Utah Utes football: Greg Bird is a special teams wizard


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  • myphed SOLDOTNA, AK
    Oct. 6, 2011 7:50 p.m.

    I agree with flintrock, Bird is much more talented and impressive than any of the safeties playing right now. Speed isn't always the answer, brains count too! Part of Utah's problem is the inexperience of the safeties and it is obvious just watching the games. They may be fast but they don't have the brains. The coaches aren't blind, they are stupid. How are you supposed to be a competitive team in the PAC 12 if you don't play your best players? If you don't do your job you should sit the bench, I don't care what position you play.

    I'm willing to bet other defensive players on the team wish Bird was on the field with them, they'd have a better chance to win. Isn't that what it's all about? Bird is stronger mentally, physically and much more mature...period!

  • flintrock Rigby, Id
    Oct. 6, 2011 8:11 a.m.

    Whit has sold his soul to the SPEED God's. What he forgot to take into consideration is if Speed can't tackle and Speed can't remember the reads and Speed has no experience and Speed only weights around 185 pounds then Speed is going to get killed when he plays the big boys.

    Lets see with limited playing time Bird has accomplished the following.

    Last Year

    Air Force 1 fumble recovery, 1 forced fumble inside the 30, fourth down
    tackle to kill drive, Goal line tackle to save 2 point conversion

    San Diego Game saving punt block at the 3 yard line in the 4th quarter
    when Utah was behind to set up game winning touchdown.

    BYU Recovered shanked punt in 4th quarter to set up game winning

    UNLV Key block to set up Shakey for touchdown

    Yeah.... according to Scalley Bird is limited physically at safety. He hits to hard, blocks to well, never gives up, is loyal and never complains. He is everything the other safeties aren't. I'll take Greg Bird on my team right now and I'll do something Scalley won't....I'd start him at safety and bench the others until they grow up.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Oct. 5, 2011 9:31 p.m.

    I thinking he'll make a huge fumble causing tackle Saturday and follow that up with a pancake block during a kick-off...

    Go Utes!

    Oct. 5, 2011 8:53 p.m.

    I'd like to see Greg start playing on defense a little. Rowe takes terrible angles and McGill doesn't seem to go all out. Quade and Michael play alright, but I don't think either of them are much better than Greg.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 5, 2011 12:19 p.m.

    We could use a whole team of players with this kid's attitude.

    Let's hope they're all ready to dig deep on Saturday. Go Utes!!

  • UgottaloveMaxie SLC, UT
    Oct. 5, 2011 10:01 a.m.

    it's easy to like this kid. and best of all, he doesn't have a sloppy grey shirt hanging down from underneath his jersey.

  • Go Utes Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 5, 2011 9:27 a.m.

    Great article. Sounds like an impressive young man. Good luck this season to you Greg, and as ever, GO UTES!!