Dick Harmon: 5 former BYU quarterbacks could start at other schools this fall


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  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 25, 2014 4:54 a.m.

    Classy comments by Bower, glad to see things turned out okay in life and he has a good gig going at BSU. Wish him the best.

    Also wish Billy Green, Alex Kuresa, Jake Heaps and Ammon Olsen the best this season as well. I hope they all have great years and are happy with their decisions. Much success to them and their teams.

  • doc33 Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 24, 2014 12:59 p.m.

    This Dick Harmon piece is one of the best articles I've read on this site for some time: well written, interesting, and informative.

  • Surf is Up Miami, FL
    Aug. 24, 2014 12:40 p.m.


    what is your explanation/excuse for the utes QB performance? Certainly a supposedly marquis power conference team should have and attract quality QB talent?

    Those of us who occasionally wager on games are less than impressed.

  • KimmyP Granstville, UT
    Aug. 24, 2014 5:18 a.m.

    @ max was right
    Yes, it's true we got to see how well that particular quarterback fared in the cougars bowl game, and also against other defenses from competition not stemming from a bakery in the form of cupcakes.
    With the loaded schedule BYU has lined up, again this year, we should get to see him in another bowl game, where the results are also expected to be similar.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 23, 2014 11:04 p.m.

    Following recently published comments from former players critical of Bronco, it is as predictable as the sunrise that the DN would find a way to publish positive comments about Bronco from former players.

    That is the real purpose of this as article.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 23, 2014 7:16 p.m.

    The biggest QB mistake BYU ever made was starting Riley over Lark. I believe Lark had great potential. I wish he had been given the opportunity to prove how much talent he had.

  • runnerguy50 Virginia Beach, Va
    Aug. 23, 2014 6:10 p.m.

    Blue husky, Lark was a better QB then Riley.

  • bigirish OREM, UT
    Aug. 23, 2014 3:29 p.m.

    So we kept some we shouldn't have and gave away some we shouldn't have - sounds like the Utah Jazz.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Aug. 23, 2014 2:51 p.m.

    Hmmm. Let's gang up on a QB who has exactly 1 year of experience behind him. Is he Steve Young? Not yet. I remember Young's first year ... very rough. Threw four (I think) pics in his first game against Georgia.

    I think Hill has the goods and will be a great QB if he stays healthy.

    Sorry I don't respect your opinions. I'm going to go with the coaches on this one. The Riley disaster occurred because the Golden Boy Heaps was not a real football player. I saw the game where Heaps lost his job and I was cheering for his replacement. That left a QB void, since, no doubt, other prospects went elsewhere when the Anointed One had his press conference. The QB cupboard has been bare for a few years. That won't be the case this year.

  • Jefe-Ute Richmond, VA
    Aug. 23, 2014 1:14 p.m.

    Yeah a heisman candidate that has been outplayed by the backup QB in scrimmages, and may sit out for the UCONN game. Good luck with that.

  • runnerguy50 Virginia Beach, Va
    Aug. 23, 2014 12:55 p.m.

    Roscoe is average to poor when it comes to Qb's. I saw Taysom live last year and was not impressed. Does not have a D1 arm.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 23, 2014 12:54 p.m.

    OUr running back quarter back is better than anyone else's running back or quarterback. Good chance he could win the Heisman at running back or quarter back. Maybe safety to.

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    Aug. 23, 2014 11:54 a.m.

    Years ago, BYU coaches put a left-handed safety/running back in at QB. Guy's name was Steve-something. Turned out OK all the way around.

    I'll trust the BYU coaching staff to a one-note armchair quarterback every time.

  • Stringer Bell Henderson, NV
    Aug. 23, 2014 11:34 a.m.

    Y dad grad "Yet a running back is named a Heisman Trophy potential."

    And potential is all that it will probably be. He's not on the current Top 10 watch list and he hasn't exactly lit it up in fall camp. Appears he still has a problem reading defenses, making quick decisions and passing accurately.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Aug. 23, 2014 10:28 a.m.

    All of these young men got what they wanted... a shot at being a D1 BYU QB. This is the stuff dreams are made of.

    And unlike another coach around here that pitches a hissy fit when a player wants to leave, the BYU coaches are happy to accommodate their players and allow them to make choices and to have opportunities and success elsewhere.

    Love my little independent church school 'membership'!

  • RonBergundy SANDY, UT
    Aug. 23, 2014 10:22 a.m.

    @Y Grad / Y Dad

    Yes, a QB that ran a lot last year, couldn't throw, and led a team to an 8-4 record. The fact is, as good of an athlete as he is, they didn't win. Tebow couldn't throw, but they won.

    Taysom didn't even make ESPN's top 100 player list. So please don't throw out that he made a "pre-season Heisman list." Let's see how they are doing at the end of September.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Aug. 23, 2014 9:50 a.m.

    You must realize that they did not field punts in practice. We have been taught that this is how quarterbacks are selected. Throwing ability is just not important to this coaching staff, so we need a quarterback that is a good runner since they will be running for their life the whole game. Oh, and remember, this is the best offensive line we have ever had.

  • Lolly Lehi, UT
    Aug. 23, 2014 7:52 a.m.

    The article says a lot about the ability of BYU coaching to pick the best. It is a huge compliment and also offers other teams opportunity to improve their programs by using the BYU experience. It also offers these Quarterbacks opportunity since even though BYU could not use them, they did not lose their opportunity to star.

    Running back to Quarterback is another subject. Perhaps the Running Back should have been the Quarterback years ago and no one saw the potential. There is also the aspect of a person determining his own future since maybe he always wanted to be a Quarterback and no one would listen to him or see his potential.

    Sports in the State of Utah are great!

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Aug. 23, 2014 7:42 a.m.

    Yet a running back is named a Heisman Trophy potential. As a junior.

  • IndeMak South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 23, 2014 7:30 a.m.

    There are some good ones there. Why does BYU settle for lesser qb's at the starting role? Sorensen could have done wonders in Provo and May have beat Utah.

  • GAdler Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 23, 2014 7:06 a.m.

    Looks like BYU made the right choice in all these situations. multiple guys are fighting for jobs, and not easily winning them, at JCs or Div. II colleges. None have gone on to start and flourish at a DI program.

    they all seem like good young men and I wish them the best and if I were buried on a depth chart and had a chance to play elsewhere I would take a hard look at transferring.

    As for Riley Mendenhall's intelligent comment.... Taysom is one of the top tier QBs in the country coming out of his Sophomore season, which of these other guys would you start over him? You seem to be the person that is always in love with the "what if" and the backup QB, there is a reason these transfer QBs are fighting for jobs at Weber, SUU and Snow, and it's not because they are world beaters.

  • Max-was-right springville, UT
    Aug. 22, 2014 11:52 p.m.

    Riley, at least that running qb gets to play in a bowl game!!!

  • milkshake St. George, UT
    Aug. 22, 2014 11:09 p.m.

    Great article! Sounds like it should be a history lesson for BYU. They have kicked as many great QB's down the road as they have made. Next one...Tanner Mangum?

  • Riley Mendenhall Provo, UT
    Aug. 22, 2014 10:39 p.m.

    Yet BYU choses to play a RB at QB

  • BallJunkie Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 22, 2014 10:13 p.m.

    Alex Kuresa was an easy pick to never be a starter in a D1 program. Too small, arm too weak. He is where he needs to be....JC.