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Published: Monday, Dec. 30 2013 4:50 p.m. MST

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wYo8
Rock Springs, WY

BYU was lucky to keep Hill healthy all year.

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

The problem is that the same folks will be running the offense. Creative and offense are two words that don't go together at BYU. Offensive adjustments are apparently impossible for our staff to make during the game. As the schedule gets tougher, the performance will get worse and worse. Time to evaluate your investment in season tickets.

Uncle Rico
Provo, UT

2013: BYU 6-0 vs Trash
2-5 vs BCS conference teams
(didn't even play a conference champion or runner up)

wait until 2014, the schedule gets easier.

JD
Las Vegas, NV

Wow, prime time? Are you high up in the mountains experiencing the altitude? I would not even say they are ready to be the best team in the state or the best Independent team.

Average. Average. Average.

That is the word that comes to mind. A lot of players that saw a majority of the minutes this year are graduating. Yes, on paper wins will be easier due to a weak schedule for 2014. But, prime time is really far away. Come back down the mountain and breathe the real air.

First step....recruiting has to improve to be a candidate for prime time. It's been very obvious when BYU has played teams that are (really) closer to prime time in both football and basketball, that the Cougars do not have the athletes with quickness and speed to take it to the next level.

That's just a fact, not a put down.

Tilka
PORTLAND, OR

I'm sorry but is anyone else getting tired of these stories about BYU being very close to becoming an elite team? These are the same stories that said BYU would beat Utah, Wisconsin, Washington and Notre Dame. Look, I'm a BYU fan but I am getting tired of the unjustified hype.

Confused
Sandy, UT

Just curious if Lafe Peavler knows anything about Football?

You have two 1,000 yard rushers on the team, yet he fails to understand that the reason these two were able to rush for 1,000 yards is because the offensive line opened holes for them to run, ran blocked for Hill as he was going down field....

He is correct that the left side of the line had issues (mostly Yeck, while Mathews was hurt most of the year and could not swivel to block). The center, left guard (Johnson) and right tackle (Wesley, Kearsly) did their jobs. In fact the only time hill got touched from the right side is when the RB did not pick up the block.

Next year with Mathews healthy, Yeck gone the Line should be ok.

Scott Farcus
Beaver, UT

"BYU football is just a few adjustments and an offensive line away from prime time
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By Lafe Peavler

You can't be serious?

Lafe were you able to write this without busting a gut?

Sports Nutz
Smithfield, UT

OK, I will play along. The Jazz are just a few players away from winning the NBA Championship. Who has next?

fender
Washington, UT

The O line is not good. That is obvious. This article implies that the coaches need to do a better job, but fact is the Cougs have one of the best O line coaches in the country in Robert Anae and Tujague is very competent. Sorry, but you can't get blood from a turnip. If Bronco can't recruit better athletes, I don't see things getting a lot better next year.

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

"BYU football is just a few adjustments and an offensive line away from prime time" -- DN

This year, BYU has ZERO ex-players that will be in the NFL playoffs.

I would argue that with a lack of NFL talent BYU football is anything but a few adjustments away from prime time. And the trends don't look good...

Utah Top Recruits (Rivals):

2003:
Affleck…ASU
Soi…BYU
Speredon…BYU
Reynolds…BYU
Sorenson…Vanderbilt

2014
Barton… Utah
Schultz… ND/Stanford/Utah
Mone … Michigan
Frison… Utah
Havili…. Utah

54-10
Salt Lake City, UT

Lafe - leave the cheerleading to Mr Harmon.

Until BYU can win some games against BCS caliber teams, it's all just hype.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

"...the Cougars are just a few adjustments, including an overhaul on the offensive line"

Overhauling the O-line is not an adjustment.

Cougsndawgs
West Point , UT

Uteology:
C'mon dude, that was a disingenuous post. BYU is recruiting better outside the state of Utah and currently has a stronger recruiting class overall than Utah. I agree this article is hilarious to think that BYU is that close to being a great team but present ALL the facts not just the ones that make your utes look better than they actually are.

To those ute fans that talk about all the Utah talent in the NFL, that's a double edged sword. So you have a lot of talent but you finished 2-7 in conference. So you're a talented team who epically fails to translate that talent to anything great on the field. You have more NFL players than Stanford yet Stanford is competing every year for the PAC championship including being the champion the last two years. See that's what great programs do, they WIN championships. They don't need SOS, recruiting, and NFL alumni trophies to help them feel better about themselves. I mean 6 conference championships in the conferences you make fun of now in half a century!? LOL!

UteMiguel
Go Utes, CA

More important than an improved O-line will be next year's much weaker schedule. BYU will win at least 10 games without improving at all. Problem solved.

Dan the Fan
PROVO, UT

Big fan, but can't understand where this author is coming from! Offensive line is atrocious! Play calling stinks (Yes, our qb can rush, but did anyone feel comfortable with him rushing that many times in the bowl game?!) Our "Blue Zone" play calling and efficiency is downright awful!
But to me the biggest concern going into next year is the defense. Gone is sorensen, the entire linebacking core minus fua and Manumaleuma the only d lineman that can get any type of pressure on the qb.
Kafusi is a huge disappointment and Van Noy will be impossible to replace. The only thing that changes is that our schedule will be easier and we'll register a few more gimme games. Who's excited for Savannah State to come to Prove in November?

Wasatch Al
South Jordan, UT

Yeah, just a few adjustments away from "prime time." That's 10:30 pm. on ESPN U.

See It
SPRINGVILLE, UT

Lafe, did you just write this because someone gave you the assignment? Did you even watch the cougars this year? The Oline is only a fraction of the problem. The real problem is the coaching staff who didn't have enough intelligence to make adjustments throughout the entire season. Sure we will do better next year with a pansy schedule. As long as Anae is calling the plays we will do poorly in games with decent teams.

true blue from tx
Mckinney, TX

BYU should take a few pages from Texas Tech.

shorts
Payson, UT

You really mean that need an offensive line from the SEC which they will never get being who that are? BYU O-line and the current recruits are no where close to where it needs to be for BYU to be Prime Time and that is not going to change. BYU will win 10+ games next year but they will not beat anyone that is good unless they can pull off an upset of Texas and Texas does something in the Big 12. BYU is what it is right now a good mid major team. They beat teams that they should and lose to teams that are good. (except Virginia and I just don't understand that one)

Common Sense Czar
Sandy, UT

So is every other 8-5 team in the country.

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