BYU football: Players and coaches excited about offensive improvements made this spring


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  • Ute buster Salt Lake City, UT
    March 30, 2014 9:35 a.m.

    54-10. Utes fans should know all about an easy schedule. Just look at their basketball 2013-14 schedule, one of the biggest crocks in all of college basketball. Look where it landed them; one and done in the lowly nit.

  • Horrible Stumper Hyrum, UT
    March 29, 2014 6:30 p.m.

    Any improvement at all should result in a 9 win season easily. Not a real aggressive schedule. They have scheduled some good "name" opponents, but not real great football teams. I hope BYU's improvement results in at least a 10-2 or 11-1 season. They realistically could go undefeated, it is a bit of a stretch, but within reach. Although I am not a Cougar Fan I hope they do go 11-1. Only game I am not cheering for them is against the Aggies. More wins, more exposure for the Cougars. Good luck on a successful season. Both USU and BYU should go bowling again. It would be nice for the Utes to go as well, but that is a far, far stretch based on their recent success in the PAC 10+2.

  • CG Orem, UT
    March 29, 2014 4:59 p.m.


    "...to have a good go fast go hard offense you need players that, ya know, go fast and hard."

    You can count Utah out then.

  • flatlander Omaha, NE
    March 29, 2014 3:59 p.m.

    Don't blame the writer. He did his best to make this a story of quotes from coaches and players. I have noticed some of the top coaches in the country are not taking the same approach. They are talking about how players need to step up, keeping expectations a little lower, but I don't think it is BYU's nature to say anything bad about anybody, hence everybody is doing great.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    March 29, 2014 1:24 p.m.

    it's hilarious that Chris B is the one talking about cut and past statements from the past. Is he going to be cutting and pasting his usual rant about the utes winning the South Division and the Conference Championship game and going to the Rose Bowl when the utes start their spring camp?

    Of course he will, you can "Mark it down!"

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    March 29, 2014 1:20 p.m.

    I hope there's significant improvement but I'll wait and see

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    March 29, 2014 12:17 p.m.

    I have to say that I got the biggest chuckle from the caption of the picture. It reads, "BYU's Taysom Hill looks for a receiver during practice at the Smith Fieldhouse on Wednesday, March 5, 2014."

    What would really be news is if Taysom Hill actually found a receiver. I don't any mention of improvement in that part of the game, which is one of the biggest reasons the Cougars couldn't beat Virginia and Utah. I'll wait to see what the Cougars put on the field, not what they put in the Deseret News.

    Go Cougars! Exceed my very low expectations again this year. Please do that.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 29, 2014 11:51 a.m.

    Won't matter how the offense plays. With the rediculously easy schedule, 9 wins are guaranteed.

  • Hank Jr Draper, UT
    March 29, 2014 11:45 a.m.

    My only concern about BYU's football team is the offensive line and the lack of tight end play. I'm also not a fan of the hurry-up offensive.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    March 29, 2014 11:44 a.m.

    Having a mean and tough attitude among the O-line is all fine and dandy and might help a little bit, but when that DE or LB is beating you on the corner on every single play, all the attitude in the world is not going to protect your quarterback. Just sayin'.

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    March 29, 2014 11:33 a.m.

    Sports is about optimism and that's what the Cougar pre-season dialog is about, as it is with every other team. How many teams say: We've pretty average, not much improved from last season and probably not worth buying a ticket for? If the season were settled by ratings, the #1 team could collect the trophy and forget about playing. Ease up on the complaining. The trolls would criticize BYU even if they went undefeated.

  • Proud Ute ,
    March 29, 2014 11:08 a.m.

    I have to wonder if Hill is the best QB or have they just fallen in love with him like they did Riley Nelson while much acclaimed Lark, Olsen and even Heaps to an extent,carried clipboards.

    The answer is likely in Ammon's transfer.

    Hill takes a lot of hits so isn't that going to be ironic if Hill unfortunately goes down leaving the coogs thin at game tested QBs?

  • Mtn Tracker Ephraim, UT
    March 29, 2014 9:11 a.m.

    To the writer it's not about hype. It's about drawing attention and ratings. It's about kindling emotion with readers. Everyone who comments on this is just adding fuel to the writers fire.

  • Darren Rowe Heber City, UT
    March 29, 2014 7:56 a.m.

    I personally am not going to buy the hype until I see it. I do believe that there will be improvement, considering all of our returning players and incoming talent, but the best case scenario is always what people believe will happen.

    There are times where the hype is matched or even exceeded (2006 team, 2007 team, 2012 defense), but they are few and far between.

    In my opinion, improvement is almost inevitable on offense. The WR position is the only one where replacements had to be made, and there are some talented kids coming in. Add that to a much easier schedule, and BYU will almost certainly be better offensively than last year. However, I will not believe the hype of being an elite offense (and team) until I see it.

  • I Bleed Blue Las Vegas, NV
    March 29, 2014 12:59 a.m.

    It's springtime with football and that is such a good thing. Having said that, and reading the various posted comments; I cannot help but say that I so look forward to that day in the future when the Cougar fan and Ute fan will enjoy football together without any ire. I see a day where instead of the constant put downs about each others program; there will be shared joy about the accomplishments of each University. It's springtime people so put away the venom and let's be positive. Good luck and let's hope that it's an injury free spring for both teams.

  • oldtimeftballer Salt Lake City, UT
    March 28, 2014 6:59 p.m.

    Cougars and Utes....please as a member of this community for over 20 years...take note:

    Utah has learned that they aren't relevant in the PAC12. They haven't gone to a bowl and haven't even come close to a winning record in conference. For the Ute fans to spout off and talk trash is beyond a joke. Being optimistic is great and what a fan is; but talking trash is a not wise until you can be relevant. I mean, beat Wash St please.

    BYU...you cant even beat Utah. This years schedule is cupcake city. You lose one game and the rest the 3rd string could win. You cant beat Utah and are your memories that short that you got beat up by the 6th place team in the PAC? 6th.

    Lets just be optimistic but let your playing prove it. I really do hope Utah can finish in the Top 3 in the South; and BYU can get to a decent bowl. It makes life fun on the Wasatch Front. But its getting old dealing with all your short memories and not living in reality which was real proof of last season.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 28, 2014 5:59 p.m.

    BYU and Utah St will be the only teams not home for the holidays.

  • BlackDiamond Provo, UT
    March 28, 2014 5:47 p.m.

    I am a BYU fan, but I agree with Chris B. This is what we hear every off season. Let's make it look good on the field instead of just looking good on paper. Of course everyone is excited for a new season but can we be excited and actually win. If we're going fast pace then please make sure the O line can go fast too.

  • Unbiased1979 dallas, TX
    March 28, 2014 5:31 p.m.

    I generally drink the blue koolaid. Having said that, let's try, for once, not to overhype this season. The players and coaches were excited in spring and fall camp last year, but then went out and laid an egg at Virginia. I think this team has alot of potential with the returning starters, but we shall see.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    March 28, 2014 5:10 p.m.

    I am very happy to see Bronco become much more involved in the offense, although I can't honestly say how effective it will be. I am certainly optimistic about this year's offense, though not to the extent of the usual preseason hype while mentally preparing myself for disappointment again. They are getting better, though.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    March 28, 2014 4:36 p.m.

    From the article:
    "Hill says that most of his focus has been on improving his timing, decision-making and recognition of opposing defenses."

    I am encouraged that he recognizes what his three biggest weaknesses are. If he can improve those three areas significantly, he'll be an NFL caliber QB.

  • CougarSunDevil Phoenix, AZ
    March 28, 2014 4:28 p.m.

    There's a lot of hype that comes out of the state of Utah. Stuff like National championships and Rose bowl victories. Either way, all the rest of college football has seen from Utah is one team bowling every year and the other team doing nothing. Besides, what are the players and coaches supposed to say "We're not that good, we'll be lucky to go bowling this year." That's the narrative coming from Salt Lake, not Provo.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 28, 2014 4:05 p.m.

    Was this a copy and paste from last year? I remember the hype about go fast go hard. It fell fast and fell hard.

    Like I said before, to have a good go fast go hard offense you need players that, ya know, go fast and hard.