BYU quarterbacks are airing it out — is this a preview of things to come?

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  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Aug. 13, 2014 12:35 p.m.

    I agree that UCF will be BYUs toughest game. Travel to the east coast, on a short week (Thursday), against a talented team that won a BCS bowl game last year, and returns most of it's stellar defense.

    As for Boise, I agree. They will have to prove themselves now that Petersen is gone. However, they lost Dan Hawkins at the beginning of their hay day and continued to win, they've replaced QBs and continued to win. They didn't have as great a year last year but remember they only had two BCS bowl years with multiple 9-3, 11-1 or 2 seasons in between. Only time will tell, but yes, their past history gives them the benefit of the doubt at this point.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Aug. 13, 2014 11:51 a.m.


    So you're pointing out that Nevada will be less competitive than Colorado. On the other hand, BYU, Boise State, and Utah State will all be more competitive than either Utah or Colorado. Thanks for pointing that out.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 12, 2014 4:39 p.m.

    Two For Flinching
    Salt Lake City, UT

    @ Copacetic

    Just because I honestly don't know, what makes you think Boise St. and Nevada will be very competitive?


    According to Athlon Sports Nevada will as competitive as Colorado which is predicted to win a single game in the PAC-12 and Boise State as good as Utah/Utah State.

    #35 BYU 11-1 [Phil Steel's SOS #73]
    #46 Boise State 7-1 (11-2) [#66]
    #49 Utah State 6-2 (9-4) [#107]
    #54 Utah 4-5 (6-6) [#8]
    #71 Colorado 1-8 (4-8) [#24]
    #82 Nevada 5-3 (7-3) [#75]

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 12, 2014 1:56 p.m.

    @ Cougsndawgs

    I can see UNR taking a step forward, I just don't understand all the love Boise is getting though. I think BSU is just living on past hype right now.

    I agree completely about UCF. They return 9 or 10 guys on D, which was very fast and athletic to begin with. They just might turn out to be BYU's toughest game.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 12, 2014 1:53 p.m.

    @ Duckhunter

    Is there? Boise was just alright last year, and they lost their coach and their QB. I see that program taking a big step back from where they have been. Everybody still seems high on the Broncos, but I'm not sure what they're seeing. Thanks for adding some good "insight" and "value" to the conversation though. Clearly Utah's domination over BYU hasn't made you bitter or upset at all.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 7:29 p.m.

    I know you asked it honestly so I won't be as harsh as Duckster. Basically the media have Boise picked to win the mtn division and the MWC championship. Nevada was picked either first or second in the pacific division and most prognosticators have them being a very improved team from the young inexperienced team they had last year. That's what the "experts" are saying, but in the end only time will tell how well Boise can maintain their winning ways.

    I'm surprised no one is mentioning UCF who is picked to win the AAC by many experts. They have a VERY good defense and look to be loaded at WR as well, despite losing their Bortles. BYU may play at least 3 conference champions before the end of the season and several runners up (Houston, Nevada).

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 3:08 p.m.


    There is a lot more reason to believe Boise St. will be competitive this year than utah. Boise hasn't had back to back losing bowless seasons. Boise has beaten the living snot out of utah every time they've ever played including just a few years ago. In fact I doubt you can find one single national prognosticator or poll that has utah ranked higher, or predicted to be better, than Boise. Just sticking a pac12 next to utah's name didn't all of a sudden make them better than a program they have never beaten. lol

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Aug. 11, 2014 2:42 p.m.

    If I may chime in, Boise State HAS been good but has a new coach, they could relaod and be very tough, or they could fall off. Nevada is a bit more of a stretch. You make your own luck, but if they had had a few more lucky breaks, they would have had a much better season last year.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 2:00 p.m.

    @ Copacetic

    Just because I honestly don't know, what makes you think Boise St. and Nevada will be very competitive?

  • Sports Are Great Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 12:53 p.m.

    Y askY, Another copy and paste comment from you huh? Do you ever get bored writing the same comment over and over?

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    Aug. 11, 2014 12:37 p.m.


    Throwing, and especially the deep ball, is what BYU is ALL about.

    Go Cougars!

  • Laxman taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 12:32 p.m.

    I will have to wait and see. Articles are always possitive and with spin. The proof will be when Hill gets into live games, before we see if he still panics and runs.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Aug. 11, 2014 12:13 p.m.

    Logan, UT

    Amen! We don't have to play in Wyoming. Seriously, we have 6 games that are as good or better than we would have had in the MWC, and I can watch them all from the comfort of my home. We have a locked-in bowl game with a great destination and a probable decent opponent and the possibility of an excellent bowl game.

    And Wayne, you don't have to catch punts anymore, so you can stop asking. But for the record, self-centered, me-first mentality still won't get it done.

  • kaysvillecougar KAYSVILLE, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 12:07 p.m.

    @ Y ask Y, no qb factory in the last several decades. Several means more than 3 and decade is 10 yrs. What do you call John Beck, Max Hall, Ty Detmer or Steve Sarkesian. Jim McMahon, Steve Young and Robbie Bosco. All in the last SEVERAL decades. It will be fun to see how this offense develops. This could be a really fun season.

  • Copacetic Logan, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 11:44 a.m.

    @ Y-Ask-Y:

    Come-on guy. Quit feeling sorry for yourself and emphasizing negative things. Just because our schedule is not as tough as last year and there is no conference championship involved, there are still a dozen football games to get excited about.

    BYU takes on Texas, Virginia and California from Power-5 leagues. Plus they play 4 other very competitive teams in Utah State, Boise State, Houston and Nevada. Depending on how those opponents end up doing, BYU's strength of schedule could jump up significantly as the season progresses.

    USA Today already has BYU ranked in their Top-35 (out of 128 programs). Plus, BYU's schedule has enough in it that it could allow them to jump into the top-15 at some point.

    The schedule this year might allow BYU to take somewhat of a breather after their tough schedule last season and build some momentum going into tougher schedules the next two years.

    All things considered, if a person isn't a natural pessimist, there appears to be plenty to get excited about and to make this a very fun football year for BYU fans. Lift your head up.

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 11:21 a.m.

    Throwing deep and long on a regular basis reminds me of the days when BYU acquired notoriety from other football programs as developing the pass as a viable offensive weapon. It started with Virgel Carter and Gary Sheidi, and then onto Gifford Nielsen, Marc Wilson, Jim McMahon and Steve Young who all became College Football Hall of Famers... and also included Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer.

    Many passing records still standing today were set in those days when BYU football came of age. It eventually led to BYU achieving a National Championship. On 7 different occasions BYU quarterbacks finished as NCAA total offense leaders. Also, 3 of the top 5 college career passing efficiency leaders are quarterbacks from BYU.

    It would be fantastic if similar times were to start resurfacing. It will take throwing the deep long ball regularly and with some consistency. Nothing seems to ever excite fans more.

    To hear that's what's been happening in training camp this fall... with the QB's, receivers and coaches all excited about implementing this into the offensive could make this an exceptionally exciting year for both BYU players and fans. I'm getting excited already.

  • Y-Ask-Y? Provo, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 11:11 a.m.

    "The Quarterback Factory" has been out of commission for several decades. It is time to ramp it up again!

    But that's not likely without a great Offensive Line, unless we have a real scrambler in Hill.

    I just have a hard time getting excited about a weak schedule, no Conference standings or championship to fight for, and meaningless Bowl games.

    Go Cougs?

  • Pedro Sanchez Magna, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 10:03 a.m.

    What's the status with Mangum? Is he on a mission? Will he return for next season?

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Aug. 11, 2014 9:06 a.m.

    "But with two QBs jumping ship already to other schools..."

    I hadn't really thought about that, but really isn't it four QBs that could be on the current depth chart that have recently transferred? Jake Heaps (to Kansas and now Miami), Billy Green (to Weber State), Alex Kuresa (to Snow College), and Ammon Olson (to SUU). That's a great tribute to how solid Taysom is (and with Mangum coming soon), but I still wish we were a little deeper.

  • mufasta American Fork, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 7:05 a.m.

    Sounds like it will be another great year for football in the state. I am excited to see what Bronco and the cougs have in store this year.

  • bigirish OREM, UT
    Aug. 11, 2014 6:34 a.m.

    But with two QBs jumping ship already to other schools, are two left enough? Just don't hear enough about the 3 or 4 and how qualified they are should there be injuries to 1 and 2. I remember a season when we had to use 5 quarterbacks in the season. Can you give us more assurance about those backups? Hope we won't miss Kurtz too much right now and wish him well. How soon will Kaufusi be ready to play, with his hamstring injury?

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Aug. 11, 2014 6:15 a.m.

    So throwing is now more important than catching punts in practice?

  • papasmurfcoug SHELLEY, ID
    Aug. 10, 2014 9:48 p.m.

    Pearson may surprise you. He's athletic and has great hands and a good upside.

  • Taysom4Heisman Heber City, UT
    Aug. 10, 2014 6:15 p.m.

    I still like the receivers, but losing Kurtz to injury and Davis to the defense will hurt. I expect Mitch and Jordan to start, and the other starter will likely be Apo or Blackmon. Nelson and Dye also look really good.

    I'm not a huge fan of Henderson, Pearson, or Juergens. They are decent, but they kind of remind me of Skyler Ridley. The defense won't be too concerned about them. They will catch the occasional 5-yard out route but probably won't make many big plays.