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BYU football: Backup fullback Pritchard, quarterback Green are leaving program

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  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    June 2, 2014 10:59 a.m.

    Good Luck.

    Go UTES!

  • SkookumDon Tacoma, WA
    June 1, 2014 11:14 p.m.

    Green was signed primarily for depth. Bronco knew he would likely never become a starter, which I think is why he didn't redshirt him and needed to free up the scholarship as soon as possible. With Magnum and Hosick, Green saw the writing on the wall. Like most aspiring D1 players, he wants to play. Best wishes to him.

    Best wishes to Pritchard; he is a player but the Y is crowded at the RB position now.

  • MurrayMike Murray, UT
    June 1, 2014 10:29 p.m.

    It was Green's decision to move on, not the coaching staff. I'm sure Green saw the writing on the wall. Hill through 2015 and then Mangum through 2018. From the videos I saw of Mangum in the Elite Camp prior to his mission the kid has all the tools. For one we finally got a QB taller than 6' 0" (sorry Hill, still think you're not a millimeter taller than 6' or 6' 1" in shoes. Mangum is a true 6' 3" QB with a better arm than Hill and nearly as good of wheels as Hill. Think Chrissy B. should be worried more about Kyle Whitt's Pac10+2 record then the Cougars. What is Whitt's record in the Pac10+2 now, 9-18 in three years? Overall 18-19? Think Chris ought to worry about finding a new coach if the mighty utes go 5-7 again.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    June 1, 2014 4:01 p.m.

    Amon Olson probably looked at the roster and felt that he had a better shot of starting elsewhere. When Green looked at the roster and the QB's in the pipeline feeding into BYU from missions, transfers and new High School recruits, the probably felt the same.

    Who can blame them?

    This is not a sign of a lack of talent, but the reverse.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    June 1, 2014 8:57 a.m.

    What are the odds that he might transfer to Kansas?

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    May 31, 2014 10:15 p.m.

    @ChrisB:

    Please tell us, did any coach EVER try to do "that" to you?

  • Darren Rowe Heber City, UT
    May 31, 2014 9:52 p.m.

    @U-Pac

    The ongoing investigation looks more and more like BYU committed extremely minor violations, and no punishment will occur, except for maybe a slap on the wrist and a return of a few pairs of socks. It doesn't look like scholarship loss or postseason ban is even in play.

    However, even if there were punishments, why would that stop BYU from having a good team? Sure they would absolutely take a step back for a couple years, but it's not like USC, Miami, Penn State, or Ohio State were permanently affected by their sanctions.

    There is a reason lots of our recruits (like Warner and Kurtz) chose BYU over teams like USC, Oregon, and if you really want me to throw it out there, Utah. We play great football on national TV and provide so much more off the field than other schools. By the way, even though utah is not technically a mid-major, their program is at a mid-major level right now.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    May 31, 2014 4:02 p.m.

    Mount Olympus

    Usually traditional Christmas colors are red and green. Expect to see Ute pink slips in the coach's stocking this year.

  • the matrix Cedar City, UT
    May 31, 2014 4:00 p.m.

    So Mount Olympus and Chris B. maybe the Utea weren't giving Lucky Radley enough I pads, cars, and trips to Las Vegas. Ute fans were criticizing BYU for Billy Green and Pritchard leaving BYU and now Lucky Radley is leaving the UTES and the prestigious PAC-10 for a low life MWC team? What gives up on the hill?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 31, 2014 1:09 p.m.

    This leaves the door open for a follow missionary in McAllen Texas---McCoy Hill.

  • Serenity Now Highland, UT
    May 31, 2014 12:28 p.m.

    I wish both these young men success at Oregon State and wherever Green ends up.

    Ute fans: As always, thanks for your interest and support, but please direct your attention to the DN article posted earlier today about Utah running back Lucky Radley transferring to SDSU. No school is immune from transfers by athletes either buried in the depth charts or wanting a different experience. The only time it's a cause for concern is when it comes in droves or is part of a clear pattern, such as the year Boylen lost 40% of his basketball team in one off-season.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    May 31, 2014 12:06 p.m.

    I seriously doubt it would happen, but can you imagine if Heaps transferred back to BYU for his final season?

  • Darren Rowe Heber City, UT
    May 31, 2014 12:02 p.m.

    @Chris B

    You must have a much better memory than me, because I can't recall a time where anyone expected Green to win the Heisman, or be the starter for that matter.

    All he was expected to do was be a third-string and maybe backup QB behind Hill and Hosick/Mangum.

    You might be mixing up Billy Green with Jake Heaps or Brent Casteel, but I have never heard much hype out of Green.

    Having said that, I wish both of them luck wherever they go!

  • flatlander Omaha, NE
    May 31, 2014 11:49 a.m.

    I think this portrays the future of college sports. Look at the total number of transfers in and out involving BYU sports. Other colleges have similar numbers. Recruit lots of kids and then weed them out and have them go to a level they can play so you can bring in some transfers yourself. Not blaming anyone just noting the college trend.

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    May 31, 2014 11:43 a.m.

    Good luck to both of these outstanding former Bingham Miner players!

  • blue & white Boise, ID
    May 31, 2014 9:46 a.m.

    Remember Kellen Moore, Boise State QB, now a Detroit Lyon, came from a small school in Prosser Washington. He was not heavily recruited so the school size or star rating or number of schools recruiting an athlete has nothing to do with it. good luck to Green and hope he finds a nice fit. Same with Iona. Can't wait till the cougs play BSU this fall and another win for BYU. Also another loosing year for the Utes and no bowl game. The fall is a great time of year!

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    May 31, 2014 9:27 a.m.

    Christian Stewart is the #2 and has earned that position. He has excellent skills and strong personal drive. Glad the Y has him and he would fill in fine if the need arose. More scholarships for those working to earn them. Hate to see anyone leave but I will miss Iona Pritchard.

  • Mount Olympus Salt Lake, UT
    May 31, 2014 7:10 a.m.

    Take away free Ipads, cars, and trips to Las Vegas and they start leaving. Expect to see more of this in the coming months.

  • Not Much of a Fan OC, CA
    May 31, 2014 12:28 a.m.

    Stop that infernal barking so I can get some sleep!

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    May 30, 2014 11:59 p.m.

    @chrisb... Easy to write stuff down that isn't true... Perhaps you can tell us which commenter seriously said that Green was a top recruit? Let alone anyone who said that he had Heisman qualities.

    I'm from the NW and personally I am surprised that the Cougs offered him... He had good numbers but he came from a very small school and played against lower level competition in HS... Still, sometime guys with that type of resume does well but that is a rarity when that occurs.

    I wish both he and Prichard success but I would be very surprised if Green ends up a starter for a Division I school.

    But since we are talking about what people said on football topics last year, why don't we talk about some predictions that you might be familiar with... i.e. guaranteed wins over Washington State, Arizona, Arizona State, etc... (BTW, what's the utes record against the SunDevils over the past 20 or 30 or 40 years??? Does 1-12 sound familiar?)

    nuff said.

  • the matrix Cedar City, UT
    May 30, 2014 11:37 p.m.

    I am a proud Cougar!! Chris B. while your criticizing Bronco why don't you look at your own coach? Wasn't Whittingham supposed to be the man to lead the Utea to the top of the PAC-12 and multiple Rose Bowls? While I respect Coach Whit as a man I don't think 4-5, 3-6 and 2-7 seasons are getting ti done. What if the Utes finish near the bottom again and miss a bowl for the third straight year as is projected? Chris B. don't be so quick to criticize other teams when your ship is sinking.

  • souptwins Lindon, UT
    May 30, 2014 11:19 p.m.

    To answer the question about Mangum-- He ended up coming to BYU for a "gray shirt" year before going on his mission so he's only been gone a year. Along with praying Hill doesn't get hurt, we BYU fans should also be praying Mangum keep his commitment to play at BYU. He's the real deal. CB-- No, that does not mean I'm predicting a Heisman for him.

  • football43 Morgan, UT
    May 30, 2014 10:39 p.m.

    I want to see a cage match between Cletis and Earnest T. Bass. Maybe at halftime of the 2016 Cougar/Utah game.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    May 30, 2014 10:18 p.m.

    People move around - isn't the first time, and won't be the last. Good luck to both. Life moves on. cb you need to get a life. Maybe move out of your mother's basement and into your own apartment would be good. I'm just here to help.

  • runnerguy50 Virginia Beach, Va
    May 30, 2014 9:48 p.m.

    Chris B is totally correct about Green burning a year of eligibility over a few snaps. I'm a Cougar fan but if I was Green I'd be ticked off.

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    May 30, 2014 8:22 p.m.

    If Billy Green goes to a prestegous pac school he will win the hiesman just like Travis Wilson will win the hiesman because the pac is good in the nation over byu even though we don't get to go to bowl games any more but we are still prestegous.

    Go Utes!

  • Proud Ute ,
    May 30, 2014 6:55 p.m.

    Naval Vet,
    Fair enough on your meh comments. Guess I bought into some over eager PR.
    Will Mangum be back in time for 14-15? Looks like they're really counting on Taysom to stay healthy this year.

  • Lifelong Ute Salt Lake City, UT
    May 30, 2014 6:25 p.m.

    Pritchard will notice a huge step up both in how good his teammates are as well as the competition he will face. Welcome to the PAC 12, one of the top 2 conferences in the nation. OSU has a very respectable program. I admire their coach very much.

    You won't regret leaving the mountain west for the PAC 12 even though its more difficult, we don't

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    May 30, 2014 6:19 p.m.

    Proud Ute:

    First of all, they weren't "highly recruited" QBs. Green received no other offers, and Olsen was a transfer from SUU....which according to Rivals and Scout, wasn't even on scholarship. So losing them is really a big "meh". Now if the Y lost Hill or Mangum to transfer, THAT would hurt them, but those other 2 could just as easily be replaced those other 2 kids: the 2-star and the walk-on.

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    May 30, 2014 6:18 p.m.

    @79Ute:
    "Chris B: Enough already"

    Thanks for the effort, but we all know it will be as effective as yelling at your neighbor's dog to stop barking in the middle of the night.

  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    May 30, 2014 5:53 p.m.

    Chris B:

    Enough already...

  • Proud Ute ,
    May 30, 2014 5:46 p.m.

    Good luck to these two young men.
    Quarterback U just ain't what it used to be.
    2 highly recruited QB's ask to be released within months of each other.....what's wrong down there?

  • jackstraw Manti, UT
    May 30, 2014 5:25 p.m.

    @Chris B Yes we all know you can't resist posting under any BYU article, but who and when were people saying Billy Green was going to be the next Heisman Winner? or is that like saying Brent Casteel saying he was going to win multiple Hesimans?

  • TanMan_101 West Jordan, UT
    May 30, 2014 4:47 p.m.

    Not trying to troll, just wondering, if Hill gets hurt again this year does he have any capable back ups? I've never heard anything about those 2.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    May 30, 2014 4:27 p.m.

    Good luck to both!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 30, 2014 4:01 p.m.

    I remember when Green was going to be the next Heisman.

    And why did bronco burn an entire year of eligibility for a couple snaps against Idaho State.

    If a coach tried to do that to me - I'd refuse to go in the game. Low move by bronco to do that to him.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    May 30, 2014 3:26 p.m.

    Best of luck and well wishes to both young men!