BYU football: Injury puts a damper on scrimmage

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  • mgr63 DALLAS, TX
    Aug. 15, 2011 4:27 a.m.

    This is sad to hear for the Prichard kid. Injuries of this magnitude are always tragic. I hope that the break was clean and didn't damage any muscle tissue. We Utes know the loss all too well like when Wynn went down with the rotator cuff tear.........and now we are hoping for the best as he continues to heal. But, who ever knows what the outcome will be? I wish the BYU player the best and take care!!!!!!

  • respectall holladay, ut
    Aug. 14, 2011 11:18 p.m.

    hahaha most of these comments are ridiculous. The Ute fan that mocks an injured kid is about as low as you can go, and trying to cover it with "not my words" is laughable.

    On the other hand, the Y talk is mostly hard to understand with the irrational prognostications and @joecoog (what are you even trying to say there?)

    How about we discuss the article at hand and leave the rest of the chatter for our 12-yr olds? Is that too much to ask?

  • Mortoon Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 14, 2011 9:35 p.m.

    I only care about u one week a year. So sorry you are so obsessed with us!

  • LouisD Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 14, 2011 2:12 p.m.

    With Prichard down, BYU have to really dig deep down, maybe find someone from the defensive side of the ball....who knows, maybe, oh, that 4.4 270 lb guy who is 6'6 and can chase ddown and tackle a quarterhorse...Ziggy.
    Seriously I figure Mendenhall was the starter and while Prichard's loss is a bummer, BYU has so much depth and so many atyhletes, finding a suitable blocking replacement shouldn't be that difficult. Oand Utah should HOPE AND PRAY BYU doesn't think to hand the pig to that 6'-6" 270 lb guy and tell him avoide the tackler. He might actually be a gamer in that regard. Surely he or any converted linebacker can block!

  • crowntown1 Corona, CA
    Aug. 14, 2011 1:37 p.m.

    Does any of this matter BYU will lose a couple games nd be in the Bell armed forces bowl. That's what you can look forward too that is reality. Am I wrong?

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Aug. 14, 2011 10:47 a.m.

    I'm sure your not one of the few dozen who were making excuses when U lost to the only 3 good teams U played last year.
    Will U be one of them if BYU starts the season 4-1 and U start the season 1-4?

  • Cougs4Life Gilbert, AZ
    Aug. 14, 2011 9:45 a.m.

    Not completely sure why there is so much "U" smack on an article about a BYU scrimmage that mentions nothing about "U," but to digress from the chatter...

    I'm just wondering what it would take for BYU to broadcast the next scrimmage on BYUtv? Seems like a great opportunity to test the new broadcast capabilities and give some of us outside of the state a chance to see the team we love get ready for the season?

  • joecoog North Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 14, 2011 9:34 a.m.

    daddman, then reign them in or is what edgrany said really worse than mocking someone who just broke his leg and thats why you had to reign him in instead.

  • truebluecougar Orem, Utah
    Aug. 14, 2011 8:37 a.m.

    I was at the practice Saturday. Was great to see tight end involvement in the offense. Signs of the past offense. Should be a break-out season for Heaps and the offense after a very predictable offense under the previous offensive coordinator. Cauhoon and Doman are a refreshing change of coaching and it is already showing in the offensive performance. Go Cougs

  • daddman54 FARMINGTON, UT
    Aug. 14, 2011 8:10 a.m.

    Really..... ? There was more than one Ute wishing the young man well as do I. Your type of generalization is what keeps the uncivil nature of the rivalry going. I think anybody with a hint of sportsmanship pretty much lays off the injured but both sides have their flame-throwers who need to be reigned in.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    Aug. 14, 2011 7:57 a.m.

    I'm surprised the monitors allow some of these abusive, offensive, and misrepresentative commments that classlessly mock an injured player and his school.

  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    Aug. 14, 2011 7:51 a.m.

    Another season down the tube.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Aug. 14, 2011 12:17 a.m.

    Poor Iona! How absolutely frustrating this must be for him! I hope he heals quickly and does not have much pain.

  • EdGrady Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 14, 2011 12:12 a.m.

    What kind of person mocks a kid when he gets hurt? Oh that's right - a utah ute fan. Amazing.

  • riddlemethis Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 14, 2011 12:01 a.m.


    We don't need excuses for Iona. Some of our running backs have actually played college football before.

    Why don't you go back to articles and see if your All American PAC 12 Heisman trophy candidate quarterback and your rubgy player can hand the ball off without fumbling and running into each other.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 11:50 p.m.

    I agree. It was an emotional experience to see a player go down the way Pritchard did on the very first play. We knew it was a terrible injury when after a long while finally the whole team gathered around him. You could see that everyone was trying to shake it off. This is an excellent, caring, and hard working/hard hitting football team. They are great. The defense really showed their stuff this morning as did Heaps. They are a fun team to watch. We loved watching the coaching staff up close this morning as well.

    Go Cougars!

  • AltaHawkFan Sandy, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 10:54 p.m.

    re: Chrissy

    Not your words and an extremely tasteless application of them. Grow up.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 10:34 p.m.

    I love Pritchard......he was my favorite HS player not on Alta! He'll be back!

  • CougarOnTheProwl Murray, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 10:13 p.m.

    Too bad about Pritchard sounds like he really would of played a big role at FB this season. I hope he has a speedy recovery and comes back next year 100 percent healthy. Fortunately, BYU does have depth at the position and Zed Mendenhall will hold down the FB position just fine.

  • joecoog North Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 13, 2011 10:11 p.m.

    Ken, what do you base byu's 1-4 start on and utah's 4-1 start? Not anything concrete. Lets look at what we know (not speculation, like our 3 running backs with no div 1 experience are going to be awesome). We know from last year utah won by 1 point that could have gone either way at home. This year it will be at les which is worth atleast a couple points. Now lets look and see what each team has coming back.
    OL carear starts returning byu 10th. 107 utah 65th. 63
    % of lettermen returning byu 9th 79 utah 91st. 67%
    % of yards returning byu 7th 94% utah 90th 49%
    % of tackle returning byu 90th 57% utah 82nd 60% (yay utah)
    combined experience chart byu 11th utah 88th
    Starts lost to injury byu 6th 43 utah 72nd 14
    (rankings compiled by phil steele)
    Starts lost to injury is important because while it's not good for the year you have so many injuries but the next year you will benefit by the extra depth. So based on what, do you think utah will be better than byu?

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 9:50 p.m.

    Is this from living right on and off the field? Not my words, don't criticize me.

  • goodDr. sandy, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 9:42 p.m.

    In other news, BYU had a qb that didn't have a sore shoulder, has a back up and didn't go down in flames against his toughest opponents last year.

  • Cougars1 Bluffdale, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 9:28 p.m.

    "I'm just saying. It will be another start like last year and I don't want to hear excuses while Utah starts 4-1 and you guys start 1-4. "It's the schedule" "It's the injuries" blah blah blah"

    Go back and read the excuses Utah fans always come up with after a loss. No wonder you expect another team's fan base to start with the excuses; maybe because you and the rest of Utah's fan base are the masters of excuses. On Sept. 18, I do expect you to "be quiet".

  • gchris rock springs, wy
    Aug. 13, 2011 9:22 p.m.

    Ken, Pritchard was probably going to be Zac Mendenhall's back-up. That is how deep BYU is in their backfield. Iona will celebrate BYU's victory over the pitiful Utes on September17 from the sidelines and will be back next year to kick your sorry butts again. You may think that Utah will start 4-1 but you will lose to USC, BYU, Washington and Arizona State and may beat Montana State, though not even that game is a gimmee. Looks like Utah is more likely to be 1-4.

  • Ken Sandy, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 9:01 p.m.

    I'm just saying. It will be another start like last year and I don't want to hear excuses while Utah starts 4-1 and you guys start 1-4. "It's the schedule" "It's the injuries" blah blah blah

    Put up or be quiet. This team will not put up and we all know you wont be quiet.

  • Rocket Science Brigham City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 8:58 p.m.

    Thanks for the comment Ken, doing your best to prove Max Hall correct are you? Most Utah fans have class but Ken doesn't help.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Aug. 13, 2011 7:56 p.m.

    My mistake...My post should have more clearly stated... At least BYU doesn't have to borrow players from the defense to make an O Line...even temporarily...which means that there is actually depth in place and not an abstract in reality.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 7:32 p.m.

    Ken sounds a little insecure. I believe he would be well served to be worrying about his U RB situation Iona is very good, especially since he is just back from a mission. Wish him the best and hope he completely heals. BYU does have a deep pool of RB's and this will give a couple more the chance to stand up and be seen.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 7:32 p.m.

    Were those full-contact kickoffs in a scrimmage?

  • ted cantrell OREM, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 7:11 p.m.

    Big Hapa
    BYU really looked sloppy???? At least BYU has a Quarterback. Three weeks more practice will increase the tempo. You need to understand the game before you comment!


    You need to spend your time helping Wit. Utah has lost two offensive guards and is cross training D-linemen just to field a team. Again, Utah has a broken quarterback with out backup and not one running back with D-1 experience. You need to practice your excuses on why Utah goes 2-10!

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Aug. 13, 2011 7:02 p.m.

    Unfortunately it happens players get hurt...don't need any excuses... it will work itself out. At least we don't have to borrow players from the offense. That's one of the advantages of having a corp of return missionaries on scholarship....something that's still also available but under utilized at the U... even now that they are in the PAC. It is a significant loss to have Pritchard go out with an injury...but it's not something that BYU's depth in talent can't overcome.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 6:50 p.m.

    Never like to hear about a player missing a year due to injury.

    Does he have a red-shirt year?

    Hope he recovers quickly.

  • WhatsInItForMe Orem, Utah
    Aug. 13, 2011 6:20 p.m.

    Iona down?

    BYU fans aren't knocking on wood hard enough!

    Get with it!

    We can't have the injury bug screw up a promising year.

    On the bright side, looks like both sides of the ball were clicking.

    Glad to see they're looking for ways to use Riley.

  • Ken Sandy, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 6:05 p.m.

    And let the excuses begin for why byu has another terrible start. "If only Pritchard hadn't gotten hurt..."

    Aug. 13, 2011 5:49 p.m.

    That is really sad what happened to Iona, maybe Baker can take his spot? jk Come back strong now Iona.

  • KamUte South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 5:15 p.m.

    Pritchard's family is our neighbor. Though he chose the wrong school, I hope he makes it back by next year. Great kid and will do well in anything he does. I feel bad for him as he really worked out hard to come to camp in shape and really wanted to contribute.

  • Big Hapa Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 4:27 p.m.

    Sorry boys I will not be one who does not cal it like it is. The team was emotionless, passionless Jake was helped with a very late PI call and a 6 second drop back sack that was not blown which enabled McKay to get open, great catch Bytheway McKay.

    The 2ND offense looked decent until two wide open receptions were dropped that could have gone for a score and or big yardage. After that Boring, staling offense that could not finish again in the red zone.

    Defensive mental mistakes galore , I know defensive penalties are considered aggressive mistakes and are rewarded so I guess that is a plus ?

    The SEC is coming in less then a month, not Idaho State, New Mexico State or the mighty Idaho Vandals the SEC Fast, Big and the most dominating conference in CF today.

    Wake Up COUGARS the 2011 season is here, are you?

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Aug. 13, 2011 4:07 p.m.

    Sorry...Iona for misspelling you're last name. Good luck

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Aug. 13, 2011 4:03 p.m.

    No one likes to see anyone get hurt...whether they are on your team or one of your opponents. But it is what it is. It's part of the sport. He'll still be a contributing factor and support to his teammates though he may not be able to do it from the field. And in practice it happens quite often. Hope Pritched will be ok and recover soon. He will be missed as a player this year but we will certainly be looking forward to seeing him return next season. Best wishes Iona

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 13, 2011 3:58 p.m.

    Big loss losing Pritchard; I hope he heals quickly and is able to come back full strength next season.

    Fortunately, like just about every other position, BYU is deep at running back and has players who can step in and fill the gap.

    Nice start for Jake, 7 of 9, 105 yards, and 1 TD.