BYU football report card: Cougars do enough to win comfortably against San Jose State

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  • LEDSFW Las Vegas, NV
    Oct. 9, 2011 8:06 p.m.

    D is way too soft on 3rd down. However all out blitz on 3rd isn't good unless you get to the passer. BYU gave up a 2nd and 20 run by being over aggressive on the edges two straight plays. I get frustrated that BYU tends to package together plays that work the first time and then the opponents quickly learn to counter one or two plays later. BYU's offense would have been perfect tonight if Nelson hadn't turned it over 3 times in the Blue Zone. That score should have been 45-50 to 16, not 29-16. His turnovers were horrible mistakes, not really forced errors. He made other bad throws that should have been picked off. Everyone needs to recognize, the kid has heart, guts and can be wonderful to watch...but he also seems arrogant and unteachable as he makes freshman error after freshman error. Start him if you want, but he's not your answer long term.

  • LEDSFW Las Vegas, NV
    Oct. 9, 2011 7:48 p.m.

    I believe your grade is "generous" to say the least. At times, I thought Riley Nelson was wonderful. Then he would do what has always gotten his behind back on the pine. He is really good OR makes really bad decisions, doesn't do much in between. Three Blue Zone turnovers tells me his inadequacies are far greater than some of his supporters want to admit. Can he be coached out of those bad decisions? I just don't seems to be a pattern with him. I am an advocate of the short hook. Heaps won the starting roll for obvious reasons. Alisa has emerged....lets get Heaps and Alisa back on the field and see what happens next.

  • seer kaysville, ut
    Oct. 9, 2011 6:27 p.m.

    This team will be more fun to watch as the weeks go by. I figure about 2 to 3 weeks until Riley starts some nice triple option wrinkles into the offense. I have to admit, it was a nice first game for Riley. I also saw some nice 45 yard passes to McKay (one of which was dropped). Seems like a decent throwing QB to me.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Oct. 9, 2011 4:26 p.m.

    I'm sorry but the word "comfortable" is not a word I would choose to describe this win. It was anything but. We have a high school passer for a QB, A running game that refuses to do anything but go up the middle, and monster pass rushers that we are not sending after the QB. We have ridiculous amounts of talent that we are not using right right now. But just wait, I'm sure you'll hear the "our team scratched and clawed for a quality victory" speech on Monday.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Oct. 9, 2011 9:52 a.m.

    Re: CoachWinWA

    The front 3 aren't SUPPOSED to get a pass rush! They aren't built for it! It is basically like having 3 DTs which is great for stopping the run, but not great for rushing the QB. Where are our outside linebackers? We have two monsters at OLB with Jordan Pendleton and Kyle Van Noy and they aren't being used. I'm sorry, but our front three aren't going to get to the QB. We need to bring either Jjordan Pendleton or Kyle Van Noy or both on EVERY play. Or if you aren't going to bring either of them, then blitz a corner or safety because the front three aren't going to get to the QB.

  • Gary Kinney Huntington Beach, CA
    Oct. 9, 2011 9:19 a.m.

    Good win for the Cougs but what's up with the defense. Third and 3 at midfield and the DB's are still 7 to 10 yards off the receiver. Same when they got into the red zone. How about a little press man on man in such situations.

  • CoachWinWA POULSBO, WA
    Oct. 9, 2011 5:04 a.m.

    Another problem is in game adjustments. San Jose State kept popping quick hit passes to the slot reciever right off the line. This happened three times. Once, the receiver luckily dropped the ball or they would have probably scored.

    The issue was the linebacker covering that player was starting out 11 yards deep, and their first steps were backward. You just cant play that soft. That is the easiest throw and catch for 5-10 yards there is, and that pass can go for 6 with one missed tackle. So why would you continue to line up that way the rest of the game? Watch next week against OSU. I guarantee, that OSU runs a quick pass to the slot receiver off the line 5-6 times in the game. Why wouldnt they after seeing film? Im going to guess there are no weekly adjustments made to the coverage on the slot receiver or in game adjustments against that play next week. Its painful to watch the lack of adjustments.

  • CoachWinWA POULSBO, WA
    Oct. 9, 2011 4:55 a.m.

    I think you should grade on the curve based on the level of competition. Based on that, I'd take all your grades down a notch.

    I think the problem with the defense right now is NOT the safeties or the line backers. Its the front 3. They are great at stuffing the run up the middle, most of the time, however, they get no pass rush. How many sacks have the DL had so far this season? How many times have you seen the opposing QB's set up in the pocket and then watched the seconds tick by until they find a receiver? I dont see a lot of creative stunting, disguised blitzes, etc. If you watched Manny Diaz's Texas D against BYU, you see the new effective trends in defense which are defenses designed to make it difficult to get pre snap reads. Prior to the snap, anyone with an eye can tell which BYU players are blitzing. Some players need to fake blitzes, and others need to blitz without giving it away. Its pop warner level obvious what the defense is doing and that has to change or qb's will set up in the pocket all day long.

  • cowboy99 South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 9, 2011 1:16 a.m.

    Not sure what game this report watched. His grades we're pretty far off especially for the defense.

    OFFENSE: Started hot, lost rhythm in the 3rd with dropped passes and turnovers, strong finish. B+

    DEFENSE: Got picked apart for most the night saved only by timely and costly mistakes by the other team. Team with a very small O-line ran the ball with decent success. Almost zero pressure on the qb but in the end held opponent to 16 points. C-

    Special teams: didn't lose the game but didn't win it either. (We put guys on the field to make plays and win games). B+

    Coaching: Brandon Doman was really on top of the opponents defense today with great calls that led to early td passes but too conservative of calls contributed to 3rd quarter slump. Bronco... no blitz's with a 3/4 defense? That would be the definition of crazy. A- + D+ = B-

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, Utah
    Oct. 9, 2011 12:44 a.m.

    The secondary still isn't very good, giving up some big plays quite frequently. When are they going to fix this? Future opponents will catch on that long passes will slaughter BYU, and we don't want to send that message.

  • relientk Lindon, UT
    Oct. 9, 2011 12:41 a.m.

    The good news for Heaps is that he didn't have any interceptions:) Ride the pine!