Alex Smith's resiliency is driving the haters nuts! Love it!
Hopefully he keeps this up and becomes the Alex Smith we remember him to be!
Alex is a solid dude. He has had 6 offensive coordinators in the NFL. With that
kind of instability, it's been near impossible for Alex to succeed. Making the
adjustment from a spread offense in college under Urban Myer to the NFL is hard
enough. Alex has had a weak offensive line for much of his time in
the NFL. And he was thrown to the wolves on a nothing team from the beginning.
His body has been blown up (fitting of Harbaugh's description). Trying to learn a new NFL system each year while getting your brains beat out
by defenses and media outlets has to have been brutal. Harbaugh's recognition of
Alex's character and resilency shows the bright man Harbaugh is. I
would love nothing more than to see Alex Smith prove all of the haters wrong. He
is hands down the best QB the Utes have ever had. And in my opinion, Smith is up
there with the best QB's the state has ever seen. Steve Young and Jim McMahon
are on top, but I put Smith ahead of Detmer, Wilson, Neilson, Sarkisian, and
I love seeing Alex Smith succeed after so many years of struggling. We Ute fans
knew he had it in him all along. Now with the right coaching staff and
offensive scheme he's able to show it. Good for you Alex!
gdog3finallyAlex Smith may be hands down the best QB the Utes have
ever had, but if he was really as good as you believe, why didn't he win a
single national individual award?The Sammy Baugh Trophy is awarded
to the nation's best passer.Gary Sheide(1974)Marc Wilson(1979)Jim McMahon(1981)Steve Young(1983)Robbie Bosco (1984)Ty
Detmer(1991)Steve Sarkisian(1996)btw, Gifford Nielson was
voted the "national player of the week" two of the three weeks prior
to blowing out his knee against Oregon State.The Davey O'Brien Award
has honored the nation's best quarterback since 1981.Jim McMahon(1981)Steve Young(1983)Ty Detmer(1990, 1991)The Heisman TrophyTy Detmer(1st in 1990, 3rd in 1991)Marc Wilson (3rd in 1979)Jim
McMahon (5th in 1980, 3rd in 1981)Steve Young (2nd in 1983)Robbie
Bosco (3rd in 1984 and 1985)Alex Smith (4th in 2004)Alex Smith
may yet have a decent career in the NFL, but his college accomplishiments pale
in comparison to the BYU quarterback greats.
Alex Smith had a great senior season, but I'm not sure he was better than Scott
Mitchell. Alex had a better supporting cast, but Scott was probably a better QB.
Neither was better than Sheide, Nielson, Wilson, McMahon, Young, Bosco, Detmer,
Re: gdog3finallyBCS Bowl Victories:Alex Smith 1BYU 0Undefeated Seasons:Alex Smith 1BYU 1
Uncle RicoSince none of the aforementioned BYU QBs played during the
BCS era, BCS victories is hardly relevant.On the other hand, the
Heisman, Sammy Baugh, and Davey O'Brien trophies have all been awarded for
decades, and Alex Smith didn't come close to winning any of those awards.National ChampionshipsBYU 1Utah 0Call us when
Utah wins a national award of any kind.
Jealous U, call us next time you beat us.
Re: Jealous UGrandpa tells me about that national title all the
time. Even I Uncle Rico am not old enough to remember it.Grandpa
tells me how great that team was. He also tells me how he used to have to walk
to school 18 miles, up hill both ways.
Much deserved recognition in Sports Illustrated for former Ute and #1 overall
draft pick Alex Smith and not a hint of the Y mentioned yet the little mid major
Y fans are out trolling just for the sake of it. Once an ankle biter always an
ankle biter I guess.
Alex seems to be in a good position with Harbaugh.Winning is an
amazing remedy.BTW:Going back to 1984.Let's
go back to 9/17/11.UTAH 54 BYU 10, at Provo,on NATIONAL television.That's the kind of NATIONAL exposure BYU
was so eagerly seeking?
Jealous U:BCS? No. But those BYU QBs played in an era that allowed
them to go undefeated---yet only Robbie Bosco accomplished that. Alex Smith did
it, en route to finishing 21-1 as a starter.Of course, you've
actually not won any of those, you simply cheer for those who have. Congrats.
@ What NowLet's go back to last week: 31 - 14 UW. Utah Pac 12
record, after two conference games, one at home = 0 - 2. Love those utes, who
will likely be 0 - 3 in the PAC 10.2 after Saturday.
MiPAlex Smith played in an era that allowed him to play in a BCS
game by beating only three teams with winning records:Texas A&M
(7-5)New Mexico (7-5)Wyoming (7-5)Spin it however you
want, but he wasn't good enough to win a single national individual award.Sarkisian may not have gone undefeated, but he won two more games in
1996 than Alex won in 2004, and Sarkisian played SEVEN teams with winning
records, including three Top 25 teams. Alex didn't play a single team that
finished in the AP Top 25.Sarkisian - Sammy Baugh Award Winner1995 3437 yards1996 4027 yardsSmith - no national awards2003 2247 yards2004 2952 yardsUtah's "best
quarterback" ever, couldn't even break the 3,000 yards passing barrier,
something BYU's quarterback greats did routinely.
MiP:"Of course, you've actually not won any of those, you
simply cheer for those who have. Congrats"I'm sorry, would you
mind delineating for us what accomplishments you and Alex Smith have in common?
Or do you simply cheer for him "because he has."
Alex Smith is a quality guy, and hopefully will continue to improve in the pros.
He hasn't had the best luck (injuries) and circumstances (rotating door in the
SF OC office) - I hope he finds success.As for his college career,
many of you, especially PAC man, need to look at his stats. He was an
exceptional QB.Touchdown to interception ratio - 32-4 in 2004, and
47-8 for his career.QB rating - 176.5 in 2004, and 164.4 for his
career.Rushing yards - 631 (4.7 yards per carry) in 2004, and 1072
(3.7 ypc) in career.Don't misunderstand me, I know that Sarkesian
was a great college quarterback. But for your benefit, here is a head-to-head
comparison:QB pass rush total passTD-int rushTD totTD-TO
QBratingSmith 2952 631 3583 32-4 10 42-4 176.5Sark 4027 -44 3983 33-12 01 34-12 173.6Smith had
400 fewer yards from scrimmage, but 8 more touchdowns and 8 fewer turnovers.He graduated with a 3.74 GPA, and was working toward a master's degree
while leading the Ute to their 2004 undefeated season.What's not to