Blue roundup: BYU now known for its defense?

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  • Eliot Santaquin, UT
    Sept. 7, 2011 8:38 a.m.

    Heaps didn't play poorly. He just didn't do the things we needed him to do.

  • riddlemethis Clearfield, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 8:01 p.m.

    I think the reason for the fact that the perception of BYU being known for it's defense exists is that 1. the defense has gotten better under Bronco and has been more of a focus. 2. While BYU has had a good offense during Bronco's tenure (with the exception of last year), they aren't the prolific offenses of years gone by.

  • AltaHawkFan Sandy, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 7:30 p.m.

    Get a clue G. Swenz. Mildred is a ute fan in Cougar clothing.

    Worry about your own golden boy, the Detmer like jordan wynn. Passing for a whopping 103 yds against a lower division team .. at home ? Pathetic.

  • KamUte South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 7:18 p.m.

    We'll sow how good the "defense" really is against someone other than Ole Miss. I'm certain that Texas will prove that BYU's defense isn't that great.

  • G-Swenz Providence, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 5:27 p.m.


    Example: Mildred in Fillmore

    I have yet to see a cease in the constant talk about Heaps being BYU's "next Jimmer" no matter how badly he plays against quality opponents.

  • Duh west jordan, ut
    Sept. 6, 2011 5:26 p.m.

    And like this really matters if the offense struggles in their first game? Over the years how many times have we seen great teams win because of their defense and not their offense.

    Now having said that, BYU was having a great defensive year two years ago when they ran into TCU and they were buzz-sawed. I am a big BYU fan but I can remember the failures as well as the successes.

    Let's just hope BYU's offense can figure it out and come out of their shell. They have a lot of potential but potential does not win games, success does. Here's hoping for success this Saturday.

  • JonnyDanger HOUSTON, TX
    Sept. 6, 2011 3:43 p.m.

    Who is ignoring it? Have you read the other articles or looked at comments? Critics and koolaide drinkers alike are slinging mud at Heaps after the performance on Saturday. Furthermore it was an Austin newspaper making the comments, so there's no logical way to chalk it up to glass-is-half-full (of blue koolaide) BYU fans.

    And as you said, the defense was indeed spectacular. Give credit where credit is due. Our defense scored 7 points and gave up 6. We would've won the game without the offense at all (since gave up 7 to match the 7 they scored...).

  • G-Swenz Providence, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 2:41 p.m.

    Not that the defense didn't play well, they definately did.

    But I do have to laugh at the fact that everytime one side of the ball struggles for BYU, everyone completely ignores it.

  • G-Swenz Providence, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 2:19 p.m.

    Well, when the "golden boy" Jake Heaps keeps playing as terrible as he has, I guess you guys better find a good story about the defense.

    Vs. Ole Miss Greg Wruebell talked for about 2 minutes just on a 3rd down pass play that Jake failed to place the ball in the right spot for the receiver to be able to make the first down. Not one time in the whole dialogue did he mention Heaps name...

    When BYU's offense only puts 7 pts on the board, all the sudden the Defense is AMAZING!

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 2:12 p.m.

    "This isn't your grandfather's BYU. It's not your father's BYU or your mother-in-law's BYU and certainly not LaVell Edwards'."

    Actually it is.

    As important as Bosco's gutsy performance was in orchestrating BYU's come-from-behind win over Michigan, it was BYU's defense that was the key to BYU winning the national championship in 1984 -- BYU's goal line stands against Pittsburgh and especially Hawaii are classic.

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2011 2:02 p.m.

    Best defense in the country + Heaps = National accolades, exposure and numerous BCS births.