BYU football notebook: Bronco Mendenhall offers praise for Brandon Doman

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  • XelaDave Salem, UT
    Dec. 15, 2010 11:33 a.m.

    If Heaps is the future then I have little faith in the future- yes we will win big against those mighty WAC opponants and a DII school now and then but against a fast defense that has inuitive players- Heaps is toast- arm strength is nice but that does not alone make a great college QB- Munns maybe?

  • Cosmo Springville, UT
    Dec. 13, 2010 10:11 a.m.

    I think Riley has a pretty good vision on the field, and he's fast. He'd make a sweet safety.

    Gooooo Cougars!

  • fender Washington, UT
    Dec. 12, 2010 4:46 p.m.

    BYU fans are so irrational when it comes to Riley Nelson and Heaps. They assume Heaps is head and shoulders above Nelson, when the statistics and facts do not bear that out.

    Nelson's shoulder was hurt in fall camp, so criticisms of his arm strength and accuracy are premature. In the two games that both players were available for (Washington and AFA) Nelson outplayed Heaps (even with the injured shoulder). Nelson's numbers: 19/36 204 yds and 2 tds. Heaps' numbers: 15/31 131 and 0 tds.

    Heaps had his big games statistically against much weaker teams than Washington and AFA, and there is simply no reason to assume that Nelson wouldn't have had big numbers as well, had he been able to play.

    Nelson is much faster and mobile and has as much or more experience with the offense having backed up Hall. Mendenhall is obviously correct that nothing has been settled.

  • BYU Blue 2003 Waco, TX
    Dec. 12, 2010 1:22 a.m.

    If Riley is truly a team player and unselfish, he'll do what's best for his team and switch positions. He has a D2 arm, as everyone except the BYU coaching staff knows. Leadership can't win games by itself... that requires the best talent at each position.

  • Sammyg2 springville, Utah
    Dec. 11, 2010 11:16 p.m.

    here is where i get hung up with byu thinking independence makes them like Notre Dame giving them a great shot at the BCS. Notre Dame is in a power conference and independent in football, but they can take a spot of the big east bowls if they dont get invited to the bcs, however Byu is independent and in the wcc for everything else.
    pretty much what im tryin to say is ND is a power independent, and Byu is a mid major independent.

    Also, how about that slap in the face to byu from the mwc by allowing hawaii to join just for football and nothing else, when they told byu they had to have all sports in the conference or none lol

  • first2third Elmo, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 10:06 p.m.

    Rilley Nelson should be a great safety...not a QB.

  • skinnysmitty Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 9:57 p.m.

    Howard S - Hate to tell you but BYU now has a better chance of going to a BCS bowl than Utah will have in the future.

  • EdGrady Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 11, 2010 9:30 p.m.

    How 'bout opening up the offensive coordinator position for competition?

  • TheSpiker Alpine, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 9:29 p.m.


    Hate to disagree with you but I must. Anae should be coaching the O line or assisting Bronco at head coach to free him up more working with the D.

    As an offensive coach he just doesn't cut it.

    Yes, he is a former player and I'll bet he is a great guy. Unfortunately, that doesn't make a good O coordinator.

    Howard S.

    I guess I'll just have to live in my "delusional" world and you can continue to make up "facts" to justify your opinions.

  • badlandscougar great plains, sd
    Dec. 11, 2010 8:28 p.m.

    anae is a great coach, he also played on the o-line at byu, so back off. doman is the perfect qb coach, he was a stud when he played so naturally he would lead by example. when the cougs were losing all sorts of accusations were flying, now that the team is winning again, some fans are splitting hairs again. i feel that when a team wins that is the result of a player's effort, attitude, and execution. go byu!!

  • Real Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 11, 2010 6:37 p.m.

    I would like to see Brandon calling plays next year!

  • Big Hapa Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 3:24 p.m.

    How - weird you are confused of which article you are blogging about. The BCS story is the one you read talking about Delany, right paper wrong blog site I am just sayin.

    Utes will be the door mat of the PAC, don't believe me take the massive blow out win over the Cougars for example, oh yeah that did not happen they struggled to stay in the game with a BYU team that started a true freshman and could only muster 3 field goals and one touch down.

    Yes sir hello cellar dweller of the PAC the mighty utes this is you future.

  • CWEB Orem, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 3:00 p.m.

    Riley Nelson was boring.

    Riley would "run" the BYU offense into the ground.

    Find a new spot for him. Even the "uneducated" fans

    see that Nelson will NEVER run BYU's offense.

    If Nelson starts one game next year, unless for a

    Heap injury, I'm done buying tickets! Amen. Amen.

  • Big Hapa Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 2:58 p.m.

    You know guy's it really does not matter what I think or what any of use think or say, it is Bronco's team and he wants to put it all up for grab's again and let the best guy win the starting spot.

    I did not like this option last year, but next year after watching Heaps's not take full command of the offense { yes I do hang allot on Anae } I am in Bronco's corner and he knows much more going into the spring 2011 then he knew last spring.

    So here go along for the Ultimate Fighting challenge for the new Independent season of 2011 !!

    Rise and shout for the one who emerges from the slug fest.

    "Poly" Cougar Nation

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 2:41 p.m.

    TheSpiker | 12:11 p.m. Dec. 11, 2010
    Alpine, UT

    Here is the fact, Mr. TheSpiker of Apline, Utah.

    FACT - Major College football in the modern era is defined by the BCS.

    Either you are in it or you are not. Those that are not in the club are denied access to the championship because they are not considered "major".

    Utah has joined the BCS club, first by virtue of two BCS bowl game victories, but more importantly by virtue of membership in a BCS conference.

    Utah carries the brand of the BCS. BYU does not.

    Any suggestion that BYU can claim major college status without any kind of BCS affiliation greater than that of Idaho State is simply delusional.

  • optimist Sun City, CA
    Dec. 11, 2010 12:57 p.m.


    Has Riley ever playe Tight End or Wide Receiver?

    Can he catch the ball and hold on to it without allowing it to be stripped?

    I know that he can run the routes. He knows that from being the QB that through the ball to the tight ends and wide receivers.

    We need improvement in those two receiving positions.

    Riley is very athletic. I would love to see him be offered and except one of those positions and play in every game for the remainder of his career at BYU.

    I would love to see either Larkin or Munns be the back up QB while the other one runs the Scout team.

    Please, please, please, no more QB controversy. We have our QB for the rest of his career at BYU and that is our 5 star Jake Heaps. Let him know our love and our appreciation and our support is 100% behind him. Please, no more indecision.

  • TheSpiker Alpine, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 12:11 p.m.

    Howard S.

    Did UofU become a "major college team" because it was invited to the PAC?

    Seems to me the brilliant U supporters thought they were a "major college team" before the invite.

    I thought that there was more to being a "major college team" than simply conference affiliation.

    Is Notre Dame not a "major college team" because they are independent?

    Are Wake Forrest, Duke, Colorado, Washington State, Rutgers, Indiana, or Vanderbilt "major college teams"?

    Using your illogic it's all about the affiliation and not about the success.

    Yes, facts are sometimes inconvenient. When you actually get one please bring it to the table. Until then, try to learn the difference between your lousy opinions and actual facts.

    Pretending to know something doesn't make it so and putting your ignorance out in the public for the world to see isn't flattering.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 12:08 p.m.

    nwcoug | 11:50 a.m. Dec. 11, 2010
    White Salmon, WA

    Okay, Mr. nwcoug and his friends think that BYU ia a major college, so it must be so.

    Who cares if the no BCS bowl game committee or no BCS conference thinks they are a major college... what do they know anyway?

  • nwcoug White Salmon, WA
    Dec. 11, 2010 11:50 a.m.

    Howard S.,

    If I were a Ute fan I would also be proud of the two BCS seasons. But to state that BYU is not a major college program because they don't belong to a auto conference or haven't been to a BCS game yet is really a reach in my opinion. Since football has mattered to BYU in the last 40 years they have had 3 losing season. Thare fan base and attendence is major, there success is major, and their perception is major. I live and work in Washington and my co-workers are big Oregon, OSU, UW, and WSU fans. To a person they all think BYU athletically would have been tougher and better than Utah in the conference. To say BYU is not a major college football team is silly. It is the equlivalent as saying that Cal or Purdue aren't because they haven't been to a game. As to Dolman, being the qb coach at one of the 5 most prestigious qb factories (see SI, and ESPN), means you are at a major college. No disrespect to Utah, but they are not above BYU.

  • TheSpiker Alpine, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 11:47 a.m.

    What a bunch of knee jerk reactions.

    Do you really expect to see the coach publicly say that there isn't a competition for a position on the team? What message would that send to the other players (other than it's time to transfer).

    Heaps was the best qb in camp this year and he will be the best next year. If he isn't the best then he shouldn't be the starter!

    Howard S. - you know what opinions are like ... yours just stinks more than others.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 11:45 a.m.

    Here's what I saw when Riley Nelson was quarterback, particularly in the Air Force game:

    Riley ran the ball 20 times and attempted even fewer passes, and the offense got shut down. Unless you're Cam Newton, and even if you are, how does that make the rest of the team feel? If it was winning BYU games that would have been one thing, but he wasn't.

    What happens to the rest of the team with Riley Nelson is this: he doesn't have the patience to sit in the pocket and throw the ball and he gets shut down. The receivers get frustrated and are wondering why they aren't getting the ball because they don't get the time to get open. The line gets frustrated because they are working hard and the offense goes three and out, and the backs get frustrated because he's running the ball all the time when the backs should be getting the carries. So I don't see Riley's "team first" approach really helping the team at all.

    We talk about reminding Jake that he isn't above the team, maybe Riley needs that reminder too.

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 11:40 a.m.

    XPat and some others may talk about Bronco putting his foot in his mouth, but how can anyone say in December who will be the starter next September. I doubt people in Indianapolis say that about Peyton Manning. Anything can happen. Peyton (or Jake) might even decide to quit the game. Might even run into issues with the law (honor code).

    If Bronco were not working to ensure that he has back-up plans for all potential, conceivable contingencies, then I would wonder what is wrong with him. As Big Hapa (whom I often disagree with) says, competition for the starting role is a good thing. Keeps Jake from getting complacent - and keeps Lark and Munns from losing hope.

    So those of you calling for Bronco to retire - I'm suggesting that you might want to avoid the embarrassment that comes with a display of ignorance. Bronco is a trained professional and his body of work speaks well for him.

    Dec. 11, 2010 11:29 a.m.

    I think that Bronco is reminding his young QB, that he still needs to show up, and that he isn't above the team. Rest assured, Heaps is the future of the Cougars and he will start next year. Go Cougars!!! Beat the Miners by 50!!!!!

  • Idaho Coug Meridian, Idaho
    Dec. 11, 2010 11:17 a.m.

    Jake Heaps has progressed a great deal. He was thrown into the fire and has become a very solid, granted still very young, QB. I think Bronco's comments go more toward his overall philosophy of fairness rather than any questions about Heaps.

    The other 3 QBs were the victims of circumstance not talent. Nelson was injured while being the official starter. Lark and Munns came home from missions and did not have enough time to fully shake the rust but they did all they were asked to do as LDS young men. All three should be treated fairly and that means at least giving them a chance in Spring ball.

    The reality, however, is that Heaps is way ahead of those three. He has the most raw talent and now has the experience to boot. I do not see any scenario in which any of those three even give Heaps much of a battle.

    Actually I think the Cougs should get Nelson into the defensive backfield now so he can learn the ropes. He is not a BYU QB. He is a nice athlete who could fill a hole at safety. Lark and Munns have legitimate QB skills.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 11, 2010 11:14 a.m.

    I have to agree that Bronco's comments are really inappropriate prior to the final game. It shows lack of confidence in your QB, which is not a good move prior to your last game. Something like "the starting position coming into Spring is Jake's to lose," would be a better way to say he is our man but is still expected to perform.

    Like you I have been one of Heaps critics, especially early in the season. But even you, a big Riley Nelson fan, have to admit that Heaps has shown much progress and improvement over the year, albeit against weaker teams. His best test against Utah, he stepped up, despite being stifled by the OC and play calling. That last drive was all Heaps despite really bad play calling. I would have to say he really did prove himself against Utah. If you look at his total body of work from the beginning of the year to now, you're right, it is not that spectacular. But if you look at where he is now, and how much he has improved, I would have to say he is the starter for 2011, hands down.

  • AK Cougar Palmer, AK
    Dec. 11, 2010 10:50 a.m.

    Bronco's praise of Doman is right on. Doman was a team leader when he was the QB and now his talents are being used to mentor talented young men as QB's. I am glad to see Bronco single out and praise one of his position coaches. In time, it is likely we will see him praise other coaches and pass on praising some others.

    Bronco is also spot on when he says the QB position will be open next year. Coach issuing that challenge is what separates the mediocre players from the talented. The truly talented will rise to the occasion and assume the position. The mediocre will continue to just be mediocre. The tight end position this year was kind of that way. The cougars had some talented young men, but none of them really separated themselves from the others and assumumed the position.

    Go Cougars. Please put the beat down on UTEP. I am looking for a 40 pt. spread.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 10:48 a.m.

    TheSpiker | 10:14 a.m. Dec. 11, 2010
    Alpine, UT

    TheSpiker says "We are a major college team."

    Dear Mr. TheSpiker -

    BYU may be special, but they are not a major college team.

    In fact, BYU is a non-AQ, mid-major school with no greater access to the BCS than Idaho State or San Jose State.

    Self-imposed independence does not change that.

    Facts are sometimes inconvenient, but they cannot be disputed.

  • Ted H. Midvale, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 10:26 a.m.


    Perhaps you should channel your energy towards something more productive like helping yewt players avoid setting up drug houses immediately after entering the NFL.

    Go be a mentor for David Reed.

    Yewtiew - proving max right one comment at a time.

  • Big Hapa Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 10:20 a.m.

    Nope the red zone limited production is all on Jake. The coach's plays are all good when the weaklings teams go down, but when the real pressure is on the kid was mediocre.

    The reality is Riley has 2 more years he was granted a medical red shirt year.

    So let the boy's punch it out in the spring we the fans will be the winners because this competition will make a better QB who ever emerges. You never know, perhaps it will be Lark or Munn's ?

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 10:14 a.m.

    "Though Heaps has been impressive the last month of the season, Mendenhall has said the quarterback job will be open when the Cougars convene for spring ball in March."

    No. NOOOO. No!!! Please! This nonsense has gone on long enough! Listen, Riley Nelson is NOT a college quarterback. I question if he'd even be a succesful junior college quarterback. Riley Nelson is basically a running back who happens to be a good leader and a good competitor who can sometimes complete passes with his weird left handed throwing style. The only reason his passing numbers look good at all is because he completes a lot of short passes (which leads to higher efficiency) and then the guys who catch the ball happen to run hard and get a lot of yards after catch which makes the numbers look a lot more impressive than they really are. In short, he's kind of like a Jordan Wynn with running ability that can't throw as far.

    Seriously guys, this is getting ridiculous. If you want to talk about paying dues, the fact that Heaps has put up with this season and this garbage without transferring are dues enough to me.

  • TheSpiker Alpine, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 10:14 a.m.

    Howard S.

    We are a major college team.

    Go worry about the pounding that your team is about to get at the hands of BSU.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 9:51 a.m.

    I don't like the comment by Bronco, I would rather see him say things to build Heaps confidence.
    Re Big Hapa : I think one of the reasons Heaps numbers in the red zone were poor, is because of Anae and his play calling.
    I would love to see Anae move on to another school or given an other assignment and let Doman be the Offensive Co.. Bring Detmer in as the QB coach and that would be quite the brain thrust combo on the offensive side.

  • fan29 Orem, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 8:50 a.m.

    Nice comment Bronco, QB position up for grabs in the Spring. Heaps has proved himself your QB. Just let Riley play out his last year as a backup. Maybe you should retire!!!!

  • CougsEatYewtsForBfast Provo, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 8:45 a.m.

    No BYU fans want Riley except in a rare wildcat formation. As we all know, Riley came out and said after his injury that he was going to battle for the QB position next year. This quote by Bronco is him not wanting to offend Riley, the Bronco prototype (service awards, works hard, mission, etc.), and act like he actually has a chance at beating out Heaps. Really??? Don't get me wrong, those are all great that Riley has done and are commendable, but it can become frustrating when Bronco and Anae show a lack of trust in young guys because "they haven't paid their dues", even though they are loaded with talent. Take Heaps for example not being able to audible out of a run play when the defense is stacking the box. Completely ludicrous.

    Seems like the entire BYU nation is calling for Anae's head. Doman is the man for the job, and I think Ty Detmer, a current high school football coach down in Texas, should be brought up to coach the QB's. A former Heisman QB is no joke, and could easily replace Doman. Fire Anae!!!!

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 8:40 a.m.

    Re: Howard S.

    What do you expect Bronco to say, "Doman is in the bottom 1/3 of all quarterback coaches in the nation"?
    Go to every coach and they will say the say thing. What would Whitt say about his QB coach? Wise up and go get on your own Yewt posts. You really should seek help for you obsessive compulsive behavior in reading and commenting on everything BYU.

  • Big Hapa Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 8:37 a.m.

    Bronco is the true puppet master here people. I hope my intuition is correct, #1. Bronco is opening the screen door on Anae, hint don't let the screen door hit you on your way out. Hopefully, this means a new OC for Christmas Coug fans. Cool ! Now #2. is a little more on topic for next year. I know everyone loves what Jake did against weak teams, myself included. However, the fact is Jake's performance against teams with winning records is poor, he can only produce field goals and single touch downs. Frankly, his red zone out put is weak. So, open it up in the spring and let's slug it out. The mission thing is out for Jake, for whatever reason, it has publicly stated he has no interest in serving a mish. The spring is going to be fun.

    Go BYU in the New Mexico Bowl !

    { this is still a little tongue and cheek for me to say }

    Oh well its better then staying at home.

    "Poly" Cougar Nation

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 8:21 a.m.

    Doman is the best quarterback coach in the country and he has no job offers from a major college team?


  • duck Saint George, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 8:18 a.m.

    BYU has fine coaches all around, but it's time they get some less predictable offensive play calling. Robert, isn't it time to retire? Bronco isn't it time to find a new offensive assistant?

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Dec. 11, 2010 7:52 a.m.

    QB coach can't control OC when we really need to see Jake Heaps throw more. So, does that mean Rober Anae is done after this season? And please no more two QB monsters starting in the fall 2011.

  • Y4LYFE Lubbock, TX
    Dec. 11, 2010 7:51 a.m.

    The Dominator deserves an OC position, or an assistant HC position.

    Go Y

  • catram North Las Vegas, NV
    Dec. 11, 2010 6:43 a.m.

    I am a huge Bronco fan but this comment about the job being open was, well, probably not well thought out. No wonder Heaps was a little taken back by it. Unless, of course, Heaps hits the mission field. : )