Comments about ‘BYU football: BYU's passing game searching for answers’

Return to article »

Published: Sunday, Sept. 22 2013 9:00 p.m. MDT

  • Oldest first
  • Newest first
  • Most recommended
Cottonwood Heights, UT


"Utes have the Y's number, yet nobody else's."

Nothing makes Utah fans smile more than BYU fans like yourself who have to point to wins by OTHER teams in order to get a jab in.

Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

Wow. When was the last time an opposing coach said the key to beating BYU was to "force them to throw the ball?" Last in the nation in passing. Gulp.

The good news is Hill can run and BYU has some promising receivers. I suspect if Hill can just get some basic mechanics down, he'll be able to hit receivers on the numbers rather than four feet above their helmets. That will make all the difference in the world and turn this around for the Cougars.

Rexburg, ID

This one's easy: Hill can't throw accurately! If you want to have a passing game, you need a different QB. End of story.

West Jordan, UT

@SoonerUte- What do you mean by "When has he had the opportunity to pass in game situations this year?" In the Virginia game he was 13/40. Against Texas he was 9/26, and against Utah he was 18/48. He's had PLENTY of opportunities to throw the ball, he's just not accurate. Why should they have called more passes against Texas when the Longhorns were doing absolutely nothing to stop him from running? If you find something that works, stick with it. The unfortunate downside of that is what we saw happen on Saturday. Utah defended the run and made Hill go to the air, which is clearly not his strength. And it's not as though he doesn't have all the time in the world to throw the ball. His O-line was giving him all night to make a play. The Cougs would do well to spend a lot more time on developing Hill's accuracy if they intend to keep him as their starter...


Saint George, UT

BYU also needs to cut down on the penalties. Long gains and touchdowns brought back because of holding or clips. Stupid mistakes that should not happen.

Kaysville, UT

I like Hill, he is a very talented athlete. That being said, I cant wait for Tanner Mangum to get back from his mission and remind all of us what it was like to have a genuine passing QB at the helm. Even Jake Heaps was better under Anae before Anae decided to go hard and go fast. Brandon Doman ruined Heaps chances with his horrible style of offense. Pocket passers are always better. but even Peyton Manning couldnt help us win if our O-line doesnt protect him.

Salt Lake City, UT


I have a few ideas for you.

Don't run a stupid rugby pitch on first down on the goal line. This isn't rugby, it is football, and by not gaining any yards on first down, you narrowed your options on subsequent downs.

Second, know what your 3rd and 13 play is, so you don't have to call time out to get your act together. Doing that cost you 40 seconds that would've been helpful on the last possession.

Third, teach your 7' wideout to go up and fight for the ball, then fight for the end zone rather than flop like Kobe.

Fourth, don't call a corner fade with Hill at QB. Doesn't matter who he has at wideout, he can't throw that ball. C-A-N-'-T. Or few others. Might want to work on that.

Fifth, tighten up the rotation at OL. You should know better.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

"don't want a pesky team any more on their non-conference schedule who can still beat them."


STILL beat them? You're not speaking of BYU as that "pesky" team are you? If so, it's kind of a sad in a little-brother sort of way--unless you're not aware of the whole 9-of-12, 4-in-row thing.

Ivins, UT

People in this forum should not have to be giving the Y's coaching staff lessons in quarterbacking. Yet, something must happen to change things. Mistakes in the Red Zone continue as they have for years for the Y. What is the solution for this huge waste of money, manpower, and publicity regarding the Y football program. It should not be stumbling at this point. They have serious problems of managing and protecting the football. Could we hire Lavell as an adviser like the Jazz hired Jerry?

Farid @ Pocatello
Pocatello, ID

I'm not sure why coaches keep pointing to Hill's inexperience as a sophomore.

As a sophomore, Max Hall threw for 3,800 yards and 26 TD's.
As a sophomore, Ty Detmer threw for 4,500 yards and 32 TD's.
As a sophomore, John Walsh threw for 3,700 yards and 28 TD's.
As a sophomore, Kevin Feterik threw for 2,700 yards and 16 TD's.

Sophomores have flourished at BYU over the last three decades.

So it's either Taysom's passing or the offense. I'm not anti-Hill -- he went to our local high school here in Pocatello. But he's not missing by a little -- he's missing by a lot.

He may become a great QB, but there is nothing wrong with seeing what Olsen can do with the offense.

South Jordan, UT

I attended the game on Saturday/Sunday.

The passing game was abysmal at best for BYU. Now ranked 114 out of 114 teams. Not always the QB's fault.
Bronco will make a great defensive coach on a good BCS team some day.
The stadium was very quiet. Rice Eccles is much louder. It may be that most of the stadium is encircled or the fans were just so nervous.
Many BYU fans behave very poorly. Throwing trash at fans and the umpires. Poor language, poor sportsmanship.
It felt like this game meant more to BYU.
The refs weren't great but they were consistent.

west jordan , UT

Look BYU fans we have a almost new QB. Hill will improve over time, we just wish the improvement had come at this game. I think if it was the end of the season Hill will be much better. KVL my heart goes out to because he really wanted this and worked hard and gave his all to try to beat Utah. I do have hopes that BYU will go to a bowl and that Utah will go to a bowl and the two meet up at the end of the season.

Give it time our best football day are ahead of us.


As I sat there Saturday night watching my thoughts kept returning to the thoughtful comments made last week about number of stars behind a prospective college player's name. I believe Chris B. made excellent points and as I watched it became apparent that stars seem to make a difference. The edge between winning a ball game and not winning can be ever so slight but those deficiencies make the difference. Because of academic requirements, and Honor Code requirements many starred athletes show little or no interest in playing for BYU. It is pretty amazing that the Cougars are able to develop the caliber of team effort they do with the men they commit to play. It is interesting to see athletes become overacheivers through hard work and desire but the stars sure do help overcome the obstacle of natural ability.

Mission Viejo, CA

Well, I was surprised at the score. I really expected BYU to win this one, despite Hills QB woes. My son, however, said Utah will put nine in the box and stop Hill cold. He was right.

So the big question is, do we hang with Hill, an excellent athlete or switch to Olsen a better passer? We heard this all last year, and when they did start Lark, he was mediocre at best and BYU won with defense.

I wonder if the fast play is an issue. Maybe too fast.

But I'm not a coach and didn't even see that game. What do I know.

Go Big Blue!!!
Bountiful, UT

Bronco is amazing at organizing inspirational firesides. Running big football program . . . not so much.

Anchorage, AK

Anae's statement, "Obviously, our preparation wasn't good enough" seems rather stupid since he had two weeks to prepare. That right there says volumes about this coaching staff.

Do you think an SEC coach (or most any other top conference for that matter), with two weeks to prepare, would have an offensive scheme that looked so pitiful? It would cost a job at other schools (i.e., Texas). You would also think that being ranked dead last in the nation would elicit more of a response than "Obviously, our preparation wasn't good enough".

Bench the QB, fire the OC...something!!!


I guess TDS fans better hope that Mangum still decides to come back. As an elite quarterback, do you want to have to run Anae's offense? One must ponder!

Spring, TX

Until BYU makes major changes in the coaching staff (Bronco to Defensive Coord and then a new coach) and then gets aligned with a major conference again, they will never achieve greatness again!

South Jordan, UT

COACHES need to build EMOTIONAL CONFIDENCE in their players

Taysom Hill is a very talented quarterback, but there is an
emotional side to developing a quarterback in a game.

Some games are more intense than others and even the best
quarterbacks get the gitters. I feel than Hill was nervous and it was affecting
his play and the need to relax. Where were the coaches?

In order to get a quarterback to relax, you take him out for a few plays and put in another quarterback.

I did this as a coach and it has a relaxing affect on a player because
the quarterback thinks that all the responsibility is on his shoulders. It is not, but in the players mind, it is.

Some coaches have the mistaken impression this may cause the
quarterback to lose confidence. On the contrary, the quarterback gains confidence because he now knows that there are quarterbacks there to help off-load the pressure.

In fact, a quarterback sees his position from a different perspective. He is more anxious to get back in the action but has a different mind-set and perspective.

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

It is about where we stood the last couple of years with Bronco's choice of quarterback. He does not feel that throwing ability is necessary for a quarterback. It looks to me that everything is tracking about the same, and the results will be about the same as last year. No bowl game this year, but that gives everyone more time off. The firesides are going well and the true blue colors boosted sales at the bookstore. Win, that's number 5 or 6 or 7. Not really very important. We certainly don't want any four star players here, walk-ons work out best at practice. At practice, we have a great offense and a great defense. It's the games that cause all the trouble.

to comment

DeseretNews.com encourages a civil dialogue among its readers. We welcome your thoughtful comments.
About comments