“AZute---Which school has a NC? Or a Heisman trophy? Which school has
played in a Rose Bowl game on Jan 1st? (Hint: They're tied in that
category.) Which team had the opportunity to win a NC in 1984? (Hints: Both of
them, but only once accomplished it; they played and beat Bo Didley Tech and the
game was in Salt Lake City that year!) When you've done something more than
beat your rival 8 times in a row, many games by a field goal that was made or
missed when that rival is in a down cycle, give me a call. In the meantime, keep
eating those nails for breakfast. Nice try---(forgive my plagiarism of your very
clever two-word compliment.)”In other words,
“You’re 100% accurate, AZUTE1, I have zero refutation to your utter
brilliance!”Nice try.Go Utes!
AZute---Which school has a NC? Or a Heisman trophy? Which school has played in
a Rose Bowl game on Jan 1st? (Hint: They're tied in that category.) Which
team had the opportunity to win a NC in 1984? (Hints: Both of them, but only
once accomplished it; they played and beat Bo Didley Tech and the game was in
Salt Lake City that year!) When you've done something more than beat your
rival 8 times in a row, many games by a field goal that was made or missed when
that rival is in a down cycle, give me a call. In the meantime, keep eating
those nails for breakfast. Nice try---(forgive my plagiarism of your very
clever two-word compliment.)
“You mean like Utah fans guaranteeing that Utah will beat BYU in
2019?”We have 8 straight & counting/13 of 16/19 of
26/61-34-4 in support....Conversely, byu has zero, period.Nice
try.“Not according to Utah fans like U who mocked BYU
mercilessly for setting a goal (quest) to be undefeated in 2008.”byu had previously gone undefeated precisely once in their entire existence
[still the case] & their typical plethora of 2 stars [still the case] in
“support”.Nice try.Who’s your
65TPT“...however, the least of BYU's problems is the qb
position.”Well said.First and foremost, they need
running backs who can really take pressure off the passing game. Note I used
plural since our attrition rate is so high.Next we need receivers
with great speed, great athleticism, and great hands. We have Bushman who is
probably NFL quality, but we need more from the wideouts in terms of separation
and tenacity.Finally we need a reliable and consistent O-line. We’ve got the QB..., maybe two. If we can improve in the other 3
areas and minimize the number of stupid coaching decisions and not be afraid to
air the ball out, BYU will have a potent offense.Grimes needs to come to
grips that it doesn’t have to be a balanced offense! Did we not all
witness Alabama get totally dismantled by an extremely efficient air attack
delivered by a freshman QB?
azute1“There’s a difference between setting goals &
outright guaranteeing an outcome.”Not according to Utah fans
like U who mocked BYU mercilessly for setting a goal (quest) to be undefeated in
azute1 “There’s a difference between setting goals &
outright guaranteeing an outcome.”You mean like Utah fans
guaranteeing that Utah will beat BYU in 2019?LOL at Ute fan
“No different than Utah fans constantly predicting that Utah will win the
conference championship and play in the Rose Bowl.”There’s a difference between setting goals & outright guaranteeing
an outcome.Nice try.Go Utes!
azute1 “We hear predictions from BYU fans...”No different than Utah fans constantly predicting that Utah will win the
conference championship and play in the Rose Bowl.
“Unfortunately for U, you won’t be quite so entertained come
August.”We hear predictions from byu fans annually how
we’re going to finally lose to byu & yet it’s always the
identical result—A W for us....Groundhog Day.Nice try.Go Utes!
let's roll2-2 versus Utah, USC, Tennessee and Washington would
be more than sufficient to keep the fanbase happy.Even 1-3, with a
win over Utah, would be fine, although I expect BYU to do better than that.
Utemythology “Let's see how great Wilson is after a few
more months under Roderick.”He’s already better than any
QB at the U.No QB in Utah history has even come close to going
18-for-18, 317 yards, 4 TDs, 0 Ints, 322 QB rating, especially a true Freshman,
in his first bowl game, after starting only half a season.
Yeah sure - let's create a false quarterback controversy. Zach Wilson is
the alpha dog and everybody knows it. I'm thrilled to hear that the Hall
kid is very good; however, the least of BYU's problems is the qb position.
Didnt Dick Harmon have an article last summer that claimed that according to
coaches Critchlow was the next great BYU QB?Let's see how great
Wilson is after a few more months under Roderick.I wonder what
happens first, BYU makes its first CFP ranking or Conover for Heisman hype?
The only certain thing about next year is that fans and the press will be
lamenting Wilson’s perceived regression after the first 4 games.His numbers this year were against the softer part of the schedule. He
won’t put those numbers up in September. He will inevitably struggle to
some degree, and folks will believe he’s regressed and may start pining
for whoever ends up as number 2.It’s a downside of the
unbalanced schedule. The September schedule is a great one, but no one should
anticipate that Wilson will match his late season numbers of this year until the
Y gets to the back half of its schedule next year.
azute1Unfortunately for U, you won’t be quite so entertained
Howard S.—Your sarcasm is both duly noted & 100%
“Apparently you struggle when it comes to recognizing sarcasm.”LOL—You obviously don’t know when sarcasm does/doesn’t
exist....This was clearly a case of seriousness I responded to....Try to keep
up, Sunshine.Nice try.Go Utes!
Howard S. Much to your chagrin, your sarcastic comments will be more
prophetic, than facetious.
Why can't you wait until the fall to make Zack Wilson the next TD, SY, And
JM all rolled into one as the next great Y QB? If I were the other byu qb's
I'd be moving on. It's the way of 2000's college football
Even at this early stage of his development it is clear that Zach is a model D1
collegiate quarterback.I know that before his BYU career is over
Wilson will lead the Cougars to unprecedented success... both on and off the
field.My prediction is that in a few short months the BYU boys in
blue lead by Zach Wilson will stun the world of collegiate football. D1 coaches and athletic directors across the nation will look to BYU and Zach
Wilson as the gold standard of collegiate football programs.In the
meantime... I so look forward to many more informative articles by Mr. Harmon
illuminating the unparalleled commitment, character and skill of young Mr. Zach
@azuteApparently you struggle when it comes to recognizing
Reality in college football is that highly regarded kids want to play. At most
schools the kid on the bench looks to transfer. Might not happen with these two
QBs but wouldn’t be surprising.And despite an earlier post
about starting next year 4-0, I think BYU will struggle. The backup QB likely
gets some playing time.
“Zach Wilson needs a hungry push from Jaren Hall, Joe Critchlow”Nope!Zach will provide all if the motivation needed.What BYU needs to do is fully prepare Jaren and Joe to be ready to step
in if needed.
“BYU will start the season 4-0 book it!”BwhahahahaImpossible when a 0-1 start is guaranteed & 4 games including 3 good
PAC-12 teams, the sort byu has never beaten [good PAC-12 teams].Not
to mention, a SEC program too rich in pride to lose to a mediocre midmajor
program like byu.“Excited for the continuation of the team we
saw at the bowl game.”Still touting/predicting based upon a W
over the #107 team nationally & one of the nation’s absolute worst
Mr. Harmon, you've identified a "need" for Zack Wilson. However,
there are other needs. What about a running back? Fast receivers that can get
open? Offensive line to protect and give time? A defense that can hold the
opponent and keep the game close? Other needs?Now if I were to
prioritize these needs the one you identified would place about last on the
Sir289: “BYU will start 2019 season 4-0.” Utah, USC, Washington,
Tennessee??????? Your comment lost it’s credibility with that ending
statement. Are you counting on earthquakes, floods, fires, pestilence or
translation? It will take them all to clear the way for that to happen. You
ought to be hoping for 4 wins for the season. But I admire your fanatic fan
support- isn’t that the way it is supposed to be for every preseason? Good
luck to us all.
Oh Dick, why can't a talented BYU QB just look to his own skill-set without
contending that putting additional pressure would produce greater results. This
young man is special and BYU fans should learn to just sit back, relax and watch
that talent being manifested on the field.
It is always good to have more depth. I didn't like how many times BYU had
designed runs with Wilson, but it seemed like too much. Leave the running
mostly to broken or disrupted plays or when everyone is covered. Grimes
wasn't here when Hill got injured so often.More important than
the others trying to give Wilson a push with competition, because Zac has shown
he should be out there unless he is injured or BYU is blowing out someone, is we
need to upgrade the roster around him.BYU somehow needs to find 2-3
quality running backs to prevent defenses from making BYU one dimensional. It
doesn't matter how good you are, there are some good defenses out there and
BYU can't have them going after the QB about every play.Also,
BYU needs a receiver that can stretch the field. We have some quality
TE's, but among the regular receivers there isn't anyone who is
separating themselves from the others talent wise or speed wise.
I'm thoroughly impressed with Wilson, and having spent a lot of time with
jaren on his mission he's such an impressive guy as well.I'm not impressed by any byu QBs who played last year, none panned out,
the future is the two named and Conover getting off his mission near the end of
the tenure of Wilson and hall. Curious about Wilson and a mission
also, it's not mentioned but being at BYU can change plans (dallin holker
announced his mission this week).BYU needs a good QB stable,
that's what BYU's history has been and what fans expect. I
do think that Jaren will push Zack and unfortunately it's highly unlikely
to assume no injuries to them. My hope is that BYU gives incoming QBs quality
time in games. Let them throw and let them learn. Excited for the
continuation of the team we saw at the bowl game. The younger players are
impressive and the seniors put on their own show. Things are trending in the
Mr Harmon, this is a good and informative piece. Thanks. Would you
please consider an investigative piece wherein you look into what conferences
would (1) welcome the program, (2) probably admit the program, (3) strongly
consider the program, (4) not be interested in the program, or (5) just fall
into the “heck no, never” category? I am sure many readers, BYU
supporters, alums and fans of the other Utah teams would be very interested in
this rather than just the average fan’s speculation on the topic. Please
see what the effect of winning 9-10 games versus 5-7 games per year would be.
Actually some conferences would rather admit a 6-7 win BYU than a 10 win BYU.
Such an article would be extremely informative, interesting and would generate
extensive discussion among the entire State’s universities’ fan
bases. What do you say?
I don’t agree with the premise of this article in the case of Zach. He is
driven to perfection for his desire to compete, to win, and to perfect his skill
for the next level and not because he needs some manufactured competition from
fear of losing his position. If you do not see this then you do not see who he
really is. This is his team and players are all behind him for this to be his
team. He has exceptional skill that BYU has never seen at this stage of his
development and he will set an all-time BYU record for a sophomore next year.
The game will slow down for him considerably next year and the few mistakes he
made this year will be a distant memory. BYU will start the season 4-0 book it!
I wish Jaren would transfer to another school. Too much talent to go to waste
at BYU. He needs to be playing, not sitting on the bench.
Kind of cool how Wilson and several other freshmen are so excited to be at BYU.
And according to an article, they are excited to all stay together there and
make something great happen. We have a fine group of freshmen and this bunch is
a welcome group of athletes.
Better yet, how about Zach Wilson just finds a new University to challenge him.
BYU is most fortunate to have Wilson and Hall. Jaren is a terrific young man and
a driven and talented athlete. So is Wilson. I wish them the best
and hope they are here to provide great plays for BYU. I suspect both will be
needed as so many #1 QBs have found.
If a “championship” culture is 6 wins and a bowl game in mid
December in a cold place against a G5 team then BYU and Wilson need to focus on
staying healthy. He already has the talent and skill set to meet those
expectations. With the teams Sitake has been fielding, 5-6 wins should be
automatic with an outside chance of getting 7 in years we have a weaker
A little competition is great motivation to continued improvement.
Mr. Harmon, that is perhaps the best title for an article you have ever come up
with! I would also add that Hall and Critchlow need to up their games to prove
their worthiness to be the starter. I will say that one of Bronco's short
comings was how he would favor (fall in love with) certain players, and fail to
recognize the talent of others (Nielson/Hill comes to mind).