Wednesday, October 04, 2006

I Think He's Got "It"

In a post from March, I questioned whether John Beck had "it", the intangible quality that great quarterbacks have that allows them to win games even if they don't have all the physical tools. As recently as the Boston College game, I would still have said "no". Beck has been able to make a great number of plays, but hasn't appeared to have the ability to make them when it counted. I saw something different in the TCU game, however, and it was something that has been documented in articles from both the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune, wherein he is reported to have had separate heart-to-hearts with Robbie Bosco and Brandon Doman.

In the TCU game, I saw a quarterback who made less errant throws to receivers. I saw a quarterback who audibled out of the called play to produce sensational touchdowns. In short--here's the hyperbole--I saw a winner. Never mind that the victory wasn't a matter of producing a last-minute drive that the great quarterbacks are associated with. To me, it is every bit as impressive to go into hostile territory, against a ranked opponent, and put your team up by so much late in the game that the opponent has no real chance of coming back, and that is what Beck and company did against TCU. BYU scored a final touchdown with 7:27 left in the game to go up by three scores. I can't imagine a more convincing victory on the road against a team that deserved to be ranked in the Top 20.

I also couldn't be happier for John Beck. From a self-serving standpoint, I as a fan have needed this to greatly increase the likelihood that BYU will have a great season. But for John Beck himself, this should be the entrance to the hallowed halls of quality quarterbacks that have played at BYU--something that he has so long desired. I believe he's finally learned what it takes, and he will likely end his BYU career the way he wants it.

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