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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Veteran safety Eric Rowe returns for his fourth season as a starter at safety with 69 tackles, including 10 against Arizona and nine against both Utah State and Oregon. The Utes hope that JUCO transfer Tevin Carter, who signed last year but wasn't able to qualify academically, is able to compete this season. At Southwest College he made 62 tackles and three interceptions.

The Utes have also moved Brian Blechen from linebacker to safety to help build some depth at this position. Blechen missed the 2013 season as he recovered from knee surgery. Also, Darchon Taggart returns after making two tackles last season, as well as Charles Henderson who made three tackles last season.

An interesting wildcard at this position is incoming true freshman Andre Godfrey. While Godfrey doesn't arrive until fall camp, he could push his way up the depth chart if he's in good shape when he reports.

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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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