3 BYU running backs looking to compensate for Williams' absence in opener

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  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 12, 2014 2:35 p.m.

    @ Riverton Cougar

    Their non-conf. schedules are both pretty weak. I'm sure it will raise significantly once we're into conf. play though.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 9:08 a.m.

    It's funny how important SOS is to Ute fans when BYU's schedule isn't as strong, but dance around the issue when some others' schedules are brought up.

    So Ute fans, what i Oklahoma's SOS and what is Alabama's SOS? Are you going to go mock them on their boards?

  • fan in orem Orem, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 9:03 a.m.

    Tucket: It was Ryan Hancock.

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 7:30 a.m.

    @whosir you are right because we are #57 and that’s really neat! Because everyone can see we are premiere big boy conference brothers now so we are moving forward and sideways to pac glory and that’s really neat we are #57!

    Go Utes!

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Aug. 10, 2014 6:03 p.m.

    Adam is a remarkable athlete.

    In addition to his skill-set as an RB...

    His running style is particularly suited to returning kickoffs.

    When BYU gets close to the goal line, one option would be to move him to a WR spot...

    No CB in America can out-jump him on a fade route.

    Hope he has a successful year.

  • Taysom4Heisman Heber City, UT
    Aug. 10, 2014 12:35 p.m.

    @Who am I sir?

    How will utah prepare for the season? In practices have the sound system simulate a crowd chanting "We're 5-7! We're 5-7!"

    Honestly, your SOS trophy means nothing until you do something against it. I could throw New Mexico State into the Pac-12 and they could miss a bowl game too. Having a strong schedule does not make you a good team. Winning makes you a good team.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Aug. 10, 2014 10:16 a.m.

    Who is after these three backs? They may need them. I also wonder if we have a decent 3rd QB. One year the 4th or 5th QB had to carry the load and did very well. I don't recall his name, but he went on into minor league baseball.

  • Just Wondering... Gilbert, AZ
    Aug. 10, 2014 10:01 a.m.

    ...why all the schedule smack? You do know that Alabama's OOC schedule is West Virginia (#67), Southern Miss (#115), Florida Atlantic and Western Carolina, right? I guess that means that the Crimson Tide aren't really that good this year either?

    I know, they play in the SEC, but only four of their opponents are ranked in the top 25, and they play 7 games at home. I guess by your logic, if they go undefeated, then they will be left out of the new playoffs because they didn't play a very hard schedule? Riiiggghhhttt.....

  • Cougs4Life Gilbert, AZ
    Aug. 10, 2014 9:42 a.m.

    @ Whoamisir,

    You play who's on the schedule. Don't forget that the #54 team in the country turned down the opportunity to play BYU at RES this year because it would be too hard.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 10, 2014 8:17 a.m.

    How to prepare for UConn? In practices have the sound system simulate a "crowd" chanting, "We're Number 115*! (repeat over and over)"

    It will be interesting to see if it is a tougher test to play Connecticut and Middle Tennessee (#99) away or Nevada (#80 and UNLV (#108) at home.

    *Rankings are by Phil Steele)

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 10, 2014 12:18 a.m.

    Amen to what's been said. I have every confidence in Lasike, Brown and Hine (and maybe some carries by Trey Dye) to fill the void left by Williams. We have bigger areas of concern heading into the season, like getting the secondary into form and getting some consistency from our kicking game and punter.

  • Taysom4Heisman Heber City, UT
    Aug. 9, 2014 9:10 p.m.

    To say the backfield will be just as good without Williams is ridiculous. He is one of the best running backs in the country.

    However, to say that our backfield won't be effective without Williams is also ridiculous. Our other 3 backs are very talented. We will be just fine.

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    Aug. 9, 2014 6:43 p.m.

    The UConn game will be an eye opener for a lot of people. Specifically, they will realize that the loss of Williams is not as big of a loss as they thought.

    The irrefutable fact is that the combination of Hine, Lasike, and Brown will be just as effective as Williams, if not even more effective. Those three have skills that will more than compensate for Williams' absence.

    There is no doubt that Williams accomplished a lot last year. But there is no doubt that he monopolized the vast majority of the carries.

    Any one of the other running backs would have been just as effective if given the same number of carries. Don't forget that Hine out rushed Williams in the Idaho State game, on fewer carries. BYU will be just fine.

  • GD Syracuse, UT
    Aug. 9, 2014 6:07 p.m.

    I really like Brown at running back. He is very gifted at finding the hole and hitting it quickly. He's a lot like Harvey Unga in that regard. We'll miss Williams but the other three are very good backs as well.