BYU football: Skill positions virtually the same as last year, with some key additions

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  • mgr63 DALLAS, TX
    Aug. 29, 2011 8:30 p.m.

    BYU had better do something other than forecast occurrences that never come to fruition. "Skill" players at BYU in the last 20 years? Oh sure? I wanna see the "money" in the NFL. It does get SO ridiculous......really.

  • mgr63 DALLAS, TX
    Aug. 29, 2011 7:59 p.m.

    Honestly, who from BYU, a "skill" position player, other than Austin Collie, my fave receiver in the NFL, believe it or not, has shown anything other than mediocrity in the 21st century.......not a one in any capacity. Max Hall was.......?......well? Horrific at best and his uncle is Danny White, who handed him the opportunity. Todd Watkins.....never did anything. BYU is not good and have witnessed the likes of Utah, Boise St. and TCU do some real damage on the national crush opponents in a BCS bowl. What is that BYU received BCS money because of Utah and TCU and NEVER did one thing their own selves. NOTHING! I'm sure that those two BCS busters are glad they don't have to pay BYU in this century to a mediocre program anymore. For a simple reason......TCU and Utah have done the BCS gig, invited to great "BCS" conferences and BYU talks about whatever comes their way because they got the "hand." with no winning results whatsoever. Who wants to watch bad WAC teams play BYU on ESPN in November? No one!

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Aug. 28, 2011 8:11 p.m.

    Less than six days and counting! Hoffman will be just as big as last year. Apo will draw a lot of attention, and that will leave Hoffman open to excel.

    I too am surprised to see Falslev listed as the starter for the slot. Jacobsen is too good and too fast to not get heavily involved. He was killing the Utes in the fourth quarter until Anae decided to run the ball three times up the middle into the Ute wall.

    @Flames6, for 60 seconds I ask you to objectively ask yourself two questions. Do you honestly think BYU will only be as good as they were last year? And do you really think the Utes will be as good as they were last year?

    BYU will take a major step forward. This is likely an 11-2 team (after the bowl), but with a few breaks they could be even better.

    Utah will not be as good as last year with no experience at RB, a weak O line, and a new offense. If Wynn goes down, U will be in serious trouble.

  • CougarOnTheProwl Murray, UT
    Aug. 28, 2011 7:59 p.m.

    Same skill position players on the same page with a year under their belts, hence why you will see much less drops and mistakes and more plays made. This offense is gonna be alot of fun to watch!

  • EdGrady Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 28, 2011 7:58 p.m.

    Ignore the Trolls - like the obnoxious neighbor kid, eventually they will go away.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Aug. 28, 2011 7:10 p.m.

    Hoffman will get mentioned plenty this season. I like him and he's a good player and he will see the field a lot. I'd feel a little sleighted to be Mckay Jacobsen. He's a senior, and I'm not sure why coaches haven't worked more with him to help him be a starting option at slot receiver, or at least a mainstay at kick or punt returners. Either way, everyone will contribute. There is no "I" in team guys, come on.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 28, 2011 6:27 p.m.

    In the coming future, BYU will play a BCS bowl game before the utes. I don't think it will happen, but if the cougs lose, it's going to hurt.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 28, 2011 2:07 p.m.

    And this is a good thing...??

  • Pagosa Kid SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 28, 2011 1:31 p.m.

    I think if I were Cody Hoffman I would be a little ticked that I am not mentioned at least as much as Apo. Hoffman was a break out receiver last year. Apo hasn't even seen the field yet in game time. I want Apo to be as good as advertised but hey lets not forget about Hoffman!

  • RepresentBlue West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 28, 2011 11:11 a.m.

    "Same "skill" players, same 7-6 results."

    That's an incredibly dumb comment. Most of those skill players last year were freshmen: Heaps, Hoffman, Quezada, Mahina, Holt, Van Noy, etc. Of course they are going to struggle early on, and on the road. It takes talent AND experience to play at a very high level, and the 2010 Cougars were loaded with talent but not experience. This year they will have a big advantage having a year of experience under their belts. Utah will find itself in the same situation as BYU last year. All their skill position players are new and have zero D1 experience. I would not be a bit surprised to see the Utes end up 7-6 or worse.

  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 28, 2011 10:32 a.m.


    "Same "skill" players, same 7-6 results."

    Only someone who doesn't understand anything about college football would make such a clueless statement.

    Vastly improved and experienced skill position players, vastly improved results.

  • Cougar_Independence OMAHA, NE
    Aug. 28, 2011 10:31 a.m.

    New this year: Doman as coordinator.

    Results: 70 points in the first game, just like 2001.

    Heaps to Apo = New Beck to

    Go Cougs!

  • Flames6 North Salt Lake, UT
    Aug. 28, 2011 9:23 a.m.

    Same "skill" players, same 7-6 results.

  • Fat Tony EAGLE RIVER, AK
    Aug. 28, 2011 12:27 a.m.

    As if I wasn't excited enough about the season starting, this article just got me antsy and it didn't even mention the defense, which might be even better! I'm sooooo glad we got out of the MWC so now I can watch every game on TV!