BYU football opens new era with spring drills

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  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    March 14, 2011 6:22 p.m.


    You've stated that you're not a Ute fan and BYU football bores you. Yet here you are daily dishing on a team time zone away. Begs the question, why?

  • Ibleedcrimson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 14, 2011 9:22 a.m.

    Good luck BYU, we're no longer bound at the hip and I'll be able to become a fan for all but one game.

  • just-a-fan Bountiful, UT
    March 14, 2011 12:53 a.m.

    I'm a BYU fan and enjoy reading about the Cougars. Personally, and maybe this is just me, I have absolutely no interst in the Utes unless there is someone from my area on the team. Seriously I don't get the bashing. Some people have too much time on their hands.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    March 13, 2011 10:59 p.m.


    "I yawn watching your unexciting team play."

    Hey, thanks for watching. It's devotion likes yours and Hedgie that makes the whole ESPN deal possible.

  • crowntown1 Corona, CA
    March 13, 2011 8:49 p.m.

    I yawn watching your unexciting team play. And that's exactly what the voters and the country us gonna think by playing Sun belt schools.

  • The Cucamongan Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    March 13, 2011 8:28 p.m.

    BlueHusky -

    I hope your optimism prevails. However, I seriously doubt it. BYU will not be a 1 or 2 loss team going into the WAC portion of the schedule. They will have more than two losses. Furthermore, playing Hawaii at Hawaii at the end of the season is no given. Historically, Hawaii gives BYU problems. I love your enthusiasm and optimism, but I seriously doubt that they can reach 9 wins. Like I said before, the schedule is very punishing at the beginning and I believe that there will be some significant injuries that will impact the squad's potential success. Independence is an intriguing concept and the the dollars are enticing with the backing of ESPN. However, I do not believe it is going to help the team overall. Last I heard, Coach Edwards was not all that enthralled with the concept either.

  • mream Parker, CO
    March 13, 2011 8:27 p.m.

    Hey, I have an idea... let's all agree that once the new football season starts, we quit the stupid PAC vs Independent thing, ok?

    Here's hoping we can read BYU articles without ute trash commenting on every one. Go bother someone else!

  • --JEFFE-- Cedar City, UT
    March 13, 2011 8:23 p.m.


    BYU doesn't need to rely on bigger and better programs or a conference for its survival. (Like the U has been doing for decades)

    BYU has already shown in only 6 months of independence that it can book games with ANYONE. Texas, ND, GT, you name it! That is the exposure only Independence can bring. BYU will play games coast to coast against the best. They wont be cooped up in a conference picking up scraps from the big boys. With this added exposure, there is no negative way to look at it, every
    game on National TV, more $, better recruits, there is no ceiling with Independence.

    Utah's move to the PAC 10.2 means nothing, they are just moving to a table with bigger more greedy mouths to feed, and Utah will be stuck getting the scraps from USC, Oregon, Stanford, and UW, UCLA, Arizona, and ASU that includes money and recruits.

    I feel sorry for you!

  • Tomahawk Red North Salt Lake, UT
    March 13, 2011 7:35 p.m.


    I expected a little bitterness/jealousy from byu this year but the haters are really ramping it up already!

    I don't say that to stir things up. I'm just expressing how its coming across that way by many of the remarks so far.

    Can any of you cougar fans honestly say with a straight face that you would rather, in lieu of a pac 12 spot, have a good ESPN contract, more (tougher) scheduling, and the prospect of playing in the Hunger Bowl if you lose even one game?

    you don't see that as a tough sell to ute fans? Come on.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    March 13, 2011 7:16 p.m.

    @Cucamongan - I don't see why the WAC games will take any wind out of their sails. If BYU is one or 2-loss team going into the weaker portion of the schedule, they'll be looking for a win out and a potential BCS bid. In case you haven't noticed, every NAQ bowl team (Boise, Hawaii, Utah) fattened up on weak WAC or MTN teams with only one or two "big" wins.

    If BYU is unbeaten going into the WAC portion of the schedule, they'll fatten up on big scores.

  • The Cucamongan Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    March 13, 2011 6:20 p.m.

    Like everyone else, I am excited about the upcoming year. However, I am also a realist. This Independence experience will prove to be disastrous. The difficult scheduled will definitely take some wind out of the sails with no conference championship to shoot for at the end of the season. I also suspect that there will be some big time injuries incurred due to the the relentless pounding week in and week out during the first two months of the season. I predict a 7 and 5 or 8 and 4 season with the team going to a mid tier bowl arranged by ESPN.

  • Big Hapa Kaysville, UT
    March 13, 2011 5:50 p.m.

    This is all nice early spring talk about all the potential and the team chemistry, I thought the statement about " Liking each other " to be awkward.

    I am excited for the new frontier of the Independent program and all the new exposer on ESPN fun stuff on the horizon.

    The 2010 season ended on a high note whipping up on lowly UTEP perhaps that will translate into a positive direction. Our fair haired sophomore will have a plethora of upper class-men backups, a veteran "O" line and veteran RB's, the tight end spot will again be weak in the beginning of the season but will come together as the season progresses. The WO positions should be solid.

    Nothing new at the DB positions the typical Achilles heel of this program.

    Anyhow, we shall see how this 2011 Cougar squad will be ? Pre-season hype last season proved hallow and empty, I will reserve judgment it is still just Spring Ball.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    March 13, 2011 5:39 p.m.

    "The jump to Independence fulfills all of BYU's goals"


    Really jeffy? or fills in the pot hole created by the PAC12 rejection. So if the Big12 called ( I know let's pretend) would BYU say no?

    come on jeffy I'd love to hear your answer.

  • --JEFFE-- Cedar City, UT
    March 13, 2011 5:20 p.m.

    @ Hedgehog, Frowntown

    Holmoe said, "The BCS is not the reason for this move. I've spoken to (executive director) Bill Hancock of the BCS, and we know that we'll have the opportunity, if we're ranked 14 or higher, that we'll have the ability to be an at-large team."

    Not a bad deal... ESPN will probably pull some strings to get an even better deal. A 10-2 or 11-1 season would easily get BYU into a BCS game with the tough Independent Schedule.

    The jump to Independence fulfills all of BYU's goals. Going to a BCS game is not even on the list. It is all about exposure. BYU is able to play 12-13 games ANYWHERE in the country on National Television. After only 6 months of independence, BYU has put together a very impressive schedule. It will only get better!
    Thanks for your concern though, you are both great fans!

    We have a lot to look forward too! With 10 starters returning on offense and 6 or 7 on defense, we are loaded for a great season!

    Really hoping there are no injuries or HC casualties in the coming months.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    March 13, 2011 4:09 p.m.



  • crowntown1 Corona, CA
    March 13, 2011 2:58 p.m.

    Re: Duck

    Your schedule after 3 weeks is pathetic. Being Indy just means you have to schedule the big boys and win. Will that happen? NO! Again if you can't win in the MTN and go to a BCS bowl then what makes you think you can when you have tougher pre season comp?

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    March 13, 2011 1:33 p.m.

    I thought Utah left BYU in their rear view mirror back in June, yet here we are 9 months later and the Utah trolls are still obsessed with BYU.


  • scenic view Baltimore, MD
    March 13, 2011 1:29 p.m.

    "It would be great to watch the spring game on BYUTV in High Definition."

    Unless NCAA rules prevent it, that would be fun to see.

  • MUSSing with U Baltimore, MD
    March 13, 2011 1:25 p.m.

    It's hillarious to see trolls from a PAC 12 team spamming an independent blog; more proof of just how insecure they are about becoming a PAC 12 bottom feeders.

    As long as you're visiting, Utah numbers to remember



    4th and 18


    13 of the last 39

    0 national championships

    0 national individual awards

  • Jimmer3More Wasilla, AK
    March 13, 2011 10:36 a.m.

    It would be great to watch the spring game on BYUTV in High Definition. Since we are independent I wonder if that would be a possiblitiy.

  • KamUte South Jordan, UT
    March 13, 2011 10:34 a.m.

    Bring on San Jose, Utah State, Idaho State, Central Florida, Idaho and new Mexico State. I'll bet the season ticket holders are chomping at the bit. 7 home games with only one tough opponent. Utah will be tough defensively but will still be figuring out the offense and qb position. Byu will have one of the toughest road schedules in the nation. 8-4 will be tough.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    March 13, 2011 10:25 a.m.

    So to answer your question . . . yes there are question marks in the secondary again, but there have been more question marks there in seasons past than there are this year IMO. A certain school up north has its own question marks in the secondary believe it or not.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    March 13, 2011 10:16 a.m.

    okay kids let's be nice to each other . . .

    I'm thrilled to death about the potential of this team! The new coaching staff is young and energetic, and really, Bronco has more depth, talent and athleticism to work with on this team tham he's ever had, EVER. Sure, there have been some real individual superstars on past teams, but the biggest difference I see is the DEPTH, talent, and ATHLETICISM at EVERY position on the team from first string, all the way down to third string.

    Yes there are question marks in the secondary again, but that is mostly because three seniors just graduated. The depth at cornerback is unreal for BYU this year. Really the only position on the team with huge question marks right now in my mind is safety. But the depth at cornerback rocks! We have Corby Eason, Robbie Buckner, DeQuan Everrett, Cameron Comer (returned missionary), Jordan Johnson, Kori Gaines, and the new JC transfers in Preston Hadley and Joe Sampson. All 8 of those guys are much bettter athletes than the walk ons that have flooded the depth charts in the past. There will also be some decent prospects at safety though too.

  • crowntown1 Corona, CA
    March 13, 2011 9:26 a.m.

    Re: NC Frogs
    Hey Byu fans you guys just choked again. . . and again.

  • NC FROGS 2010 Gilbert, AZ
    March 13, 2011 9:01 a.m.

    Hey Ute Fans, your women's b-ball team just won the MWC tourney, you finally have something to root for!

    Mark it down!

  • JMT Springville, UT
    March 13, 2011 8:59 a.m.

    They are always filling holes in the secondary. Why is that? They have nice little assembly lines for so many other areas of offense and defense but the secondary is always filling holes. Things that make you go hmmm.

    BYU is going to have a great year. They are back on track with defense, and the offense will hit the ground running. They play teams from several BCS conferences, and if they win-out, they will be in a BCS Bowl, no doubt.

    What will be interesting, speaking of that other team, can they make the jump to the Pac-12. We know that Utah and BYU are competetive with every team in the PAC, that is not a question. There is a difference between playing one or two games a year, versus six or seven now. Can Utah compete week in and out? I think it will take a few years to get there but in time Utah is competetive for the Pac-12 title. I hope, we'll see. Fun to watch. I just hope their fans take the jump with them. Most are great, some are beyond boorish. And yes, same for some BYU fans.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    March 13, 2011 8:13 a.m.


    Bronco=Independence and huge, exclusive ESPN contract. More good stuff to follow :)

  • crowntown1 Corona, CA
    March 13, 2011 1:42 a.m.

    Bronco= NO BCS BOWLS EVER!

  • AK Cougar Palmer, AK
    March 13, 2011 1:00 a.m.

    Glad spring Football is here. New coaches, new players, excitement everywhere.

    Go Cougars.

  • nunya sacramento, ca
    March 12, 2011 10:08 p.m.

    So I hear the team in SLC aka, Same Losing Community is going to try and hire more ex BYU coaches....apparently, its the only way they can win. Well, whatever works.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    March 12, 2011 9:46 p.m.

    Hedge, what he meant is when you control your own destiny, you don't want to be ranked 5th in the nation, and then go AP unranked at the end of the season, getting waxed by a WAC team in the Vegas Bowl.

    I think that is what he was talking about.


    Or even getting the HC fired at the end of the season...

    Utes are poised for the PAC (?), BYU poised for independence.

    Two programs, headed in opposite directions.

    Not a good time to be a Utah fan, is it bro...

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    March 12, 2011 9:36 p.m.

    Yea .... football!!!!

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    March 12, 2011 9:01 p.m.


    "It's kind of an empowering opportunity and liberation going into independence of controlling our own destiny"

    If what bronco means by "controlling our own destiny" is going undefeated than I agree. Anything less is the Kraft Hunger bowl on Dec. 8th.