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 Utes have a reliable kicker in Andy Phillips. He went 41-for-41 in extra points, 8-of-9 on field goals inside 40 yards and 9-of-11 from 40 or more yards out, including a 51-yarder. While he may not have the strongest leg in college football, he's accurate and able to hit moderately long kicks consistently.

Then, you have first team All-Pac-12 punter Tom Hackett. Hackett led the conference in punt average (43.4 yards/punt) and punts inside the 20 (27).

Utah has some work to do on kick returns. Geoffrey Norwood returns as a solid punt returner, averaging 8.6 yards per return. However, the Utes have some work to do on kickoff returns. Incidentally, head coach Kyle Whittingham has announced that he'll be coaching special teams personally starting this season.

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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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