Dick Harmon: BYU football: Brandon Doman says Cougars are ready to run the ball

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  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Aug. 13, 2012 8:36 p.m.

    Jenny should be a sports analyst with that analysis from one website.

    Tell me Ms. Analyst, how will a team with a senior QB, loaded at RB, WR, added to some incredible linebackers and corners end up being a down year? Oh, and not much team left from last years 10-win season and there are a plethora of seniors on the team.

    Also, what does your comment have anything to do with RBs?

    Lots of people terrified of BYU's powerful running game added to a senior QB who is a proven leader and winner, or why else would they post?

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    Aug. 13, 2012 1:20 p.m.


    Although the final results don't show it, Colorado actually dominated the Utes much more thoroughly in the first half of the Utah-Colorado game, than the Utes dominated the Cougars in the second half of the BYU-Utah game. Utah's offense was practically non-existent in the first half against Colorado.

  • royalblue Alpine, UT
    Aug. 13, 2012 11:56 a.m.


    While it's true that Utah won the 2011 BYU - Utah game handily, the game was actually much closer from a competitive standpoint than Utah fans are willing to admit. If not for Heaps early boneheaded fumble into the end zone to give Utah their first touchdown, instead of just falling on the ball after his initial bobble, BYU would have lead 10-7 at the half. Total yardage for the game was about the same for each team. The big difference, of course, was turnovers that lead to easy scores for Utah and completely changed the momentum of the game in the second half.

    BYU fans would have relished a re-match in late November as it was blatantly obvious to any objective observer which team was playing better football the second half of the season.

  • truecoug1 Provo, UT
    Aug. 13, 2012 11:10 a.m.

    @Jenny83 "It should be a down year for the Y.....Rivals ranks their 2012 recruiting class as ranked 61st in the nation while the Utes are ranked 28th in the nation."

    Lol, who cares? According to Rivals, for the last six years Utah has had a better recruiting class than BYU. Their head-to-head record in those six years? 3-3. If collegiate referees could actually spot when a knee was down, it would be 4-2 in favor of the Cougs. But c'est la vie.

    I'm really not worried about the Utah game at all. I've re-watched last year's game a couple of times and, short of us just giving you the ball 4 times like we did last year, I don't see how BYU doesn't beat Utah by 14+. Your secondary's mediocre at best, your QB's average at best, John White IV is a great back, but we'd held him to 15 yds rushing through the 3rd QTR until our D threw in the towel.

    Pretty sure that won't happen this year.

    Should be a fun game.

    Go Cougars!

  • Swoop Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2012 8:09 a.m.

    The Utes obviously don't have even a remote chance of ever beating USC and as soon as UCLA gets their act together again, the best the Utes can hope for is to occassionally challenge ASU, Arizona and Colorado for 3rd in the PAC South.

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    Aug. 13, 2012 6:46 a.m.


    PAC Recruiting Rankings

    #1 USC
    #21 Wash
    #24 Stan
    #25 Ore

    #12 Stan
    #13 USC
    #18 Ore
    #19 UCLA
    #22 Cal
    #23 Wash

    #4 USC
    #14 Ore
    #18 Cal
    #21 Stan
    #24 Wash

    #7 USC
    #10 UCLA
    #15 Cal
    #18 Stan
    #20 Wash
    #22 Ore

    #4 USC
    #17 UCLA

    #7 USC
    #14 UCLA
    #17 ASU
    #24 Colo

    #1 USC
    #23 Ore

    #2 USC
    #19 UCLA

    Notice which team from the PAC South is glaringly missing.

    USC has AVERAGED a Top FIVE recruiting class since 2006, yet our little friends up north actually believe that the Utes have a chance to compete with the Trojans.


  • deductive reasoning Arlington, VA
    Aug. 12, 2012 11:36 p.m.


    You obviously don't have a clue what BYU has in the way of running backs and Riley's passing is MUCH better than you're willing to admit.


    Wayne Rout

    BYU didn't run it's best running back off; Juice chose to leave because the writing was on the wall that he was probably going to be no better than 3rd on the depth chart. On paper, Heaps was clearly the best QB, but on the field, Heaps didn't have half the heart and determination to succeed as Riley.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Aug. 12, 2012 10:21 p.m.


    I know USC is ranked higher than the Utes and they will pound the Utes back to a 3 way tie for 8th place.

    Go Trojans!

  • Jenny83 OGDEN, UT
    Aug. 12, 2012 10:02 p.m.

    It should be a down year for the Y.....Rivals ranks their 2012 recruiting class as ranked 61st in the nation while the Utes are ranked 28th in the nation. Have fun getting beat again by the team up North again this year!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 12, 2012 9:28 p.m.

    re:Chris from Rose Park

    Any productive pass game must have a good run game no question. The Sarkisian years were a prime example of a great balanced offense with run and pass. The problem BYU has is that teams are going to simply play tight man defense forcing Nelson to throw into tight coverage - which he simple isn't capable of doing and every defense knows it. BYU doesn't have any backs or an O-line that is capable of putting fear into anyone so this offense boils down to some sort of scramble run and boot thing and the only way the Y gets any big plays is when Nelson is running all over the place and some receiver shakes lose and gets open. This sort of thing is ok for a play or two but as the bowl game showed last year it is easy to contain for the entire game. In previous years the Y always had a QB that could throw into tight windows and make plays - not anymore. There isn't one QB in the program who is capable of that. The Y really isn't the Y anymore.

  • ConferenceofChampions Herriman, UT
    Aug. 12, 2012 8:21 p.m.

    If pickle juice got us to 10 wins, I'm certain the ice tubs will get us to undefeated. Plus domain said that the best teams run the ball. He studied this all offseason.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 12, 2012 8:15 p.m.

    Why run the ball when you have such great quarterback play? Riley should easily throw for 300 yard games. He has to be the most accurate pocket passer in the country.


  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 12, 2012 6:20 p.m.

    You have to "carefully study" that the best teams can run the ball? As an OC, being able to run the ball is rule #1, #2 and #3.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Aug. 12, 2012 6:00 p.m.

    Drive your best runner out of school. Then focus on running the ball. Drive your best quarterback out then wonder why you cannot throw the ball. What will doman focus on next? Drive the tight ends out of school? To his season will be another disaster.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Aug. 12, 2012 4:29 p.m.

    I'm really anxious to read the articles after each of the first 4 games. Stay tuned!

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    Aug. 12, 2012 4:24 p.m.


    Of more concern to U should be when will the Utes start predicting that they're actually going to win a championship, instead of pretending that 4-5 losing conference records are somehow something to beat their chests about?

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 12, 2012 12:26 p.m.

    I read both the comics and the most of the articles regarding BYU's football prowess. They both have the same effect on me.

  • SoCalUtahFan Irvine, CA
    Aug. 12, 2012 11:15 a.m.

    The question is...when will the talk of NC season
    begin for Cougars? Or did I miss it for not reading
    DN daily?

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 12, 2012 9:46 a.m.

    Oh, i thought this was a Ute article since sammyg was the first comment. my bad

  • PAC man Anaheim, CA
    Aug. 12, 2012 8:45 a.m.

    Sorry, but I trust Doman's assessment of BYU's running potential much more than the opinions of our trio of jealous Utah trolls.

    Doman teamed with the nation's best running back his senior year and spent time as a QB in the NFL. What have these Utah interlopers ever done that makes them think they have any expertise on the subject?

  • Cougar Passion Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 12, 2012 8:25 a.m.

    Interesting statistic: This BYU article has--before my comment--four comments, three of which are from Utah supporters bashing BYU. An article about Utah player Trevor Reilly also has four comments, none of which are from BYU fans. However, three of the four comments mention BYU.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Aug. 12, 2012 8:09 a.m.

    I wonder why so many Utes feel it is their duty to make ridiculous and ignorant comments on EVERY BYU article ever written? Why not spend your time in more meaningful pursuits? Go help a little old lady across the street, do something, anything useful! I promise you will feel better about yourself!

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 12, 2012 7:44 a.m.

    Practices have shown the Y to have a great running game. So far, with no pads, there has been great success against the defensive "two hands below the waist" - can't wait to see how they do when the get full uniforms including the detatchable flags.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Aug. 12, 2012 7:29 a.m.

    I love it. Three of the first four comments are by Utes. We appreciate your loyalty.

    I'm very encouraged by Alisa and Prithard in the backfield. This will be a great team on defense and offense. I have no idea how anyone with any intellect could say this program is headed to the dumpster. This is a program headed back to the Top 25. 10-2 is my prediction, but if the ball bounces the right way . . . one never knows. 2012 will be a great year for the Cougs!

  • Chris from Rose Park PROVO, UT
    Aug. 12, 2012 6:51 a.m.


    When Beck played, Curtis Brown ran. When Hall played, Unga ran. Running helps the passing game. I agree that we've done more of a "scramble run and boot", as you called it, last year. But you cannot say that trying to run it so the passing game is more open has never been done at BYU before.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 11, 2012 10:47 p.m.

    Easier said than done to go 150 and 300/ game. Nelson will surely run more than pass though, but for his life.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 11, 2012 10:11 p.m.

    The Y has to run - because they can't throw. Is this really BYU football???? Wilson, McMahon, Young, Bosco, Detmer, Beck, Hall all have to be scratching their heads trying to recognize their old football team. Geez, this ugly scramble run and boot - what ever you call it isn't even a shadow of the kind of precision wide open passing game that put the Y on the college football map. This entire program is headed for the dumpster.

  • Proud Ute ,
    Aug. 11, 2012 9:44 p.m.

    Sounds like Riley might want to check in with Doman and compare notes before they talk to the media.
    These guys could be good but if the backfield is running for it's life instead of yardage they have a problem.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Aug. 11, 2012 8:20 p.m.

    I'm excited to hear that Brandon is changing things up. My frustration over these past few years has been the predictable BYU offense.

    If the O-line gets it together this could shape up to another fun season.

    Looking forward to it! Go Cougars!