• All conference champions are NOT guaranteed spots in the NCAA tournament(aside from the Ivy League). There are conference champs who get left out of the NCAA tournament all the time. It is the teams who win their conference tournament who are guaranteed a spot in the NCAA tournament. And because of that, we routinely see teams who were only good…[Read more]

  • UteThunder replied to the topic Coaches in the forum Football 1 week, 5 days ago

    If we didn’t have so many other recent examples of first year OCs who had to deal with inexperience, injuries, difference in coaching, etc. then I would be inclined to agree with you. Schramm, A-Rod, Chow, BJ, DC, Hard-Rod all put offenses on the field that were comparable to, or better in some ways, than Taylor’s offense. Interestingly, other…[Read more]

  • UteThunder replied to the topic Expectations in the forum Football 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    BYU returned more starters than we did, the game was in Provo, and we were extremely fortunate to pull out the last second win in 2016. I figured with all of the talent we lost and them having more experienced coaches and players than the year before that they would get the win. As it turned out, we put ourselves in a position where they had the…[Read more]

  • UteThunder replied to the topic Expectations in the forum Football 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    I expected 7-5 but thought 6-6 was a likely outcome. So I guess you could say my expectations were met.

    However . . .

    After starting the season 4-0 with a win over BYU(a game I had us losing), of course my expectations went up. And then looking at each individual game we lost, there were at least 3 games where the expectation changed from a loss…[Read more]

  • There have been rumors/suspicions of a divided team – Team Huntley vs Team Williams
    I think the coaches are trying to kill that divide by going exclusively with Huntley. If they play Williams, his side gets fuel for their fire. If they play Bateman it completely undermines a team captain and would add fuel to the Williams side in a different…[Read more]

  • UteThunder replied to the topic Serious question: in the forum Football 1 month, 2 weeks ago


    Nice edit.

  • UteThunder replied to the topic Our OL sucks. in the forum Football 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    I know that is what it looks like, but this is commonplace in coaching. Instead of risk losing an assistant, you give them a token title that doesn’t really mean anything but it justifies giving them a raise and the assistant sticks around. 

    In this case, I’m sure Whit was worried that a flatout demotion from Co-OC back to OL coach would make…[Read more]

  • This offense SUCKS.

  • Uh, no. It’s going to take a lot more than a 40 yard catch to make up for that fumble.

  • Looking at it from a 5 year perspective . . . 

    One 6 to 7 win season every 5 years(20%). 

    Two 8 to 9 win seasons every 5 years(40%).

    Two 10+ win seasons where we win the division and/or conference at least once(40%).

    Using the past 3 seasons, we have the two 9 win seasons and one of the 10+ win seasons. I expected 7-5 this year and we appear…[Read more]

  • utethunder started the topic Bacon in the Football forum. 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Such an awesome last name.

  • UteThunder replied to the topic A-Rod vs Taylor in the forum Football 2 months ago

    How has Williams regressed? More like, how has he not regressed?

    Completion percentage(53.1 to 50), yards/attempt(7.07 to 6.36), TD:INT ratio(1.9:1 to 1:2), and QB rating(121.0 to 102.2) are all worse this year compared to last.

    I also don’t recall Williams abandoning a perfectly good pocket over and over again last year, though maybe I am just…[Read more]

  • utethunder started the topic A-Rod vs Taylor in the Football forum. 2 months ago

    Anyone still want to make the argument that the big difference between A-Rod and Taylor as OC isn’t simply QB talent?
    The big knocks on A-Rod were lack of QB development, redzone production, completion percentage, WR drops, and stretching the field horizontally instead of vertically.
    Taylor comes in with his “iPhone” offense and rightfully names…[Read more]

  • <blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>This one’s for you, <a href=”https://twitter.com/tompetty?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@TomPetty</a>. <a href=”https://t.co/OMUwJOnAgS”>pic.twitter.com/OMUwJOnAgS</a></p>&mdash; Florida Gators (@FloridaGators) <a…[Read more]

  • UteThunder replied to the topic Speaking of Tuttle in the forum Football 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Sorry, but you are reading way too much into my question. I’m genuinely curious why we are recruiting a pocket passer when I’ve heard over and over for the last two months that Huntley’s ability to run the football was a better fit for Taylor’s offense.

    At no point did I imply that the coaches don’t know what they are doing. If anything, I…[Read more]

  • Can someone tell me why we are recruiting him?
    During Fall camp, speculation was that Huntley had a shot to win the starting QB spot because he was a better runner than Williams and because of that, Huntley was a better fit for Taylor’s system than Williams. Then Huntley won the job and his running ability along with how it fits with Taylor’s…[Read more]

  • It was only 2.5 quarters, but now that we have seen Williams and Huntley both in Taylor’s system, is it possible the problems under Harding and A-Rod were more due to lack of QB/WR talent than coaching?
    A-Rod took most(all?) of the blame for our lackluster offense and poor QB play, but he didn’t have a sophomore Huntley or Carrington transfer…[Read more]

  • Some tidbits I have heard from a former BYU player who is still connected to their program.

    – Detmer was hired by Holmoe, not Sitake. He was first contacted by Holmoe about a week before Sitake was offered the job.  

    – There is “some turmoil” amongst the coaches on BYU’s staff. Sounds like finger pointing and a lack of cohesiveness from what I…[Read more]

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