Ranking the most important players for the success of the Utah Utes in 2014

Published: Monday, Aug. 11 2014 10:00 a.m. MDT

1. Jeremiah Poutasi, junior, offensive line Next List » 11 of 11 « Prev
There is no question that Poutasi is the most important piece to the success of the Utes is in 2014. After all, he is the one who is responsible to protect Wilson's blind side. Poutasi has made 22 starts in 23 games for the Utes, making him the most experienced returning player on the offensive line. Added to his experience, he has great size and skill to man the left tackle spot for the second year in a row. For the Utes to find their way back to a bowl game in 2013 he will need to be at the top of his game so that Wilson can have the protection he needs to be effective in the pocket.

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Cottonwood Heights, UT

That's a lot of talent. We need it all and some lucky bounces to go our way.


East Salt Lake City, Utah

Good list, but I would go with these three first:

1. Wilson - We haven't had an healthy QB or a legit backup since 2008
2. Booker - We need a consistent run game that was missing last year, I think he will be the feature back this year
3. Row - Needs to step up and become our next "shutdown" corner

Las Vegas, NV

I don't have a problem at all with the list as is. Travis is the most important player on the team, but if his protector can't protect him, he can't be effective.

Two weeks!!

Go Utes!!

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