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Published: Wednesday, March 16 2011 12:34 a.m. MDT

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sammyg
Springville, UT

"Griff Robles and freshman Tyler Shreve are splitting the snaps."

Oh no! A two QB system? Just kidding!

Sounds like things are progressing but the report just doesn't sound overly positive either. Bridled optimism. Are the coaches preparing the fans for something less this season?

Doesn't sound 'Rosey'.

nunya
sacramento, ca

um, just say it....chow and wittenheimer really don't have anything for the team from SLCommunity. looking forward to seeing yutah lose all their games.

hedgehog
Ann Arbor, MI

sammgy,

Unlike broco and the tds, the Utes don't over sell themselves just to appease the delusional.

If you read Dicks article on the kewgs you would have thought he was talking about the Auburn Tigers. Funny how Dick can always be counted on feeding the piping hot cornbread after one day of spring practice. Year after year after year....

If Dick was rational, he would focus in on how the tds will find a way to beat USU this year.

On another note: Norm Chow recuited Shreve when he was at UCLA...I suspect he secretly favors the kid and I expect Shreve to be put in a position to challenge Wynn this fall.

jefferysl
Huntsville, Alabama

UW fan here. It sounds like a rebuilding year for the Utes...I guess it depends on how well the depth guys from last year and any new talent steps up. I do think that Wynn will benefit from Chow's West coast hybrid offense. He's a good passer and not a runner. It's a complex offense that depends a lot on reads of the defense from both the QB and the receivers. It'll take time to master.

afro14
Sandy, UT

This offense has a lot of emerging weapons, it'll be fun to see Langi develop over the years and a healthy Wynn means impressive numbers again. He'll do better in a pro-style offense since he's not as mobile as a spread system needs. With Chow and Whittingham working together, the U is going to have an impressive offense

Big_Ben
SLC, UT

This is going to be a fun year for Utah fans! A lot of new faces on offense, a lot of returning studs on defense. Plenty of question marks. But if I have learned one thing, you just never underestimate Kyle Whittingham and his ability to reload.

GO UTES!

hymn to the silent
Holladay, UT

No hype. Just hard work. If you really understand the game you understand how difficult it is to adjust, improve, adapt. That's what makes winning so great...it's just so hard to do.

TJ
Eagle Mountain, UT

Sounds like the U is going to be facing many of the challenges the Y did last year. New QB's, many new and inexperienced starters and a relatively difficult schedule to start the year. Not as difficult as BYU's was last year but enough for them to start the season 1-4. The only good thing about that would be to build charactar in the team and players...and the sound of a Yning hedgehogs tears all the way from Michigan.

jefferysl
Huntsville, Alabama

Checked Utahs schedule and who they have coming back. It's not too early to think about 2011 prognostications. Here we go:
1. Montana St. win
2. at USC. Loss (superior coaching can't beat SC's talent at home).
3. at BYU. Loss. (sorry, you're rebuilding, BYU isnt, it's at Provo, and theyve a massive chip on their shoulder)
4. Washington. win (it'll be at RES for your home PAC-12 opener, a bye week to prepare, and you'll take your frustrations out on my Dawgs)
5. ASU. loss. (ASU is loaded , they win the PAC-12 South).
6. at Pitt. win. (Pitt has a new coach. Theyre a dysfunctional team of criminals)
Continued in next post:

jefferysl
Huntsville, Alabama

Prognostication post part 2
7. at CAL. loss. (Tedfords a good coach, the Bears have talent, they need a quarterback. At CAL so...)
8. OSU. win (Beav's are tough, but they're rebuilding. Game's at RES)
9. at Arizona. Loss. (Go either way. Foles is an outstanding QB with great receivers and your secondary is green. It's at their house.)
10. UCLA. win. (Slick Rick New-Weasel and his circus meet disaster at RES)
11. at WSU. win. (Dont underestimate these guys. Tuel is a good QB with good receivers vs Utahs new secondary. They also have no defense.)
12. Colorado. win (I don't know enough about these guys. Theyve a new coach. Looked awful at CAL but beat Georgia last year. At RES and you're playing for a bowl).
The Utes are helped by avoiding Oregon and Stanford, They go 7-5 and bowling during a rebuilding year. Not bad!

Thriller
Saint George, UT

@jefferysl

I like your assessment and I agree with most of your picks but I see the magic number being 8. If we get 8 wins, I'd call it a successful season that went according to plan. Any less than 8 would be considered a disappointment, obviously the 7 wins that you predict wouldn't be a huge letdown but I still say it would be a bit below expectations. Any wins above 8 are going to be icing on the cake and would be a result of the team exceeding expectations.

pocyUte
Pocatello, ID

I think people overestimate the "rebuilding" process. There is always turnover in college football. BSU and TCU last year were serious exceptions to the rule.

All teams have question marks going into the season. Utah's big ones are secondary, RB, and QB. of the 3, QB is definitely the biggest. I think the defense will be the best we've seen since the Sugar Bowl and will cover for the offense while it gets going.

Jefferysl, I think you're pretty close on your projections, but, I'm not sure ASU will be that good. I also think Utah will beat BYU. I think 8-4 or 9-3.

AltaHawkFan
Sandy, UT

Re: Hedgepig

'Unlike broco and the tds, the Utes don't over sell themselves just to appease the delusional.'

Sorry to rock your rose-colored world but just a reminder from last year ...

"Oh my gosh. This spring ball was the best that I've ever seen our offense, ever. We are completely loaded at every position. If you ask me to tell you our biggest weakness, I couldn't tell you what it is because I don't know what it is," said senior center Zane Taylor, one of four Utes named to the MWC's all-preseason team. "Offensively, I'm just totally excited to be a part of it this season because it's going to be unlike any offense we've seen in the last few years."

"I feel real confident. The guys that we have coming in are just as talented, if not more talented, than the guys that left," said junior Brandon Burton, Utah's lone defender on the MWC all-preseason team. "So I'm not worried about any drop-off really. I just know we'll get it done. We've always got it done."

DevilishUte
Tempe, AZ

@AltaHawk

It would be nice to know where these quotes are coming from (what's the source document)? And for the record, Brandon Burton did "get it done," to use Burton's words, against the kewgs last year.....

Now to my comment -

My primary allegiance is to Utah as I was raised cheering for them. However, I went to grad school at ASU and I have had season tickets there for the last four years. Despite wanting Utah to win the South Division, I think it is more likely that ASU will win the division.

jeffersyl is not that far off in his predictions for how the season will go for Utah, in my opinion. I think 7-5 will meet my expectations and anything beyond that will exceed them.

ImaCaMan
Redlands, CA

@Jeffreysl

While they may be "criminals", and Utah falls into this group too, there will nothing dysfunctional about Pitt under coach Graham this year. Though he's never been much of a head coach, Wannstadt has always been one heck of a recruiter. They have the talent, a number of good QB's and will come out running on all cylinders with his "high-octane" offense. It's going to be a tough game for the Utes.

AltaHawkFan
Sandy, UT

Re: Devilishute

The quotes came from one of the local papers here in SLC ... sorry not sure which. I believe they were both quoted at the media days prior to the season.

Btw ... the ute defense did not 'get it done', and he should have been worried about a drop off. Their defense did not play as well as the previous season which is what Burton was saying they would do. The ute defense was worse in Total Defense and much, much worse in Passing Defense (slipping from #16 nationally in 2009 to #73 in 2010). Replacing your entire defensive backfield does not suggest that it will improve this coming year either.

jefferysl
Huntsville, Alabama

There could be a whole bunch of holes in my logic. CAL can really play bad, Washington can get hot, USC could fall apart, Arizona has to replace both offensive and defensive lines, and you can never count out a Mike Riley coached Oregon State team. The other thing to remember is that these are all kids that are playing (big, fast ones maybe...) so no telling what happens. Welcome to the PAC-12 where one week the team is the toast of the town and the next everyone is down in the dumps and mad at the coach or referees. It's gonna be a great year!

1984 for life
Salt Lake City, UT

Re: AltaHawkFan:

"The quotes came from the local papers here in SLC...sorri not sure which." OUCH. Dog must have also eaten your homework.

nunya
sacramento, ca

funny how the *SameLosingCommunity* team and fans don't see how they're starting to make excuses already as to why they aren't going to be very good this year...hahahaha, you won't hear that from BYU. wittenham & chao are clueless to say the least. Good luck with that team from SLCommunity.

AltaHawkFan
Sandy, UT

Re: Stuck in the 80's

You retyped a quote from my post and misspelled a word ? Has no one ever taught you how to cut and paste ?

Search for Dirk Facer's article on the Utes in the Deseret News on July 27, 2010. Both quotes are from that article.

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