“I’m going to hold out on ya, ‘cause there’s not a lot of people that know the new coach (and) what’s going on,” Reutzel said when asked what type of offense he's building. “We’ll run the ball quite a bit and we’ll pass the ball quite a bit. We want to be proficient in both areas. We have a quarterback that can carry the ball pretty well.”
That quarterback is Maverick Lindquist. As a junior, Lindquist experienced the same travails the Utes in general did. In 150 pass attempts, Lindquist threw for 715 yards and four scores but was plagued with 16 interceptions.
This year has already started tooting a different rhythm. During his first career 7-on-7 passing tournament, Lindquist opened eyes.
“He’s developed like crazy,” Reutzel said of Lindquist. “I’ve been able to work with him a lot – his throwing motion and going through reads and progressions. He has progressed a lot. Just being exposed to those things and getting a lot of repetitions — working with his receivers and his fundamentals — he’s progressed a lot in throwing the ball.”
With a deep offensive line mostly comprised of talented juniors and several weapons in the backfield to compliment the newfound passing threat, the Utes hope to have palpable improvement with point production.
(6 returning starters; Hybrid 5-3 base defense)
The Utes are coming — sound the alarms — the Utes are coming. Uintah is going to be aggressive on the defensive side of the ball with the intent to cripple opposing rushing attacks.
However, actually accomplishing that is a different story. The Utes couldn’t stop a soul last year on defense. In all eight losses, Uintah allowed 30 points or more.
“We’ve got a lot of aggressive, strong kids on the defensive side of the ball,” Reutzel said. “I think there’s going to be a learning curve, definitely. I personally believe that on offense you can really get technical with the kids and take a group of kids and teach them exactly what needs to be done.
“Defense – it’s a little harder. It really it is a mentality and how aggressive they are. That’s going to be a main goal of ours is to teach those kids how to be confident and aggressive.”
Coaches Region 10 straw poll: Fifth
Deseret News Region 10 prediction: Fifth
Bottom line: Sneaky, sneaky. That’s right. Uintah has the chance to be the upstart, "wow-I-didn’t-see-that-coming” team of the year. It’ll be a dog fight between the Utes and Park City for Region 10's fourth playoff spot. Uintah's attitude is changing, and the complacency has been bleached out. This team expects to win and that’s half the battle. Look for the Utes to possibly make the playoffs, but currently that seems to be at least one year away.
Aug. 17 — at Stansbury, 7 p.m.
Aug. 24 — GREEN RIVER, WYO., 7 p.m.
Sept. 31 — at Pine View, 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 14 — GRANTSVILLE, 7 p.m.
Sept. 21 — at Wasatch, 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 — at Juan Diego, 7 p.m.
Oct. 5 — at Park City, 7 p.m.
Oct. 12 — JUDGE MEMORIAL, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 — UNION, 7 p.m.
Felt’s Facts for Uintah High School
All-time record: 222-344-6 (67 years)
Region championships: 8 (1931, 1949, 1958, 1959, 1994, 1998, 2000 co, 2001 co)
Playoff appearances: 20
All-time playoff record: 10-19
State championships: 1 (1994)
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