Backup's unconventional approach sparks Cougs
Riley rocks. Period. End of story.
Very impressive. I don't care if you're a USU or BYU fan (or Ute fan for that
matter), that was an awe-inspiring drive at the very end. That's football at
its best: 96 yard drive in less than 2 minutes to win the game with a touchdown,
not a field goal, a touchdown. Incredible.I'm not hearing anything
from the Aggie fans who were trash talking all week. It's very nice. But I have
to say, this new Utah State team is fun to watch. Wish them the best.
Welcome to QB controversy version 2012.
To Jake's credit, he cheered on Riley & teams' success from the sideline.
At the game tonight. Amazing.I have been in the Jake Heaps camp for
a long time, probably more than most. I think it's time to give the ball back to
Riley Nelson. If Nelson keeps the job the rest of the year, then it might be a
good idea for Heaps to redshirt next year during Nelson's senior year. Nelson
looked great tonight. Heaps didn't.
Jake has a great arm but Riley has heart. Fans wouldn't normally storm the field
for win over USU but I think everybody was inspired by Riley and who can blame
the fans for wanting to get in on the act after an exciting comeback like
that.Go Riley and the Cougs! I hope he can keep the momentum going
and stay healthy.PS Utah State is a really good team. I hope they
can learn to close out games. Best of luck to them.
The problem with that final drive is... it wasn't earned.Take away
that 40-yard hail mary ugly ducking... and BYU loses this game.And
that hail mary pass was a bonafide fluke.No sir, that winning TD was
Wow I gotta tell you...Amazed by the endless scores of Y fans
dumping their trash all over Heaps.Before the season started, a BYU
fan would've cut your head off if you suggested benching him. Heisman, O'Brien,
Manning. All that?Hilarious.
Re: CougFaninTX "Welcome to QB controversy version 2012." Sorry, but
no controversy at all. In 1 1/2 quarters, Nelson did what Heaps has failed to do
all season. It's very troubling to see Heaps' regression after his strong finish
to last season. Nelson breathed some much needed life to a lifeless offense. And
how refreshing to have a receiver other than Apo or Hoffman catch the ball.
Welcome to to the offense, McKay Jacobson. Another big difference between Nelson
and Heaps. Nelson does not throw a "beautiful" ball, but he goes
though all of his progressions. Watch Heaps. He routinely zeros in on one
receiver (Apo or Hoffman) and is so easily defensible. And when's the last time,
the stadium was chanting "Heaps" like they were chanting "Riley
By the sheer numbers of Utesie troll comments on the game stories it's been
confirmed that ESPN noticed a spike in BYU game viewership this evening in the
Salt Lake market.You guys prove it day in and day out that BYU
football makes a difference in everyone's life! Thanks for watching and caring
enough to comment.LOL
Nightmare scenario for Aggie fans: riley nelson caps amazing comeback win after
another epic meltdown with lucky touchdown in final seconds. No waking up from
this one Aggies. I used to be a big Byu and usu fan. The constant little
brother hatred over recent years has changed my outlook on the Aggies. I hope
turbin continues to tear it up. I hope keeton keeps up his great play. And I
hope for Aggie fans these unbelievable choke jobs continue. Your bitterness puts
a big smile on my face. Thanks Aggies you are the best. Look on the bright side
though this is the most attention you will get all season. We may forget about
you until next year and Byu may go onto lose several more games but your
attitude towards Byu makes tonight very special. I absolutely love it.
Former Aggie Nelson had added incentive to go out a winner tonight...he had the
proverbial "fire in the belly" playing against USU, while JH showed
why he should ride the pine for awhile.BYU may be better off
offensively with a more mobile QB, at any rate. Glad they pulled the trigger and
gave ANY of their serviceable backups a shot at unseating the incumbent. Despite
the number of cupcakes left on their slate - except for TCU and Hawai'i - the
Cougars may continue to struggle offensively. And they gotta play better D as
well, esp. in the second half of games. And let's not forget ball security and
play of BYU's special teams.
It is funny to hear that everybody is a Riley fan, considering how maligned he
has been by everybody on these boards and by the author of this article. Nice
to see that you have noticed that he plays with heart. All you were interested
in for the last 18 months has been Heap's arm strength; guess you have grown
tired of watching balls hit the dirt with great velocity. Harmon
can't help but hand out backhanded compliments to Nelson, and what an opportune
time to give Heaps a little chin-music to boost your readership. This place is
such an echo chamber: 1) watch game, 2) decide on a platitude, 3) regurgitate it
on the boards so people think that you might know something about the sport you
profess to love. Being on the Nelson bandwagon right now is the most obvious
move for a cougar-fan since cheering for Heaps in the 2 QB system last year.
You'll have a new opinion and a new axe to grind in a few days, like a wave of
the sea driven with the wind and tossed. A quality kid like Nelson isn't
deserved by such a fan base.
I'll admit I was surprised. Good job Riley!I still feel bad for
Heaps. Fans let's try to be a little nicer to him. I'm worried about him right
now.The first priority for the Cougs right now is to win. Let's be
honest, outside TCU and maybe Hawaii, the rest of the games are glorified
scrimmages. Do we really need Riley Nelson to beat those teams? We could
probably split time with the QBs the rest of the year and still win the rest of
our games. I think it is important just for Jake's morale. With that in mind,
maybe it would be good to redshirt Heaps next year and still have him around for
two more years to give him a fair shake to master Doman's offense. We'll see how
things go in the offseason.
How much longer are we going to keep up this charade?
Riley showed the X Factor tonight that we have been waiting for Jake to display.
He has earned the right to start the next game. Jake has been
hurried into the starting role and spending some time seasoning--building his
confidence, overcoming the amped-up jitters, and settling down will allow him to
become the QB he has the potential to be. With Riley's performance and
toughness, it is hard not to look back to Texas and wonder, What if....?It took Doman way too long to realize this was the right move (rookie
mistake, perhaps) and have the guts to make the change in the face of the Jake
Heaps Hype Machine but at least he got there. Now maybe the Blue can get there
Great win for BYU hard loss for USU. A week ago I said Heaps needed to sit for a
quarter or two... Maybe that needs to be extended to a game or two. Heaps will
someday be a great BYU QB not sure when that might happen. The coaches have big
chore to pick the starting QB for the next game. Oh,the fish are a
bitting at the berry!Go Cougars!
Time to bench Heaps and start Riley. Enough said.
Riley is a classy kid. I still don't get the comments about wobbly passes. He
can throw the ball. Look at his high school record. It seems his kid brother,
DJ (USU commit, no less) is following in his footsteps. That kid has thrown 27
TDs and ran for 14TDs so far this year at Logan High School, with NO
interceptions. I think we need to give them credit for their skills.
Nice job Mr. Nelson. Nice comeback win! Still not enthusiastic about the
Cougars play. Diluigi is NOT an inside the tackles kind of runner, why do they
keep trying it? Keep trying to get him one on one with a linebacker and use that
speed. Last thought...Doesn't BYU have a Dress and Grooming standard? Riley
Nelson, cut your hair. You look like "Sunshine" from the movie
Remember the Titans.
If this is Jake's mission, maybe it's time for a transfer?
Riley will make Doman look like a great Offensive Coordinator. Riley is the QB
the rest of the season.
Riley did a great Job taking the game away from the Aggies...Now then to the
real problem at the core. Doman still needs to address and start fine tuning his
play calling. What he is showing still looks too much like Robert
Anae's...totally lacking in an aggressive multiple crossing route passing attack
that opens up the entire field. He needs to study and borrow from a couple of
his other predicessors like Chow and Scovil and design his own signature passing
offense and not relying quite as heavily on his/Anae's running schematic which
btw... will also benefit and become even more effective with improvement in
learning and developing a passing attack that maximises multiple receivers
running the full gamit of possible routes and a quarterback who can check off
and read all of his recievers. That's a big/tall order... but if Heaps, Nelson
or any other of BYU's talented quarterbacks are ever going to amount to anything
or even live up to thier known potential then Doman needs to also develop and
perform at a higher level...as a coach as well.
Very impressive come-back performance. USU is a very good team and looked to be
in control. Riley's performance reminded me of a young Gifford Nielson's reserve
role and come-back over New Mexico....many years ago and an amazing experience
with SMU by Jim McMahon in the Holiday Bowl.Jake Heaps has great
skills, but is struggling and maybe....just maybe....the coaches have given him
too much slack to be QB and "team spokesman" on every national venue
and media outlet.....has probably put too much pressue on a young
sophomore...??? Heaps will be ok, just possibly put under way too much
pressure.....That said: USU and Utah have looked great and deserve
our respect and support as an area....I would also include BSU....we have some
excellent programs in the area.
It is time to apply the "FULL-NELSON" on the rest of the teams we play
this year.Go Riley,Go Cougs!
It looks like playing Utah State over the past 2 years has served to help BYU
make needed personnel changes. Last year it was at Defensive Coordinator, this
year QB....?Actually, I think Heaps will probably finish the season
as the starter, but riding the bench for a few quarters may be the best thing
that happens to him all season. Hopefully he'll calm down on those 3rd down and
red-zone throws.I like how Riley was able to scramble and go back to
first-option receivers without staring them down the entire route. Needed win!
cougar claws --- If the football team has the same mind set as you --- we will
lose most of the remaining games.
The backup quarterback is always the most popular man on the team. Very happy
for Nelson, but when defenses start game planning for him and force him to beat
them with the pass, the fanbase will be calling for Heaps to return, or maybe
even for Lark.Luckily for him, they are in the soft part of the
schedule, so maybe he continues to do well.
Jake Heaps will start next week, even Nelson knows that.
No disrespect to Jake, but Nelson brought life back into the Coug's offense last
night. Plus, his leadership and enthusiasm motivated the defense to play harder
as well. You could see the team fighting on both sides of the ball to pull out
the win. And, like Riley said, the last TD had a lot of luck tied to it when the
ball was tipped into Mathews' hands. But,on the flip side, momentum had clearly
swung in the BYU's favor and the players took advantage of it. Way to go Cougs!!
Mr. Nelson showed himself to be one tough kid. Friday night games means many
bucks for BYU. It was the only FB game on last night. Not one of BYU's
opponents this year play before TV today if I read it right including Utah.
Tomahawk Red "No sir, that winning touchdown was not deserved."That doesn't even make sense. That would be the same as saying Utah
didn't deserve the win last year because BYU muffed the field goal to win it.
The game of football is filled with twists and turns, mistakes and crazy bounces
of the ball, and the team that can make the most of its opportunities is the one
who wins. If a team can drive the length of the field in the last two minutes
and score a touchdown, they deserve the win simply because the opposing defense
was unable to stop the drive. The games was there for the Aggies to win had the
defense done so.
Tomahawk Red "Wow I gotta tell you..."is
you're one jealous little troll who simply can't appreciate a great individual
performance when it's not associated with a certain team up north.Coming off the bench in a scene straight out of Hollywood, Riley engineered a
game-winning, 96-yard scoring drive that was a thing of beauty to anyone who
appreciates the game of football.
I think that Nelson doesn't have Heap's potential (great arm strength...), but
Heaps doesn't have Nelson's heart, courage, nor his ability to add some
motivation to the team.Last night, Nelson earned a shot at starting
for the Cougs. Heaps may some day be a great quarterback, but right now the team
is responding better to Riley. Team chemistry usually matters more
than the individual skills of the quarterback.
@ Tomahawk RedWhat game did you watch? USU din't deserve their
first score, using your logic, because a couple defenders missed their
assignments so the 80-yard run was a "fluke." It "wasn't
earned." BUNK. You need to see what actually happens, not what you want
to see happen through your crimson-colored glasses. Your posts indicate an
amazing lack of understanding regarding football and the factys speak for
themselves. BYU had better stats than USU, they led twice during the game (the
most important time was when the clock read 0:00 in the fourth quarter), and the
came from behind to win. USU, on the other hand, was ahead with 3 minutes to go
and quit playing defense, gave up a 96-yard scoring drive, and lost the game
(AGAIN). You, sir, didn't see the same game as anyone else because of your
distorted views. Maybe you should watch Utah and high school games only. You'd
probably say Bingham dominated Lone Peak, too.
BYU has a big problem - Nelson is the man of the hour but he is not a D1 college
passer. His inability to throw the deep ball will severely limit BYU's offense
if he is the starter.On the other hand, Heaps has the arm but
appears to have lost the team, which I've heard from one of BYU's starters. His
in ability to make the correct read is troubling.Even worse, I have
little confidence in Bronco or Doman to make the right call. This season could
Great comeback, I hope the cougs continue to figure things out. We still have a
tough game at TCU and at Hawaii coming up later this year. We'll have to
bring/have our A game.
I was really disappointed when they brought Riley in to get the first down and
he almost made a touchdown. Then they pulled him out and let Jake get the
touchdown that Riley had earned. I felt so bad for Riley. It was really
unfair. I'm so glad that Riley was given a chance to come back and show what he
was made up. Jake has a great arm, but he may just be a little too
young. He doesn't seem to be handling the pressure very well. It's too bad we
didn't have Riley in the Texas and Utah games. The outcome might have been a
lot different. I think it's time to give Riley the chance and let Jake wait
another year or two. Redshirting him next year would be a good idea.Riley is the hero and the man of the hour. Go Riley and Go Cougs!
The best QB in Utah Valley is neither Jake Heaps or Riley Nelson. It is Chase
Hansen at Lone Peak and unfortunately for the Cougs he's heading to the Utes. I
hope that Utah State can start winning some games. I would hate their QB to get
too discouraged and transfer. I don't know how they found Keeton but this kid
is a player and if he stays at Utah State, he'll be the QB that is being talked
about most in the next three years/
If Riley is the QB for the rest of the year I dont know if i can watch.
Although he helped pull it out last night he is still one of the worst QB's BYU
has ever had
You're right, he is the man of the hour, but that's the problem right now guys.
Be careful what you wish for though. Riley played lights out last night, but it
was ONE game. ONE game, remember that. What if Riley lays an egg himself in the
coming weeks? USU didn't game plan for Riley and other teams will. Don't forget
that Riley also gifted the Utes with a touchdown. It is not like he is this
flawless QB, either. He has heart to be sure and some ability, and guts, but the
guts could get him in some serious trouble against good teams. Remember Air
Force last year? What kills me is that Jake has played with guts
before, particularly against the Utes last year. I don't know what has been
wrong this year. I hope the coaches make the right decision. And for
those of you saying "be fair to Riley," Lark and Munns have been with
the program longer. Was bringing Nelson in fair to those guys?
You have to go with Riley.Jake is a big boy Cougarclaws. If you
forget, go listen to all his comments the last 2 years. His ego and morale will
be just fine in time. Thru practice and hard work. Like breaking up with your
girlfriend...it hurts the nextbday but in time it gets better. He just needs to
work and play in practice. He would laugh at you critisicizing his demeanor.
I would go Riley and get Lark some time. I don't know what else
Lark can do to at least not get a shot. If a DB gets burned orbwell didn't
perform repeatedly, you replace him. Look at Tom Brady hoping for a chance when
Bledsoe screwed up. The rest is histtory. happens a ton in College. Look at
Texas this year. Hurts, but it's time to shelf Heaps.
It is important, especially for the BYU coaches, to really analyze what is going
on. As for the BYU fans, who knows.1) Heaps hasn't lived up to the
hype. He's regressed. He has no touch. Arm strength is NFL material but a lot
is lacking.2) Nelson added much to the game last night. He brought
something different to the game, a spark. He was inspired.3) However,
much of the final drive was luck combined with bad play by Utah State. You can't
take away from what BYU accomplished but to transfer this over to future games
is a stretch.4) BYU coaches can't give up on Heaps but I think Lark and
perhaps Munns can't be ruled out going forward.5) Nelson will likely get
the start next week. What is scary is future games against soft games might mask
Nelson's true abilities, or lack thereof. 6) When spring ball comes
around, a TRUE battle must ensue and Lark/Munns must be a part of that
competition. No QB can be "deemed starter. I think naming any QB going
into spring practice is crazy. Even that stud Idaho HS product should be in the
I suppose the big question is "Has Riley earned the starting QB position
for the next game?"
Mendenhall needs to send jake on a mission. Put his papers in now. Two years
from now... He can come back, in the mean time, Riley can play one year, and
then Jake can mysteriously come home early... Or maybe we can sneak the other
Nelson boy down to BYU to play a year before he goes on his mission. Either way,
Jake needs time to mature. He is a 19 year old kid trying to play with a bunch
of 24 and 25 year-olds. A mission would do that boy some good, and I am not
talking the spiritual type.
I hope the golden child learns about touch and heart from the stud.
Heaps should have red-shirted for 2 years as did most of the the previous great
BYU QB's or gone on a mission. The kid [as of today] is not ready
for big-time college football - you can not teach experience - Nelson has it
& Heaps will probably come through.Being a Cougar alum - but
growing up about 5 miles north of the USU campus - I have to hope/wish the best
for the Aggies.
Interesting that Doman had to ask Bronco if he could put Riley in and that
Bronco wasn't the one who suggested it. That doesn't show much confidence in his
offense coordinator/quarterback coach to make game decisions, substitutions etc.
Maybe Bronco has more of a hold on the offense than we have thought.
Can't pull the plug on Heaps as he has too much potential. He needs to run and
get hit in the mouth to take some ownership on this team and be effective. I
would bet even Jake would love to have some designed runs. I don't see accuracy
being a big problem but presence in the pocket and settling for poor percentage
looks instead of buying time as Riley does is a huge weakness. BYU is weak at
running back and should always have a slot and at least too wideouts on every
down. Gotta fault Doman and Mendenhall for that. The Hill kid from
Highland in Pocatello is the future at QB for BYU. BEST pure athlete BYU will
see since STEVE Young. Saw him get three dunks in half of a basketball game.
Stronger than linebackers and fastest man on field type of athlete with
legitimate arm. I know the guy who recruited him to Stanford and he told me that
he has big time NFL safety athletic ability.
Come on all you people talking about arm strength? Does the name Ty Detmer sound
familiar to you? Ty had much better accuracy then Nelson, sure, but Ty certainly
didn't have a strong arm and didn't even have the mobility of Nelson. Even
without the "arm strength", I'm pretty sure he turned out
Nelson looked impressive against a defense that can't hold leads and allows over
33 points per game.How did Nelson do against Utah's 2nd string
defense?3 for 6, 38 yards passing and -2 yards rushing.The question is why wasn't USU prepared for Nelson? They had tape from the
Ute game. USU should have expected that Nelson could play if Heaps continued to
struggle.Last year Nelson proved he could run but not throw, maybe
the shoulder injury made him a better passer. No idea, but thankfully BYU is
going into its WAC schedule to find out.
One of the reasons for Riley's success, as well as one reason why he's unlikely
to be as successful going forward, lies in one statement hidden deep in this
piece:"USU never game-planned for an extended dose of
Nelson."You can bet upcoming opponents will now game plan for
both, just as they did last year.
By the way Utey fans. If you want to watch some real football Neb/Wis on College
Gameday, ESPN. Are the Uteys on VS. again, LOL. The funny thing about Utey
football is, when you leave SLC nobody cares. This is why you are on VS. Utah
does have scoreboard on BYU (Not Nebraska), but BYU has ESPN, worldwide fans,
and soon the better BIG12. The PAC10.2 is very average in football and below avg
in basketball. Go Cougs and Huskers!
Here is the future! Nielson will not start next year. The Hill kid is way better
than Nielson and Heaps. Heaps had his chance and should transfer. Hill
2012/2013, Mangum? 2014-.
I think someone else said it best... "Magic happens".
The team rallied around Nelson and showed emotion for the first time all season
on offense. Jake has to sit for a while and I think it will be good for the kid
to get his act together. Jake has a ton of potential, but right now this is
Nelsons team! The whole stadium was chanting "Riley Nelson" last
night! Have they ever done so for Nelson's new backup?
i'm glad they put nelson in, they needed to win and i could see how heaps
continually keeps his eye on one receiver to throw to. nelson scanned the field
and when noone was open he "ran like mcmahon." Riley "the
I attended the BYU-USU game Friday night. I really don't think this game was
about a rivalry win at all. Although it was nice.I think the fans
stormed the field because we finally saw the passion and life in a quarterback
who was willing to risk his own neck, then run, pass, and dive for the first
downs for 98 yards down the field in a little over two minutes. Way to go Riley
Nelson! The whole team was energized by it, plus the crowd of 65,000 in the
stadium and around the BYU world! THIS is BYU football we love! I
hope this is a huge wake-up call. We want to see that kind of passion and drive
in this offense from the first play and continuing for 60 minutes. We saw it in
the last 1 1/2 quarters of offensive play. Defense and Special Teams cannot win
footballs all by themselves.Go Cougars!
Before BYU fans proclaim Riley the starter for the rest of the year, consider
this: it is one thing to enter the game in the 3rd quarter for a totally
dispirited team and rally them back to beat a team that had game-planned for a
completely different style of QB. However, it is quite another thing to start
and play a full game against a team that is ready for you. Nearly all of the big
plays Riley made last night could have been prevented or at least lessened by a
defense that was prepared for his style.That said, Heaps clearly
isn't the guy so I'd give Riley the start this week and see how he does. If he
plays well and beats whatever patsy team they play next week, then keep him in.
If not, give one of the other boys a shot.BYU's cupcake schedule is
kind of a double-edged sword, on one hand they should win some games, on the
other, it will be hard to evaluate talent up against such competition.
some haters just can't give it up. sad and pathetic. This victory was earned.
It is funny to me that some people are so blinded by their hate that they can't
give credit where credit is due because their heads might just spontaneously
explode. And you people know who you are. This victory was much more earned
than a certain victory that was handed to a certain team in RES last year by a
certain blown call.
Hey Wayne Rout, even better than that..."Luck Happens".
USU must be cursed. A movie would be made about them with Jimmy Fallon and Drew
Barrymore if they had any fan following around the country. The
Aggies have had three losses this year in four games. They should have won these
games sleeping with their hands tied behind their back. Seriously! The BYU game
is the most painful. The others were more improbable. A ten point
lead with a minute and a half remaining at Auburn. The onside kick and various
meltdowns in coverage did the Aggies in there.With just over three
minutes left, USU had a 21-13 lead at home against CSU. The Aggies looked to
field a punt, get possession and gain a first down. That would have iced the
game. What happened? A fumbled punt with CSU recovering. The Rams then score a
TD, convert a two point conversion, go into overtime, and then win 35-34 in
double overtime.Finally, a 24-13 lead with 7 minutes left against
BYU. The Riley Nelson factor was huge. It was a legit win for the Cougars,
although the last TD was a super lucky deflection. USU is known for these crazy
Great win for the Cougs! Nelson is a gamer, a QB with heart. Why can't the Y
recruit a top tier QB anymore? UCF's backup QB looked better than Heaps and
Nelson. If the Y is trying to make a move into the BIG 12 the Y will need to
step up its game significantly. The Y reminds me of a strong WAC team as best
these days. Edwards, Chow, Holmgren, Reid, McMahon, Young . . .
1970's - 1980's. The Y's program has been in decline ever since those heady
days. Why? What has changed since then?
Starting Nelson would be a very bad decision. They play some easy games now that
will hide the fact that Nelson doesn't have much ability. I wish they would
take the easier schedule as a chance to evaluate what Lark can do. Nelson had
his shot many times and so has Heaps but Nelson is my absolute last choice.
Lark might just be the type of quarterback that all BYU fans have been missing.
To me, it's clear that BYU's offense responds to Riley Nelson's leadership. Some
of the balls the Cougar WRs pulled in were the same ones they dropped with Heaps
throwing them.The WRs reminded me of fielders rising to the occasion
for a pitcher closing in on a no hitter in baseball.Riley has heart.
he has faced much adversity. Not only has he stayed strong, he got stronger
against the wind. BYU wins with this kind of heart. The Cougars lack
talent and need Nelson's character.
A very inspiring performance by Nelson, way to go!I watched Jake
Heaps standing on the sidelines cheering him on and applauding great plays.
Kudos to Jake for showing some class and maturity. it must have been
difficult.also congratulations to brandon doman. finally a byu coach
willing to admit when something's not working in a game and gutsy enough to make
an in-game adjustment.FINALLY!
I am a Ute and my disdain for byu would lessen if they kept playing Nelson. Not
that Nelson is a great quarterback but his desire and himself is much more
desirable than Heaps and I am sure the rest of the team would agree as well.
Heaps truly bugs me to say the least. Tough loss for Utah State. No excuses,
they had plenty of opportunities to win that game. Why they didn't use Turbin
as much as they should have, I don't know.
This article was spot on with what I saw as well. My question still remains,
"Why did it take 3 games to realize this about Heaps?"
If Riley Nelson had played the second half in the Texas game, BYU would have the
"W". Nelson has earned the right to be the starting QB -
will be interesting to see if Mendenhall sees it any different next Saturday.
Has two brothers had such great games on the same night as Riley and DJ? Riley
puts Spirit onto the cougars and DJ accounts for 8 touchdowns in a 67-7 win over
Sky View.Blackshirt... You do know that the huskers are in the Big
10, which has 12 teams, and not in the Big 12 which doesn'tRiley
doesn't just have heart, he is a leader, a motivator. He makes those around him
better. When are fans going to forget about the "star" ratings. Those
things are based skills tests and. Ot necessarily on how they play the game.
Chuckie Keeton was a one star, Riley was a no star until he was upgraded to a
two star after being named to the Parade All-American team.If you
remember, Riley and Lark faced each other in the State championship game. I
don't remember the final score but Logan won by a lot and Riley had huge
numbers. Go Aggies!!!
Congrats to Riley! Judging by his post game comments he seems much more mature
than Heaps, and overall a better leader. He admitted that they needed a little
luck to win that game while Heaps would have probably acted like a hero. I
think Riley is the qb BYU needs and although I do not think he will put up great
numbers as a starter, he is a great leader. He could be the type of qb Brian
Johnson was with the Utes, just go out there and take care of business, don't
worry about stats and get the win for the team and not yourself. Thats how
Brian Johnson was and Nelson reminds me of that.
Tomahawk RedIn football a numerical score is kept, not the
"deserved" count. Nelson threw the ball, Jacobson took it away from
the USU defender and that makes it earned. Wake up to sports and stop whining
over an Aggie collapse. The USU players were gracious in defeat, Bronco was
gracious in victory and you could learn from them.
Nelson is not that good either, this was USU after all. BYU is in some serious
trouble for the next few years.Period....
If the coaches listen to the fans, they will soon be one. Nelson's success was
purely based on a single game emotion and circumstances. How many hundreds of
time has a flash in the pan went on to suck in subsequent games. All the time.
BYU needs to stick with Heaps or what happens when Nelson throws 4 picks and
loses? It will happen.
Regardless of the which QB is better garbage... Let me tell you what I saw in
Jake Heaps. I saw a team player. He knows what is going on and from the
sidelines he encouraged his team and took pride in all they did. Yes it was
Nelsons night, but when you have the QB you just replaced cheering you on it
only makes things better. I like them both.. Kudos to Nelson for
playing like he was on fire and Kudos to Heaps for helping keep that fire going.
A lot of expert advice from unemployed football coaches. Bronco is just fine,
For the first time this season, the offense actually won a football game.
Against Ole Miss, the defense won it for us. In the Central Florida game, the
special teams had some great plays and they were key in helping us to that
victory. BYU should go with the QB who is playing better and that appears to be
Riley Nelson at that point. Does Heaps have more potential and a better skill
set? Yes, but he isn't playing up to that potential. Our Cougars need Riley
because he is someone whom they can rally around right now. Did you see how
much better they played when he was in? They played with more passion and more
heart and everyone took notice! I am very proud of Riley for the way he
"Rose Up" and I think he will do just fine the rest of the season as
QB for BYU. So all of you haters out there, please just shut up and let's see
what the kid can do.
" Where Heaps had been insecure and unsure, Riley oozed macho.Where Heaps didn't appear hungry or play with a sense of urgency this season,
Nelson was starved to make a play.Where Heaps had shown a casual
approach to third-down conversions, Riley made it a matter of life and death.Where Heaps was quick to get rid of the ball, Riley examined the defense
and attacked with his arm or legs, his strength as a quarterback."Go cougars!
Nelson presents some real problems for defenses--any running quarterback does.
Anyone remember Joe Kapp, out of Cal...wasn't a bad quarterback for the Vikings.
He didn't throw well, but he had heart, and was tough. Nelson reminds me of
him.Heaps is a sophomore, he may not be ready. Also, the receivers
may not be ready. Bronco needs to go with what is best for the team.
Look in the eyes of Riley then look in the eyes of Heaps. Riley's eyes were
determined. They showed confidence, focus, and determination. It is what made
the difference. The team saw it and felt it and they started to play the game
for the first time this year.Heaps looked like a worried little boy.
Heaps may have more talent but he lacks leadership and maturity. That will
only come with time. It would be good for him if he went on a mission and
returned grownup and ready to lead.
Re: comments encouraging Bro. Heaps to serve a mission - might he (and she) have
to wait about 40 years or so since he is now a married "man".
Time to start, Nelson.Usually I'd say he's nowhere near as accurate
as Heaps, but lately Heaps has been anything accurate. Plus, Heaps hasn't shown
any real fire for quite some time this season.Over pride and an L or
humility and a W, I'll take the W.
I think Riley should start until he gets hurt again. The offensive line isn't as
good as we hoped they would be, so both Heaps and Riley are gonna get hit. Riley
is so agressive it might start taking its toll on him as the season goes on.Biggest difference is how Riley is able to look past the primary
reciever if necessary. He doesn't force it to him, but looks to other open
people. I wasn't a Riley fan before, but he showed heart.Heaps was
rushed into the starting position. He needs to sit back and learn. Knowledge
gives a guy confidence, and there is a bunch about college football that Heaps
can learn.In the end, Riley is a fit for a Doman offense. I hope he
can stay healthy. I hope he and Heaps can work together. Heaps needs to hang in
there and not get discouraged. Great job Riley. Class act.