Hi Folks. I've been sort of a Utah fan since you guys clobbered Alabama in the
Sugar Bowl a couple of years back. Now that you're part of the PAC, you'll be
playing against my UW Huskies (I grew up North of Seattle and work in
Huntsville, AL...I HATE the SEC). Anyway, I watched the Ute's game against Pitt
and the Bowl game against Boise State. Last year, you guys would've ranked in
the top spots in the PAC-10 (3rd or 4th?). This year Utah appears to be
rebuilding. However, you'll have the advantage of not having to play Oregon or
Stanford this time around. A lot depends on how Wynn does in the new offense
and whether or not you can generate a running game with new running backs and
interior offensive linemen. Wynn looks like he'd be a good West Coast passer
and he has good receivers. But if Utah becomes one dimensional, teams will tee
off on the new interior line and running back protection schemes. Defensively,
looks like you'll be solid against the run, but it will take time for the
defensive backfield to gel.
It is going to be a long season for the Utes. Oh well, they have that Sugar Bowl
win to look fondly back on. Twenty Years from now they will still have that one
win to look back on and say remember when...
I hear that the staff is prety high on the back-up QB's? It sounds like Wynn
might be in a battle?
My breakdown:QB: depends on Wynn's health. When healthy he has
proven himself to be decent. And that was playing in a scheme that did not suit
his talents. Now that he is in a better scheme for him, he should play better.
His health is a big ? though and if he goes down, his backups are nothing to
write home about. His health will go a long way in teh success of this
season.RB: Lots of unproven talent. I have no doubt that this is
going to be a strength of the team, eventually. Somebody will step up and play
well. O-Line: both tackles return. Tavita Stevens started some
games at Center last year, and that is where he will be. We picked up a lot of
talent this year for the guards. Slaughterhouse will be tough to replace, but
we won't miss Zane Taylor at all. D-Line: not as deep as last year
(last year's depth was INSANE) but guys will get into a better groove this year
and I think you will see more QB pressure this year from the line. Shelby can
be a first-day NFL pick if healthy
Moving Brian Blechin to the LB position is a brilliant move by the coaching
staff. The LB group now has better overall speed, better lateral movement,an
improved ability to make quicker reads...but the thing I like best is Brians'
foot work. Looking at film he was rarely out of position, has an explosive
first step with quick feet. This could be the best move the u makes this year.
Tip of the hat to KWhit and the staff.
Wedgie, do I sense some common sense floating in your head. Once again, in less
than a week, you've said something that makes a little sense and that I agree
with."Unfortunately I think the offensive learning curve will
carry into Sept. Just way to many things to cover with new QB's and Wynn on the
sidelines."So if this becomes true, Utes are going to have some
problems in the W category in September and that means you're almost laying the
excuse out there for a loss to BYU and a few other teams. Very interesting
wedgie. I'm going to file this one.However making it to a Conference
Championship is stretching it... a lot!
@wedgieThe deepest part of nothing is still pretty much nothing.
utah's offense will be poor this year and they will struggle to reach .500 and
they will lose to BYU. I'm sure we will not hear from you for several days after
You should beat Montana and then compete for a win against the Cougars, WSU
Cougars. Not much going for your offense in between.
IMDA,"Utah's offense will probably be the worst it has been in
10 years"Interesting analysis, did you pick the number 10 out
of a hat for dramatic effect or did you do research? Can you give me a little
data on the 2001 Ute offense and how it will compare to 2011? crickets
crickets "No returning stars at receiver is a big
problem"hmmm, can't think of the "star" receiver we
lost last year.... can you help with this?The reality the WR
position is the deepest most talented of any position on the team. I'd list the
names/stats/stars for you but I'm pretty sure you don't have a clue what I'd be
Utah's offense will probably be the worst it has been in 10 years. With Norm Chow taking over, I see it being much like UCLA's offense last
season, except UCLA had a better QB and better athletes...Here are
the Facts:1- Wynn is not accurate passing the ball, unable to scramble or
move well in the pocket, and cannot take pressure or hits from defenses. The
whole nation saw what happens to Wynn and the U offense against decent Defenses.
47-7, 28-3, 26-3.Now Utah will be playing decent defenses nearly every
week. Wynn will be the punch-doll of the PAC.2- There is talent, but
absolutely no experience at RB, and there will be no passing game to open up the
run. 3-No returning stars at receiver is a big problem, hopefully some of
the new comers can make an impact.4- The O-line lost 2 of its best
starters. Struggles against good Defenses. A 2-5 start in 2011.wins over Montana St., and PittLosses to USC, BYU, UW, ASU.I
think it will pick up after that and Utah will end up 7-6.
Well technically you are correct wedgie but realistically....no they can't.
Unfortunately I think the offensive learning curve will carry into Sept. Just
way to many things to cover with new QB's and Wynn on the sidelines.The great thing about being in a BCS conference is that even if September is
rocky the Utes can still make it to the Conference Championship game.
Good luck in the PAC Utes, I think a winning season is very attainable in their
first year there. I am really looking forward to football season.
Time to get our stuff together.