Dick Harmon: BYU's Robert Anae likes Christian Stewart as quarterback Taysom Hill's backup


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  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    July 9, 2014 10:56 p.m.

    T-Wolf pride baby!

    The last Timpanogos Timberwolf QB that played at the next level was a guy named Paul Kruger.
    All the best for Christian should he need to come in for Taysom Hill!

    Go Cougs and go T-wolves!

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    July 8, 2014 1:04 a.m.

    @ never break .500

    BYU is far from a dominant team. However, they will most likely win ten games with their "small ball" schedule.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    July 7, 2014 8:29 p.m.

    Quick someone check the nursery rhyme characters for foul play. DrUte appears to have done in Chicken Little and is claiming the title for himself.

    Besides serious reading comprehension problems that we won't discuss, there seems to be a serious misunderstanding of the time space continuum here. For your benefit let me recount:

    Freshman year: Taysom Hill blows out knee in mindless play at the end of the Utah State game, ending season.

    Sophomore year: Taysom Hill runs wild, passing improves, greatly reducing BYU fans concern for a reinjury. This against a pretty stout schedule.

    Between sophomore and junior year: coaches and Taysom work on protecting the quarterback, appear to be loading up for more passing plays.

    Junior year: older and wiser quarterback, improved passing and line play, more speedy sure-handed receivers, natural conclusion?

    Taysom is sure to be injured, hang your heads all loyal BYU fans.

    Utah, I present your tax dollars at work. A fine example of a higher education.

  • JSwaggDaddy Heber City, UT
    July 7, 2014 2:38 p.m.

    The ute fans are trolling this article because they don't have nearly as good of a starting QB as we do, so they are mocking our backup situation.

    I will quickly admit that utah has much better QB depth than BYU.

    But until an injury occurs, Taysom is healthy, so our QB position is better.

  • never break .500 Los Angeles, CA
    July 7, 2014 1:50 p.m.

    BYU will win 10+ games because BYU is a dominant team and will play all across the country to prove it. Utah will play regionally and lose most, maybe all, of their games. Naval Vet needs to sit down and consider how great PAC12 competition has been for the Utes.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    July 7, 2014 1:19 p.m.

    Good luck to Hill this year with his health. I hope he has a full season with no injuries, I hate to see seasons cut short from injuries. Even though I was hugely disappointed to see TW go down last year, I was equally disappointed to see Chuckie go down. He was (is) the most entertaining QB in the state, by far, IMHO.

    AZBlue: The whole thing about Savannah State is not that BYU is playing them, it is when they are playing them. This should be a huge concern for all you BYU fans. Miami, OK St and FSU may have played them in the past, but they were early in the season before their conference schedules started, not the last home game of the season in November on senior day. To have a season where the only home games in November are UNLV and Savannah St has got to be disconcerting. BYU never finished a season at home in the MWC with such a lack of interest.

  • Swoop Salt Lake City, UT
    July 7, 2014 10:16 a.m.


    "Hill had better not get hurt again or BYU will lose nearly every game."

    At least BYU has a starting quarterback, one that's good enough to be included in several pre-season Heisman watch lists.

    That's more than can be said of Utah., which has to choose between an injury-prone former starter who may not survive the first hard hit he takes, and a transfer who has only completed 4 of 13 passes during his entire college career.

  • AZBlue Gilbert, AZ
    July 7, 2014 10:12 a.m.

    What's with the repeated questions about BYU's strength of schedule this year? Is it weaker than last year? Sure. Is it weaker than the first year or two of independence. No way. Is it weaker than if they were still in the MWC? Definitely not! You want to poke at Savannah State? Um, isn't that the same Sav. St. team that Miami (FL) played last year? And Okla St and FL St played the year before?

    Ah, I forgot. Ute trolls. That explains it.

  • DrUte Woods Cross, UT
    July 6, 2014 4:36 p.m.

    @Y drud: Guess you don't remember the 2012 season..... Try this AP article:

    Knee injury sidelines Taysom Hill

    Updated: October 8, 2012, 10:21 PM ET

    Associated Press

    PROVO, Utah -- BYU freshman quarterback Taysom Hill will have surgery on his left knee and will miss the rest of the season with a lateral collateral injury suffered on his final carry in Friday night's 6-3 win over Utah State....


    No problem tho, right?

    Psssst - Guess What, the human body is subject to The Laws of Physics. Plant a cleated foot on the turf and insert a 250# stunting linebacker coming in from the side at knee height.

    Toughness does not enter into that equation.

    Hope you get it now, but then again I doubt it.... I realize that no matter what anyone says there are the select group of True Blue ByWho's out there who believe Mr. Hill can levitate, dematerialize in mid air, and rematerialize in the End Zone.

    "Beam Me Up, Busby!!"

  • RonBergundy SANDY, UT
    July 6, 2014 3:24 p.m.

    Stewart is a better passer than Taysom. At Snow, they ran a pro style offense. What Anae is saying is that Stewart is capable of running because he's athletic. There were not many set running play for Taysom- he ran the majority of the time on read option set because he wasn't as comfortable throwing to the receivers. Stewart will throw.

    And second. Stewart isn't a "third string QB" because he was behind Olson last year. At the end of the year, Stewart was splitting the reps with Olson. The difference is this: Olson was on scholarship, Stewart wasn't. That has changed.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    July 6, 2014 2:55 p.m.

    Whom ever backs up hill will not be allowed to throw the ball so it does not really matter.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    July 6, 2014 2:09 p.m.


    It pleases me to see so many others have already responded to your comments. Let me add a few thoughts of my own.

    You are the one that is dreaming, and it's a shame you would waste your efforts on such a nightmare.

    Reality: Taysom is tough. You don't think after Texas, that teams last year weren't focused on taking away the quarterback play? In the Houston game alone Taysom was hit more than any BYU quarterback should be. He finished and won the game. Check.

    Reality: Coaches and Taysom have focused on sliding more and getting out of bounds. Everyone is aware we need to protect the quarterback more. Check.

    Reality: BYU has invested in a tremendous lot speedy, sure-handed receivers. Evidence suggests that BYU plans on replacing some of those planned quarterback runs with more passes. Check.

    But thanks for trying to mess with us! As always your interest is greatly appreciated.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    July 6, 2014 1:27 p.m.

    Both in high school and after leaving junior college, he never received a single offer from a P5 program.

    sounds like he's a good fit at byu

  • BioPowertrain Detroit, MI
    July 6, 2014 12:55 p.m.

    I'm having a difficult time watching us run the ball. I live in Big Ten country & people ask me all the time what's up w/BYU running the ball. We have a permanent brand image as a passing school. We didn't just run the Air Raid back in the day -- we invented it, for crying out loud. It's especially hard to watch as Baylor, WV, etc. have 600 yards passing in some of their games. I thought we let Doman go because he was so in love with the option. Strange and confusing.

  • No playoff for U Salt Lake City, UT
    July 6, 2014 12:43 p.m.


    Reality check - see Utah's plans for their Oklahoma QB transfer.

  • FACTchequer Salt Lake City, UT
    July 6, 2014 12:22 p.m.


    "I hope Tanner Mangum doesn't read these comments by Anae. Looks like BYU is officially giving up on the pocket passer."

    You obviously don't understand much about college football. Good coaches have the ability to adjust their offense to suit the skill set of their players.

    If he has a bruising running back, he will run him up the middle more.

    If he has a speedy, smaller running back, he will run more sweeps or quick passes to get him out in space more.

    Both styles / offensive philosophies can be effective.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    July 6, 2014 11:24 a.m.

    @DrUte - How is the weather in Ulan Bator this time of year. Anyone know?

  • DrUte Woods Cross, UT
    July 6, 2014 6:45 a.m.

    @Ygrad: You're dreaming.

    Reality Check: Every team BYU plays this year will be focusing on taking away BYU's QB play. Stewart is the 3rd string QB promoted to second string. Scout team work does not equate to game experience.

    Hill's game in the past has included multiple planned QB running plays, necessarily exposing him to running back-type injuries.

    Add it up: BYU is in a High Risk Zone for QB play this year.

    Even Busby would probably agree the O line had better be ready -- that is, if you could contact him from his mission in Outer Mongolia.

  • Taysom4Heisman Heber City, UT
    July 5, 2014 11:46 p.m.


    I really really really really really really really really hope you're joking.

    It's not like Christian Stewart will put the team on his back and win big games, but he will do enough to allow his teammates to make plays.

    -If a receiver is open, he can hit him.
    -If a running back needs a handoff, I guarantee you he can do that.

    Once again, I would assume you're joking.

    And I really hope you are.

  • kaysvillecougar KAYSVILLE, UT
    July 5, 2014 11:27 p.m.

    Tanner Mangum is a fantastic athlete and would excel in a read option type situation. My guess is that when you have someone really special, you use their skill set and adapt your scheme while still keeping the team identity.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    July 5, 2014 11:27 p.m.

    With or without Hill, the Y wins 10+ games. Not because they're a dominant or talented team, but rather because of their SOS. Weak. Very weak.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    July 5, 2014 11:01 p.m.

    Let's hope Stewart works out. It's doubtful Hill will last the entire season without an injury that sidelines him for a game or two.

  • cougarcoisa LEHI, UT
    July 5, 2014 10:34 p.m.

    I hope Tanner Mangum doesn't read these comments by Anae. Looks like BYU is officially giving up on the pocket passer.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    July 5, 2014 10:08 p.m.

    Rowlett, TX

    "Hill had better not get hurt again or BYU will lose nearly every game."

    I'm sorry you misunderstood. Like Utah State, and unlike Utah, BYU has a capable backup quarterback.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    July 5, 2014 9:58 p.m.

    @U-PAC - "Hill had better not get hurt again or BYU will lose nearly every game."

    Taysom is a great QB, who will be better this year than he was last year, especially passing. But the team is very well rounded, and to think the Cougs would lose nearly every came without him is not objective. From what I've seem and read, Taysom is a better all around QB than Christian. Taysom may be the best running QB in the nation. But Christian's passing game is on par with Taysom's, and he is a solid QB.

    I hope Taysom stays healthy all year. But with a great defense, outstanding RBs, and very talented receivers; Christian would still lead the Cougs to 8 or 9 wins. I'm predicting 10 or 11 wins with Taysom.

  • taatmk West Jordan, UT
    July 5, 2014 7:37 p.m.

    Can't wait for the season to begin. We expect big things out of BYU this year!

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    July 5, 2014 7:27 p.m.

    This is one of my major concerns going into this year...depth at the QB position. Next year the depth will be great with transfers and guys coming off missions but this year could get dicey if TH has any injury. Hopefully Stewart will be prepared and has the skills and ability Anae has suggested.

  • Adirondack Cougar Loon Lake, NY
    July 5, 2014 7:00 p.m.

    Nice to have depth at quarterback and have them both play with a similar style. If the OL is as good as advertised then we could have a very nice year and set the table for 2015. Looking forward to the UConn game. Get to see them live for the first time in a while.