I first met Mark while I was attending BYU-HC, and he was still in high school.
He and his family are such committed people.Mark's eldest child
was born new years even 1996. I was with him and his mother in the hotel lobby
in Dallas that evening as he received the news of the birth. The next day was
the historic cotton bowl.I caught up with Mark again, when serving
in the quorum of the seventy, he was the MC of the poly - nation send of for
Elder Bateman as he went into emeritus service. I am convinced that
his heart is huge and committed to his beliefs, his school, his job and his
running backs. No one could do better, and we could not ask for better
It sounds like Coach Atuaia is very enthusiastic. I wonder if the religious
connection to the football programs at places like BYU and Notre Dame increases
the pride and enthusiasm of the coaches. I don't know if coach Atuaia is
LDS, but if he is, I wonder if that adds a little more zeal to his attitude than
if he were working for a program not associated with his religion.Hopefully bringing up religion will not unleash a firestorm of negative
I have been really impressed with the job Atuaia has done. The running backs
were arguably our best position group last year and should be again this
year.I know he inherited some pretty good talent with Williams, but
Lasike was still new to football, Brown was fresh off his mission, and Hine has
had injury problems.But he still got this group to produce terrific
results.And now it looks like Nate Carter will be a good option if
we need to go there.
Why do you need running backs at BYU? The QB gets afraid and runs for his life
no matter what the play is.Why do you think Hill's passer stats
are almost the worst in college football?
@U-PAC - "Williams is an OK player but the rest of the BYU RBs are barely
mediocre at best. The huge issue is the overall lack of talent on BYU's
lines."Williams is an OK player? Come on! He was one of the
top Sophomore RBs in the nation last year, and number 22 in rushing yards among
all RBs, in spite of letting Hill rush for over 1300 yards. Most objective
analysts would say this is more than OK. If he stays healthy, he will be the
number 1 rusher in BYU history.As for your comments on the O line,
please see Phil Steele's analysis for 2014. Hmmn, do I rely on
U-PAC's analysis of the O line or Phil Steele? Tough decision, but I think
I'll stick with Phil.
@U-PacWilliams- 1,233 yards, 5.7 ypcLasike- 350 yards, 5.9
ypcBrown- 234 yards, 4.9 ypcHine- 224 yards, 5.9 ypcThe
total yardage numbers for BYU's backups may look mediocre, but look at the
yards per carry. That is anything but mediocre.The reason their
total yardage wasn't higher is because they hardly got any carries. I
remember multiple games where Hine hardly even touched it offensively. but when
he did, he averaged 6 yards.
@AggieAndeeHill was the 40th ranked passer in the NCAA; not bad when
you consider that he was also the 19th ranked rusher among all ball carriers.
If Hill got those rushing statistics from "running for his life," at
least he is running in the right direction!
@U-PACWhy don't you ask Texas how much they "dominated" BYU ?
th had a fluke performance against UT, yet was held below 100 yds vs
Virginia/U/Wisc and had 101 against Notre Dame....He's a good athlete but
unless there's drastic improvement in passing, he'll continue getting
shut-down against their tougher opponents.byu would likely weather
an injury to him exclusively due to the utter weakness of their schedule.
AZUTE1It's laughable the whiny excuses jealous Utah fans have
to invent every time BYU beats a team like Texas or Oklahoma.BYU
rushed for more yards against Texas, 555 yards, than any other team in Texas
history.You don't do that against any team, but especially
against a team like Texas, with just a couple of fluke plays.
@azuteYou know what wasn't a "fluke" performance?
travis wilson's performance against ucla, arizona, arizona st., osu.....Expect more of the same, and a similar record for utah this year.