BYU football: Cougars could be close to naming starting quarterback

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  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    April 8, 2013 3:14 p.m.

    It promises to be an entertaining year with a challenging schedule, good players and a revitalized coaching staff. Good fortune and keep the faith, Cougs.

  • Cougar on The Hill Midvale, UT
    April 8, 2013 2:37 p.m.

    We all know the starter will be Taysom Hill. If it's not, we're all in for a big surprise. I'm hoping the new offensive system works out well for us. By reading a couple articles, it looks like we're heading in the right direction, but it's only spring practice, so I try not to take it worth a grain of salt. Football season can't come fast enough

  • Naked Truth Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 7, 2013 11:02 a.m.


    You were duped by a well-known troll. Don't fee them!

    April 6, 2013 7:29 p.m.

    Will it be the freshman that is going on a mission, the sophomore that has no experience and an injury, or the player that was a starter last year until the coaching staff had him run a play at the end of a game instead of taking a knee and running out the clock. Did Bronco keep a straight face when he gave his answer?

  • I-am-I South Jordan, UT
    April 6, 2013 3:41 p.m.

    Sorry d news, we all know it's taysom hill. Mendenhall hall is in love with him. he may or may not be the best but we've already seen that Mendenhall is detrimentally loyal.

  • 32843 PROVO, UT
    April 6, 2013 3:14 p.m.

    wait a minute. Somethings wrong. Chris B wasn't first to comment on this article? There is a God.

  • 32843 PROVO, UT
    April 6, 2013 3:05 p.m.

    @Mildred in Fillmore
    Salt Lake City, UT

    "Doesn't matter who they name as starter, BYU quarterbacks are always great."

    Two words: Riley Nelson. Clearly, BYU quarterbacks are NOT always great. We can only hope that Bronco doesn't have another man crush on a QB that only demonstrates great leadership qualities and nothing else.

  • North Guy Corinne, UT
    April 6, 2013 2:50 p.m.

    "Seriously Deuce"
    There has been a complete "overhaul" of the offensive staff, a new offense installed with a sense of urgency to upgrade not only the staff but the offensive line and entire offense. Granted it is only spring but the effort to improve has been put first and foremost. This BYU coach and staff know the bar has to be raised much higher and are working to get it done.

  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    April 6, 2013 1:34 p.m.

    BYU needs to get real and field a team that can beat Utah each year. It has been just embarassing how BYU has forgot how to play winning football against their top competitor. I could care less who is the QB as long as he knows how to win especially the close games.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    April 6, 2013 11:17 a.m.

    Why do we act like there is such mystery in who will be the starting QB? There is one QB who has taken the majority of snaps with the 1st team offense. Any announcement other than Hill would send shock waves through the program. Hill has proven that he is the best of the options available.

    I'm guessing he will not be at the same level as Hall or Beck in year 1, but he will perform far better than Riley or Heaps the last three years. Anae and Beck will not call on him to run 20 times a game, like Doman did, significantly reducing his risk of injury.

    Not sure if Olsen or Stewart will be the back-up, but I'm guessing it will be Olsen if his knee heals properly.

    Green will redshirt and Mangum will onto his mission.

  • wazzup Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 6, 2013 9:04 a.m.

    I was there. It will be an exciting, up tempo offense this year. Like Deuce, i thought here we go again, until i saw the live scrimmage yesterday. And it was no holds barred. The offense will be good. Had we had this years offense, last year, we would have won at least 2-3 more games.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    April 6, 2013 9:00 a.m.

    Ok, maybe I shouldn't comment at 2:13 in the morning. (House full of out of town guests just arriving kept me up). I responded to Dueces first question and nothing more. Have we seen this before? I simply tried to point out what was different so the rest of his weird comments didn't have meaning. There is hope in the air. The last line should have been "Fall kick off can't get here soon enough"

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    April 6, 2013 8:48 a.m.

    The great fear is that we will have a repeat of the last two years when a QB was selected based on factors like fielding punts and being a loud mouth. We need a QB who can throw the ball. I hope that this is at least one of the things being considered. It would appear that all of the prospects will be better than last year and the play calling could not be worse than last year. Anae was not creative before, but two years away from BYU may have changed him. I'm ready for the first game. It has to be better.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 6, 2013 7:55 a.m.


    So that the team has leadership through the summer. If they feel they know who their guy is then why not give him that support and why not give the team that security? Why not give that choice the confidence of knowing he has the coches confidence? Why not give the rest of the team the confidence that comes with knowing who their leader will be?

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    April 6, 2013 5:45 a.m.

    The Deuce
    Livermore, CA

    "Does it seem that we have seen this movie before? The Cougars seem to repeat history and we all know what happened last year....This is not like the great teams of prior BYU years."

    Well, which is it, darn it? Oh, you want them to repeat a DIFFERENT history. What are you even talking about???

    Of course the circus is back in town! Go enjoy it, or don't go enjoy it, but let go of the "history repeating itself" gig. Unless your Alabama, history doesn't repeat itself. You go make it happen. What's wrong with that?

    Nobody has proclaimed the Y will be in contention for the national championship this year. If you want circus, just wait. The trolls will start trying to put words in this teams' collective mouth. That's not what you were trying to do, was it?

  • Barney Google Beaver, UT
    April 6, 2013 5:33 a.m.

    The Deuce has it right.

    Finally a Y fan that gets it!

    This seasons T-shirt slogan; Band of Ringling Brothers

  • Hey Baby Franklin, IN
    April 6, 2013 4:04 a.m.

    I sure hope the NCAA grants Riley a 5th year of eligibility...he is such a tough and hard working player. Ineffective as all get out, but tough and gritty...

    Just as Brandon, "can I sell you a basketball hoop" Dough Man!

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    April 6, 2013 2:13 a.m.

    Deuce asks some legit questions so let's look at what we learned this spring.
    1. As Anae said they will play fast if what we saw in the scrimmages holds: 3-8 sec.snaps after the spot.
    2. Conditioning is going to be very important to keep up this pace.
    3. Timing, getting people on and off field on offense is going to be tricky.
    4. There is one good center and one so-so right now.
    5. Taysom looks really good in drills, he runs good, cuts good, throws very well.
    6. The O line for games hasn't been seen yet.
    7. Receivers this spring didn't drop anything compared to two years ago and last year.
    8. Tight End questions still remain but it looks improved.
    9. Running backs look good against the D we have seen but don't know if that is really saying anything. Jamaal= +, Hine= +, Alisa=? A.J. Moore=+, P.Lasike=+ Nate Carter= ?
    10. QB backups look competent. Munns=Get better OK.
    11. Special teams is getting much needed attention.
    12. If Jacob Hannemann plays football like he plays baseball we have a contender at DB.
    13. Fall kick of can't come soon enough.

  • Andrew_Streeter High Point, NC
    April 6, 2013 1:45 a.m.

    @gdog3finally - Its important to name a starter as early as possible so that guy can further establish himself as a leader - among other things.

    @The Deuce - What are you even talking about? Why can't you let the season actually get here and start to unfold before you throw out over-dramatic silliness like that? This team clearly isn't being run the same as last year - there's a TON of new staff and new players. These coaches get paid a lot of money to evaluate talent and coach players - and we as fans don't. I think they know what they need to do to be as successful as possible.

    You will never be happy if you continue to compare future BYU teams to the "great teams of prior BYU years". That's ridiculous and unfair to the kids playing now.

  • The Deuce Livermore, CA
    April 5, 2013 11:16 p.m.

    Does it seem that we have seen this movie before? The Cougars seem to repeat history and we all know what happened last year. Is this program for real or does it always seem like the circus is in town. This is not like the great teams of prior BYU years.

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    April 5, 2013 9:58 p.m.

    Doesn't matter who they name as starter, BYU quarterbacks are always great.

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    April 5, 2013 9:57 p.m.

    Nice article. It seems the obvious starter will be Taysom Hill, but as in year's past Y coaches haven't always made the decision cut and dry till nearer to the season. Just please no two quarterback offensive rotation scheme. It just doesn't work. Here's to hoping that Mangum and Olsen are as good as advertised. Hill's style of play is risky, leaving him only one hit away from the second string being called up.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    April 5, 2013 9:42 p.m.

    Q & A with Anae and Bronco just sounds awesome.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    April 5, 2013 8:49 p.m.

    Why would Bronco name a starter this early?