Dick Harmon: Will Aggies allow BYU to figure out its offense?

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  • Keisels Beard Overton, NV
    Sept. 30, 2011 7:49 p.m.

    10 of 11 players returning on the offense, yet they look worse than they did last season. Inexcusable. Something is wrong on the coaching end, I would think.

  • Stang08 Cedar City, Utah
    Sept. 30, 2011 4:54 p.m.

    Will Aggies allow BYU to figure out it's offense?

    Yes, yes they will.

  • Runner Chandler, AZ
    Sept. 30, 2011 4:10 p.m.

    All of the writers for the DesNews are all predicting that this is the game where BYU's run game will get started and breakout. Why? What has changed? Until Heaps can complete at least 55%-60% of his passes, Defenses will continue to go man-on-man and stuff the run.

    I'm not saying it is all on Heaps, but....it is all on Heaps. He is inconsistent and inaccurate. Bottom line. I think he should sit down for a game or two, watch from the sideline, study some film and then if, and only if, he can earn his way back into the starting lineup, he gets the start. In the meantime, Nelson, Lark, Munns, it's up to you.

    If we see the same type of performance this week that we saw last week out of Heaps, then it will be interesting to see how long the coaches stick with him. They should not be afraid to sit him down tonight if he continues to be erratic.

  • Stackhouse paradise, nv
    Sept. 30, 2011 3:19 p.m.

    I guess we should credit Ron McBride for Urban Meyer's 2 years of success on the hill since he recruited most of the players. I guess we should credit LaVell Edwards for Gary Crowtons 1st and only successful season at BYU. Where are you going with this?

  • SoCalUtahFan Uteville, CA
    Sept. 30, 2011 1:31 p.m.


    ...For once I agree with SoCalUtahFan. Bronco won with Crowton's recruits and not with his. Why is it his recruits are failing so miserably?...

    1) you should agree with me more often...:)

    2) not sure if I agree with you about his recruits recently. There may be good players individually, but perhaps not as a whole team. Plus, the staffs have changed, and so that may play a big part too.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Sept. 30, 2011 12:11 p.m.

    @So. Cal Reader

    I also eagerly awaited a profound analysis of what REALLY is wrong about the offense.

    I guess I will have to go with what the coaches are saying. The running plays were too complicated for the running backs. That is quite possible when you have someone new coaching the offensive line and the rushers. If you become one dimensional you are easier to defend. I think there is a little more to it than that though. I think Jake Heaps definitely has a lot of upside, but he really doesn't look like he's making good decisions right now.

    I think BYU should clobber USU.

    Of course I thought that last year as well.

  • Alpha Chicken Orem, UT
    Sept. 30, 2011 12:07 p.m.

    The USU vs. BYU game will be an offensive shoot out. USU put 40 some odd points on the board against Auburn and 34 against CSU. They have a mobile quarterback and three decent backs, one being very good. USU is gonna score points. Question is, can BYU's offense hang that many points on USU? BYU'S offensive production is poor and its not all due to "tough" defenses. They are making alot of mistakes, poor play calling, over/under thrown, missed reads etc. I don't think it miraculously comes together in one game, they are still working it out. BYU doesn't hang, USU spreads it out in the second half and cruises to victory. I've got USU by ten plus points.

  • Boston Spanish Fork, UT
    Sept. 30, 2011 11:50 a.m.


  • Mickey Houston, TX
    Sept. 30, 2011 11:13 a.m.

    For once I agree with SoCalUtahFan. Bronco won with Crowton's recruits and not with his. Why is it his recruits are failing so miserably? We have some good players, but I think biggest difference is at QB. Max Hall and John Beck are both NFL-caliber players. They don't start but are in the league. Jake Heaps won't even be playing in the CFL. So much for all the hype.

  • SoCalUtahFan Uteville, CA
    Sept. 30, 2011 10:26 a.m.

    Bronco's records:

    2011...6-7 (projected)

    if you take 1st year out (due to inexperience, etc), 2006-2009 Bronco had mostly players recruited by Crowton (including returning missionaries).

    Now, 2010 and on should be only his own recruits. You will see the drop-off on the records.

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 30, 2011 9:43 a.m.

    @ Unlucky
    Tanner Mangum 4 stars vs Chase Hanson 3 stars . Only time will tell!

  • So. Cal Reader Escondido, CA
    Sept. 30, 2011 8:57 a.m.

    I'm confused (easy to do!). So, pertinent questions asked at the beginning of the article, but how about a little more thorough review to answer the questions posed? The best the writer can do is reference back to one game? The last game of last year? "Those same 10 players had no problems with overthrown passes, dropped balls, missed routes, confidence, consistency or scoring. Heaps was 25 of 34 for 264 yards and four TD passes. He had a school record for completion percentage in a bowl game at 73 percent. From then to now, what has changed? Well, the offensive coordinator, a tweaked playbook and obviously the caliber of competition. UTEP is not Ole Miss, Texas, Utah or Central Florida." I'm sure readers will come back with that after Utah State, the remaining schedule (other then TCU) will be comprised of UTEP-like teams. So, what's the point?

  • Unlucky HEBER CITY, UT
    Sept. 30, 2011 8:32 a.m.

    After last year and the first four games this year, there is no explanation of why they aren't consistently performing at a high level. They are who they are. They will trounce inferior teams, get beat and look mediocre against better teams, and lose some and win some against equal competition. This week is an equal team it could go either way. The offense will continue to struggle some. The defense will still look good and bad. The outcome will be how long can the defense hold up playing more than the other teams defense. I am not confident in BYU's conditioning so I see it USU 28 BYU 21. They should definitely win 5 of the next 7 easily, have an easier oppenent in the Bowl game and finish 8 and 5.

    Remember what BYU is next year and not get over hyped next summer. This will always be who BYU is. There are no game changers at BYU nor are there any coming in next year. Utah on the other hand got the game changer in Chase Hanson.

  • payara OREM, UT
    Sept. 30, 2011 7:51 a.m.

    Dick always does a good write up. BYU 31, USU 17