Olsen looked like a true BYU qb, one who can make throws, good decisions, and
doesn't put his team in bad positions with poor decisions. I know everyone
thinks Hill is the guy but I thought Olsen looked like a starting qb who could
lead the team to wins.
The weather was perfect and the team looked great.What needed
improvement?1- Open the gates to the stadium parking lot. Usuing only one
entrance was a lousy plan.2- After announcing that the merchandise was 50%
off at the stadium cougar den, having more than two cashier's would be a
bit smart. We looked at the line of folks just waiting to pay and decided
against buying anything because it would be close to an hour wait.. Shorter
lines would have been a different story. (But I did save some money....I
guess.)3- Traffic control after would have been appreciated at the major
intersections.....wait, tyhat's not new except today there wasn't
any.12,000 fans attended so #1 and #2 above says that someone
wasn't thinking this through very well. #3 is typical of the way Orem NEVER
helps with BYU traffic....NEVER!!Nice to see improvement in the
offense. It should be a great year! Go Cougars
"Goofy columns"? Anae has as much contempt for the press as Bronco, and
neither have much regard for the fans either.
Clearly, anyone who is gutless enough to anonymously criticize or try to
discredit a coach in a public forum does not know the coach, or even likely met
him (or them).Just make it a guideline: you want to point a finger
at a coach, just go see him (or them) and have a nice friendly chat. You can
compare your extensive experiences and keen insight.
I thought Tanner Mangum was the best qb of the day. Don't get me wrong;
Olson did great, but the offense seemed to really click for the little bit that
Tanner played. Getting out of that West parking lot was miserable.
Looked like they didn't plan on having that many people there.
Tanner was 8 of 8 with a touchdown. That is incredible. I can't wait
till he gets back from the mission.
QB's: No one looked bad, Tanner was constantly picking up the ball off the
ground because M Vaitai couldn't get it back to him. Yet Tanner handled it
with skill and made plays even off the ground. Tanner will be a missionary soon
and he will have his day in the future. Olsen was solid and error free. Misses
looked like young receiver errors. His injury was grusome but he was up off the
trainers table in a couple of minutes and walking around with ice on it. Olsen
got doubled back against his knee caught under another player on a QB carry
around the outside. He did walk off with assistance and walked around the rest
of the game. A note on Taysom Hill. In pre-game drills Taysom hit some really
deep balls in stride. He ran hard on QB carries too. No worries on his
recovery. Very accurate on short, medium and long.RB's: J. Williams
was...well J. Williams. Need we say more. Great carries by Lasike, AJ Moore and
Nate Carter. Iona Pritchard carried the ball well too. Running Back is not
going to be a problem. Alisa did not play
Wide Recievers: Cody Raymond made several great catches and good runs after
catch. Cody was three time all state and is showing why. A lot of receivers
made catches. Mitch Matthews, Terenn Houk, Taggart Krueger, Travis Frey, Eric
Thornton. Only a couple of missed routes. Not the drops like a couple of years
ago. Everyone looked sharp.Guy Holliday seems to have his cadre in sharp
condition.Tight Ends: Would have loved to see more TE action. Mike
Edmunds made a couple of great catches. Mitch Matthews ran a couple inside
receiver routes that he made good on. This looked like tight end plays.O
Linemen: Talked with one of the freshman lineman. He loves the new offense but
says it is very tiring to being going full speed all the time. He said he is
getting in better shape than he ever has. Couple breakdowns on the right side
that allowed sacks. QB's did a good job escaping on at least half of the
breakdowns. I liked that Stewart escaped and still passed to an open man rather
than running into an open hole.
Boy I wished I could have watched it on TV.
Loved the fast pace and yet there were times I saw it could be faster. No
huddles, no foot dragging. Problem was getting players off the field before the
offense ready to go. Two late illegal procedure calls.Biggest problem was
the shotgun snaps from Vaitai but I'm not sure he knew he wasn't the
ball up high enough. Coaches will cover it I'm sure. They didn't
even slow down to tell him as far as I could tell over 5 plays straight.Great distribution around the field and among all the receivers. A.J. Moore
needs extra mention. He was very quick and powerful and had good runs of 3 to 9
yards.Defense: You know they will be good so what more do I need to say.
How did the defensive line look, individually and collectively?
Teams that run the hurry-up offense effectively have the luxury of having a very
deep offensive line. If we don't have the horses on the o-line to run in
and out, they'll be gassed before halftime. Maybe that is why Anae's
top priority was recruiting more o-line this winter.Don't
particularly like how Anae treats the media. They have jobs to do just like
How sweet it is to hear JUST from BYU fans on this post! The way it should
be!And, may I add that the Men's volleyball team beat USC 3-0.
It was on BYUtv. It was volleyball at its best! They showed why they're
SportzFan,Considering the defensive line was missing Bronson and they are
still looking for a nose tackle, I thought they looked pretty good,To me, the offense looked a lot like what Oklahoma does as far as the speed of
the game. Most defenses that come to Provo will struggle unless they have a lot
of depth. It's a good thing BYU is deep at receiver and running back. That
will help a lot in keeping guys fresh. I am looking forward to the season. Home
schedule is loaded.
SLCWatch - Thanks for the reports on the positions. You gave a better report of
the game than this article did. I understand Olsen got hurt, but that only
needed a paragraph or two. I'd much rather hear about how the offense
performed.Not so worried about the defense as I understand most of
the starters didn't play.The QB position is looking positive
after the Riley debacle of the past couple of years.
Re Anae: He was smiling when he mentioned "goofy columns". It was a
joke. He also said "little papers". OK, that's not how reporters
want to be treated, but frankly the reporters are pretty quick to criticize and
pretty quick to blow things out of proportion. Anae got run out of town after
the Utah loss and he's here to prove them wrong.If they're
going to focus on what he says instead of what he does, I'm with Robert
Anae on this one. His little comments got more column inches than they should
have. No doubt about that.
Any one of these QBs are far better than last year because they can throw the
Let's be honest. It really wasn't #1'S against #1's. There
were very few starters on either defense or offense. So the #2's and
#3's were playing #2's and #3's and we got to see some depth and
future #1's. What we really saw was that Anae wants to run a fast up tempo
passing game with run's mixed in. No huddles, everyone has to know their
role and the signals and you better be in shape or you get replaced by the guy
who can keep up the pace. Watching the drills with more of the one's on
the field was a better indicator than the game portion was. One play in
particular was impressive to me. It was a goal line play with Taysom running
the offense. The D covered well and Taysom rolled left, pump faked and sprinted
into the left corner at full speed. He is healthy and ready. Glad they
didn't risk him for a glorified scrimmage with people trying to move up the
These forums are for expressing opinions. If a fan wants to try to gain a
special audience with a coach, to express opinions face-to-face, I wish him
luck. Because someone chooses a profession different from coaching does not mean
they are not perceptive enough to have intelligent thoughts and suggestions
about a sport. Continue, folks, expressing your opinions on line. All feedback
is good, to someone who is not too prideful to accept it. I hope coaches are
open to it and they don't fall prey to "expert syndrome."
Thanks SLCWatch. Great commentary. I recommend you be a writter for the DNews
or the Bleacher Report. Good Stuff.One more fan here who is
disappointed the game wasn't on BYUtv. Listening on KSL while I did my
taxes was better than nothing, but I'd much rather see it live. Remember:
the Cougs wanted exposure. Putting the game on BYUtv would have drawn at least
250,000 eyeballs, with none of the parking problems. Texas
broadcast their scrimmage on the Longhorn Network. Several of the Big Ten
broadcast theirs on the Big Ten Network. I'm surprised Alisa
didn't play a little. I'm disappointed and worried the kickers missed
two PATs. I'm still concerned abut the O line, expecially at Center. I
was disappointed Hine didn't have a better scrimmage after hearing the rave
reviews all Spring. I'm pleased with how the QBs played. It will be an
interesting battle between Green and Mangum after his mission. I hope
Olsen's injury is minor and does not require surgery. A couple
more BB and VB games, them it's hibernation until August. Can't wait
to watch the Cougs play in NYC on Tuesday.
It's a good thing that there are a lot of QBs in the program. They seem to
go down with injuries too often. Best wishes to Olsen on a speedy recovery.
I've never seen a spring drill where QBs get hit. I am not saying this out
of hindsight, there is not point in allowing that.
One more loud vote for broadcasting these types of events on BYU tv...even if on
a delayed basis, it's an incredibly valuable link to the out of state fan
As the Cougar faithful take a collective sigh of relief while watching the O
shine, don't be disappointed if the D doesn't measure up to
2012's standard. The defense has the makings of being very good, but the
missing shoes will be hard to fill. Still, 2013's corp will hopefully be
impressive against a tough schedule.