After rough true freshman season, BYU QB John Beck learned, earned his way to greatness

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  • Enough is enough! Saint George, UT
    June 13, 2018 1:03 p.m.

    Beck to Harline....At graduation the next spring, VP Cheney was the speaker. We had to be in our seats about two hours ahead of commencement because of security reasons. There was continuous entertainment for those two hours. One was a long video showing that pass from every angle possible. It was great!

  • AZ Blkhwk Gilbert, AZ
    June 13, 2018 9:39 a.m.

    I can't believe some of these comments. This is craziness! The article had nothing to do with which team (Utah vs BYU) is better than the other. It was about the struggles of freshman starting quarterbacks and particularly John Beck. His story is good fodder for those who initially struggle and after time and the exercise of disciplined hard work, found the success he had hoped and probably prayed for. This intrinsic need for fans of either of the aforementioned schools to drag a well-written article into their personal battlefield of psychotic fanfare is ridiculous. Both sides should cheer the accomplishments of an individual who fought, overcame, and succeeded.

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    June 13, 2018 8:54 a.m.

    jonny in the city

    With no national championships, no Heisman Trophies, no National HOF players, only 8 AP Top 25, and only TWO 11+ win seasons in your entire history,

    when have the Utes ever been truly relevant?

    Nothing but a wannabe program still desperately hoping to someday achieve what BYU has already accomplished.

  • Thomas Thompson Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2018 7:13 a.m.

    It always seemed to me -- though I haven't checked the stats -- that as QB, John Beck had one of the most accurate throwing arms in College Football, and he often made passes that seemed well nigh impossible. His running game, however, was perhaps sometimes not so good.

  • Lone*Star Austin, TX
    June 12, 2018 5:00 p.m.

    Quarterback U has had so many great QB's, that an 11-thousand yard passer can sometimes be lost in the shuffle.

  • london_josh Lincoln, CA
    June 12, 2018 1:48 p.m.

    "John Beck and 'greatness' used in the same sentence! "

    11,000 yards and years in the NFL.

    I'd say that's great!

  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    June 12, 2018 12:53 p.m.

    at long last. . .

    "John Beck and 'greatness' used in the same sentence!"

    After finished his Senior season at BYU with a 169.1 PER, a win at Utah, a dominating 38-8 bowl win over Oregon, and an 11-win, conference championship season.

    Beck's BYU career stats,

    885 of 1418 (62.4%), 11,021 yards, 79 touchdowns, 141.3 PER

    exceed the collegiate career stats of every Utah QB, including the great Alex Smith

    Smith - 389 of 587 (66.3%), 5,203 yards, 47 touchdowns, 164.4 PER
    Mitchell - 669 of 1165 (57.4%), 8,981 yards, 69 touchdowns, 135.2 PER
    BJ - 673 of 1017 (66.2%), 7,853 yards, 57 touchdowns, 144.2 PER

    No Utah QB has ever come close to passing for over 11,000 yards.

  • BlueCoug Provo, UT
    June 12, 2018 12:20 p.m.

    re: “Beck to Harline will live on forever in BYU football lore.”

    “Huh? 😂

    Where does that sit in their “lore”?”

    The mass hysteria in RES, followed by the deafening silence, except for a small group of blue clad fans in the middle of the Crimson Club, is still music to my ears.

    BYU wins over Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska and many other P5 programs since then have added to BYU’s legacy.

    If you don’t believe that, simply ask Sooner, Longhorn or Husker fans how “relevant” BYU is today.

    BYU’s 11-2, #12 finish in 2009 is still better than anything the Utes have achieved since 2008.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    June 12, 2018 10:48 a.m.

    Smart kid from my HS who chose the wrong college destination....Tsk, tsk.

    “Beck to Harline will live on forever in BYU football lore.”

    Huh? 😂

    7 straight & counting, 12/15 [including 3 blowout Ws for us], 17/25 & the insurmountable overall record, 60-34-4.

    Where does that sit in their “lore”? Lololololol

    Midmajor forever.

    Who’s your Daddy?

    Go Utes!

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    June 12, 2018 9:49 a.m.

    John Beck and 'greatness' used in the same sentence! Egad, what absence of standards is sportswriting falling to. . .?

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    June 11, 2018 8:34 p.m.

    Beck grew every year. Really good QB as a senior.

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    June 11, 2018 4:53 p.m.

    From 4-8 in 2003 to 11-2 MWC champions in 2006, Beck demonstrated his and BYU's resilience.

  • BlueCoug Provo, UT
    June 11, 2018 3:07 p.m.

    John Beck was responsible for helping to revive BYU's football program and leading BYU to its first of four straight AP Top 25 finishes with a dominating win over Oregon 38-8 in the Las Vegas Bowl.

    Beck to Harline will live on forever in BYU football lore.

    Watching that game and the final play with my son from the middle of the Crimson Club was especially fun.