BYU has confidence in Southam's long-range field goal ability, and he's eager to put points on the board

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  • london_josh Lincoln, CA
    Sept. 14, 2018 7:55 a.m.

    I like that kalani goes for it on 4th, but he does it way too much.

    The loss was by 3 points, easy solution for a good kicker.

  • gchris Rock Springs, WY
    Sept. 13, 2018 7:56 p.m.

    If your kicker is putting a lot of field goal points on the board, your offense isn't scoring touchdowns. I want to see Skyler kick a lot of extra points.

  • loyal-tothe-royal Panguitch, UT
    Sept. 13, 2018 4:20 p.m.

    I originally predicted that BYU would go 7-5, among them being wins against: Hawaii, USU, and NIU. Having seen the way these "give me" teams are playing in comparison to BYU, I now anticipate that the cougars will finish the season 4-8, with the remaining w's being: Mcneese, Umass, and NMSU.
    Will always love cougar football.

  • wahului Stockton, CA
    Sept. 13, 2018 3:49 p.m.

    To the BYU play callers (especially Kalani): Please review any and all of LaVell's wins, losses, and especially close wins over 29 years...you will find that he took the points in virtually every instance. Maybe he knew something....???...

    Going for it on 4th and five, especially repeatedly, when you have a quality kicking option is just like taking points off the board. Critical, possibly incompetent mistake.

  • nananana batman saint george, UT
    Sept. 13, 2018 2:04 p.m.

    If they have confidence in his field goal game they forgot about it last weekend, but sweet redemption when they defeat the Badgers by six probably from FG's

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 13, 2018 12:44 p.m.

    They had better attempt the kick on first down. With Mangum at QB there is no guarantee that there will be a fourth down...

  • Valhalla Alpine, UT
    Sept. 13, 2018 11:19 a.m.

    I have to disagree with the coaches on this one. Being aggressive is only fun if you win. Those two potential scores would have made all of the difference last week, even if only one of those were made. Successful teams seem to consistently go for the field goal in those situations. In the Lavell era, going for it on 4th and short was saved for late game situations where it was needed. Take the more secure points.

  • hi-ya Murray, UT
    Sept. 13, 2018 11:14 a.m.

    So why didn't they put him to work in the California game??? Twice he could have had a chance to put points on the board, which if he had made them (like they say he is good at) he could have won the game for BYU. Instead they messed up big time and ended up with no points. Makes one wonder about the coaching??? Better get it right this week... Remember Detmer... I'm not sure they will give this bunch of guys two years leeway... Because none of these guys are a BYU legend. What would get the monkey off their backs is if they by some chance won the game this week with Wisconsin. "What" (you say) "You am asking for a miracle". Yes I am. And in response to any criticisms I'd say... If they were so inept in the loss with California, maybe they can swing the other way and pull off a miracle against Wisconsin. One can only hope for one though.

  • Voodohound-WIS Waukesha, WI
    Sept. 13, 2018 11:12 a.m.

    With the way the offense is playing, we should be kicking the field goal on first down...if he is in range. Seriously though, not capitalizing on that fumbled punt really cost us in the Cal game.

  • northland55 Provo, UT
    Sept. 13, 2018 11:09 a.m.

    That is only useful if the cougars can get past the 50 yard line.

  • CoHawk Littleton, CO
    Sept. 13, 2018 9:14 a.m.

    The phrase “we want to be aggressive” ...... needs to be replaced with “we want to be smart”!

    When your team is clearly in field goal range ..... and BYU was with Southam .... you kick the field goal. But that mistake isn’t as big of a mistake as selecting Mangum as the best QB on the team. I believe there are 3 and maybe 4 QBs on the BYU roster who are better in game decision makers and more accurate throwers than Tanner is when the pressure is on

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 11:03 p.m.

    If only we had recovered that onside kick.

  • HeberFYFA Heber City, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 8:53 p.m.

    Going for a 50+ field goal early in the game is being aggressive. If you miss the other team has a great spot for their possession.

    Our lack of going for two long, makeable, field goals by Skyler, ultimately cost BYU the game. Be aggressive with Skyler and it will build confidence in the team of being able to score anytime they reach the 35 yard line. We saw it a lot at Wasatch, no different at BYU.

    How long has it been to have this threat of scoring? BYU needs points on the board so the other team does the chasing instead of the other way around.

    Check out that successful team up north. They have fantastic special teams/kickers and seem to win the close ones.

    Go Cougars!