BYU football: Mendenhall looking for a few good men

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  • Rigby
    March 19, 2008 1:59 p.m.

    I agree with the post about washington. I'm very nervous about that game. We play a nobody and then go on the road in one of the traditionally tougher places to play. Boise state thought they were road tested last year before their early season trip to seattle...

  • Bored Guy
    March 19, 2008 10:40 a.m.

    RE: Carl

    65,000 of us disagree with you every BYU gameday. Do I detect just a bit of jealousy? We're not the SEC, but to say Cougar football isn't exciting just shows bias on your part.

  • Carl
    March 18, 2008 9:41 a.m.

    Face it folks. BYU football is just something for a bunch of kids to do on a Saturday afternoon in boring old Provo, Utah. At this level, it is just fun and fond rembrances of those beautiful fall days when you beat up on the likes of the other teams in the conference. This is not real football is it? Oh, sometimes you get a really good team together and beat a few non-conference foes, but it is really just for kids and for people that made it clear out of Provo and all the way to Orem.

  • klb
    March 18, 2008 9:14 a.m.

    Stephen Covey is from Timpview. He runs about a 4.65 40 but he is only about 5'11". He is a good runner with a below average arm. Most likely will move to Safety. Offered a scholarship to keep the Endowment coming from Grandpa.

  • Balloon-needler
    March 18, 2008 8:59 a.m.

    Two things that will NOT happen next year:

    1) Utah beating Michigan in "the big house."
    Utah evidently has dreams of being Appalachian St. No harm in fantasizing, I suppose. The reality-check, however, is going to be all the more brutal. Over by half-time.

    2) BYU going undefeated
    They WILL stumble at least once next year (ala Tulsa). Count on it.

  • Geezer
    March 18, 2008 8:14 a.m.

    RE: Washington

    Very good point. No one can say Cougar fans aren't positive thinkers. It's ok to dream, but beating Washington in Seattle is no easy chore. UCLA will be tough, and many of our conference toughies are on the road next year. It would sure be fun though if the stars line up right for the Cougs either in 2008 or 2009.

  • Go Cougars
    March 18, 2008 8:05 a.m.

    My Cougars rock.

  • to Craig List Thompson
    March 17, 2008 9:33 p.m.

    haha thank you for the laughs! I read your post twice!

  • Teancum
    March 17, 2008 8:28 p.m.

    I agree with Utah Man. I see both the Cougs and the Utes going undefeated until they meet in November. Once the rivalry game is over, EMT's and other medical personnel will have to be called in to carry off all of the mentally and physically drained fans.

    May the Utes crush Michigan(think UCLA) and May the Cougars defeat all PAC-10 foes.

    GO COUGARS!!!!!

  • To Trolling Y Haters
    March 17, 2008 7:03 p.m.

    While the BCS talk is premature, it is not unfounded. Those posting claims such as "you can't ever get to a BCS game," or "you won't go undefeated, so don't plan on it" are proposing as a fact unseen future events.

    The Utes may lay claim to being the first to bust the BCS, but they talk as if they are the only ones to do so. We have all seen that BSU and Hawaii are evidence that it can happen...even with a horribly weak schedule.

    So to the Y haters (read frustrated Ute fan)you need to understand that two incredibly great years under Urban renewal do not a storied football program make. I'll take the Y's storied past, present, and bright future.

    If the Cougars take care of business (i.e. an undefeated season), a BCS berth is guaranteed. I'm not saying it will happen, but I don't illogically proclaim it will NEVER happen.

    But I do believe "Magic Happens!"

  • BYU Hater
    March 17, 2008 6:49 p.m.

    Wah, wah, wah, I hate BYU, wah, wah, wah. So I get on here to vent and criticize because I don't have any other skills that actually contribute. Wah, wah, wah.

  • Independent...Umm... NO
    March 17, 2008 5:46 p.m.

    Won't happen. Period.
    We aren't Notre Dame.
    The MWC is good for us. Just sit back and enjoy the ride and maybe someday we'll get a playoff.

  • Whatever
    March 17, 2008 5:26 p.m.

    you can't ever get to a bcs game. you're never leaving the mountain west.

  • Spudman
    March 17, 2008 5:25 p.m.

    Don't forget to schedule BSU if you go independent.
    They would love to play BYU every year as long as it is a home game.

  • Utah Man
    March 17, 2008 5:18 p.m.

    While I agree that bYu will be a good team next year, take it one game at a time! Lets be realistic here. Utah and TCU will both be good teams as well. Utah will be your toughest game of the year. As I look at bYu, realistically, It is my opinion that your beloved cougs will end up with 3 losses (WU, UCLA, Utah). It is also my opinion that Utah has a better shot at yet another BCS game than bYu has at getting in for the first time. Utah's first game of the season will be the springboard for the entire season. If the Utes beat Michigan in the big house (which is very, very possible) watch out, as they have a very favorable home schedule. The toughest game for the Utes will be against bYu. Hears to the Utes and Cougs going undefeated until the big one in November.

    Just my $.02

    GO UTES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LV Cougarfan
    March 17, 2008 5:18 p.m.

    To Craig's-List Thompson: nice post!!! To the DNews: It's good to see football getting back into the discussion. Even though I'm currently cheering for the BBall team, I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL FOOTBALL SEASON!!! I'm not hinting it will happen, but I can take a disappointing finish to a baskeball season (As BYU fans, we all should be used to it), but not football! Hopefully our guys can avoid the injuries they had last year during the pre-season workouts. It sounds like the team is really putting in some tough, I can't wait to see these guys tear it up! GO COUGARS!!!!!!

  • BCS? Please...
    March 17, 2008 5:23 p.m.

    Stop talking about BCS. You don't have a shot. You won't go undefeated so don't plan on it. How about you just win games and worry about it later.

  • Here we go again...
    March 17, 2008 5:16 p.m.

    The rivalry picks up again. This is a fun thing to be apart of, but for heavens sake BYU fans just relax. So defensive and sensative and fighting to defend the team. Seriously, just relax...quiet dignity.

  • Re: Washington
    March 17, 2008 5:12 p.m.


  • Son of Stephen M.R. Covey
    March 17, 2008 4:53 p.m.

    He's the son of Stephen M.R. Covey, not of Stephen M.S. Covey, not of Sean Covey. Grandson of Stephen R. Covey.

  • Washington
    March 17, 2008 4:19 p.m.

    As a die hard BYU fan lets not get the cart before the horse. I remember a 14-1 BYU team that won vs. Kansas St in the Cotton Bowl, that got spanked by Washington. BYU has struggled against Pac 10 teams even in wins and especially against UCLA and Washington. Washington has a good quarterback and will be very motivated at the first of the year on their home field. I agree that any BCS talk is premature until after the two PAC 10 games. Striving for perfection is one thing, talking about it as though it has already been accomplished is another. Go Cougars!

  • Craig's-List Thompson
    March 17, 2008 4:13 p.m.

    My suggestion is that UNLV plays all 8 of its conference games at home from here on out. That way, there will actually be some fans in Sam Boyd Stadium (from the visiting teams) -- and, hey, UNLV might actually win a couple games in conference instead of tanking year after year and dragging the rest of the conference down.

    UNLV coaches can keep the film running post-game, and recruit the fans who actually run on the field the fastest -- bumping over little old ladies like so many George Costanzas escaping an apartment fire in the process.

    Wouldn't all fans of the opposing teams rather travel to watch their team play in Vegas than making any semblance of a level playing field?

    If we did that, I might even be able to sell this novel approach to satellite cable providers. Of course, we can't just focus on football on the MTN, we'll still have to balance coverage between women's Tiddly-Winks featuring Wyoming v. Colorado State.

  • Independence
    March 17, 2008 3:57 p.m.

    Going independent would be a disaster for BYU. Scheduling any decent teams after September would be nearly impossible.

  • Steve
    March 17, 2008 4:01 p.m.

    BYU independent? Slow down there buddy!! There is now way that would ever happen and BYU has been fortunate the last couple of years to have a decent program. BYU fans think they should be in a BCS bowl every year. I don't know where this thougth process comes from. They would get destroyed in a BCS bowl!!!

  • Anonymous
    March 17, 2008 3:48 p.m.

    Independent would get BYU nowhere. Hasn't this issue been brought up enough.

  • Re: Stop the BCS Talk
    March 17, 2008 3:31 p.m.

    Let the team and coaches keep their focus on one-game-at-a-time, BYU fans are just following the coach's mantra of raising the bar. Two outright conference championships in a row. Two bowl wins. Busting the BCS is the next obvious step. Making it through September undefeated should be the next goal. Above all, winning on November 22nd (in dramatic fashion) would be sweet.

    March 17, 2008 3:27 p.m.

    If BYU were to leave the MWC (Mostly Weak Conference), here's how I see scheduling as an Independent.

    * One game against each of the 6 BCS conferences - go home-and-home series against a different opponent from each conference.

    * An annual game against rival Utah and let's throw Utah State in there as well so they quit whining about nobody wanting to play them.

    * Reestablish a home-home with Hawaii to maintain recruiting and tradition.

    * 1 game every year against a service academy - rotating teams every year (Army, Navy, Air Force).

    * 2 random games against any opponent ranging from another BCS school to a D-1 FCS opponent. I could definately see a few series with Notre Dame in the mix.

    So, here's how the opponent schedule could look:

    1 - Big 10
    2 - Big East
    3 - Big 12
    4 - Pac-10
    5 - ACC
    6 - SEC
    7 - Hawaii
    8 - Utah
    9 - Utah State
    10 - Service Academy (Army, Navy, AFA)
    11 - Floating opponent (maybe C-USA)
    12 - Floating opponent (maybe Notre Dame)

    If the Pac-10 won't take us, then we need to go independent!

  • RE: to RUD
    March 17, 2008 3:23 p.m.

    Somebody bitter at not being accepted at BYU? Let it go, man. Your energy is better spent cheering for the yewts than coming on BYU articles and showing your lack of knowledge. Really, you're embarrassing yourself.

    As for the safeties, let's not forget about Andrew Rich from Ogden's Bonneville HS. He was a JC All-American last year at Snow College as a freshman and is a big time player (otherwise Cal-Berkeley wouldn't have offered him a scholarship). Go Cougs!

  • Stop the BCS Talk
    March 17, 2008 3:04 p.m.

    As a BYU fan I have been burned too many times in big non conference games to get to far ahead of myself. Stop the BCS talk now! Look what it did for TCU last year.

  • Zoobie 55
    March 17, 2008 1:49 p.m.

    RE: BB King (defensive backs)

    Two names come to mind that I believe the Cougars are hoping to count on for next season. G Pittman redshirted this year and will be in the mix. Brandon Bradley will be another promising newcomer.(recovering from knee surgery) Brandon Howard is also back I believe. IF Bradley's knee holds up they are supposed to be faster and more athletic than their predecessors. Tafuna and Fowler will bring needed experience to the safeties. The whole season's success may depend on how fast the DB's come around.

  • Bill
    March 17, 2008 1:46 p.m.

    One game at a time is a silly mantra for anyone but the coaches and players. We're fans. Let us dream.

  • Roy from Boise Id.
    March 17, 2008 1:31 p.m.

    It's Steven Covey the 3rd, grandson of The Franklin Covey Steven Covey.
    He graduated from Timpview Highschool in Prove area in 2005 where he was an outstanding quarterback.
    Hope he lives up to the hype surrounding him.

  • BBKing
    March 17, 2008 1:28 p.m.

    I believe this new Covey is the grandson of the big name Covey. If his father is who I think it is, he started at QB for BYU just prior to Ty Detmer taking over. Meaning he was a pretty decent QB, just not Ty Detmer.

    As for BYU having a hard time filling a schedule as an independent, there may be some truth to that. Don't forget that they have a 70,000 seat stadium and fill it most of the time. In fact, their attendance average was the highest in the nation for non-BCS schools. So pretty decent, and ticket buying spectators will always draw games.

    I am glad to hear that we have some good Dbacks in the waiting. I agree the backfield did a great job for what they had last year. I have just wondered how our overall defense would have played if we had another Morgan/Bacon combination at corners.

    In any case, Go BYU!

  • BlueCoug
    March 17, 2008 1:14 p.m.

    Don't give up on the MWC so easily. Sure, the deck is stacked against the conference teams winning a national championship, but the BCS will eventually crumble from within and a playoff is inevitable.

    It's nice to dream of the increased exposure and opportunities that would be afforded by playing in the Big 12 or Pac 10 conferences, but nothing is likely to happen on that front for a long time, if ever.

    In the meantime, MWC teams should concentrate on busting the BCS every year. They need to raise the bar and start winning those close non-conference games that usually slip away. No more moral victories.

  • Covey
    March 17, 2008 1:20 p.m.

    Yes, he is the "old man's" grandson. He is the son of Stephen M.S. Covey. When you get two middle initials, you know you've got it made.

  • Quarterback Stephen Covey?
    March 17, 2008 1:05 p.m.

    Does anyone know if this kid is related to the Stephen Covey from Franklin Covey?

  • To: RUD
    March 17, 2008 12:43 p.m.

    This cruddy conference is the only one that wants you. Other than the last two years BYU has been very mediocre in the Football and Basketball. (The only two sports that major conferences will look at). Additionaly BYU has two many stipulations due to the fact they are a private LDS school that follows a whole set of rules no one in the country understands or will bother to understand. They could go independent, however I would not make that reccomendation, Just look at Notre Dame and their success as an independent especialy in football. The only reason people schedule them is history and tradition. BYU would have a difficult time filling a schedule with any respectable opponents. This conference is a Decent conference with at least three teams who get looked at in the pre season as possible top 25 in BYU, Utah and TCU with the potential to have a few more. Besides it has nothing to do with the conference. BYU traditionaly cannot win games against non conference opponents especialy those in BCS conferences. If they can get that strait they will bust the BCS.

  • RUD
    March 17, 2008 12:20 p.m.

    No early season losses, no mid season losses, wait, no late season losses. Hey no losses would be great!! This season will be a tougher schedule than last year. If we win the non conference games and take the conference, we can be BCS busters. That is nice, but we will never see another National Championship again. Not until we get out of this lousy conference. The BCS made sure there would never be another 1984.

  • jeffd
    March 17, 2008 12:02 p.m.

    I agree that they need to keep their feet on the ground with respect to a BCS run. They're getting into a habit of losing early games, which is going to kill their BCS chances.

    Also, they need to get a secondary that's dominant. Most of the time Mendenhall's technique of rushing the QB works, but it won't work for every game in the season.

  • Martin Smith
    March 17, 2008 11:34 a.m.

    No BCS or how great we're going to be talk. Keep humble and let your play do the talking for you! GO COUGARS!!!!!

  • ed
    March 17, 2008 11:15 a.m.

    I agree with wii! Let's try and win the non-conference games and proceed throught the league. Trite as it sounds one game at a time is the recipe. Go Cougs!

  • The D-Backs
    March 17, 2008 11:13 a.m.

    Though most do not have much game experience, there is a ton of potential for the d-backs this year. After the 2005 debacle of a season for the d-backs, there has been a most concerted effort in recruiting to get talented guys back there.

    The d-backs did pretty well last year, especially when you consider the two starting safeties were third string entering the pre-season. There was only one game where our d-backs let us down last year. Not bad for four walk-ons.

  • wii
    March 17, 2008 10:27 a.m.

    Please, no more talk about the BCS until after game 12!

  • Hey BCS
    March 17, 2008 9:37 a.m.

    The loss to Tulsa hurt worse than the loss to UCLA. Non-BCS teams must be undefeated, period.

  • Anonymous
    March 17, 2008 9:28 a.m.

    It was a good thing that they didn't go to the BCS last year. I think it hurts more to go to the BCS unprepared than to not go at all. Just look at Hawaii for an example of that. Hopefully they will be ready to go this year. It's going to be on the defense to make sure that the team is good enough to make it.

  • BCS
    March 17, 2008 9:08 a.m.

    I agree it is possible to make a BCS run. But only if they win the non conference play at the beginning of the season and continue to dominate conference play. Had they not lost to UCLA last year they would have definitely been BCS bound.

  • Ernest T. Bass
    March 17, 2008 7:31 a.m.

    they should make a BCS run.

  • NYCougar
    March 17, 2008 7:29 a.m.

    Kelly Poppinga. Brady's been gone a while.

  • BBKing
    March 17, 2008 6:59 a.m.

    What about defensive backs?

    They did a great job considering their ability but did we do anything to improve there? As I recall, that was the weak spot on defense.

    Anyone know anything about that?