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Published: Friday, April 18 2014 4:20 p.m. MDT

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Bountiful, UT

it's a good move, I applaud it. I think we saw where our lack of depth hurt the team. They've certainly increased the anticipation looking ahead to next season.

Stockton, CA

I think the strategy is brilliant. Not only does it bring more game experience to the field, but it gives the newbies someone else who's got varied game perspective to talk to. I credit this to Greg Martzen. He's the real ringer!!

Ken Lee
Pasadena, CA

Good news for the Cougs…we will need all the plug and play quality players we can get…this is not a patsy schedule. …..but, the "power conference" jokers are not particularly scarier than any others…the haves rule and have nots are door mats in the power conferences….looking forward to Texas again…UCF and Boise State could be a lot more dangerous than Cal…could be a great and challenging year. Utah and Virginia are interchangeable…we've proven we can stub our toe if we don't pay attention to all the games.

caleb in new york
Glen Cove, NY

we could have used more of these last year when the schedule was far more formidable. But Texas, UCF, and Boise St. should be tough games and the Cougs did lose to Virginia last year so fans should not take any wins for granted.

UC Baller
Salt Lake City, UT

As a BYU fan I like the use of the one year players....but what it really shows me is how bad we are at recruiting.

We aren't keeping up with Top 25 programs (no not you Utah)...the gap seems like it is widening and we are becoming a middle of the pack team. Beat the weaker teams, and lose to top 25 teams and Utah.

Can we ever have a recruiting class in the Top 40? Or am I delusional and BYU football is fading....please help me understand. Thx.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

"this is not a patsy schedule"

Yes it is.

"Utah and Virginia are interchangeable"

Not really. BYU did manage to lose to both, but Utah finished #34, and Virginia finished #104.

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

Good to see Bronco make needed changes. Let's hope that many more will follow. Clearly he will be BYU's coach for many years...if he begins to learn from mistakes we might eventually get the program back to where he should be.

Payson, UT

Interesting trend. Think cougars should expand recruiting to top players at other colleges. It appears that the number of players with only one year of eligibility that want to break away from their alma mater is increasing.

IA Cougar
West Des Moines, IA

Not sure I would call it "loading up" with three. I am interested if these one year players will really help the program. Should be a solid year with a slightly easier schedule. Go Cougs.

Mcallen, TX

Dealing with missions, and the honor code is a juggling act.

I'm surprised that BYU does as well as it does.

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

Utah is more interchangeable with UConn then Virginia. Both teams had their moments with UConn coming on late to win its last three games.

I really am looking forward to the season next year. I hope the O-Line steps up and improves. If they do BYU could beat anybody. Its going to an exciting year with so much experience on offense.

Lindon, UT

The ESPN contract is the reason we are getting transfers. These guys want to go somewhere where they can play and get maximum exposure. BYU is that place and if it works out for the guys we have now look for more in the future. Anything that brings in good players is a plus right now. We should go undefeated this year.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

@ UC Baller - have we heard many times that Bronco M. doesn't like going after top qulaity players when they are 4 or 5 star. He look for players who are dedicated on and off the field. I don't want to mentioned one player who chosed to transfer that he didn't seem to want to work or play hard on the field. He came to some sport bar at Salt Lake along with our local media that he chose BYU and what did Bronco thought of that? Well, Bronco rolled his eyes and didn't say much.

Anyway, lets hope this new system work for this year and welcome aboard to those three new (grad students) guys

Layton, UT

So I am a little confused. IF they are graduating, why are they not entering the NFL draft? What is the point of playing another season when they have already finished their undergrad degree????

Arlington, WA

Okay. Let's say that a Portland State, Montana or another lower tier, Div I or II team, recruits a kid who turns out to be a gifted player. Let's also say that the kid either decides to move up to a higher quality program, decides to serve a mission, or graduates with a 4 year degree from his first college of choice. Then let's also say that he has a remaining year or two of eligibility left to play Div I football. So, BYU swoops in and picks off this kid, a la Nebraska or Stanford, or maybe even a SoCal and so forth.

BYU, is then building upon an already in-place philosophy, of having developing young players mixed in with highly mature and highly experienced, as well as highly motivated players, who are workman-like, strong, level-headed and steady. How could this scenario be wrong for anybody?

Again, BYU appears to be out in front, on the cutting edge of college football evolutionary development!

Go Cougs!

Snack PAC
Olympus Cove, Utah


Based strictly on win-loss records from 2013, BYU's schedule is ranked about the same as the schedules for Alabama and Oklahoma - if either of those teams runs the table will you try claim that neither is deserving of a playoff berth?

btw, Virginia's schedule is ranked 2nd toughest.

Like Utah fans, should Cavalier fans be beating their chests about how tough their schedule is?

Cardston, Alberta

October 2012: mission age lowered to 18
Summer 2013: mass exodus of 18-yr olds to mission service (many highly recruited 18-yr olds)
Summer 2014: more 18 yr olds depart on missions("one-and-done" recruits fill the void)
Summer 2015: massive return of 20 yr olds from mission service begins although many will need a year to be ready to contribute.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

UC Baller
Salt Lake City, UT

I may be mistaken, because I am relying on memory, and frankly I don't care enough to look it up, but I believe that 1) BYU recruiting has NEVER been top 25 or even top 40; and that 2) BYU recruiting is hanging about even with the only method to measure recruiting - the dreaded star system.

If my recollection is correct, then this is a nice move to take advantage of two situations - scholarships with less than the full allocation of years and talent that is immediately available.

What I think is incredibly interesting is the number of young men - and presumably young women - who are completing a 4 year degree in 4 years, while competing at a high level of collegiate athletics. I would love a DN story on other athletes doing the same thing, and where they are going.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Snack PAC

That is a logical fallacy. SOS is not determined solely on win-loss records because 8 wins in the SEC or Big 10 is not the same as 8 wins in the MWC or Sun Belt.

According to Sagarin, Virgina played the 35th ranked SOS, and they only won 2 games. So no, I don't think Cavalier fans should be pounding their chests about anything.

South Jordan, UT

All of these kids are looking for more playing time. The kid from Stanford and Nebraska know they are buried behind deep, talented players. The kid from UTEP could be a good find. The other two simply know they aren't buried behind a bunch of talented recruits when coming to BYU.

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