BYU football: Jamaal Williams, Taysom Hill are most prolific rushing duo in BYU history

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  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Dec. 23, 2013 12:43 p.m.

    I'll tell you what happened to the BYU passing attack. Mitch Mathews got injured. That meant defenses could concentrate on Cody Hoffman more, and nobody else stepped up. It's hard to replace 6-6. IF Mathews is healthy for the whole Wisconsin game, maybe things turn out differently. If he's available for Notre Dame, maybe things turn out differently. Who knows? Fact is, the prolific offenses of BYU's past had multiple guys who could catch the ball and do some damage. They don't have that right now. Thus, they rely on what they do have: guys who can run the ball.

  • Christy B Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 23, 2013 11:38 a.m.

    Chris B

    I checked the bowl schedule and discovered that none of our 4- and 5-star recruits have played in a bowl in almost 3 years. How can that be?

    We're an "elite" team in an "elite" conference and with all of our talent we still aren't good enough to be one of the 70 teams that play in a bowl every year?

    Maybe it's coaching. Has Whittingham ever considered changing offensive coordinators? It's worth a try, don't ya think?

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 23, 2013 10:45 a.m.

    they sure can run for lots of yards

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Dec. 23, 2013 9:21 a.m.

    Until BYU gets better with the offensive line, the hurry-up offense is a mere gimmick.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Dec. 23, 2013 6:52 a.m.

    Good. Bring it to the game, please. This will be a very tough game. I hope Robert Anae has been preparing himself.

  • bigirish OREM, UT
    Dec. 23, 2013 12:16 a.m.

    I still think that by TH relying on his legs so much, some of our great receivers didn't fare so well. I think he took the run option too quickly before waiting long enough or having enough on the ball to get it to Cody for one. I realize Cody was double covered a lot probably, but I feel sorry he didn't have a bigger receiving season. He was such a sure receiver and great playmaker - and who knows when we'll have someone as reliable as that again? Skyler had the same kind of hands and ran great routes, to compensate for not having the height of Cody. I just wish I knew Ross could be as reliable next year. Too many drops. Mitch Matthews could develop maybe. Can you teach great receiving? Or is it just in the hands? I guess we'll have to wait and see next year...and that's a long wait. Oh well, let's see what the bowl game brings. Will it be rebroadcast on BYUtv?

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Dec. 22, 2013 8:22 a.m.

    @ Rockarolla. Very well said, spot on analysis! BYU's very unique challenge is to keep athletics in harmony with its mission and reason for existing, not the other way around. Some potential athletes and students do not fit in with BYU's academics, its honor code and religious observance standards but others, such as Jamal Williams and Cody Hoffman (among many others) do very well, they even excel!

  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    Dec. 22, 2013 1:19 a.m.

    Training at 6,000? Try 4,500.

  • Rockarolla West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 10:34 p.m.

    BYU is an above average program. They are not in the upper 20 percent and they do move up and down the scale from year to year. Utah is in the same boat only a little lower on the national scale, same with Utah State. BYU's reciting board is quite a bit less than Utah's because of many factors. 1-the honor code. Many young men don't want to live the honor code and BYU doesn't want those kids either. Nothing against the Kids, BYU just has a different standard for all their students.2-academic qualifications. BYU's academic standards are higher than the U's and USU's. No partial qualifiers and allot of kids can't qualify. That includes LDS kids. Just because you are LDS doesn't mean you get in automatically. 3-BYU's experience is much different than any school in the world and some kids are not into that whole experience. It takes a different kind of athlete to attend BYU. It's really just that simpleā€¦Not Better Just Different. Many athletes want to be babied and pampered and aren't into the whole "school" thing. BYU is not for them!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 8:58 p.m.

    Thomasjefferson, so are you and byufaninwash saying byu is just an average football program? Because that's not what I hear from many byu fans here. If byu is a big time program, wouldn't they get their share of big time recruits? And again, "limited recruiting pool" doesn't explain anything since lds kids nationwide have a greater chance of going to byu than they do of going to any just random program, so in a way byu's recruiting pool is also expanded. So again, why do byu fans think they should just realize they will only be average athletes? Don't big programs get their share of big time recruits and above average recruits?

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Dec. 21, 2013 7:44 p.m.

    Everett, WA

    I prefer my dose of reality with a more healthy shot of blue kool aid, but you nailed it pretty concisely.

    I will always remember Lavel saying the reason he went with a passing offense was because he couldn't get old, slow returned missionaries to run-block competitively.

    Go hard go fast is a good theory; word of wisdom athletes who train at 6,000 should be able to out-run and gun their opponents. But how about a go fast pass offense? Quick openers to the tight ends, flair passes out of the backfield? I like that little option pass that gets the ball in the running backs' hands going full speed forward.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 7:00 p.m.


    Why does byu only get average talent? I thought tons of kids always grow up wanting to play at byu? And saying "recruiting pool is limited" doesn't explain why, because byu's recruiting pool is also expanded to lds kids nationwide, kids that wouldn't consider byu if they weren't lds.

  • BYUfaninWashSt Everett, WA
    Dec. 21, 2013 6:39 p.m.

    Since overall talent at BYU is somewhat average (maybe a little better than average), BYU has always needed a strategic advantage to consistently compete against and beat the good teams. That strategic advantage was always the passing game. A great running game alone will beat the lousy teams and occasionally a good team. It will never provide the advantage needed to win consistently against the better teams. If BYU cannot develop a good passing game, results will always reflect the past many years ... average teams, nothing to be especially proud of, as a fan. They will continue Running themselves into consistent mediocrity.

  • Funny/witty screen name Orem, UT
    Dec. 21, 2013 4:46 p.m.

    That's right they are!! Keep it up boys!! Lead us to victory!
    Go Cougs