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Dick Harmon: Cougar passing game can take a bow

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  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Nov. 13, 2010 10:16 p.m.

    Two cheers for the BYU passing game. Maybe three. Mr. Heaps is starting to look like a BYU QB. Rushers continue to produce and so does the defense.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Nov. 13, 2010 10:42 p.m.

    It's so good to have it finally start to click. Getting some confidence will help them. Good job Cougars!

  • Y4LYFE Provo, UT
    Nov. 13, 2010 11:25 p.m.

    He can take a bow at the last regular season game, when he wYns big for BYU.

  • Flame of the West The OC, CA
    Nov. 13, 2010 11:52 p.m.

    I guess that in a way, Utah losing to ND is a form of revenge against TCU which after today's near loss to SDSU likely dooms any chance to move into the # 2 slot...but I digress, this is an article about Brandon Doman's efforts finally paying off in the form of a true confident freshman QB.

    I won't use any catchy slogans such as one game at a time or NC2010...just sticking to GO COUGS!!

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Nov. 13, 2010 11:54 p.m.

    In my 60 years of watching college football, I've seen a lot of good QBs. Heaps looks incredibly good. I've liked his poise all year, even when everything was too fast for him. But a major difference is that, as they say, the game has slowed down for him.

    And the receivers can now catch his passes. The drops in the first few games were caused by insufficient reps to get used to the hard tight zips they get from Heaps. Now they know.

    And don't overlook the defense. Since Bronco took over, the D has been great. And the kids in that D backfield are fast. Finally, our running is a real threat. We're running to set up the pass and can run and run if we have to.

    This team is going to be good. Really good. Wait for Quezada to bulk up a little. Wait for all those freshmen to come back next year bigger and stronger. This is going to be a really good team. Maybe a great team.

  • Urpo Sherwood, OR
    Nov. 14, 2010 12:35 a.m.

    OK DH. It ought to be a chocolate milkshake. You were only 66% today. I was 83%. How you did not call the utah/nd game, we are all surprised at that.

    Just having some fun, I called the points closer 10 times to your 2 times. Maybe I should be writing your articles for you. Most common game for each of us was the tcu/sdsu game. Neither of us thought sdsu could score 35 points on tcu. Utah had better come with a game next Saturday or they will lose a third game in a row to the underdog.

    Thank you BYU for giving us good entertainment on Saturday.

  • ed in atl Duluth, GA
    Nov. 14, 2010 5:28 a.m.

    Can we have a mulligan for the Nevada, USU and Air Force games. It is clicking now and Utes are scared.

  • Jrifkin48 Fayetteville, NC
    Nov. 14, 2010 6:27 a.m.

    Let the record show that I have stood up for Heaps even when the majority of BYU fans wanted to throw him overboard (I like being right). BYU has never seen a pure passer as good as Heaps is. And that's saying a lot with all of the All Americans, Heisman winner and 2 Super Bowl winning QBs in BYU's legacy. Do Cougar fans think Jordan Wynn is a better QB than Heaps now?

  • Alpine Coug Alpine, UT
    Nov. 14, 2010 8:31 a.m.

    Dick, any truth to rumors that Doman took over the play calling yesterday?

    There were some twists that made it seem unlike an Anae offensive scheme.

    Great win Cougs!!

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    Nov. 14, 2010 9:23 a.m.

    The big difference in the passing game is that they are finally passing the ball down the field instead of these stupid passes to the line which turn into 3 yard gains and eventually stall out. I can't believe how long it took before they realized that.

    Now we need to up the pass count to 30-35 per game and start to look like a BYU offense because the first good defense they run up against the ground game will not carry them.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Nov. 14, 2010 9:48 a.m.

    The passing game was great, but how about those two random walk ons busting off big runs at the end of the game? That was sweet? It's good to know that even the walk ons can run the football.

    Jake Heaps is looking really good. I'm not quite ready to say that he is better than Jordan Wynn yet. I think he will be better than Jordan Wynn, he just needs to show more of a track record. But he's looking pretty good right now.

    Go Cougs!

  • Big Hapa Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 14, 2010 10:34 a.m.

    RE ShyBo

    You are correct ! What have the coach's been watching and tearing down and re-evaluating ? Obviously those lame plays that produced 3rd and 15 situations over the past few months.

    The team is now looking good as well as Heaps. The Balance needed for each aspect of this wonderful game is gelling and coming together to produce a well oiled machine, greased on the oil of all the weird and experimental plays and miscues from early in the season.

    "POLY" Cougar Nation

  • Benderman1 Layton, UT
    Nov. 14, 2010 10:42 a.m.

    Heaps is far better than Wynn. Jordan Wynn has not won a single big game yet. Heaps hasn't either but you can tell that Heaps will be much better than Wynn. The only thing Wynn has is a little more expreience. But watch the way both of them pass the ball. Heaps has a strong arm and a great throwing motion. Wynn pushes the ball like a girl and can't throw it very far. If Wynn tries to throw it more than 30 yeards, he under-throws his receivers. That's a bad sign for Ute fans. Great job Heaps and GO COUGS!

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Nov. 14, 2010 11:03 a.m.

    "Jake Heaps is looking really good. I'm not quite ready to say that he is better than Jordan Wynn yet.

    You are welcome to your opinion.

    I'm going to wait until after the Utah game to form any conclusions.

  • Idaho Coug Meridian, Idaho
    Nov. 14, 2010 11:22 a.m.

    Next week will make the Cougs bowl eligible. That extra month will be HUGE as they build toward a top 10 2011.

    I wonder what would have happened if Heaps were given all the reps through fall camp? He had already outplayed the other QBs (handily) through spring and looked great in player drills all summer. It might have saved a couple of games. But it's great to see him arrive now.

    It's interesting how Heap's extremely confident statements seemed almost cocky a few weeks ago and yet seem right on now.

    It is a little of a surprise that Ashworth has been the wr to break out. I really thought once Heaps found his groove we would see much more from Jacobson. Hopefully he still breaks out over the next few games.

    I can't wait to see what Apo and Timo add to the offense next season. A couple of TEs will emerge over the offseason and this team will be a machine in 2011!!!

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Nov. 14, 2010 11:25 a.m.

    Cougars were 12-13 on 3rd down conversions. And the one they didn't convert? They picked up a 4th down conversion. Not too shabby.

    One thing that continues to disappoint me: when you are leading big and the back ups are in the game, don't take a knee on the 5 yard line. It is NOT running up the score if your starters are on the side lines. Those back up players got the ball to the 5 yard line and should have been given a chance to punch it in. Makes it easier for them down the road if they are ever needed when the game is on the line.

    Let them score, coach!

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    Nov. 14, 2010 12:30 p.m.

    @Benderman1

    How can you tell that Heaps will be better than Wynn? Just look at how Wynn played against the same cupcakes and how he's struggled against better teams. Just like Heaps.

    @ed in atl

    Yes we are really scared that BYU has demolished the same cupcakes we did. Currently BYU is playing better than Utah but both teams this year have proven that they are mediocre teams.

    The only difference unlike BYU we didn't get a beat-down @AFA and a cupcake @USU.

  • Big Hapa Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 14, 2010 12:47 p.m.

    re: Nevada Coug

    Nice call, I agree those guy's are the reason for this teams success. Without the guy's who put in the time right along side all the starters, this team like all teams would have zero success.

    Reward all the players not just the starters.

    It always is good to pump up team morale.

    "POLYP Cougar Nation.

  • SportzFan Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 14, 2010 2:23 p.m.

    I'm glad things are going well. The fact that they weren't going well earlier is squarely on the coaching staff:

    1- If you are the head coach, you are responsible. You can't just delegate, you have to be involved. That means:

    2- You aren't players' bishop. There are a couple hundred of those at BYU. You aren't an "administrator." COACH YOUR TEAM.

    3- Being responsible is more than "delegating." We've seen the results of Bronco not being involved in the defense, and now the effect of him being involved. Similarly, he can't just check out on the offense. He needs to understand it, and at times, override the assistants.

    4- If a freshman is equal to a junior, play the freshman. Not doing so was a huge error.

    5- "And our guys made some good plays and that's given us, as a coaching staff, more confidence to take calculated shots and take chances, and our guys have come out big." STUPID STATEMENT. If you underestimate YOUR players, you will get beat by coaches who don't underestimate theirs, but require them to step up. The turnaround was four games overdue.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Nov. 14, 2010 3:18 p.m.

    People were saying BYU won against a bad team last week. Well UNLV scored 45 on Wyoming.

    San Diego State played almost equally with BYU & TCU, but struggled against Colorado State more so than the Cougs. I'm beginning to think the Cougars are O.K.

    It's not how you start a season, but how you end it!

    GO COUGARS!

  • Cougarista Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 14, 2010 4:07 p.m.

    @Uteology
    Thanks for taking time away from your celebration of the Ute NC 2010 to analyze BYU football.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Nov. 14, 2010 4:58 p.m.

    Before Jake Heaps leaves BYU, he will be an all-American. You heard it here first! He will be something very special at BYU.

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    Nov. 14, 2010 5:08 p.m.

    @Cougarista
    You welcome. But unlike you I only wear "Perfection" t-shirts after the postseason and have never celebrated at an airport for a 1-0 team.

    Also don't put words in my mouth. Just to set the record straight I never said Utah will win a NC. In fact I said a non-AQ team will not be allowed to play for a title under the BcS system. Let's just hope the AP names TCU the champ if they are the only team remaining undefeated after the postseason. I wonder if TCU fans will celebrate at DFW airport if that happens?

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Nov. 14, 2010 5:13 p.m.

    Can we all stop using the word "cupcake" now. How about "victory challenged"? Heaps is looking much better but the whole team has stepped up in the past few weeks. It started with the defense and has slowly worked it's way to the different areas of the offense. They are really clicking now. BYU has beaten 2 struggling teams and has another game next week against another one. Their confidence should be very high going into the Utah game but I think both teams will give everything they've got. I am optimistic that it will be a typical close BYU - Utah game. Utah is still a good team and I expect them to bounce back and play well this Saturday and to be ready on the 27th.
    BYU football is fun again. Amazing what a change a few weeks can make.

  • da bob Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 14, 2010 5:24 p.m.

    These throws are not freshman throws. With an arm like that, we will be able to attack all areas of the field.

    Nelson is a stud with a lot of heart, but couldn't make throws to the corner or deep area of the field.

    Lots of QB's have arm power, but being able to be accurate as well is amazing.

  • duck Saint George, UT
    Nov. 14, 2010 5:36 p.m.

    I can't say enough good about the coach and the team. They've really done well these last 2 games and are becoming the team I knew they could be. However, Saturday's game finally showed that even Robert Anae has caught the fever. He actually used a flea-flicker play. I'm amazed!

    Robert hasn't called an original play for several years until then. If he keeps that up--just enough to keep the opponents guessing--BYU will beat Utah. The team has shown it can do anything. The key will still be Robert's play calling. PLEASE ROBERT, DON'T GO BACK TO BEING TOO PREDICTABLE!!!

  • DesertRat Gilbert, AZ
    Nov. 14, 2010 7:16 p.m.

    And CSU wore orange because ?????

  • CougarOnTheProwl Murray, UT
    Nov. 14, 2010 7:58 p.m.

    Uteology wrote | 12:30 p.m. Nov. 14, 2010
    Fort Worth, Texas

    The only difference unlike BYU we didn't get a beat-down @AFA and a cupcake @USU.

    You left out that BYU's defense is playing a heckuva lot better since the usu game and the offense is really starting to click. This is definately not the same team that lost to those teams early on in the season.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    Nov. 14, 2010 10:07 p.m.

    Please be nice to Uteology. At least he has guts enough to show up and post and for the more part deals with reality.

    Right now I am more concerned that we are all over looking NM which has played much better after winning one game.

    BYU has more talent, is at home and should win. But NM not that much worse than USU.

    Take care of business. See what SDSU does to Utah and then talk smack about THE GAME.

    BYU is still missing production from most of the WRs and TEs. Until that reliably kicks in BYU will not be versatile enough against good defenses. If opponents concentrate on the run game and Ashworth, BYU is limited in their options.

    It feels great to win. It is great to see the offense roar. But BYU is only humming at about 65% on offense. The D is good but Utah may play Caine who runs and that is always a problem.

    I am hopeful. I will get excited if BYU pounds UNM and Utah gets shut out by SDSU.

    The game film from TCU, ND and SDSU will tell BYU how to defend Utah.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Nov. 14, 2010 10:19 p.m.

    This is starting to come together!

    TWO WEEKS until another Ute beatdown in RES.

    Mark it down!!!

  • AribaD Spanish Fork, UT
    Nov. 14, 2010 11:42 p.m.

    What Bugoff said. All of it. Well said.