Yeah...he's average. I hope every team we play just reads the stats and says
average, nothing to fear. Blechen has gone about his business doing his job and
winning. No press conferences at sports bars. Just tough playing on the field.
I agree, I'm not a big proponent of hype, but I think comparing him to Weddle in
the wild cat is folly, blechen hasn't even been called on to do that, and I
doubt he ever will given the weapons we have on offense. I still
don't agree with you that the stats bear out average because I don't think you
can judge defensive guys by stats. I do agree that the secondary hasn't been
tested, but, I would say the talent is definitely there.
PocyUteI'm not anti Blechen... I'm anti HYPE. Based on your own stats..he
is average. He is not TROY Polamalu. Can he be a Star. Sure he can. He's
just got a way to go. When the HYPE machine gets started (Obama is a perfect
example) it should be backed up with reality.Our secondary in my opinion
has not been tested with the teams we have played so far. (Cupcakes)If you
look at the stats when Weddle played the wildcat they weren't all that great.
Louks who transferred to Nevada had better numbers than Weddle when he played
the wildcat. I'm not trashing Weddle..,, just dealing in reality not HYPE
@flintrockWe can't give him the heisman, Jake Heaps already has the
next four. We can't put his image on mount rushmore, Ross Apo, Zach
Stout, Josh Quezada, and Heaps are already in line, and after how dominate that
foursome has been, can you blame them?Someday, I really hope that
the U. of U. can become as good as BYU. Maybe, just maybe, we can pull a
stunning upset at RES at the end of the year and ruin yet another BYU run to the
FlintrockIf I recal, you've been pretty anti-Blechen all season.
While it's true, one interception doesn't make a career, I'm curious as to which
stats you use to determine him as average. He's 6th on the team in tackles, one
of 5 players on the team with a pick. It's tough to compare him to players on
other teams because schemes are so different, but if that's average, I'll take
all the "average" guys you got"He is a freshman who is making a
positive impact. Teams aren't exposing him, which is huge for a freshman.
Blechen has shown a lot of promise, he's a big hitter who supports the run and
can maintain coverage when he needs to. One can safely project, given the
progress he has made in this short time that if he continues to progress, he
will be a solid player for his career at Utah with the potential to be a star.
Think Eric Weddle. I wouldn't be surprised to See Brian in the wildcat
formation in a couple of years.
The only thing left to do is award him the Heisman Trophy and put his image on
Mount Rushmore. I think we are getting a little ahead of ourselves lemmings. One
interception does not make a career. Once you get past the overblown hype and
look at the stats... he is having a very average year at best.
Blechen reminds me of a young Troy Polamalu when Troy was at USC. Brian swarms
to the ball very quickly and lays out the hard hits. As he progresses, opposing
offenses are going to have to adjust to his presence just like Polamalu's.
Blechen will most likely team up with Keith McGill next year... could become the
best saftey tandem in the PAC 12
Thanks DN,These are the kind of articles that we need. Even a little more
depth would be appreciated.I cant believe Blechen was 18 when he
sealed the Utah victory with that pick against Pitt.
Outstanding coaching staff recognizing his talents and developing them into
something special rather than sitting him on the bench behind Wynn.Go Brian! Go Utes!
Outstanding article! Brian Blechen is the total package - I love his
aggressiveness at safety.Brian Blechen is to offenses what Chuck
Norris is to bad guys.Looking forward to Brian slowing down the
Falcons this Saturday!
Blechen is a stud and a strong tribute to the Utah coaching staff for yet
another amazing vision of talent.