What about defensive backs? They did a great job considering their
ability but did we do anything to improve there? As I recall, that was the weak
spot on defense.Anyone know anything about that?
Kelly Poppinga. Brady's been gone a while.
they should make a BCS run.
I agree it is possible to make a BCS run. But only if they win the non
conference play at the beginning of the season and continue to dominate
conference play. Had they not lost to UCLA last year they would have definitely
been BCS bound.
It was a good thing that they didn't go to the BCS last year. I think it hurts
more to go to the BCS unprepared than to not go at all. Just look at Hawaii for
an example of that. Hopefully they will be ready to go this year. It's going
to be on the defense to make sure that the team is good enough to make it.
The loss to Tulsa hurt worse than the loss to UCLA. Non-BCS teams must be
Please, no more talk about the BCS until after game 12!
Though most do not have much game experience, there is a ton of potential for
the d-backs this year. After the 2005 debacle of a season for the d-backs,
there has been a most concerted effort in recruiting to get talented guys back
there. The d-backs did pretty well last year, especially when you
consider the two starting safeties were third string entering the pre-season.
There was only one game where our d-backs let us down last year. Not bad for
I agree with wii! Let's try and win the non-conference games and proceed
throught the league. Trite as it sounds one game at a time is the recipe. Go
No BCS or how great we're going to be talk. Keep humble and let your play do the
talking for you! GO COUGARS!!!!!
I agree that they need to keep their feet on the ground with respect to a BCS
run. They're getting into a habit of losing early games, which is going to kill
their BCS chances.Also, they need to get a secondary that's
dominant. Most of the time Mendenhall's technique of rushing the QB works, but
it won't work for every game in the season.
No early season losses, no mid season losses, wait, no late season losses. Hey
no losses would be great!! This season will be a tougher schedule than last
year. If we win the non conference games and take the conference, we can be BCS
busters. That is nice, but we will never see another National Championship
again. Not until we get out of this lousy conference. The BCS made sure there
would never be another 1984.
This cruddy conference is the only one that wants you. Other than the last two
years BYU has been very mediocre in the Football and Basketball. (The only two
sports that major conferences will look at). Additionaly BYU has two many
stipulations due to the fact they are a private LDS school that follows a whole
set of rules no one in the country understands or will bother to understand.
They could go independent, however I would not make that reccomendation, Just
look at Notre Dame and their success as an independent especialy in football.
The only reason people schedule them is history and tradition. BYU would have a
difficult time filling a schedule with any respectable opponents. This
conference is a Decent conference with at least three teams who get looked at in
the pre season as possible top 25 in BYU, Utah and TCU with the potential to
have a few more. Besides it has nothing to do with the conference. BYU
traditionaly cannot win games against non conference opponents especialy those
in BCS conferences. If they can get that strait they will bust the BCS.
Does anyone know if this kid is related to the Stephen Covey from Franklin
Yes, he is the "old man's" grandson. He is the son of Stephen M.S. Covey.
When you get two middle initials, you know you've got it made.
Don't give up on the MWC so easily. Sure, the deck is stacked against the
conference teams winning a national championship, but the BCS will eventually
crumble from within and a playoff is inevitable.It's nice to dream
of the increased exposure and opportunities that would be afforded by playing in
the Big 12 or Pac 10 conferences, but nothing is likely to happen on that front
for a long time, if ever. In the meantime, MWC teams should
concentrate on busting the BCS every year. They need to raise the bar and start
winning those close non-conference games that usually slip away. No more moral
I believe this new Covey is the grandson of the big name Covey. If his father is
who I think it is, he started at QB for BYU just prior to Ty Detmer taking over.
Meaning he was a pretty decent QB, just not Ty Detmer.As for BYU
having a hard time filling a schedule as an independent, there may be some truth
to that. Don't forget that they have a 70,000 seat stadium and fill it most of
the time. In fact, their attendance average was the highest in the nation for
non-BCS schools. So pretty decent, and ticket buying spectators will always draw
games.I am glad to hear that we have some good Dbacks in the
waiting. I agree the backfield did a great job for what they had last year. I
have just wondered how our overall defense would have played if we had another
Morgan/Bacon combination at corners.In any case, Go BYU!
It's Steven Covey the 3rd, grandson of The Franklin Covey Steven Covey.He
graduated from Timpview Highschool in Prove area in 2005 where he was an
outstanding quarterback.Hope he lives up to the hype surrounding him.
One game at a time is a silly mantra for anyone but the coaches and players.
We're fans. Let us dream.
RE: BB King (defensive backs)Two names come to mind that I believe
the Cougars are hoping to count on for next season. G Pittman redshirted this
year and will be in the mix. Brandon Bradley will be another promising
newcomer.(recovering from knee surgery) Brandon Howard is also back I believe.
IF Bradley's knee holds up they are supposed to be faster and more athletic than
their predecessors. Tafuna and Fowler will bring needed experience to the
safeties. The whole season's success may depend on how fast the DB's come
As a BYU fan I have been burned too many times in big non conference games to
get to far ahead of myself. Stop the BCS talk now! Look what it did for TCU
Somebody bitter at not being accepted at BYU? Let it go, man. Your energy is
better spent cheering for the yewts than coming on BYU articles and showing your
lack of knowledge. Really, you're embarrassing yourself.As for the
safeties, let's not forget about Andrew Rich from Ogden's Bonneville HS. He was
a JC All-American last year at Snow College as a freshman and is a big time
player (otherwise Cal-Berkeley wouldn't have offered him a scholarship). Go
If BYU were to leave the MWC (Mostly Weak Conference), here's how I see
scheduling as an Independent.* One game against each of the 6 BCS
conferences - go home-and-home series against a different opponent from each
conference.* An annual game against rival Utah and let's throw Utah
State in there as well so they quit whining about nobody wanting to play
them.* Reestablish a home-home with Hawaii to maintain recruiting
and tradition.* 1 game every year against a service academy -
rotating teams every year (Army, Navy, Air Force).* 2 random games
against any opponent ranging from another BCS school to a D-1 FCS opponent. I
could definately see a few series with Notre Dame in the mix.So,
here's how the opponent schedule could look:1 - Big 102 - Big
East3 - Big 124 - Pac-105 - ACC6 - SEC7 -
Hawaii8 - Utah9 - Utah State10 - Service Academy (Army, Navy,
AFA)11 - Floating opponent (maybe C-USA)12 - Floating opponent
(maybe Notre Dame)If the Pac-10 won't take us, then we need to go
Let the team and coaches keep their focus on one-game-at-a-time, BYU fans are
just following the coach's mantra of raising the bar. Two outright conference
championships in a row. Two bowl wins. Busting the BCS is the next obvious step.
Making it through September undefeated should be the next goal. Above all,
winning on November 22nd (in dramatic fashion) would be sweet.
Independent would get BYU nowhere. Hasn't this issue been brought up enough.
BYU independent? Slow down there buddy!! There is now way that would ever
happen and BYU has been fortunate the last couple of years to have a decent
program. BYU fans think they should be in a BCS bowl every year. I don't know
where this thougth process comes from. They would get destroyed in a BCS
Going independent would be a disaster for BYU. Scheduling any decent teams after
September would be nearly impossible.
My suggestion is that UNLV plays all 8 of its conference games at home from here
on out. That way, there will actually be some fans in Sam Boyd Stadium (from the
visiting teams) -- and, hey, UNLV might actually win a couple games in
conference instead of tanking year after year and dragging the rest of the
conference down.UNLV coaches can keep the film running post-game,
and recruit the fans who actually run on the field the fastest -- bumping over
little old ladies like so many George Costanzas escaping an apartment fire in
the process.Wouldn't all fans of the opposing teams rather travel to
watch their team play in Vegas than making any semblance of a level playing
field?If we did that, I might even be able to sell this novel
approach to satellite cable providers. Of course, we can't just focus on
football on the MTN, we'll still have to balance coverage between women's
Tiddly-Winks featuring Wyoming v. Colorado State.
As a die hard BYU fan lets not get the cart before the horse. I remember a 14-1
BYU team that won vs. Kansas St in the Cotton Bowl, that got spanked by
Washington. BYU has struggled against Pac 10 teams even in wins and especially
against UCLA and Washington. Washington has a good quarterback and will be
very motivated at the first of the year on their home field. I agree that any
BCS talk is premature until after the two PAC 10 games. Striving for perfection
is one thing, talking about it as though it has already been accomplished is
another. Go Cougars!
He's the son of Stephen M.R. Covey, not of Stephen M.S. Covey, not of Sean
Covey. Grandson of Stephen R. Covey.
The rivalry picks up again. This is a fun thing to be apart of, but for heavens
sake BYU fans just relax. So defensive and sensative and fighting to defend the
team. Seriously, just relax...quiet dignity.
Stop talking about BCS. You don't have a shot. You won't go undefeated so
don't plan on it. How about you just win games and worry about it later.
To Craig's-List Thompson: nice post!!! To the DNews: It's good to see football
getting back into the discussion. Even though I'm currently cheering for the
BBall team, I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL FOOTBALL SEASON!!! I'm not hinting it will
happen, but I can take a disappointing finish to a baskeball season (As BYU
fans, we all should be used to it), but not football! Hopefully our guys can
avoid the injuries they had last year during the pre-season workouts. It sounds
like the team is really putting in some tough workouts...man, I can't wait to
see these guys tear it up! GO COUGARS!!!!!!
While I agree that bYu will be a good team next year, take it one game at a
time! Lets be realistic here. Utah and TCU will both be good teams as well. Utah
will be your toughest game of the year. As I look at bYu, realistically, It is
my opinion that your beloved cougs will end up with 3 losses (WU, UCLA, Utah).
It is also my opinion that Utah has a better shot at yet another BCS game than
bYu has at getting in for the first time. Utah's first game of the season will
be the springboard for the entire season. If the Utes beat Michigan in the big
house (which is very, very possible) watch out, as they have a very favorable
home schedule. The toughest game for the Utes will be against bYu. Hears to the
Utes and Cougs going undefeated until the big one in November. Just
my $.02GO UTES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don't forget to schedule BSU if you go independent.They would love to play
BYU every year as long as it is a home game.
you can't ever get to a bcs game. you're never leaving the mountain west.
Won't happen. Period.We aren't Notre Dame.The MWC is good for us.
Just sit back and enjoy the ride and maybe someday we'll get a playoff.
Wah, wah, wah, I hate BYU, wah, wah, wah. So I get on here to vent and
criticize because I don't have any other skills that actually contribute. Wah,
While the BCS talk is premature, it is not unfounded. Those posting claims such
as "you can't ever get to a BCS game," or "you won't go undefeated, so don't
plan on it" are proposing as a fact unseen future events. The Utes
may lay claim to being the first to bust the BCS, but they talk as if they are
the only ones to do so. We have all seen that BSU and Hawaii are evidence that
it can happen...even with a horribly weak schedule. So to the Y
haters (read frustrated Ute fan)you need to understand that two incredibly great
years under Urban renewal do not a storied football program make. I'll take the
Y's storied past, present, and bright future. If the Cougars take
care of business (i.e. an undefeated season), a BCS berth is guaranteed. I'm not
saying it will happen, but I don't illogically proclaim it will NEVER happen.
But I do believe "Magic Happens!"
I agree with Utah Man. I see both the Cougs and the Utes going undefeated until
they meet in November. Once the rivalry game is over, EMT's and other medical
personnel will have to be called in to carry off all of the mentally and
physically drained fans. May the Utes crush Michigan(think UCLA) and
May the Cougars defeat all PAC-10 foes.GO COUGARS!!!!!
haha thank you for the laughs! I read your post twice!
My Cougars rock.
RE: WashingtonVery good point. No one can say Cougar fans aren't
positive thinkers. It's ok to dream, but beating Washington in Seattle is no
easy chore. UCLA will be tough, and many of our conference toughies are on the
road next year. It would sure be fun though if the stars line up right for the
Cougs either in 2008 or 2009.
Two things that will NOT happen next year:1) Utah beating Michigan
in "the big house."Utah evidently has dreams of being Appalachian St. No
harm in fantasizing, I suppose. The reality-check, however, is going to be all
the more brutal. Over by half-time.2) BYU going undefeatedThey
WILL stumble at least once next year (ala Tulsa). Count on it.
Stephen Covey is from Timpview. He runs about a 4.65 40 but he is only about
5'11". He is a good runner with a below average arm. Most likely will move to
Safety. Offered a scholarship to keep the Endowment coming from Grandpa.
Face it folks. BYU football is just something for a bunch of kids to do on a
Saturday afternoon in boring old Provo, Utah. At this level, it is just fun and
fond rembrances of those beautiful fall days when you beat up on the likes of
the other teams in the conference. This is not real football is it? Oh,
sometimes you get a really good team together and beat a few non-conference
foes, but it is really just for kids and for people that made it clear out of
Provo and all the way to Orem.
RE: Carl65,000 of us disagree with you every BYU gameday. Do I
detect just a bit of jealousy? We're not the SEC, but to say Cougar football
isn't exciting just shows bias on your part.
I agree with the post about washington. I'm very nervous about that game. We
play a nobody and then go on the road in one of the traditionally tougher places
to play. Boise state thought they were road tested last year before their early
season trip to seattle...