BYU football: Cougars looking to develop QBs as spring drills open

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  • 2BCSWINS West of I15, UT
    March 5, 2013 8:07 a.m.

    @Y's little brother "There's a reason Bronco more consistently finishes in the Top 25."

    You got that right, and that reason is cougies play 2-3 tough games in September(L's) and the rest the season vs a bunch of powder puffs!

    "More consistent Top 25 finishes = better program"

    Says who, Y fans? If I was told over the next 8 years or for that matter anybody but maybe cougie fans was told. Their team will go undefeated twice play in and win two BCS games or 5 of the 8 years they will finish around 25 ranking with a 9-3 to 10-2 record with no wins against top teams and a bunch of wins against bad teams. It would be a no brainer anybody would take the two undefeated seasons and two BCS titles.

    Stop being jealous give credit where credit is due. It's obvious Kyle has accomplished more as well as been more successful head to head than Bronco!

  • Y's little brother Sandy, UT
    March 4, 2013 6:37 p.m.


    One good season out of eight, just like one good game out of twelve, doesn't define dominance.

    More consistent Top 25 finishes = better program

    Bronco has finished in the Top 25 five of eight seasons - 63%
    Kyle has finished in the Top 25 three of eight seasons - 38%

    There's a reason Bronco more consistently finishes in the Top 25.

    Unlike Kyle, Bronco never loses to bad teams like 10-loss UNLV or 10-loss Colorado.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    March 4, 2013 4:31 p.m.


    "Hill will have to prove that he can produce with his arm, not just his legs. His ability to run will be less valued by Anae and Beck than it was with Doman."

    I don't entirely agree. If you look at the most productive QB's in the college game today, and the new crop of QB's in the NFL, the duel threat QB is highly prized. The fact that he is really a good runner is a valuable asset, but shouldn't be used as a "staple" as was the case with Nelson. We know that Hill has both a better arm and better feet than Nelson. He just needs to improve his accuracy a little bit. The coaches need to develop the passing game as a high priority, but you can bet that the coaches will love his ability to get the first down with his legs occasionally. They would be stupid not to.

  • 2BCSWINS West of I15, UT
    March 4, 2013 3:19 p.m.


    How many top 5 finishes, BCS wins and undefeated seasons does Kyle and Bronco have? You seemed to leave this off your listing for some reason. Can you list this for us as well?

  • FromWA Olympia, WA
    March 4, 2013 2:39 p.m.

    All quarterbacks will be on trial this year since the sandpaper test doesn't apply anymore (being tough and gritty is all that counts).

  • Watchoutforthat Houston, TX
    March 4, 2013 1:50 p.m.

    The thing that makes me feel most excited is the fact that I know Anae knows how to evaluate a qb who can run his system. No doubt riley nelson ( I did like the guy as a competitor) would have ever seen the field under Anae. He would quickly recognize his inability to throw! Max was undersized, but the kid could sling it good enough to work the system.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    March 4, 2013 1:19 p.m.

    The future is bright at QB.

    2013 - Hill, Olsen, Munns, Green (redshirt)
    2014 - Hill, Olsen, Green
    2015 - Hill, Olsen, Green, Kuresa, Mangum (redshirt)
    2016 - Green, Kuresa, Mangum
    2017 - Green, Mangum
    2018 - Mangum
    2019 - Mangum

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    March 4, 2013 1:17 p.m.

    I wish U could stay on topic. This article has nothing to do with Utah. I concede, Utah has won 3 of the last 4; but what U fail to mention is three of the last four games have come down to the final play. U had one year where U absolutely dominated us in the 2nd half, but the other three games have been highly entertaining and competitive.

    Not back to the article . . . Hill would seem to have an edge at the starting position, given his experience from last year. But with the new O coaches, I think all four QBs will get an equal shot.

    Munns will have have to be clearly better than the other three to get the starting nod, since he's a senior.

    Hill will have to prove that he can produce with his arm, not just his legs. His ability to run will be less valued by Anae and Beck than it was with Doman.

    I've heard several people comment about Olsen and the great job he did with the scout team. With Hill limited in Spring, the door is wide open for Ammon.

    Green's has potential, but not this year. Red-shirt.

  • Ufan Salt Lake City, UT
    March 4, 2013 12:49 p.m.


    ...yet even with Kyle's head-to-head success versus BYU, Bronco has still had better overall success than Kyle.

    FIVE Top 25 finishes to only three
    THREE Top 15 finishes to only one
    TWO conference championships to only one
    FIVE 10-plus win seasons to only three
    EIGHT bowl games to only seven
    ZERO losing seasons to one

    for PATHETIC, see mirror.

  • Scott Farcus Beaver, UT
    March 4, 2013 12:45 p.m.

    "When BYU enjoyed its most successful seasons from an offensive standpoint under coach Bronco Mendenhall, there were at least two common denominators."

    Forgot the third common denominator; weak sauce schedule.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 4, 2013 11:10 a.m.

    Highland, UT

    ...and yet Utah still beat BYU 3 in a row and 8 of 11.

    Pathetic for the Cougars.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    March 4, 2013 10:58 a.m.

    @Whoa Nellie

    Actually utah does have a 4th string guy, unfortunately for them he is the starter, he'd be 4th string almost anywhere else.

  • BlueNtheFace Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    March 4, 2013 10:59 a.m.


    Your seniors are also going for their 1st appearance in the top half of the PAC-12. That'll go about as well as their dream of 4 in a row.

    P.S. Thanks for your homage to BYU sports. Keep your eye on the Y!

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    March 4, 2013 10:40 a.m.

    Mildred, your team doesn't have a 4th string guy. The Cougars will eventually have one but your team will just keep three 3rd stringers.

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    March 4, 2013 10:25 a.m.

    Love the depth that we have at quarterback. Our 4th string guy would start on most D 1 teams.

  • GJ Greenwood, IN
    March 4, 2013 9:52 a.m.

    I agree Ernest, you're always loaded. Chris B. wants you to share.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 4, 2013 9:34 a.m.


    What it says is that as bad as we are, we're better than you! We own you on the field.

    Seniors going for the 4-0 sweep this year!

  • HawkAlum SANDY, UT
    March 4, 2013 8:43 a.m.

    Disrespect byu all you want Chris. Bottom line: we were your best win last year. If our program is as bad as you constantly harp on about, what does that say about U?

  • Red and Blue VANCOUVER, WA
    March 4, 2013 8:27 a.m.

    Right on EdGrady!

    Hopefully Bronco doesn't make another stupid mistake.

  • EdGrady Idaho Falls, ID
    March 4, 2013 8:20 a.m.

    Mendenhall doesn't owe Hill the starting job, but he does owe him the opportunity to win it in the Fall. Hill's injury is on Mendenhall.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    March 4, 2013 8:12 a.m.

    Wayne Rout
    El Paso, TX

    Time to turn the page, Wayne, and move on.

    Sad to hear Blair is transferring, but in a program that prizes loyalty, perhaps he was struggling with his alegiance to the team and loyalty to a coach that "left." Things will happen.

    Look forward to the development of quarterbacks, which of course includes the development of connections with the receivers. Here's to better line play, more production out of the tight ends, and quartebacks who are healthy and wise. And welocme back, Mike Alesa.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    March 4, 2013 7:46 a.m.

    Unfortunately, we know from last year that throwing ability and poise count for nothing, so I wonder the basis for selecting a quarterback. I hope it has nothing to do with fielding punts.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    March 4, 2013 7:37 a.m.

    We are loaded.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    March 4, 2013 2:42 a.m.

    The offensive line was BYU's aquilles heal last year. Good thing they brought in Jr college transfers. Bronco says they have enough bodies to potentially have 3 deep on the OL. They probably better plan on that, as appears you can never have too many players prepared for the OL. I'm assuming that on Tues, Thurs, & Sat, when they are not having a formal practice, the players will hit the weight room, and also work together in their separate groups. I do kind of like the idea of having those days for the coaches to evaluate their players, and their practices. They can maybe keep on top of things and be more united as coaches as to the development of the players, game plans, etc. It will perhaps give them some evaluation following spring practices, to work towards for fall practices and game preparation. I guess we'll see how it all works out this coming fall season. Good luck, Bronco, coaches, and team. Go get em.

  • byufan1993 Provo, , UT
    March 4, 2013 1:08 a.m.

    Blair is transferring?