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Utah Utes football: Kyle Whittingham likes what he sees on opening day of camp

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  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 8, 2011 7:35 a.m.

    Go Utes!! The big time is starting!

  • MidMajor4ever Syracuse, UT
    Aug. 6, 2011 9:58 a.m.

    @PAC man

    LOL thanks for the laugh! We get two mid-majors this season, Montana State and byu. Comparing your team to a down Texas team or to TCU is ridiculous.

    Enjoy your monster season against the likes of Idaho State, Idaho, New Mexico State and San Jose State! Your schedule is loaded with eight games against mid-majors.

    Go Utes!

  • PAC man Anaheim, CA
    Aug. 5, 2011 9:56 p.m.

    UtahUte16

    I wouldn't put to much stock in that Iowa State game. Just be glad Wynn won't have to play any teams like TCU or Texas this year... except in Provo.

  • UtahUte16 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2011 9:34 p.m.

    Hegdehog/BigCougar

    Why don't you just stick to one screen name, we know you're the same person. I'd also venture a guess that the one recommendations on each is your own vote.

    Wynn (from the pictures) actually looks like a college football QB now and not a little kid anymore. I have high hopes for him. He has great potential (ie Iowa State, Poinsettia Bowl).

  • mgr63 DALLAS, TX
    Aug. 5, 2011 8:45 p.m.

    @hedge

    "Runnin' Utes" to the PAC-12, .......not the lougs back to the WAC.

  • Hegdehog Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 5, 2011 4:49 p.m.

    @meagerIQ63
    "Exciting days for the Runnin' Utes! We made it to the big show!"

    Runnin' Utes is the nickname for the basketball team, not the football team.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 5, 2011 4:48 p.m.

    @CougFaninTex
    "U aren't scheduled to play a single ranked team, not one. Is this the easiest schedule ever?"

    No, I think their 2004 schedule was far and away easier.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 5, 2011 4:18 p.m.

    @CougFaninTex
    "U aren't scheduled to play a single ranked team, not one. Is this the easiest schedule ever?"

    No, I think their 2004 schedule was far and away easier.

  • Hegdehog Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 5, 2011 4:16 p.m.

    @LowCalUtefan
    "Let this year be an adventure that takes us to Pasadena--just 65 miles from where I am...Wow! that would be dream comes true."

    You'll have to wait until next year for the Utes to go to Pasadena. They don't play UCLA on the road until 2012.

    Good news is every other year or so you can brag that the Utes have played in the Rose Bowl (unless there's a year where you're not scheduled to play UCLA).

  • Utehaterforlife Syracuse, UT
    Aug. 5, 2011 3:48 p.m.

    Oh how you Ute fans are so forgetful, just last season you were all saying that the top of the pac was comparable to the middle of the pac in the MWC, oh how short term memory is great.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 5, 2011 3:02 p.m.

    showmeyatd's -

    "I think that BYU and Utah's schedules are very comparable."

    I'll give you BYU's top 6 games and Utah's top 7 as being "comparable" but saying the rest of their schedules are comparable is fairly laughable.
    I'll even give you the "Utah's schedule is full of prestigious names that aren't very good at football" comment. You're right, they really aren't that great at football right now.
    But believing those Pac12 teams are in the same realm as smaller conference bottom dwellers is ridiculous.
    There's a reason people across the country wonder how Utah will do with the rigors of playing against bigger, faster, stronger athletes week in and week out - and I'm talking as much about the 2nd and 3rd string as I am the starters.
    Those teams each have a thousand times better chance of rising up and knocking a team off when compared to the bottom six on BYU's schedule outside of maybe Mississippi.

  • Rock Of The Marne Phoenix, AZ
    Aug. 5, 2011 1:42 p.m.

    showmeyatd's et al. no question Utah's bottom six opponents are better than the Ys. Even though teams like Wash. State aren't very good in terms of win loss records (partly a reflection of the league talent they are playing against as the PAC 12 isn't the WAC) the talent level of the players and team speed are still head and shoulders above teams like New Mexico State and Idaho State. Like it or not, even if the Y does well in the first half of the season their rankings will drop when WAC light play commences. Lets face it, teams like New Mexico State and some of the other WAC cellar dwellers shouldnt even be considered to be Div 1 teams.

  • Chewbacca Magna, UT
    Aug. 5, 2011 1:21 p.m.

    Are you truly going to pretend that Idaho, Idaho State, San Jose State, New Mexico State, are comparable to UCLA, Washington St., Cal, and Colorado?!

    That's hilarious.

  • showmeyatd's Pleasant View, Utah
    Aug. 5, 2011 12:48 p.m.

    I'm a BYU fan and I say Utah's schedule is full of prestigious names that aren't very good at football. Are you truly going to pretend that UCLA, Washington St., Cal, Colorado, and Montana St. are hard games to win? Utah could win those games with Robles at QB ha ha. Honestly a cup cake is a cup cake whether they are a BCS team or not. That's what's so messed up with college football. A guy on ESPN radio summed it up perfectly when he said that Washington St. will make way more tv money than Florida, Alabama, LSU, etc.

    Utah will win there winnable games just like byu will win all of there's. With all this being said I think that BYU and Utah's schedules are very comparable. Both sides have arguments that would make it seem they have it harder. When it's up for debate it probably means that it's pretty close.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 5, 2011 11:47 a.m.

    CougFaninTX -

    "U aren't scheduled to play a single ranked team, not one. Is this the easiest schedule ever?"

    First of all let me answer the question...no, the easiest schedule ever was BYU's 1984 schedule.

    Secondly, are you trying to infer that BYU's schedule is tougher than Utah's this year? If not then disregard the rest of this comment, but if so:

    BYU = 6 opponents in the top 48 (includes others receiving votes)
    Utah = 7 opponents in the top 48
    *I'm including USC who would probably be top 15

    BYU's other 6:
    Ole Miss
    Utah State
    San Jose State
    Idaho State
    Idaho
    New Mexico State

    Utah's other 5:
    Montana State
    UCLA
    Washington State
    Cal
    Colorado

    Even with an argument of Utah's bottom five being in down years (which may or may not be true) I'd challenge you to find one non-BYU football fan in the country who would tell you the Cougs have a tougher schedule.

    Too easy.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, Utah
    Aug. 5, 2011 11:29 a.m.

    Dropped passes plagued BYU's offense the first half of the season last year. I don't know why receivers do that. Is there really that big of a difference in catching passes from a different quarterback? Couldn't the adjustment be made after a catch or two?

    That being said, in order to have a good season Utah's offense can't afford to have anything like that happen. Dropped passes, injuries in the OL or QB position, and poor timing can ruin Utah's season so fast. Hopefully Utah goes 11-1 with their single loss coming on the 17th of September. Nobody will blame you for losing to such a good team ;)

  • LehiUte Lehi, UT
    Aug. 5, 2011 11:07 a.m.

    Practice sounds like it went well overall. I am pumped for football. I need Wynn to show some killer instinct this year.

    Regarding the Coaches' poll, it's a completely worthless dog and pony show at this point. Nobody knows until at least 4-5 weeks into the season how teams really stack up against each other. Unfortunately, it does play into BCS rankings down the road.

    ASU and USC both look to be pretty decent teams. USC can't be ranked due to sanctions, but they have some great athletes again that would probably land them in the top 25 at some point this year. Regardless of current rankings, playing Pac-12 competition every week is definitely a step up from the MWC overall. Smack talk on who has the toughest schedule is ridiculous. Children, children...

  • Chewbacca Magna, UT
    Aug. 5, 2011 9:53 a.m.

    CougFaninTX- Are you for real?! Have you looked at the cougar home schedule?! The collective snoring coming from LES stadium before half time of every game will be off the Richter scale! (Except for that game on sept 17th.)

  • UU702 Layton, UT
    Aug. 5, 2011 9:21 a.m.

    @CougFaninTX

    "U aren't scheduled to play a single ranked team. This schedule brings a whole new meaning to the Eagles song, Take It Easy"

    Didn't the Eagles also sing: Get over it?

    Maybe you can share some pearls of wisdom on a byu article?...Perhaps what you think about half of the cougs home games being against teams outside the top 100? Apparently you can't hear the laughing down in Texas?

  • CT98 Saint George, UT
    Aug. 5, 2011 9:14 a.m.

    Brian's injury has got to be one of the most unique injuries to start off the season. WOW! I'm sure his teammates will give him plenty of razz about it.

    I hope the Utes perform very well this year and show the PAC 12 that they belong. It would be awesome if the Utes won the conference in their first year.

    GO Utes, Go Cougs

  • lordandrew1 Provo, UT
    Aug. 5, 2011 8:52 a.m.

    OH MAN c'mon guys, this article almost made it to 20 comments before it starts to devolve into "BYU vs Utah" banter...I can't, and I never will, claim to be a Utah fan, but I did read the article so (get this) I could learn more about how Utah's first day of practice went. I did NOT read it and skip ahead to the comment board asap just to throw out a bunch of insults. I wish that fans from BOTH fanbases would do the same more often.

    Before anyone tries to argue about which schedule is "better," keep this in mind: Utah plays, if I recall correctly, 5 teams that at least received votes (if you add USC, who would've been ranked had coaches been allowed to vote for them, that's 6). BYU also plays 6 teams that received votes. It seems that, on the whole, BYU plays a couple more top-end teams, but also plays more cupcakes.

    As a BYU fan, I'm interested to see how Utah does this year. As a former ally in the AQ-vs-nonAQ debate, a Utah that succeeds is good for all non-AQs...except on Sept. 17th. GO COUGARS!

  • pittsburgh Ute West Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 5, 2011 6:20 a.m.

    Chcagoborn
    Re: "Are there any omens that have to do with swallowing a bee?"
    I googled it, and according to the site I found, they claim that if a bee lands on a person's head they will rise to greatness, heres hoping. Although he did dive to greatness already last year!
    Go Utes!!!

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Aug. 4, 2011 9:48 p.m.

    It's good to have some news out of camp. Brian Blechen will have plenty of stings for the offenses he's going to pound this year. I like "Buzz"...

    In an unrelated comment to this article:
    CougFaninTX | 9:13 p.m. Aug. 4, 2011
    Frisco, TX
    "Coaches Poll was released today. I hope I never have to hear another Ute chide about BYU's schedule. U aren't scheduled to play a single ranked team, not one."

    What's this? A Cougar fan putting tons of stock into a preseason poll? That's new...

    Not that 1984's Pitt (3-7-1) and 2009's #6 Oklahoma (8-5) haven't taught us all a lesson (though Coug fans are quick to remind us that 2008's Michigan should have never been ranked...). The first REAL poll shouldn't come out until the first week in October. Then we'll see how BYU schedule and Utah's schedule will really pan out. We'll also get a better idea of the combined W-L's of San Jose, Utah St. Idaho, and Idaho St. and can better project how Ole Miss and Texas will really place in their respective conference.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Aug. 4, 2011 9:13 p.m.

    Coaches Poll was released today. I hope I never have to hear another Ute chide about BYU's schedule. U aren't scheduled to play a single ranked team, not one. Is this the easiest schedule ever? In the MWC, you always played a couple of ranked teams. If your team is half as good as you say it is, you should breeze to an easy 12 - 0 regular season record. This schedule brings a whole new meaning to the Eagles song, Take It Easy.

  • Swoop Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 4, 2011 9:12 p.m.

    Dave S

    You should check the location of the UCLA game on November 12th...

  • mgr63 DALLAS, TX
    Aug. 4, 2011 7:57 p.m.

    Exciting days for the Runnin' Utes! We made it to the big show! GOOOOO Utes!

  • Dave S Holladay, UT
    Aug. 4, 2011 7:41 p.m.

    Re: Swoop

    I'm amazed that you even know the Utes schedule that well. I didn't even know when we played there. Sounds like you are a little Ute obsessed there little bro!!

  • Swoop Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 4, 2011 7:02 p.m.

    SoCalUtahFan

    "Let this year be an adventure that takes us to Pasadena--just 65 miles from where I am...Wow! that would be dream comes true."

    Wish granted.

    The Utes will be there November 12th...

    which is the closest they'll get to playing in the Rose Bowl with Wynn at QB.

  • SoCalUtahFan Irvine, CA
    Aug. 4, 2011 6:16 p.m.

    "Every year is an adventure..."

    Let this year be an adventure that takes us to Pasadena--just 65 miles from where I am...Wow! that would be dream comes true.

    Go Utes!!!

  • chiefbrady Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 4, 2011 5:03 p.m.

    Wonder if Blechen's new nickname will be "BUZZ"...

    Meanwhile, GO UTES! and kick some butt Boo Anderson!!!

  • 1984 for life Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 4, 2011 4:33 p.m.

    Black&Blue | 3:58 p.m. Aug. 4, 2011
    Hillsboro, Oregon

    You're in the wrong place to discuss the WAC. This is a PAC 12 article.

  • Steve_Timmins LAS VEGAS, NV
    Aug. 4, 2011 4:30 p.m.

    Finally, something to actually talk about. Not too excited about the Dehnam news. Hopefully it's minor and he's full speed by next week.

  • afro14 Sandy, UT
    Aug. 4, 2011 4:30 p.m.

    "Are there any omens that have to do with swallowing a bee?"

    Yes, it means that the only thing that stings worse than a Brian Blechen tackle is a bee sting to the inside of your throat.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 4, 2011 4:05 p.m.

    A lot of good news. Hope it keeps coming.

  • Black&Blue Hillsboro, Oregon
    Aug. 4, 2011 3:58 p.m.

    I dont understand how any Ute fan can be excited to have Wynn as your starting QB.

    Against decent-good competition he was flat out awful last season. People can say it was because of the offense he was running (Spread), but I dont remember ever seeing the triple option or QB draws, so it was not a true spread, more of a shotgun balanced air attack. The spread usually features a dual threat QB. (See Oregon, Auburn, ect.)
    And those that argue it was because of an injury are just making excuses, It was reported that he sustained the injury agains ISU, but if he had suffered through the injury all season long, what was the point of him sitting out of the Boise State game and letting his team get humiliated? Just not adding up.

    Assuming that Wynn makes it through the season, I think he will have a tough time consistently performing well. He will be up against defensive schemes he hasnt seen yet, and defensive team speed that does not exist in the MWC outside of TCU.

    Utah will be 8-4 at best next season (lucky to avoid the Ducks&Standford)

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 4, 2011 3:24 p.m.

    This is a ute article. Has anyone heard of hedgehog?

  • Muss Man Draper, UT
    Aug. 4, 2011 3:20 p.m.

    Anyone know why Wynn is wearing a brace on his left knee?

    JW looks like he's put on 15-20 lbs (not counting the new hairdo). If he was tough enough to get a tattoo, he'll be tough enough to not slide short on 3rd and short, right?

  • ILUVFTBALL Ogden, UT
    Aug. 4, 2011 3:17 p.m.

    79 passes? I suppose that is good for coming off an injury. Just seems low when my son throws 150 to 200 passes every night and he is a junior in HS.And yes he is throwing with velocity and yes he is throwing to receivers and yes..... he is the real deal Utah. GO WARRIORS!!

  • drivebyute SLC, UT
    Aug. 4, 2011 3:13 p.m.

    Dang! I hate to hear that Dehnam hurt his hamstring. He was one of the two players arriving this fall that I hoped could make an instant run for the starting spot. Ther other being McGill. We could use a great big reciever like Denham in the Pac 12. I hope he is ok.

  • Marked it Down Park City, UT
    Aug. 4, 2011 2:42 p.m.

    chicagoborn

    "Are there any omens that have to do with swallowing a bee?"

    Swallowing a bee on the first day of practice is like breaking a mirror.

    It's a sure sign of seven years of bad juju for Utah football.

  • truthsandwich RANDOLPH, UT
    Aug. 4, 2011 2:42 p.m.

    "Obviously my shoulder felt good."

    Cautiously optimistic, but Wynn has potential to be great this year.

    Go Utes!

  • Uteanymous Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 4, 2011 2:24 p.m.

    Wynn throwing 79 passes in his first practice is a good sign, but his receivers dropping passes isn't. It would be nice to know how catchable those dropped passes were.

  • chicagoborn WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Aug. 4, 2011 2:19 p.m.

    Are there any omens that have to do with swallowing a bee?