To me this was the most troubling position last year. After decades of high
productivity the well went dry. And it is not that the talent was missing as
almost all of the tight ends are highly regarded recruits from excellent
programs. Size and speed were their too. I suspect that the two headed monster
at the QB position had something to do with the early failure rate and the
dropped passes. With out a consistant QB-Tight End connection the confidence
level was lacking. I also believe it was a coaching problem where Anae was not
committing to someone, anyone to be primary. I felt Anae was distracted too.If anyone can turn this around I believe it will be Reynolds and I
believe he will challenge the priviledge scholarship holders to prove they want
it as bad as the past walk-ons who have been all Americans.
I agree with slcwatch. Tightends were the biggest piece missing last year. A
lot of balls were dropped by receivers as well but the tightends were MIA. The
skill level of all of these freshman is amazing. I can't wait to see them
Well, the good news is there is no where to go but up for the tight ends!One of the overlooked factors from last season is that BYU's wide
receivers struggled for most of the year which meant defenses could pay more
attention to the TEs. If your wide receivers are a threat - which I believe
they will be this year - then the lanes will open up for the TEs.I'm
very anxious for this season so I can find out if I know what I'm talking about!
Offensive success will come from a balanced attack. BYU needed Tight ends last
year more than they have for the past 10 seasons. This year they will need them
less but will be much better at that position. You can bet that they have been
working since January to improve themselves and prepare to step up and take the
lead in a wide open position. The Receivers will be much improved and the
running backs all have another years experience plus another fullback and Drew
Phillips. Every offensive position will be improved from last year
including a more experienced, veteran O-line.I would say the potential for
a great season would be high if the QB, receivers and tight ends were one year
more experienced. Should be a good season with 9 wins at worst.
Lance Reynolds is deserving of the highest respect as a most loyal Cougar coach.
Reynolds had ample opportunity to move up in the ranks of coaching. He has been
passed over a few times as vacancies came open at BYU and certainly in other
programs. I have it on good authority that Reynolds is a man of highest
integrity and he is very widely respected in his own right. Hence his
assignment to revive the crucial role of tight ends in the BYU arsenal. Cougars
look great for 2011/2012 and I await the return of the T.E. position in a big
In addition to making catches adding up to yards and TD's, BYU has always had at
least 1 TE who could provide additional blocking when they weren't releasing for
receptions. It was disturbing last year that the TE's were non-factors in
receptions BUT even more damaging that they could not be relied on to provide
protection for Heaps until late in the season. And, I hate to replay it in my
mind, the missed block by a TE allowed the utes to block the field goal attempt
that would've sealed the victory for the underdog Cougars.
Yes. He can and will. Look for good things from the TE's this coming fall. Go Cougars.
Re: Running Backs - does anyone know the current status of Drew Phillips in
terms of his academics and team standing?? I.E., will he be playing this fall?
RE: SLCWatch IT's was troubling because of Anae.Anae did
not recruit JC tightends, or other skilled offensive players from the JC
ranks,leaving the team with a bunch of freshman tightends and
inexperience in other skilled offensive positions last year.Forcing
the team to develop experience over the season.Good thing Anae is
gone, maybe these inexperience gaps will never happen again, and
that the new offensiove coodinator will let these players play and not limit
them the way Anae did.
Plus, it sounds like Chad Lewis wants to help mentor that position as well.
I look for the Tight Ends to be the most improved position on the team, there is
too much talent there for them not to be productive. With Reynolds now working
with them and Doman now in charge of the offense, I think the TEs will become a
key part of the offense as they have been in the past.
"...these guys have a lot to prove. They had a year last year, where none
of them caught a touchdown; none of them really had any spectacular
performances..."********************Has Heaps really
proven himself on the field enough to throw his teammates under the bus like
Howard S, using Heaps' words the way you are is like grasping at straws. Heaps
hasn't thrown anyone under the bus. Whittingham is a classic example of throwing
people under the bus. You go 13-0 and win the sugar bowl, whittingham gets rid
of the OC, because he didn't like the production. I tell you what, if I was
coaching and we went 13-0, I'd pretty much want to keep things they way they
are. Now, Utah's had a plethora of new OC's a virtual coaching carousel and you
say that Heap's is throwing his Tight Ends under the bus. . . Can't see the
forest for the trees, can you?
Coach R will get these young players producing big this season. Plus they will
be mostly covered by a single linebacker as the secondary will be chasing the
wrs all over the field. Fear the Cougars. Playing for a NC only since we have no
conference affiliation. Besides, if your conference isn't BCS then your just one
of the little sisters of the poor.
Howard S. What did Heaps say that wasn't true? I thought his entire comment was
positive, energizing, and "leaderly." We'll see how he does on the
field as both a passer and a leader. I'm optimistic.
On offensive guard teaching tight ends how to catch a ball. Novel concept.
I would just like to add that "Harline, is STILL open".