Can freshman QB Zach Wilson bring spark to sputtering BYU offense against Hawaii?

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  • steve24/7 Sandy, UT
    Oct. 14, 2018 9:26 a.m.

    Apparently the answer to the headline of this story is......YES!

  • payara OREM, UT
    Oct. 14, 2018 7:36 a.m.

    and now we all know how important a QB is to BYU. 3 scores in the 1st qtr. Something I have not seen for years.

    Go Wilson, Go Romney, Go all you young guns.

  • zipadeedoodah Lehi, UT
    Oct. 13, 2018 9:29 p.m.

    Yes! Yes!! Yes!!! Let Wilson take the snaps. No, Mangum is not all the problem with BYU. But I believe he is the biggest problem and the easiest to correct. (Start another QB.)

    And hey, give him experience so BYU is ready for next year's season! Another reason to use him. BYU has little to lose at this point... already had to eat all cougar pride. Let's get on to see if Wilson can get the job done or find someone who can. Clearly Mangum can't.

  • oaklandaforlife Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 13, 2018 7:10 p.m.

    Good luck to the young man. Make Corner Canyon proud!

  • chopperdan Clovis, NM
    Oct. 13, 2018 4:40 p.m.

    Ok, where have ya’ll been? Defense, Defense! The Defense was horrible last year, changes should have been made, but you have a Friend in that position and , Heavens forbid, make a change there. The Defense has to step up, but the defensive coach is not doing very good, going on two years now. The defensive schemes are terrible, the soft zone allows opponents to pick us apart week by week and the coaches do nothing about it. You have to put pressure on the quarterback and bringing 4 rushing simply is a failure of philosophy. Good coaches evaluate what’s going wrong and make changes. Your zone defense simply doesn’t work. Your defense doesn’t work. There a disconnect with basic football. Tackling, wrapping up, man coverage. Getting back to basics is the only way.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Oct. 13, 2018 4:27 p.m.

    Hawaii's defense is almost as bad as Arizona's. If you start Tanner Mangum, he will win this game. If you start Zach Wilson, he will win this game. If you start Joe Critchlow he will win this game. If you start Beau Hodge... well OK let's not get carried away.

  • Real Ute Dallas, TX
    Oct. 13, 2018 4:24 p.m.

    He looks so cute in his headband........what a tremendous portrait. He is a precious saint for sure!

  • OC Fan Orange County, CA
    Oct. 13, 2018 3:57 p.m.

    “Can freshman QB Zach Wilson bring spark to sputtering BYU offense against Hawaii?“

    Somebody needs to bring the spark!

  • Wallbanger Spanish Fork, UT
    Oct. 13, 2018 3:42 p.m.

    I think Wilson will be good upgrade. Feel bad for Mangum. I think he was only a small part of the problem on offense. Plus, what is up with the corny glamour shots byu does of its players each year?

  • Real Ute Dallas, TX
    Oct. 13, 2018 3:09 p.m.

    What is truly revealing, is that Francis Bernard would be the best player on BYU's team this year by a long-shot, but he sits the pine at the U of U. He made a great tackle during "garbage time" last night, but he is on Utah's practice squad as of today......Utah has talent galore!

  • itswhatithink West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 13, 2018 2:52 p.m.

    Wilson is untried but Harmon’s writes a piece that Wilson will save the cougar nation.

    Out of curiosity what is Harmon’s percentage of accuracy on his predictions.

  • Real Ute Dallas, TX
    Oct. 13, 2018 2:49 p.m.

    But, but, but.......we gotta adore 1984 national champs and the AP poll that year.......BYU is the real deal folks..........largest fan base in our galaxy, huge stadium, America's darlings and everything else.

  • Real Ute Dallas, TX
    Oct. 13, 2018 2:41 p.m.

    I'm sending sincere hugs, prayers and condolences to BYU football and basketball. Those souls try so hard folks!

  • Clinton Ute , KY
    Oct. 13, 2018 2:39 p.m.

    Man Zach looks young! If he does start, good luck youngin, I hope you kill it! Always been a fan of his and was disappointed we couldn't find a spot for a Ute legacy kid. I'm sure he'll make rookie mistakes but this kid is talented and is going to be a player! Here's 1 Utah fan that will be looking for Zach to have a great career! Except for one game a year haha

    Good luck Zach!

  • Y Ask Y Provo, UT
    Oct. 13, 2018 2:22 p.m.

    "Sitake needs to take over as DC or hire a real one."

    Amen! Bronco Mendenhall was above average at that. Is he doing anything important right now?

  • Farmington Fan Farmington, UT
    Oct. 13, 2018 11:35 a.m.

    Tanner Mangum is not mobile and has not reacted well to pass rush pressure; the offensive line is not yet good at pass blocking; the receivers and running backs are better than last year, but still below average; thus, predictably, Mangum has faced a lot of pass rush pressure this season. Those factors, along with some key injuries and a tough schedule, have resulted in avoidable turnovers and a mediocre offense.

    Though it's a small sample size, in the time Zach Wilson played last week, he was mobile in the pocket and poised under pass rush pressure. If he can maintain those two attributes, it could remedy BYU's offensive issues to a noticeable degree.

    In 1978, during Marc Wilson's junior season, BYU's offense had similar problems. Due to a porous offensive line, Wilson, who was not mobile. got sacked a lot, was not as effective, and was injured in the 3rd game of the season. As a sophomore, Jim McMahon was called into action as Wilson's backup. Due to McMahon's mobility and poise under pressure, he revived the offense so markedly that he was named as the WAC's all-conference quarterback. I could picture Zach Wilson doing something similar the remainder of this season.

  • P5Proud Santa Monica, CA
    Oct. 13, 2018 11:32 a.m.

    Hmm. No announcement from the BYU coaching staff, but the Des News and a good portion of the Cougar fan base seem to have decided that this is the way it's going to be. In the Pac 12, my dear younger brothers, and sports writers thereof, we tend to let the Coaching Staff make and announce these kind of decisions. Might I suggest that you wait for Coach Sitake on this one? He, you see--is a paid D1 coach. You are not. Heh heh. Just kidding. Actually, about a week and a half ago, I was the one suggesting that a beefed up Ty Huntley would make a good linebacker. Oh well--live and learn. Good luck to Zach! BTW--Tanner is a really good all around athlete--I'll bet if you slap about 15 pounds on him and......oh....never mind.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Oct. 13, 2018 9:58 a.m.

    “The talent level BYU recruits is good.“

    Yeah, that annual 2 star recruiting bonanza is ultra impressive.

    Reference byu’s most recent #94 ranked recruiting class nationally as a prime example of it.

  • Leonidas Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 13, 2018 8:26 a.m.

    Coach K.......I'm sure Tuiaki is a great guy and a great friend but this is football. The vanilla defense is killing the Cougs. Do something! The athletes you have are better than they are showing and they deserve better. Be creative. The way the team has been playing the last couple of games you have nothing to lose.

  • Teancum.45 Bogue, NC
    Oct. 13, 2018 6:53 a.m.

    Wahului, you're spot on! Sitake needs to take over as DC or hire a real one.

  • hi-ya Murray, UT
    Oct. 13, 2018 6:42 a.m.

    I still think its the Head Coaches fault... way back from last year. If Wilson comes out and does very good, then Sitaki should have known this from the beginning. I don't think Tanner is a magician who does and act one way in practice then stinks in a real game... to the point that ALL of the coaches did not notice it. Frankly, I believe these players do and act as the coaches teach them. And, I don't think the players are that bad. The talent level BYU recruits is good. The results in the past two years has been bad and it comes from bad coaching not players without talent. T.I.J.

  • FanOf"ChuckARama" Vernal, UT
    Oct. 13, 2018 4:34 a.m.

    It's a tough spot to be the unsung players on the football field but the OL needs to protect their QB at all costs and create big holes for the RB to dash through. The best of luck to BYU and the two young QBs.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Oct. 13, 2018 1:26 a.m.

    The defense is way more talented than the level they are playing at right now, no question. This is all squarely on coach Tuiaki. The athletes on this defense across the board are better than what Bronco had to work with. They play soft, they don't tackle well, and I think it's pretty apparent that a change is needed there. The thing I liked most about Bronco's defenses is that what they lacked in certain areas they made up for in being hard nosed and tough. I can't say that about Tuiaki's defense. Any success the defense sees, I'm convinced is because of natural ability. It's not because of great coaching. I don't know that Sitake needs to do what Bronco did and take over that side of the ball. However, I feel like BYU can get someone better to coach that side of the ball. Maybe hire Coach Kaufusi back? Give him a little promotion, his family certainly deserves it, especially after all they've given to BYU football!

  • UncleArtie Brigham City, UT
    Oct. 12, 2018 10:38 p.m.

    The good ones are good early.

  • wahului Stockton, CA
    Oct. 12, 2018 8:57 p.m.

    Pipes...what happened to Sitake's defense? Simple...Tuiaki. I remember about 2012 when B ronco fired Jaime Hill (then DC) after a painful midseason USU loss and took over the defense. The difference was night and day, and it saved that season.

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    Oct. 12, 2018 6:21 p.m.

    “Can freshman QB Zach Wilson bring spark to sputtering BYU offense against Hawaii?“

    Of course!

    I remember another Wilson, Marc, throwing 7 TD’s in his first start.

  • Deanvrtc Vancouver, WA
    Oct. 12, 2018 6:00 p.m.

    Zach will certainly bring some hope for change. BYUs football product has been abysmal/depressing for far too long. Magnum is a big part of that poor product. Certainly not all...but he is the senior QB who makes so many BAD mistakes. His pick six and fumble last week were enough to finally get Sitake to do something. Magnum has been predictable, uninspired, and not any threat with his feet. Wilson may make some freshman mistakes, but Cougar Nation will support those mistakes, because we want to "hope" again. I expect the players to get behind Wilson as well. Magnum is not a QB who has inspired player confidence. Good Luck Zach. We will all be cheering you to success.

  • Sanefan Wellsville, UT
    Oct. 12, 2018 5:35 p.m.

    The soft pass D the Y plays is abysmal. It's time to man up, play some man to man pass defense and BLITZ, BLITZ, BLITZ!

  • Pipes Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 12, 2018 5:01 p.m.

    I always thought of Sitake as a defense type guy? What happened? Defense is abysmal and all we can talk about is the QB? Even if Wilson puts up 40, what’s to prevent Hawaii from putting up 42? Not our defense to be sure!