Here’s what’s going on Inside Darnell’s Head.
It’s my birthday today.
What did you get me?
Quarterback U again
In the sports media game, a strong opinion is known as a “hot take.”
I’ve got one, so here you go: This year’s quarterback group at BYU is the most talented the program has had in more than 20 years.
Evaluating quarterback talent is a lot easier after the fact, and going back 20 years on Cougar rosters was illuminating. Perception almost never becomes reality. BYU fans were stoked when Ben Olson joined the program in 2002. They were giddy when Jake Heaps signed in 2010. Heck, Matt Berry was considered a pretty big get in 1999. Olson redshirted at BYU, went on a mission and opted to transfer to UCLA. Heaps left Provo after his sophomore season and bounced from Kansas to Miami. Berry finished his career 21st all-time at BYU in passing yards (2,994).
You just never know.
No one looked at the group in 2009 — Max Hall, James Lark, Riley Nelson and Brad Sorensen — and saw a pair of NFL quarterbacks (Hall and Sorensen). But that’s what happened.
Here’s why I think this year’s group is an all-timer.
You have a senior (Tanner Mangum) who has been through the wars. You have a solid young passer with experience (sophomore Joe Critchlow) and two very promising freshmen (Zach Wilson and Jaren Hall) for the future. You have a raw but intriguing prospect (Stacy Conner), a productive walk-on (Hayden Griffitts) and a really good walk-on athlete (Baylor Romney) who may end up at receiver.
That’s a stacked position group.
I know, I know. POTENTIALLY. There is always that qualifier. But I think this group could end up being very special.
ing down? Not likely
I had to mention Tony Ingle’s retirement from coaching. The former BYU assistant and head basketball coach had a ton of success after leaving Provo, winning national championships with Kennesaw State (Division II) and Dalton State (NAIA). He’s stepping down from the head coaching job at Dalton State but if you know Ingle, he won’t slow down much. He was called to be an LDS bishop last June, so that ought to keep him busy, as well as chasing after grandkids and great grandkids.
One of his sons, Israel, is the boys basketball coach at Timpanogos High School in Orem and continues the Ingle legacy of great quotes and tremendous energy on the sideline.
Tony Ingle is a quality individual and after 44 years on the sideline will continue to touch lives in a positive manner.
Ingle took over for Roger Reid at BYU midway through a dreadful 1-26 campaign in 1997 and was let go after the season.
In his book titled “I Don’t Mind Hitting Bottom, I Just Hate Dragging,” Ingle wrote that you’re a loser when you quit. You’re a failure when you blame other people.
Ingle never blamed anyone and found success through his perseverance, which is a lesson we can all learn.
The cast of the classic baseball movie, “The Sandlot” — which was shot in Salt Lake City — was in attendance at Friday’s Salt Lake Bees game. Like most families, we watch that movie every summer and pretty much know the dialogue by heart.
But not everybody loves it. A former entertainment reporter for the Herald, Eric D. Snider, is now a freelancer and tweeted: “I’ve always felt THE SANDLOT left too many questions unanswered, questions like: Why do people like this movie? Have they seen it recently? Really?”
I’d unfollow him on Twitter in protest, but then I wouldn’t know which movies to watch.
It was a tough week for former Cougars Tejan Koroma (knee), Daniel Sorensen (knee) and Harvey Langi (internal laceration). Koroma is out for the season but the Chiefs kept him on injured reserve. Sorensen and Langi will need 4-6 weeks to get better. Such is the volatile nature of the NFL.
ssed is more like it
I saw a story that indicated parents have started hiring coaches to help their kids get better at the popular video game “Fortnite.” Which is weird, because kids already play the game 12 hours a day. Most of them have already reached that critical 10,000-hour mastery mark.
Thanks to my family for spoiling me on my birthday (we celebrate all weekend long, that’s how we roll). Due to circumstances I ended up cooking my own birthday dinner, but since it was barbecue, and I’m the king in my castle, it was delicious. Ask me about my special marinade for chicken.
Sometimes it seems as if age is a very high price to pay for maturity, but it beats the alternative.
Have a great week.