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Published: Sunday, Aug. 28 2011 8:28 p.m. MDT

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CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

How can this happen - a highly regarded 4 star recruit beat out by a walk on? According to hh, the stars are all that matter.

Actually I think Langi will be a great RB. I'm just trying to make a point because I think too many people give the star rankings way too much credit. To ask a true Freshman to carry the load is a huge responsibility. There are a few who can do it, but not many.

Hopefully Whit will redshirt Langi to give him another year to learn the offense and build more strength. No need to waste a year of eligibility on a third or fourth string running back.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

I'm not so sure about that. If he redshirts and we're successful in the next couple years, the players that we recruit may surpass Harvey on a talent level, in which case he'd be on the bench for 5 years instead of one or two. If he goes out and gets some valuable reps in less crucial situations in games and continues to improve and show his reliability, it could boost his confidence and the coaches' confidence in him to become a star in the next couple years.

byronbca
Salt Lake City, UT

I was thinking they might red shirt him, but this article makes me think that's becoming doubtful. If coach Whit thinks he can contribute this year then he shouldn't red shirt him. I wouldn't be surprised if Langi or Palamo ends up playing a different position next year, they are just too talented and athletic to have them on the bench, both would make great LBs or TEs.

healthyandyoung
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

i met harvey at the fan fest thing on saturday and i asked him if he was going to redshirt and he said no.

pittsburgh Ute
West Jordan, Utah

I see nothing wrong with redshirting Langi, he simply needs to get used to the college game. Coach Witt and Chow have both commented that he needs to hit the hole harder and not dance so much at the line. There is nothing wrong with a true freshman taking a year to learn the game and the system. A year at redshirt does not mean he is not worth the star ranking he earned in high school. There are plenty of great college players who rode the bench their freshman years. Langi is a great player, it may just take him a year to get in there.

tantheman
Lindon, UT

I was listening to the radio and they were saying that the main reason that Harvey is not starting this year is because of his blocking. In highschool the coach never had him block, because he was getting the ball most of the time. He will be fine, just let him develope. I am a BYU fan and I think he will be good. GASP!

TJ
Eagle Mountain, UT

I always thought Langi was better suited to the LB position when he played in HS. I think if Utah was deeper at RB that we might have seen a position change for him. He is a good athlete though and should be able to contribute at a high level at some point.

pocyUte
Pocatello, ID

Langi will be just fine. He's got the talent and it sounds like he has the work ethic as well. I expect great things from him in his Utah career.

SoCalUtahFan
Utesville, CA

Wow, having him as 3rd on the depth list means Utah is very well set at RB.
The season is long. If anything happens to the first 2 RBs, having Langi coming in is a great thing for Utah.

Go Utes!!!

CaptainCougar
Sandy, Utah

Good luck Harvey! I was hoping he'd come to BYU... Oh well. Regardless, I hope he has a lot of success.

footballfan6262
SANDY, UT

I think coach witt is taking a wait and see approach. If the Utes can get through the first half of the season w/o any RB injuries then Langi will prob red shirt. But if anything happens to either RB then Harvey will be pressed into action. They are just giving him time to get comfortable and settle in, no rush.

MurrayMike
Murray, UT

Something must be up for a walk-on and a jc transfer to beat out a high school all-american and 4 star recruit. Either the coaches see something they don't like or Langi isn't working as hard as he should be. Harvey Unga wasn't rated as high, but beat out several veterans to start as a freshman. Either those two backs ahead of him are studs, or Langi isn't the back the coaches thought he'd be, either way looks like the kids dreams may be slipping away.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

It very well could be his blocking because he is a really good runner. If you can't block in chow's offense you can't play, it really is that simple.

AggieLuva
South Jordan, UT

I hate patting myself on the back, but this one I'm going to. I saw this coming a few years ago. Langi was a monster his Soph. year in High School. If he had kept progressing he would have really been a legit 4 star recruit. His Jr. and Sr. years he didn't get any better. I think it got to his head his Soph. more that he was so talented that he didn't need to work as hard as he did up to that point. He was better as a Soph. than anyone in the state hands down and since then he just stayed the same. Sorry Utah fans, but he really wasn't a 4 star recruit. He had to potential to be, but he was so good he stopped trying to get better. Utah, doesn't only need help at the RB spot, they really need to focus on the QB spot. Wynnie is not going to make it in the Pac either.

Shawnm750
West Jordan, UT

College ball is different than HS ball. Sure the fundamentals are the same, but Coach Whit knows that it takes time for most freshmen players to get into college mode. The other players both have more experience, so there's not harm in letting Langi practice with more experienced players an honing his skills. He is a freshman after all, and of all 3 players, he stands to have the longest and most successful career at the U.

wardu
Fallon, NV

It would be nice to watch the game outside the greater SL/Ut valley area. One would think that a PAC 10.2 school could come up with a better TV deal. Does KJZZ have internet streaming?

carabaoU
Moab, UT

wardu | 1:01 p.m. Aug. 29, 2011
Fallon, NV

One would think that a PAC 10.2 school...
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Never heard of a PAC 10.2. No wonder you can't find the game anywhere. Look up PAC12. Also, show me the last time a FBS vs FCS game was on national TV.

MurrayMike
Murray, UT

Get into college mode?

He enrolled in the spring and has been working out with the team since. Not sure why it would take him more than 8 months to get into "the swing of things" lol And BTW it's the coaches job to get him into shape and ready for the fall. If they can't motivate him into being "the man" on a PAC 10.2 team then redshirt him and tell him to work his tail off. Maybe that will motivate him. Either that or caoches aren't simply impressed with his abilities. At this point glad the Utes got him instead of the Cougs

wardu
Fallon, NV

Yes I was trolling, thanks for responding. Funny.

Veritas Aequitas
Fruit Heights, UT

carabaoU | 1:09 p.m. Aug. 29, 2011
Moab, UT

wardu | 1:01 p.m. Aug. 29, 2011
Fallon, NV

One would think that a PAC 10.2 school...
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Never heard of a PAC 10.2. No wonder you can't find the game anywhere. Look up PAC12. Also, show me the last time a FBS vs FCS game was on national TV.

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Until Utah steps on the field, they are still a MWC team that lost big to a MWC team in the Vegas Bowl.

Lose the strut.

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