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Dick Harmon: 10 reasons BYU's offense better in 2012

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  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 5:09 p.m.

    So excited for this season to begin.

    Looks like we can count on a top 10 finish.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 5:13 p.m.

    "The senior (Nelson) is an artist at excelling in chaos or when plays break down". So that's great - the problem comes when the play doesn't break down - when the QB has to execute a throw from the pocket down field into tight coverage. Nelson simply isn't a drop back passer and never will be. BYU is sort of a scramble and scratch team now - no more polished passing attack that can score against anyone.

  • just-a-fan Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 5:27 p.m.

    This should be a good year. Go Cougars!

  • BYUSU Zion, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 5:38 p.m.

    Looking forward to a great year.
    I hope all the Utah teams do great. Can't wait for football to start!

  • Herkin in La Verkin Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 6:01 p.m.

    Better in 2012?

    44 points better?

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 6:04 p.m.

    Humility? Wow....

    Humility is not usually a term used to describe BYU football.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Aug. 1, 2012 6:06 p.m.

    I'm still keeping my expectations lower than last year. The Cougars still have to bring their game to the field, and for years, I have been disappointed in big games in crucial; situations. I wish them the very best and I dream that all their preparations and hopes pay off. Let's look this over again 4 games into the season. I'll be the first to get excited and most exuberant at a 4-0 start.

  • kaspercasey gilbert, AZ
    Aug. 1, 2012 7:23 p.m.

    I agree with Cinci Man. Hope the cougs can pull off some of those big games this year. If they could win 11 games this year it would exceed everyone's expectations.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 8:57 p.m.

    Dick serving up the blue Kool Aid.

    Nice

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Aug. 1, 2012 10:22 p.m.

    Run game "talent" better? I don't think the run game "talent" is better at all. JJ DiLuigi and the Juice both had plenty more talent than the walk-on and converted linebacker talked about in this article. JJ and Juice were athletes who could break big plays on any given play whereas the veteran backs talked about in this article are "three yards and a cloud of dust." When is BYU going to learn that there is more to the running back position than "three yards and a cloud of dust?" I would say there is more running back "talent" with the young up and comers Adam Hine and Jamaal Williams. I'm not saying it's not helpful to have a guy who can get ugly yards on third and short, but BYU needs to get athletes back in the backfield. Here's to hoping the freshman can grow up quickly and contribute to this offense.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Aug. 1, 2012 11:03 p.m.

    "Better in 2012? 44 points better?"

    We won't need to be 44 points better because there is no way anyone will score close to that many points on what may be our best defense in school history. 28 points against the Utes will be plenty for a W.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 2, 2012 12:50 a.m.

    Looks like a good year for Utah college football.

    BYU undefeated with the Utes and Aggies having either one or two losses.

  • Silent Lurker Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 2, 2012 8:21 a.m.

    Harmon's hype: A QB that is most certainly not going uninjured all season with no back up experience behind him. A thin (meaning numbers) O line that has very large holes to fill and a frosh to help fill them. The lead RB who rushed for a grand total of 400 some odd yards last year and no experience behind him. And this doesn't even address the D. Yep, more Harmon Hype.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 2, 2012 8:51 a.m.

    The single most important coaches decision is choosing the back up for Nelson. There is no doubt he will get hurt, maybe even missing a game or two. Whoever is chosen to take his place will be the biggest potential of all personnel.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 2, 2012 9:14 a.m.

    Mildred is wrong: Try Top 1 finish.
    Humility while knowing we're better than everyone else. Yes, only those in Provo can pull that off.

  • fan in orem Orem, Utah
    Aug. 2, 2012 9:17 a.m.

    Silent Lurker: What is it you would like discussed about the D? This will be one of the best defenses ever for BYU. That's not a problem for BYU fans.

  • IndeMak South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 2, 2012 9:28 a.m.

    I actually think BYU's offense but the problem is having better opponents this year so they play for Poinsettia Bowl seating?

    Sept. 1 Washington State Win as I think their is still not a lot of talent in Pullman to work Leach's system.
    Sept. 8 Weber State.Win over the patsy.
    Sept. 15 at Utah Loss but by only 12 instead of 44
    Sept. 22 at Boise State Loss by 28. Had to win in Boise
    Sept. 29 Hawai'i. Win as Hawaii needs help. Chow will pull out all the trick plays.
    Oct. 5 Utah State. Win but will be close
    Oct. 13 Oregon State Win but will be close
    Oct. 20 at Notre Dame Loss by 17
    Oct. 27 at Georgia Tech Loss by 17
    Nov. 3 BYE
    Nov. 10 Idaho Win
    Nov. 17 at San Jose State
    Nov. 24 at New Mexico State Win

    8-4 is not bad.

  • jpjazz Sandy, UT
    Aug. 2, 2012 11:56 a.m.

    I recently cut the cable, what games will be telecast on BYUTV?

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 2, 2012 2:17 p.m.

    re:IndeMak

    Not bad if all you expect anymore is mediocrity. Lose badly against every decent team and beat all the patsy's ... BYU football going forward.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 2, 2012 4:05 p.m.

    @Silent puker
    "Harmon's hype: A QB that is most certainly not going uninjured all season with no back up experience behind him. A thin (meaning numbers) O line that has very large holes to fill and a frosh to help fill them. The lead RB who rushed for a grand total of 400 some odd yards last year and no experience behind him. And this doesn't even address the D. Yep, more Harmon Hype"

    Hmmmm...sounds like you're describing the utes. A QB who can't stay uninjured, no exp backup that is any good behind him. A think OL with very large holes to fill (losing bookend all-conference tackles Cullen and Bergstrom is huge) and another starter is out for the year (Pouvave) and only frosh and inexperienced people to replace them. No exp backup behind your very small RB and this doesn't even address the D.

    The DL is the strength of the D. If Star goes down, everything changes and the DL becomes very mediocre. That will expose LB depth that is thin and inexp and DB's get weaker with Blechen suspended and McGill out for the year.

  • kugrlover Provo, UT
    Aug. 2, 2012 4:22 p.m.

    I couldn't help but notice who was first to respond to this BYU story, and, comfortingly, there were no surprises here. But I WAS wondering, are they really Utah FANS or just BYU TROLLS/HATERS?

    So I looked at about a half-dozen current Ute football articles, including one on the Blechen suspension which has 52 comments and the one about the signing of TE Harrison Handley, which sports 43 remarks.

    95 total comments, and I found just TWO of the names of those who are trolling BYU here: 54-10 had a comment or maybe two, and Ernest T. Bass had one.

    Those posting here who had NOTHING to say on any Utah articles:

    Mildred In Fillmore
    patriot
    Herkin In La Verkin
    Howard S.
    Silent Lurker

    This exercise can pretty much be repeated any day during college football and basketball season. I leave it to you to draw your own conclusions about these folks and their agendas or true motivations.

  • kugrlover Provo, UT
    Aug. 2, 2012 4:31 p.m.

    I couldn't help but notice who was first to respond to this BYU story, and, comfortingly, there were no surprises here. But I was wondering, are they really Utah 'fans' or just BYU "trolls/haters"?

    So I looked at about a half-dozen current Ute football articles, including one on the Blechen suspension which has 52 comments and the one about the signing of TE Harrison Handley, which sports 43 remarks.

    95 total comments, and I found just TWO of the names of those who are trolling BYU here: 54-10 had a comment or maybe two, and Ernest T. Bass had one.

    Those posting here who had nothing to say on any Utah articles:

    Mildred In Fillmore
    patriot
    Herkin In La Verkin
    Howard S.
    Silent Lurker

    This exercise can pretty much be repeated any day during college football and basketball season. I leave it to you to draw your own conclusions about these folks and their agendas or true motivations.

  • kugrlover Provo, UT
    Aug. 2, 2012 5:01 p.m.

    This is me commenting specifically about this article: I think Dick H. has some great points about reasons to be optimistic about BYU's offense in 2012 compared to this time one year ago.

    I couldn't help but notice who was first to respond to this BYU story, and, comfortingly, there were no surprises here. But I was wondering, are they really Utah 'fans'or just BYU 'trolls'?

    So I looked at about a half-dozen current Ute football articles, including one on the Blechen suspension which has 52 comments and the one about the signing of TE Harrison Handley, which sports 43 remarks.

    95 total comments, and I found just two of the names of those who are trolling BYU here: 54-10 had a comment or maybe two, and Ernest T. Bass had one.

    Those posting here who had nothing to say on any Utah articles:

    Mildred In Fillmore
    patriot
    Herkin In La Verkin
    Howard S.
    Silent Lurker

    This exercise can pretty much be repeated any day during college football and basketball season. I leave it to you to draw your own conclusions about these folks and their agendas or true motivations.

  • Papa Smurf UTE Herriman, UT
    Aug. 3, 2012 12:25 p.m.

    Big Cougar,

    If Star goes down, that does hurt, but we have plenty of dpethon the D line, and not one of the COugs D lineman would start over either of the Kruger bothers, or Nate Fakafua. The Utes don't need to worry about their D, and we have plenty of backup RB's to help out if White gets dinged up. Our small RB torched your team that gave up, and it set the Utes single season rushing record. You could only wish to have a RB as good as White. Blue is the color of jealousy.

  • Papa Smurf UTE Herriman, UT
    Aug. 3, 2012 12:32 p.m.

    1. While this may be Doman's 2nd year, he still has yet to beat a good team. You had 10 built in wins last year, and this year there are at least 8. So Doman is not much better.
    2. Riley Nelson, while a gamer is not a great QB. Poor mans Tebow. He will extend a play or 2, but still has some major issues. Looking off the 1st reciever, & not taking off to run.
    3. Juice is gone, he was not great, but you still don't have any semblence of a running game.
    4. Bronco while he may say that he is going to make the team work harder, we all know he will skip a practice for a water park or fireside. That doesn't even count the time he wont let the team hit one another.
    5. While there are 10 D starters returning, the D still will not be good against teams with speed. Teams like Idaho, Tulsa, Weber, Hawaii, and Utah St you should be fine.
    6. Max is now a coach
    7. No backup QB with an ounce of starting experience.
    8. Bronco is your coach