“Our team has a saying that touchdowns are not good,” said
Mendenhall. Maybe Bronco should have specified that was the motto
for the "Defense".Because apparently, BYU's
"Offense" adopted the same motto this year.
Kyle Van Noy has been a pleasure to watch! Best of luck to one heck of a
He will someday be a fantastic defensive coach. Right now he is just plain
fantastic. Thanks for your spirit, pride and dedication.
The punter is the one for the ages. Never saw pooching that good in a single
game. It was Ray Guy-esque...
That was an awesome guy for Van Noy! Unreal what he can do on the field. Then
add the punting, it almost became expected that the ball would fall behind the
10 yrd line. Ansah did nothing to hurt his chances either, incredible game for
him. Bronco can certainly lay down a D. He is a football guy. I am
sure he will make the right calls to get the O where it needs to be. Watch for
those announcements soon.
Somehow my post was lost from last nightAnyway, nice article, Dick.You rarely see a defensive player have such a big positive impact on the
win/loss record like you see with KVN. In his 3 years at BYU he has nearly
single-handedly turned games around time, and time, and time again. If his draft assessment had him gauged to go in the later rounds, his stock
made a dramatic rise last night. I would love for him to stay, but if any NFL
scouts watched the game they will have a glimpse of just how special this kid
really is, and they will snatch him up in a hurry. He will leave a huge void on
defense, much bigger than even Ziggy who will go higher in the draft.On a brighter note, Hoffman will probably stay another year. He is on the
verge of breaking several BYU receiving records. Unlike his predecessors who
hold those records, Hoffman's accomplishments have been done with
relatively lousy quarterbacks, which make his feats all the more meaningful.
Someone forgot to tell the Aztecs that Van Noy had calendered this event on his
"Mayan" calendar as "Doomsday" blitz-a-rated.
8 tackles (1.5 sacks, 3.5 TFL), 1 blocked punt, 1 FR, 1 INT, and 2 TDs. I
didn't think it would be so, but with a line like that, KVN has to be done
with the NCAA. He doesn't even need to have a great showing at the combine
and he could still be an early round pick.Best of luck.
BYU needs a QB like those of old who can throw the long ball. The offensive line
needs major work or overhall and last Doman needs to be replaced with a more
savey offensive coordinator. I have never seen such an anemic offense as
displayed last night and against every strong team BYU faced this year. Doman
has got to go.
I have to wonder what could have happened if Lark had been getting the reps and
practice at #1 the past two years. He stood bravely as the pocket collapsed
around him, and delivered the ball quite well, against a swarming defense that
would have flustered Nelson into 4-5 picks, and just plain flustered many good
quarterbacks that have taken the field.Lark would have beat Utah,
Notre Dame and Boise State. Games Nelson could not deliver.
CWEB, while I would agree that Lark deserved the start and should have been
playing since Riley got hurt, I don't think one can draw very many
conclusions regarding a comparison between the two based on the last 2 games.
In case you didn't notice, the offense was not good last night.
Lark was a significant ingredient of that offense, and yes I know it was
multifactorial. I would say that Lark is a more accurate passer, but that
doesn't necessarily translate to being a better QB. To me he certainly
didn't look head and shoulders better than (a healthy) Nelson last night,
even though I was hoping he really would. What I saw in the QB play last night
was not spectacular, and the statistics back me up on that.There is
no denying that Lark looked terrific against NMSU....but it was NMSU.
@CWEB:I have to disagree with your assessment of Lark. He had the
past month to prepare, including against the practice squad of New Mexico State.
The Lark I saw last night threw two picks, took off running up field whenever
the pocket started to collapse (and only gained about 1-2 yards per scramble),
and had many, many bad throws (that looked just as bad as Nelson's). On
top of that, Lark had no TDs against a below-average SDSU defense.A
100% healthy Nelson was definitely our best QB this year. As for a 50% or 75%
Nelson, now that's a different question, namely a coaching question.
Remember when everyone said the same thing about "would-of-happened" if
Riley started over Heaps? Multiple years, multiple QBs, multiple offensive
problems - one Offensive Coordinator.
Okay, now I can gloat. Last year after the Old Miss game, I nicknamed Kyle Van
Noy, Velcro Van Noy. It hasn't stuck apparently, but Kyle proved more than
worthy of the monicker. Maybe it will follow him in his career whatever he
chooses to do. He is an amazing talent and we were are so fortunate that he is
in Cougar Blue. All the best KVN, whatever you decide to do.
"coach should have used him more on offense" KVN said, well why not
along with Ziggy which he still have some energy to play more. After Ziggy
caught the Interception I thought he was going for a TD.
To my knowledge the only sport using the replay to question the call is College
and NFL football. Get a life SDSU fans. Anyone will whine if a close call does
not go your way. Baseball, basketball, soccer! Let's just be glad they
don't all use replay. We would be there forever! I get that. Were the
refs from BYU? NO! Were the replay guys from BYU? NO! The rule is that unless
the call is clearly wrong the call on the field stands. Dingwall lost the ball
(thanks KVN)as he attempted the forward motion with his arm. Guess what! No
ball! Ball is now loose on the turf. Guess what? KVN now owns the ball!
Guess what else? TOUCHDOWN BYU !!!!!!