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Utah Utes football notebook: Harvey Langi claims the top spot on the depth chart

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  • HSFAN Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 11, 2011 10:42 a.m.

    What Harvey runs a 4.7? Bingham had him running a 4.4.

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Aug. 10, 2011 1:36 a.m.

    Isn't anyone seeing the main story developing? The Utah secondary is going to be much better than anyone expects. These guys might not have all the tangibles (mostly experience), but they obviously have that intangible "Feel" for the position and "just keep making plays". Remember Eric Weddle? Highest paid safety in the NFL who also lacked the tangibles when he became a starter.

    Utah D should be great. There are three important questions left to answer during the pre-season 1) Will Jordan emerge as the offensive leader that we need; 2) Will out kick game be sufficient to pull us through the close games; and 3) Will we have enough depth at all positions.

    Expecting a great season and conference championship game coming up. Lets stay healthy.

    GO UTES!

  • CT98 Saint George, UT
    Aug. 9, 2011 1:15 p.m.

    Congrats to Langi. I can't wait to watch him this year. I hope the Utes perform well and prove to the Pac12 that they belong. Still wish Langi was a cougar but I wish him well at the U.

  • UtahMan4evr Sandy, UT
    Aug. 9, 2011 12:38 p.m.

    I have to say that I find the rantings of fans of a mid-major independent (which has to go by it's initials because it's alumni can't spell out the whole name)highly amusing, but highly inaccurate. Lot's of luck beating football powerhouses like San Jose State and Idaho State (do they even have a football team?) in the coming year. Who knows, you might just qualify for the Tidy Bowl if your team can pull off those victories.

  • ExecutorIoh West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 9, 2011 12:24 p.m.

    I love the talk about how fast people are until the numbers come out. Scouting and NFL Combine sites list Harvey Langi's speed at 4.7, 40 yd. That is offensive lineman speed. Shave a couple tenths off and he compares to other NCAA RBs.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 9, 2011 12:21 p.m.

    @smurf

    "Go look at the depth chart for any team in the nation, and see if any of them have the size and speed that Palamo has"

    That litterally means nothing. There are alot of guys that are physical freaks that never pan out on the football field. I won't claim to know if palamo will turn into a good rb or not, no one knows, but considering he has barely played any football at all in his life, did not perform well in the spring game, and is behind Langi on the depth chart, I would say the ute coaches are probably not sharing your over zealousness about this guy.

    No doubt he is a physical specimen and a great athlete, but those attributes have been shared by alot of guys that never turned into great football players. A guy like that is worth giving a chance on the offhand chance he pans out, but claiming he will be some sort of stud before he has ever done anything and rating him as part of one of the "top backfields in the country" is laughable.

    Langi will be the stud of that bunch, he is the real deal.

  • SUPERTONGANMAN SANDY, UT
    Aug. 9, 2011 11:24 a.m.

    @Papa Smurf Ute: Just thought of some guys in my head and came up with 5 other running backs with Palamos size and speed. Lattimore from South Carolina, Knile Davis from Arkansas, Marcus Coker from Iowa, Cody Johnson UT, and Lacey from 'Bama.

  • SUPERTONGANMAN SANDY, UT
    Aug. 9, 2011 10:53 a.m.

    @hymn to the silent: Really? USC's soft linebackers? Chris Galippo, and Devon Kennard are not even close to soft. Galippo will be the hardest hitting linebacker you will see(besides Burfict). You guys probably won't even see him because you won't even get past SC's D-Line. Langi and Palamo are versatile but not enough to scare me against SC.

  • Papa Smurf UTE Herriman, UT
    Aug. 9, 2011 9:48 a.m.

    ExecutorIoh,

    Go look at the depth chart for any team in the nation, and see if any of them have the size and speed that Palamo has. Even Langi is a bit taller than your proto typical running back. I think Langi needs to add 10 lbs of muscle, and keep his speed. Redshirting him might be a good idea if Palamo, and White can carry the load.

    I am glad that your kicker is huge, is that going to help him kick balls through the upright? I highly doubt it. It might help him hit the player that is running the ball back for a TD after it is BLOCKED! That is about it though.

  • TheFitz Murray, UT
    Aug. 9, 2011 9:24 a.m.

    I think you can make the argument White is in the same conversation with James and Barner from Oregon as far as SPEED is concerned (the conversation ends there, however). Between Langi and Palamo, they have the beef and speed to be very effective running up the middle. White/Lucky Radley will add top end speed to get to the edge and stretch a defense.
    Not having an experienced back is something to be nervous about, but this position will not be an area of concern as the season gets going. I believe utah will be more than ok at RB.

  • ExecutorIoh West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 9, 2011 8:21 a.m.

    @classless

    You say, "Both are huge running backs..."

    The University has Langi listed at 6-1, 225 lb. Sorry dude. That is not a huge running back. He doesn't match up against any of BYU's front 7 defensively. Even BYU's place kicker (Sorensen 6-1, 232) is a bigger dude.

  • mgr63 DALLAS, TX
    Aug. 9, 2011 8:16 a.m.

    @Portland,

    BYU cannot stop the run against decent teams. Plus, Wynn and our deep, gifted receiving corps will eat alive that weak new secondary at BYU. You should speak softly.....BYU hasn't thumped Utah in years. But, Utah has pounded you guys badly is this century a few times.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Aug. 9, 2011 8:05 a.m.

    Re: afro 14

    btw, I believe that Di Luigi and Quezada had more yards and a higher ypc average than your mighty all-conference backs last year in Matt Asiata and Eddie Wide. That was also with you having cupcake schedule and BYU actually having a tough schedule! How is that even possible? You think that a JC transfer, a freshman, and a rugby player are somehow going to be better? Nice try.

    Also, Bryan Kariya has started and won against the #3 team in the country in Oklahoma. How many D-1 teams have Langi, Palamo, and White started against, oh yeah, zero.

    Oh yeah, and classless Ute fan

    "Unless your Oregon there aren't a better pair of backs in the COUNTRY?"

    You're joking, right? That was easily one of the biggest Ute homer comments I've ever heard in my life.

    First of all, no they don't have outstanding speed. They might have decent size and some speed for their size, but they are hardly close to having top end speed.

    At Oregon, LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner are easily the best running back pair in the country. Teams like Wisconsin, Oklahoma, even Stanford have better backfields than Utah.

  • Classless Ute Fan Magna, UT
    Aug. 9, 2011 1:08 a.m.

    Portland,

    ***Utah's running backs are gonna get eaten alive by BYU's defense.***

    It's more like BYU's defense is going to get ran over by the high-speed freight train's in Langi and Palamo. Both are huge running backs and are hard to take down. They have great speed and can move very well. Unless your team is Oregon, it is hard to find a better pair of running backs.

    It is true that Langi, White, Palamo are barely D1 players and yet they will probably beat out a senior who would be starting at any other school in the state, Vakapuna. Langi is a highly recruited true freshman. White is a top JC transfer. Palamo was a professional rugby player. This is hardly news though.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Aug. 9, 2011 1:05 a.m.

    Re: afro 14

    Not if they don't have an offensive line to block for them.

  • Portland Trail Blazers Sandy, UT
    Aug. 8, 2011 11:20 p.m.

    its going to be a looooong season for Utah. Utah's running backs are gonna get eaten alive by BYU's defense.

    5-7 for Utah this season and a score of Utah loosing to BYU 28-13

  • Unbiased Viewpoint Draper, UT
    Aug. 8, 2011 10:12 p.m.

    Langi is legit, the other two guys are solid, but barely D1 players. Wanting them to get loads of carries is similar to the backup qb always being the most popular guy.

  • Scots Ogden, UT
    Aug. 8, 2011 9:02 p.m.

    To bad they Don't have him as the starter in NCAA 12 I think they should have took the time to find out who was going to start!

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 8, 2011 8:39 p.m.

    Running back is the easiest position on offense for a player to step in without experience. Harvey Unga did it at BYU.

  • hymn to the silent Holladay, UT
    Aug. 8, 2011 8:10 p.m.

    I like the Langi Palamo combo. A bit to learn, but both are very hard workers and will improve throughout the season...and both are dangerous on the swing pass as well as up the middle. That's a lot to handle for USCs soft linebackers. Can't wait to see that matchup. Chow loves to own the middle, create a vortex, then swing it out. Plenty of speed on the edges too...like it. Will love it when it's fully baked.

  • Nostradamus Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 8, 2011 6:49 p.m.

    Love the quote "forreal" - very cool. Also agree with Duckhunter...2011/12 will be tough.

    I am very excited for this season - whatever the outcome (although I prefer many, many wins) this will be a fun year. I hope Jordan can stay healthy...it sure sounds like his coaches think he is a player.

    Really excited for summer to end and football season to start (it's just too hot right now and it should be a fun season) - GO UTES!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 8, 2011 6:08 p.m.

    I think Langi will be a good rb. I also think this year will be a little bit tough. But eventually he will be a good one.

  • forreal people SLC, UT
    Aug. 8, 2011 4:58 p.m.

    miami nike football camp 2010
    "Harvey Langi earned the MVP award for the camp not because he traveled the farthest, but because the big back out of Utah brought the total package. The 6-1.5, 228 pounder showed a versatile blend of quickness, mobility, balance and body control. Langi flourished in the blocking drills and competitions against the linebackers. It was his receiving ability however that separated him from the rest. He was able to create separation from defenders and finish the play with a nice set of hands. Langi carries all the attributes to be a major force on the next level, whether as a pure power back or a receiving/running H-back/fullback depending upon the offensive system. Listed Miami, Florida, USC, UCLA (offer), LSU and Alabama as his favorites and also has offers from BYU, Utah, Stanford, Colorado and Wyoming after rushing for 1,517 yards and 25 TDs last fall."

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Aug. 8, 2011 4:54 p.m.

    But can Langhi run patterns and catch the ball or feel comfortable pass blocking...the other skill's that he's going to have to have in order to fully fit into Chow's offense. Jordon Wynn's success will just as likely be in Langhis' and the other RB's hands as it is in thier feet. I have no doubt that he can run....the whole Langhi picture is still to be completed before it can be presented.

  • afro14 Sandy, UT
    Aug. 8, 2011 4:19 p.m.

    No matter who starts, I take comfort in knowing that Langi, White, and Palamo > DiLuigi, Kariya, and Quezada.

    Doubters can think what they want, but this years running back situation is definitely not "talent thin."

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Aug. 8, 2011 3:07 p.m.

    A true freshman. When BYU had that situation they were "talent thin." But we'll see if that holds true for the Utes. Playing in the PAC 12 ought to be a bit harder than playing at Bingham High. Good luck.

  • SouthernUtahUte Hurricane, UT
    Aug. 8, 2011 3:07 p.m.

    Langi looks very, very promising. Personally, I wouldn't mind seeing Palamo getting the ball either. He looks like he could be an absolute beast at fullback. Just imagine short yardage plays with him running the ball..... Goosebumps.

    Any way you look at it, there is a lot of talent at RB.

    GO UTES!!!

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 8, 2011 2:22 p.m.

    Exactly what I thought would happen. I expect to see Langi keep that spot and possibly widen the gap between himself and #2.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 8, 2011 2:15 p.m.

    Wow, is Utah that thin in talent?

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 8, 2011 1:40 p.m.

    Great to hear Langi is doing well but I can't help but hope the other guys step up enough to enable the Utes to comfortably redshirt him. I doubt it happens that way, but I'm still hoping.
    Very happy to hear McGill's name consistently mentioned.