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  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    June 3, 2014 12:51 a.m.

    @ backpacn

    Nobody is saying playing a strong SOS is an accomplishment. We're saying it's the reason for the decreased number of wins. Same thing is happening to TCU. BYU's schedule has a few really good teams, which bring the SOS up, and then there are anywhere between 6-8 mediocre teams that BYU uses to gain bowl eligibility. Take 2011 for example. BYU lost to the quality teams (Utah, Texas, and TCU), but managed to string together a bunch of wins on the backs of a bunch of terrible teams. Ole Miss 2-10, UCF 5-7, SJSU 5-7, Oregon St. 3-9, Idaho St. 2-9 (in the FCS), Idaho 2-10, NMSU 4-10, Hawaii 6-7. 8 of BYU's 10 wins right there, and that's not impressive.

  • backpacn Sandy, UT
    June 2, 2014 10:48 a.m.

    No playoff for U

    When you're no longer good enough to qualify for a bowl, U resort to claiming that playing a strong SOS is an "accomplishment".

    In 2008, Utah fans claimed that Utah could compete with anybody.

    Now that reality has smacked them in the face - 4-5, 3-6, 2-7 - they've been forced to use whiny SOS excuses to explain away their mediocrity.

    Interestingly, BYU qualified for a bowl in 2013, while playing the 38th toughest SOS, while Utah, playing the 41st toughest SOS in 2012, failed to qualify for a bowl.

  • No playoff for U Salt Lake City, UT
    June 2, 2014 8:38 a.m.

    AZUTE1

    Easier schedule has absolutely NOTHING to do with the quality of the team; when are Utah fans going to wake up and smell the coffee? U can play the #1 SOS in the country and still be the absolute worst team in the country.

    Florida St played the #62 SOS last season, but was ranked #1 by the AP, Coaches, Sagarin, and won the national championship.

    Louisville played the #103 SOS, but was ranked #15 in the AP and Coaches polls, and #20 by Sagarin.

    How good a team is has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of their opposition. All that SOS proves is how much a team has been tested.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    June 1, 2014 6:11 p.m.

    darren rowe--

    "Also, the 2005, 2011, 2012, and 2013 seasons are all years where we had a better overall season than utah even though they beat us head-to-head."

    How can U possibly proclaim byu had the better overall season in any season when they not only lost to The U, but they also played against a significantly easier schedule, as was the case in '11/'12/'13? This just simply doesn't pass the common-sense test. No better illustration of how non-sensical this proclamation is than in '11 when The U not only destroyed byu on their homefield, 54-10, they played against a SOS ranked 41 spots higher than byu's!

  • Darren Rowe Heber City, UT
    May 31, 2014 10:15 p.m.

    @Tomahawk Red

    "BYU hasn't been better than Utah, for even one season, since the very early 2000s."

    I guess you didn't watch college football during the 2006, 2007, or 2009 season, where BYU beat utah, finished with a better record both overall and in conference, and had a higher national ranking.

    Also, the 2005, 2011, 2012, and 2013 seasons are all years where we had a better overall season than utah even though they beat us head-to-head.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    May 31, 2014 7:55 a.m.

    Kenneth Scott is a beast no doubt about it. That said, it remains to be seen if he is the best from a Utah school. I think this article is evidence that he has some pretty stiff competition to being proclaimed "the best receiver to play at a Utah based school". Both BYU and Utah have new receivers coming in that may have something to say about that.

  • CO Ute PARKER, CO
    May 30, 2014 10:54 p.m.

    The best receiver to play at a Utah based school this year will be Kenneth Scott. Unless he is injured again, I expect him to have a break out year. Dres has a lot of talent, especially if he can limit his drops.

    Can't comment about the Y transfer because I have never seen him play. Most of his success will depend on how his QB plays this year but given the level of competition, he should fare pretty well.

  • Tomahawk Red North Salt Lake, UT
    May 30, 2014 5:08 p.m.

    Y Grad / Y Dad
    Richland, WA

    And Utah, as usual, ended up with a few significant wins, but worse than the teams they beat. Worse than Stanford, worse than BYU, and, for good measure, worse than Texas.

    ---------

    And yet, you still can't beat us. BYU hasn't been better than Utah, for even one season, since the very early 2000s.

    Keep digging that hole bigger for yourself.

    LOL

  • Tomahawk Red North Salt Lake, UT
    May 30, 2014 5:06 p.m.

    Y Grad / Y Dad
    Richland, WA

    You can tell yourself that, but no matter the topic of conversation, once it becomes Utes -vs- BYU, every time, almost immediately, the Ute rejoinder is "yet we've owned you four years in a row."

    --------

    Ha ha ha ha. And THAT is your "proof" that Utah fans measure success by beating or losing to BYU? Ha ha ha. Forgive me if I can't follow that sound logic!

    "...once it becomes Utes -vs- BYU, every time, almost immediately, the Ute rejoinder is "yet we've owned you four years in a row..."

    Uh, yeah. Isn't that supposed to be what we say when talking Utah-BYU? Or maybe you think when the rivalry comes up we should mention... Stanford? Okay.

    Here's a dose of reality. "We've beat you four years in a row" is regularly seen because it is simply a response to all BYU fans' incessant and ignorant claims of unsupported superiority.

    Utah fans hear you talking superiority smack and we have to put you all in your place. And we do it every single time. Four in a row, 9 of 13, and 54-10 makes that pretty easy.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    May 30, 2014 4:53 p.m.

    Please stop with the SOS excuses ute fans. BYU played the 38th ranked schedule last year and finished 8-5. That's better than Utah's schedule in 2012 where they went 5-7. It's also better than Utah's SOS in 2011 where they also finished 8-5. Time to get some new material because BYU has already shown they can do better with a tougher SOS. Any refutation of that FACT is pure spin and logically unjustifiable.

    As for playing the best competition, it will be interesting to see which of these two goes higher in the draft. One is 6'3 and one is 6'1 with lifts in his shoes. They run about the same 40. Both have decent hands, though DA has a reputation for dropping passes. We shall see, but NFL scouts care about what they see on film and at the combine, not always who the competition was...Blake Bortles anyone? And did anyone see how many Louisville players went 1st and 2nd round? Apparently the scouts didn't care that they played an AAC schedule.

  • KH Holladay, UT
    May 30, 2014 3:49 p.m.

    Y Dad,

    "And Utah, as usual, ended up with a few significant wins, but worse than the teams they beat. Worse than Stanford, worse than BYU, and, for good measure, worse than Texas."

    Why do you think Utah is worse than byu? Why? Because byu played a much much easier schedule and got to 8 wins? And Utah played a much much tougher schedule and only won 5? Is that your reasoning?

    byu got a small taste of what it is like to play in the PAC 12 when it lost to Utah and Washington. 0-2 against PAC 12 last year.

  • nhatch82 Eagle Mountain, UT
    May 30, 2014 3:32 p.m.

    @JD

    "Until you play 10 BCS opponents a year, one can't really say or evaluate with confidence if he is really a top player."

    in in 2016 I see you have 3 non BCS opponents thus making it very difficult for you to play 10 BCS teams see how you only play 12 games. I guess we bank on no utes being considered a top player. only subpar players for the utes in 2016 everybody!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 30, 2014 12:36 p.m.

    One goes bowling while the other is home for Christmas. All other spins are plain excuses.

  • Jeremy234 SLC, UT
    May 30, 2014 11:54 a.m.

    Darren Rowe: Kenneth Scott was injured in the first game.

  • nhatch82 Eagle Mountain, UT
    May 30, 2014 9:25 a.m.

    @ute4sometimes

    "You can't count the completion percentage Wilson had when his throwing hand was dripping blood and was swollen so badly that he could barely grip the ball. That is like measuring a guy's 40 time when he has a sprained ankle. It doesn't make sense."
    ------
    Thats the funniest thing I have heard. I am sure you are more than happy to count the touchdowns he threw at that time though right? all the completions count at that time right?

    The real question is if we shouldnt even count these stats what does that say about your coaching staff? Why would you play a guy at quarterback that cant even "grip" the ball (obvious fabrication because he threw the ball 122 times in october). I am also 100% sure his hand was not "dripping with blood" the whole month of october.

    If he couldn't help the team he shouldn't have played right? This is the weakest argument I have heard in a long time. If you play the game your stats count. Period.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    May 30, 2014 8:31 a.m.

    What's encouraging for DA is the entire focus won't be on him this year, particularly if Kaelin Clay finally arrives on campus, which is highly probable at this point....DA also improved with his hands from '12 to '13!

    byu's kid unfortunately will finish college having never faced the best competition and most certainly not week in week out like DA has been/will continue to be.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    May 29, 2014 8:21 p.m.

    Tomahawk Red
    North Salt Lake, UT
    Y Grad / Y Dad
    Richland, WA

    BYU and Stanford ended up being pretty decent for the season. And Utah beat them.

    --------

    BYU didn't hold a candle to Stanford last year. Stanford ended up being a GREAT team last year. Texas ended up being slightly above average. BYU, as usual, ended up a totally mediocre team, just like in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and on and on.

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    And Utah, as usual, ended up with a few significant wins, but worse than the teams they beat. Worse than Stanford, worse than BYU, and, for good measure, worse than Texas.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    May 29, 2014 8:14 p.m.

    Tomahawk Red
    North Salt Lake, UT
    Y Grad / Y Dad
    Richland, WA
    Spokane Ute

    After three years, Utah's main measure of success is still how they played against the team they left behind, supposedly.

    --------

    That's what BYU fans want to believe. But not a single Utah fan measures success by anything we do against BYU, no matter how many beatings we've repeatedly delivered to them in recent memory.

    Nice try. But a fail, nonetheless.

    ----------

    You can tell yourself that, but no matter the topic of conversation, once it becomes Utes -vs- BYU, every time, almost immediately, the Ute rejoinder is "yet we've owned you four years in a row."

    I understand this, because increasingly there is little else to celebrate.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    May 29, 2014 5:37 p.m.

    Good luck to Dres! I can't wait to watch him burn the field.

    Go Utes!!

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    May 29, 2014 4:55 p.m.

    @YDad/YFan
    Fun stuff for sure but we are talking about kids and they'll make mistakes, especially when they open their mouths. But everyone needs to keep things in perspective and realize we are discussing a game played by kids.
    Outside of a few BYU fans and maybe some over zealous school administrators nobody actually believes "if you live your life right on and off the field, magic happens". I would guess Collie will or has already laughed at his silly comment and would advice others to bite your tounge until the adrenaline has worn off.
    The rivalry is too intense and mean because both sides want to drag religon into it. I could do without it and would enjoy seeing other schools like Michigan come into Salt Lake City every year.

  • giantfan Farmington, UT
    May 29, 2014 4:19 p.m.

    At least Utah has an advantage in recruiting:

    "We let our football players spend the holidays at home."

  • Tomahawk Red North Salt Lake, UT
    May 29, 2014 3:50 p.m.

    Y Grad / Y Dad
    Richland, WA

    BYU and Stanford ended up being pretty decent for the season. And Utah beat them.

    --------

    BYU didn't hold a candle to Stanford last year. Stanford ended up being a GREAT team last year. Texas ended up being slightly above average. BYU, as usual, ended up a totally mediocre team, just like in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and on and on.

  • Tomahawk Red North Salt Lake, UT
    May 29, 2014 3:47 p.m.

    SlopJ30
    St Louis, MO

    Odds: Un-good. Regardless, you'll still be able to cling pridefully to the four consecutive wins over mediocre BYU. So, you've got that going for you.

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    Meanwhile, BYU remains a mid-major in everyone's eyes, completely locked out from any meaningful bowls and the playoff. And sanctions are coming too.

    How you luv your team right now?

    Ha ha ha

  • Tomahawk Red North Salt Lake, UT
    May 29, 2014 3:29 p.m.

    Duckhunter
    Highland , UT

    Your jealous rants are delicious.

  • Tomahawk Red North Salt Lake, UT
    May 29, 2014 3:28 p.m.

    Darren Rowe
    Heber City, UT

    I would think if they were really that great I would know who they were.

    Then again, I don't really care about or follow the utes as much as utah fans care about and follow BYU, so I guess it's natural that I haven't heard of them.

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    Thanks for discrediting yourself with that. You saved us all the trouble.

  • Tomahawk Red North Salt Lake, UT
    May 29, 2014 3:26 p.m.

    Y Grad / Y Dad
    Richland, WA
    Spokane Ute

    After three years, Utah's main measure of success is still how they played against the team they left behind, supposedly.

    --------

    That's what BYU fans want to believe. But not a single Utah fan measures success by anything we do against BYU, no matter how many beatings we've repeatedly delivered to them in recent memory.

    Nice try. But a fail, nonetheless.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    May 29, 2014 3:22 p.m.

    Y Grad / Y Dad

    BYU was better than Texas. No poll, equation or formula will convience me otherwise. We need to get this season started so we have some new material. FYI, I might have to become a Coug (WSU) daughter starts there in the fall. I'm done; have a good one Guy!

  • Tomahawk Red North Salt Lake, UT
    May 29, 2014 3:20 p.m.

    Darren Rowe
    Heber City, UT

    As for Dres, he is an outstanding player. In my opinion, he was the main reason utah beat BYU last year.

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    I think Dres is the main reason Utah has beaten BYU in the last three tries. He had a field day in 2011, as well as a great game last year against you guys.

    The best thing for BYU fans in 2016 will be NOT seeing #6 in uniform on the opposing sideline.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    May 29, 2014 3:08 p.m.

    Spokane Ute

    Texas ended up being pretty decent for the season. And BYU beat them.

    BYU and Stanford ended up being pretty decent for the season. And Utah beat them.

    Utah ended up...

  • ute4ever West Jordan, UT
    May 29, 2014 2:25 p.m.

    @ nhatch

    I didn't pick and choose completion percentages for Wilson. You can't count the completion percentage Wilson had when his throwing hand was dripping blood and was swollen so badly that he could barely grip the ball. That is like measuring a guy's 40 time when he has a sprained ankle. It doesn't make sense.

    Wilson's completion percentage for the year was 57%. Half of those games were played with his injured hand that eventually kept him out of the final games of the season. Before the injury he was performing very, very well.

    What does it say about Taysom when a guy with an injured hand can complete at a higher rate than him? And you say that Taysom improved as the season went on....how can you not? I remember the ESPN announcers saying Taysom's completion percentage was 33% when they played BYU. You can blame the "monsoon" but the Virginia quarterback still managed a 57% completion rate while Taysom completed 33%. The Texas game quarterbacks completed 55% of their passes while Taysom only completed 33%.

    All I'm saying is that Taysom is not the "accurate" quarterback he is portrayed compared to Wilson, or almost anyone.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    May 29, 2014 2:21 p.m.

    @ Duckhunter

    "That's because no one has every heard of them. They are a collection of 2 and 3 star recruits who have done nothing to date in the college game and were no more than lightly recruited by any teams of note. There would be no reason to have ever heard of any of them, they've done nothing anyone would have bothered to pay attention to."

    Ironically, this describes BYU football to a T.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    May 29, 2014 2:02 p.m.

    Y Grad / Y Dad

    Conversely, was BYU better than Texas for the season?

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    May 29, 2014 1:41 p.m.

    FT
    salt lake city, UT

    Alright, now we're getting somewhere. I'll give you Lenny and Max, but I still think Austin's biggest sin was getting wide open on 4th and 18. That and trying to be humble when feeling a tremendous amount of justifiable pride. "Magic happens"? Time to get over that.

    There is absolutely no ground for me to stand on in the "who is better" debate. Utah has played excellent ball againat BYU the last 4 times out, no explanation needed. But you have to admit, if Utah would have played that well consistently, they would have gone bowling these last years.

    Shoot, if U had played consistently as well as you played against Stanford, U might have been a contender. As it is, do you contend that U were a better football team than Stanford? On that day, yes. For the season?

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    May 29, 2014 1:34 p.m.

    @Duckhunter

    "That's the point, he hasn't done anything so there would be absolutely no reason for anyone outside of some deluded utah "fan" to even know who he is. Maybe he'll be good but at this point all I can think of is that wr utah had last season, the JC guy that was supposed to be the second coming of Julio Jones but he never wound up doing a single thing."

    That didn't stop you guys from starting a "Jake Heaps for Heisman" campaign before he'd ever taken a D1 snap. So are you the pot or the kettle?

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    May 29, 2014 1:17 p.m.

    Chris B's typo is telling: "The future if bright for Pac 12 Utah football."

    Don't they call that a Freudian slip? The future is bright for Utah football only because there's a ginormous neon "IF" sign blinding everyone from each end of Rice-Eccles. IF you can find a good QB and keep him healthy, IF the rest of the league has a down year and/or gets busted for mutliple NCAA infractions, and IF Urban Meyer bails on OSU to replace Whitt, the future indeed may be bright.

    Odds: Un-good. Regardless, you'll still be able to cling pridefully to the four consecutive wins over mediocre BYU. So, you've got that going for you.

    If we're being honest, regardless of allegiance, both schools' teams' futures are giant question marks right now. The U will enjoy PAC-12 money and the Y's independence will continue to provide benefits and restrictions in roughly equal measure. Will either road translate to on-field excellence? No-one has any idea.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    May 29, 2014 12:50 p.m.

    @Y Dad/Y Grad
    As a long, long time Ute fan I really don't care if Utah ever plays BYU. I dis-like the rivarly and the poor sportsmanship and hatred I see from both sides. From Utah's prespective there is little to be gained outside of the state in playing BYU. I wish they did not renew the series in a couple of years. I hope the BYU receiver does well and with the exception of Lenny Gomes, Max Hall and Austin Collie I've always supported their kids. It's logical to assume that BYU would not have made a bowl game the last 2 years if they played Utah's schedule. Throw assumptions and second guessing out the window when teams actually lock up and play. Utah has been the better team over the past few years and given its alliance with the PAC 12 it will probably continue to be.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 29, 2014 12:31 p.m.

    duck,

    8 of our last 10 graduating classes had an undefeated season and won a prestigious BCS game and ended up ranked in the top 5 in the country.

    0 of your last 10 graduating classes did any of that!

  • ekute Layton, UT
    May 29, 2014 12:19 p.m.

    Dres has already proven that he's one of the best vs top level competition and will get a chance to do so again this year. byu's receiver hasn't and won't.

    Duckhunter's comments are funny considering that byu's best all time record breaking receiver went undrafted.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    May 29, 2014 12:07 p.m.

    @ Y Grad / Y Dad

    Thanks, as always, for your kind words. We certainly won't be able to compare Utah-BYU via head to head performance for the next two years. I hope everything works out for both receivers; and I also hope all is well with you and yours my friend! I'm glad we are able to take the back and forth for what it is. Seems like others, on both sides, get very angry about a differing opinion.

    Go Utes; and more importantly, Go Seahawks!

  • Duckhunter Highland , UT
    May 29, 2014 12:00 p.m.

    @chris b

    They've also missed out on what it is like to play in a bowl game the last two years, in fact with the exception of anderson none of them has ever even been to a bowl game although they probably did watch other teams play in bowl games on tv while they sat at home.

    That's how good they all are, they've been major contributors to utah's two year bowless and losing season streak. Definite hall of famers.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    May 29, 2014 11:58 a.m.

    FT
    salt lake city, UT

    By the same logic, you could have said, "if you enjoy losing to the best, and sometimes the worst, go to the U."

    Or "if you enjoy other teams beat the best, and go to bowl games, go to the U."

    I really don't understand. Nice article, two good athletes hoping to help their teams win this year. Does it really change anything for Utah fans whether BYU's schedule is good, mediocre or weak-sauce? In the absence of feeling good, does it really make u'r season any more successful if you hurt BYU fans poor tender feelers?

    "At least we're better than BYU!" comes out of one side of your head, while "BYU is so bad!" comes out of the other.

    Make you a deal? U focus on winning 6 games and BYU will focus on winning enough games that the SEC and ACC snubs become important.

  • Duckhunter Highland , UT
    May 29, 2014 11:56 a.m.

    @sir robin

    "You do know that Kenneth Scott missed all of last season with a broken leg, right?"

    That's the point, he hasn't done anything so there would be absolutely no reason for anyone outside of some deluded utah "fan" to even know who he is. Maybe he'll be good but at this point all I can think of is that wr utah had last season, the JC guy that was supposed to be the second coming of Julio Jones but he never wound up doing a single thing.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 29, 2014 11:43 a.m.

    Duck,

    Our 2-3 star Wide receivers have been MORE than enough to beat your 1 star corners the last 4 years!

  • Duckhunter Highland , UT
    May 29, 2014 11:39 a.m.

    @Darren Rowe

    "I'm sorry, but I've never heard of anyone you listed besides Kenneth Scott."

    That's because no one has every heard of them. They are a collection of 2 and 3 star recruits who have done nothing to date in the college game and were no more than lightly recruited by any teams of note. There would be no reason to have ever heard of any of them, they've done nothing anyone would have bothered to pay attention to.

    But if you were a utah "fan" you would have read their name on utezone and since they signed with utah that would tell you that they are automatically the greatest of the great and all of the 120 other teams that didn't bother to even offer any of them scholarships have no idea how great they are because only the great whittingham and his staff can truly judge talent and they know more than anyone anywhere how these guys will all finish their careers as the top 7 wr's in ncaa history and then as the top 7 wr's in NFL history.

  • Duckhunter Highland , UT
    May 29, 2014 11:35 a.m.

    Very funny how much this seemed to hurt utah "fans". A BYU wr is mentioned and they have to do all they can to minimize what he is and could be but on the otherhand a utah wr is mentioned, one who drops almost as many balls as he catches and has had pretty average catch totals and other stats over the years and he is all of a sudden "going to play on Sunday's" and the next coming of Megatron.

    LOL!

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    May 29, 2014 11:33 a.m.

    @Darren Rowe

    "P.S. If Kenneth and Dres were such a dangerous pair I would think utah would have had a more explosive offense."

    You do know that Kenneth Scott missed all of last season with a broken leg, right?

  • Duckhunter Highland , UT
    May 29, 2014 11:29 a.m.

    @thedaileyobserver

    Sounds like nothing but future NFL hall of famers in the utah wr corps. We all know the guys you listed were the #1 through #7 ranked wr recruits in the entire country and every one of them could probably be in the NFL today and of course scott is better than Megatron and anderson is better than Julio Jones and clay is better than Brandon Marshall and mcclellon is better than Demaryius Thomas and hatfield is better than A.J Green and allen is far superior to Vincent Jackson and how could anyone doubt that mccormisk isn't better than all of those guys put together since he rated an entire post all his own declaring him the re-incarnation of De'Anthony Thomas.

    Honestly I'm not sure how utah can't complete every pass they throw even if their qb did lead the entire world in interceptions because these wr's simply can't be stopped by anyone at any time. No doubt utah will go undefeated and win the new playoffs and be national champs for the next 4 years in a row with that sort of talent on tap.

    LOL!

  • Darren Rowe Heber City, UT
    May 29, 2014 11:21 a.m.

    @theDailyObserver

    I'm sorry, but I've never heard of anyone you listed besides Kenneth Scott. I would think if they were really that great I would know who they were.

    Then again, I don't really care about or follow the utes as much as utah fans care about and follow BYU, so I guess it's natural that I haven't heard of them.

    P.S. If Kenneth and Dres were such a dangerous pair I would think utah would have had a more explosive offense. I'm not saying BYU's offense was great last year, but the utes definitely had their issues too.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    May 29, 2014 10:48 a.m.

    BYU's player should have a better year given the level of competition they play against. Things are a lot tougher when you play against elite atheletes and programs week after week. If you want to pile up stats go to BYU, if you want to play against the best go to the University in Utah.

  • nhatch82 Eagle Mountain, UT
    May 29, 2014 10:47 a.m.

    @utes4ever

    so you can just pick and choose the percentages when you want to show how great wilson is, but you take complete percentages for hill? Wilson actually had 56% completion rating. If you take out the first 2 games the cougs played in monsoon weather Hill had a 57%. Thank goodness you aren't a sports reporter for a career. Yes Wilson had a better completion % than hill but the dude was a interception machine. 16 ints vs 16 tds in only 9 games? 1.77 ints per game? Its tough to have confidence in a quarterback with numbers like that. I am not saying Hill is the greatest quarterback in the world but he made dramatic improvement from beginning to end of season. I hope they both play well this season. with a year under the new offense I expect hill to be much improved. Wilson we shall see. Health issues tend to be career enders up there on the hill.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 29, 2014 10:36 a.m.

    Dres Anderson would be better off if he could follow Leslie's footsteps.

    Spend his senior year as a coug with a QB who can get the ball to him.

  • truthsandwich RANDOLPH, UT
    May 29, 2014 9:50 a.m.

    @ute4ever

    "Hill was abysmal when playing quality teams."

    Luckily for BYU that won't be an issue. I expect Hill to put up big numbers and rack up the wins this year. BYU fans seem to care a lot more about wins and numbers and not so much about who those wins come against, so this should be an enjoyable season for them.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    May 29, 2014 9:47 a.m.

    Spokane Ute
    Spokane, WA

    Good to hear from you! Hope life has been treating you well. After three years, Utah's main measure of success is still how they played against the team they left behind, supposedly.

    But yes, back to the story, I'll table my other snarky comment in honor of my friend Spokane Ute. Dres's accomplishments are impressive indeed, and I hope he gets the opportunity to repeat them.

    If Jordan measures up, it will be equally impressive, as he faces pretty decent competition from without and within. The cougars face three P-5 teams and several others who will be competing for their albeit "mid-major" conference championships. I dare say, BYU will face a significant number of bowl-bound teams this year.

    But he will also be competing for catches with a group of receivers every bit as capable of breaking big plays. Will be fun to watch.

  • ute4ever West Jordan, UT
    May 29, 2014 9:34 a.m.

    The article says that Dres will need a healthy and accurate quarterback while Leslie needs to develop "chemistry" with Hill. I think they got the "accurate" description with the wrong QB. Hill only completed 54% of his passes last year and started the first 3-4 games only completing 35% (or close to that) of his passes. He was abysmal when playing quality teams. Leslie won't catch the ball much if that continues. Meanwhile Wilson completed over 65" of his passes before he injured his right throwing hand in October, which obviously limits your accuracy. With a healthy Wilson, Dres should be fine (he had something like 4 straight 100 yard games when Wilson was healthy). Leslie just needs someone who can put the ball in his hands. Hopefully Hill can improve his accuracy and do that....otherwise the transfer to byu will be a waste.

  • nhatch82 Eagle Mountain, UT
    May 29, 2014 9:31 a.m.

    @JD

    First of all UTEP is in the Conference USA. Not that it is a better league but just goes to show you did no research or have little knowledge of the comments you are making. The NFL is filled with many receivers that didn't play in the pac 12 or sec or big12 ect. This article is stating that he is an explosive receiver. That's it. Its not saying he will be a Heisman candidate. Its not saying he will be the first pick in the draft. Its saying he is on of the most explosive athletes in the country. The article is even titled "14 for 14: The most explosive athletes in college football".

  • theDailyObserver Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 29, 2014 9:13 a.m.

    Oh, I forgot about Troy McCormick. I know he's listed as a RB, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him line up frequently as a slot receiver. That guy has big play written all over him, and reminds me of a De'Athony Thomas 2.0

  • theDailyObserver Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 29, 2014 9:09 a.m.

    @ Darren Rowe,

    "However, this year I don't think utah really has anyone else who is much of a threat"

    Yeah, no other threats at receiver for Utah really. Just a guy named Kenneth Scott, who would be a starting receiver for any PAC 12 team. Oh, and Kaelin Clay, thought to be one of the fastest players who will ever wear a Ute jersey, along with Delshawn McClellon, Dominique Hatfield and Brian Allen, who all will be explosive playmakers.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    May 29, 2014 9:06 a.m.

    Y Grad / Y Dad

    Yet that team has beat your beloved Cougars 4 straight years. Ouch!

    As far as the article goes; I'm hoping that Dres Anderson has an outstanding season and finish to his career. I know Devonte Christopher's senior season was very disapointing to say the least. I'm not sure about the UTEP transfer; but we shall see.

  • Darren Rowe Heber City, UT
    May 29, 2014 7:52 a.m.

    Honestly, I think Devon Blackmon and Michael Davis will be more explosive than Jordan Leslie. Maybe even Nick Kurtz and Mitch Matthews. I know Leslie is a great deep threat, but he is nowhere near BYU's fastest receiver, and speed is the most important part of explosiveness.

    As for Dres, he is an outstanding player. In my opinion, he was the main reason utah beat BYU last year. He just made so many plays and forced so much defensive attention. However, this year I don't think utah really has anyone else who is much of a threat. Dres will draw so much attention I think he will be kept in check this year, but he will still be solid.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    May 29, 2014 7:51 a.m.

    Why yes JD that does sound familiar thanks for asking! I seem to recall a team a couple years back that had a couple of good seasons and thought they were all that. They got invited into a big boy conference and pretty much sunk to the bottom. Nobody has heard from them ever since.

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    May 29, 2014 6:58 a.m.

    Coach Christensen experience at Wyoming in the prestegous mwc will make us even more prestegous than we already are now so we can be proud Utes again and proud pac members and maybe we can even go to a bowl game this year if we try hard.

    Go Utes!

  • JD Las Vegas, NV
    May 29, 2014 12:13 a.m.

    The kid played at UTEP against horrible teams in the MWC who struggle defensively, he's probably a bit above average, but produced great stats because of an easy schedule. Sound familiar? Until you play 10 BCS opponents a year, one can't really say or evaluate with confidence if he is really a top player. Dres is a proven commodity, doesn't matter who the QB is. Hill is not known for his throwing, might be tough for this player to duplicate or even match his non-bcs Utep Miner stats, the previous UTEP QB had a better arm and accuracy than Hill.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 28, 2014 9:53 p.m.

    We need dres to have a big season. With our new and improved Nascar offense that coach Christensen is implementing, I think the offense could turn out to be good.

    We know the defense will do its part, and coach Christensen has led offenses that have regularly put up 40 points a game

    The future if bright for Pac 12 Utah football.

    Proud ute
    Proud Pac 12 member

  • Lifelong Ute Salt Lake City, UT
    May 28, 2014 7:53 p.m.

    Congratulations to Dres Anderson on this recognition. He'll be playing on Sundays and we need to use his talent as long as we have him. I think we can have a good year with a healthy QB

    Go UTES!

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    May 28, 2014 6:53 p.m.

    Both BYU and Utah added speed and athleticism in their recruiting this season. Should be fun to watch these guys perform and see just how good they can be as the season progresses.