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CougarCast: BYU football bye week musings

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Tosh and Keith talk bad passing, good defense, and what’s at stake for the Cougars during their final 4 games.

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The BYU passing game has been rotten. However, with the 117th weakest strength of schedule for the final four games of the season, it is bound to improve. Right?

Raise your hand if you had Tanner Balderree as BYU football’s most productive Tanner after eight games.

Raise your hand if you had Tanner Balderree as BYU football’s most dynamic downfield threat after eight games.

Balderree, among receivers with at least five catches, has a team-leading 15.6 yards per reception. That is 4.3 yards more per catch than the Cougars top wideout Jonah Trinnaman.

This and more as Tosh and Keith dig into the numbers around the passing game, marvel at the amount of big plays the defense has produced in 2016, and talk about what’s at stake for the Y in their final four games.

As companion pieces to this week’s CougarCast, here are a few of the items that we reference in our conversation.

Here is a table of BYU QB’s 1st eight games in a season with at least five pass attempts since 2000, organized by descending passer efficiency rating.

Season Player Class Comp-Att Comp % Yds YPA TD INT Passer Efficiency Rating
2006 John Beck Senior 163-230 70.9 2068 9 20 3 172.5
2001 Brandon Doman Senior 156-239 65.3 2104 8.8 22 2 167.9
2008 Max Hall Junior 198-288 68.8 2364 8.2 24 6 161.0
2009 Max Hall Senior 170-247 68.8 2231 9 17 11 158.5
2011 Riley Nelson Junior 113-195 57.9 1679 8.6 19 7 155.2
2015 Tanner Mangum Freshman 156-245 63.7 1905 7.8 14 6 142.9
2014 Christian Stewart Senior 176-300 58.7 2273 7.6 22 6 142.5
2007 Max Hall Sophomore 189-314 60.2 2485 7.9 17 9 138.8
2005 John Beck Junior 226-350 64.6 2602 7.4 17 11 136.8
2013 Taysom Hill Sophomore 146-276 52.9 2019 7.3 12 8 122.9
2012 Riley Nelson Senior 153-255 60 1676 6.6 12 11 122.1
2004 John Beck Sophomore 138-249 55.4 1790 7.2 9 7 122.1
2016 Taysom Hill Senior 157-269 58.4 1607 6 9 7 114.8
2000 Charlie Peterson Junior 149-260 57.3 1617 6.2 6 5 113.3
2003 Matt Berry Sophomore 147-235 62.6 1445 6.1 7 14 112.1
2002 Bret Engemann Junior 119-215 55.3 1334 6.2 6 8 109.2
2010 Jake Heaps Freshman 120-229 52.4 1057 4.6 2 7 87.9

And here is Taysom Hill’s 2016 passing chart through eight games.


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2002 Daily Herald Utah County Name of the Year Award Winner Tosh Mackintosh and Keith Shirts are two friends who bond over BYU Sports. Obsessed, passionate, and opinionated, they chop it up over BYU Hoops and Football.

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