BYU football notebook: Texas game another measuring stick for BYU

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  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 9:25 a.m.

    How many times have we seen over the years that a QB is injured and a backup comes in. That is why we have backups with great ability. If Heaps happened to receive an injury that would hamper him in some way, heaven forbid, then we do have 3 backups, any one of which can come in without BYU missing a beat, hopefully. We hope and pray that it doesn't become necessary to have to use one of our backups, but if so, that person will be ready. That is what they have trained for. Good luck, BYU - may the force be with you!

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    Sept. 10, 2011 8:25 a.m.

    We all know BYU dominated Ole Miss in every category except on the scoreboard. BYU had all week to work on red zone offense.(score baby, score) Today in Austin should be much different. Hopefully the butterflies are gone. (Heaps must relax and hit his receivers, not under-throw etc.) Go Cougars. I can already hear the boobirds when we win: "Horns are having a down year".

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    Sept. 9, 2011 11:26 p.m.

    Since the very first college football game in 1869 (Rutgers vs. Princeton) I have to think that fans have been second-guessing the coaches. I suppose that's their right, since they pay the coaches salaries. But they sometimes make fools of themselves doing so.

    Or maybe Brandon Doman has a self-destructive streak and wants to fail. It would seem that certain people who know James Lark might feel that way - or do they suspect that Doman and Mendenhall are on the take from the Heaps family?

    The possibility that working with the two of them on a daily basis has demonstrated who is in the best player for the position hasn't occurred to them.

  • SanDiegoUte SAN DIEGO, CA
    Sept. 9, 2011 5:14 p.m.

    Good luck Cougars. I think nothing could be better than a showdown @ LES between two 2-0 teams next week.
    Go Utes!
    Go Cougars! (until next week)

  • lasermann Orem, UT
    Sept. 9, 2011 3:07 p.m.

    I trust the coaches to put the best QB under center. They've seen Heaps and Lark take how many snaps vs. you and I? Jake just needs to play his game; he'll be fine.

  • ReadytoRumble87 Orem, UT
    Sept. 9, 2011 12:38 p.m.

    I saw Lark play a few times and he has a cannon of an arm. Very accurate and athletic. I agree with BYUfan777, he could be what the cougars need to really take off this year. I say why not give him a shot. He hasn't really had a fair opportunity yet to prove what he can do. It seems like Heaps was locked in for the starting job no matter what once he committed to BYU. Heaps has missed a lot of routine throws in the games he has played in which I think Lark would easily make

  • mream Parker, CO
    Sept. 9, 2011 11:33 a.m.

    @BYUfan777 - seriously? Or are you just a troll?

    I'm pretty sure the coaches know who the best qb's are and have them ranked accordingly. Why do you think you know so much better? Because a 3rd stringer was good in high school?

    I'm LOLing

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    Sept. 9, 2011 11:11 a.m.

    I have no doubt whatsoever that when we win tomorrow it will be due to Texas having a "down" year.

    Sept. 9, 2011 10:51 a.m.

    Byu needs to bench Heaps. He is overrated, and makes bad passes constantly being bailed out in many cases by the skill of the receivers. How long is Mendenhall going to continue throwing this kid out there with all of his sub par performances? They were lucky to win at Ole Miss after Heaps poor contributions. If they had a halfway decent quarterback in there, it would have been a blowout for BYU. Why does James Lark never see the field? Just a thought. He was amazing in high school and ran exactly the same offense that BYU runs. It's frustrating that such a talented player has been underutilized while such a mediocre player continues to be overutilized.

  • AZ Dave Chandler, AZ
    Sept. 9, 2011 9:28 a.m.

    Let the excuses begin.

  • kevin4byu Santaquin, UT
    Sept. 9, 2011 8:51 a.m.

    PerfectCougar......144 yards of passing is moving the ball? Our secondary needs to step up against Texas but you make it sound like the rebels were able to move up and down the field.....they did...once! They had 3 drives of over 20 yards...a 26 yard drive, a 70 yard drive, and a 49 yard drive...2 ending in field goals, one ending in a turnover on downs. I remember one play that we got beat that was over the top....correct me if I am wrong but that isn't even close to having a team move the ball in the air.

  • PerfectCougar Payson, UTAH
    Sept. 9, 2011 1:35 a.m.

    The trueth is that Ole Miss was able to move the ball in the air. Texas is much more proficient in the air and BYU has shown itself to be most vulnerable there. We play too soft and give too much ground. The secondary has to play tighter to the receiver and not give so much room.

    I reallty do not think Texas will spend too much energy setablishing a running game when they have that soft underbelly to strike in our secondary.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Sept. 8, 2011 11:25 p.m.

    Looking at the stats from last week, Rice got 130 yards on the ground! RICE got 130 yards on the ground. With the O-line and the backs that we have, I think the game plan for the offense needs to be run the football to set up the pass. I think we can do it, I really don't see why not. If the run stops working, that should mean that someone should will open in the pass game.

    For the defense, obviously we need to stop the run, which I'm not concerned about. I am worried about the secondary, and if Texas can start slinging the ball around. If that Jaxon Shipley kid is anywhere near as good as his brother, BYU DBs better watch out. KVN and JP need to rattle Gilbert and not let him get comfortable. If we can play the run well and force Gilbert into bad throws, and maybe interceptions, and make Texas work for everything they got on offense, BYU has a chance. As a BYU homer I'd like to predict a 28-17 win for the Cougs, assuming we execute well, but I think this game is a toss up.