BYU football: McKay Jacobson, Cougar receivers struggling

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  • optimist Sun City, CA
    Nov. 5, 2010 1:14 a.m.

    "Dumpdrake: Quote:
    " it's the receivers who have failed, not the QBs."
    I'm going to have to throw the red flag on that one. The QB has been just as awful, if not more awful, as the receivers."

    Wow Dumpdrake, Have we been watching the same games? The games that I have watched had, on most part, and with very few acceptions, balls that bounced off the chest of the receivers or through the two hands of the receivers. How does that translate into the QB as being awful??? Our QB passes were caught by high school receivers that took their team to three straight State Championships. Why can't College men catch his passes?

    Maybe there is emotional problems that keep them from performing as well as they should. Maybe the opportunity for them to speak their minds freely without consequence could give some insight to the problem and once out of their system, perhaps they might be able to perform to their potential. If not, recall the scholarships and find replacements.

  • optimist Sun City, CA
    Nov. 5, 2010 12:57 a.m.

    Are we scouting the JC's for wide receivers and tight ends? If so, have we found any that will be ready to contribute from game one, next season?
    If not, why have we not been able to attract Junior College playes to BYU?

    Will all of our four star true freshmen be able to contribute from game one starting next season?

    What is the prognosis for our team for next season?

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Nov. 4, 2010 10:16 p.m.

    " it's the receivers who have failed, not the QBs."

    I'm going to have to throw the red flag on that one. The QB has been just as awful, if not more awful, as the receivers. I don't understand why Heaps gets a free pass when it comes to analyzing why BYU's passing game has performed so poorly. Call it freshman inexperience, immaturity, or just plain not nearly as talented as he is hyped up to be, he still makes too many poor decisions, locks in on his primary receiver too much, scrambles very poorly, and has poor touch on the ball.

    Yes the receivers drop the ball too much, but I think the bigger problem with the receivers is their inability to get separation from their defender. You don't have to be lighting fast to do that. Both Pitta and Collie proved that.

  • Old Navy Provo, UT
    Nov. 4, 2010 9:14 p.m.

    Fred Vader, they weren't catching Nelson's passes either...

    This group of receivers has singlehandedly stalled BYU's offense and forced us to become a running team.

    They act as if they are afraid to go across the middle or lay out for a ball.

  • Fred Vader Oklahoma City, OK
    Nov. 4, 2010 12:48 p.m.

    Said it before, say it again: Heaps needs to learn some "touch" on the ball. He reminds me of John Walsh. Great arm, but no touch. His receivers were constantly dropping the ball to, but Edwards would never replace him. Don't rocket a ball to a receiver if he is 5 yards or closer. Don't loft a softball to receivers who are farther than 5 yards out! He seems to just have to throwing speeds. All the accuracy in the world won't help if you don't have any touch.

    That being the receivers...shouldn't matter if he throws a rocket or a softball. If you can touch it, you can catch it!

    If the rocket balls hurt, go practice catching bricks like Jerry Rice used to do. Then it won't hurt your little hands so much.

  • dumprake Toquerville, UT
    Nov. 4, 2010 12:33 p.m.

    This receiving corps has not just been sub-par, they have been awful. How can all the receivers just drop pass after pass after pass? That is just bizarre, and yeah, this far into the season, the QB is irrelevant; it's the receivers who have failed, not the QBs.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Nov. 4, 2010 11:49 a.m.

    The WRs have underachieved huge. With a freshman QB, freshman TEs, and the loss of Harvey Unga, they are the veterans of the offense and haven't carried the weight that they have needed to for the offense to be like it has been. Maybe the O-line can pass protect better and should because they are veterans too, but even with the times the WRs have had to get open they haven't been able too, and they don't catch all kinds of passes that hit them in the hands.

    All we can hope for now is still for their progress to get better and the chemistry with the QB to get better. There needs to be 200 yards receiving from BYU's offense each week, and the WRs need to be most of that. That's what I'm hoping to see on Saturday.

  • Oner Code Seattle, WA
    Nov. 4, 2010 11:10 a.m.

    Bowling at the wilkinson center is always an option after losing one or two of the final four games.

  • BYU, Now Serving Humble Pie Sugarhouse, UT
    Nov. 4, 2010 10:35 a.m.

    BYU has been struggling this year? Really? Who knew?

  • TJ2407 Springville, UT
    Nov. 4, 2010 10:30 a.m.

    Rather than struggling could it be that they are just not that good? I thought they would be better but they really have not shown improvement all season from what I can see. Maybe they are just not that good.

  • Winglish Lehi, UT
    Nov. 4, 2010 10:21 a.m.

    Jacobson has been BYU's biggest disappointment this season, in my opinion. Fans expected huge things from Jacobson.. Instead we've watched him run routes half-heartedly and drop pass after pass after pass. It seems like he's got lead feet and hands this year.

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    Nov. 4, 2010 9:31 a.m.

    Honestly, I think the receivers Jake was throwing to in the spring have been replaced by aliens. There's no comparison with the bodies playing today and the people who were recruited originally. As far as the tight end position it seems like none of them act like they want to standout as someone who is capable of playing college ball. One in particular has been a big liability since returning from a mission. Maybe they need to give up their scholarship to someone who cares.

  • Y4LYFE Provo, UT
    Nov. 4, 2010 8:45 a.m.

    Understatement of the season, I guess they took the summer off.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    Nov. 4, 2010 8:12 a.m.

    Good things happen when receivers catch the ball. Just sayin'.
    Oh, and one of them is yards after catch. Touchdowns are a frequent byproduct of those 2 elements.

  • Mr. Obvious Sandy, Utah
    Nov. 4, 2010 7:06 a.m.

    Earth to BYU “True Freshman Jake Hypes": "Play harder, watch ALL receivers, throw in front of them, throw beyond 5 yards, make first downs."

    Next message: "Tell Anae to turn the page!"


  • So. Cal Reader Escondido, CA
    Nov. 4, 2010 6:58 a.m.

    Jeff- This is an OK article, but the timing is interesting. You could have writtent this article weeks ago. Nothing's changed over this amount of time to make the receiving corps any worse. Also, the last time I read a DN article about a receiver was about Ashworth and how his "one game" against Wyoming all of a sudden shacked him out of his season-long funk. Let's go Cougs. Let' hope for a big UNLV win and that Jacobson can have the game of his season!

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Nov. 4, 2010 12:23 a.m.

    Just catch the ball is the best way to focus first and then make some runs as your second focus.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 11:23 p.m.

    Earth to BYU receivers: "Play harder, get open, catch the ball, make first downs."

    Next message: "Catch a pass and score touchdowns!"