I don't necessarily believe that Hill was borught aboard to be a running
style QB. Anyone who has seen his high school highlights knows that he had a
big arm even back then. He just happens to be a strong, quick, fast and
talented runner as well. The problem this year, or any year your #1 QB goes
down, is that the backup has limited snaps in practice so the percentage of the
playbook available is diminished. That was magnified with Hill having been
jumped from 3 to 2 and given one week to learn to execute the huge BYU
plavybook.That was literally what led to Hills injury, a la the way too
many QB draws/keeps, when you're working with an abbreviated playlist. Yet
another reason to have started Lark with so many years learning the playbook
under his belt. The only thing that makes sense about this entire debacle is
the truth, and none of you may ever hear it in it's entirety. Too bad.
A part of me tends to think you will be correct about Doman when Mangum returns.
But if Doman plans on restoring the old BYU offense, then why did BYU recruit
Taysom Hill to be a running style QB (a la Riley Nelson). Hill looks to have
some talent, to where playing time might allow him to open up the offense, but I
swear the coaches were trying to get that guy imploded. And of course they did
in the worst fashion, when they should have been in victory formation, not
trying to get cute Crowton style. You know, trying to win by 11 not 4.
Interesting point Proud Ute. Tanner Mangum is on a mission though (I believe).
But yeah, with all of this QB draw and option stuff, plus the QBs BYU has gone
with who have that style about them (Nelson and Hill), it makes you wonder how
they plan to use Mangum down the line. I think Mangum will need the offense to
change or he might have his talent wasted like Heaps. Although I don't
think Heaps had any intangibles or leadership moxy. Size and arm strength are
sometimes overrated. Think Ben Olsen and what's his name Walsh (BYU QB in
@Riverton CougarI agree. Lark may not be better, but with the awful
QB play on the field, why not find out what you got with lark a long time ago.
Coaches do make mistakes, and sometimes bench warmers are and would have been
the better player and choice. I think the same goes for Whittingham
and his loyalty to Wynn for the last three seasons, after his arm strength was
obviously not the same from the first injury to the fourth. Utah had WRs who
could stretch the field but never got the chance. As for BYU, what
could Cody Hoffman have done (performance wise) with a QB who could sling the
rock. Mendenhall should have gone to Lark quite some time ago, and Whit should
have stayed with Hays instaed of going to Wilson. The losses that
Utah had better pay off next year relative to Wilson's development. Thing
is, I am not even sold he is the right guy. My Utes might have another few years
of a QB wasting away the talent elsewhere on the field.Bottom line,
having a quality QB is a huge part of success in a winning team.
It's a somewhat meaningless game but Lark should be thrown a bone and have
his moment at BYU. Riley Nelson is hurt again anyway, and he will have the bowl
game left. Give Lark the ball against New Mexico State. With the
opponent being who they are, it will allow Lark to put up numbers and have at
least a positive memory for himself and leave an impression for the fans to
remember him and wonder 'what if' relative to the hypothetical of Lark
having been the starter the last two years.
If the rules allowed Riley to play ten more years Bronco would keep going with
Nelson. Have you ever heard the coach admit to a mistake? He cannot accept
his own mistakes. Riley is not a quarterback and never will be. The
question now is will Bronco ever be a head coach? His ability to evaluatr
talent based on field performance rather than mouth seems to be in question.
Newsflash!This is 3rd hand but fairly reliable source, so take it
for what it is worth.The captains held a team meeting in which they
voted in favor of Lark getting the start. Of course Bronco will make the
ultimate decision but it would indicate even the players are supporting Lark in
this.If Nelson were really the good friend he says he is, even he
would support a Lark start and step aside.
If Riley starts vs New Mexico St, I'm not watching.
It's not Nelson's turnovers that are what ultimately make him
less-effective in some games; it is his passing inaccuracy. Max Hall and Ty
Detmer turned it over more than Nelson, but they had better completion
percentages. Nelson has given us many moments to cheer, so we should never
forget those (USU 2011, high-five to ref against TCU in 2011, and more points
against TCU than the previous three years combined, fake spike against Tulsa).
He definitely has a few highlights he is saving for the bowl game. Questions for thought: 1. What if Heaps had beaten Utah in 2010? 2. What if
Nelson had been tackled on 4th down short of the first-down marker with only
seconds remaining?The QB position is defenitely a tough job. I am curious
to see how Heaps does at lowly Kansas next year. The difficult schedule
will be a great measuring stick next year. Even this year, BYU played two
top-ten teams in a row and was in every game. Still, in the regular season,
Bronco has not had a losing season. He will continue to improve.
The only thing that would give this game any meaning would be to start Lark.
Otherwise, there is absolutely nothing riding on this game. Go James Lark!
The hardest thing for me, as a James Lark friend and neighbor, has been watching
James humbly endure a bench roll when he could have been starting at any of the
other schools he was recruited by. No disrespect intended to Riley at all,
quite the opposite in fact. This is strictly about James and his potential.
BYU has lost their identity. For Lark its to little to late. A tough player goes
out and plays until they can no longer walk. A team player knows when another
can perform better. A friend knows when its decent to step aside.
Start James Lark! In the games he played in he put up a good amount of points.
Last year, he did better than Riley in drills but Riley started instead of him.
The only reason Riley is starting goes back to last year when Jake, Doman and
the Offense didn't get along. Riley came back to beat a Utah State team
that was nowhere NEAR as good as this year's USU team. Riley ruined Jake
Heap's and James Lark's careers and worst of all, our season. Riley
handed BYU ALL FIVE OF THEIR HORRIFIC LOSSES! Taysom Hill would have won ALL
those games! Bronco won't give up Riley and has gone insane. Brandon
Doman's play-calling is VERY obvious and poor. I hardly see any trickery in
his playbook and you know EXACTLY what he's giving you before the QB snap.
Our kickers are terrible as well, and if we had Mitch Payne back, we might have
more wins. There's one flaw I find in Bronco's defensive coordination.
No matter the opponent, he always plays zone coverage on pass defense and they
get eaten up. Remember SJSU and OSU? Think!
@game time,Yes!I know "the rest of the story", as they say.
James is being politically neutral, which is wise at this point. He may never
reveal everyhting that has gone on. But, believe me, there is definitely more
to this story.
Please give Nelson the rest he needs so much... just because he will go in with
a broken back doesn't mean a good coach lets him. Resting him now will pay
dividends in the bowl. Give Lark the start, plese. PlAY IT SMART.
"Asked Monday how close he was to turning to Lark this season, Mendenhall
said, "Not really close. Not because of a lack of trust. I tried to explain
why Taysom Hill was the backup in terms of continuity of system with Riley.
During the last game, a couple of times it was maybe a breath or two away from
putting James (Lark) in."This is the kind of double talk from
Bronco that makes me not trust anything he says. On the one hand he says no he
wasn't close to putting Lark in at all, then he turns around and says he
was a breath or two away. That's pretty darn close.This
mishandling of the QB situation, the games Riley has lost for the team this year
and the absolute cold shoulder/stiff arm Bronco and Doman have given Lark is
unbelievable and yet look what a great attitude Lark has. It's
a downright shame how Bronco has disrespected such a fine young man. This is
going to be a part of the legacy that Bronco leaves behind during his time as HC
Proud Ute,Yes, Tanner Mangum is a pure dropback passer, pocket type
QB. I hear he is much like Heaps, except that he is much more humble and much
more leader-like like Nelson (I'm not saying this because of what we
experienced with Heaps; this is legitimately what I heard). I hear he may not
have the skill technique down as well as Heaps, he has a powerful arm, is
accurate, and is very good at making decisions, making him probably better
overall than Heaps.As bad as Doman has been with that type of QB so
far, I am confident that he will have a much better scheme for that type of QB
(if he is still OC when Tanner comes around). I say this because he has worked
with passing QBs before (Max Hall, John Beck) and will have time to practice
with Hill, who happens to have a great arm as well. I expect Doman to get over
having QBs different from his style, and I'm excited to see the passing BYU
offense of old. Doman did promise that, and I trust he intends to keep that
If Mendenhall starts Nelson, he should be immediately fired!!! Bronco loves his
"grit", "character", etc. but he can't throw accurately or
deep. Lark should start...no ands, ifs or buts about it.Oh, and if
Andy Reed gets canned in Philadephia, the "powers that be" need to offer
him the job and relegate Bronco to what he's really good at - a defensive
coordinator. He has shown with his favoritism games this year that he does not
have what it takes to be a head coach. Doman needs to be shown the door as soon
as the final whistle blows (a bit too late, but better than nothing).
Nelson was foolish to play injured, and the coaches were foolish to let him play
injured. The results (lost games) speak for themselves.Put in a
Whether the start comes this week or not, I salute James Lark for his hard work,
loyalty, patience and determination. I salute his football skills and his
willingness to put team ahead of self. Thank you for your many very real
contributions to the team over your career. I wish you joy and success in all
your future endeavors. Your life is still just getting started- apply the
attributes you've demonstrated so well at BYU and you'll go far. I,
and many other grateful Cougar fans will be cheering for you. If I got a vote,
you'd be starting the rest of the season! That's not a knock on Riley,
I just think James has earned a chance to show what he can really do- and the
Cougars need a QB without a back injury who can throw the ball. Go Cougars!
If Lark doesn't play, then both Bronco and Doman's heads should roll.
Play Lark he deserves a chance.
Is Tanner Mangum a dropback, pocket type QB?Just curious because I'm
not familiar with his style and wondering if he's going to struggle the
same way Heaps (also an Elite 11 MVP) and Lark evidently have trying to fit in
with Doman's offense.
If, for no other reason, Lark's loyalty and commitment to BYU footbal
should earn him the starting role for Saturday's game. If Nelson is
healthy, he can always be the starter in the Bowl Game next month.
Free James Lark.Really, at this point, whats the point? The best
thing Lark can do is live well and be successful in whatever field he is
pursuing. Obviously he is not interested in trying to impress the coaches now.
Hopefully someday in the future he runs into DomanHall and reeking with success
he can feel pity for the sad way their lives turned out.
"If he was better than Riley he would have played. Sad thing is -----
he's not."54-10,That is not necessarily true.
I have heard from inside sources that Lark has not played much because the
coaches dislike him. Also, the "if he was better, than he would play"
logic doesn't seem to matter when it comes to Riley Nelson. Lark was a
very good high school QB, and could be a great college QB. Unfortunately, he
had to sit on the bench and watch a QB who can't throw take his place.Anyway, can anyone seriously say that Lark is so bad that an injured
Riley Nelson will be better than Lark? There is something going on that the
coaches aren't telling us, because only a stupid coach would do that
without a reason.
BYU needs to get someone to take some meaningful snaps as they prepare for a
bowl game. If Lark doesn't start, or at least get some serious minutes and
Riley get's injured and is no longer able to play, which at this point is a
strong possibility, then you end up starting someone with no real game
experience in the most important game of the year.I hope Lark has
worked hard in school and finished his degree. He seems like a thoughtful young
@Warren KaySuccinctly put!Starting Lark truly is "the
right thing" to do.(By the way, Hill is that other school's
AD. BYU's AD is Tom Holmoe.)
"Coach Bronco Mendenhall said Tuesday that Nelson is "probable" for
Saturday."Bronco may be the only person on the planet who thinks
an injured Nelson should get the start over Lark in a meaningless game against a
weak opponent. Starting Lark will prove his contempt for a fan (and booster)
base, further inciting an already angry fan base. Holmoe will get inundated with
emails and letters calling for coaching changes.@54-10"If
he was better than Riley he would have played. Sad thing is ----- he's
not."That may very well be true, but you'd have to be
blind, stubborn, and heartless to not start a loyal, patient Lark under the
current circumstances. If the starting QB were someone like McMahon, Young, or
Detmer, I could understand Bronco's position, though wouldn't agree
with it. But with Nelson?.....with the performance he has had this
season?...Really?....Gimme a break!
After Lark starts and has the game of his life I hope he tells the real story of
why he's been benched this year. Everyone wants to know.
BYU will beat NMS with a HS QB. Even Riley would be successful. So, does Bronco
play the gritty tail back as the QB with risk of further injury or does he let
Lark have the spotlight for all his hard work and loyalty. Regardless, Lark should play this game and start in the bowl game!
Bronco - do the right thing. Start Lark. I love Riley, but he is hurt and has
had many opportunities.Doman - do the right thing. Start Lark.Athletic Director Hill - do the right thing. Encourage Bronco/Doman to
Lark should start for one reason and one reason only, He's the best QB on
the team and gives them the best chance to win, it's been true all year.
For reasons only known to the coaching staff Lark has been sitting while the
worst QB in D1 has been allowed to play in spite of horrible decisions, bad
passes and injury. James Lark embodies something that the coaching lacks, class.
If Nelson can breathe, Bronco will start him. And for that reason, he needs to
Lark should start. Doman and Mendenhall should be benched.
I agree with others. If Lark starts and does well, things will look worse for
the coaching staff. Lark's a good kid who should have had a better college
career. Good luck to BYU and Lark.
This Cougar fan is ready for the Riley Nelson era to be over. What a disaster
Hey Bronco, I have Grit and Toughness put me in!!
Lark should have been playing all year, and last. All I have heard all season,
from the coaching staff, is that Nelson puts us in a position to win football
games. How about closing them? Okay it might be great that someone plays with
grit and toughness, but how about making good sound decisions? It's easy,
throw the ball out of bounds instead of to the other opponent, or slide to avoid
a broken back or dislocated rib."I love Riley" - Bronco
MendenhallDoes any one else out there agree with him now? I know I
Surely you jest, Bronco. This is unbelievable. Start Lark. If he fails, yank him
an put in Nelson. Or better yet Munns. What the heck, this game is a throw-away,
and no way NMSU can score on your defense. Let Lark have a start. You'll
probably need him in the Poinsettia Bowl after Rocky Long gets through with
This sort of situation is often played out in the business world where a less
talented, but highly charismatic, employee is given a promotion over a more
talented, patient employee. I admire Lark for being steadfast. I hope he gets
the start and that he proves himself to be the more talented player (the jury is
still out on this one). If he is able to have a spectacular game it may provide
some needed introspection of the coaching staff regarding some of the decision
making thus far.
If he was better than Riley he would have played. Sad thing is ----- he's
If I had a vote it would go to Lark to start this game. I can't stand the
thought of having to watch Riley Nelson two more games, and maybe I won't
either way. He may be a great kid and a fiery competitor but he is not a QB and
he cannot win games for us. That is a proven fact. The only bright side to this
years team is that the season is almost over.It may be time for
changes at the top. This is the third year in a row BYU has not had an offense.
It will be a happy day when we no longer have to suffer with Nelson again. I
don't think he's had 1 decent game against a quality opponent in his
career. Start Lark!!!!!!!!!!!!
Indycrimson,Speaking of a bad QB situation; Let's look at the Utes.
Remind me of what your record is now?Next year looks very bright for the
BYU QB situation.I will agree that the coaching situation is not so
bright. They need an overhaul, top to bottom.
The more the season continues, Heaps looks less and less selfish, and smarter
and smarter for transferring, even if it was to Kansas
I think the right thing to do is to start Ryan Lark in the last game of the
season. He deserves to play a whole game for all that he has done for the team.
Give Riley a chance to rest for the bowl game.I hope that Bronco
will do the right thing and play Lark, let Riley rest one game and QB the bowl
game in San Diego.
The title should be "As trying career winds down, why didn't BYU's
Lark get his first career start a year ago?I have a hard time
understanding the praise of Riley's "character." If you can't
get the job done, but put yourself in, you are letting your teammates down. If
you don't have good judgement about whether or not you can get the job
done, you are letting thee team down. Of course, the coach should ultimately be
making those decisions, but expecting good judgement from Bronco and Doman...
Bronco is lame. But he might still start Lark. It's easy for
him to state Riley could play, but is hurt, so we decided the best thing for
Riley was to start Lark. This is similar to what he said when Hill was allowed
Start Lark! Rest Nelson. Let him heal. Lark deserves the opportunity! Nelson
could play in the Poinsettia Bowl. Give Lark a chance to prove himself!
I'm curious what Lark's stats were in Practice Monday and Tuesday?
Anyone know?I hope Lark will start on Saturday just to see what he
can do with Apo and Hoffman.
Start Lark. If BYU goes ahead by 35 or 40 points, let Nelson come in sometime in
the 2nd half to mop up with the run. Then start Lark for the Poinsettia bowl.
If Lark doesn't get the start, I'll be even more disappointed in the
Cougs...especially the coaches. They and the media are so arrogant...thinking
fans are clueless and we don't know what's really going on. I'm
guessing some of us could have coached the team to the record they have this
year. Some may do even better. But, they earn the big bucks so they must be
smarter than we are...right???
I wonder why BYU has stuck with Nelson for so long. Everyone knows he has heart
and the will to win but he seems short on decision making and ability. He is
capable but as a senior continues to make dumb choices. He should not have
played against Utah or Boise St and with a healthy QB who knows. He throws
errant passes and fumbles the ball every game. Any RB would have been pulled
had they fumbled as many times aas him. My only conclusion is that Lark really
is not that good or the coaches would have put him in.I also wonder
if Doman plays a more spread offese similiar to how Crowton used him his senior
year. BYU really needs to get back to a West Coast Style of offense and a
pocket QB. Doman only played 1 full game under Lavell and 12 for Crowton.
Crowton's system just did not work here and I believe Doman is trying the
same things.Finally the QB situation at BYU has not yet dried up.
Beck and Hall I seem to remeber were pretty dang good college QBs.
Lark should have been given the oppotunity LONG before now!! Its one thing to
sit when you have a healthy QB, its quite another to sit when the QB is hurt,
and is unable to perform loke his should. That HURTS THE TEAM!! Bronco should
have swallowed his pride long ago, and I beleive we would have had at least 3
The macho "I play when I'm injured even if I'm in a position where
getting sacked again would make me a paraplegic" attitude may seem heroic
and inspiring to some, but the results, both in terms of lost games and in terms
of long-term health damage, are anything but inspiring. They should have had
Nelson out and Lark in whenever Nelson was hurt. Nelson is a capable guy but
he's not some kind of superhuman who's better than everyone else even
when he's crippled.
I don't blame Riley for playing hurt, I blame Doman for either being too
blind to recognize that Riley was hurt, or too incompetent to replace an
obviously hurt and ineffective play with a quality backup like Hill or Lark. As
Offensive Coordinator, but especially as Quarterbacks Coach, it's
Doman's job to have a backup quarterball fully prepared to step in when the
starter is injured, since the starter could be knocked out of any game on the
next offensive play.Regardless of whether Riley is "healthy"
enough to play, or not, there's absolutely no legitimate reason not to
start Lark against NMSU.
I read these comments and I gather there is quite a level of unhappiness among
Cougar faithful. I am among them...It's not the losses (though they hurt),
but the management issues I struggle with. The offense appears so unprepared,
and the early timeouts kill me. Don't even get me started on Hill's
unnecessary injury, or the fact that Nelson (who I like) continues to play hurt.
He can't throw a tight spiral to save his life, and has left open
receivers wondering why he's behind center.I don't know it
all, but I've watched football for 40+ years and I believe it's time
for Bronco to move on. And I'd love to see him leave on his own versus
being fired. The underlying reason is that he hasn't won too many big
games, which to me signifies a head coach who cannot 1) get his players
prepared, and 2) make halftime adjustments.I am one unhappy fan...
Bronco and the coaches have been rewarding Nelson for his toughness by giving
him playing time under less than favorable circumstances. How about rewarding
Lark for his loyalty and have him start the final game - he's earned
it.Continuing to play a banged up Nelson is not doing him any favors for his
long term well being. Someone has got to be the adult in the room and that
should be the coach.
Lark, Lark, Lark. When I consider the talent level of Bronco, Doman, and Riley
my message to them is a resounding...Probably Not!
I know Bronco and Doman are wedded to Riley.Riley will get another shot in San
Diego. Go with Lark vs NMSU & allow Riley more time to get healthy. We may
discover we've been missing out on a big time QB all season.
Riley needs to learn how to hold himself out when he isn't up to par.
BYU's already lost at least three games this year because Nelson
didn't have enough sense to do what the coaches should have done and that
is bench him until he's healthy. He's a good enough QB when he's
healthy, but everyone has seen that he's terrible when he isn't
healthy.Heaps started last year against NMSU and BYU did just fine.
Nelson came back and won for the Cougars against Tulsa. Lark is worth at least
one start. Who knows? If Riley can get healthy again, BYU just might win a bowl
game in San Diego.
Andy Reid is clearly done in Philly. He was the first choice when Bronco was
hired but had no interest. I'm confident Tom Holmoe will revisit that
possibility. Whether or not Coach Reid is ready to leave the NFL is another
matter. But given the success Jim Mora Jr. is having at UCLA, bringing a
successful NFL coach in (especially to his alma mater) makes all the sense in
the world. Bronco is a great defensive coordinator and he will make a
wonderful mission president.
I understand the loyalty thing. But why keep putting an injured player on the
field? Not only is it costing BYU games, but it puts a player at risk for a
more serious injury. The guy can't throw when he's healthy. He's
going to be better throwing from a stretcher?
I am impressed with how this young, student athlete has chosen to speak about
his experience at BYU. It certainly hasn't been ideal, or perhaps even
fair at times. I'm sure he's had his moments of frustration &
discouragement, but he has continued to support the team and has stepped up when
asked. It's obvious to me that this man has a lot of great qualities that
will serve him well in life, as he continues to move forward. A lot of other
athletes could learn alot from him.
I have been a Lark Fan for years. This guy will go far in life. Anyone that
can continue to work hard in his situation will succeed in life. We all should
be so patient and committed. My 100% Vote is to start Lark. If
nothing else to let him have his moment. If anyone deserves it it is Lark. Let
Riley rest and Lark Shine. He is one good man. (And football player)I guess the good news for not playing all these years is that he will not have
head, knee and hip issues when he is my age. (Glad I did not play)
I'm not a Riley hater but c'mon, give Lark the start. I am looking
forward to the game but win or lose, nothing changes. Go Cougars!
Even if healthy, Nelson should not start, he's a turnover machine and a QB
who cannot hit the broadside of a barn. How he has managed to control the minds
of the coaches, and play even when he should not be playing, is a mystery to me.
Any coach in the country would have pulled him at Boise, at Notre Dame, at San
Jose--and maybe a few other times. Ok Nelson is tough, good for him, but we need
somebody who can hit a receiver, not someone Bronco is so in love with that it
doesn't matter how he plays, he stays on the field anyway. I'm very
disappointed in Bronco, he's paid to win games, not to be a cheerleader for
the toughest guy on the team.
Nelson starts and it's time for a full fledged fan revolt. BYU needs
Nope. Riley would have to be in a body cast before Bronco will bench him.
Come on Riley and coaches. Don't be so stubborn. Have a heart. Play James.
Let Lark play.If you can't beat New Mexico with your Back Up QB, much
less your JV team.you better head for the WAC.
Lark's career is sad. I wish he could have gotten an opportunity. At the
same time, he chose to stay at BYU, so in that case I don't feel so bad
because he felt like it was the right place. The thing is Riley Nelson is bad.
Great heart, good athlete, horrible qb. Lark should have at least been given a
look. I hope he gets the start.Bronco is probably sweating bullets
cause if Lark goes in and throws for 300 yards, he and the coaching staff are
going to look bad even if the opposition is New Mexico State. I mean, BYU is
not exactly a powerhouse these days.
Who is this Lark kid? Everyone knows that Nelson is the only QB on BYU's
roster - why else would they continue to start a free safety at QB? It's
the only choice they have, right? I mean, if they had another QB on the roster
but kept playing someone who is a turnover machine, and add to that is injured,
it would be incredibly bad coaching on their part.
This is a lose-lose situation for Bronco. If Riley starts, all of the fans will
be mad at Bronco for starting an injured QB. If Lark starts, he most likely will
succeed against a poor NMSU team. And might even look very, very good. Fans will
see this and ask why hasn't he been playing all year long? Either way, I
don't see Bronco coming out of this game very popular.
So very glad to see the last of Nelson. Too bad Lark didn't transfer years
ago. He would have been a star on another team!
We're always wanting to try a new QB because the starter is not working
out. It's NOT just the QB, it's the system and play-calling. We could
have Steve Young in there and we still would not move the ball downfield. Doman
is a horrible coach, and frankly the line has done a poor job protecting this
year and opening up a credible running game. We seem to have an even
harder time getting good coaches than we do good players.
Lark should start. It's always tough, sad and somewhat admirable, these
guys who stick around for their college careers to never see the field.
Give it to Lark. I don't know what kind of deal Bronco made with Nelson
but Lark should have been given a chance a long time ago.
Rafinsure,This just in. The QB pipeline has dried up. They quit
pumping...the pipes are rusty and corroded. Bone dry....have been for
years...Sorry man! When Norm Chow left it moved with him. First it
went to NC State with Rivers and then on to USC for a very long time.Provo has turned into a different type of pipeline. A pipeline of strange
In answer to the headline: Probably Not. I say that because I see Bronco as
still being the head coach, along with his OC Doman, and between them they
can't see anything but Riley Nelson. And, reason #2, Nelson would insist
on playing if he could barely stand up.For some reason, the
"good of the team" mentality does not exist on this BYU squad.
Lark's collegiate career has been extremely sad. He was the real thing
coming out of high school.He was named Deseret News 3A MVP as a senior, a Salt
Lake Tribune and Deseret News First-Team All-State selection, threw for 3,248
yards and 36 touchdowns, finished his career with 6,739 passing yards (third
most in state history), tied state mark with 79-career touchdown passes,
first-team All-State as a junior, threw for 3800 yards passing, 41 TD, 13
interceptions, 650 yards rushing and 7 TD his junior year. Furthermore, he was
recruited by Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, Utah and USC. BYU
didn't deserve to have him and Jake Heaps in its line up. Mendenhall's
and Doman's decision making is completely illogical when it comes to
starting quarterbacks. If the Cougar coaching staff is not careful, the
school's quarterback pipeline is going to dry up. Hopefully, they
don't mess up Taysom Hill next year and Mangum (when he gets off his
Jimmy JamesCouldn't agree more. There's absolutely no
reason to play an injured Riley against New Mexico State. Lark has earned the
right to start and play at least one entire game during his career at BYU.
I don't think Lark will get the start.
I really hope Lark gets his chance to start. If Bronco puts in an injured Nelson
for a throwaway game, I'll be deeply disappointed. After everything Lark
has given to the program, he should at least be given the chance to start for
his last game.