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Published: Saturday, June 11 2011 7:11 p.m. MDT

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Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

I don't really understand this move. It just thins out an already thin position for the Utes.

utahcountyute
Cedar Hills, UT

Kitten claws,

Only byU needs 3 to 4 guys to hold the clip board. 1 to 2 back ups is plenty. If the kid has some talent, get him on the field.

I will be looking forward to seeing his progression like so many other kids that came to play a position at the U and were moved by Kwitt and then blossomed into stars.

Go Griff and Go Utes!

Smack
Jefferson City, MO

Well, Cougar Claws, perhaps it means that the position is not quite as thin as you think. One can only guess, but I'd be willing to say that the coaches wouldn't just throw Robles him into a new position if they needed him at QB. If Wynn is healthy, which seems probable, he can play well. In fact, chances are, the backup QB wil

Smack
Jefferson City, MO

Well, my last comment got cut off by one of my little ones.

But what I meant to say was, if Wynn is healthy, there may be little need for a backup QB. And if we do need some backup, Shreve seems quite capable. We'll see come fall.

Go UTES!

TheHailstorm
South Weber, UT

@Cougar Claws'
What do you care ?
The way I see it Griff could turn out like Paul Krueger, ( also a Utah County boy), that was a qb and is now a OLB for the Ravens. Coach Whitt has always maintained that he wants the best athletes on the gridiron as possible at any given time.
I trust the former COY and 3 time Assistant Coach of the Year to make the best possible decisions for the team and the individual.

TheHailstorm
South Weber, UT

Remember Devonte Christopher ?
2007 Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year, Nevada Prep Player of the Year and Las Vegas Review Journal Player of the Year.
He was a qb and could be called upon, yet has found a home as an exciting WR and return man.
Brian Blechen is also a duel threat qb-- in fact was the 14th ranked dual threat qb in the nation as a senior in high school, and is now a really hard hitting linebacker.
I think that the advantage of playing qb carries over onto the defensive side of the ball as sometimes the read from the eyes of the qb helps tip them off as to where to play the defense. I will always remember the look on Max Halls face when he threw that interception to Krueger... priceless.

Magna Ute Fan
Magna, UT

Man! Is it September yet?

TheHailstorm
South Weber, UT

@Cougar Claws'
What do you care ?
The way I see it Griff could turn out like Paul Krueger, ( also a Utah County boy), that was a qb and is now a OLB for the Ravens. Coach Whitt has always maintained that he wants the best athletes on the gridiron as possible at any given time.
I trust the former COY and 3 time Assistant Coach of the Year to make the best possible decisions for the team and the individual.

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

Lol. You guys are funny.

I really don't care the Utes can do whatever they want with their players. They could move Jordan Wynn to linebacker for all I care.

It's just funny to see people get worked up over the smallest comments. I used to be like that. Just chill guys, it's a game, not life.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

I'm sure we'll read a similar article in a couple of years replacing the name of Griff Robles with Chase Hansen. I don't know enough about Robles to comment on his move, but Hansen will be a great LB. I think that's where he was destined to be whether he went North or South. I think he will be disappointed though, because his primary reason for going North was a better opportunity to play QB.

hedgehog
Ann Arbor, MI

"I don't really understand this move. It just thins out an aleady thin position for the Utes."

Kewg claws,

Yes, I know you don't understand the move...neither does bronco and the entire bYu coaching staff. To think a football player can switch from a position they played in High school and be successful must be very foreign to you... Big reason why Chase Hansen chose the U.

hedgehog
Ann Arbor, MI

FYI:

Utes just got a solid verbal from (Wr) Delshawn McClellon. With a 4.3 40 McClellon is described as the fastest football player west of the Mississippi.

Main reason to join the Utes? Norm Chow and the PAC12.

Laser
Iowa City, IA

Now it makes sense why Hansen verballed with the utes. He was promised that room would be made for him. Griff is the casualty of Hansen.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

At 6-5/235, Griffin Robles has the physical tools to excel at LB. However, Robles was the 12th-rated Pro-Style QB coming out of H.S in the 2007 recruiting class. Are we really expecting QB-recruit Jon Hays, who's transferring in from a Div. II school, and who has never even set foot on the Utah practice field yet, to outperform Robles?

And aren't we already fairly deep at the LB position? Phil Steele listed Chaz Walker as a 2nd-team LB, Matt Martinez on the 3rd-team, and Brian Blechen on the 4th. And in addition to those outstanding athletes, Utah experienced LBs J.J. Williams, Trevor Reilly, and Boo Anderson, Michigan State-transfer David Rolf, a 4-star LB in V.J. Fehoko, and 2 highly touted 3-star LBs in Jared Norris and Jacoby Hale.

FYI
Taylorsville, UT

@Laser
"Now it makes sense why Hansen verballed with the utes. He was promised that room would be made for him. Griff is the casualty of Hansen."

You do realize that Robles will be gone before Hansen ever steps foot on the field at the U?

MidMajor4ever
Syracuse, UT

Laser, give it up already! Hansen chose Utah because the program was better suited for him, read his comments. Hansen more than likely will play defense for Utah after his mission.

Your comment makes absolutely no sense. Griff will be gone before Hansen begins his career at Utah. Hansen still has his senior season of High School, then a two year mission. Robles will graduate before Hansen joins the team.

Playing a PAC-12 schedule must be more appealing to some athletes than playing a schedule that includes mostly mid-major opponents.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

Here's how Delshawn McClellon compares to the BYU commit U took shots at:

McClellon 5'9" (5'8" on one site) and 156 pounds. 4.37 in the 40. Points per game 6. Yards per catch 15. CA State rank 421 Team Record 5-5. Rating: NR

Josh Weeks 6'4" and 205 pounds. 4.42 in the 40. Points per game 10. Yards per catch 22. Arizone State rank 4. Team Record 13 - 1. Rating: 3 stars

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

CougFaninTX:

"...his primary reason for going North was a better opportunity to play QB."

According to Hansen, is primary reason was, "It's the Pac-12. Its big, it's exciting. I still think BYU is going in another direction...the Pac-12 was a can't miss experience...".

Furthermore...

(1) Hansen was recruited to the U by Def. Coordinator Kalani Sitake and DB/Special Teams coach Jay Hill. Hansen can be quoted saying, "Im very open to playing on defense, and I have a lot of good experience on that side of the ball, just whatever is best for me and for the team, I'll do..."

(2) Hansen was recruited to the Y by Off. Coordinator/QB Brandon Doman. Hansen can be quoted as saying, "Having [Doman] as both my QB coach and as the off. coordinator there is definitely one of the things I like best about BYU." That doesnt suggest Doman was recruiting him to play LB.

You see for yourself on the DNews article titled "Cougars, Utes lead the recruitment for Chase".

Now can you tell me where Chase was told he'd have a better shot at QB at the U?

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

@Naval Vet

Hansen's intentions seem pretty clear to me. I love Norm Chow and cant wait to play for him, said Hansen. I was able to really sit down and talk to him over the past few weeks, and I love him. Hes the perfect coach for me. I feel real comfortable with him."

That doesn't sound like someone who is intending to play LB.

With Jake Heaps, Tayson Hill and Tanner Mangum; BYU is set at QB through 2018. We're just looking for a couple of solid back-ups at this point. Hansen could see this. Hansen isn't looking to be in a starting role until 2014 or 2015 and U don't have a QB that far out. If you sign a top notch QB while he's on his mission, don't be surprised if his plans change.

TheHailstorm
South Weber, UT

@ Naval Vet
Thank you for your insights and clarifications. Makes you wonder what some of the blue bloods got on their reading comprehension exams.

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