Is BYU motivated as an independent?
Posted Apr 10, 2012

From the Scout publishers, here's the inside info on the key questions this spring.

Spring 2012 - Key Questions


What's happening this spring season? Several FSN publishers provide their insider info on the key questions that matter to the real world of college football. Scroll down for the links to all the spring questions.

Q: Is motivation an issue in any way considering the Cougars are locked in to a bowl game already?

From Talo Steves, … No, simply because the team feels the locked in bowl is a fall back bowl rather than a targeted venue. Their goal is to go to a BCS bowl year in an year out and that becomes their motivation. There could be a case for what if there is an early loss and the BCS focus now because less of a reality. However, the hindrance of that type of psyche could be played out within the minds of every football player regardless of whether there is a bowl tie in or not.

How disappointing was the transfer of former star quarterback recruit Jake Heaps for down the road?

The transfer of Heaps won't affect the team in any way down the road. He will be long forgotten simply because of one reason. BYU is the original Quarterback U., and every year the program reloads with top quality quarterbacks. The most recent case in point is freshman Tysom Hill who was rated a four-star quarterback prior to serving a two-year LDS mission. In evaluating Hill over spring camp, he has greater size than Heaps and is one of the more athletic members on the team.

Hill is faster and more athletic than current quarterback Riley Nelson - who beat out Heaps last year causing his transfer - while possessing a strong arm like Heaps. It is BYU offensive coordinator, and quarterbacks coach, Brandon Doman's goal to bring in a top quarterback year in and year out and he's done just that every year he's recruited a quarterback to BYU. The success of future BYU quarterbacks will erase any hypothetical of the past.

What’s the biggest insider storyline from this spring that the average fan should know about?

The most intriguing story will be the development of the offensive identity under offensive coordinator Brandon Doman. The passing game with the west coast offense was virtually developed under former legendary BYU Head Coach Lavell Edwards during the early 70s.

The system is proven and is the foundation of the core philosophy of the Cougar offense. Doman - who was a quarterback and coached by Edwards and then played in the NFL for the 49ers – is in his second year at the Cougar helm. With a creative mind, it will be interesting to see how Doman seeks to innovate and mold proven concepts not often coupled with the west coast offense into BYU's already strong offensive philosophical foundation.

- Really, who is Notre Dame's best QB option?
- What does Michigan have to do to beat Bama?
- How have things changed at Arizona State?
- Is BYU motivated as an independent?
- Does the Oklahoma D have a new attitude?
- Is Southern Miss starting from scratch?
- Is anything improving at Duke?
- Is Cal's Jeff Tedford on any real hot seat?
- Does Wisconsin have a receiving corps?
- Is SMU RB Zach Line back and healthy?
- What's Changing At ASU Under Gus Malzahn?

- Is The Nevin Shapiro Case Affecting Miami?
- How Is UCLA Different So Far Under Jim Mora?
- Will Florida State Finally Turn The Corner?
- Will Rutgers Be Better Without Greg Schiano?
- Will The Alabama Defense Be As Good As 2011?
- Can Boise State Go On Without Kellen Moore?
- Who Are Northwestern's New Offensive Weapons?
- Is Clemson Over The Orange Bowl Disaster?
- Who's The Next Great Illinois D Lineman?
- What's Changing At ASU Under Gus Malzahn?