As a Utah fan I would have loved to have had him choose the Utes. Now I wish
him success at Alabama. Hope to hear big things these next few years!
I imagine as soon as he got the Alabama(and other offers) he'd laugh at the
thought of going to Utah or one of the MWC Utah schools. When your
choice is between Alabama and Utah, you go to Alabama. I too would have loved
to have him, but Utah is no Alabama. He'd be crazy to not go there.
One thing about it, with a name like Cooper Bateman, most people in Alabama
probably think he is from Alabama.All kidding aside, I hope he does
well and gets a real shot at the starting job. Being from Utah probably makes
his job tougher. How can a guy from Utah be better than a good ol'
Obviously nick Sabah knows what he's doing and who he plays. Tuscaloosa
has one of the prettiest campuses and it's a great area all around.
Obviously if it's utah and Alabama you go to Alabama but if byu wanted him
he would go to byu.
Nice article (again) AmyIt's nice to get an inside view on
It is becoming more and more evident that Utah is turning out tremendous
athletes. If they can be persuaded to stay in state there will be a good chance
for the local schools to be national powerhouses.
Hope he gets to play before he graduates...
Ernest:Actually, the Y did want Cooper, and offered him a
scholarship. However, the article stated... "Bateman never
wanted an easy road. He wanted to challenge himself in ways that most people
don’t have the courage to do...he told the Deseret News that he
didn’t mind being a small fish in a big pond...'Cooper wanted to see
if he could play on a big stage. He knew there was a chance he wouldn’t
make it. But he wanted to see if he could.'"So that
explains why he had no designs to go to Provo. He couldn't challenge
himself playing small ball.
Naval Vet,"Ernest T. Bass" is not a BYU fan--that's his way
of poking fun at them.
JT4:I know who Ernest is. I just couldn't resist poking fun at
the Y either.
Playing for Lane Kiffin's offense, he will have to learn the
"bubble" screen very well as that is an integral part of his offensive
scheme. (lol). It is a shame that Utah kids do not have enough
pride in their schools in Utah to consider them...he would have been a great fit
for BYU. At Utah, he may have had to sit at least one year. But, to go to
Oregon, Washington St., Alabama, USC or ucla is a slap in the face of the Utah
brand of football...Utah is getting a lot of Texas kids, and now a Louisiana
kid, but not the top QB in either state. You can go to the Pros from Utah, Utah
St. and BYU...there are a total of 38 in the Pros from the state of Utah,
including 23 from Utah, 10 from Utah St. and 5 from BYU.We need to
keep these kids here if we are to progress in the college football game.
Coach Saban only gives what is earned. If you perform, you play. Period. There
is not a better coach in college football. He keeps all of his players grounded
in reality and recognizing that they only are part of a team, not the other way
around. Hence no media interviews for Freshman. Prima Donna's need not
apply. Could not be a better place for this young man to learn to play college
football. Wise choice, Cooper.
@navalvetYour explanation is woefully short of facts.Bateman was in fact offered from BYU and he was very much interested in the
offer... In fact he was very tempted to either take the Coug offer or the Boise
State offer (notice he really didn't even consider the ute offer) but he
got a chance to play in the SEC which is usually considered the best conference
in America so he took it...According to most reports, the reason he
didn't take the BYU offer was because of the apparent log jam at the QB
position... Taysom Hill had just declared that he was going to go to BYU upon
his return from his Mission (dropping his Stanford Scholarship)... Ammon Olson
had also declared that he would be attending BYU and Tanner Mangum (the number 1
recruit out of Idaho and MVP of the Elite 11 Competition) had said he would
attend BYU upon completion of his mission...Heaps had just opted to
transfer to Kansas because he was afraid that he would get buried in the group
given the fact that he had just lost the starting job to Riley Nelson and Nelson
still had another year of eligibility.
This should give the Utes a good QB to cheer for this year.(funny