10 great coaches on the BYU FB team. With the talent of the players, this
should be a special year for BYU FB. Exciting to be able to watch all of the
games from our homes. Independence has its pros and cons, but I think the
benefits far outweigh the negatives. I'm looking forward to a great FB season
for BYU. Record will probably be 11-1, but could be 12-0, if things play out
just right. If 11-1, the one loss will NOT be the TUN, which is coming to our
place to play this year.
Independence is all about risk and reward. If an invitation to the Big12 were
extended and accepted, there would be less risk and calculated rewards. Independence brings less certainty. If the Cougs finish in the Top 20
four of the next five years, like they've done the past five years . . .
independence will pay off handsomely for the Cougs.They have the
right foundation for a great football team in 2011 and an even better team in
2012. I just hope the Utes don't cancel the rivalry game after they
get beaten up by the Cougs over the next few years.
One game at a time. I'll be in Oxford on Sept. 3.
The high-stakes experiment of going independent in football begins with a season
on which an unusually high level of scrutiny and requirement for success will be
placed. The fortunes of this season will go a long way toward establishing the
success or lack thereof in the minds the media, fans, and players--and not just
at BYU.Exceed expectations and more talented recruits will choose
BYU over other schools, thus feeding the cycle of talent needed to ensure future
success; viewership increases and ESPN is happy. Lose too many games and fewer
athletes will be interested; viewership is not as high as it could be.Sure BYU could recover from a mediocre season, but it would take additional
years of outstanding seasons. Start out with what it takes to win now, get to a
BCS bowl game, and the opportunities will be absolutely exciting for many
seasons to come.
This should be a good year and with all of the experience that this years
sophmores and Juniors got last year, it has the potential to be a great year. I
think BYU is setting itself up to having a great year in 2012. There will be a
lot of Juniors and even some sophmores with experience of players a year older.
I think their recruiting will rise a level over the next year or two setting
them up for a lot of success in the next few years. Exciting times for football
in Utah. Hopefully the Utes will have a winning season thier first year in the
PAC and the Aggies will have a breakout year and both will get to bowls.
What it resulted in was a lot of white coaches. Diversity in higher level
coaching positions is once again disappearing at the Y. Come on Bronco, at least
reach out to your polynesian brothers and extend a coaching olive branch to
I think BYU has made good decisions with coaching. There has to be a learning
curve and I expect some hickups along the way. Hopefully there won't be any
game changers. Can't wait to start the season. Go Cougs!
Independence gives BYU football the opportunity to rid itself of the mid-major
label. With this coaching staff and the renewed attitude by the players, it
should happen.Winning 10+ every year, going undefeated occasionally
against a decent schedule, and playing in and winning a BCS bowl can do wonders
for the perception that BYU is no longer a mid-major.ESPN is hoping
BYU becomes that team. As long as Bronco remains at the Y, I see this as BYU's
football future.Heaps certainly wants a shot at a national
championship. With what's transpired with this team recently, it's entirely
possible. Heaps certainly has the tools to do the job. Hopefully, the talent
level of the rest of the team (and coaches) is up to the task.Personally, I'd like to see Jake stick around through at least his junior
year, meaning it might take that long to get into that game (schedule-wise and
Even BYU's first year as an independent has a decent schedule, in spite of the
patsy WAC teams on the schedule. Both BYU and two of its opponents (Texas and
TCU) are ranked in one early-season poll. Wins over ranked teams will do a lot
for BYU's SOS and ability to climb the polls.Let's hope both Texas
and TCU do well next year (except against BYU). Even UCF can help BYU's SOS if
they continue to lead their conference.Let's also hope Utah does
well in the Pac-12, which would further help BYU's SOS.SOS is
everything in the eyes of pollsters. It defines your chance at BCS bowl
games.Wouldn't it be sweet if BYU got to its first BCS bowl game in
its first year of independence? Undefeated against this 2011 schedule should
guarantee that. There's enough meat in the schedule to get BYU ranked high
enough as an undefeated that it couldn't be passed up for an at-large BCS
berth.Having TCU and Hawaii both late in the schedule will help a
lot, too, as long as BYU wins those games.Go COUGARS!
Sometimes a new assignment is just the right medicine. The coaches should all be
energized and that should transfer to the players and the field. Oxford should
be a great place to start the new era in Cougar football.
I am way excited for the coming season. I'd love to be a fly on the wall and
find out how the team captains run the team during the next few months. Time in
the weight room and time doing important drills at skill positions, and staying
in shape will go a long way to a great season.I'll be in Oxford to
help the cougars start it all off. Only 4 months til fall practice.
The difference between a good team and a great team is attitude. Watching Bronco
last season was great. He would not accept mediocrity from his team, or his
coaches. He didn't put off making changes once it was clear things were not
working.It is very apparent to me that the coaching staff will not
settle for just being good, they are looking for great. That attitude will be
transferred to the players, and the results will be a team everyone will be
proud off.The future is very bright for BYU.
Did anyone else read the story about Bronco's offseason training program on
bleacher report? It's a pretty good article that highlights how
badly Bronco wants it this year. His focus is razor sharp! He is changing
everything from his dietary habits (eating more veggies and less pudding) to his
coaches to his mental approach. He's even wearing Shape-Ups so that he can
patrol the sidelines more effectively. I think the Cougs will be
ready for this year! My prediction is 10-2 (both losses come to the Texas
schools - Texas and TCU).
HONDOtcu is not even close to the team they were last year. i doubt
they beat byu
TCU has lost a lot. Andy Dalton, Jeremy Kerley, Tank Carder most of the defense.
they will be solid as always. But not Rose bowl team like. BYU CAN beat them.
Texas on the other hand? is a differant story. Losing that one.
"It is very apparent to me that the coaching staff will not settle for just
being good, they are looking for great"mmskid3,Go
ahead, say it......Quest for perfection!It's kinda like wack-a-mole.
Every spring byu spouts such nonsense and then gets wacked back into their hole
by early October.
Whoa! I just started posting on the site and made a prediction that I thought
was attainable and realistic and I get attacked by "own." :) Oh
well, it gets chippy in here, I guess.
I doubt very many teams achieved perfect seasons without first setting the goal
to do just that. I'm glad BYU is aiming for it, and that they are not aiming to
lose any games. It greatly increases the chances that they'll achieve it.
I see no reason why BYU shouldn't be great this coming season. Yes, the coaches
are "looking for great." It's just in their DNA. With Mendenhall at
the helm and a terrific staff, accompanied by wonderful young talent and premier
facilities, along with the partnership with ESPN, what's not to love? Go
Cougars!BTW, I think I read an article quoting Kyle as saying,
"It is very apparent to me that the coaching staff will not settle for just
being mediocre, they are definitely looking for above average."Go
HH:What should we do? Should we say we are striving for a good year
and a record of 8-4? No! No one does that. We need to be looking to win every
game and that is what needs to be coming from the coaches and players.I don't see the U saying they are hoping for a good year at 8-4 but they will
be very lucky to end up 8-4.
panamadesnews:They are the University of Utah. I guess at least you
capitalized TUN rather than sinking fully to the level of tun, but I refuse to
play childish games with hedgehog and the rest. The University of Utah is an
outstanding school with good (sometimes great) athletic teams and great coaches
and players.That being said, I do agree with your prediction that we
will not lose the next football contest with them. In fact, I am optimistically
looking for a beat-down (finally). We shall see.
coaching is overrated. Good coaching can't overcome bad recruiting and mediocre
talent. An average coach with great talent will win championships.
Getting whacked into a hole is for hedgehogs--not cougars. Read your ute manuel
and read chapter six.
Wow! BYU fans are Hippocrates! They call Utah State fans stupid and unrealistic
for saying they will get a bowl game this year, but then BYU fans are now saying
they will go undefeated almost every year. And you wonder why nobody likes you!
Remember "The Quest"?
@TRU BLUWhy did you steal our blue unis? Get ready for a bruisin' this
year. It ain't gonna be pretty. By the way, the game between BYU and USU
cannot even be called a rivalry. For it to be a rivalry, the game has to be
@truebluefanSo BYU fans are all ancient Greek philosophers? What
does that even mean? You're letting your aggie education show when it might be a
better idea to hide it.
Hondo wrote:"Did anyone else read the story about Bronco's
offseason training program on bleacher report? It's a pretty good
article that highlights how badly Bronco wants it this year. His focus is razor
sharp! He is changing everything from his dietary habits (eating more veggies
and less pudding) to his coaches to his mental approach. He's even wearing
Shape-Ups so that he can patrol the sidelines more effectively."I certainly hope he hasn't forgot the pickle juice. After reading
your comment, I'm more certain than ever before that BYU should probably just
skip college football this season and make the jump to the NFL. After all, we
all know that wearing Shape-Ups and eating less pudding means more victories.
Duckhunter, if there is an award for the best rebuttal post for the
article/day/year, you won it. However, I'm sure TrueBlueFan meant to say that
BYU fans are Socrates.
Bronco has created an extremely competitive atmosphere surrounding his
quarterbacks with so many in camp in the coming months. Seems that he cannot
lose whichever way things turn out. There is bound to be one or two who will
transfer. Only so much room for playing time. This one will be highly
interesting to see how it plays out. Possibly Bronco remains open to the option
that we go 12-0 and Heaps goes early so he has a full deck of high cards to
I am not bandwagoning until the season starts. We have 7 of 10 new coaches and
don't know how that will work out until the season starts. Here's
to hoping for a great season!
@Otis SpurlockThe point I was trying to make wasn't so much about
the adjustments that Bronco is going through as much as it was about his
determination to take BYU to the next level. His focus and can-do attitude will
take BYU to the top! Based on what I've seen a 10-2 record is the bar (only
losses are to the Texas teams).Plus, it never hurt anyone to eat
more veggies (and less pudding) and wear Shape-Ups. What's so wrong with Bronco
getting more healthy?
I wonder about how good Jake Heaps will be this season. After some struggles
early on, he looked good by season's end, throwing for 2,300 yards and 15
touchdowns.As a sophomore, could Heaps throw for 3,800 yards and 26
touchdowns with, say, just 12 interceptions? Is that too much to ask from the
young man?Well, that's what Max Hall did as sophomore in his first
year with the Cougars. I don't think Heaps gets there this year, but he'll get
close. Hall was 22 as a sophomore; Heaps will be 19 & 20. I also
hope that Brandon Doman doesn't take BYU back to the glory days when they had no
real rushing attack. I love having two running backs (DiLuigi & Quezada)who
both ran for 100 yards in a game last season and Drew Phillips, a freshman who
could become one of BYU's best ever. This more balanced attack isn't
a bad thing. I remember too many games since the days of Giff Nielsen when the
BYU QB had a bad game (or the opponent had a superb pass defense) and BYU lost
badly.Keep the running attack.
@oleMiss@TexasUtah@Oregon State@Hawaii The Y
better be ready for the first three games - I am thinking the Y might win all
five ... if they were in Provo but 4 out of 5 are away. YIKES!! Add to that TCU
who simply intimidates BYU nowadays. I could see the Y with 6 losses this year
@patsyYour prediction is ridiculous. BYU will lose no more than 2
games this year. It all starts at the top. Bronco is clearly showing his team
that he is committed to winning this year . He is making changes in his
personal life (dietary habits and Shape-Ups) and fostering a competitive
environment. Not to mention all the coaches he has brought in.Heaps, DiLuigi, and our stingy D are all a year older. We're licking our