Hill should not have been the QB in the first place. True freshman QB's
should be developed, learn the offense (whatever that is) and mature to the
level D1 schools play. Just like Utah, coaches keep throwing GOOD,young
QB's to the wolves hoping they will save the day. Attempting to impress
coaches, fans, team and world, they try to do too much and make stupid mistakes
which end careers. That's why you have guys waiting in the wings for their
time, IE Lark! He's been there 5 years, knows the whole playbook and has
gone through the development process. Had Heaps been handled properly, now would
have been a great time for him to takeover. Hill is much too valuable to BYU
down the road than in this year of mediocrity. Lark can turn the ball over to
Utah as good as Riley, can lose to Boise and beat-up on bad teams good as Riley
and Hill and take the pounding from USU as good as Hill. What Hill has learned
from his experience this year- D1 schools hit hard and you can't run all
over everyone like in HS.
Riley Nelson is a scrapper tough kid but his passing game has been pretty ugly
and the turnovers way too many. Hard to win with him behind center this year.
Let James Lark get in there and pass the ball.
I'll say it again: Doman will keep Lark off the field just to avoid having
it be seen what a poor judge of QB talent he really is. BYU has a legit
defense, so forget the spread, go to an I formation, run some play action and
let Lark throw down the field to the big receivers. Then maybe BYU can score
some points and have a shot against the good teams.
This really steams me that Hill was being run so much in the first place but
especially on this play. I saw it happen and immediately knew he was hurt.
Even if you don't take a knee (which you could have) at least get a tight
hand-off to Williams. This offense has some serious talent but it's not
being used the way it should be. Some of that is due to a line that needs work
but some is plain old lack a preparation by the coaching staff. Some of the
talent has got to be frustrated and I can't blame them. BYU is a big
enough name to get some experienced coaches and have the "on the job
training" be done as an assistant. Wishing Hill a speedy recovery 'cuz
the guy's got one heck of a future.
Although BYU's offense is extra horrible, they remind me of the Utes in
recent seasons. They are trying to survive a season with a super defense and no
offense at all. Utah has had playmakers (RBs and WRs) in recent years but no QB
play. Whittingham stuck with Wynn like Bronco with Riley. Injuries are tough at
any position, but at QB when you have no QB anyway is really rough. Guys who
shouldn't be in are in with no practice reps until injury replacement.I don't think Taysom Hill was not ready to deliver wins against
Oregon State and Notre Dame anyway, but he needed the game experience (guy of
the future). Rehabbing an ACL, if that's what it is, won't have Hill
ready for spring ball and he might not be ready to run QB draws next fall. Now
was the future development for Hill against good competition. Next years
schedule will need a QB ready to roll. Here's the thing BYU
fans; as much as you don't like Doman's play calling, I think BYU is
recruiting QBs who have the skill set for this style of offense. Scary!
This would frustrate me bad if I were a BYU fan. Ron McBride did the same thing
to Marty Johnson 10 years ago. Utah had blown out Indiana and in the fourth
quarter McBride kept the starters in and ran Johnson over and over. Then instead
of taking a knee, he goes to Johnson one more time, and boom ACL tear.Marty got depressed and messed up. He got into the bottle heavy. When Urban
Meyer came, he helped Johnson clean up and contribute to a special Ute
season.Back to BYU, I see the frustration with Doman but I think he
and the coaches have decided they don't trust their QBs to open up the
offense. That is somewhat sketchy to me because of the talent BYU has at WR to
go deep (even jump balls to Hoffman are needed). Throwing down the field might
not be high percentage all the time, but it's better than scoring 6 points
at Boise and 3 to USU. Embarrassing! One problem with throwing more
though is a bad BYU Offensive Line and questionable QB talent.@camera2headNice flashback (Crowton saying he would rather win by
nine than by 2).
Granted that I don't know the full situation as to why the coaching staff
is so adamant about James Lark not playing. But I keep thinking that we do have
players that can run the ball besides our quarterbacks, but we don't have
players that can throw the ball besides our quarterbacks, and James Lark may
well do it better than either Riley or Taysom. Listening to ESPN commentators
talk about how difficult it is for young quarterbacks to throw in the middle, I
had to wonder why a guy in the program five years was not being given a chance.
Quarterbacks should, as a general rule, be running only when a play breaks down
so as to keep them reasonably protected. It's highly unlikely to go a long
time without an injury if running the quarterback is a regular part of the
offense. It also frustrates other "skill" players because it reduces
their touches of the ball, which is usually not a lot in each game to begin
@ CougFaninTXYes you did say it last night. Should have taken a
knee before it cost you a knee. Very incompetent coaching.Must
remind Coug fans of the good ol' days when Crowton would rather have won by
Nine than by two,oh yeah that turned out about as well,you lost by five.
I said it in my comment last night, and I'll say it again, why would we
call a QB run play with one minute remaining? All we needed to do is take a
knee three times and we're out of there. If Hill is lost for the season,
this is a tragedy. And the tragedy was caused by an awful play call by
Doman.Can someone please bench Doman? I'm sick of watching him
run the QBs play after play, and sustaining injury after injury. BYUs has
plenty of offensive weapons and yet this is the worst play calling I have ever
seen.Bronco - remember how you sent Jaime packing after his poor
defensive performances 2010? Doman has had plenty of chances, and it's
time to send him packing.
Bad coaching all around. This team has so much potential if the coaches could
just figure out how to coach. Too bad for Hill. And too bad for this season.
Hopefully this means Lark finally gets to show his stuff.
Riley is not hurt. He was benched. Now he gets to play again. It truly is
Lark's turn. The Oregon State game will be embarrising.
Feel bad for Hill and this injury.Unnecessary. BYU could have kneeled the
ball, as they could have run out the clock. Bad coaching, leads to injury.Riley Nelson hasn't beaten anyone in his career so far. He'll
have his chance the next 2 weeks, as he'll play against 2 teams in the top
It has become very difficult to watch BYU's offense. Defense is enjoyable.
It is apparent there is plenty of talent but no scheme to use them effectively.
QB's @ BYU are dropping-like-flies.......maybe on-the-job-training for
Offensive Coordinator's just is not prudent year after year.
All BYU had to do was take a knee. And BTW, what is up with this
Crowton like offense? Why are you running the QB so darn much?It's like Doman is trying to run his HS Skyline option offense. How this guy still has a joy is beyond me
D'0h! Man! That would be yet another blow to the QB depth chart that
Mendenhall and Doman blew up last year.
What is wrong with the coaches? Why did they run Taysom on that play? Holmoe
please step up and remove Brandon Doman! We will never become a nationally
prominent team with QBs like Riley Nelson.
What? Why did it take so long for this news to break? We're without
Taysom. Brandon why did you make him run 19 times in one game?
Are they ever going to give James Lark a shot at starting? Maybe he's the
next Steve Young and has been kept on the bench all these years.
Is that other QB (meadow Lark lemon) still available. Wouldn't that be
ironic if the Cougers could turn their season around against Oregon State and
Notre Dame with a deserving guy long forgotten?
Please tell BYU fans this injury didn't happen when BYU should have been
kneeling down on the football in victory formation. I couldn't believe it
when Hill ran the QB draw that last time. Duh.
I don't like to see anybody get hurt, much less have a season ending
injury. Y fans better hope he isn't injury prone like Jordan Wynn. Best of
luck to you Hill, and hopefully Nelson is back up to the task. Good luck Cougs,
from a Utes fan.