And do the Utes have the running backs needed for the new offense? There are three of them and none has a Division I carry to his credit. Harvey Langi graduated early from Bingham High to join the Utes this spring. Thretten Palamo is a 22-year-old converted professional rugby player who hasn't played football since high school. John White is a highly rated junior college transfer.
Despite those formidable challenges, Whittingham is moving ahead with the new offense.
"My first responsibility is to the program," he says. "We have to do what in my judgment is going to benefit us."
Utah's spread offense era
The spread offense era at the University of Utah under Urban Meyer (2003-04) and Kyle Whittingham (2004-2010).
Year. . .Record. . .Conf. finish. . .Ranking. . .Scoring off. nat'l rank/ppg
2003 10-2 1st 21st 42nd/28.7
2004 13-0 1st 4th 3rd/45.3
2005 7-5 4th ---- 36th/30.0
2006 8-5 3rd ---- 33rd/27.9
2007 9-4 3rd ---- 68th/26.2
2008 13-0 1st 2nd 15th/36.9
2009 10-3 3rd 18th 34th/29.6
2010 10-3 2nd 23rd 23rd/33.1
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