BYU football: Beleaguered line shows improvement

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  • Re; true blue
    Aug. 24, 2009 12:18 p.m.

    Your comment about the Utes is biased and unbalanced. You ask how many players from last years team went to the NFL, but the problem is that many of the players from last years team are returning and will likely enter the NFL in the future. And if my memory serves, 4-5 of those players from last season are on current NFL rosters. So 4-5 out of 10 starters that left is pretty darn good.

  • Re: splash of diversity
    Aug. 24, 2009 11:22 a.m.

    If anything we are the most diverse team in college football. We're the only team that isn't 95% black! I'm not even joking!

  • UtahMan Re:trueblue
    Aug. 24, 2009 9:57 a.m.

    I find it amazing that a fan from a team (BYU) that has not beaten a ranked BCS school since 1998 feels qualified to critique a team(UTAH) that has beaten 6 ranked BCS schools just since 2003.If we weren't that good what does that say about the cougs who we beat by 24 points.BYU is in for a rude awakening this year,not just against the Sooners but all year long.Games are won in the trenches and the UTES are far superior to BYU on both the offensive and defensive lines.There is no way BYU is going to be able to block our d-line.

  • We need a splash of diversity
    Aug. 24, 2009 9:03 a.m.

    All caucasian line? We are in trouble.
    C'mon Cougs! Diversify!
    We need help up front, or Max 'Hall of Fame" is going to be scrambling too much.

  • trueblue
    Aug. 24, 2009 8:05 a.m.

    You just never know, The cougar defense could be very good. They are very deep at linebacker and they have Jan anchoring the defensive line. You never know until you play the games. Last year UCLA was supposed to be all this and that and BYU exposed them for who they really were. Remember, the media feeds off of these kinds of things and a lot of money is made by creating a buzz around certain teams, Thus the BCS. Utah showed what a decent team well coached can do.(Lets not get carried away Utes with last years team. they were not that good. How many players from that team went into the NFL).Utah and the
    rest of the non-BCS conferences arguement is the same. You can not just say your better or number one,you have to proove it on the field!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RE Anonymous @12:02
    Aug. 24, 2009 7:34 a.m.

    Although written poorly, the gist of this post is correct. Anyone that thinks OU has a mediocre defense is crazy--everyone has Bradford on the brain right now, but OU has always been an excellent, fast defensive team.

    I'm no BYU fan, but I acknowledge that they are good enough at their offensive skill positions that they can put points on the board... if the O line can hold. With the inexperience and weakness of the current O line I would be very worried. BYU has to dominate the offensive side of the football, because anyone honest with themselves knows they aren't going to dominate the defensive side.

  • BlueBoy
    Aug. 23, 2009 11:13 p.m.

    Our O-line is gigantic I bet they eat at least 6 mayonnaise sandwiches a day. They are going to pancake the defenses that go up against them (including OU), you watch.

  • Really
    Aug. 23, 2009 11:09 p.m.

    Who cares about the offensive line? Why doesn't the D-news just give us another article about Maxie?

  • Oh cougs.....
    Aug. 23, 2009 7:37 p.m.

    If you can't get through a full scrimmage, against the ones and twos, without losing players what do you think 60 minsutes against OU, Tulane and FSU is going to do to you? How many starters will you have to start conference play? Be greatful the WY, CSU and SDSU is rebuilding, you might win three!?

  • Sooner
    Aug. 23, 2009 4:17 p.m.

    Oh Man! Just look at the picture, can you say big ang SLOW. Bring your best, we'll be waiting.

  • To Anonymous @12:02
    Aug. 23, 2009 3:56 p.m.

    I drove through Oklahoma City one time, but I wasn't paying much attetion, and I-40 didn't take us through Norman; could you tell me about this Stoops area you mention? Is it near the university, perhaps, or maybe outside of town? I'm also curious, are you truly sorry? That would be nice, because your statement is the sorriest bit of prose I have read since yesterday's threads - although the level of education seems to be better here than at the Tribune.

  • Re: Anonymous
    Aug. 23, 2009 1:06 p.m.

    What's all this "OU has a bad taste in their mouth so they're going to blah blah" How in the fricking crap do you think BYU feels? BYU got pantsed by archrival Utah and lost to a subpar Arizona team in the last bowl game their last two games. OU lost to the best team in the country there is no shame in that. BYU lost to an overrated Utah team and an average Arizona team. If ANYONE will be amped up for redemption it will be BYU. Especially all the "BYU can't beat ranked non-conference" crap that we're soooo sick of hearing. Can you say BYU-UCLA from last year?

  • Literate Man
    Aug. 23, 2009 12:44 p.m.

    To Anonymous @ 12:02

    That was rather unintelligible. Please try again.

    Aug. 23, 2009 12:02 p.m.

    Justin Sorenson went on a mission, don't be concerned. He'll be back in 2011.

  • Anonymous
    Aug. 23, 2009 12:01 p.m.

    ou defense is the best in stoops area , byu be lucky to score 3 it will be a a slaughter in dallas , they have a bad taste in thier mouth and ready to get it out , mortage the house go to vegas and load up on the sooners , byu better work on draws screens running north and south , no time to drop back in this game , sorry

  • Concerned
    Aug. 23, 2009 11:31 a.m.

    Can someone tell me whatever happened to Justin Sorenson?

  • Bob in line
    Aug. 23, 2009 8:29 a.m.

    Easy to read the tea leaves on this one.

    The good news is where we may be down the road two years. The O-line will be stacked with veterans again and we will have a senior quarterback in Riley Nelson. Just a teaser.

    For this year we should still have a pretty good year. We should do respectable against Oklahoma. I know that some are predicting a slaughter but remember that Oklahoma's weakness is their defense. Basically it is very mediocre. This means their weakness is going up against one of our stronger parts, offense.

    I think it will be a better game than many are predicting. Certainly their defense is not going to shred our offense, won't happen. Certainly with Manase Tonga back our blocking packages just got more solid. He is like have a second Center on the field with the size and strength of a second Tight End. His return is a BIG boost to the offensive line. Throw in two great tight ends, Harvey Unga...there is much to be encouraged when it comes to helping the O-line settle into a rythme.

    We are going to do just fine!

  • Worried
    Aug. 22, 2009 11:42 p.m.

    I'm certainly worried about the O-line. Turnovers and false starts lose games. It's hard for a good Defense to do much if the Offense doesn't give them good field position.