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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 9 2013 7:10 p.m. MDT

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mindgames
Aurora, CO

Pre-season worries about the defensive backfield were solved by tremendous work by the linebacking corps. When the linebackers put heavy pressure on the quarterback he doesn't have the time to locate holes in the secondary.

When the linebackers drop back into coverage they have the speed to cover backs, tight ends and even receivers over the middle. That takes a lot of pressure off the d-backs.

Uani's contribution to the linebackers has been significant and has made the entire defense cohesive and strong.

The rest of the season will be enjoyable and challenging. There is a lot to build with and the team is getting better and better.

Add what the offense is achieving during the past two games to what the defense has established it looks good for the future games.

Looks like an 8-4 season.

Goooooooooooo Cougars!!!

mindgames
Aurora, CO

Uani is a man among boys. He has added to a great linebacking corp.

That group of linebackers make the defensive backs better and add to a great pass rush.

With the improvement of the offense the Y should be primed for a strong finish.

Looking at a 8-4 season and a fun bowl game against a PAC 10.2 team.

Goooooooo Cougars!!!!!

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

From seeing Unga last year, I thought he would be solid at ILB, but he's been spectacular. KVN steals the headlines and has the plays that make the highlight reel, but Unga has been a big reason our defense is on par with last years defense. The LB corp the last two years has to be the best in school history.

@mindgames - if the offense continues to improve, I think we can compete with everyone on our schedule. I'm not willing to concede anymore losses. I'm thinking 9-3 is very realistic.

And the top 6 teams in the PAC look very good this year. I think we're going to get a good bowl game matchup. I'm hoping we play someone who beat Utah.

WA_Alum&Dad
Marysville, WA

@CougFan:
I usually like to see Utah lose any game they play, but this year it would be sweet to see them barely bowl-eligible, so we could get another bite at that apple. I don't think a rematch would be all that close.

79Ute
Orange County, CA

I'm a Utah man who doesn't appreciate Chris B's chauvinism.

I want to see the Y do well, win bowl games (like the U most years), and send players to the NFL recruited by Bronco. I'd rather lose to the Y than CU. Losses to the Y don't cost us Rose Bowl opportunities.

I agree that the Y is looking better and could finish the season well if they keep up their momentum, but can an objective Y fan tell me why you start games and seasons so slowly and why you haven't beaten the U in four years? Or why Apo can't buy a completion?

Is it poor coaching? Recruiting challenges? Psyched out?

Winning a bowl game against a PAC-12 team that beat the U won't change the record of the last four Y v. U games. The Y may end up with the better record for the year and beat a team that beat the U, but why can't the Y beat the U?

So let's go bowling together and see who's better at the end of the season!

SportzFan
Salt Lake City, UT

Lest my fellow BYU fans forget, the Utes have improved as well.

The Solution
Dayton, OH

I for one am hoping for the rematch! I think it would be a great game, reminiscent of the good ole days where both teams are playing their hearts out with a lot on the line.

To 79Ute, nobody can answer your question because nobody knows. Our coaches are trying to figure it out every year. They used to try to get the team to imagine the game as any other games so they don't psych themselves out. Since that didn't work, this year Bronco said go ahead and recognize it's not just any other game. Results were a little better, but Utah was still way more poised than BYU. However, I believe that the recent success is also tied to being played in the first 3 games of the season. Before the MWC split BM vs. KW was 3-3. No secret that BYU is slow starting seasons and much better at the end. Playing the 3rd game of season, BM vs. KW: 0-3.

The question is why does it take so long for BYU to get into rhythm?

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

79Ute,

We have better players. Some byu fans try to convince themselves that 1-2 star byu kids are just as talented as 4 star Alabama players because stars don't mean anything. This couldn't be more wrong. Every recruiting service has Utah beating byu in recruiting every year the last 4 years. Think its pure coincidence we've also won on the field the last 4 years?

Nope!

Keep telling yourselves having better athletes doesn't help make better teams. Or that stars don't mean anything even though Alabama, LSU, Auburn, Florida, have all had amazing(high star) recruiting classes leading up to their national championships. And keep telling yourselves your 1-2 star kids are just as athletic.

LOL

2013 Seniors 4-0 SWEEP

nhatch82
Eagle Mountain, UT

@ChrisB

"Keep telling yourselves having better athletes doesn't help make better teams. Or that stars don't mean anything even though Alabama, LSU, Auburn, Florida, have all had amazing(high star) recruiting classes leading up to their national championships. And keep telling yourselves your 1-2 star kids are just as athletic."

Show me on this article where anyone has said anything about recruiting stars? You are the only one that has commented about this. Get some new material rather than your cut and paste jobs you do on every article. Nobody is telling anyone that we have better athletes than Alabama LSU Auburn or Florida. The utes are in a similar situation. You don't have athletes that compare with them either. The point you are trying to make is irrelevant.

By you saying you have such better players really doesn't work. You were one "holding" play away from being tied and going to overtime with these no star athletes you mock each time you post. Utah and BYU are very similar talent wise, I cant figure out why you think they are so superior.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

nhtch82,

Try to keep up, it wasn't that complicated. 79 Ute asked why byu has gone a terrible 0-4 against their rival the last 4 years. My opinion has always been that ONE(I never said ONLY) big reason is that we have better athletes. And yes, many times on these articles byu fans have said "stars don't mean anything" and that couldt be more wrong, unless you people think its pure coincidence that Alabama, Florida, LSU, Auburn have had very high star recruiting classes and also won national championships. OVERALL ON AVERAGE the recruiting services get it right. And Utah has had higher AVERAGE star recruiting classes than byu every year since our Pac 12 invitation.

You think there is no correlation(I never said guarantee) between higher stars and better teams?

Wrong. There is.

nhatch82
Eagle Mountain, UT

@Chris B

Actually your superior starred athletes were outperformed stat wise in almost every category that night my friend. the 2-3 star athletes had more total yard 443-402 more first downs, 24-16, more rushing yards 183-129, less penalties, better 3rd down conversions percentage 23% vs 7%, and your all american quarterback only had 13 more pass yards than the quarterback with (at that time) the lowest passing efficiency rating in the entire country. You won by 7 points, and were one "holding" call away from going into overtime. Lets not pretend that your athletes are so superior. This was a tight game that the utes edged out and I give them all the credit for but this was no blowout that recruiting stars had anything to do with. this was a great game with equally talented teams.

remember you also did lose to a team that was beaten by an FCS "NO STAR" Team. Tell me how that math works? When you are a big dog like Alabama, LSU, and Florida the tlent level is very easy to see. when you are a pac 12 doormat with an average recruiting class it really doesn't make that much difference.

nhatch82
Eagle Mountain, UT

Cont.

Here is a big revelation for you ChrisB You aren't alabama florida or LSU. You ARE THE PAC 12 DOORMAT! You cant compete with those boys either. just like how you cant compete with average pac 12 opponents in your own league.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

nhatch,

We compete just as well in the Pac 12 as you compete with us.

And yes, there is a difference in talent level between Utah and byu. And yes, that help us to beat you, which we did this year. And last year. And the year before. And the year before.

Just as Alabama, Oregon, LSU are better than us and have better athletes, we are better than byu.

Just remember, however "bad" we are, you're worse!

If we're a doormat, what does that say about a team that can't beat a doormat?

LOL!

nhatch82
Eagle Mountain, UT

I am not saying we are better than you Christy. I am saying that your star rating when you are referring to Utah/BYU is not legit. they are two equally talented teams. I understand you have won the last 4 years. I am not arguing this. We would be a low end PAC 12 team as well. I just think you live in this fantasy world where your 4-5 star athlete make you this incredible team, however you don't make a BOWL GAME. Face it your argument is weak

Christopher B
Ogden, UT

nhatch,

You are in a fantasy world if you think I've ever said our team is 4-5 star athletes. No, I wish that were true. Utah is in the high 2's for average stars and byu is in the low 2's, and yes that difference means something.

And why wasn't Utah bowl eligible? We don't play byu-quality teams 12 times a year. WE have play Pac 12 teams that mostly have better recruits than we do.

My argument is solid.

There is a strong correlation between higher star teams beating lower star teams. Utah has beaten byu 4 times in a row and has also beatn byu in recruiting every year since our Pac 12 invitation. You think those two are related?

Yep!

But you guys keep telling yourself bronco is going to take you to a national title with a team of mostly 1-2 star nobodies!

LOL

Utes 27 USC 21
Ogden, UT

nhatch,

"they are two equally talented teams"

Not so, says every recruiting service!

nhatch82
Eagle Mountain, UT

Utes 27 USC 21

"Not so, says every recruiting service!"

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA you realize that means nothing right? we have actual ranking polls that determine which teams are better than the other, and if I am not mistaken BYU is ahead of Utah in EVERY SINGLE POLL except the ones that the utes make up themselves. This is determined by how many stars you had in high school apparently.

What is with you guys and recruiting? the player you bring in has to perform on a football field. For all you ute fans who dont understand this. having a 5 star recruit doesn't put points on the scoreboard. The star recruiting obsession from you guys is almost as silly as the PAC 12 stickers you flaunt.

Cougarista
Salt Lake City, UT

The SEC will always be at or near the top because of their recruiting and academic standards. Having 4 and 5 star recruits hasn't carried Texas all that far this year, either. Just as the WCC schools are faith-based and have higher academic standards than most other conferences, their triumphs in athletics are all the more sweet.

Christopher B
Ogden, UT

nhatch,

Keep telling yourself its pure coincidence that EVERY team winning football national titles also had very high star recruiting classes.

You know how Bronco keeps saying his goal is to win a national title at byU?

Tell me the last time a football national champion has a recruiting class with stars similar to byU

LOL!

Keep telling yourself bronco is capable of winning a national title with 1-2 star nobodies!

nhatch82
Eagle Mountain, UT

@ chris B

"Tell me the last time a football national champion has a recruiting class with stars similar to byU"

1984 let me know when you guys one

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