Fred Warner on tape reminds me a lot of Van Noy when he was a freshman. Slighter
build but so athletic and instinctive. He's the kind of talent that can
play significant minutes right out of the gate just like Van Noy did. Poppinga
has always done a nice job with the outside backers and I think this year can be
exciting once again at that position. The fact we will have a better secondary
will allow them to be even more aggressive than usual.
Warner and Hinds should be pretty good...not that the cougars would even need
them. Have you seen their 2014 schedule? Weak SOS.
Even though everyone outside of Fua is inexperienced as an outside backer,
I'm not worried at all. Linebacker is the one position that BYU has ALWAYS
recruited and coached well under Mendenhall. Cameron Jensen, Brian Kehl, Kelly
Poppinga, David Nixon, Jordan Pendleton, Coleby Clawson, Brandon Ogletree, Uona
Kaveinga, Kyle Van Noy, Spencer Hadley, Uani Unga... chances are I forgot
someone, the list is so long.And now Bronson, Alani, Zac, Manoa,
Fred, and Troy.Until proven otherwise, we can just assume that
Mendenhall, Tidwell, and Poppinga will just keep things running smoothly.
@Naval Vet - "Have you seen their 2014 schedule? Weak SOS."Define weak. Certainly weaker than last year, and weaker than Utah's,
which they have proven they can't handle. But the schedule is
much stronger than a MWC schedule, much stronger than U're 2008 schedule
that took U to the Sugar Bowl. So are you admitting, Utah had a weak SOS in
2008?Texas, UCF and Boise State have the talent to be Top 25 teams.
Houston and Utah State will be tough. UConn and Virginia will be improved over
last year. And then there are 5 games that should be easy wins including PAC12
California.But back to the topic, BYU looks loaded at LB for several
years to come.
CougFaninTX:"...the schedule is much stronger than a MWC
schedule, much stronger than U're 2008 schedule that took U to the Sugar
Bowl."So you see 4 ranked teams on that schedule -- 2 of which
are Top-10?Nope. I don't think so. That schedule is weak SOS.
I guess we'll just have to wait until Phil Steele puts out his preseason
magazine to see where you ultimately fall.
Why don't you guys just schedule a bunch of power conference teams like we
do? That's what every big time program does. Byu's schedule is horrible. And worse than utah's
prestigious 2008 undefeated season Even with as bad of a schedule as
byu has, they still won't go on a quest.
There are things to worry about on BYU's team but the LB's are not
usually one of them. This season should not be the exception for that. Yes,
the schedule is lighter this year but every team, no matter who they play, has
to win the games on the schedule. That's all they can do. Win, you make
noise & are relevant. Lose, nobody but your justifying fans cares who you
lost to. Why can the moderators not keep these comments about the article at
hand? Why must every comment board turn into a Utah/BYU spitting contest? I
don't care who you cheer for, just contribute to the discussion in a
meaningful & pertinent way. If you're only here to rile, go away.
(Ironically, this comment will probably not make it past them)
@Naval Vet - "So you see 4 ranked teams on that schedule -- 2 of which are
Top-10?"Please re-read my comment. I'm curious how you
derived your comment from my opinion.@Big 12 Call Yet? -
"Byu's schedule is horrible. And worse than utah's prestigious
2008 undefeated season." Come on . . . more than half of
Utah's schedule finished with a losing record. TCU, BYU and Oregon State
were the only decent teams you played.
BYU has turned into Linebacker U as of late.
Utah joins the PAC than complains of the schedule.Rips BYU!Go figure!
worf,Never, ever has a Utah Fan, Player or Coach complained about our Pac
12 schedule...And we will always rip byu for losing to us and then claiming
superiority because of qualifying for an inferior bowl due to an inferior
@NavalVet - Are you here to take a few shots early because you know the utes are
headed for another pathetic season ?@Big12CallYet - Obsess about BYU
much ? Your name suggests you're more concerned about BYU than your own
utes. I know there isn't much to cheer about recently but maybe
you'll get new coaching staff after this year.Regardless of the
schedule, I'm excited to see BYU pair a top offense with a top defense this
year. Go Cougs !!
Worf,Byu isn't invited to the PAC 12 or th big 12 and then
pretends they would rather not be in a big time powerhouse conference and would
rather play horrible schedules like next year Go figure
@worfutah "fans" alternately bragging and whining about
their football schedule is one of my favorite things to read on here. it is good
Why are we talking about power conferences and SOS? Isn't this about BYUs
outside LBs this year? Oh that's right, the SOS nonsense started with
insecure trolls...my fault, I should have seen that coming. Onward and upward
Cougsndawgs,Why are we talking about SOS? Because with byu's SOS they
could play their backup quarterbacks at the linebacker spots and still be bowl
Linebackers looking good once again and the secondary should be one of the
better groups BYU has had in quite a while. The DL is a bit of a younger group
but talented and should be fine. The defense will be very good again this season
@Duckhunter:Can you believe the whining, and denying? This is really funny.
Guess you won't ever know how good the linebackers are when you play the
horrible schedule that you do.
54-10:There may be some truth to that (although the 38th rated SOS last
year defies all the ute crying about SOS). I guess that from your logic we can
now decide how poor Utah's LBs were because of your great SOS?