BYU football: Taysom Hill or Riley Nelson? There's no answer yet to burning quarterback question

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  • yourstruly PAUL, ID
    Oct. 2, 2012 8:30 p.m.

    I can promise that Utah State is wishing for Riley Nelson. At home without dealing with crowd noise BYU will be more effective from the shotgun. With his size, strength, speed and much stronger arm Hill will be able to stretch the field and make some 30 40 yard runs. He looked comfortable throwing on the run. Taysom just needs to get 30 passes under his belt. Taysom's first touchdown pass in the first game was telling because the safe bet might have been to run it in but he made the confident pass for the score.
    I love Utah State and root for them every week even against my Broncos but my hope is that BYU will quit settling for wins and dare to be great like decades ago. Hill is BYU's best hope of being a meaningful team and competing with the likes of Notre Dame in a couple weeks. This game is a litmus test for BYU and a harbinger of continual mediocrity or striding to be a force in college football.

  • gonefishn Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 2, 2012 3:55 p.m.

    Bronco has a tough choice. On one hand Riley can run the whole offence but is injured, on the other hand Hill is a great athlete but is worse than Riley at only checking one reciever then taking off. Hill does not give the ball up much on the option either. Unless Hill is handing the ball off he will run 65% - 70% of the time.
    Utah State has the best offense BYU has faced, by far. If BYU connot keep Keaton contained they will lose because the BYU offense is only good for 0 - 21 points against good teams

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Oct. 2, 2012 3:19 p.m.

    Reports are that Nelson has a cracked vertebrae. I have no idea what that means, but it sounds painful and not something you recover from in a week or two.

    I think True Blue hit the nail on the head. Tuesday's practice is the key. Whoever took the majority of reps at practice today will start.

    I'm still a Riley believer, but I'm having a hard time getting the picture out of my mind of a 65% Riley playing against the Utes and Broncos. I have no doubt that a 100% Riley or Hill would have won both of those games. But I think the Aggies are better than either team.

    I'm betting Hill will get the nod against the Aggies, and I think the Cougs will win (because of our D). I don't think Hill will look as good as he did against the Warriors.

  • Troy06 OREM, UT
    Oct. 2, 2012 1:41 p.m.

    Does anyone actually know what is wrong with Riley's back? I have a football back injury. I could never step on the field and perform at an acceptable level. Still sounds to me like this back injury is just an excuse to kindly bench Riley.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    Oct. 2, 2012 1:34 p.m.

    It would be nice if the comments centered on the subject at hand: Who will start, Nelson or Hill. Instead we got a bunch of trash talk. Disgusting.

    I think that Bronco knows his team and football far better than I. They will play the guy who is most likely to secure a win for BYU. Personally I like the idea of playing both. Make Hill a passing running back. They would never know what was coming.

    Hill is just blazing fast, but he lacks experience reading defenses and passing at the D1 level. Riley has that. Bronco is probably smart enough not to take my advice. It is just fun to think about.

    Next years should be very interesting.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Oct. 2, 2012 12:52 p.m.


    Then it's a good thing that BYU's D will be going up against Chuckie and company, not Riley or Hill. And if the USU football team is as cocky as you are, the game will be over by the third quarter, and you will be eating a ton of crow.

    Oct. 2, 2012 12:45 p.m.

    Please start Riley Nelson quarterback so Utah State will have a chance to win in the Lavell Edwards stadium.

    Utah State beat Utah, Utah beat BYU, and BYU will beat Utah State (unless Riley Nelson is the quarterback for BYU).

  • Vegas Las Vegas, NV
    Oct. 2, 2012 12:13 p.m.

    Sports Nutz,

    I'm pretty sure Lark is getting passed over because he's a senior and from the reports Hill was playing on the same level as Lark in practice. The coaches are grooming their next starting QB as early as possible instead of giving reps to a player who won't be around in 3 months.

    Next season is going to be tough, and BYU will need a QB with some quality playing time behind him if they want to have any hope of success next year.

  • Sports Nutz Smithfield, UT
    Oct. 2, 2012 11:35 a.m.

    I have been known to bash byu and will again, but have a question. Why isn't Lark in the conversation? I have watched him in HS and he was recruited over Riley coming out of HS, so why are they just bypassing him? I feel Andersen will have a much easier time confusing Hill than he would Lark, given the time in the system.

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Oct. 2, 2012 11:16 a.m.

    Sorry, Jeff. It's only a "burning quarterback question" because you're the one stoking the fire. Coach Bronco has already made it very clear in his very enthusiastic post-game press conference after the Hawaii victory (I've seen more excitement watching paint dry), when he said he's a "Riley fan." He said Riley will dictate if he's ready to play. So there is no burning question or controversy. Riley will start if he feels up to it-- otherwise, it'll be Hill's game again. Do I like that approach? No. Do I wish we had a more decisive head-coach who' equally passionate about the entire team rather than his defense? Yes. Honestly, I don't care who starts- Riley or Hill. I just want a Cougs victory against a very good Utah State team heading into the meat of our schedule. Let's go, Cougs!

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 2, 2012 9:49 a.m.

    We've been told by BYU "fans" that the Cougars are 5 deep at quarterback so put any of them in and they will lead the team to vistory. Worked like a charm against Utah and Boise State.


  • DowntoBusiness Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 2, 2012 9:26 a.m.

    We need to save Riley for when the Cougs might be down in a big game in the fourth quarter. For this is what Riley does best. Desperation comebacks under pressure against all odds. This is what Riley Nelson was born to do and he does it well. The coaches just need to protect the fans and the team from the damage desperate play inflicts in the first 35 minutes of a football game that BYU would ordinarily win like, Utah and Boise State.

    Am I striking a cord? "Anyone? Anyone? Anyone?"

    The talent has been there on the bench since the beginning of the season: Coach the choice is yours.

  • DowntoBusiness Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 2, 2012 9:04 a.m.

    Making come backs is how Riley re-won the starting spot with a desperate come from behind victory against Utah State last year. He runs into line backers like his life is on the line if he does not get an extra couple of yards. He hangs onto the ball until 300 pound nose tackles slam him to the ground. He hurls the ball in wild desperation.

    While I admire Riley's courage and go get um attitude, what we need is a thinking quarter back who can execute and that gets us ahead in a game on the first drive of the game like, come to think of it, Taysom Hill. Then once you have the lead you let Bronco's amazing defense toy with the opposing offense as they try to stage a "come back". Now that is a formula for success and fan love.

  • DowntoBusiness Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 2, 2012 8:57 a.m.

    The reality is Riley Nelson is the "Come Back Kid". He plays like he is desperate to score on the opening drive of the game when the score is 0 - 0. This approach leads to BYU falling behind against quality competition and having to play catch-up, which is where Riley has been for most of his college life and the role he is good at and most comfortable playing.

    His style of play, that the Coaches allow him to do, saying "That is just the way he is, you can't take it out of him" is like a self fulfilling prophecy. When you play like you are desperate and behind. Usually you end up desperate and behind.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    Oct. 2, 2012 8:33 a.m.

    I'm a Cougar, but some of my kids are Aggies. I truly respect/admire the current Aggie program, their athletes, and the way they have responded to excellent coaching by coach Anderson. I root for them always, except one day per year. Odd, I would be disappointed in my Cougs if the Ags beat them, but I would be thrilled for the Aggies. I agree with Y Dad...we should not have abandoned commitments to the far north rivalry and we should continue it into the far future. I'm looking forward to Friday.

    Go Cougs! Go Ags!

  • Andrew_Streeter High Point, NC
    Oct. 2, 2012 8:32 a.m.

    What commitments (just 1 't' in there, bud) has BYU backed down on since going independent? As far as I know, they have honored their contract with the Aggies. BYU doesn't owe USU anything. You can have Riley back, if you want...does that make it better?

  • Monk Pleasant Grove, UT
    Oct. 2, 2012 7:46 a.m.

    Football may be 5th for Bronco, but Riley will always be 1st.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Oct. 2, 2012 7:34 a.m.

    Personally I'd be happy if the Y recognaized USU for the true friend they have been over the years and established this game as the new rivalry on Thanksgiving week-end. I appreciate the fact that they have been willing to play us on Friday night of Conference Weekend.

    I wish you all the best of luck the rest of the season, but I hope, since USU has had so little chance to see BYU's offense, that a) they are totally unprepared for it; and b) that it actually shows up this Friday.

    Rise and Shout!

  • AZCoug Mesa, AZ
    Oct. 2, 2012 6:37 a.m.

    So, is that the way it goes? Aggie fans are going to be like Utah fans and get all mouthy after they string a couple of respectable seasons together? Please prove it on the field over the long haul.

  • scott Alpine, UT
    Oct. 2, 2012 1:06 a.m.


    Only in your dreams, little Aggie, only in your dreams.

  • Aggie84 Idaho Falls, ID
    Oct. 1, 2012 11:13 p.m.

    Riley is a great qb, in high school. Hill is a great qb, against Hawaii. Neither one has the experience or health necessary to compete against Chuckie and company. First time in many years the Cougars are thinking, we are going to have to play perfect to stay in the game. Game is over after the 3rd Qtr. ESPN will continue to broadcast Aggie ball and forget the Y next year. That's what happens when you go independent and back down on committments.