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Published: Sunday, Aug. 10 2014 5:05 p.m. MDT

Updated: Sunday, Aug. 10 2014 7:01 p.m. MDT

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Taysom4Heisman
Heber City, UT

I still like the receivers, but losing Kurtz to injury and Davis to the defense will hurt. I expect Mitch and Jordan to start, and the other starter will likely be Apo or Blackmon. Nelson and Dye also look really good.

I'm not a huge fan of Henderson, Pearson, or Juergens. They are decent, but they kind of remind me of Skyler Ridley. The defense won't be too concerned about them. They will catch the occasional 5-yard out route but probably won't make many big plays.

papasmurfcoug
SHELLEY, ID

@Taysom4Heisman
Pearson may surprise you. He's athletic and has great hands and a good upside.

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

So throwing is now more important than catching punts in practice?

bigirish
OREM, UT

But with two QBs jumping ship already to other schools, are two left enough? Just don't hear enough about the 3 or 4 and how qualified they are should there be injuries to 1 and 2. I remember a season when we had to use 5 quarterbacks in the season. Can you give us more assurance about those backups? Hope we won't miss Kurtz too much right now and wish him well. How soon will Kaufusi be ready to play, with his hamstring injury?

mufasta
American Fork, UT

Sounds like it will be another great year for football in the state. I am excited to see what Bronco and the cougs have in store this year.

Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

"But with two QBs jumping ship already to other schools..."

I hadn't really thought about that, but really isn't it four QBs that could be on the current depth chart that have recently transferred? Jake Heaps (to Kansas and now Miami), Billy Green (to Weber State), Alex Kuresa (to Snow College), and Ammon Olson (to SUU). That's a great tribute to how solid Taysom is (and with Mangum coming soon), but I still wish we were a little deeper.

Pedro Sanchez
Magna, UT

What's the status with Mangum? Is he on a mission? Will he return for next season?

Y-Ask-Y?
Provo, UT

"The Quarterback Factory" has been out of commission for several decades. It is time to ramp it up again!

But that's not likely without a great Offensive Line, unless we have a real scrambler in Hill.

I just have a hard time getting excited about a weak schedule, no Conference standings or championship to fight for, and meaningless Bowl games.

Go Cougs?

Brio
Alpine, UT

Throwing deep and long on a regular basis reminds me of the days when BYU acquired notoriety from other football programs as developing the pass as a viable offensive weapon. It started with Virgel Carter and Gary Sheidi, and then onto Gifford Nielsen, Marc Wilson, Jim McMahon and Steve Young who all became College Football Hall of Famers... and also included Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer.

Many passing records still standing today were set in those days when BYU football came of age. It eventually led to BYU achieving a National Championship. On 7 different occasions BYU quarterbacks finished as NCAA total offense leaders. Also, 3 of the top 5 college career passing efficiency leaders are quarterbacks from BYU.

It would be fantastic if similar times were to start resurfacing. It will take throwing the deep long ball regularly and with some consistency. Nothing seems to ever excite fans more.

To hear that's what's been happening in training camp this fall... with the QB's, receivers and coaches all excited about implementing this into the offensive could make this an exceptionally exciting year for both BYU players and fans. I'm getting excited already.

Copacetic
Logan, UT

@ Y-Ask-Y:

Come-on guy. Quit feeling sorry for yourself and emphasizing negative things. Just because our schedule is not as tough as last year and there is no conference championship involved, there are still a dozen football games to get excited about.

BYU takes on Texas, Virginia and California from Power-5 leagues. Plus they play 4 other very competitive teams in Utah State, Boise State, Houston and Nevada. Depending on how those opponents end up doing, BYU's strength of schedule could jump up significantly as the season progresses.

USA Today already has BYU ranked in their Top-35 (out of 128 programs). Plus, BYU's schedule has enough in it that it could allow them to jump into the top-15 at some point.

The schedule this year might allow BYU to take somewhat of a breather after their tough schedule last season and build some momentum going into tougher schedules the next two years.

All things considered, if a person isn't a natural pessimist, there appears to be plenty to get excited about and to make this a very fun football year for BYU fans. Lift your head up.

kaysvillecougar
KAYSVILLE, UT

@ Y ask Y, no qb factory in the last several decades. Several means more than 3 and decade is 10 yrs. What do you call John Beck, Max Hall, Ty Detmer or Steve Sarkesian. Jim McMahon, Steve Young and Robbie Bosco. All in the last SEVERAL decades. It will be fun to see how this offense develops. This could be a really fun season.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

Copacetic
Logan, UT

Amen! We don't have to play in Wyoming. Seriously, we have 6 games that are as good or better than we would have had in the MWC, and I can watch them all from the comfort of my home. We have a locked-in bowl game with a great destination and a probable decent opponent and the possibility of an excellent bowl game.

And Wayne, you don't have to catch punts anymore, so you can stop asking. But for the record, self-centered, me-first mentality still won't get it done.

Laxman
taylorsville, UT

I will have to wait and see. Articles are always possitive and with spin. The proof will be when Hill gets into live games, before we see if he still panics and runs.

BleedCougarBlue
Enid, OK

Cool!

Throwing, and especially the deep ball, is what BYU is ALL about.

Go Cougars!

Sports Are Great
Salt Lake City, UT

Y askY, Another copy and paste comment from you huh? Do you ever get bored writing the same comment over and over?

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Copacetic

Just because I honestly don't know, what makes you think Boise St. and Nevada will be very competitive?

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

If I may chime in, Boise State HAS been good but has a new coach, they could relaod and be very tough, or they could fall off. Nevada is a bit more of a stretch. You make your own luck, but if they had had a few more lucky breaks, they would have had a much better season last year.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@2fer

There is a lot more reason to believe Boise St. will be competitive this year than utah. Boise hasn't had back to back losing bowless seasons. Boise has beaten the living snot out of utah every time they've ever played including just a few years ago. In fact I doubt you can find one single national prognosticator or poll that has utah ranked higher, or predicted to be better, than Boise. Just sticking a pac12 next to utah's name didn't all of a sudden make them better than a program they have never beaten. lol

Cougsndawgs
West Point , UT

2fer:
I know you asked it honestly so I won't be as harsh as Duckster. Basically the media have Boise picked to win the mtn division and the MWC championship. Nevada was picked either first or second in the pacific division and most prognosticators have them being a very improved team from the young inexperienced team they had last year. That's what the "experts" are saying, but in the end only time will tell how well Boise can maintain their winning ways.

I'm surprised no one is mentioning UCF who is picked to win the AAC by many experts. They have a VERY good defense and look to be loaded at WR as well, despite losing their Bortles. BYU may play at least 3 conference champions before the end of the season and several runners up (Houston, Nevada).

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Duckhunter

Is there? Boise was just alright last year, and they lost their coach and their QB. I see that program taking a big step back from where they have been. Everybody still seems high on the Broncos, but I'm not sure what they're seeing. Thanks for adding some good "insight" and "value" to the conversation though. Clearly Utah's domination over BYU hasn't made you bitter or upset at all.

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