Sure is nice to be able to read an article and look at the comments without
seeing the usual derision's from the utie people. (U know who U are) It is great
to be able to tease my ute friends back as hard as they teased me earlier this
season. Life is good again!
It will be interesting to see how they use Riley Nelson next season. Maybe how
the broncos use tebow now-- just on the goal line with run/pass option-- or
maybe move him to DB if he can play it.. I dont think its possible for him to
beat out Heaps but everyone comments on what a leader and athlete he is so
they'll look to use him somewhere..
This season will be to Bronco, what the 1974 season was to LaVell. A turning
point in the BYU program.In 1974, BYU started the season 0-3-1 and
appeared destined to suffer their second straight losing season. Then, the
Cougars turned things around to win 7 in a row, LaVell's first WAC championship
and BYU's first trip to a bowl game.Three years later, BYU cracked
the Top 20 for the first time, and a legendary football program was born.Coincidentally, BYU 1974 also lost to Utah State two games before
starting their season-ending winning streak.The 1974 Cougars also
played New Mexico and Utah in their final two regular season games and finished
the season 7-4-1.at Hawaii 13-15Utah St. 6-9at Iowa St.
7-9at Colorado St. 33-33Wyoming (H) 38-7UTEP 45-21at
Arizona 37-13at Air Force 12-10Arizona St. 21-18at New Mexico
On the assumption Heaps beats out Nelson for the job next year (he will), I'd
like to see what Riley can do at RB or even at safety. I think he'd be
extremely effective at either....
I can only imagine that Broncon is being respectful to Riley Nelson to mention
him as still being in next season's QB battle. But even the most casual observer
can see there is a world of difference between the talent level of Jake Heaps
and Riley Nelson - and now that Heaps has more than bridged the experience
factor it is not even a contest. Nelson would make a solid safety and he should
be focusing on his future position as soon as possible. We are too loaded at RB
to consider him there.If Bronco wants to keep a competitive fire
under Heaps he probably should say that Lark and Munns deserve their chance to
show what they can do in spring and summer. They are actual QBs with legitimate
"I also know that we have another excellent leader and an excellent
quarterback in Riley Nelson, and so all this (season) is doing is giving Jake
every single opportunity to make sure that he can reach his goals and potential
as a starting quarterback. (Heaps) will have to be beat out, but I think Riley
will do everything he can to help this team, and I'm not willing to rule him
out."-----------Get over the man-crush Bronco. If Riley
was that good, he should've been head-and-shoulders better than Heaps last
off-season when he was a Junior and Heaps hadn't even unpacked his bags. Seriously, that statement makes me wonder if half the lessons of 2010
will be lost!
Let's go Cougs... Keep this momentum up. New Mexico this week. Bring it!
Poor New Mexico. BYU by at least 35.
I have no doubt that BYU has worked hard after suffering some tough losses early
on, but every other D1 team in this position does the same thing, so I'm not
sure why this is news. BYU is not without talent and against the softer part of
the schedule it's gonna show up.That's certainly true of Heaps, but
let's be real here: give Nelson or Lark the start against this part of the
schedule and the outcome is pretty much the same.Sometimes You just
have to wonder where Mendenhall is coming from. If BYU wins out and shows up
well in a bowl game, Heaps will be the guy in 2011. It's not gonna matter what
Nelson or Lark does next spring; it won't change. Seems like a dishonest way to
keep Nelson in the program. In any event Nelson will never be a good fit for
this offense, and he is neither big enough or fast enough to be a running back.
Riley Nelson can still be used as a change of pace option QB if Jake Heaps and
the running backs struggle moving the ball. That's what Riley Nelson's role
should be and he should willingly accept it. They could train Nelson on play
action passes and running some option looks and I think that would increase the
offenses effectiveness against better defenses because it would add another
wrinkle. But Jake Heaps is THE guy, period.
And that "opportunity to finish this season out 8-5" is looking better
and better based on the recent play by the Cougars and the Utes.
OK. I think Heaps has a very promising future at BYU and I have a lot of hope
for his success. Nevertheless, he has 2 very good games and at least 6 bad to
really bad games. I think it is still premature for him to spout that he plans
to be the best QB ever to play at BYU. It is OK to think that, but to announce
it publicly just provides motivational fodder for your opponents. A little more
humility in his interviews with the media would go a long way for him. Isn't
there a "Media Relations" course that BYU athletes can take? Maybe
Max Hall could teach it. ;-)
Some BYU fans might cringe a little at Jake's seeming over-confidence, but there
are many examples throughout sports history of great athletes who decided early
in life that they were going to accomplish something extra special, and weren't
afraid to make their plans known.Often, the difference between
greatness, and simply being very good, is that unflagging desire, courage, and
determination to dare to be great.It may work out for Jake. It may
not. But, I admire his courage to set that high of a standard for himself.
idablu You are sounding more like idaRED. What do you
want Heaps to say. "I hope I end up being in the middle of the pack of BYU
quarterbacks"? He didn't say he would be at the top, he said
that he hoped he might me. Is that really a bad thing to say?You
people need to get off his case. Everytime he gives an interview we have to
read a bunch of critics jumping on his every word.He is 19 years
old! I'm glad my brilliant thoughts and observations as a 19 year old weren't
put out on the internet for the world to see. (Actually, Al Gore hadn't
invented the internet yet back then.)Let's leave the unwarranted
criticism of Jake to the haters so they will have something to do.
Thank you, Greg, for the article and your great play-by-play of the BYU games.
You're a BYU broadcasting icon.
How appropriate that a blowout victory over a weak team brings out the
comparisons between Heaps and the legendary BYU quarterbacks that also built
their legacies on second rate competition.*****************************