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It was posted before that if missionaries was such a huge advantage, BYU would be winning a lot more than they are right now.

Posted By: Ute2004
Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 04:11 pm

The obvious fallacy in this argument is that missionaries that can actually play are a small percentage of total football players.

BUT, missionaries are a big advantage for BYU and Utah and whoever else uses them. Missionaries are men playing a boy's sport. They are bigger, stronger, thicker. Would Steve Tui'kolovatu start at USC as a 21 year old JR or 22 year old SR? Probably not. BUT, as a 25 year old SR, he is an instant starter at USC.

Here is my retort to that hypothesis:

How many games would BYU win every year if they didn't have any returned missionaries on their team?

It is a HUGE advantage for BYU. Like I mentioned below, a 25 year old two star OL/DL is equal to a 3-4 star 20 year old OL/DL in a lot of cases just because of how much more mature a 25 year old's body is.

The other obvious issue is the way a mission brainwashes you (and it does and to argue otherwise is silly). How many of their best players have been returned missionaries that actually started out at other schools?

If BYU lost returned missionaries from their disposal, they would turn into a pretty average MWC team really fast.

Returned missionaries might not be a big advantage for certain schools, but to BYU, the advantage is HUGE, because without returned missionaries, their program would fade away into irrelevancy overnight.

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o NEW: It was posted before that if missionaries was such a huge advantage, BYU would be winning a lot more than they are right now.
Ute2004 - -- Tuesday 10 January 2017, at 04:11 pm [ID# 1861046] [reply]
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Milton Vanderslice icon NEW: I wonder if it's more about maturation or is it more about giving your body 2 years to fully heal. (nm)
Milton Vanderslice - -- Tuesday 10 January 2017, at 04:16 pm [ID# 1861048] [reply]
o NEW: It's probably both. Add into that an increase of cognitive development and there is some truth to the advantage claim. (nm)
ironman1315 - -- Tuesday 10 January 2017, at 04:39 pm [ID# 1861054] [reply]
o NEW: It still bothers me that Harvey Langi was poached by tds. (nm)
UtesMuss1 - -- Tuesday 10 January 2017, at 04:19 pm [ID# 1861049] [reply]
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o NEW: Any time I hear his name I throw up in my mouth a little. (nm)
ironman1315 - -- Tuesday 10 January 2017, at 04:59 pm [ID# 1861064] [reply]
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Milton Vanderslice icon NEW: 2600 days
Milton Vanderslice - -- Tuesday 10 January 2017, at 04:45 pm [ID# 1861057] [reply]
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The Thrill icon NEW: BYU with the same players, no missions, would lose 3-4 games more per year in football.
The Thrill - Top 25 Poster -- Tuesday 10 January 2017, at 04:56 pm [ID# 1861063] [reply]
jamarcus22 icon NEW: Really all I was trying to say was that the perceived advantage isn't really what a lot of people think it is.
jamarcus22 - -- Tuesday 10 January 2017, at 05:31 pm [ID# 1861076] [reply]
Maji Man icon NEW: You're ascribing a 5-year difference to a 2-year deferment.
Maji Man - -- Tuesday 10 January 2017, at 05:33 pm [ID# 1861077] [reply]
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