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Morning links: BYU's Ty Detmer a top modern QB; Dante Exum featured; USU's poor combo

Ty Detmer slips away from Miami's Shane Curry to throw the first Cougar touchdown of the game.
Ty Detmer slips away from Miami's Shane Curry to throw the first Cougar touchdown of the game.
Tom Smart, Deseret News Archives

Brad Shepard of Bleacher Report ranked the 16 best college quarterbacks since 1973, and BYU signal-caller Ty Detmer made the list at No. 12.

After talking about his numbers, Shepard looked at Detmer's greatest strengths, saying, "Nobody put up PlayStation numbers quite like Ty Detmer, who finished in the top 10 of the Heisman Trophy voting three times. He ran LaVell Edwards' offense to perfection and is recognized as the greatest of BYU quarterbacks ahead of the likes of Steve Young, Jim McMahon and Robbie Bosco."

Shepard then explained why Detmer made the list, saying, "He set 42 records in a single season as a junior, cementing his greatness with a 28-21 victory over top-ranked Miami, in which he passed for 406 yards against the defending national champion. He won the Heisman Trophy once and finished third as a senior, and he turned a dormant Cougars program back into a WAC power, winning three consecutive division titles."

Former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow topped the rankings followed by Nebraska's Tommie Frazier and Oregon's Marcus Mariota.


Dante Exum featured

ESPN's Tim MacMahon looked at the progression of Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum after Exum's career day against the Oklahoma City Thunder over the weekend.

After looking a his performance versus the Thunder, MacMahon wrote, "There are a few point guards, such as Westbrook, who accelerate faster than Exum. Good luck finding one who stands 6-foot-6 with a 6-foot-9 wingspan."

After looking at some of the ups and downs Exum has gone through this season, MacMahon continued, "It certainly hasn't always been a smooth ride for Exum this season, but it's not crazy to think (Utah coach Quin) Snyder can help prepare him to get the keys to the Jazz offense at some point down the road."


Utah State ranked among 25 worst college football and basketball combos for 2016-17

Pete Fiutak ranked the schools that had the roughest years combined on the hardwood and gridiron, and the Utah State Aggies made the list at No. 17.

Of the Aggies' struggles, Fiutak wrote, "There are real, live expectations for the football program now, and going 3-9 just isn’t going to cut it. Everyone in the Mountain Division finished with a winning conference record, but Utah State finished 1-7. The hoops team was ugly, too, going 14-17 and finished tied for eighth in the league."