BYU's throwing the sink at QB candidates during first week of spring drills

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  • MOMS Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2018 11:39 a.m.

    Tanner is far and away the finest talent among the contenders.

  • I_believe Draper, UT
    March 11, 2018 10:29 a.m.

    I'm in agreement, if these guys are good why not make a spot for them in another position? Recently, we witnessed a back throwing a touchdown pass to a quarterback--only to win the Superbowl.

    There are indeed 4 options, don't discount using them on special teams or other positions. BYU will be a contender this year, the motivation as there -Sitake will be gone if a repeat of last season.

    Go Cougs

  • Tilka Portland, OR
    March 10, 2018 1:10 p.m.

    To say BYU is on the academic level with Stanford and Northwestern is as delusional as thinking they can win a national championship.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    March 10, 2018 1:06 p.m.

    “And the winner is...........Hoge!“

    I agree, but unfortunately for byu & their fans, no QB will become a Savior for byu, they’re that inept overall.

    GO UTES!

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    March 10, 2018 1:01 p.m.

    “Not only did tanner struggle at times against Portland state, he got sacked a few times against a high school.“

    One of the most brilliant things I’ve ever read on these threads!

    Way to denigrate a COLLEGE opponent just because they rightfully made your professed team look pathetic....Congratulations!

    Lol

    GO UTES!

  • london_josh lincoln, CA
    March 10, 2018 12:35 p.m.

    I want a QB who can take a hit by the sink, pick it back up, and throw it 45 yards all while being chased by the DL.

    Sound like too much? whatever, we need another superman out there, there are 9 candidates to find one, gonna be interesting to see who emerges and who changes positions and who transfers.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    March 10, 2018 9:45 a.m.

    So, when the sink is thrown at the various QBs are they supposed to catch the sink or avoid being hit by the sink? The article doesn't say. . .

  • london_josh lincoln, CA
    March 10, 2018 9:42 a.m.

    I agree that the games are won in the trenches.

    Not only did tanner struggle at times against Portland state, he got sacked a few times against a high school.

    BYU failed to deliver constant pressure on the opposing quarterbacks.

    My hope is that kalani will be able to focus more on the defense this year. They started looking pretty good but as the season wore on they looked pretty bad out there.

  • West Jordanians of Utah WEST JORDAN, UT
    March 10, 2018 7:39 a.m.

    I’m happy to see that BYU is trying their best to improve, and I think they will. I believe the QB wasn’t the problem last year, even though they had an unfortunate number hurt. I think it was their O-Line and D-Line. The O-Line couldn’t block well or pick up blitzes which caused for the QBs to be injured either getting hit all the time or running for their lives and making bad decisions. The D-Line kept getting blown off the line causing multiple first downs and big plays for the opponents. Thankfully, Grimes and Pugh will not allow the O-Line to fail. For the D-Line, Tuiaki will need to convert some of the remaining and very quick QBs and receivers over to the D-Line like he did at Utah with Trevor Reilly and Nate Orchard creating the “Sack Lake City” crew. If it flows as planned, they’ll go bowling again.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    March 10, 2018 5:43 a.m.

    We need a QB who can block...run the ball...pass to himself...run after the catch...run down opponents after a turnover...punt...and return punts and kickoffs. Lets hope he can play defense as well and never gets hurt. Oh...and he must be able to put together a game plan. If he can't do these things no one else will.

  • cjd1 Draper, UT
    March 9, 2018 10:35 p.m.

    So Detmer's Offense was too complex and Grimes also wants to use a complex Offense. Why not walk before you can run?

  • DC Surfs Carlsbad, CA
    March 9, 2018 9:33 p.m.

    And the winner is...........Hoge!

    When healthy, he definitely looked like the best QB on the roster last year and gives them the most opportunity at victory provided the coaching staff doesn't have him running the option when injured.

  • Hey Baby Franklin, IN
    March 9, 2018 7:23 p.m.

    The only thing we really understand about the QB spot is that whomever is selected as the starter, will be a Heisman candidate...

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    March 9, 2018 5:52 p.m.

    There will be ton of articles about BYU football (and every team) before the first snap this fall. The bottom line is: No matter the formation, the play, or the defense- unified teams that block and tackle better than the opponents usually win.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    March 9, 2018 4:31 p.m.

    "pre-snap shifts and motion to the offense"

    Sounds like a recipe for a plethora of drive killing false starts and illegal motion penalties.

  • Gruncle Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    March 9, 2018 3:18 p.m.

    @moonbeam
    Bronco Mendenhall fell in love with Riley Nielsen, and failed to hold on to some very gifted QB's, who transferred away from BYU.
    —————-

    He had other gifted QB’s on the roster that they failed to develop, guys who were 4 star recruits with some major offers to p5 schools. Coaches can’t let a man crush on one player totally blind them to the responsibility of promoting competition and developing depth at each position.

  • Moon Beam Magna, UT
    March 9, 2018 2:26 p.m.

    Bronco Mendenhall fell in love with Riley Nielsen, and failed to hold on to some very gifted QB's, who transferred away from BYU. Riley got hurt, then his backup (Taysom Hill) got injured. Then lo and behold, BYU was out of scholarship QB's and had to go with a walk-on to finish the season. You can never have enough good QB's, even if you have to use them in other positions in the mean time.

    The QB's listed in this article are all good QBs and great athletes, so use them!

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    March 9, 2018 2:16 p.m.

    In the article you list three options for the QB's 1) become a starter or backup, 2)be on the scout team, 3) transfer. Actually there is a forth option, and Utah has used it well. That option is to shift from QB to another position (like receiver or defensive back). If they are athletic, then why not find a place for them to participate? Just look at Taysom Hill, in the NFL. His preferred position is QB, with Drew Breeze and an established backup ahead of him his team is using him on special teams (with great success, I might add). Don't let gifted athletes transfer, for goodness sakes, find a way for them to contribute.

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    March 9, 2018 2:16 p.m.

    In the article you list three options for the QB's 1) become a starter or backup, 2)be on the scout team, 3) transfer. Actually there is a forth option, and Utah has used it well. That option is to shift from QB to another position (like receiver or defensive back). If they are athletic, then why not find a place for them to participate? Just look at Taysom Hill, in the NFL. His preferred position is QB, with Drew Breeze and an established backup ahead of him his team is using him on special teams (with great success, I might add). Don't let gifted athletes transfer, for goodness sakes, find a way for them to contribute.

  • Deanvrtc Vancouver, WA
    March 9, 2018 1:18 p.m.

    I have not seen the new guys yet.... but considering those that played QB last year...my money is on Hoge. Before his concussion he was showing mobility, guts, and starting to get better with check-downs. BYU does not have the O line horses.... to hold the pocket for a straight drop back guy...especially against P5 talent. The QB has to be able to improvise and use his legs to create options.

  • london_josh lincoln, CA
    March 9, 2018 12:20 p.m.

    google "pre-snap shifts and motion", the LSU video shows a lot of BYU in it as well.

    scares me a bit, but could be extremely effective, my guess is that it's the lower half of the schedule that will be more messed up by it, mature disciplined defenses (like what we're supposed to have) don't generally get super messed up by movement.