Observations at the halfway point of the 2011 BYU season:
Jake Heaps, while extremely talented, can’t lead. He is arrogant and unable to adjust on the fly. And lacks perhaps one of the most important qualities needed in the game of football…toughness.
Riley Nelson, yes a leader, no does not have the talent or the tools to be a GREAT QB. He runs well and is a hard worker. But he does not have the accuracy or abilities that Jake has. But yes, he IS 2-0 right now. And that counts for a lot right now.
The offense STILL has issues in the interior of the offensive line. We can argue Jake or Riley all we want, but when it comes down to it the o-line still has to improve.
The run game is getting better, but can we really take much from the San Jose State game? I mean it’s San Jose State. Let’s be real here. But there is improvement from the backs, especially one who has immerged in the last two weeks: Aliza.
There is extreme amounts of talent at the Wide Receiver position, but lack of instinct and experience. BYU fan has been used to receivers who stick their routes. Guys who are where they should be when they should be. And guys who should be making catches.
Kody Hoffman is an ATHLETE. Hands down the best receiver on the team. Maybe the best offensive weapon on the team.
Mckay Jacobson has been a complete disappointment. He comes up with a spectacular play when called upon once in a while, usually on broken plays, but fails to do the simple things that are needed at the wide receiver position. And he’s a SENIOR. A guy you’d think would step up and lead, no matter who the QB is.
The Defense has been great in spurts and mediocre at other times, esecially in the secondary. I still don’t know what the defensive identity is on the team.
Everyone talks about how to gauge BYU’s success the rest of the season. With all the struggles and inconsistencies that the season started with, the only gauge now becomes how they win.
You can’t gauge an identity when the level of the competition is bottom tier competition. You just have to expect proper results. What are those results? You decide. For me…it’s winning the games you are supposed to win. That’s all I would ask as a BYU fan. And that’s all any of us can ask for the rest of the season.