BYU running backs coach Mark Atuaia feels confident heading into 2nd year on the job

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  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    July 7, 2014 9:56 a.m.


    You know what wasn't a "fluke" performance? travis wilson's performance against ucla, arizona, arizona st., osu.....

    Expect more of the same, and a similar record for utah this year.

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    July 7, 2014 9:41 a.m.


    It's laughable the whiny excuses jealous Utah fans have to invent every time BYU beats a team like Texas or Oklahoma.

    BYU rushed for more yards against Texas, 555 yards, than any other team in Texas history.

    You don't do that against any team, but especially against a team like Texas, with just a couple of fluke plays.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    July 6, 2014 3:35 p.m.

    th had a fluke performance against UT, yet was held below 100 yds vs Virginia/U/Wisc and had 101 against Notre Dame....He's a good athlete but unless there's drastic improvement in passing, he'll continue getting shut-down against their tougher opponents.

    byu would likely weather an injury to him exclusively due to the utter weakness of their schedule.

  • gchris rock springs, wy
    July 6, 2014 7:51 a.m.

    Why don't you ask Texas how much they "dominated" BYU ?

  • gchris rock springs, wy
    July 6, 2014 7:17 a.m.


    Hill was the 40th ranked passer in the NCAA; not bad when you consider that he was also the 19th ranked rusher among all ball carriers. If Hill got those rushing statistics from "running for his life," at least he is running in the right direction!

  • JSwaggDaddy Heber City, UT
    July 5, 2014 11:53 p.m.


    Williams- 1,233 yards, 5.7 ypc
    Lasike- 350 yards, 5.9 ypc
    Brown- 234 yards, 4.9 ypc
    Hine- 224 yards, 5.9 ypc

    The total yardage numbers for BYU's backups may look mediocre, but look at the yards per carry. That is anything but mediocre.

    The reason their total yardage wasn't higher is because they hardly got any carries. I remember multiple games where Hine hardly even touched it offensively. but when he did, he averaged 6 yards.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    July 5, 2014 10:15 p.m.

    @U-PAC - "Williams is an OK player but the rest of the BYU RBs are barely mediocre at best. The huge issue is the overall lack of talent on BYU's lines."

    Williams is an OK player? Come on! He was one of the top Sophomore RBs in the nation last year, and number 22 in rushing yards among all RBs, in spite of letting Hill rush for over 1300 yards. Most objective analysts would say this is more than OK. If he stays healthy, he will be the number 1 rusher in BYU history.

    As for your comments on the O line, please see Phil Steele's analysis for 2014. Hmmn, do I rely on U-PAC's analysis of the O line or Phil Steele? Tough decision, but I think I'll stick with Phil.

  • AggieAndee Holladay, UT
    July 5, 2014 10:14 p.m.

    Why do you need running backs at BYU? The QB gets afraid and runs for his life no matter what the play is.

    Why do you think Hill's passer stats are almost the worst in college football?

  • Darren Rowe Heber City, UT
    July 5, 2014 5:15 p.m.

    I have been really impressed with the job Atuaia has done. The running backs were arguably our best position group last year and should be again this year.

    I know he inherited some pretty good talent with Williams, but Lasike was still new to football, Brown was fresh off his mission, and Hine has had injury problems.

    But he still got this group to produce terrific results.

    And now it looks like Nate Carter will be a good option if we need to go there.

  • Pearl.94 Riverton, UT
    July 5, 2014 3:08 p.m.

    It sounds like Coach Atuaia is very enthusiastic. I wonder if the religious connection to the football programs at places like BYU and Notre Dame increases the pride and enthusiasm of the coaches. I don't know if coach Atuaia is LDS, but if he is, I wonder if that adds a little more zeal to his attitude than if he were working for a program not associated with his religion.

    Hopefully bringing up religion will not unleash a firestorm of negative conversation.

  • Robyuuki Lewisburg, PA
    July 5, 2014 1:14 p.m.

    I first met Mark while I was attending BYU-HC, and he was still in high school. He and his family are such committed people.

    Mark's eldest child was born new years even 1996. I was with him and his mother in the hotel lobby in Dallas that evening as he received the news of the birth. The next day was the historic cotton bowl.

    I caught up with Mark again, when serving in the quorum of the seventy, he was the MC of the poly - nation send of for Elder Bateman as he went into emeritus service.

    I am convinced that his heart is huge and committed to his beliefs, his school, his job and his running backs. No one could do better, and we could not ask for better