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Commentary: The 25 best Beehive State FBS quarterbacks of the last 35 years

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  • SoCalTrueBlue San Diego, CA
    Aug. 28, 2013 11:32 p.m.

    Sorry, but by leaving off Gifford Nielsen, this list lost much of its credibility.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 29, 2013 8:18 a.m.

    SoCal, he finished his college career 36 years ago.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Aug. 29, 2013 8:19 a.m.

    As far as BYU QBs go, the order should be:

    1. Jim McMahon
    2. Steve Young
    3. Ty Detmer
    4. Robbie Bosco
    5. Marc Wilson
    6. Steve Sarkisian
    7. Gifford Nielsen
    8. Gary Sheide
    9. John Beck
    10. Max Hall
    11. Brandon Doman

    Alex Smith would be after Gifford Nielson on that list with Brian Johnson and Scott Mitchell after Max Hall.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Aug. 29, 2013 8:22 a.m.

    btw, 35 years is an arbitrary and silly cut off point, especially in light of the fact that it occurs during the middle of the BYU QB factory heyday.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 29, 2013 8:30 a.m.

    BlueCoug, I agree with you. BYU and USU didn't really have any great ones before the 70s and Utah had only one in Lee Grosscup. Nielsen and Grosscup would easily replace a few on this list.

  • Lone Star Cougar Plano, TX
    Aug. 29, 2013 9:12 a.m.

    How about Josh Heupel? He played at Snow College and eventually won the Heisman at OKU.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 29, 2013 10:03 a.m.

    Also, this list should just be called the best QBs from Utah, USU or BYU. Jamie Martin was a fantastic QB.

  • PP Eagle Mountain, UT
    Aug. 29, 2013 8:30 p.m.

    Thought this would be interesting. Heisman voting results over the years.

    Shide - 8th
    Nelson - 6th
    Wilson - 3rd
    Mac - 5
    Mac - 3
    Young - 2
    Bosco - 3
    Bosco - 3
    Ty - 9
    Ty - 1
    Ty - 3

    Smith - 4

    Based on historical results an argument can be made for BYU having the top 5 spots and Smith being 6th. One surprise to me is that Sark won the Davey O'Brien and Staley won the Doak Walker yet neither got any Heisman votes. Pathetic. Also a surprise that Hall and Beck did not get any with stats like they had.
    Brian Johnson is definitely too high on this list. He did not make many mistakes but he was not a top flight QB. he was a game manager.

    For the USU fan here, Calvillo has done great in the CFL but that is like saying that a triple A baseball pitcher with 30 wins is better than 20 wins in the majors. I am Canadian but in know that the CFL is the minor leagues.