who want to ban football concentrate on the few who go
through life permanently handicapped or die in the sport. I would guess that a
higher percentage of people are permanently injured or die in automobile
accidents than there is of football players who are permanently injured or die
playing football. Does that mean we should ban cars? Farmers have an even
higher risk of bodily harm or death from farming accidents. Does that mean that
farming should be banned?No, I would suggest that the potential
benefits gained by a football player playing football outweigh the risks of the
game. Perhaps the answer is not to ban the game, but to reduce the risk of
Sometimes having limited talent also limits the defensive playbook. That
isn't necessarily bad. Successful teams aren't always surprising
people with a multitude of different looks, they just get very good at what they
do. That is what I would look for in this year's BYU defense.
BYUHockey"Can Jacob Hanneman rejoin the football team after his
baseball season is over?"As grueling and injury-prone a sport as
football is, it's doubtful that Jacob's baseball contract would even
allow him to play a sport like football during the off season.-----------Given that most of these CB injuries occurred last
spring or early in training camp, Bronco has had time to adjust his lineup and
move some players from offense to defense. It'll be interesting to see how
a WR adjusts to playing CB. It may surprise a few who see nothing but gloom and
BYU needs to lead the charge in eliminating football in order to limit traumatic
injury. BYU's own Ronney Jenkins is included in a story on CNN today,
it's a shame that we can't just eliminate the damaging sports from
places of learning. It's time, BYU. Drop football and continue to be a
leader in Academia.
If Chris B says no, I'm that much more confident that the defense will be
fine. Thanks Chrissy for lifting my spirits. "LOL"
I am not worried.
These CB injuries probably helped my expectations come down to a reasonable
level. I wasn't expecting undefeated, but I was really hoping for (and
therefore would have been disappointed with less than) 10-2. Now, I'll just
sit back and enjoy the games and won't get too worked up over wins and
losses. Hope these guys can heal properly so they can not only play next year,
but have functioning bodies for the rest of their adult lives.
@DrUteFinally a sensible, reasoned and intelligent comment from a Utah fan
about a BYU issue. Although I try to stay out of Utah articles (Even though I
am a graduate) I appreciate legitimate comments and insights.The best
comment you made was that injuries are a wildcard. I have seen injuries derail
the most promising years for the Y and the lack of significant injuries during
Utah's run to the Sugar Bowl turned a less than promising team into an
undefeated team.Utah and BYU both suffer from the same status. They get
excellent first string recruits. Even second string players step forward. But
the depth of third, fourth and fifth aren't there like at Alabama and Notre
Dame.Air Force is a good example. They come out like gang busters every
year. (See Year BYU played them first) Yet by half way they have been devastated
by injuries (when Utah played them) and they lose the rest of the way.I
don't worry about the corners (I'm not the coach, hahaha). Four of
the injured have returned to practice and things aren't so dire right now.
O ye of little faith.BYU has always had depth and speed issues at
corner. The current situation only appears dire by comparison to the depth and
speed BYU was going to have this year.Bronco will make adjustments
and BYU's defense will be solid.Looking forward to an exciting
and successful year for BYU football.
I'm not worried at all. We always reload.
Have to agree with Frozen Chosen, & this is not an anti-BYU posting. Every football afficianado knows that opposing teams will do an in-depth
analysis of strengths & weaknesses prior to & also during a game. The
edges will be the equivalent of an I-15 highway for them this year since
it's most likely 'way too late to add to the roster.And
this is even BEFORE whatever game injuries occur, for example, in other
positions or (doubling the impact) in the CB position.LBs &
safeties will also have to adjust based on the CB issues, so the first domino
will be the edge, and then the second will be the middle when LBs & safeties
set up wider than normal in an effort to protect.Just shows to go
you that no matter the team, no matter the ostensible success in recruitment,
the type, frequency, and location of injuries will always be a wild card for any
team in any particular year.
Can Jacob Hanneman rejoin the football team after his baseball season is over?
Danny Ainge played pro baseball and still played basketball for a season or two
correct? Or do NCAA rules not allow any professionalism at all now?
Opposing coaches will know to throw, throw, throw.
I know you're trying to be positive, Dick, but this situation is not good
for BYU. You can protect your corners for a quarter or two but it's very
hard to do for and entire game. The lack of quality and depth at the corner
position will cost BYU at least 2 losses that they wouldn't have had
otherwise. It could mean the difference between a 10-2 season and an 8-4 one
or, even worse, the difference between an 8-4 season and a 6-6 one.Unless this new offense really surprises us and averages 35 pts a game, the
corner situation will hurt BYU.
Football is stupid and BYU should hang up the jerseys and call it quits. The
guaranteed injuries, the BCS, the ncaa student slavery contracts, the BCS, and
the excessive head coach pay.What redeeming quality does college
football possess? None!
It's just not good!
One of the great things about all of those teams is that it is almost always
that the Y makes do with journeymen and not masters in a lot of positions.
Recently the Y has had worthy linebackers and some really good running backs but
linemen like the Dennys, Reynolds or J. Bucks have been a little rare since
Roger French retired. Defense has great safties but not so great corners.It's a team that gets those results with just a few stellar players.
That doesn't sit well with the "We got more stars that you do" gang
but it's results that count and the season results are what matters.