BYU football: QB Olsen shines, suffers injury during BYU's spring game

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  • Darwin's Ute Oceanside, CA
    April 6, 2013 10:10 a.m.

    As the Cougar faithful take a collective sigh of relief while watching the O shine, don't be disappointed if the D doesn't measure up to 2012's standard. The defense has the makings of being very good, but the missing shoes will be hard to fill. Still, 2013's corp will hopefully be impressive against a tough schedule.

  • wahului Stockton, CA
    April 1, 2013 5:53 p.m.

    One more loud vote for broadcasting these types of events on BYU tv...even if on a delayed basis, it's an incredibly valuable link to the out of state fan base!!

  • Tyler Holladay, UT
    March 31, 2013 11:10 p.m.

    I've never seen a spring drill where QBs get hit. I am not saying this out of hindsight, there is not point in allowing that.

  • sls Columbia, MO
    March 31, 2013 8:25 p.m.

    It's a good thing that there are a lot of QBs in the program. They seem to go down with injuries too often. Best wishes to Olsen on a speedy recovery.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    March 31, 2013 6:47 p.m.

    Thanks SLCWatch. Great commentary. I recommend you be a writter for the DNews or the Bleacher Report. Good Stuff.

    One more fan here who is disappointed the game wasn't on BYUtv. Listening on KSL while I did my taxes was better than nothing, but I'd much rather see it live. Remember: the Cougs wanted exposure. Putting the game on BYUtv would have drawn at least 250,000 eyeballs, with none of the parking problems.

    Texas broadcast their scrimmage on the Longhorn Network. Several of the Big Ten broadcast theirs on the Big Ten Network.

    I'm surprised Alisa didn't play a little. I'm disappointed and worried the kickers missed two PATs. I'm still concerned abut the O line, expecially at Center. I was disappointed Hine didn't have a better scrimmage after hearing the rave reviews all Spring. I'm pleased with how the QBs played. It will be an interesting battle between Green and Mangum after his mission. I hope Olsen's injury is minor and does not require surgery.

    A couple more BB and VB games, them it's hibernation until August. Can't wait to watch the Cougs play in NYC on Tuesday.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    March 31, 2013 11:23 a.m.

    These forums are for expressing opinions. If a fan wants to try to gain a special audience with a coach, to express opinions face-to-face, I wish him luck. Because someone chooses a profession different from coaching does not mean they are not perceptive enough to have intelligent thoughts and suggestions about a sport. Continue, folks, expressing your opinions on line. All feedback is good, to someone who is not too prideful to accept it. I hope coaches are open to it and they don't fall prey to "expert syndrome."

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    March 31, 2013 10:19 a.m.

    Let's be honest. It really wasn't #1'S against #1's. There were very few starters on either defense or offense. So the #2's and #3's were playing #2's and #3's and we got to see some depth and future #1's. What we really saw was that Anae wants to run a fast up tempo passing game with run's mixed in. No huddles, everyone has to know their role and the signals and you better be in shape or you get replaced by the guy who can keep up the pace. Watching the drills with more of the one's on the field was a better indicator than the game portion was. One play in particular was impressive to me. It was a goal line play with Taysom running the offense. The D covered well and Taysom rolled left, pump faked and sprinted into the left corner at full speed. He is healthy and ready. Glad they didn't risk him for a glorified scrimmage with people trying to move up the ladder.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    March 31, 2013 9:59 a.m.

    Any one of these QBs are far better than last year because they can throw the ball.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    March 31, 2013 9:05 a.m.

    Re Anae: He was smiling when he mentioned "goofy columns". It was a joke. He also said "little papers". OK, that's not how reporters want to be treated, but frankly the reporters are pretty quick to criticize and pretty quick to blow things out of proportion. Anae got run out of town after the Utah loss and he's here to prove them wrong.

    If they're going to focus on what he says instead of what he does, I'm with Robert Anae on this one. His little comments got more column inches than they should have. No doubt about that.

  • TXBYUFAN Spring, TX
    March 30, 2013 11:27 p.m.

    SLCWatch - Thanks for the reports on the positions. You gave a better report of the game than this article did. I understand Olsen got hurt, but that only needed a paragraph or two. I'd much rather hear about how the offense performed.

    Not so worried about the defense as I understand most of the starters didn't play.

    The QB position is looking positive after the Riley debacle of the past couple of years.

  • Cougars1 Bluffdale, UT
    March 30, 2013 11:14 p.m.

    Considering the defensive line was missing Bronson and they are still looking for a nose tackle, I thought they looked pretty good,

    To me, the offense looked a lot like what Oklahoma does as far as the speed of the game. Most defenses that come to Provo will struggle unless they have a lot of depth. It's a good thing BYU is deep at receiver and running back. That will help a lot in keeping guys fresh. I am looking forward to the season. Home schedule is loaded.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    March 30, 2013 11:09 p.m.

    How sweet it is to hear JUST from BYU fans on this post! The way it should be!

    And, may I add that the Men's volleyball team beat USC 3-0. It was on BYUtv. It was volleyball at its best! They showed why they're #1.

    Go Cougars!

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    March 30, 2013 11:08 p.m.

    Teams that run the hurry-up offense effectively have the luxury of having a very deep offensive line. If we don't have the horses on the o-line to run in and out, they'll be gassed before halftime. Maybe that is why Anae's top priority was recruiting more o-line this winter.

    Don't particularly like how Anae treats the media. They have jobs to do just like him.

  • SportzFan Salt Lake City, UT
    March 30, 2013 9:54 p.m.

    How did the defensive line look, individually and collectively?

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    March 30, 2013 9:46 p.m.

    Loved the fast pace and yet there were times I saw it could be faster. No huddles, no foot dragging. Problem was getting players off the field before the offense ready to go. Two late illegal procedure calls.
    Biggest problem was the shotgun snaps from Vaitai but I'm not sure he knew he wasn't the ball up high enough. Coaches will cover it I'm sure. They didn't even slow down to tell him as far as I could tell over 5 plays straight.
    Great distribution around the field and among all the receivers. A.J. Moore needs extra mention. He was very quick and powerful and had good runs of 3 to 9 yards.
    Defense: You know they will be good so what more do I need to say.

  • Lone Star Cougar Plano, TX
    March 30, 2013 9:36 p.m.

    Boy I wished I could have watched it on TV.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    March 30, 2013 9:18 p.m.

    Wide Recievers: Cody Raymond made several great catches and good runs after catch. Cody was three time all state and is showing why. A lot of receivers made catches. Mitch Matthews, Terenn Houk, Taggart Krueger, Travis Frey, Eric Thornton. Only a couple of missed routes. Not the drops like a couple of years ago. Everyone looked sharp.
    Guy Holliday seems to have his cadre in sharp condition.
    Tight Ends: Would have loved to see more TE action. Mike Edmunds made a couple of great catches. Mitch Matthews ran a couple inside receiver routes that he made good on. This looked like tight end plays.
    O Linemen: Talked with one of the freshman lineman. He loves the new offense but says it is very tiring to being going full speed all the time. He said he is getting in better shape than he ever has. Couple breakdowns on the right side that allowed sacks. QB's did a good job escaping on at least half of the breakdowns. I liked that Stewart escaped and still passed to an open man rather than running into an open hole.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    March 30, 2013 8:49 p.m.

    QB's: No one looked bad, Tanner was constantly picking up the ball off the ground because M Vaitai couldn't get it back to him. Yet Tanner handled it with skill and made plays even off the ground. Tanner will be a missionary soon and he will have his day in the future. Olsen was solid and error free. Misses looked like young receiver errors. His injury was grusome but he was up off the trainers table in a couple of minutes and walking around with ice on it. Olsen got doubled back against his knee caught under another player on a QB carry around the outside. He did walk off with assistance and walked around the rest of the game. A note on Taysom Hill. In pre-game drills Taysom hit some really deep balls in stride. He ran hard on QB carries too. No worries on his recovery. Very accurate on short, medium and long.
    RB's: J. Williams was...well J. Williams. Need we say more. Great carries by Lasike, AJ Moore and Nate Carter. Iona Pritchard carried the ball well too. Running Back is not going to be a problem. Alisa did not play

  • cal cougar camarillo, CA
    March 30, 2013 8:42 p.m.

    Tanner was 8 of 8 with a touchdown. That is incredible. I can't wait till he gets back from the mission.

  • Cougars1 Bluffdale, UT
    March 30, 2013 7:02 p.m.

    I thought Tanner Mangum was the best qb of the day. Don't get me wrong; Olson did great, but the offense seemed to really click for the little bit that Tanner played.

    Getting out of that West parking lot was miserable. Looked like they didn't plan on having that many people there.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    March 30, 2013 6:54 p.m.

    Clearly, anyone who is gutless enough to anonymously criticize or try to discredit a coach in a public forum does not know the coach, or even likely met him (or them).

    Just make it a guideline: you want to point a finger at a coach, just go see him (or them) and have a nice friendly chat. You can compare your extensive experiences and keen insight.

  • Mortoon Idaho Falls, ID
    March 30, 2013 6:11 p.m.

    "Goofy columns"? Anae has as much contempt for the press as Bronco, and neither have much regard for the fans either.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    March 30, 2013 6:07 p.m.

    The weather was perfect and the team looked great.

    What needed improvement?
    1- Open the gates to the stadium parking lot. Usuing only one entrance was a lousy plan.
    2- After announcing that the merchandise was 50% off at the stadium cougar den, having more than two cashier's would be a bit smart. We looked at the line of folks just waiting to pay and decided against buying anything because it would be close to an hour wait.. Shorter lines would have been a different story. (But I did save some money....I guess.)
    3- Traffic control after would have been appreciated at the major intersections.....wait, tyhat's not new except today there wasn't any.

    12,000 fans attended so #1 and #2 above says that someone wasn't thinking this through very well. #3 is typical of the way Orem NEVER helps with BYU traffic....NEVER!!

    Nice to see improvement in the offense. It should be a great year!

    Go Cougars

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    March 30, 2013 5:58 p.m.

    Olsen looked like a true BYU qb, one who can make throws, good decisions, and doesn't put his team in bad positions with poor decisions. I know everyone thinks Hill is the guy but I thought Olsen looked like a starting qb who could lead the team to wins.