Fairly well said, only about 6 - 8 weeks late. Isn't
Monday-morning-quarterbacking fun? No one is bettter at it than sportswriters
(after all, they need something to write about) and former officials (of which I
Every year we read about predictions of greatness for BYU football and every
year they don't meet those expectations and that is with a less than
difficult schedule. We have seen what happens when they play average teams -
they lose. With the schedule next year being even slightly more difficult than
this year, don't see how the BYU "fan" can expect anything more
than a 4-6 loss season. Truth is, the bar that is set by the BYU
"fan" and the local media is way higher than the team will EVER be able
to reach. Whether it's Riley or someone else, BYU will never reach the
lofty expectations of the BYU "fan" and the "fan" will continue
I believe that Lark should start, but we all know that there is no way that
Bronco will start him. Bronco has proven time and again his inability to make
decisions based on skill but rather on his relationship with the player. Nelson
has proven his inability to win big games and a bowl game is just that. People
talk of Nelson's leadership, but leadership is shown when a team is
struggling, has it's back to a wall or needs someone to step up. It's
easy to be a leader when you win, or a vocal leader. Nelson has no skill and
Bronco has no judgement. Start Lark!
Bronco is so fixed on Riley that I'm not sure that he can see reality.
Lark is a great QB and given the chance would have put BYU in a much better bowl
position especially if you consider that BYU lost 4 games by a total of 14
points or so. Lark would have nade the difference.If we have to put
up with one more season of Bronco's poor decision making then I say we move
on with a new coach that can restore BYU to what they used to be. Just Saying!!
Brad Rock is spot on. Thank Nelson for sacrificing his body, play Lark and get
Hill ready for next year.
I have no confidence in Mendenhall to do the right thing here. It is funny but
there are a lot of things I like about Mendenhall, but there are also some
things baout him that I really don't care for. His dislike of, and
disrespect towards, BYU's fans for one. I find it incredible that he would
have so much contempt for the people that make the entire program possible. I also dislike that he thinks none of the fans know anything at all.
Certainly we are not on the inside of BYU's program but many of us played
football, coach football, watch football, have kids that play football, etc. We
can see who can actually throw the ball and who cannot. We can see who makes
good decisions and who doesn't. We can tell an athlete when we see one. I'm sure Nelson will start, and because of that a game which should
probably be a fairly easy win will instead go right down to the wire with
victory for BYU very much in doubt.I think Mendenhall dislikes the
fans so much that he almost enjoys losing just to stick it to us.
Lark should hope Nelson starts the bowl game. Lark built his legend against
hapless New Mexico State. Why risk tarnishing his image against San Diego
State?"Showmanship, George. When you hit that high note, say
goodnight, and walk off." -- Jerry Seinfeld.
Nelson 12-6 as a starter? I don't think so...
If Nelson is the selfless, team first guy that he is constantly talked up to be
he will swallow his pride, step aside and endorse James Lark as the starting QB
for the bowl game (who by the way has been with the program longer than Nelson
has, and obviously is a better drop-back quarterback). Brendan Gaskins was man
enough to step aside to let Nelson play, and to me Nelson's true colors
will show through based on what he decides to do with this last game. I hope
Bronco lets Lark play too. I recall a quote from the New Mexico State post game,
to paraphrase, said something along the lines of "I am happy to finally see
James Lark get his shot" or something like that. Are you really Bronco?
Because if you are as happy as you made it sound in the post-game, you will let
him have another well deserved shot in his final game as a cougar. I hope that
this is the case, not only for James Lark's sake, but for the rest of the
team's sake, and quite frankly for the future of the program's sake.
I completely agree with Brad Rock. Lark has earned his shot. Now give him an
opportunity to show that the last game wasn't just a fluke. Start Lark. If
Mendenhall doesn't make the move it will further demonstrate his inability
to make good coaching decisions, which at the end of the day is what a head
coach is judged on.
As I said earlier Bronco goes by energy not sence. Doman goes with what Bronco
says even if he disagrees. Nelson's pick 6s this year more than show he
lost the games with forcing the issue with the ball. Lark should start and may
be Nelson comes in when the Y is ahead by 21 with 3 minutes to play in the game.
If he throws a pick 6 it won't matter. It is all about winning this time
of year nothing else. The should be on Bronco's mind at this stage of the
game not by the energy Nelson shows on the field good or bad. And when Nelson
is bad he is bad.
I wish Bronco would start Lark, but we all know he won't unless the trainer
says Nelson can't play. And we know the trainer won't say no to
Nelson. The trainer should have said no to Nelson in the 2nd half of the SJSU
game when he was grimmacing in pain. I only hope that if Nelson
struggles, Bronco will be quick to make the change to Lark.
By the way, it's not likely that either of these guys have a future in the
NFL. (even though Lark, to me, probably would have NFL potential had he been
played as a starter for his whole career). So since it is just about getting to
play your last football game, Lark more than deserves that chance. Nelson has
had his "turn" and the gracious thing to do for Lark would be to give
him a chance to play after sitting on the bench almost his entire career.
Maybe Mendenhall needs to take a lesson from Harbaugh. Harbaugh chose Kaepernick
to replace Smith, not because Smith can't play or has been playing poorly,
but because Kaepernick has the hot hand and is arguably more talented. Lark
would appear to have the hot hand at the moment...especially with Nelson
recovering from back and rib injuries. I seriously doubt Lark will start and if
not, he ought to at least share time with Nelson in this last game of their
@DuckhunterI think you are on to something. I sometimes wonder if
Bronco would rather lose his way than win the fans way. It reminds me a little
of Jerry Sloan.
Man, if I were a Ute fan I would being saying ANYTHING at this point!!!!!
As a ute fan, toosmartforyou has become an expert on high expectations and low
achievement. Thanks for your "wisdom."
Unfortunately, Bronco's arrogance will win out and Nelson will start.
Riley Nelson will go down in history as one of the worst quarterbacks in school
@Lindon ManYes. Riley is 12-6 as a starter. He was 4-5 this year,
and 8-1 last year. He has beaten the bad teams and lost to the good ones.
This was a no-brainer headline.We are all ready for change. So glad
that Lark got to play last week. I only listened to the game. I guess I should
catch a rerun on BYUtv. Yeah, we got that!
BYU gets what they deserve for poaching Nelson from USU.
Let Lark play, what difference does it make? Lets see if he does well against
better competition than New Mexico State. After the way he has been ignored lets
give him a legitimate chance to show his stuff. Neither one of them will be back
next year so what harm would it do, other than create more criticism concerning
the season psst if he plays well. Hmm...
The Cougars have played lots of weak opponents in the last two years. However,
in Lark's first game at least 2 players had career high receiving yards.
That says something.
I love BYU sports.I'm biased.I've enjoyed Riley's
efforts.I wish him well.Being from Saint George, it would be nice to
see more of Lark in his final game at BYU.I hope the recovery goes well
@Cats What does that mean? Are you saying that because Utah had a
downer of a year, that BYU is above any examination of their many issues and
flaws?Going to the Poinsettia bowl doesn't make BYU any better
than Utah. Utah beat BYU head to head again (8 of 11), and the difference
between 5-7 and 7-5 is the four cupcakes on BYU's schedule. Utah had two
cupcakes; Northern Colorado and Colorado. WAZU was a common opponent.BYU's cupcakes were ALL cellar dwellers in the Big Sky, WAC, and MWC. In
those weak conferences, these schools (Weber State, Hawaii, Idaho, and New
Mexico State) went 5-39.Utah's next weakest opponent was
Washington State, a common opponent of both Utah and BYU. Both won, although
Utah beat them by more. Then you have Oregon State, another common opponent that
both schools played (both lost) but Utah lost by less on the road while BYU was
at home. More common opponents? Utah head to head over BYU. Then you have Utah
State, the only one of the four common opponents that BYU compared better on.
However, Utah lost in overtime and BYU won 6-3 at home.
Why wasn't Ziggy a starter till an injury put him there? Let's put
the best players on the field.
Hmmm? And why didn't Williams start the season. What happened to Adam
I'm personally excited to see Bronco start Riley. Then it will be fun to
watch Riley throw 4 interceptions including 1 pick6. This will further embarrass
the program and get Tom Holmoe all fired up. I love Bronco, but he
needs a dose of humility. Watch how strong & healthy Riley
starts the first possession. Then watch him after his first interception -
he'll grimace and grab his ribs like he's hurt. I believe he uses his
previous injuries as excuses too often. When he's winning he's
healthy. When he's losing he's hurt. The cool thing is we
haven't had to read any Riley comments for two weeks!
I love the Ute fans trashing on anything BYU right now. Of course, what else
would they be doing...
Commits too many turnovers and. Interception taking over touchdowns. Amen to
both. Play Lark. Riley will say he is okay and then goes out for everyone
(except the coach) to see that he is not okay.
No question about it, if lark would have started every game Byu would be going
to the SHIP,and be the only undefeated team in the nation!
Lark had a day in the sun. I now support whoever will be more likely to help
fuel a coaching change. If Bronco starts Riley, if he is the cause of a few
turnovers, and BYU loses the game, ... yes I can hear the angry roars now. Start
Riley. BYU needs to press the reset button ... the big red reset button, not the
little blue button.
Wow, I must say that I'm a little surprised and disappointed by all the
hatin' on Riley going on here. I'm all for letting Lark play two
quarters, and I'm thrilled that he got a start last week... but this is
Nelson's team. If he is healthy he should start. It's kind of a slap
in the face to the whole team to let Lark start a second game unnecessarily as
they've battled with Nelson for two seasons. Either way it'll be a
great game but I say do the right thing and stay with Nelson.
Bronco did fine this year. Riley should have played less when he wasn't
playing well injured.But if a coach doesn't show confidence in his starter
then we have chaos at quarterback.It has been a disaster in the past. Lark
didn't win the starting job for a reason although Bronco reports they are
all excellent quarterbacks.Football is a team game. BYU's offense had some
Lark should only start if Nelson isn't 100%. He just not effective
I've truly been disappointed by this season due to Coach Mendenhall and
Coach Doman's poor offensive decision making. Allowing an injured
quarterback with no quarterback IQ and throwing arm has been horrific. BYU
football has truly forgotten its past and lost its way. Lark, who has a BYU
prototypical throwing arm should have been the starter last year and this year
with Hill and Heaps as his backups. Hill should never have gotten hurt in that
game and should not have been playing in it to begin with. Nelson should have
never been recruited by BYU. He had zero stars out of high school. It was
Lark's turn to play. The offense has been shaky since Doman took over the
offense last year, but it's been over the top this year. Robert Anae was
fired for similar mistakes during his OC tenure at BYU. Therefore, I expect
Holmoe to clean house at the end of this season. Brandon Doman will be fired,
Mark Weber (the offensive line coach) will also be fired, and Ben Cahoon (the
wide receiver coach) will be let go as well. Coaching wise, the 2013 season will
be a rebuilding year.
Should have stayed at USU, Riley. You'd be having a winning season this
Last year Riley was 6-1 as a starter (Heaps was 4-2, counting the Utah State
game). This year, 4-5. Overall 10-6. His wins came against:2011 Oregon
State (3-9)2011 Idaho State (2-9)2011 Idaho (2-10)2011 San
Jose State (5-7)2011 Hawaii (6-7)2011 Tulsa (8-5)2012
Washington State (3-9)2012 Weber State (2-9)2012 Georgia Tech
(6-6)2012 Idaho (1-11)Wow, I forgot how bad those teams were!
Literally, some of the worst teams in the country! Tulsa and Georgia Tech are
the only average teams on the list and the Tulsa win was about as lucky as they
come. The rest of those wins were against below average and just plain horrible
teams. Who wouldn't have won those games as a starter?
Lark should start, but I feel bad for Riley relative to how he will be
remembered. Bronco kept showing his love for Riley each week by further
embarrassing him by starting him. That said, Riley did lay down the faux paws on
the field despite showing all the heart in the world. If Riley
starts in the Poinsettia Bowl, which is likely, a win won't do much for his
legacy (or lack thereof), but it would be a nice pat on the back to end a
career. A loss however, would just be pouring salt on the wounds. Flipside, playing Lark in the Poinsettia Bowl, and winning it, would be a
great boost to a guy leaving his college football days in Provo behind. The fans
want this and Lark is a guy who never really got a shot on the field anyway. So with Riley it's kind of a letdown win or lose in a way. With
Lark, a win would do more for the QB and the fan base.
Regarding Bronco's evaluation of talent: Ziggy did not start until Game #5
this season, and now he is likely a 1st Round NFL draft pick. Irespect
Nelson's grgit, but I think Lark deserves to start and should have been
allowed to do much more than sit on the bench every year.
interesting to see the quality opponents nelson beat the last 2 years. That is
pathetic. Cant remember the last quality win we had. Bronco needs to pull his
head out, start lark, and reorganize for next year. Starting with a game plan
for the utes, tired of losing to them.
The BYU Cougars need to move beyond Bronco Mendenhall! When will the AD shut
down this coaching staff and get back to the great days of BYU fotball?
First off, BYU is playing in a minor bowl of no significance and choosing
between two seniors in their last game, so who cares? Bronco needs to pull a
Harbaugh and start the hot quarterback. But, based on comments about his love
for Riley's grit and refusal to bench him when needed this season, and the
fact that he derides the negative and overly analytical comments of BYU fans,
and doesn't want to prove that he has been playing the wrong QB most of the
season, and if he's even somewhat healthy, and based on his comments in the
NMSU postgame, of course he wants to start Riley and probably will. Which means
BYU has another chance to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. BYU
won't give up on Bronco as the HC since he's perfect for this very
specific role representing the church and university and is a great D
coordinator, but Doman and others have to go. Too bad we can't somehow
demote Doman to some minor role (to keep him for his recruiting). A ruined
season& 2013 is a disaster in the making.
Riley certainly hasn't performed up to the offensive expectations at the Y,
but neither have the offense line, tight-ends or field-goal kickers for that
matter. I say start Riley, give him the rock, if he's ineffective shut him
down for Lark. Either way, Broncoman (Bronco+Doman) is in a tough situation.Just beat the Aztecs, please.
I still have to ask, after learning that Nelsomn was allowed to grab his hemet
and run onto the field against SJSU while having his injured rib examined:
Who's in charge of this team? Anyone?
For some reason "era" is an odd word to use in this situation... Not
sure what actually fits here but I'm thinking??? Riley Nelson endured
period? Riley Nelson stint? Riley Nelson experiment?Lets talk
about some meat and potatoes, real important stuff!! What slogan will Bronco
put on his tee shirts next. That is where his real talent lies?
I'm sure Bronco will do the wrong thing and start Nelson. BYU brass should
then do the right thing and show Bronco the door. Andy Reid should be offered
the job immediately!
Rather I find Coach Mendehall smug or not, he is the RIGHT guy for the unique
head coach job at BYU. You don't just pull out the LaVell Edwards ping pong
ball each draw. Besides, what fans expect today is not what they expected for
the first 15 years or so of LaVell's tenure. The landscape is different
now. BYU ran an offense ahead of its' time for many years. Now it's
the type of offense that many college teams use. BYU's
administration focuses on the honor code more than ever. Bronco has handles that
really well.Look, if I were a BYU fan, I would be going crazy with
Bronco sticking with Riley Nelson at all costs, but I am probably just as
frustrated with Whittingham's choices at QB in recent years. Sticking with
Wynn for the last three years when his arm strength was gone after the first
injury was maddening. Then this year, after September woes, the offensive line
started gelling and White IV got healthy, only to see Whittingham go to the
freshman Travis Wilson at the same time (Utah was only 0-2 in conference then).
That move sunk the ship.
Sadly Riley convinces coaches he is well and then goes on the field for everyone
to see he is hurting. This hurts the team.
Bronco is being considered for Colorado buffaloes job per denver post's
Come on, Bronc! Leave Riley in! He's got a heart of gold!
Bronco, can't you see the boy wants to play? For the love of all
that's holy, let the boy play the ballgame!
@54-10 "Truth is, the bar that is set by the BYU "fan" and the local
media is way higher than the team will EVER be able to reach. Whether it's
Riley or someone else, BYU will never reach the lofty expectations of the BYU
"fan" and the "fan" will continue to grumble."I
do not profess much loyalty to either team but I believe your statement is
false. With the talent the team has they should be expected to win win 10+ games
when they play so many WAC teams and a very mediocre to poor Utah team. These
are not unrealistic expectations at all. This year the schedule was such that a
10+ win season would have been difficult but not unrealistic with a quarterback
who has the talent to play at the D-I level.
Here, fundamentally, is the problem--First, Mendenhall is NOT a head
coach. He is a fine DC, but what we are witnessing is the Peter Principle at
play. While there are exceptions, the records show that good HC's come from
the ranks of good OC's. DC's? Not so much. Second--Nelson
is NOT a quarterback. A running back, sure. And, he plays like a running back
that has been asked to fill in at QB. Not his fault--he's doing the best he
can and knows how to do. He'd be great in a pick-up game at your local
school yard on Thanksgiving morning, but he is not D1 QB material. Put in a Lark
at QB, and wildcat Nelson. THEN you've got something going.Third--Doman is NOT an OC. At least, not an experienced one. Not his fault.
But, as an inexperienced OC, who is/has been his mentor? When you have an
inexperienced OC working with a less-than-qualified HC, you're asking for
Isn't riley nelson 11-8 as a BYU starting QB? I agree time to move on from
the riley nelson era.
"The best guy plays" this is true at Utah, USU, and SUU. Many insiders
claim it's true at BYU. Does it matter who plays during the bowl game even
though Nelson and Lark are seniors?? It has nothing to do with the two seniors.
It does matter to the recruits you're trying to bring into your program AND
to those faithful BYU fans who are doing the same to their own companies.
Football is much less forgiving. USU- this clearly is demonstrated. Utah,
they had no one very good at QB- but the best guy is playing. Be patient UTAH
fans, I think in time they'll be a force. With Lark, they looked like
the BYU of OLD. Can he do it again against San Diego St?? Can BYU as a whole?
Rock has hit the nail on the head. Sometimes I have waited too long to make a
decision and the consequences continued to mount. Make the Change now. If you
turn the ball over, your time should be over. End of Story.
Brother Wolf: If you are talking about Lark, I agree with you.
If BYU really wanted to move toward the future, Doman would start Jason Munns at
quarterback since neither Riley nor James will be around, and Hill won't be
back until next Spring (hopefully).
I think I'm late on the board... But one of the commentators during the
SJSU game made an interesting point about how small Riley's hands are, and
it really got me thinking. I watch a lot of college football, and it is amazing
how often quarterbacks take hits from the blind side without coughing up the
football. Even though the lineman or backer hitting the QB is usually swatting
down with both arms trying to strip the ball, it rarely happens. Except, of
course, to Riley Nelson. Every time I saw pressure coming from the back side I
closed my eyes in fear that it would be yet another fumble. And far more often
than is usual, it was. I think much of that can be attributed to those small
little hands of Riley's.Really this is just another data point
to justify the conclusion that we all (including Bronco and Riley) know very
well: Riley is a fierce competitor and a great motivator, but his physical
talents are not ideal for the QB position.
I was excited to see James Lark finally get his chance to shine, and it's
great that he had an outstanding day. I like to re-watch games after the fact so
I can see the plays and evaluate the game without the emotion. After watching
the New Mexico State game a second time this week, I have to say that they have
one of the worst defenses I have seen in D1 football. I don't want to take
anything away from Lark, but it is hard to gauge a QB's performance against
the NMSU defense.While Brad Rock and most BYU fans are awarding the Bowl
game starting job to Lark, I hope the cougar coaches will ignore popular
opinion, evaluate the film along with Riley's health, and choose the QB
they think gives the team the best chance of winning against SDSU. I believe
this is what they have tried to do all season. They may have chosen wrong in a
couple cases, but we'll never know for sure without replaying the games.
Whether it be Lark or Nelson, let the coaches decide--they are the best informed
to make the decision.
" I don't want to take anything away from Lark, but it is hard to gauge
a QB's performance against the NMSU defense."That may be
true, but is it the ND defense that kept Riley from hitting a wide open Hoffman
for a game-winning TD? Is NMSU's poor defense responsible for Lark being
able to put the ball right into Hoffman's hands in stride? That's the
issue.The bottom line is that Nelson cannot throw the ball very
well, while Lark can. We fans see the games and see that Lark is making
completions while Nelson is making turnover after turnover. So forgive us for
judging Nelson's talent based on game-time performance rather than practice
There's no question James Lark has a better arm than Riley Nelson, but so
did Jake Heaps. The QB position is much more than being able to throw the ball
on target. Some examples: pre-snap reads, drop back reads, checking down to 2nd
& 3rd options, knowing when to flush out of the pocket and run for the
sticks, or when to flush out to buy time, knowing when to stand in the pocket
and deliver right before taking the hit, etc. Nelson was chosen over Heaps
because his intangibles outweighed Heaps' arm.Coaches stuck with
Nelson because they thought he gave the team the best chance to win based on the
information they had at the time. Now, with new information about Lark, the
coaches may decide to give him a larger role or start him in the bowl game, but
as fans, we don't have all the information. One stellar performance against
a weak defense, where multiple receivers were wide open on almost every play,
may not be enough to start Lark over Riley.I prefer to let the experienced
coaching staff make the decision rather than desk job guys on this forum.
It must be a cold day in.. well, in Provo, because for once I agree with Brad
Rock. It doesn't happen very often that I can say he's absolutely
correct. The sad thing is that Bronco is going to do whatever he pleases to do
and he's not listening to me and he's not reading Brad Rock.
DuckyBronco's disdain for byU "fans" is completely
warranted. I hope he plays Nelson too...and then goes to Colorado.
start Lark, no brainer- Brandon. just look at the 49ers what they are doing at
QB. it was plain to see in Utah, Boise state, and SJS that Nelson was hurt and
not helping the team. coaches must have courage to do the right thing. If Nelson
was a team player he would bench himself. pleae don't call another QB
running play but let the QB run as needed when the play breaks down. Frustrated
Article quote: "He (Nelson) has proven to be a quarterback that takes too
many hits and commits too many turnovers."Especially turnovers.
Lots of turnovers.Coach Mendenhall, it seems to me, is a little
biased towards Nelson because he (Nelson) reminds him of himself: a hard-working
athlete with a huge heart, under-appreciated by the huge name schools, but still
nonetheless just a somewhat better than average athlete.The first
thing Mendenhall needs to do is acknowledge that fact....the slight bias.The second thing Mendenhall needs to do is realize that all the heart in
the world does NOT consistently win games. If it did, we'd all be playing
in the NFL.Desire is nice, desire and passion are huge but in the
real world heart and desire just don't consistently beat talent.Start Lark!
I don't expect Bronco to do the right thing and start James Lark. He is a
very proud man and he has the full support of the administration at BYU. Bronco
knows this and has been given a free hand to handle the football program any way
he wants. He is not one to be told by fans that his judgement is lacking and is
not humble enough to admit he has made a mistake in starting Riley Nelson when
it was obvious Riley could no longer play. He wants a running quarterback
regardless whether it wins games or not. I expect to see Riley Nelson start at
the Poinsettia Bowl and the results will be the same with every other game he
has started against a good team.
McMahon would not have played under Bronco.Steve Yound may have been
passed over under Bronco.Ty Detmer would have been too little, and passed
over by Bronco.Doman may have played.I don't know what all the
Max Hall hype was...he threw picks like kids throw rocks. All the time.
Remember Utah game? 6 Picks!Nelson is done after one more
game...good luck Doc! You'll be rich I'm sure...but the legacy will
be sour for most of us.Can't wait to move on. Want to go to
the bowl game...but do not want to watch it muffed. It will be.
Where is a u football article on which I can post my disparaging remarks?
Oh...their season is over.
@ Cats 4:56 p.m. Nov. 29, 2012As a Utah fan, I'll oblige.I am really really phenomenally & incredibly apathetic about the war
kittys, their HC, OC, & QB. How's that?
Re: Hank Pym. . . says the Utah fan who actually takes the time to
post the comment.
Beautifully written Brad Rock. You are spot on. We all love Riley but we
don't want him playing if there is another viable option ready to come into
the game and WIN it for the cougs.
Sounds like SDSU is going to have a lot of fans at the game. A lot of them in
Blue. Seems like you can't wait to see the coaches and their quarterback
fail. Wait, you are finally playing a competent opponent and you are already
making excuses. Way to be so hard on the team that brings a lot of us Utahns
enjoyment on Saturdays. Shame on us all for judgements so harshly thrown at
those who entertain us. It brings to mind Theodore Roosevelt's speech "
The Man In The Mirror". I am as guilty as everyone else, but reading our
comments has brought a dose of reality. I will read the speech again, it is
longtimefan,Sure, NMSU's defense isn't great, but
it's 11 spots higher ranked than Idaho's and Lark performed better
against NMSU than Nelson did against Idaho. In addition, not everybody on here
is a non-football "desk job" guy, and this isn't the first time
some of us have mentioned Nelson's deficiencies and Lark's strengths.
This isn't new information. The very things we saw Lark do against NMSU,
some of us have watched him do in spring and fall practices for the last couple
years and have commented on it frequently. Plain and simple he outperformed
Nelson in practice. Why he has never been given a serious opportunity to
compete is anybody's guess and a tragedy for him and BYU fans.
I stopped watching BYU football when the Jake Heaps and Robert Anae era ended. I
certainly didn't miss much over the past 2 sorry seasons. It sure would be
refreshing to get a whole new coaching staff to redeem this program but I'm
afraid BYU fans will have to wait another year for that to happen. Bronco would
be a good defensive coordinator somewhere - even the NFL - but as head coach he
doesn't cut it. Every BIG game (with two exceptions ) BYU has flopped under
Bronco at the helm. The Oklahoma game and the one TCU game a few year back are
the ONLY big wins. I think back to all the other TCU blowouts and the Florida
State blowout on National TV and on and on... Ugly. BYU had the chance ....by
winning against TCU and Florida State to be in the BIG 12 now but those blowouts
proved that the Y was not ready for prime time.