Lets set the record straight at the safety position. There is no competition
going on for that position contrary to what this paper reports. McGill and Rowe
from day one have received most of the reps. They have great days as reported in
this paper because no other safety's are given any reps. From day one they have
received the red carpet treatment while the other safety's are shoved to the
side to watch practice bored to tears.There is nothing equal or fair
about the competition at safety. It was a stacked deck long before fall camp
I'm impressed you could see that all the way from Idaho, flintrock.
I believe Wynn has potential but its amazing how thin we are at QB. Hays will
get killed if Wynn goes down. Travis Wilson can't get on campus fast
@flintrockIt sounds like you might know somebody who is already a
safety. The coaches need to prepare this team for the PAC-12. I
remember watching an unheralded freshman come out of nowhere to claim a starting
cornerback position named Eric Weddle.I've got to trust the coaches
and their assessment of talent. Sometimes guys who've busted their butts and
really paid their dues get surpassed. It's not really fair, but it's about
getting the best team on the field.If McGill, Rowe & Michael
Walker are the next play makers and get the job done, it will be hard to critize
Re Flintrock:It's not that the deck is stacked it's that McGill and
Rowe are just clearly the 2 best safetys. I heard one radio host say that Rowe
is better now than Blechen was last year. As for McGill he was the 10th rated
JUCO prospect in the nation and the #1 rated JUCO safety last year, and he's
owning it this year, he is legit. They didn't steal the safety positions they
took them over.4 of 12 with 3 interceptions, two of which were
returned for touchdowns, is probably the worst stat line I've ever seen. If Hays
is clearly the 2nd best QB with those numbers Shreve must be horrible. I hope
the light goes on for our backup QBs or we could be in serious trouble if Wynn
Thanks for the insight Bill!
I not saying they are not good. Why does the newspaper pretend there is a
competition going on when there clearly is not. And that has been the case from
flint, it does sound like you know someone on the team. Hopefully they are not
as disgruntled about it as you are...
John White may be a good situational back, but he will not give the Utes the
downhill running game they want and need. He's only 5'9" and he's not
Jacquizz Rodgers. U need someone like Wide or Asiata with White as a 2nd
option.If Langi's performance doesn't improve quickly he will find
himself working on his game in 2011 as a redshirt. I think Langi will end up
being a good RB, but this illustrates how misguided the star ranking system is.
Quezada was ranked 3 stars, Langi was ranked 4; but Quezada was much more ready
for D1 football as a Freshman. There are some who claim that Bingham's
successful run game had more to do with Manoa Pikula than Langi. We know where
he ended up. Time will tell.The offensive line must be keeping Whit
up at night. Very scary situation.No run game + no offensive line +
a QB who can't scramble + no backup QB = disaster. Hope you find an answer by
Sept 17 or it could get embarrassing.
@cougfanEmbarrassing will be going 7-6. Again. After a 1-4 start.
Again. After another loss to Utah. Again. Then watching Utah go to another
BCS game. Again. Utah 10-2 or 11-1byu 7-6 or 6-7Hold
me to it. I'll hold you to it also.
A good and insightful article. We've got a good quarterback. Let's hope the law
of averages work for us this year and Wynn stays healthy throughout the year.
I'm confident the running game will work itself out. And the positives about the
defense are very encouraging. If the defense is as good as claimed in this
article, it ought to give the Utes a chance to win every game they play.
@CougFaninTX Quezada was ranked 3 stars, Langi was ranked 4; but
Quezada was much more ready for D1 football as a Freshman----------And you made that analysis from 7 carries for Langi in a
scrimmage?My analysis shows that Quezada in his first five games
carried the ball for 10 times for 44 yards. So if he was ready for D1 football
why did Bronco not play him? I guess he doesn't believe in the "2 Back
System" like the "2 QB System"?Also, he couldn't run
against good defenses but he did rip apart bad teams at the end of the
season--much like Heaps.Utah's running game will be fine, I am
worried about the injury plagued O-line and Wynn's shoulder.
It was the first scrimmage of the year, and they've been practicing less than 3
days in pads. Can anyone really expect them to look like they are in midseason
form? Plus their o-line is pretty battered. I think most people underestimate
how much an o-line can affect a team. Wait until BYU's offense smokes their D.
Then the new topic on these blogs will be how crappy BYU's defense looks.
September 17th will be as intense of a game as always. I'm stoked.Go Utes!
Let me get this straight- the U defense is deep and will be one of the best in
the PAC. The running game and backup QBs are struggling against this great
defense. Utah will not face many better defenses than what they are practicing
against........ = The offense will probably be fine. It takes much more
practice to get a less-experienced offense hitting on all cylinders than the
"Backup QB Jon Hayes struggled mightily against the first- and second-team
defense. Hayes, who is still clearly the second-best QB on the roster, went
4-for-12 for 27 yards and tossed three interceptions. A week into camp and three
weeks until the opener against Montana State, it's Jordan Wynn or bust with the
Utah offense."An injury-prone starting QB who is still
recovering from major surgery on his throwing shoulder, a thin offensive line,
no proven running backs, all new receivers, and absolutely no backup QB.By my calculations, Utah's top two QBs were a combined 13 of 29, for 179
yards, 1 TD, 3 ints, 3 fumbles, several sacks, and a QB rating of 87.37.Ouch!Is there any good news about Utah's offense?
FlynnThe defense always outperforms the offense early in fall camp.
You can go back year after year and see this was true. It is true
that it all starts with the O-line. If the O-line can't hold back the defense,
then the running game won't go anywhere. Also, if they pressure the QB, he won't
be able to get passes off before they sack him. So, the question is:
Did Hays have a terrible performance in the scrimmage because of the constant
pressure of the D? Most likely, yes. So if Utah can get their 1st O-line back on
the field, then I think that they will do great.
Sounds like a normal UofU team. Great defense with an adequate offense.
9 for 17? The offense depends on this QB?
Spin city... denial, panic and frustration are rising. It will be utter chaos in
4 weeks at 1-2 or maybe even 0-3It really could be a difficult year.
If I was a ute (insert sigh of relief here) I'd be terrified about the offense.
No offensive line = no offense. The utes are treading on very thin ice.
I sure will enjoy watching countless utes jump off the band-wagon as this
season falls apart like a piece of dry, crusty old bread. Here's to
thousands of utes staying home when "their team" is in town.
The Ute's will go undefeted this year. The Cougar's wont even sho up this year,
marc it DOWN!
@Ken"Utah 10-2 or 11-1byu 7-6 or 6-7Hold me to it. I'll
hold you to it also."I think you have a typo. I think you
meant BYU 10-2 or 11-1, Utah 7-6 or 6-7. Although if Wynn goes down, 7-6 would
be a dream season. If Wynn goes down, I predict a winless season from that
point on. I hope he stays healthy. I don't want to hear excuses on Sept 17.@Uteology "And you made that analysis from 7 carries for
Langi in a scrimmage?"Actually I made my analysis from the
entirety of Spring practice and all of the practice sessions in August, along
with listening to what Whit has to say. He's not exactly gushing over Langi. I
also included in my analysis the fact the Utah has no O line. Langi will be a
good RB, he just needs time to develop and is not ready for primetime as a
Freshman. It wouldn't be fair to him to put that burden on him. Give him a
year or two and he'll be develop into a solid RB.
I heard from another source the main reason for Langi's lackluster performance
was because he was running behind the 2nd unit offense, who has struggled
against the 2nd team defense thus far in practice.
Nice to hear our BYU brethren revelling in all of Utah's injuries. Way to keep
it classy, guys. I guess I can't blame you for being a bit giddy - if all 22
Utah starters get hurt, you might have a fighting chance whenever it is that
Utah and BYU play.
@ Brave Sir Robin:It's a pretty bad sign when you're already making
excuses for losing to BYU, and we're still in fall camp! Injuries or no
injuries, BYU will handily beat utah this year.
I don't think it is quite panic time for the U. It is true that defenses are
usually ahead of offenses this time of the year and Kyle always manages to put
out a really good defense. However, they really do need Wynn to get healthy and
the O-line to step it up to have similar success to the past few years.Being a Cougar, I hope the Utes have a great year with the exception of 9/17.
"Questions loom"? I think the only question is whether the Utes will
win 5 games or 6.....?
Just an idea. Move a couple d-linemen to the offensive line. Take one o-lineman
and move him to the d-line. Balance.