5 things to ponder as Utah heads into fall camp

Published: Saturday, Aug. 2 2014 6:49 p.m. MDT

1. The Dave Christensen era

Utah’s offense is putting its collective foot on the accelerator. New offensive coordinator Dave Christensen, who oversaw Missouri’s high-powered scheme from 2001-08, is now behind the wheel of the Utes' offense.

“It’s been a seamless transition,” said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham, who referred to Christensen as one of the pioneers of the spread offense when he hired his former Idaho State colleague in December. He also called him innovative and the architect of one of the top offenses in the nation.

"We feel fortunate he was available and interested in joining our program, and he will be a great fit with our staff,” Whittingham said in making the announcement. “We want an explosive offense and that's been a trademark of Dave's throughout his career as an offensive coordinator."

The Utes ranked 10th in the Pac-12 in scoring offense (29.2 ppg) and third-down conversions last season. They were 11th in first downs, pass efficiency and total offense.

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