BYU football: Andrew Rich among best Bronco Mendenhall has ever coached

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  • Outsideview Federal Way, WA
    Dec. 22, 2010 8:54 a.m.

    Hopefully, Bronco will also recognize that his plan to avoid quality JC recruits (other than DB's) is also a mistake. He needs to recruit the JC ranks regularly to find other players that everyone misses coming out of high school. Some of BYU's best players have been JC players.

  • BP Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 20, 2010 10:19 a.m.

    How is a senior defensive tackle tranferring to BYU from USC? Is this a mistake in the article?

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 19, 2010 5:43 p.m.

    Unfortunately NFL teams will probably make the same error in judgement that Bronco did initially. But if he can just get drafted, even in the late rounds I think he will be able to show what he is made of and see action in the NFL. He is certainly smart enough, hard-hitting enough, and good enough tackler to be there.

    Big Hapa-
    Nice comments, and I agree mostly. Heart and leadership are really important but all the heart and leadership skills in the world don't make up for lack of talent. I've coached and I know it just doesn't work without that 3rd ingredient. Fortunately Rich had all of those attributes you mention plus talent. If that weren't true he wouldn't have had as good a year as he did.

    I have a question for you Hapa-- Are you yet willing to give Heaps props for the turnaround he had this season and would you be willing to admit that he should have the edge as the starting QB going into Spring Camp?

  • BigCougFan Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 19, 2010 4:18 p.m.

    It's a great time to be a Cougar Fan... the future looks bright and things will continue to get better and better!

  • Big Hapa Kaysville, UT
    Dec. 19, 2010 12:40 p.m.

    I am proud that Bronco can be man enough to acknowledge his poor judgment on talent. He stated that he had rejected Rich twice on the basis of speed and size not able to measure skill and heart, he had made a mistake in judgment and has owned it.

    Bronco's pedigree of skilled NFL players that have come from his defensive schemes is a herald one with the likes of Urlacher & Francisco respectively with the Bears and the Colts.

    He has also stepped up and has owned the early season QB fiasco. Now I hope he is learning to stop evaluating on hype and measure the un-tangibles like heart, leadership and a commitment to the mission statement of the school and church this program ultimately represents.

    The foundation to success is rooted in the rising generations commitment to correct principles. On the other hand, If these principles are subordinate to hype you are a sounding symbol and a tinkling brass.

    "POLY" Cougar Nation

  • BYU Student Provo, UT
    Dec. 19, 2010 11:34 a.m.

    Yes. Those things are both true. Either way, records still stand. Most teams going to the NM bowl are too cruddy to break them.

  • Anonymouse Galveston, TX
    Dec. 19, 2010 10:45 a.m.

    Didn't BYU have 7 touchdowns (instead of 6), and didn't Payne score 10 points (instead of 9)?

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 19, 2010 8:51 a.m.

    I for one am glad Andrew Rich stayed true to his dream and walked on. Bronco manned up too. Admitting he made a mistake in recruiting Rich isn't something most coaches would have done.

    Mitch Payne was awesome in overtaking Owen Poachman. I have enjoyed both the Payne boys at BYU.

    Heap's percentage could have been better if he hadn't been playing with a broken rib. Great Game. Future looks bright.

    The new "big" receiver model with 6'4" fast guys is going to be great with Apo, Hoffman, and in a couple of years Weeks. I know I am missing two others the Y has on the roster. Too bad Murphy didn't stick around. That will come back to bite us.

    Good to see the new Defensive tackle Fangupo walk on too. He has all the qualifications, too. Married, 25 and a good player.