BYU's Michael Davis moved from receiver to cornerback — again

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  • Sendero1 Mesa, AZ
    Aug. 9, 2014 12:46 p.m.

    If they're serious about turning him into a truly successful cornerback, they need to redshirt him this year and let him get fully ready for the post-Jordan Johnson era, when they will be cornerback-poor again. Jerking the guy around by switching his position three weeks before this year's season opener is otherwise just plain stupid, in the absence of compelling reasons like season-ending injuries to starting players. I hope they've thought this through better than the article would indicate.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 7, 2014 6:24 p.m.




  • Surf is Up Miami, FL
    Aug. 7, 2014 11:08 a.m.

    @ekute. You mean KW, the team (Dres and company), and much of uteville, during preseason every year don't talk about how they are going to compete in the P12, and earn the respect of the other teams, aim for the Rose bowl, but that it will be so, so difficult blah, blah, blah?

    The "respect for effort" sentiment is embedded in so much of what U guys post and ute coaches/players say to the media.

    I can read; and I see U guys post this stuff all the time. Right after U disrespect BYU (on BYU threads) U eventually go into damage control, preemptively claiming how the ute SOS is likely going to explain why post season isn't going to happen. Again.

    Don't delude yourself. It is there. Your bias just obscures if from your consciousness.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Aug. 7, 2014 8:09 a.m.

    Surf is Up,

    I've never heard anybody from the Ute program "talking" or claiming "respect for effort". Your off base, Mr. Romney is dead on and he got your goat.

  • Surf is Up Miami, FL
    Aug. 6, 2014 11:08 p.m.

    @Michael Romney I imagine this year will go like every other year for utah. Lots of talk and little walk. Although K.W wouldn't admit it, his mid major team is set up to play a ridiculously hard schedule in hopes of having others respect them for the effort. After utah crashes hard and sees their dreams of a their first bowl game in three years obliterated early on in the season, it will be hard for utah fans to even convince themselves their program is meaningful, and certainly not worthy off a P5 membership. Senior day against whatever team will be trouncing them that doay wont do anything to persuade anyone otherwise

    So they will spend all their time posting to BYU articles and nipping at the cougars' heels.

  • CaliCougar Claremont, California
    Aug. 6, 2014 5:46 p.m.

    Great move regarding Davis. He has all the skills to become a great cornerback. Hope we leave him there and let him develop.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Aug. 6, 2014 4:23 p.m.

    Well, gee, are there not more like Kurtz, Nelson, and Leslie out there that BYU can pick up next year and the year after that? And, if not, it's just football, a GAME that big boys play.

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 2:05 p.m.

    We talk the talk real good and we will crash our teams early on and be relevant and purswade everyone otherwise that we belong with the big boy conferences just wait and see and mark it down.

    Go Utes!

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 1:42 p.m.

    Of course, the Cougars have plenty of depth at receiver, including newcomers like Jordan Leslie, Nick Kurtz, Devon Blackmon and Keanu Nelson.


    They can't look at it like that. They have plenty of depth right now but Leslie, Nelson and Apo leave after the season and then Mathews, Kurtz and Blackmon leave the year after that. Davis needs time to develop as a WR and learn to run routes, etc. We don't have a lot of speed at that position after him.

    I like the idea of him learning to play corner (if he remains there) and think Bronco and staff need to pick one spot and leave him there.

  • Michael Romney Salt Lake, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 12:52 p.m.

    I imagine this year will go like every other year for byu. Lots of talk and little walk. Although Holmoe wouldn't admit it, he set up this ridiculously bad schedule in hopes of having a quest for perfection. After byu crashes hard and sees those dreams obliterated early on in the season, it will be hard for byu fans to even convince themselves their program is meaningful. Senior day against Tennessee Technical Institute wont do anything to persuade anyone otherwise

  • daver Provo, 00
    Aug. 6, 2014 10:20 a.m.


  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Aug. 6, 2014 9:41 a.m.

    "The things that matter most must never be at the mercy of those that matter least." (Goethe)

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 9:23 a.m.

    Thanks for the nice statements gdog, I hope you are correct.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 6, 2014 1:49 a.m.

    Yes there is some drama on who is running with the first team (defensive players). But Bronco will have his defense ready and if I was a BYU fan I would be excited about the offense right now. Taysom Hill should be much improved which is exciting given his physical tools (talent). Anae will have the offense more in tune this year. And then there is Jamaal Williams and this Jordan Leslie to be stoked about. BYU might just have the most playmakers they have had in a long time.

  • wahului Stockton, CA
    Aug. 6, 2014 1:32 a.m.

    Another thhing to consider is the number of seniors starting on defense in key positions. Don't know for sure, but I suspect Bronco may want to use fall camp to get some of the newer guys more up to speed...he may be looking ahead at the bigger picture. Not such a bad idea.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 12:06 a.m.

    Michael Davis could be a good receiver, but could really make an impact in the defensive backfield, particularly at the corner position. I can see why they moved him back. But I'm pretty sure Michael Davis is not the fastest guy on the team. I believe that title may now belong to that new Devon Blackmon guy (which is why I hope they use him on kick returns). The team is much deeper and more athletic at the wide receiver position than I think it has ever been probably under Coach Mendenhall's tenure.

  • IdahoCoog Malad City, ID
    Aug. 6, 2014 12:06 a.m.

    Here's a thought... why don't we use him part-time at O and D. Langi also... for the first game, UCONN, we may be short on RB's. So since he likely won't get much time at LB, why not let him play a few plays at both LB, and a few at RB? least FOR THE FIRST GAME, AND SINCE HE ALREADY WEARS #21, and Williams won't be playing, it ought to work out fine.

    Also, though I agree in Bronco's punishment, and like the direction of the team under his coaching, but unless the infraction is a real bad case there should be no suspensions, because suspensions don't only hurt him, but it may reach out and bite his teammates with his punishment if they lose... it may end up punishing the fans who may expect victory but find the team suffering a Virginia like debacle defeat that sets the whole program back for this year. Have the punishments all be a positive influence like extra conditioning, running the stairs daily, or doing more up-downs. Let them work off their punishment in a way that no one gets punished but them.

  • Back Talk Federal Way, WA
    Aug. 5, 2014 11:59 p.m.

    I would wager that the problems with the players has nothing to do with being "dark and sinister". Poor choices regarding things college kids do is not sinister.

    As always, Mendenhall makes things worse with the way he tries to communicate. Would like to see them just be upfront with suspensions (just say violation of teams rules like most teams do). The Takitaki situation is another communication blunder. If he got kicked off the team and then readmitted so soon after, I would think that warrants an explanation. Very glad to see him with the team again.

  • golsen7 Bonneville, ID
    Aug. 5, 2014 11:30 p.m.

    Dirty laundry should Never be aired. That should be between them and the coach.
    We can all see that they are being punished because they were expected to be playing with the first string and they are not. So the media will continue to ask questions or comment about it until the start of the season.
    So why not say they broke team rules and will be out for x amount of time and adding no specifics. Could be minor could be major we wouldn't know.
    I am sure I have done worse things than they have done when I was young so I don't care what they did or didn't do and don't want to know.
    Because I am interested in the team like the rest of you commenting here I am interested in how long they will might be suspended and how it will affect the team.
    To me I am already proud of them, coming into situation where they are a minority and trying to do their best here.

  • souptwins Lindon, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 10:42 p.m.

    Couple of positive things to come out lately-- Takitaki is with the team and expected to play (if good enough). Brown should be cleared to play any time and it was academic not honor code (faster to clear up). The receivers are deep and playing well enough that Davis can be moved to defense. That kind of speed is always a plus in your secondary especially when it's a player with experience at the position. It's all good and the season can't start soon enough. Go Coug's!!

  • Lambo Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 9:36 p.m.

    I'd like to see Davis as a punt returner since he is the fastest guy on the team. I think Mendenhall is right to keep things confidential regarding players. None of our business why players are playing or not and it to not always fair for us to assume a player has violated the honor code if they are running with the twos. Sometimes other players just vary in their performance and other players step up and play harder.

  • flatlander Omaha, NE
    Aug. 5, 2014 9:19 p.m.

    If their not practicing their not playing. I don't understand all the hype about them the other day how the corners would be back, providing leadership etc and now this. Like people can't see they are not practicing with the first team.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 9:07 p.m.

    The picture shows he's got great hands.

  • byutahalum Sandy, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 8:02 p.m.

    It's not really messing with his college career. He gets the same scholarship on defense as he does on offense. It only matters if anyone thinks there is potential to go pro, and consider how rare that really is.

    With regard to the kid and the suspension, forget the school, the church and the press. Would you rather have your dirty laundry aired out by the press and be peppered with questions about it your entire career, or just keep your mouth shut and let it go away? They're doing the right thing by the kid, by not broadcasting violations. Bronco has said, if the kid wants to talk, can and will, but it's not coming from the university. That's the right approach.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 7:47 p.m.

    “Most issues that we have in the program, I’d prefer to handle that all internally and as discreetly as possible,”

    In other words "We don't want to embarrass the church or they might shut us down."

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Aug. 5, 2014 7:36 p.m.

    "It is also ridicules not to say if the players are suspended or not"

    Why? Do you really need to know the dark and sinister things people do? Would you want everyone knowing your mistakes? We need to stop being the coach and just enjoy being the fan.

  • golsen7 Bonneville, ID
    Aug. 5, 2014 7:16 p.m.

    They just need to leave him at one position. They are messing with his college career.
    It is also ridicules not to say if the players are suspended or not. It actually draws more attention to it. You don't have to call it honor code violations just say it is for not keep team rules and don't specify which ones. Then no comment the rest of it. The media will the hang of it if you are consistent. That is how other schools handle it. Otherwise it seem so amateurish.

    Aug. 5, 2014 6:03 p.m.

    It has got to be tough to be switched back and forth, but if Davis is better career-wise to be a corner and the team has a greater need there, then I hope it works out the best for both Michael and the team.

    Go Cougars!