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Published: Monday, Oct. 3 2011 8:00 p.m. MDT

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Syracuse, UT



Payson, UT

I was impressed with Hays at the end of the game. We all saw improvement as the half wore on. The huskies still has their first team on the field, so his improvement during the game was even more impressive.
Expect a rough start next game but the last 3 quarters should see some good offense. Not quite what Wynn could give us, but still a good chance of winning.

Eagle Mountain, UT

I don't think this is as bad as some seem to think. I am betting the U will be competitive in most of their remaining games. I don't think that the next two are likely to be wins but they should compete in the last 6.

Mr. Caveman
Omaha, NE

TV: root

What in the world is that? Some station only found on satellite?

Iowa City, IA

It's a good thing he took so many reps during traing. Now hopefully it will pay off...

West Jordan, UT

17 career pass attempts at Utah is not enough for this young man to have a realistic chance v ASU. Look for Vontaze to have a huge game.

(fear the fork)

Salt Lake city, UT

i really want to like jon hayes and now we'll see how he does in a full game. he's a lot more athletic than wynn is and because his shoulder isn't limited he doesn't have to roll out a lot and obviously his ball will have a little more zip on it.

you can't deny that wynn looked pretty good before he went out (that one bone headed interception excluded), but hopefully hayes can keep the seat warm for him.

i seem to remember some dude named brett ratliff that got thrown into the fire against byu after brian johnson went down. we all remember how he finished out utah's last two games.

Big J
Bountiful, UT

I had hoped that our two weaknesses would not be exposed at least not this early in the season. What were they? Depth at QB and on the O-Line. I feel bad for Wynn. He was playing very well in the first half.

With that being said, I was impressed with Hays as he improved as the second half wore on. The guy is a gamer! This situation seems to be a galvanizing event for the Utes. Will that result in wins? Only time will tell.

I will continue enjoying the season as the Utes work out the kinks. It is awesome to have the schedule Utah has.

Go Utes!

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

Here's hoping there's a little Brett Ratliff in Jon Hays. If he can take care of the ball, make good decisions, stay poised and not make mistakes, we should be fine. I'm not guaranteeing wins, because the next two games could have been losses even with Wynn playing. I just want to see us be competitive and move in a positive direction after Saturday's dissappointment.


I'm, surprisingly, not too worried about Hays. He seems to have great tenacity and poise with a live arm. I'd be surprised if he didn't play well. Seems to have an it factor and the team also seems eager to follow him.

The O-line needs to step-up in a big way with run blocking and cleaning up penalties. They have been disappointing so far.

Salt Lake City, UT

@ defibman | 5:43 a.m. Oct. 4, 2011
Syracuse, Ut

.....oh the agony of the troll.

Duckhunter Hunter
Alpine, UT

I am hoping for the best, but expecting the worst. Jon Hays and live arm do not belong in the same sentence. And his accuracy is another issue, altogether. He was missing throws right and left and does not look like a D1 QB (and shouldn't be).

He has 2 attributes that are improvements over Wynn: heart and toughness.

Prepare for a looooong rest of the season. If they win one of the next three I will be content. Obviously if they win more than one of the next three I will be thrilled. However, if they lose all 3 it is time to sound the alarm. I've already got my hand on the alarm lever......

I can hardly believe that a coach as talented as Whittingham could be so CARELESS with QB position depth. Moving people to other positions. Missing on key recruits. You never think that the injury bug will bite, but it happens and there should have been a plan in place if/when it did. I can hardly believe that there is such a poor contigency plan in place in such a critical season, especially given Wynn's prior injury history.

Duckhunter Hunter
Alpine, UT

defib = soccer mom

Cottonwood Heights, UT

"TV: root What in the world is that? Some station only found on satellite?"

Mr. Caveman:

As you've been in that cave, you missed the re-branding of Fox Sports Net on cable and satellite in approximately 18 states.

Sandy, UT

wwookie is right. He improved as the game wore on. Coming out of the half and being told you're starting and playin the rest of the game unexpectedly is tough enough, he hasn't had a whole lot of experience passing. Now, after seeing a bit of potential and a week of practice, as well as a Jedi Master Chow offense adjustment to suit his ability, I think we have a better chance than most think. ASU chokes on the road, so I thnk it's near even going into the game.

Like it or not, Hays is our guy now. Ute fans need to stick behind him and cheer him on.


Qwest Perfected
Salt Lake City, UT

I thought Hays did a pretty good job being thrown into that game on Saturday. He only joined the team this summer. He did have a little bit of time with the first team when Wynn was sick but overall, he has done most of his work with the second team.

His arm stregnth looked to be a bit better than Jordan so hopefully he can gel with the first team.

It will be difficult against ASU they are really good team, perhaps the best we have played so far.

The key to this game will be if our defense can play all four quarters. They didn't play to their potential in the second half last week.

Go Utes!

Marked it Down
Park City, UT

Utah fans have really been drinking the red koolaid if they think

-- a DII transfer
-- starting his first game
-- whose only offer was to a school that abandoned football
-- who looked terrible in spring and fall practice

isn't going to be completely overwhelmed by ASU's blitzing defense.


I think that given that the Utes game plan was centered around Jordan's strengths, Hayes came in and did a pretty good job. We could have done without those turnovers, but when you think about it, we did a pretty good job (better in the first half) of moving the ball on Washington. I trust Whitt and Chow to make sure those redzone turnovers turn into touchdowns this week.

Sandy, UT

I can't believe how many Ute fans are ready to give up for the season. So we are not going to be playing for a conference championship this year. Not all is lost. We can still have a good season ... it is too early to tell. Hays made some mistakes on Saturday, but so did Wynn. In fact, Wynn's interception was a much worse throw than Hays'. Hays was not expecting to play on Saturday so he was a little unprepared and nervous on top of his inexperience. Plus he was running an offense taylored to Wynn's strengths. This week, he is expecting to play so he will be more prepared, hopefully less nervous, and he will have an offense more taylored to his strengths. Let's hope for the best. Maybe he will surprise us.

Spanish Fork, UT

This could be a huge advantage for us. ASU has little to no film on Hays and the coaching staff will have to change some things around. Defensively, I think ASU may have a tough time preparing for this. At least that's what I hope. Good luck Hays, beside the two turnovers on Saturday, I liked what I saw in you. Time to shine buddy! Go Utes!

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