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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 3 2013 12:50 a.m. MDT

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Cedar Hills, UT

Hill will get better. Good grief - I could hardly watch John Beck's entire first season as a starter, and his second season was better but not great. Considering the awful performance of the O-line and the dropped passes, I think Hill was as good as most BYU quarterbacks with equal experience, even the good ones. All the Hill-bashing has been ridiculously premature. The O-line is the key. No quarterback can develop and play well without at least a modicum of protection. Name a single quarterback who succeeded with no pass protection or blocking from the front line.

Taysom Hill is not the problem.

ute alumni
paradise, UT

offensive line is horrible. what a let down. hard to watch and harder to look forward to the rest of the season. mark it down.

Provo, ut

They've been rebuilding that offensive line for about 4 years now and until it gets built it won't matter who the QB is because he will be hurt. They need a scheme to match their personnel-big wide linemen to protect if the Y is a passing team and quicker more agile dudes for a running game. Until the staff decides what type of team it is going to be and then gets the bodies to match the scheme, they will always be just kind of a middle level team.

Lone Star Cougar
Plano, TX

Ute Alumni - wait until you play someone good.

But, BYU needs OL help like crazy.


"Taysom Hill will get better — if he's given time"

That's reassuring! This fanbase is notorious for realistic expectations of inexperienced quarterbacks with touted potential.

Cinci Man

It was a tough game to watch when we were led to believe that BYU had a great offense, great defense, great running game (due to a good offensive line), great passing game, improved offensive coaching, and a great special teams game. This was a winnable game, but BYU just didn't perform well on anything but defense. They will likely go to a bowl, but I was counting on a much better offense. Taysom will get better, likely when they play the WAC and PAC-12 teams. I'll tape Texas in case I decide to watch it later. I sure hope I get to watch it. Come on Cougars. Exceed my lowered expectations.

South Jordan, UT

I have all the confidence in the world that this team of BYU athletes will come through. We saw a less than perfect game considering all the weather elements. They will learn and grow from it. I want Cody Hoffman back in the game. He would have been the game-changer Saturday!

Go Cougars!


13/40 is ridiculous. It's hard to imagine a quarterback, regardless of his offensive line or inexperience, being that bad. I feel like an idiot because all offseason I've been hyping the kid up. I think at this point people need to start legitimately questioning Bronco's competence. How bad will things have to get before people realize Bronco just isn't cutting it? There's no excitement, no buzz and no reason for the average college football fan to watch this team at all. And it's going to be even worse after this year when Hoffman and Van Noy leave.

Coach Biff
Lehi, UT

I will also throw Anae under the bus. Instead of the pace being faster, it was just frenetic and appeared to have no thought other than getting to the line of scrimmage. Play calling was disastrous and pathetic. Did we complete or even target a pass to the tight ends? When did BYU receivers, whose only saving grace is route running and good hands, become fumbling meatheads?

Coach Biff
Lehi, UT

Little early, don't you think, ute Alumni?

Sugar City, ID

I believe everything being said about about Hill. But he is not the only deer in the forest.
We don't know what would have happened if Olsen had started. And until he gets a chance to play in a big high pressure game we won't know what he can do. Texas recruits more than one quarterback and then discovers how they will do by letting them play. Let Taysom Hill rest and start Olsen. Or Lark. I'm glad that God doesn't decide who will be saved until we get in the game.

Hyrum, UT

The reason Hill was hurt in the Utah State game in 2012 had nothing to do with the offensive line. It had everything to do with coaches celebrating on the sideline, forgetting to signal Hill to take a knee. What a program.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Of course Hill will get better - that is, if the coaching staff can withstand the fan pressure calling for Hill's head. Once BYU gets to the weak part of the schedule - the part of the schedule that's more on BYU's level - Hill will look better.

Salt Lake City, UT

A couple of things I learned from the first game:

1) the offensive line is absolutely horrible and if it doesn't get better in a hurry, this will be a LONG season.

2) T. Hill is inaccurate and cannot throw with any touch on the ball. But BYU probably doesn't care. They seem more interested now in a QB's running ability than his passing ability.

Salt Lake City, UT

Cougar "fan" better hope he gets better. His back up was the back up at SUU last year so I don't know why they expect Olson to deliver anything. If Olson was all that, why didn't the Y get him out of high school?

Lindon, UT

@Bark for Sark: Typical fair-weather BTU fan. Come on, let's get behind our team. I'm proud of how they came back to take the lead. They lost on a fluke play. The weather delay was the key to BYU's loss in this game. I am going to cheer for a win against both Texas and Utah.

Lindon, UT

FDR Fan: I think Lark graduated last year. I think you may mean Munns.

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

Taysom Hill is NOT the problem and fans need to leave him alone. He needs time to get better meaning he is still a true sophomore, which people forget, and he needs time to THROW the ball! Anae even said at the end of the game. "Hill's jersey was the dirtiest and it should be the cleanest at the end of each game." Guys, let's be serious. Can you think of any quarterbacks who would have had great stats in that game? I'm not sure that Tom Brady would have had great numbers with a line like that blocking in front of him. That is hands down the biggest problem on this team, and until it gets fixed this team will be lucky to be bowl eligible this year.

Provo, UT

@ panamadesnews You won't get passed Texas or Utah and most likely several others!

Hey Baby
Franklin, IN

Lone star. Who is good?

USU ended the season last year after all was factored in at #19 in the nation. They have a legit QB who will garner Hiesman talkv(other than the DesNews)...

Utah plays two easy games against in state teams and then launch into a tough PAC 12 schedule....so there are two powder puffs coming up but USU isn't in that category.

UVA finished LY at #84

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