Utah football: Utes looking for continuity at QB and 5 other storylines as team kicks off fall camp Monday

Published: Sunday, Aug. 4 2013 10:11 p.m. MDT

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Whittingham lured two-time national championship coach Dennis Erickson out of retirement to help “jump-start” an offense that ranked last in the Pac-12 in passing (190.7 yards per game) last season. The 66-year-old Erickson, who took a one-year break after coaching Arizona State from 2007-11, will serve as co-offensive coordinator with Johnson and coach Utah’s running backs.

Erickson’s arrival, Whittingham explained in the Utes’ 2013 season outlook, has the offense gravitated back to “a more traditional spread scheme.”

There’s plenty of room for improvement. A year ago, Utah ranked 11th in the conference with 324.4 yards of total offense and 17.8 first downs per game. The Utes were 10th in third-down conversions (33.5 percent), ninth in rushing offense (133.8 ypg) and eighth in scoring offense (26.7 ppg).

“Dennis Erickson brings a wealth of knowledge and coaching experience to our program,” Whittingham said in announcing the hiring in February. “He has been labeled as one of the original architects of the spread and we are looking forward to the impact he will have on our offense.”
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Provo, UT

joseph smith plays for the Utes huh? Well... Brigham young himself did establish the university of Utah so I guess that makes sense.

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