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Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday Highlights: Our Mission (2006)

This is a great video that captures the feeling I tried to convey with the flashback on Wednesday about BYU football getting back on top in 2006.

BYU Football 2006


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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Thursday Trivia: Going From 7 Wins To 10 Wins

The correct answer to the last trivia question, "Where does Doman’s 159.7 pass efficency rating in 2001 rank, all-time, for a single season among BYU quarterbacks?" is 8th. As discussed last week, Jim McMahon (1980), Ty Detmer (1989), Steve Sarkisian (1996), John Beck (2006), and Ty Detmer (1991) are the top five, respectively. Steve Young (1983) is 6th with a 168.5 rating, and Max Hall (2009) barely edged out Doman for 7th with a 160.1 rating.

On to this week's question.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Flashback: Back on Top (2006)

The Brigham Young Cougars 2011 football season is destined to have a special place in history. After all, it is the first year of independence. Five years ago, the 2006 Cougars earned a special spot in history as well.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Poll Results: What will Jake Heaps’ Pass Efficiency Rating Be In 2011?

The consensus was (42%) that Jake Heaps would have a pass efficieny rating in the 160-169.9 range this year. The 150-159.9 range came in second with 29%. The 170 or higher range had 21%, while the below 150 came in last with 8%.

I tend to agree that Heaps will be somewhere in the 160s.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Providence Shines On Brigham Young Cougars Football?

Current Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Jake Heaps was the ESPN Rise Elite 11 MVP in 2009. Just two years later, another BYU quarterback commit has been named MVP of the Elite 11—Tanner Mangum. If it isn’t obvious enough, this is HUGE! It isn’t just huge for BYU, huge for the 2012 recruiting class, or huge for Mangum. Landing two Elite 11 MVP quarterbacks in a three year period is huge for any NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) school.

With the Elite 11 MVP on their resumes, Heaps and Mangum could have their pick of any school in the nation. It makes you marvel that both of them would choose BYU over the elite powers of college football. A closer look at how this happened makes you question whether the hand of Providence has been involved, and if so, why?

Forecasting the First Year of Brigham Young Cougars Independence

The 2011 football season is the Brigham Young Cougars’ first season as a college football independent. The major question ever since BYU made this move has been can BYU be successful? Forecasting the long term success of BYU as an independent is difficult; however, data is available to help forecast the first season.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Friday Highlights: Brigham Young Cougars vs. Wyoming (2006)

The discussion this week has centered around BYU quarterbacks having very high pass efficiency ratings. It was noted that John Beck had a 203.4 rating against Wyoming in 2006. Here are some highlights from that game.

BYU vs. Wyoming (2006)


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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thursday Trivia: Brandon Doman's 2001 Pass Efficiency Rating

The correct answer to the last trivia question, "During their sophomore, junior, and senior seasons, who attempted more passes: Ty Detmer or Max Hall?" is Max Hall. Hall threw 1,383 passes (496 as a sophomore, 478 as a junior, and 409 as a senior) to 1,377 for Detmer (412 as a sophomore, 562 as a junior, 403 as a senior). This question was asked to illustrate that Detmer’s career record for most passes attempted is breakable. Hall and Detmer are the only two quarterbacks in BYU history to play full time their final three seasons. Had Hall been afforded the opportunities that Detmer or Jake Heaps were as freshmen, then Hall would be the current record holder for most pass attempts in a career.

On to this week's question.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Flashback: Highly Efficient Quarterback Play

On Monday, this site listed four dynamics that point to Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Jake Heaps having the best season of his college career in 2011. This flashback gives a fifth dynamic: It is part of the five year cycle. BYU football has developed a pattern of highly efficient quarterback play every five years. The third, fourth, and fifth most efficient seasons by BYU quarterbacks happened 20, 15, and 5 years ago. (The trivia question tomorrow will address quarterback efficiency from 10 years ago.)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Poll Results: Were You Satisfied With BYU's Media Day?

The results are in, and 78% of voters were satisfied with the BYU Media Day, despite the fact that no major announcements were made.

I, too, was satisfied.

Monday, July 18, 2011

2011 Will Be Jake Heaps' Best Year

It still feels like Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Jake Heaps just arrived at BYU. This will be his sophomore season, and many expect his best football to be one or two more years down the road. He will be a better quarterback as a junior, and even better as a senior, but his sophomore season—this season—will be his best year.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Friday Highlights: Greatest Moments (1985-1991)

This is a mixed highlight video. On this site, we have talked a lot about Ty Detmer and his records this week. It was also BYU Media Day this week. This clip is a blend of some of the greatest moments in BYU football history, particularly the Detmer era, including several highlights from 20 years ago.

Greatest Moments in BYU Football History (6 of 7)


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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Thursday Trivia: Who Attempted More Passes?

The correct answer to the last trivia question, "Besides 1984, what years has BYU had the same or better record than the national champion?" is 1996 and 1983. BYU was 14-1 in 1996, and National Champion Florida was 12-1. In 1983, BYU was 11-1, which was the same record as National Champion Miami. In 2007, BYU had 2 losses, just like National Champion LSU, but the Tigers had 12 wins to BYU’s 11 by virtue of playing in the SEC Championship game.

On to this week's question.

Flashback: Records To Last A Lifetime

Ty Detmer assaulted the Brigham Young Cougars record book during his four-year career. When his playing days concluded, it was hard to find a record that he did not hold.

Twenty years later, Detmer still holds the BYU record for most passing yards in a season (5,188) and a career (15,031), most touchdown passes in a career (121), most passes attempted in a season (562) and a career (1,530), most passes completed in a season (361) and a career (958), and the longest pass play (97 yards to Eric Drage vs. Utah). Twenty years isn’t too teribbly long for a record to stand, however, it is becoming apparent that some of these records will stand the test of time. In 100 years, they will still be the standard of greatness.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

BYU Media Day Recap and Report

The Brigham Young Cougars held their football media day yesterday. I participated in as many events as I could. I have made in depth reports for each event, just click on the heading to the sections below to be directed to those reports.

All in all, the BYU media day was what it is supposed to be: a pep rally for the season. Media and fans had access to players and coaches. The football program was pumped up as being the program that would get the most exposure of any school in the nation this year. Optimism was high.

Here are my overall impressions of each event I participated in.

BYU Media Day: BYU Football 2011--State of the Program

The Brigham Young Cougars media day started with a State of the Program meeting hosted by Dave McCann. Those present were: BYU Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall, BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe, BYU Broadcasting General Manager Derek Marquis, and ESPN Vice-President of Programming Dave Brown.

BYU will get more exposure in 2011 than any team in the nation, except Notre Dame. Ten of BYU’s 12 games will be on one of the ESPN networks. The Idaho State game will be available nationwide as well on BYU tv. The only game that doesn’t have set television arrangements yet is the October 15 game at Oregon State.

BYU Media Day: True Blue Special Edition

The Brigham Young Cougars media day included a special edition episode of True Blue. The content of interest in the special edition episode of True Blue was the interviews. Several players were interviewed, but ESPN analyst Holly Rowe’s brief interview at the end was far and away the best. She had a great perspective and shared some very interesting facts about how BYU football has a national following.

BYU Media Day: Fan Q&A With Current Players

Fans were given the opportunity to submit questions to current players. While I always love to hear what current players have to say, they dodged a lot of questions and gave vague answers. There were still some good tidbits from each player. Personally, I liked Justin Sorenson's the best.

BYU Media Day: Fan Q&A With Former Players

Fans were allowed to submit questions via Facebook to Ty Detmer and Bryan Kehl. I always love hearing what former players have to say about their experiences and what they think about current events. Here are the high points.

BYU Media Day: Legends Roundtable

Part of the Brigham Young Cougars Media Day was a roundtable discussion with several legendary Cougars. The participants were: LaVell Edwards, Steve Young, Trevor Matich, Ty Detmer, and Bryan Kehl. Current players Jake Heaps and Matt Reynolds joined the roundtable later on.

I tried to capture as much of the conversation as I could.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

BYU Media Day Command Post

The Brigham Young Cougars Football Media Day has arrived. A full list of the events for today can be found here. I will be adding to this post throughout the day with updates, insights, analysis, and impressions.

Go Cougars!!!

Poll Results: What is the best part of BYU being independent?

Although it did not receive a majority of the votes, the best part of BYU being independent is clearly the ESPN contract (47%). No more Mountain West Conference was second with 31%, and scheduling freedom was last with 22%.

Not only do I agree that the ESPN contract is the best part of BYU being independent, I also feel dissociating with the MWC is second best, and the scheduling freedom is third.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Jake Heaps Will Not Break Ty Detmer’s Records

The two biggest and most important Brigham Young Cougars passing records are owned by Ty Detmer. Most career passing yards: 15,031; and most career touchdown passes: 121. Current BYU quarterback Jake Heaps has gotten off to a better start than Detmer did. As freshmen, Heaps out gained Detmer by 1,064 passing yards (2,316 to 1,252). Heaps also threw two more touchdown passes than Detmer did (15 to 13). Although Heaps is ahead after year one, he will not break Detmer’s career records, even if he plays all four years.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Friday Highlights: Brigham Young Cougars vs. TCU (2006)

Sorry for the delay in getting the highlights up today. To make up for the wait, I will give you two for one.

With the talk about being/playing elite caliber football this week, I tried to think of a video that would exemplify that. I have choosen the BYU game against TCU five years ago (2006). John Beck and company played one of the best games they had ever played against the number 15 Horned Frogs. On the road they came out with a 14 point victory. We all know that TCU has been playing at a very high, if not elite, level since 2005, so BYU definitely raised its game to an elite level for this 31-17 win, which has turned out to be a landmark game for the program.

BYU vs. TCU, 2006

Once again, sorry for not getting this up sooner. You will find two sets of highlights in this one link.


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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Thursday Trivia: Same or Better Record Than The National Champion

The correct answer to the last trivia question "Who was the first BYU player to finish the season second in total rushing yards?" is Eldon Fortie in 1962. Fortie ran for 1,149 yards. Preacher Pilot from New Mexico State was the nation's leading rusher with 1,247 yards.

On to this week's question.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Flashback: Playing Elite Football (1996)

While the debate rages on over my Monday post, which has been featured on the College Football page, including some time as a feature story with a nice picture of Bronco Mendenhall, there is little debate that the Brigham Young Cougars played elite football 15 years ago during the 1996 season.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Poll Results: How long will Matt Reyonlds be an Outland Trophy Candidate?

The results are in and a majority (51%) think that Brigham Young Cougars offensive tackle Matt Reynolds will be an Outland Trophy finalist. The second leading vote getter was to win the trophy with 30%. Semi-finalist was third with 11%, and not making it past the pre-season watch list was last with 8%.

Personally, I would love to see Reynolds win the Outland Trophy.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Is the Brigham Young Cougars Football Progam An Elite Program?

The Brigham Young Cougars are officially independent in football. As of midnight last Friday, July 1, 2011, they were no longer members of the Mountain West Conference. Ever since this move was announced August 31, 2010, many perceived that BYU was making this move as a statement that it was comparable to Notre Dame. While BYU has made it clear that this was not the motive, we can still ask the question: Is the BYU football program an elite program?

Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy Independence Day!!!

While the rest of America is waiting until Monday, July 4th to celebrate independence, Cougar Nation is celebrating today.

The Brigham Young Cougars football team is officially a college football independent. Thank you to everyone in the old Western Athletic Conference and Mountain West Conference for the competition and association the last several decades. However, the time has finally come when BYU is ready, and best served, to stand on its own. Best wishes to you.

BYU now embarks on a new journey in uncharted waters. Like the Mormon Pioneers of the 19th century, the way is unknown, but the course is clear. BYU football must set out on its own to reach its full potential. Those at the top have a vision of the fruits that independence can bear. Now, the current coaches, players, and fans must put their shoulders to the wheel to raise BYU football to new heights, and wield its influence to advance the cause of all good things.

Unlike the pioneers, who had practically zero outside help to furnish their own wagons and supplies as they blazed a new trail alone, BYU football is holding hands with ESPN and has BYU-TV at its disposal. The world wide leader in sports and BYU-TV will carry BYU football games to the four corners of the United States, and to the four corners of the world. This journey will be documented for all to see. The BYU brand is poised to become the most popular college football brand in the world.

Failure is not an option. BYU football must carry on, carry on, carry on until they reach the promised land. No toil nor labor fear, independence can be a great success. The prelude to independence these last 10 months has been great. Now, it needs to start off on the right foot, and preferably accompanied with a bang.

Decades from now, may the posterity of Cougar Nation look back on July 1, 2011, and say this was the day that changed everything. This was the day that BYU football was cut out of the Mountain West’s hands and rolled forth to fill the whole earth.

Rise and shout, the Cougars are out,
Along the trail to fame and glory.
Rise and shout, our cheers will ring out,
As we unfold our INDEPENDENT story.

Go Cougars!

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Friday Highlights: Luke Staley (2001)

Many have dubbed today as “Independence Day” for BYU football as today BYU officially breaks free from the Mountain West Conference. What better way to celebrate than with some of Luke Staley’s many, many highlights from 2001. Watch Staley break free from Mountain West Conference defenders.

Luke Staley (2001)


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