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 solid starter at middle linebacker in Jason Whittingham. He earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention last season after he made 81 tackles after not recording a stat in Utah's first two games. Ute fans are right to have high hopes for his junior season.

Jacoby Hale had a decent season despite fighting injuries. Despite missing three games, Hale finished with 37 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. He'll be an active part of Utah's sack-happy defense next season, no doubt about it.

Jared Norris also returns after he missed the last three games of 2013 due to injury. He had 64 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks and two forced fumbles before his injury.

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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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