Don’t get sucked into the talk. I have, and won’t again. Just like with recruiting, spring football and scrimmages are used to telling people what they want to hear.
Jake Heaps ruined spring ball for me, showing me that things aren’t all sunshine and rainbows like they would have you believe. To stay sane , it’s important that we focus on things we should actually be excited for. Heaps was supposed to be Jim McMahon and Steve Young with a dash of Ty Detmer according to the PR machine. The spring before his demise, every report was about how the BYU offense was an unstoppable juggernaut and Heaps was going to break every record in BYUs record book, even the impossible ones. We all know how that turned out. Jake Heaps broke my heart, mainly because of unhealthy expectations.
Thanks to the Heaps PR machine, I now take spring football reports with a grain of salt.
These days, I don’t get overly excited because usually l expect the opposite of what is being reported. Last year, for example, the report out of spring was how BYU was going to have the best defensive backs ever. What we saw felt like the worst secondary in BYU history. (Not really but not the best by any stretch.) We also heard that there were fights in practice…and how great that was. They decided to show us what they practiced in the Miami Beach Brawl.
With all these spring reports, how do we filter out the fluff? What can we believe? There really is no way to tell.
I’ve been focusing on how Jamaal Williams and Taysom Hill are doing and whether BYU is having a better relationship with alumni, and I have heard reports on both lately.
Taysom Hill’s progress sounds great. The more I hear Taysom talk about his process the more I like him. I believe that he is almost 100% like he claims. And I believe him when he says that if there were a game tomorrow, he would be good to go. This is, of course, great news for Cougar fans. I thought he’d miss a couple of games or just barely be ready to go before the season starts, but it sounds like he will be ready for Nebraska. Ironically, it’s believable because the BYU PR folks don’t say he’s ready to take hits. They talk about the process and most of the “I’m ready” talk comes from Taysom himself.
Jamaal Williams still says he’s rehabbing, which tells me that they aren’t puffing out fluff on the injury front. Hopefully we get to see the “swag daddy” out there running all over the field in 2015.
I hope the two senior leaders lead the Cougars to a great season. They are both coming off of injuries but they are still leaders in spring football. I like how they have Taysom and Jamaal out there with the team taking part in as much practice as they can.
I recently heard the great Hans Olsen, on the radio, talking about how BYU is reaching out to former players. They want a better relationship with the alumni that came through the program. This is good news because the first step to solving a problem is acknowledging that you have one. I now have hope that we will hear less of the “I’m not welcomed” from former players. I don’t like hearing about the children of former players going elsewhere. Hopefully this will bring back some former Cougar pride.
Now we will wait to see what the truth out of spring football was. It’s difficult for the media to see the whole story because they don’t see everything that happens and the coaches and players aren’t going to be negative and come out and say “our DBs are slow” or “we have no leadership at middle linebacker.” They show a fraction of the practices and even the spring game is friendly because nobody wants to get hurt.
Just don’t get lured into “everything is awesome” reports. Just realize that everything can’t be awesome. There are always problems that are hidden until game time when they are exposed by real competition.
It’s a good time to be a BYU fan. Be excited about Taysom Hill and Jamaal Williams’ senior seasons and Go Cougars!