Dick Harmon: Reflecting on Ty Detmer's career, praise comes easy

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  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    May 21, 2012 3:06 p.m.

    I don't think anyone should take shots at Ty's receivers. Back in the day, those boys caught footballs.

    Until Cody Hoffman came along, I was afraid THAT was what was missing. Hopefully he will lead a resurgence of hands for the BYU receivers. And for the quarterbacks.

    One of my favorite stories still was told by Glen Kozlowski about Jim McMahon, said Jimmy Mac threw some poor receiver off the practice field for dropping his passes. Come game time, if the pass was close, those guys caught it.

  • mream Parker, CO
    May 21, 2012 11:55 a.m.

    Detmer was the best. It saddens me that other BYU QBs have passed some of his stats, because no one has been half the overall QB that Detmer was.

    oh, and gdog... he was NOT 5'9". That's crap. He is closer to six feet, although not as tall as the "official" stats would want you to believe.

    Few people have ever had, or will ever have, the "football sense" that Ty has. I wish BYU would do more to get him on as a coach. I know HS football is important in TX, but we could really use some of his knowledge, IMHO

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    May 19, 2012 2:34 p.m.

    I am a 41 year old life long Utah man who saw Ty Detmer torch my Utes in his day. With or without those down memories, I would still consider Detmer as good a college QB as I have ever seen.

    Detmer survived in the NFL for 16 years (mostly as a backup). He was kept around as a trusted insurance policy QB. I remember when McNabb got hurt in the late 90's, Detmer came in and had the Eagles atop the division. But then after going 7-1, Ty got hurt as well. That was the best NFL chance/opportunity Detmer had. He started elsewhere for brief stints but not in the right situations to succeed.

    Anyway, the NFL was always a longshot for Detmer. He didn't have the vertical size to see over the line or the bulk to take pro level punishment. Detmer was like 5 foot 9 inches and 170 pounds. His limitations make his collegiate accomplishments all the more impressive.

    Detmer could carve apart defenses like no other. I am proud to send out koudos to him and be a small piece in the effort of not forgetting the Texas gunslinger.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    May 19, 2012 12:59 p.m.

    He was amazing. There was always a sense that you were never out of the game because he could make anything happen. Thanks for the fun times and the memories, Ty. Congratulations.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    May 19, 2012 10:27 a.m.

    When Ty took the field, anything could happen. Usually in big chunks of yardage. Imagine what he could have done with a stronger supporting cast. There were so many games where he carried the team.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    May 19, 2012 7:41 a.m.

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  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    May 19, 2012 7:36 a.m.

    The best I ever saw. And I'm not a byu guy.