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Published: Monday, July 28 2014 2:55 p.m. MDT

Updated: Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:18 p.m. MDT

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Uncle Rico
Sandy, UT

Taysom looked terrible throwing the ball in the first few games, anybody disagree?

That being said, he looked great soon after. I hope he gets the pass game going game 1!
Go Cougs!!

BlueCoug
Orem, UT

With an improved offensive line giving him more time to set up, I'm looking forward to Taysom completing 65% of his passes and regularly having a 150+ passer rating throughout the season.

Papa Smurf UTE
Herriman, UT

If Hill doesn't complete at least 60% of his passes with how bad this schedule is, it will not be an improvement on last years 54% completion percentage. He needs to be closer to 70%.

Hill is a great runner. No doubt about that. With teams having to leave a man in the box to spy him, and the fact that they only play 1 decent team this year (Texas already has lost 10 players to suspenion, or kicked off the team) Hill should easily have a great passing year.

We have seen what he can do against the weak teams of college football. This year will not be the true test. It will be next season when they play a few teams that are much better than anything they have on this years schedule.

Pipes
Salt Lake City, UT

During the offseason, Hill has been named to watch lists for the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award, College Football Performance Awards Quarterback Trophy, the Davey O’Brien Award and the Walter Camp Football Foundation “players to watch” for its 2014 Player of the Year award.

That sums things up quite nicely! Looking forward to the season!

Bountiful Guy
Bountiful, UT

I'll wait to see the on field performance. I'm hopeful, but I've been let down too many times by Coach Anae both times he coached the Cougars. I truly want to see that he is improving his Offensive Coordinator skills and I know that if he does, the Cougars can be very good and competitive with the very best in football. But I also know how anemic his offenses can be, especially as the season wears on. So I'm optimistic, but still with low enough expectations that I small things can please me. Bring it to the field Cougars. I can jump around our TV room with the best of fans. Go Cougs!

BlueHusky
Mission Viejo, CA

I think it is a given that Hill will be a more complete QB than last year. My only concern is depth at QB should he go down.

I look for a pass-first strategy for Hill where we won't be calling his own number very often. If you remember Beck and Hall, they were never injured because the scheme protected them. Marcus Mariota was awesome with the ball, but he passed first and ran out of bounds a lot.

Hill has to do the same.

schmed
Mission Viejo, CA

Anae wants the "deep ball" How about getting the short and middle ball going well first. We don't have that working yet, do we? I wonder how many corner end zone passes will be launched? You know, the ones that almost never work but, keep being thrown?

daver
Provo, 00

Based on last season Taysom has only show he belongs on a hypothetical "Doak Walker Honorable Mention Award" watch list. Any kind of QB watch list? Not yet. QB implies THROWING. Dozens of starters from the QB position threw as well as he did last year.

He has another season to prove he can THROW like a BYU QB and be mentioned in the same breath as even recent "semi-greats" like Hall or Beck.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Can I find a way to say this graciously... Is anyone else getting a little weary of this almost desperate effort to smear the cougar schedule as the "worst schedule in the universe, e v e r."

Savannah State is what it is, and nothing is going to change that, but Texas is like handling a poisonous snake, and there is nothing wrong at all with Boise, Utah State, Houston and UCF.

I really think it is time for some people to start worrying more that their own opponents will be worried about SOS. No matter how you slice it, winning, even against a lighter schedule, trumps losing against the toughest schedule in the world.

Taysom4Heisman
Heber City, UT

@Papa SmurfUTE

I'm not trying to say that we play the world's hardest schedule, but it is still decent. It is better than most non-P5 schedules. We play 3 P5 teams and 4 of the top non-P5's. The rest of the games, I will admit, are kind of a joke. But there is not just one good team on the schedule.

No playoff for U
Salt Lake City, UT

Y Grad / Y Dad

Utah fans are desperately trying to justify another losing, bowl less season on the hill, by pretending that I everything that happens in 2014 is entirely dependent on schedule.

Papa Smurf UTE
Herriman, UT

Taysom4Heisman

I agree with some of what you said, however, UCF lost their QB, and I don't believe they will be any competition at all. Boise St has a new coach, and they are coming off thier worst season in a decade, and they aren't getting better. Chuckie will be coming off a bad knee injury, in a game last year against you guys. Utah St may compete for a MWC title, only because everyone else in that league is crap this year. That is only if Chuckie is close to a 100%. If he isn't, they will struggle to win 8 games with a worse schedule than you. Texas has lost its HOF coach, and now 10 of its players. Houston, well.... They are Houston, and it is in Provo. That game you should win going away with Hill having 400 yards passing and 100 yards running by the 3rd quarter.

The only thing that would worry me if I was a Y fan is playing Texas in Texas on Saturday, and traveling back home from what could be an emotional game to play Houston that following Thurs.

Papa Smurf UTE
Herriman, UT

Y Grad and Dad

I do believe when this season is over, this will be one of, if not the worst Y schedule in the last 40 years.

No Playoff

This has nothing to do with Utah, and the fact they cannot make a bowl game. It has to do with schedule, and the Y has a very weak one. Utah may in fact fail to make a bowl game for a 3rd year in a row. However, each week is almost like a bowl game. Great teams, and even better teams coming into Rice Eccles each week than anyone we would get in a bowl game, unless we made the playoffs, and that is not happening.

81Ute
Central, UT

@No playoff for U

As a Utah fan I am not trying to justify a thing, anything, and nothing. BYU has a tough row every year trying to get good teams scheduled in the same season. They must swallow their pride with 2:1 and 1:nones and huge distances to fill their schedule.

This is back at you; Do you BYU fans justify 'success' as getting to a bowl game by winning 6+ games against poor quality opponents?

MacNasty
Rexburg, ID

@81Ute

You said, "Do you BYU fans justify 'success' as getting to a bowl game by winning 6+ games against poor quality opponents?"

Well the first step is to not to have a losing season don't you think? There is nobody that thinks a losing season is a success.

never break .500
Los Angeles, CA

these Ute comments are a joke. All this posturing about their losing seasons in the comment section of BYU articles they read so ravenously. BYU plays good competition and will be ranked very highly by all the best minds throughout the year and at year end. Utah thinks that losing to PAC12 teams is like a win. Maybe all those losses at RES seem like bowl game losses, who cares? think of the losses any way you like. Whit will be applying for D-Line coach at the Y shortly. Bronco will say no.

MacNasty
Rexburg, ID

I remember Steve Young starting off passing in a rather terrible fashion. Then he caught fire. Hill will do the same. The Manning brothers recognized his potential and he did finish their camp in the top 8.

DeepBlue
Anaheim, CA

"Utah may in fact fail to make a bowl game for a 3rd year in a row. However, each week is almost like a bowl game."

Keep telling yourself that; it will make bowl week much less painful.

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81Ute

BYU doesn't have to justify anything; BYU played a tougher schedule in 2013, than any schedule in Utah history, and next year will be a big improvement over this season.

Every sensible fan knew there would be some growing pains with Independence and having to schedule 12 games every season, instead of only 3.

Even so, BYU has been able to schedule many more teams like Texas, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Michigan, and a whole array of PAC 12 teams, than BYU would have ever been able to schedule as a member of the MWC.

Instead of continuing to make whiny excuses for becoming a perennial conference bottom dweller, BYU will rise to the occasion, just like they've done in the past.

Max for President
Brighton, MA

Utah fans. There is no dig, no comment, no argument, no position that you can post here that shouts louder than...the fact that you are posting here at all. We aren't playing you. You aren't playing us. It is the ultimate commentary on the insecurity of your position that you would read, let alone COMMENT on...Not a game, but a SCHEDULE of another program unrelated to your own.

Kids. Rub your bleary eyes, get off your mom's computer and get outside. Please.

cougarsrock
Springville, UT

Papa smurf and 81 ute ,
No doubt the Y,s schedule this year is not the greatest . With that being said how in the hec would you even know how competitive Texas,Boise St.,Utah State , Houston, Central Florida or for that matter anyone else on their schedule will be before the season even starts ! Players come and players go each year . If you really want to look at strength of schedule , if I am not mistaken Florida state won a national championship last year playing the 67th toughest schedule in the nation ! With that being said the pac 12 will be no different than any other big conference in college football tat the end of the year. They will have maybe 4 teams or so that are very good . The rest of the league will be average with the bottom teams being awful as always . Who wants to play the the hardest schedule in the nation if there is no reward for doing so ?

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