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Dick Harmon: With fall camp around the corner, BYU QB Taysom Hill soaking in last days of golf

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  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    July 14, 2013 12:15 a.m.

    Everyone seems to be asking how Taysom's knee is. Equally important but not being asked is "how is Hoffman's shoulder doing?"

    From what I have seen of Apo so far, I really don't seem him contributing much. My observation is that he is slow and runs lazy routes and doesn't give his all on every play. Maybe his injury may have contributed to that but I don't think that was the entire problem.

    Teams will be keying on Hoffman so we really need production from the other receivers.

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    July 14, 2013 6:22 a.m.

    I'm worried because the offense still hasn't had time to mesh and jell as a unit with all the new folks coming in it sounds like. Even so, here's hoping Anae and his assistants will surprise us fans this season. I can't wait to see how this year will turn out. Hope they can prevent an 0-4 outcome against the Utes or we'll never hear the end of it from Chris B and his friends. Hope Hill, JD, KVN and the rest of the team will be on the top of their game.

    Go Cougars! And good luck to the Utes too in all their games except BYU!

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    July 14, 2013 7:51 a.m.

    Note to this year's BYU opponents: Fore!

  • Lone Star Cougar Plano, TX
    July 14, 2013 7:51 a.m.

    I can't wait for the season to start. Good luck to the team. I hope the player initiated workouts are fruitful. They need to be on the offense. What about the kicking game?

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    July 14, 2013 8:31 a.m.

    He could be the best running and throwing QB in the land this year.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    July 14, 2013 9:57 a.m.

    thebigsamoan:

    "Hope they can prevent an 0-4 outcome against the Utes or we'll never hear the end of it from Chris B and his friends."

    Yep. Just as I suspected. The UTAH game is the most important game of season for the Indy-WACers.

  • Kralon HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
    July 14, 2013 10:59 a.m.

    Naval Vet: "Yep. Just as I suspected. The UTAH game is the most important game of season"

    Really? Get a clue about football, the best possible outcome is that ALL of BYU's opponents win every game except against BYU!

    thebisamoan was just giving a nod to the Ute trolls because BYU really doesn't see many comments from any other opponent's fans.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    July 14, 2013 11:15 a.m.

    At least we can finally put to rest all comments from ute fans about him hurting his knee in a softball game. And why is it that every photo op I've seen with Taysom Hill he's surrounded by women, including Utah cheerleaders? Lol, he's seeming more like Steve Young every day...and if he even comes close to Young's stature that spells great things for the Cougars the next 3 yrs.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    July 14, 2013 1:12 p.m.

    Only 15 practices with Anae...

    Coming back from injury Hill never saw live action in any of those practices...

    Eight new o-linemen have never practiced with Anae...

    Injury and inexperience at virtually every o-line position...

    A new offensive scheme...

    An o-line coach that has never coached at the D-1 level...

    A RB coach that has never coached at any competitive level...

    But hey... Hill is a good golfer... so the Cougars have that going for them... which is nice.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    July 14, 2013 4:44 p.m.

    When BYU has a relaxed and healthy QB this concerns Ute fans on several levels.

    Utes are worried as they should be. 3-9 won't be pretty.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    July 14, 2013 6:13 p.m.

    @sammyg

    The best smack you've got is your hope that the Ute's BCS opponents will do what BYU can't do... beat Utah...?

  • Jazzsmack Holladay, UT
    July 14, 2013 6:33 p.m.

    Taysom Hill only averaged about 10 yards per completion in the spring.

    That is not nearly good enough for BYU's offense to work well,

    BYU Offense must average over 12 yards per completion or else it will be a long fall.

    Hill must show he can throw the long ball, something he is still unproven at.

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    July 14, 2013 7:26 p.m.

    Howie is that all you've got?
    "A new offensive scheme...

    An o-line coach that has never coached at the D-1 level...

    A RB coach that has never coached at any competitive level..."

    Is this only the third, or is it the fourth time you've posted the same tripe? Probably more since I don't read every BYU article you've no doubt make comments on since Anae was rehired. Please come up with something new that we can poke holes in.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    July 14, 2013 7:32 p.m.

    Howard
    Pretty much the same post every time you comment on a BYU article. Surely you have more imagination than that. But it is nice to see you have so much concern for the BYU offense.
    How is Utah's offense coming along? (By the way, in your BYU-centric universe, Utah is that college north of Provo about 45 miles. Maybe you've heard of them?).

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    July 14, 2013 8:21 p.m.

    @Whoa Nellie
    @idablue

    Same tripe... poke holes in it?

    Not sure how you can poke holes in the truth...

    More imagination?

    The truth requires no imagination... spin on the other hand requires imagination...

  • B C Park City, UT
    July 15, 2013 9:56 a.m.

    howie

    Same tripe; no need to poke holes because you haven't proven diddly.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    July 15, 2013 10:24 a.m.

    @B C

    If Utah hired a RB coach who had never coached at any competitive level and a o-line coach who had never coached at the d-1 level...

    Cougar Nation would consider that... let's say... less than optimal...

  • B C Park City, UT
    July 15, 2013 11:14 a.m.

    howie

    Your "concern" is pure speculation - no one knows how BYU's knew coaches will perform until we see the results on the field.

    It's funny how Utah fans, including U, were completely silent with these so-called "concerns" when BJ was hired as Utah's QB coach.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    July 15, 2013 11:25 a.m.

    @B C

    And yet... while the Cougar Nation roundly mocked the hiring of BJ... they remain curiously quiet and even optimistic about the Cougars prospects with inexperienced RB and O-line coaches.

  • MacNasty Rexburg, ID
    July 15, 2013 1:00 p.m.

    Howie,

    Thanks for your concern. With all the "holes" you have pointed out, please explain why your PAC-thetic Utes are ranked behind USU and BYU in the preseason polls?

    Seems like the national sports writers think that the Utes have more of your so called holes than a chunk of Swiss cheese. LOL

  • iNKSpot Wilsonville, OR
    July 15, 2013 1:23 p.m.

    Some folks talk about a steep learning curve as though it were a bad thing. You are supposed to go DOWN the learning curve, going faster and faster with increased repetitions. So, a steep learning curve is actually a good thing. You get better faster!

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    July 15, 2013 1:34 p.m.

    @iNKSpot

    If you prefer that the Cougars go "down" the learning curve... enjoy...

    Most people go "up" a steep learning curve... learning more as they go...

    But if Cougars pursue the opposite approach... Who am I to argue?

    Lol...

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    July 15, 2013 6:25 p.m.

    Howie:
    I'm just glad Lavell Edwards decided to become the HC at BYU, because he had so much experience at the D1 level (it's called FBS now btw) and so many people were wanting his services, *end sarcasm. Sometimes the unheralded, unknown, inexperienced guy becomes the hero Howie...we should be happy whenever that happens. Don't be such a wet blanket...let these guys prove what they can do, and then you can talk smack. As I've said before, talking about it now just sounds like wishful thinking from an understandably worried ute fan.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    July 15, 2013 11:54 p.m.

    @Cougsndawgs

    "...let the guys prove what they can do..."?

    Did you also call for patience when the collective Cougar Nation was mocking BJ as a young OC at Utah?

    btw... Lavell needed 4 seasons of HC experience before he won more than 7 games...

    Cougar Nation won't allow Tejague and Atuaia 4 years to learn the job... Doman only got 2 years...

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    July 16, 2013 12:47 p.m.

    @howie

    And absolutely no one at utah, whittingham, hill, utah "fans", allowed johnson 2 years let alone 4 years. He was immediately replaced at the end of last season depsite the laughable "co" title.

    LOL!

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    July 16, 2013 11:58 p.m.

    @Duckhunter

    Whit hired a mentor for BJ.... Bronco kicked Doman to the curb.

    And even without a mentor BJ is 2 - 0 against your Cougars...

    Now that's lol...

  • Cougar in Texas Houston, TX
    July 17, 2013 11:39 a.m.

    Howard,

    Was it a mistake for Kyle to hire these 3 assistants in 2005, none of whom had any D1 experience as a coach?

    Aaron Roderick
    Kalani Sitake
    Jay Hill

    As for BYU's OL coach, Robert Anae will still coach the OL with 2J. Anae has, what, 20 years of OL coaching experience? Nobody thinks our OL play will be worse than last year.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    July 18, 2013 7:24 a.m.

    @Cougar in Texas

    Oh... so nobody thinks the OL play will be worse than last year.

    Well I guess that settles it then... you should have said that earlier.

    btw... If Anae is going to due 2J's job... is he also going to do Atuaia's job?