Notre Dame transfer Tristen Hoge emerges as a leader, versatile part of BYU's offensive line

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  • Wallbanger Spanish Fork, UT
    Aug. 21, 2018 3:57 p.m.


    So in other words, you got nothing! Go cougs!!!

  • pacmidmajor Springville, UT
    Aug. 21, 2018 1:15 p.m.

    banger.. i'm right with you as i also can not wait for yet another pac12 south title and pac12 championship ! we are the Champs ..... and then i woke up from that pipe dream..... Go utes !

  • Wallbanger Spanish Fork, UT
    Aug. 21, 2018 12:53 p.m.


    You REALLY want to compare star rankings of the starters between the Utes and your cougs? As soon as they release the depth charts, I could do that!

    Maybe you could disprove what I put, and show some actual research to back up your claim. Instead of comparing the Utes to the rest of the PAC 12. A Conference the cougs struggle mightily against, and desperately wish they were a part of.

  • Wallbanger Spanish Fork, UT
    Aug. 21, 2018 12:35 p.m.


    Seeing as how we weren’t discussing the Utes rankings in the PAC, and you went to your usual “straw man analogy”, I was was only disproving YOUR comment on how the Utes have “as many 2 stars as the cougs”. After you called out AZ Ute for not being truthful, with “Please bring actual truthful meaningful comments here”!

    FWIW, don’t worry about where Utah lands in the PAC 12 with their classes, they’ll be just fine, just worry about the real possibility of your cougs starting the season at 1-3. And hoping they get out of the bottom 10 nationally.

  • pacmidmajor Springville, UT
    Aug. 21, 2018 10:29 a.m.

    banger, thanks so much for your in depth research of the star ratings for the Cougs and the utes ! However... you missed 2 important points that i made in my comment ... I stated Starting players and that also i did not put any stock into star ratings ... lets look at it this way , from 2015-2017 the utes finished on an average of 8th best in recruiting rankings in the pac12 . so that would tell us that the utes should finish around 8th in the conference this year since these players should be the ones contributing this year ...Are you good with that analogy ?

  • Wallbanger Spanish Fork, UT
    Aug. 20, 2018 8:12 p.m.


    “the Cougars have about as many 2 star players starting on their team as do the utes”

    Actually, that statement is completely false and made up! Actual research is fun, and it took me about 6 minutes. As per 24/7 sports, the classes of 2018....

    -Byu with SIX 2 star athletes and a couple not ranked with with 23 commits. Class ranking at 77. (a little too generous IMO)
    -Utah with ONE 2 star athlete several FOUR stars and a class ranking at 34.

    Per Rivals (which is WAY more accurate)
    -Byu with TWELVE 2 star athletes with 21 commits, and a class ranking at 94
    -Utah with TWO 2 star athletes with 20 commits and a class ranking at 38.

    Sorry, but it’s not even close, and the gap continues to widen. I don’t mind Utah picking up a 2 star here and there, because what better Coach than Whittingham at finding diamonds in the rough. And developing them into phenomenal players.

    As for the article, stay healthy Hoge, could be a tough season.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Aug. 20, 2018 2:16 p.m.

    Awesome article! I didn't know about him, but seems like a very smart guy who gets it. This article has made me want to watch him all season.

    Love reading about the guys who really want to be on the team.

    Thanks again!

  • pacmidmajor Springville, UT
    Aug. 20, 2018 1:54 p.m.

    the Cougars have about as many 2 star players starting on their team as do the utes ..... as if that really means anything .... Please bring actual truthful meaningful comments here if you want anyone to take you serious.... Just sayin....

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Aug. 20, 2018 12:31 a.m.

    “BYU has the players, they've always had the players.”

    Their multitude of 2 stars states otherwise & th/jw are long gone.

    8 straight & counting is soon upon us.

    Go Utes!

  • realfast630 Bonney Lake, WA
    Aug. 19, 2018 10:47 p.m.

    BYU has the players, they've always had the players. The real question is do they have the right coaches? Let's hope so!

  • top of the world ,
    Aug. 19, 2018 6:33 p.m.

    The-Real-Notre Dame...This label does not fit. The real fans and players of The Great School you speak for are the kind of guys who wish the best for those who will be on the team, who are on the team and who choose to leave the team for someplace else. They are high caliber people. With all due respect, you do not know of what you speak. You have no idea as to why this very excellent player chose to transfer.

    I'm grateful for the DN for giving us insights into the lives of our Y players. Keep them coming. It's going to be a season of surprises in the State of Utah. I look for the U to win the South Division, for Utah State to struggle and for the Y to improve. Looking forward to watching you play, Tristen. Stay healthy and have a great year.

    And to every other player in our state, regardless of school, stay healthy.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Aug. 19, 2018 12:06 p.m.

    Attention BYU coaches: DO NOT switch this guy to noseguard on defense! His uncle might not like it. Just kidding. Good luck Tristen!!

  • THEREALND Mishawaka, IN
    Aug. 19, 2018 6:44 a.m.

    Notre Dame had two offensive linemen drafted in the top 10 in the NFL draft last year and have another great offensive line this year. That is why Tristen is known as a Notre Dame transfer.

  • london_josh Lincoln, CA
    Aug. 19, 2018 12:20 a.m.

    He looks like he can help turn the line around.

    The battle is won in the trenches. BYU has to get back to that instead of relying on a few stars.

  • BlueCoug Provo, UT
    Aug. 18, 2018 11:31 p.m.

    BYU has a lot of talented players that, if they play up to their potential as a team, will get BYU back on track to a winning season that will make 2017 seem like nothing but a minor hiccup.

    Aug. 18, 2018 10:13 p.m.

    I'm sure BYU is glad to have Tristen, best wishes to him for a great season. Go Cougars!