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Published: Tuesday, Oct. 18 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Spanish Fork, UT

Nope just a bad player

Jeff in Norman

Cullen isn't dirty, he just can't block anybody. Cullen and Bergstrom are the two most over-hyped tackles that the Utes have had in the last 20 years. Bergstrom can block a little better but he jumps off side so much that the quarterback might as well have been sacked. Bergstrom and Cullen are no Jordan Gross.

Highland, UT

Playing hard isn't dirty but not being very good is a more apt description of cullen.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

John White IV & Tim Davis believe they can block, that's all that matters.


I'm sorry, but the guy that called Cullen a "dirty" player is the same guy that pulled John White down by his facemask not letting go until he hit the ground. This same guy blindsided John White on the same play that Cullen took that shot at him. Cullen was protecting his RB which he should do. 98 also ripped Bergstroms helmet off. Hey pot, meet kettle.


It's painful to watch Cullen's stupid penalties. He seems to set back the offense several times a game. Procedure, holding and his favorite, personal fouls. You know our backup left tackle must really be lacking for Cullen to still be in the lineup.


I'm not sure what games you've been watching. I agree with your thoughts on Cullen but Bergstrom hasnt had a penalty since the Montana St. Game. The dude didn't give up a sack last season and has continued playing well this year. As a former o-lineman, the o-line is all watch and he Brenner consistently open up big holes for White. Not sure if you noticed but most of John White's yards came from running to the right. Even when they ran left he cut back to the right behind Bergstrom and Brenner to gain yards. Those 2 guys are studs, and according to most experts Bergstrom will be playong in the league next year, watch something besides the ball before you call someone overrated.


I'd love to see a breakdown of the penalty yards by player. I would bet that Cullen has the most career yards! The guy is penalized every single game, for just dumb stupid play.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

"Bergstrom emphasized that Utes keep battling and pushing the pile until they hear a whistle."

That's how WE finished plays when I was in high school: to the whistle. Incidentally, this brings me to my point...

I was in Pittsburgh for the game last weekend. What wasn't mentioned in THIS article [and neither in the Tribune's nor the local Pittsburgh media publications] was that the North endzone at Heinz Field were full of fans who brought their OWN "officials" whistles, and were blowing them throughout the game. I wonder how much of THAT had to do with a few late hits by Utah, because the closer you get to that end of the field, the more difficult it would be to distinguish between the officials on the field from the whistle-blowers in the stands.


Pocatello, ID

Though I'm frustrated with all penalties, especially those at critical times, Cullen is a stud, and a very good player. I expect him to get the emotions under control a bit more, but he is integral to the success of the team. Remember, he is part of the line that ground out 171 yards with White. Yes, he's also part of the line that gave up a bunch of sacks, but not all of that is on him, or the line.

I expect Cal to be a very similar game, a defensive grind, but fortunately I think our defense is better, and offense is too.

thunder struck
Murray, UT

Re: pocyUte - uh, no way! He's not that good, he gets penalties and kills drives. we could do without him.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT


Considering the lack of quality play so far by BYU's offensive line, I'm not sure your assessment of talent is very credible. You were so high on how good BYU's line was before the season started and look at what they accomplished.

West Jordan, UT

Almost half the article is about Bergstrom trying to sell how tough they are and that they finish plays. Truth is that Cullen hit the Panther after the play was over (after the whistle) and got flagged for it. There is nothing pure and noble about cheap shots; and yes, it was a dirty cheap shot.

West Jordan, UT

@Mormon Ute.
This article is not about BYU's offensive line, it is about Utah's.

Kosta Fesenko
Chicken McNuggetville, UT


go away if you dont have anything productive to say. You are just out looking for a fight and its just not welcome here.

As far as the article goes, John Cullen needs to step his play up. But he isn't a dirty player. Give me a break.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Those who criticize aren't playing in the game, usually because they aren't man enough.

Pocatello, ID

sorry thunderstruck, I respectfully disagree.

If the team were better without him, he wouldn't be playing. The guy is loaded with talent and will work it out.

Santa Monica, CA

I'm not allowed in the film room because I don't know very much about the game and my comments would only confuse people--but I have to believe that even though Mr. Cullen has stopped a couple of drives with dumb penalties, the film would probably show him being responsible for opening up huge holes for big gains by a certain Mr. White. As for the defenders getting to the qb unimpeded, I would imagine that others may have been just as responsible as he. All I know, is that he was part of an offensive line that totally wore down BYU earlier in the year. My guess would be that he grades out very well or Davis wouldn't have him in there and if you were to suggest replacing him, Tim Davis would probably stare at you like you were an idiot.


Cullen has proven to be a liability at times, but we really don't have a lot at tackle behind him. As far as the sacks given up, not all of that is on him. We are often to criticize a tackle getting beat around the corner, but there are plenty of times when it is not actually on them. I imagine skyline_ute knows what I'm talking about, but the entire O-Line has to work together on every play.

The center usually makes the presnap reads and the guards are responsible for calling out switches when guys blitz or stunt. Brenner, Mason and Stevens are all great players on the interior, but let's take into account that they're first-year starters at their positions (Brenner filled in some at tackle last year and Stevens played guard), and also that this is a new offense.

Please don't act like experts in criticizing a player's performance when you don't know the situation.


*often too quick to criticize, was what I meant to say.

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