Dick Harmon: Running back coach AJ Steward still on high alert for backfield talent at BYU

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  • Sir289 ,
    Feb. 16, 2019 3:37 a.m.

    The running back coach situation doesn't pass the sniff test. From the outside it appears that Steward lacks the ability to effectively assess talent, on the field coaching, and recruiting. Case in point is in the last game starting freshman Tyler Allgeier over Riley Burt. The only reason Burt saw the field was that Allgeier was so horrendously not prepared to play and was playing so poorly Burt replaced him. Burt on the other hand after waiting 3 years to play was extremely impressive in his 3/4 of game and has the game of his career. He looked like the answer for 2019. So how does a player who passes the eye test and has a very promising offensive line to run behind decide to leave the program. Here is a player from Utah who believes his shot for the future is anywhere but BYU. Something is not right. Here is an example where the best player did not see the field and didn't believe he had an honest shot for next year. This is not an honor code casualty. If BYU can't keep a player like this where there is a dearth of talent you have a serious problem and you have to look at the coach.
    Look at the ineffective recruiting by Steward with pleanty of excuses. Nuff said.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Feb. 14, 2019 6:48 a.m.

    AZUTE1 - Mesa, AZ

    you wrote:
    "Not according to the Nielson Ratings."

    Well, we know BYU's ratings are tops with you. Thak you for your BYU obsession.

    Utah is not seen at all much of the time.

    Every BYU game is on National TV...Every one of them.

    #Pac-12 Network LOL

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    Feb. 13, 2019 8:44 a.m.

    “....but still, for a RB who needs eyeballs watching him BYU is a pretty good option right now.”

    Not according to the Nielson Ratings.

    Go Utes!

  • CountryCoug Parker, CO
    Feb. 12, 2019 3:18 p.m.

    Agree with several comments on this board. Sounds like they have some real athletes coming in. The guy from Pueblo, with all of his speed, could be a scat back. Others might fill the role. But disappointing that they were not able to sign another running back or two. Yes out of state recruiting could help. In terms of basketball, this is a big time issue.

    You hear all these stories of even LDS players both on the football and basketball side not getting recruited at all. Not that they are all good or anything like that, but the days of the Jason Buck's of the world from tiny St. Anthony Idaho may be over. Still lamenting the ending of sports at the church school in Idaho. Am totally tired of the favoritism that has occurred on the basketball side of things- all to the locals it appears and sons of former player. Time for some increased out of state recruiting for sure. Merrill Hoge from Pocatello ended up in the NFL as we all know. Taysom's brother even left BYU and starred at ASU. Too many misses over the years for sure even within the LDS community. Yeah I know I the standard excuses...... worthy LDS community too small which is a bunch of non-sense these days.

  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    Feb. 12, 2019 11:42 a.m.

    at long last: it's not often we see eye to eye, but I agree that there needs to be more recruiting outside for Utah. Women's teams have been more successful with it and have seen better success as a result.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    Feb. 12, 2019 9:51 a.m.

    If the coach is assuming that somewhere out in the underbrush of Utah County there is a good running back hiding, he may be sorely disappointed. Perhaps, the byu coaching staff should consider serious recruiting outside a 50 mile radius. Stop following the example of byu BB men's BB.

  • london_josh Lincoln, CA
    Feb. 11, 2019 12:21 p.m.

    "I think BYU fans should look at facts.......What does Utah County and BYU have to sell to a person of color from a diverse community?"

    Mike - how is that ever going to improve without it improving?

    Jamaal Williams turned out okay.

    BYU has an honor code, that's not for everybody, but to insinuate that all people are phased out by an honor code is frankly insulting to a great many good solid athletes who may or may not be LDS. Some LDS guys falter, and guys like Jamaal need to take a year off - it's okay if they do, there is a lesson to be learned from it that builds character.

    Let's not insult people based on race assuming that an honor code isn't for them.

    BYU isn't Alabama and it doesn't party like FSU or ASU, but there have been several players who've build solid careers by playing at BYU, it's a beautiful area to live in and it is a great education.

    I'm not sure that the RB situation is as dire as it sounds - they've got a few good guys coming in and it's all about how they coach and assign players, usually our shortcomings aren't the things we're paying attention to - but still, for a RB who needs eyeballs watching him BYU is a pretty good option right now.

  • Utes-PAC12 canada, 00
    Feb. 11, 2019 12:13 p.m.

    BYU has two 4 star players on their 2019 roster.......Troy Warner and Chaz Au Jus. Both are bench players, not D1 talent in all respects. Where is "Sheriff Sitake" and the "Kalani effect" that Y fans boasted of? Just more continual lip service and relative results....

  • Utes-PAC12 canada, 00
    Feb. 11, 2019 11:37 a.m.

    I think BYU fans should look at facts.......What does Utah County and BYU have to sell to a person of color from a diverse community? Is BYU big time, win big games, is Provo a fun place and are there other kids at BYU that these kids can identify with and be happy? Lets talk "facts" Y fans!

  • Jello is Good ,
    Feb. 11, 2019 8:44 a.m.

    @THEREALND - Mishawaka, IN
    Feb. 10, 2019 1:41 p.m.
    "What happened to Beau Hoge at running back? He must have transferred to OU?"Moved back to QB and listed as the 3rd or 4th string.

  • hi-ya Murray, UT
    Feb. 11, 2019 5:35 a.m.

    If BYU is leaving no stone unturned... why is it that I see many good LDS athletes across America that are over looked, never contacted, never get a response back from BYU when contacted by the athlete? It seems as if BYU's recruiting process is like a wave of water. The closer in to Provo the stronger the wave is, but the farther you get away from Provo the weaker the wave. I have known of two very good athletes from Illinois and Georgia that would have died to go to BYU, but, BYU either ignored them or didn't even bother to return their call. What gives BYU? T.I.J.

  • london_josh Lincoln, CA
    Feb. 11, 2019 12:29 a.m.

    if the recruits aren't coming - that might be an indication that the roster isn't as open as one would imagine.

  • CoHawk Littleton, CO
    Feb. 10, 2019 6:29 p.m.

    I for one support this kind of approach! It will start slow at first, then we will get a recruit or two and then .... as the team gets better ..... recruits will be contacting our coaches out on the trail. If basketball would do some of this we would be much better off in terms of athletes ..... coaching is still an issue there, despite McCann and Fowler hyping the credentials of a declining BB coach while the program suffers a slow and steady decline.

    Feb. 10, 2019 5:00 p.m.

    Looking forward to a running game that opens up the passing game and a passing game that opens up the running game. Go Cougars!

  • water rocket , 00
    Feb. 10, 2019 2:33 p.m.

    Can it possibly be true that coach Sitaki has finally figured out that BYU NEEDS to have a passing game? The article said "Head coach Kalani Sitaki says he wants all his running backs to be receivers, athletes capable of working into a passing scheme." Maybe he has figured out that the biggest, most talented linemen go to top tier P5 programs like Alabama. No coach can teach size, but to overcome that, a good coach will teach technique. One of the best ways to beat size is with speed and space. The running game compresses space, but the passing game opens up space, and with good technique, receivers can gain yardage in large chunks, all while the beefy linemen are still huffing and puffing within five yards of the line. Incidentally, a mobile QB who can throw with accuracy can make the pass rush look bad. I am one of those who hope BYU will use more of the passing game.

  • THEREALND Mishawaka, IN
    Feb. 10, 2019 1:41 p.m.

    What happened to Beau Hoge at running back? He must have transferred to OU?

  • wallyball SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 10, 2019 1:18 p.m.

    He's making lots of offers but not signing many top recruits. It's a good thing he isn't getting paid on a commission.