Riley Nelson healthy, ready to face Spartans

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  • Sambonethegreat LOGAN, UT
    Nov. 16, 2012 2:23 p.m.

    San Jose State may be able to swiftly punch BYU in the mouth. Their quarterback is miles ahead of Nelson in skill and durability.

  • Troy06 OREM, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 9:41 p.m.

    Owl, thank you for the insight. That makes sense.
    And Striker, what am I jealous of? Do you have me confused with Chris B? I don't understand your comment.

    BYU and even Riley will not have many problems with San Jose.

  • Uncle Rico Provo, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 7:55 p.m.

    Remember at the beginning of the year, those comparing him to Tebow and saying he could win the Heisman....

    Reality is Nelson makes Heaps look good

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 7:33 p.m.

    The first statement of this article I don't think will be accurate. BYU should win by four touchdowns and our defense will likely not allow San Jose State 14 points. I don't think that putting the pussycats at the end of the season will prepare BYU against a bowl game either.

  • Laxman taylorsville, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 11:11 a.m.

    So Riley hasn't been healthy before this game? I find it interesting the word healthy in the past weeks. Maybe setting up an excuse for Saturdays loss.

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 11:09 a.m.

    Riley doesn't need the defense to back him up as long as Doman is on the field.

    To me great performances by past BYU quaterbacks are usually remembered by specific games such as Detmer vs. Miami, Bosco vs. Michigan, McMahon vs. every team he faced, and specifically SMU. The best memory I will have of Nelson will be high-fiving the ref after a two-point conversion against TCU. Thweet!

  • Robroy Murray, utah
    Nov. 15, 2012 10:50 a.m.

    On a personal note I'm glad Riley is healthy. As a fan I have to say we could be in big trouble with SJSU.

  • Sambonethegreat LOGAN, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 10:32 a.m.

    Riley Nelson fell from Football sainthood at BYU pretty fast this year. He is so average compared to previous Quarterbacks who played at BYU. San Jose State is much better than most of the opponents BYU has faced this year, so I wouldn't be surprised to see the Spartans pull off the upset.

    There is no way Sorensen is the best QB in the state this year. Chuckie Keeton is clearly the best as far as stats and overall consistency go (even factoring out my obvious bias). Sorensen isn't bad, but he has had some wretched games this year. USU and Montana State come to mind.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Nov. 15, 2012 10:29 a.m.

    Also, spinous process fractures, though painful, are functionally inconsequential. Perhaps maybe that is what he had.
    However, I agree with Owl. Other than possibly a hairline fracture of some sort, I doubt there is a significant fracture at all.

  • Bomar Roberts, ID
    Nov. 15, 2012 10:22 a.m.

    Riley's legacy has already been written. His legacy is that he is a very average quarterback and will never be mentioned in the same sentence as the great quarterbacks to play for the Cougars. Also, that his less than average ability and performance cost the Cougars several wins during his career. I wish that Riley would have transferred to SUU instead of Sorensen. In my opinion Sorensen is the best college QB in the state.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 9:42 a.m.

    A minimal compression fracture of the spine heals very quickly. The exact diagnosis was not clearly specified in the paper, but I suspect it was not a fracture. If there was really a question of a spinal fracture, a MRI would have been definitive. Riley had a painful "back injury" that slowly got better. That's all we know.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 8:19 a.m.

    He's dang good. We're going to miss him a ton.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 8:18 a.m.

    Mr Harmon, you should of save it till Sunday. Not worth reading. And "IF". BYU leading some 99 points before half time, PLEASE we want to see Munns on the field so he can be ready to be 2nd string qb for next year. Sorry Lark because you are graduating soon.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Nov. 15, 2012 8:13 a.m.

    @ Striker
    Georgia Tech's offensive strength is their rushing game, which also happens to be BYU's defensive strength. BYU has shown much more vulnerability against the pass (i.e., Oregon State). I believe our offense is going to have to have their best game to win this.

  • Lightening Lad Austin , TX
    Nov. 15, 2012 7:47 a.m.

    I get really nervous with the thought that BYU is playing a team with a winning record, with the key to the offense in the hands of Riley and Brandon. The 60 QB rating vs winning teams is just awful. I don't place the entire blame for a ruined season on the guy, while he set a record for poorest QB play EVER vs Boise it was Bronco's choice to go for 2, apparently momentarily forgetting we have overtime in college football. He can't be responsible for the defensive failures vs Notre Dame and Ore St, he prevented a bounce back with his mental block while his best receiver was all alone potentially a winning touchdown just waiting for the ball at ND, and again tossing an INT blanking out the Cats chance to come back vs OSU. I would have so much more hope if Lark, having an arm, was starting and if the 2013 season was absent Doman as wlll as graduating Riley.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Nov. 15, 2012 7:28 a.m.

    Mr. Harmon, don't listen to any drip brought up by the likes of Troy. Can you smell jealousy coming out of those words? I sure can, and it's not a good smell!

    Georgia Tech has a far better offense than SJSU...not even close, and BYU held that team to 3 offensive points. BYU will do just fine. BYU will win its next two games.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 6:54 a.m.


    "Two Cougar wins have come over a trio of one-win teams (Hawaii, Weber State and Idaho)."


    Yes. When a team like BYU is playing competition like that, they don't actually get credit for a FULL win. That must be how it works.

  • Troy06 OREM, UT
    Nov. 14, 2012 11:01 p.m.

    Another 3 minutes of my life wasted. Thanks Dick for another lame Riley article. Is it humanly possible for a broken vertebrae to heal this quickly?

  • souptwins Lindon, UT
    Nov. 14, 2012 10:34 p.m.

    "High scoring offense with good defense"-- sounds like Oregon State-- Uhh Ohh! Good luck, Coug's! Time to put together another Geo. Tech type of game.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Nov. 14, 2012 9:35 p.m.

    "Two Cougar wins have come over a trio of one-win teams (Hawaii, Weber State and Idaho)."


    This will be a great test for the Cougars. I think they have a bit of a chip right now and will come out swinging. BYU may finally field a high scoring offense against a quality defense. Good luck Cougs.

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 14, 2012 8:50 p.m.

    If Riley was healthy all year, we would have won every game - going away.