BYU football: Cougars working to get 2 quarterbacks ready to play this fall

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  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Aug. 7, 2013 6:47 p.m.

    St Louis, MO

    While I agree this isn't rocket science, it does appear as recent as last year to be a new concept up on the hill. Any news from there about qb depth?

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Aug. 7, 2013 5:13 p.m.

    Could not agree more with Y-Dad. Nobody knows how good BYU or Utah QB's are going to be until they play the games. To assert that MidMajor BYU is beneath Mighty PAC12 Utah's notice and vice versa is childish, but amusing. I smile when my grandkids do their childish things and smile with the SMAK posters go at it. Childish, but hey, worth a smile or two.

    I like the Gary Cooper way. Walk into town, keep your mouth shut. At high noon, walk into the street and plug the bad guys, get on the train and ride out of town. For now, I'd rather have people underestimating the Cougars. Most of the teams we play this year don't really respect BYU. That's good. Sadly, the Utes do know that it takes a mighty effort to beat them, and they come to play.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 7, 2013 4:45 p.m.

    Y Grad / Y Dad
    Richland, WA

    Maybe you can put both these guys on your screen saver.

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    Aug. 7, 2013 4:32 p.m.

    Y Grad/Dad, many of those Utah players on NFL rosters date from 2004 to 2012 so they have no reason to mumble per your assertion. Where do you dream up these fantasies?

    J-TX, Hill's 2012 QB rating was 122.4, Wilson's was 122.2. You're right that's a huge gap

    Big Samoan, you nailed it!

  • Wasatch Al South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 7, 2013 4:16 p.m.

    Why not use both quarterbacks in alternating possessions during games? Hasn't that worked well for BYU in the recent past.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Aug. 7, 2013 2:22 p.m.

    Syracuse, UT

    Something I've wondered... When NFL players get together, and discussion turns to where they played their college ball, do Utah players kinda mumble out of the side of their mouths? "Oh, yeah, we'll, I played for mmmmtnnnh."

    Because for having 31 players in the NFL, besides three in a row over their rival, they've got NOTHING to show for it except a lot of losses to the "highest level of competition."

    IF a BYU fan took pride in having the 4th best logo in college football, it couldn't be much more stupid than the "we're so much better than you because we have more NFL players" train of thought. Seems to me having that kind of talent with so little to show for it should be kind of embarrassing.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Aug. 7, 2013 11:29 a.m.

    This is mind-blowing stuff! You should have a quality backup QB on your roster? That's revolutionary! And the QB coach thinks both guys look good in pre-season, non-contact drills and scrimmages? To that I say "WOO HOO!!" Man, it's going to be our year!

    Hey, I realize this is the off-season and there ain't much "real" news to report, but doesn't everyone look good in pre-season workouts? I look forward to the first time a coach says his incumbent QB and/or backup look lousy and he expects them to struggle. It's like the recent piece that said Hill was looking forward to being The Guy. What else is he going to say?

  • ImaCaMan Oceanside, CA
    Aug. 7, 2013 11:19 a.m.

    Did they get that "we're having problems getting the ball hiked back to the quarterback" thing fixed that was mentioned yesterday?

  • FatMan86 West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 7, 2013 11:17 a.m.

    2 quarterbacks this year will be exactly 2 quarterbacks more than they had a year ago.

  • SportsFan Orem, UT
    Aug. 7, 2013 10:53 a.m.


    Remind us how many Utah quarterbacks have been Super Bowl or NFL MVP's.

    Even recently, John Beck, Max Hall, and even Brandon Doman have had more successful NFL careers than your Sugar Bowl MVP QB - at least each of BYU's QBs made an NFL roster.

  • MacNasty Rexburg, ID
    Aug. 7, 2013 10:50 a.m.

    Re: MidMajor4ever @ 10:21 am

    We are talking College football quarterbacks here. Besides Alex Smith, how many of those "31" were drafted as quarterbacks?

    What were the Utes' final poll standings in 2011 and 2012 as those are the years your Utes belonged to the PAC?

    Tell us MidMajor4ever, what has the U of U football team done in the PAC to even be considered relevant other than beating 1 PAC team with a winning record?

    To this point, Utah is in the PAC but certainly not of it.

  • MidMajor4ever Syracuse, UT
    Aug. 7, 2013 10:21 a.m.

    @ J-TX

    Allen, TX

    "Either of these guys is better than what the Utes will put on the field at QB."

    I'm sure you are right. BYU players are much better than the PAC-12 Utah players. Someone should make the NFL aware of the Cougar talent since only 13 players are on NFL rosters. How in the world could Utah have 31 players on NFL rosters?

    Let's see how their stats look at the end of the year after BYU plays their first ever respectable schedule.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Aug. 7, 2013 10:05 a.m.

    Either of these guys is better than what the Utes will put on the field at QB.

  • Tilka PORTLAND, OR
    Aug. 7, 2013 8:35 a.m.

    Wasn't Olsen at SUU? BYU decided to take him after his mission because of losing Heaps. So if he wasn't good enough for BYU coming out of High School I think it is a bit premature to anoint Olsen as a potential top D-1 player.

  • EdGrady Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 7, 2013 8:21 a.m.

    Can I make a suggestion? If the clock is winding down and the game is no longer in question - don't run a quarterback keeper. Just sayin...

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Aug. 7, 2013 6:49 a.m.

    Something tells me QB performance will be much improved over the last three years. Can't wait for the kick off on August 31.

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Aug. 7, 2013 6:21 a.m.

    Sometimes I just wished fans will stop with all the mindless and ridiculous preseason hype! It's all fine and dandy if things turns out well but it's not worth the pain when the predictions flops. It's no wonder the haters keep hating and piling on us. We keep doing it to ourselves. Will we ever learn?

    Go Cougars! Good luck to the Utes too!

  • JoeCoug OREM, UT
    Aug. 7, 2013 6:14 a.m.

    I agree with souptwins...easy now, Mindgames. 54-10 and whatever was last year's squeeker, they own us right now. I am confident the Cougars will play well, but I shant be talking any smack. If the Cougars execute well, eliminate turnovers and put pressure on their quarterback we will win. Otherwise it's going to be a long day at LES...

  • JMT Springville, UT
    Aug. 7, 2013 6:12 a.m.

    With Hill's style of play and his less than stellar throwing we should expect to get to know Olsen well. I'm excited to see how this turns out. The bigger question is the defense, which is the biggest reason BYU did so well last year. Without Ziggy et Al it would have been painful.

    I'm looking forward to Virginia at the end of the month.

  • souptwins Lindon, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 10:51 p.m.

    Mindgames---Careful there sport. Karma can really hurt. Hate to see you on the receiving end of the bad kind.

  • mindgames Aurora, CO
    Aug. 6, 2013 9:10 p.m.

    “They look good. You can tell from where we left off in the spring they’ve been working hard this summer,” Beck said. “They’re a little further ahead in some things than they were in the spring. They’ve had a good summer; they’ve worked hard; they’re in good shape; and they’ve picked up more of the offense.”

    Great news, backup quarterbacks are necessary in todays college football. And the way BYU has opted for the hurry up offense there will be plenty of time left in games for Ammon to get quality snaps. Some call it running up the score when we have our backup quarterback throwing touchdown passes in the third quarter leading 42-7 but it is simply giving him game experience for a quarter and a half.

    Live with it Utah, its your turn to feel the pain.

  • royalblue Alpine, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 8:22 p.m.

    Smart move. It's always wise to have a backup quarterback ready to step in at a moment's notice. All it takes is one hit for your backup to become your starter.

    Frankly, both are good enough to be starters.