BYU football: Cougars look to continue to become balanced offensively

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  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Oct. 8, 2013 8:55 p.m.

    It's hard to develop consistency when you are missing players every week. Hopefully the injuries and suspensions can stop so they can manage to put the same guys on the field every game and thus have a chance to finally develop a rhythm.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Oct. 8, 2013 2:01 p.m.

    I, too, would be elated if BYU were to draw Utah as their opponent in the Kraft Fight For Hunger Bowl, provided both teams are bowl eligible. However, would not like to see Utah win that one. The coaches and team need to get Utah, and specifically, Kyle Whittingham out of their minds. BYU, next time they play Utah, needs to focus on the fact that it is just another game that is there to win and forget about Utah having won the last 4, and the pressure that brings..

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Oct. 8, 2013 11:33 a.m.

    Notre Dame and Wisconsin are beatable this year. I think that the games against those teams will tell us if there is anything to shout about this year. But my consistent disappointment is that they don't win the big games. Texas is a decent team that the Cougars beat, but only only only because one play worked almost every time, the QB run. That says it all. There are teams preparing for that, so BYU has to come with a real game plan. Go Cougars! I'm cheering for you, but my expectations remain low until you bring me something more than the QB draw.

  • ChristoperB Salt Lake, UT
    Oct. 8, 2013 11:15 a.m.


    Just like the victory you got this year?

    And last year?

    And the year before?

    And the year before

    Lick your wounds and be thankful you don't have to lose to your rival for another 3 years.

  • coloradoblue Grand Junction, CO
    Oct. 8, 2013 10:09 a.m.

    I disagree with mindgames. I would love to see BYU play Utah in the Fight Hunger Bowl. I think a rematch would give us a good victory and put the issue at rest for a couple of years.

  • The Solution Dayton, OH
    Oct. 8, 2013 9:08 a.m.

    I understand what your are saying, but run plays were limited for Jamaal by design. Mendenhall was still concerned for his health. We will see a gradual increase in his carries, but it won't be back to where it was all at once.

    There are two things I would like the offense to focus on in improving this next game. First, the 0-line needs to block better consistantly. Then I would like to see Taysom trust his receivers more by releasing the ball earlier on timed routes, especially the comebacks. In my mind he has proven he can accurately pass the deep ball. Teams will not be double covering Hoffman much longer other receivers keep performing. Then Hoffman will be able to breakout again and set BYU records.


  • dustman Gallup, NM
    Oct. 8, 2013 8:22 a.m.

    Hill needs to share the ball. He found Matthews, but he needs to remember that there are at least two other very good receivers on that team. He needs to let Williams run the ball. By involving other players on the field, he'll see the difference. You can't use your team to get you close to the endzone, only to run it in yourself.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Oct. 8, 2013 8:11 a.m.

    Wayne Rout
    El Paso, TX

    "I hope it is real."

    Welcome back brother! I too hope it's "real." I hope it's real against GT, Boise, Houston and Nevada Reno, but if it is, they won't get credit yet for being real real.

    And if it's real against ND AND Wisconsin, it still won't be real to our red brethren in the northern parts of the land, but to the rational people (everyone else), it will be the real deal kind of real.


  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Oct. 8, 2013 7:46 a.m.

    I hope it is real.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Oct. 8, 2013 7:27 a.m.

    If BYU can repeat Saturday what it did against USU, the rest of the season looks very entertaining. If not I'm still very exctited about Hill's potential. We are just seeing glimpses, not a finished product.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 8, 2013 6:40 a.m.

    Exciting time to be a Cougar fan. I hope we have some receivers in the open this Saturday.

    Go Cougars!

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Oct. 8, 2013 6:06 a.m.

    I think BYU has a long way to go on offense, both passing and rushing. There is no dominant rusher this year, except the QB, which is the worst rushing strategy in college football, EVER. And the sure sign of a great passing offense is when there are 6-8 receivers who are a serious threat. Finally, a great offensive team has a QB and Offensive Coordinator who can mix it up to take advantage of all these strengths. On a scale of 1 to 10 in the overall offense, I would give BYU about a 2. There's a very long way to go, so my advice to BYU is to keep working very hard. One good game for 1 receiver and 1 running back against a team whose QB is down (resulting in poor intensity for the whole team), does not tell me much. But it is a start. Keep moving ahead Cougars. Please bring it all to the field every play. I wish you well.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Oct. 8, 2013 12:08 a.m.

    There are no substitutes for experience. I only wish the game against GT was week 3 and Utah was this week. The experience Hill gained is showing through. Hill will prove to be one of the top 5 QBs in BYU history by the time his senior year is complete.

    Hill and Williams will both run for 1,000 yards by season end, nobody questions his ability to run.

    But it's his passing that will improve week by week. I had my doubts about his arm after the first three games, but I doubt no more. Mathews, Hoffman, Falslev and Thompson will all put up impressive receiving numbers by seasons end.

  • mindgames Aurora, CO
    Oct. 7, 2013 10:34 p.m.

    The team has started to round out. Beginning this year there was a huge question mark around the offensive line and the defensive backs and the kicking game.

    As the season progressed those issues were answered fairly well and the question of the passing game became the focus. Now that seems to have settled in and now half way into the season the team is hitting its stride and BYU should have a great showing at home against Ga. Tech, away at Houston, and back home against Boise State.

    Then the home stretch with games at Notre Dame and Wisconsin and a home game against Idaho.

    Then end the season on a sky high note against Nevada in the KVN Going Home Bowl.

    And then the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl versus a PAC-10.2 team (thankfully not Utah since they will not be bowl eligible, unless they get a 4-8 exception).

    The USU win was a big step for the new offense. As for the defense they have been huge and continue to keep the opponents on their heals. Even when Chuckie was in the game it was all KVN and BYU's defense.

    Goooooooooooo Cougars!!!

    BYU 9-3