BYU football: Patterson has taken note of Cougars' new QB

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  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 27, 2011 7:25 p.m.

    Bronco will talk about execution and all that fuzzy stuff after the game. Reality will be that TCU has 50 "athletes" on the team, and byu has maybe 5.

    "Athletes" 40
    byu 10

    If byu wins this game I won't post on a byu article the rest of the year.

    I made the same statement before the Utah game. Need a reminder how that went?

  • bonemovies Cedar City, UT
    Oct. 27, 2011 3:19 p.m.

    Patterson is a cagey coach. His defense will be more than ready for Nelson and the boys. Now, we will see how much grit, and "push" this offense can gut up for four solid quarters. How far have they come? Is this offense ready to click like some on the team have been saying? Well, we shall see. There can be no letdown at any time. The defense must play smart, heads up X and O's football for us to have a great chance to win as well. Putting this game in the win bracket, would more than make up for the loss to the Utes. Plus, it would equal last years will total, and the season's not done!

  • cougarNV Las Vegas, NV
    Oct. 27, 2011 11:31 a.m.

    @ NevadaCoug | 5:15 p.m. Oct. 26, 2011
    Overton, NV

    From the Reference to "catchable Ball" I took it that Patterson was noting the good thing about Nelson's passing. His passes may wobble a bit, they may not be lasers, but they are where the receiver can make a play and catch them.

    Completely agree with CBPapa's comments .

  • CBPapa Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 27, 2011 11:14 a.m.

    I think the "catchable ball" comment was a compliment to Nelson. Heaps got all of the attention pre-season because of his "laser-like" passes. ( SoUtHapa mentions...many of those "lasers" were nowhere near his receivers.)
    So maybe Patterson was saying something like: "Nelson may not have the rocket arm, but his passes are still okay and "catchable".

  • riddlemethis Clearfield, UT
    Oct. 26, 2011 9:15 p.m.

    "He throws a catchable ball"

    In other words Patterson has been preparing for Heaps since week one, and has had to change his preparation since Riley became the starter.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    Oct. 26, 2011 8:25 p.m.

    TCU by at least 21.

  • SoUtHapa Saint George, Utah
    Oct. 26, 2011 8:02 p.m.

    Dropped passes? That, and the passes that were no where near...touching!

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Oct. 26, 2011 5:15 p.m.

    "He throws a catchable ball."

    Interesting comment. I immediately thought of all those dropped passes from when Heaps was the starter and wondered if Patterson was directly referencing that.

  • Big Hapa Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 26, 2011 4:57 p.m.

    A smart coach or simply a smart person should never take a competitor for granted. You do at your own peril.

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    Oct. 26, 2011 4:49 p.m.

    I hope Riley does well against TCU. At least with Riley I know he will give it his all. Unlike Heaps, he won't throw picks and watch them returned for TD's, he won't fumble the ball and watch others go after it. Heaps has got to learn that football is a man's game, and you have to be willing to get hit. I think to many BYU practices with the yellow Jersey have softened Heaps. Perhaps soccer would be a good alternative for Heaps.

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    Oct. 26, 2011 4:33 p.m.

    Patterson has a habit of talking up his opponents, but in Riley's case, I think he's genuinely impressed with the problems a QB like Riley can present to a defense that isn't nearly as strong as in years past.