Commentary: Utah football's way-too-early position-by-position breakdown

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19 2014 3:20 p.m. MST

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The secondary had its issues last season (No. 109 in passing yards allowed with 267.3 yards per game), and last year's top corner Keith McGill is off impressing NFL scouts leading up to the NFL Combine. So, Utah has plenty of work to do here, but it's not without talent.

Justin Thomas had to start last season at cornerback as a redshirt freshman, and he made 25 tackles, three tackles for loss and defended two passes. He still has some work to do, but we should see some improvement as he moves into his sophomore season.

Davion Orphey also returns with 33 tackles and five passes defended. The JUCO transfer from Santa Ana College will likely start this season. Wykie Freeman will push for more playing time this spring. Travonne Hobbs could also contribute this season right out of high school. While he's a bit undersized at 5-9, Utah's known for making the most of athletes like Murphy.

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Salt Lake City, UT

News flash, Sam Tevi is by several accounts moving to the O Line. He's a super athlete. I wouldn't be surprised to see him at OT.

Live From the Swamp
Holladay, UT

Way, way, WAY too early.

Utes Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

Excellent article. I agree with the analysis. What about local 4-star recruit Harvey Langi? Isn't he due to be back from his mission before the season begins?

West Jordan, UT

Why no mention of Gioni Paul at linebacker. He sat out last year after transferring from Miami. He was the best defensive player on the team last year when he couldnt play. The linebacker group will carry this team next year. Norris, Paul and Whittingham are all, all conference players.

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