BYU football notebook: Riley Nelson healing at 'miraculous' rate

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  • BYU#1 Provo, UT
    Nov. 25, 2011 6:56 a.m.

    Nelson hasn't beat one decent team in his playing career at BYU. Heaps was the Bowl MVP and has 2-3 quality wins against quality teams as a QB. Heaps would've had a great win against utah last year if the refs hadn't blown an easy call and the FG wasn't botched. Look Nelson isn't going to lead BYU to a top 20 ranking anytime soon, but Heaps can and will eventually. Bronco and Doman shouldn't waste another year playing Nelson at the QB spot because he can't throw the ball downfield and he gets hurt too much.

  • hornetfan declo, id
    Nov. 24, 2011 11:11 p.m.

    I guess we get different TV in Idaho...I see Riley as a gifted athlete that has done two things: lead and win. His style works for him and for the team and for BYU at this time.
    Jake had his was his to lose and he did. The TV I have showed little leadership and he consistently and constantly did not connect with his receivers, was careless with the ball and showed little emotion.
    I was very happy to hear BYU had signed Jake Heaps and was in the stands last year when Riley got hurt in Florida...that was Jake's chance to nail it down and this year should have been the clincher.
    If Jake leaves that is his choice. I remember reading all of the posts about Brandon Davies leaving and look at his return. I hope Jake sticks it out, competes, and is successful but it is up to him.

  • Cougar Nation #1 Provo, UT
    Nov. 24, 2011 6:55 p.m.

    Please don't come back this year Riley. Heaps led the team fine and he is a better QB than you are. Let's face it, Nelson can't throw a ball past 25 yards with accuracy and only beats weak teams. Nelson is a better fit on special teams and a change of pace QB (wildcat) or possibly a RB. Nelson is not a good college QB.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 24, 2011 1:21 p.m.

    I don't know if it's 'miraculous healing' like the headline states, but I am not surprised to hear Nelson is healing fast.

    He gives you a better chance at Hawaii.

  • daddman54 FARMINGTON, UT
    Nov. 23, 2011 6:05 p.m.

    Good luck Riley, get better. I'm still a Ute but you're a gamer. When and where you play, that's up to Bronco and Doman but it would be tough to keep you off the field.

    What's interesting is how the hardcore Cougars don't want to hear a bit of dissension from the troops. If you're not lock step with the program and kissing rings then you're obviously a Ute troll, no in-between. I've said it many times but here it is again, you people are tough on each other.

  • oldalum IDAHO FALLS, ID
    Nov. 23, 2011 4:46 p.m.

    Its not that Black Shirt is not a fan, it is that he like many of us are looking at the future of this program. Bronco has publicly displayed unreasonable bias for Riley because of his aggressive nature. He relishes watching Riley lower his shoulder like Tim Tebow and give out some punishment. Difference is, Tebow is 6' 4" and weighs around 240 pounds.

    An editorial in the Salt Lake Tribune likened it to baseball: A starting pitcher runs into some trouble in the late innings of the game so the manager sends in one of his relief pitchers who strikes out the opposition and gets the win. Did not Tom Seaver, one of the greatest pitchers of all time, ever need relief? Was he then benched for the rest of the season by the reliever? I am not comparing Jake Heaps to Tom Seaver, but by his own words, Bronco anointed Jake a future NFL QB... something he did not bestow upon Riley.

    Very sad to think of Jake Heaps and the accolades he may have brought to the program, playing somewhere else next year. But who could blame him?

  • Riddles in the Dark Olympus Cove, Utah
    Nov. 23, 2011 4:44 p.m.


    It's hard to take the comments of any of these so-called BYU fans seriously, when they appear out of nowhere claiming to be BYU fans, and the very first thing they post is something negative about their own team -- seems more like Ute trolls

  • Executive Lee West Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 23, 2011 4:25 p.m.

    The problem with Heaps is that the team does not like him as much as they like Nelson. Whether Heaps is better, the team will not respect him as they do a "less talented Nelson".
    Onto a more important topic... my heart goes out to the Quezada family. I am sorry for your loss. I know what it is like to lose someone close to you and it cannot be any easier with it being so close to the Holiday Season.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Nov. 23, 2011 11:16 a.m.

    Black Shirt, you sound like a fair weather fan, you sound like you think BYU won't be worth watching if they don't get into a BCS conference. That kind of thinking is ridiculous. BYU can do just fine as an independent, their Nov. scheduling will improve with a little time and with the direction the BCS is going no conference will have AQ rights. Too many people put too much importance on BCS conference affiliation. If it was that important the powers that be would be seeing that it happened, obvioiusly it's not that important.

  • Provo4Life PROVO, UT
    Nov. 23, 2011 9:54 a.m.

    I didn't know he was hurt. That's the honest truth," Doman said. "That's a tribute to him."
    The man crush on Riley Nelson needs to stop! I've never seen two grown men so enamored with a player. Bronco and Doman need to cool down a bit.
    Doman is thinking with Riley I don't have to call the greatest game but Riley will scramble and make plays, saving me.
    Bronco is thinking, wow what a truly gifted qb and an even better person. He has the strength of 5 men and an unparralleled ability to heal.
    Once again opening a can of worms and putting Jake's chance of leaving after this season even higher. I've seen what Riley can do, thanks. Now I want Heaps to play the rest of the way

  • altahoops Provo, UT
    Nov. 23, 2011 8:57 a.m.

    It's amazing how fast you can heal when there is a Hawaii trip at stake! :)

  • Still Blue after all these years Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 23, 2011 8:31 a.m.

    to Black Shirt: tell Riley that to his face! I love the way Riley competes, love the way the team responds to his leadership and think BYU is far better with him that the other quarterback. Romorg has a point.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Nov. 23, 2011 7:29 a.m.

    Bronco is stirring things up keeping the qb situation in limbo. Most coaches know better.

  • Cosmo4President PROVO, UT
    Nov. 23, 2011 7:06 a.m.

    Hallelujah! Although Jake was impressive on a couple of plays, I know from an inside source on the team, a majority of the players believe in Riley, not Jake. Hawaii is hungry for a bowl game and must beat BYU in order to make it. Go Cougars!

  • romorg PROVO, UT
    Nov. 23, 2011 6:19 a.m.

    Riley practices while Jake sits it out with a stomach virus.

    Come on Jake it's gut check time. It's time to show some intestinal fortitude.

    I'm 46 and I've never sat out of a workout, practice or game because of a stomach virus...never. When you love to do something, it shows, it oozes out of you and you don't let anything stand between you and what you love.

  • Black Shirts South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 23, 2011 4:53 a.m.

    Who cares! It's not like he's good. BYU is in big trouble. Nelson at QB and no conference. It"s hard to be a fan these days. The current coaches and administration have dropped the ball big time!

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Nov. 23, 2011 3:29 a.m.

    Awesome news! We need him as this old rivalry is revisited. I love playing Hawai'i!!!! I just wish they still had their amazing QB still playing.