Dick Harmon: Summer musings by BYU's Anae prove to have merit in fall camp

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  • cougarcoisa LEHI, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 11:13 p.m.

    One reason John Beck didn't stick in the NFL was an inability to punch it in for touchdowns despite moving the offense and completing a respectable percentage. Last year BYU's offense looked very similar, able to move between the 20's but unable to score 6 as often as they should have.

    Once the defense compresses within those last 20 yards it is much harder to score against good defenses. IMO, there are a couple of ways to fix this. First, dominate the line of scrimmage, run the ball effectively, and create mismatches with 1on1 LB coverage by involving the TE and RB in your passing scheme. Second, throw deep and score before you get into the Blue Zone and the defense compresses. Ideally, I hope we are able to do both, but John Beck would still be a QB in the NFL if he was willing to take some shots and score from outside the Blue Zone. Exciting to see if Cougs can add this arrow to the offensive quiver this season.

    Oh, BTW, if Taysom develops the deep ball accuracy the NFL will be drooling. As long as he sets his feet he is a very accurate passer!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 11:37 a.m.

    I can't wait to find out. You would think Hill has improved, but of course with BYU being an indepedent it is hard to judge how they should perform year to year because the schedule changes every year. It is easier to judge utah since 9 of 12 opponents stay the same and you have an idea of what those opponents are going to be in comparison to utah, but with BYU very few are repeats. It makes prognosticating a little bit harder.

    I'm optimistic and have no problem with fans that are thinking better things will happen this year but it is all just speculation with little to go off of imo. we can list the positives though.

    Hill should have improved.
    The Oline should have improved.
    The DB's should have improved and are deeper.
    The wr's look to be improved and deeper.
    Anae is in his 2nd year and the offense is installed and guys have experience with it.

    Those are all positives, but we'll have to wait to see if they result in a better record.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 3:37 a.m.

    Well it's about time

  • the world Woods Cross, UT
    Aug. 3, 2014 9:31 a.m.

    @schmed: "And Hill is more capable of finding them."

    That quote is from the article you just commented on.

  • IA Cougar West Des Moines, IA
    Aug. 3, 2014 6:50 a.m.

    I'm very optimistic vs a much lighter schedule this year. But everyone is optimistic in August. Let's revisit this in October! Go Cougs!

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Aug. 3, 2014 6:16 a.m.

    Mission Viejo, CA

    "Does anyone know if Hill can throw a medium range ball yet, let alone the long passes?"

    You watching from California and me from Virginia, I think Provo is a bit too far away for us to tell. But I'm sure we'll soon find out once the season begins. I too am very curious to find out.

    Go Cougars!

  • Lambo Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 3, 2014 5:57 a.m.


    Hill I read still struggles with the medium range ball. That was Max Halls specialty, so we got spoiled there for a few years with Hall to Pitta 20 yard chunks.

  • wahului Stockton, CA
    Aug. 3, 2014 2:11 a.m.


    Only the people who have seen Taysom play, read any of the myriad of articles from the last two days or seen the reports on practices know the answer to that one. Keep wondering.

  • schmed Mission Viejo, CA
    Aug. 2, 2014 11:27 p.m.

    Does anyone know if Hill can throw a medium range ball yet, let alone the long passes?

  • BYU DUDE Provo, UT
    Aug. 2, 2014 4:51 p.m.

    Go > "COUGARS"

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Aug. 2, 2014 4:38 p.m.

    Be still my heart! Doesn't mean a thing till they bring it against someone else's defense, but this time of year, it sure beats eating junk food.

    Go Cougars!!! Rise and SHOUT!!!!

  • Taysom4Heisman Heber City, UT
    Aug. 2, 2014 4:17 p.m.

    I don't know where the writer got his information, but Michael Davis is 6-2, Nick Kurtz is 6-6, and Mitch Matthews is a junior.

    I can't wait to see these wideouts! They sound like they are having tons of success against what is supposed to be a great secondary, as opposed to last year where they weren't very good against a depleted secondary.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 2, 2014 4:14 p.m.

    With all that talent at the receiver position, it looks like it will be a tough call to name starters and keep everybody happy. I truly hope that the coach relies on objective criteria and not play favorites. Unfortunately we have seen that that isn't always the case in college football.

    In other news Jake Heaps has been named the starter for Miami in their season opener against Louisville. The heir-apparent, Williams jacked up his ACL and the next in line failed his drug test. That resulted in Heaps moving to the top of the position list. Good for him! It will be interesting to see what he does with a talented supporting cast.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    Aug. 2, 2014 4:08 p.m.

    Things are looking better this year for BYU. They have had a very good defense the last several years, now it looks like they may have a good offense also. If they can put it together on both sides of the ball, they may have a breakout season. At least I'm hoping so. Go Cougars.