Ma'ake Kava

  • Ordinarily I would think that remark is ill-advised.  The circumstances this year are unique.

    – the entire BYU ecosystem has been psyched up for this since November.

    – they let the rhetoric on their media day be centric to this game.

    – this year we won’t be sandwiched between the hangover over winning the PAC South and looking forward to the…[Read more]

  • Ma'ake Kava replied to the topic Tuttle 3rd String at Indiana in the forum Football 1 month ago

    Wilson’s a good QB, who – all things being equal – will look great vs OK defenses, and will look poorer against really good defenses.

    If he had serious playmakers to distribute to, Wilson could be a *REALLY* good QB, but if they can’t get separation, his numbers will suffer, or worse, he’ll get baited into throwing into coverage and be a serious negative.

  • It was a lot of fun.

    – Julian Blackmon is such a bright, engaging kid. He’ll be successful in whatever he chooses to do, but if in 30 years he’s the Governor of Utah, I won’t be surprised. Seriously. He has some people skills that extend far beyond football.

    – In the meantime, Blackmon’s fellow safety Tyrell Burgess said JB has had no problem…[Read more]

  • This is a tough topic. The PAC games are almost all TBD because there’s a pecking order of the TV partners, who select the matchups they want, often 10 days out, and sometimes even 6 days out.

    Fox & ESPN get first picks, with most of the rest of the games going to the PAC-12 network. If we do well, chances are we’ll be getting more Fox & ESPN…[Read more]

  • Ma'ake Kava replied to the topic Scrimmage question in the forum Football 1 month, 1 week ago

    RES will be lit up on game week nights. (They practice at game times.)

  • Multiple picks by JB? Attention Tareke Lewis, Josh Nurse, Jav Guidry & Burgess – the ball is coming your way!

  • Ma'ake Kava replied to the topic Current Backers in the forum Football 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    There’s one more possibility – I’m thinking way outside the box – Ali’i Niumatalolo, who is listed as a TE. He’s the son of Ken Niumatalolo, coach of Navy. I saw him at the airport on Monday, coming in for camp from his hometown back east.

    6-2 / 235. Don’t know if he was like a courtesy scholarship from Whitt to Ken, but he definitely looks…[Read more]

  • Uhhh… we replaced 2 senior starters / all-PAC quality LBs… with a Big-10 starter, and a part time starter (for us), who was one of BYU’s best players before he came to the hill.

    I’d call that damned creative roster management.

    If Bowen doesn’t come to SLC, then Donovan Thompson would start, with Devin Lloyd getting a baptism by fire as a…[Read more]

  • Ma'ake Kava replied to the topic interview with JB in the forum Football 2 months, 1 week ago

    As soon as I saw those quotes from Provo, I knew they were going to be turned into motivational material.

    Blackmon’s take is *exactly* what Whit & Scalley were thinking.

    Football culture & leadership starts at the top, then to the coordinators, the position coaches, and then into player leadership. The best teams are where player leadership…[Read more]

  • Ma'ake Kava replied to the topic 60 in 60 Fan Vote in the forum Football 4 months ago

    How could this possibly be a legitimate fan poll if Jimmer isn’t a selection?

    Seriously, there are at least two ways to vote in this kind of poll:

    1. What the fans think, based on their perception of player value.

    2. How a coach might “draft” players if they were building a team based on the available player in the state.

    If I was a coach,…[Read more]

  • Ma'ake Kava replied to the topic In 100 Days in the forum Football 4 months ago

    Great points. This year, summer conditioning & workouts and fall camp will have an edgy intensity, in both schools. BYU will be motivated and confident, based on 27-7. Utah will be laser-focused, focused on “redemption”, based on 27-7. Make no mistake – it will be rubbed in their face by the coaches and player leadership. You can bet your…[Read more]

  • Ma'ake Kava replied to the topic Gotta say it… in the forum Football 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    To anyone who has met Marcus’ family, him *not* getting a degree was never an option.

    I talked with Marcus’ uncle at the Cal game 3-4 years ago, and as Marcus’ recruiting picked up, he decided to see how things were going academically at the HS. Besides the 4.0, Marcus had amassed a bunch of AP credits. His brother Eric, who was a PG for Cal…[Read more]

  • Ma'ake Kava replied to the topic Utah – BYU game in the forum Football 10 months, 1 week ago

    If Mark Harlan finds a way to skip scheduling BYU in football, I support it, 100%.

    Because the Legislature might melt down and lash out, a better option might be to alternate scheduling USU and BYU.

    This game, this year, can be used as a relatively consequence-free way to work on parts of our game against a pretty good opponent who would do…[Read more]

  • Ma'ake Kava replied to the topic Utah – BYU game in the forum Football 10 months, 1 week ago

    One of our WRs BYU won’t have an answer for is Siaosi Mariner, who quietly got another catch yesterday, after struggling with injury this year. Bryan Thompson appears to be healthy, too. There’s nowhere near enough speed in the BYU secondary to deal with Dixon and Mariner at the same, downfield.

    Shelley can spread the ball out to so many…[Read more]

  • A huge wildcard is the weather. The forecast had snow falling in Boulder starting about 2:00am. If it snows and passes by, they’ll clear the field. If there is snow sticking during the game, things get a little crazy.

    The Buffs seem either like they’re really sagging with 5 straight losses, with their coach dealing with a horrendously botched…[Read more]

  • CU’s OL is *very* young (start 3 FR I believe), and have done a relatively poor job of protecting Montez. This *should* translate into fewer deviations out of lanes on the pass rush trying to get home.

    I would think about shifting Anae inside on obvious passing downs, like we’ve done before letting DEs play the middle and drop into short…[Read more]

  • Game 1 comparisons are junk food. Both teams will improve from Game 1. We had some ragged play that should be shored up, NIU will be amped to play better & score a win at home against a P5 team. NIU is an upper tier MAC team, which means we better take them seriously, like we are playing San Diego State. If we do our job, handle our…[Read more]

  • Ma'ake Kava replied to the topic Chase Hansen in the forum Football 1 year ago

    Covey had at least two plays where he really had to tough it out getting up after a hit. He’s tough, but that’s got to change.

  • Ma'ake Kava replied to the topic Stanford game in the forum Football 1 year ago

    It will be interesting to see if we can contain Love by stacking the box (on some plays), letting the LBs and Safeties fill the gaps and limit the damage on others. We haven’t had a safety that can cut off edge plays like RoJo did looking like a rocket coming up… until Marquise Blair.

    When they’re forced into throwing, I see JJohnson, Blackmon…[Read more]

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