I'll tell you what happened to the BYU passing attack. Mitch Mathews got
injured. That meant defenses could concentrate on Cody Hoffman more, and nobody
else stepped up. It's hard to replace 6-6. IF Mathews is healthy for the
whole Wisconsin game, maybe things turn out differently. If he's available
for Notre Dame, maybe things turn out differently. Who knows? Fact is, the
prolific offenses of BYU's past had multiple guys who could catch the ball
and do some damage. They don't have that right now. Thus, they rely on
what they do have: guys who can run the ball.
Chris BI checked the bowl schedule and discovered that none of our
4- and 5-star recruits have played in a bowl in almost 3 years. How can that
be?We're an "elite" team in an "elite"
conference and with all of our talent we still aren't good enough to be one
of the 70 teams that play in a bowl every year?Maybe it's
coaching. Has Whittingham ever considered changing offensive coordinators?
It's worth a try, don't ya think?
they sure can run for lots of yards
Until BYU gets better with the offensive line, the hurry-up offense is a mere
Good. Bring it to the game, please. This will be a very tough game. I hope
Robert Anae has been preparing himself.
I still think that by TH relying on his legs so much, some of our great
receivers didn't fare so well. I think he took the run option too quickly
before waiting long enough or having enough on the ball to get it to Cody for
one. I realize Cody was double covered a lot probably, but I feel sorry he
didn't have a bigger receiving season. He was such a sure receiver and
great playmaker - and who knows when we'll have someone as reliable as
that again? Skyler had the same kind of hands and ran great routes, to
compensate for not having the height of Cody. I just wish I knew Ross could be
as reliable next year. Too many drops. Mitch Matthews could develop maybe.
Can you teach great receiving? Or is it just in the hands? I guess we'll
have to wait and see next year...and that's a long wait. Oh well,
let's see what the bowl game brings. Will it be rebroadcast on BYUtv?
@ Rockarolla. Very well said, spot on analysis! BYU's very unique
challenge is to keep athletics in harmony with its mission and reason for
existing, not the other way around. Some potential athletes and students do not
fit in with BYU's academics, its honor code and religious observance
standards but others, such as Jamal Williams and Cody Hoffman (among many
others) do very well, they even excel!
Training at 6,000? Try 4,500.
BYU is an above average program. They are not in the upper 20 percent and they
do move up and down the scale from year to year. Utah is in the same boat only
a little lower on the national scale, same with Utah State. BYU's reciting
board is quite a bit less than Utah's because of many factors. 1-the honor
code. Many young men don't want to live the honor code and BYU doesn't
want those kids either. Nothing against the Kids, BYU just has a different
standard for all their students.2-academic qualifications. BYU's academic
standards are higher than the U's and USU's. No partial qualifiers
and allot of kids can't qualify. That includes LDS kids. Just because you
are LDS doesn't mean you get in automatically. 3-BYU's experience is
much different than any school in the world and some kids are not into that
whole experience. It takes a different kind of athlete to attend BYU. It's
really just that simple…Not Better Just Different. Many athletes want to
be babied and pampered and aren't into the whole "school" thing.
BYU is not for them!
Thomasjefferson, so are you and byufaninwash saying byu is just an average
football program? Because that's not what I hear from many byu fans here.
If byu is a big time program, wouldn't they get their share of big time
recruits? And again, "limited recruiting pool" doesn't explain
anything since lds kids nationwide have a greater chance of going to byu than
they do of going to any just random program, so in a way byu's recruiting
pool is also expanded. So again, why do byu fans think they should just realize
they will only be average athletes? Don't big programs get their share of
big time recruits and above average recruits?
BYUfaninWashStEverett, WAI prefer my dose of reality with a
more healthy shot of blue kool aid, but you nailed it pretty concisely.I will always remember Lavel saying the reason he went with a passing offense
was because he couldn't get old, slow returned missionaries to run-block
competitively. Go hard go fast is a good theory; word of wisdom
athletes who train at 6,000 should be able to out-run and gun their opponents.
But how about a go fast pass offense? Quick openers to the tight ends, flair
passes out of the backfield? I like that little option pass that gets the ball
in the running backs' hands going full speed forward.
Byufaninwash,Why does byu only get average talent? I thought tons of
kids always grow up wanting to play at byu? And saying "recruiting pool is
limited" doesn't explain why, because byu's recruiting pool is
also expanded to lds kids nationwide, kids that wouldn't consider byu if
they weren't lds.
Since overall talent at BYU is somewhat average (maybe a little better than
average), BYU has always needed a strategic advantage to consistently compete
against and beat the good teams. That strategic advantage was always the passing
game. A great running game alone will beat the lousy teams and occasionally a
good team. It will never provide the advantage needed to win consistently
against the better teams. If BYU cannot develop a good passing game, results
will always reflect the past many years ... average teams, nothing to be
especially proud of, as a fan. They will continue Running themselves into
That's right they are!! Keep it up boys!! Lead us to victory!Go