Kalani Sitake likes player leadership emerging for BYU during spring practices

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  • Jello is Good ,
    March 15, 2019 8:29 a.m.

    @water rocket -

    "Sitaki says "its ... an offense they are familiar with". Until Sitaki and his staff get that, we will be stuck in low scoring games where the outcome can go either way (just like last year!) Did he not learn any thing from the bowl game? Remember that BYU went for 18+ yards per passing play, and only 4 yards per running play? In the bowl game BYU passed for 19 plays and ran the ball 33 times. PLEASE Sitaki, as a college grad, do your math!"

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    Again Rocket your rant shows a lack of understanding cause and effect in football. The only math that matters is the final score and that you are on top. Low scoring games are by nature "closer" and the outcome may seem to be more "in doubt". But if you don't have the depth, it's a good idea to shorten the game and give your defense the ability to stay fresh. Passing down field is great...if it is working. If not, it's 3 and out and a short turn around for your defense with an increase number of possessions they have to defend. Control the clock, take what the defense gives you and eliminate turnovers. That is a recipe for a win.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    March 15, 2019 1:15 a.m.

    I am quite sure that Kalani Sitake has a lot more understanding of his team, his individual players, leadership, and "playership" than any of us posters.

    🤔

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    March 15, 2019 1:09 a.m.

    I'll bet my granny makes better chocolate chip cookies than your granny. 🤗

    Got milk?🤔

  • BlueHusky Saratoga Springs, UT
    March 14, 2019 11:52 p.m.

    Thanks for the sound advice Ute fans. You guys don't know what you're talking about. BYU is looking forward to game 1. If your players think like you guys, U'll get stomped.

    As for AZUTE, I seem to remember BYU beating Arizona last year. Oh well, they were a lousy team. Then BYU beat Wisconsin in their house. Has Utah EVER played Wisconsin? Or Nebraska? Or Michigan State? Or Ole Miss? Or Mississippi State? Or Oklahoma? Or Texas? Or Notre Dame? Or Michigan, Or Miami? Or Kansas State. BYU has beaten all of them. To name a few of the many big name teams BYU has played. And BYU has beaten Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, Cal, UCLA, Arizona, ASU. Probably some others I don't remember.

    What PAC12 teams have U beaten? And you're in the league. I seem to remember U beat Washington once. And Oregon once. USC? UCLA? Stanford? I don't keep track of UoU. Sorry. Oh wait, your rival is Colorado! I think you may have beaten CU once.

    Meanwhile Utah plays only BYU as a significant non-conference game.

    But hey, U plays in the mighty PAC12. Which won what bowl games this year?

  • Elkhorn Loveland, CO
    March 14, 2019 8:27 p.m.

    azute1

    “WMU’s Pass D/Overall D BOTH ranked in triple-digits, among the absolute worst nationally, period.”

    yawn

    Utah has played hundreds of much worse teams, yet no Utah QB has ever come close to matching, much less beating, what Zach did versus Western Michigan.

    Huntley didn’t even come close versus lower division Weber State.

    Utah vs Weber St
    Huntley - 25/40, 279 yds, 4 TD, 1 Int, 48.1 QBR

    BYU vs WMU
    Wilson - 18/18, 317 yds, 4 TD, 0 Int, 91.8 QBR

  • The Bear Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 14, 2019 6:41 p.m.

    @AZUTE so nice to have such an expert on BYU. Thank you

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    March 14, 2019 6:14 p.m.

    “Did he not learn any thing from the bowl game? Remember that BYU went for 18+ yards per passing play, and only 4 yards per running play? In the bowl game BYU passed for 19 plays and ran the ball 33 times. PLEASE Sitaki, as a college grad, do your math!”

    WMU’s Pass D/Overall D BOTH ranked in triple-digits, among the absolute worst nationally, period.

    Go Utes!

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    March 14, 2019 5:32 p.m.

    Unless byu-p gets lucky against Tennessee, they start the year 0-4 & ZW still will have never beaten a good team....How’s that for leadership?

    That means 9 straight & counting against their Daddy.

    It also means going 0-3 against PAC-12 opponents, bringing their all-time record against PAC-12 opponents to 5-16, only beating sub-.500 teams.

    Go Utes!

  • LadyMoon Pittsburgh, PA
    March 14, 2019 4:54 p.m.

    The only problem is the season without a conference is like a long spring practice.

  • Geeeez Idaho Falls, ID
    March 14, 2019 4:52 p.m.

    BYU needs all the new leaders they can get!

  • bemorefair , 00
    March 14, 2019 3:46 p.m.

    @Utah-Hawaii Alum

    Why does Utah never talk about leadership? hahahahahaha

    Whittingham talks about it daily.

    Here's a quote from an article in the DNews from one year ago by Whittingham.

    "They’ve just done an outstanding job of being leaders and showing up every day and demanding a certain level of performance and holding players accountable,” he said. “So I think the team did a great job selecting the captains as well as the leadership council."

    Please, don't try to flatter your own base by disparaging BYU's, especially since BYU's coach is a Whittingham disciple.

    It just doesn't work.

    By the way, #1iscoming.

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum CA, 00
    March 14, 2019 2:56 p.m.

    @ Water Rocket,

    Y fans watch too much old WAC era films on BYUtv when BYU could play vs sparsely populated state schools. Y'all wanna see passing, but good teams can shut untalented BYU in a heartbeat. Then, the lack of depth in BYU's defense rings "true." How many 3 and outs can BYU's suspect defense recover from? Teams like Utah control the clock by running and passing and have more depth and better players than BYU at every position 2x.

    Did you watch the NFL Superbowl this year? What was the ratio of run/pass plays called by New England? Sure, when Tom Brady has to be "Tom Brady" sometimes...... he delivers. But, ya gotta run the rock pards!

  • kaysvillecougar KAYSVILLE, UT
    March 14, 2019 2:44 p.m.

    So would an example of leadership be coming on a BYU article and yapping about lack of leadership three times? That's an interesting take. That's not the leadership I've looked toward.

  • cougarsrock Springville, UT
    March 14, 2019 2:40 p.m.

    Looking forward to what could be a great 2019 season for the Cougs !

  • water rocket , 00
    March 14, 2019 2:32 p.m.

    Sitaki says "its ... an offense they (the players) are familiar with". The huge problem here is that we are all "familiar" with his run first options, and we want more passing! Until Sitaki and his staff get that, we will be stuck in low scoring games where the outcome can go either way (just like last year!) Did he not learn any thing from the bowl game? Remember that BYU went for 18+ yards per passing play, and only 4 yards per running play? In the bowl game BYU passed for 19 plays and ran the ball 33 times. PLEASE Sitaki, as a college grad, do your math!

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum CA, 00
    March 14, 2019 2:09 p.m.

    The only true "leader" that played BYU football was Jim McMahon that I can think of.......maybe Jason Buck as well. BYU basketball had two unreal leaders that I remember.........Danny Ainge and the quintessential "virtuoso" Kresomir Cosic. They were the best.......all three of them.

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum CA, 00
    March 14, 2019 1:55 p.m.

    Why is it that Utah football and great teams like Alabama and Clemson never mention "leadership?"

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum CA, 00
    March 14, 2019 1:52 p.m.

    BYU is constantly searching for "leadership," yet they are all followers. I think the lack of "leadership" qualities is due to innate fright due to heritage.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    March 14, 2019 1:35 p.m.

    Gotta love comments by readers who place a ton of weight one or two quotes from an interview when, in fact, the interviewee made many more comments. That, plus their attempts to coach the coach.

  • LivinLarge Bountiful, UT
    March 14, 2019 1:06 p.m.

    Coaching 101 reminds coaches everywhere and every sport to not anoint players as leaders at this stage...they should be referred to as "mentors". Leadership is conferred following the first significant victory!

  • LivinLarge Bountiful, UT
    March 14, 2019 12:34 p.m.

    At this point, I' m much more interested in "playership" than "leadership"...Sitake should know better by now that a focus on leadership at this stage of team development will only polarize players, not unite them!