Cougsndawgs:I agree that Leslie has proven himself at the college level,
but that doesn't mean he is proven in this offense. He racked up yards at
UTEP while playing against lowly C-USA teams.For him to come in for
fall camp and immediately understand the offense and develop a strong
relationship with Taysom within a few weeks... that is why he is unproven.The same deal goes for Kurtz and Blackmon. Sure, they have proven
themselves at the JC level, but it's different when you're playing at
Texas the second week of the season than when you're playing San Diego
Community College or whoever they went up against.
No worries! With the schedule that holmoe put together, every position from
bronco down to the water boys will have an outstanding season. Records will be
broken at the home games at les, byu-provo.
I was mistaken, Leslie had 2,015 yards receiving on 125 receptions for UTEP. I
thought it was 2,400 but my memory was obviously wrong. Still a talented player
who has proven he's capable on the field.
Darren Rowe:I agree with a lot of what you said, but actually Jordan
Leslie is very proven. Over 2400 yards at UTEP (only started two years...not
bad), and is very familiar with coach Halliday and his philosophies. Also, the
two receivers with the most potential are JC guys who aren't as green and
unproven as HS kids. There's definitely reason for optimism,
but because receivers depend on so many other factors for success, it really
becomes unclear how great these WRs will be.
wallyballSALT LAKE CITY, UT"BYU football brings out the
ongoing struggle between the realists and the optimists. It is much easier being
optimistic in the spring, but is is hard when the harsh reality of so-so season
eventually settles in once again."True but for BYU a so-so
season is anything that isn't perfect. Even when we start with low
expectations they rise, and they keep rising until the team performs under them.
This is the time of "it could be." No matter how well they
perform, that gets replaced with "it could've been."
Lets hope none of them are reading and believing the press.Too much
promise, too little results when it counts.Show up, play and finish the
I think this year's WR's have a higher ceiling than we've had in
a long time. However, there is a lower floor as well. Last year, we pretty much
knew what we were getting with Hoffman, Ridley, Falslev, Apo, and Friel.This year, we know that Apo will be decent but not great. But Matthews,
Kurtz, Blackmon, Davis, and Leslie all have the potential to be stars. However,
they are all very unproven.This year's wideouts remind me of
2004, with Watkins and Collie new to the offense. Even though the team as a
whole wasn't great, we could throw the deep ball better than most teams out
there. Watch out for this year to be similar.
I think some BYU fans spend too much time being meek and apologetic to keep the
haters at bay. I've done it myself. Yes, we should be realistic and wear
the blue-colored glasses only on game day but, come on. We're fans-- short
for fanatic! I'm okay with people being optimistic. I'm okay with
going for an undefeated season. If you don't think you have a shot to win
every game you play, why play in the first place? Should a coach or team start
a season saying they're aiming for .500? That's crazy! It's not
being delusional or arrogant. It's being a competitor! Frankly, I'd
like to see more mad abandon, take-no-prisoners competitive spirit in BYU
football. Sometimes I think that's exactly what the team has lacked in the
past. Let's get excited, emotional, riled up and all that stuff. Go
If Apo starts at the beginning of the season it should tell us all we need to
know about BYU's receiving corps this year....mediocre at best.
BYU football brings out the ongoing struggle between the realists and the
optimists. It is much easier being optimistic in the spring, but is is hard when
the harsh reality of so-so season eventually settles in once again.
Could be a awesome year!
I can understand the trolls. Sarcasm and biting remarks is what trolls do.But some of the faithful have really turned all gloomy-face. Come on,
guys! We're BYU! Optimism is what WE do.Yes, hope is high,
expaectations are high, we have no experience this year to be contrary. Enjoy
the pre-season! That's what the pre-season is for. As the year wears on,
reality will probably set in, maybe even exceeding our fears.But
lighten up, everyone. Spring is on it's way and hope springs anew. Life
is good: don't waste it being grumpy about things that haven't
Like others have said, I've heard all this before. It rarely comes out
during the games. Regardless of the receiver skills, it takes a quarterback
who can throw and an offensive scheme that supports a passing game. I
don't see Bronco being committed to throwing quarterbacks. He's been
reading too many Woody Hayes books.
Does it really matter how good the receivers are if the QB misses open targets
caption under the photo should be changed to Apo misses a catch that he should
Yeah, there's always optimism this time of year, but despite losing Van Noy
and Hoffman, they have made marked upgrades at WR, DB, OL, a solid RB and LB
corps returning, another year of experience for Taysom Hill, etc. I expect that
this will be the best BYU team on the field since Max Hall was running the
Have heard that before. Hope they show up during the season.
Broken record! Cougars need to come out of the gate, ready to GO! No more 4
weeks into the season, to get it going!
This is probably BYUs most talented position group right now with some of the
biggest talent yet to arrive. But talent only takes you so far...play calling
from Anae, the Oline, Taysom polishing his passing game will all play into how
high and how far these talented receivers can take BYU. And of course their work
ethic...Apo I'm looking at you.