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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 28 2009 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Y Fan

Utah has to get their rear in gear with their ofence, Realy close U. It's gonna be a showdown in november!


Wyoming is a good football team that went into Colorado Springs and played AF almost even. Since I know the Utes won't take Wyoming lightly, I'm not too concerned with Mike Sorenson's thoughts about this--but, he should know Wyoming is not the weak sister it was under Joe Glenn.

T. Cain is a wonderful, young football player. But, Schram is not using Cain's strenghs very well--and that is what needs to be fixed.

The Ute's base running play is the read option, but Cain hasn't yet been able to make this play work because he can't seem to make the "read" necessary. He has to keep the ball sometimes, if only to keep the defense honest. Alex Smith was the master of this play, with less pure atheletic skills than Cain (if you ask me).

So, if there is one thing to do this week in practice it is to help Cain make that read and keep the ball a third to a half the time.

Also, involve the tight end in some intermediate range pass routes that Cain can throw accurately.

Go Utes!

Come on

I know losing Asiata was a big blow - but to still be mentioning it as a problem for the offense is crazy - especially when you consider that Wide has had so much success at running the ball. I know that the wildcat or Asiat package was a big part of the offense but either use someone else in that scheme or develop a wrinkle.

I like Cain - I think he has the ability to be great we just need to open up the offense a little more - we have been productive without Asiata in other games - go back to that film and figure out what was working.

Also, if you are still using almost all of the play clock with a no-huddle, then really what is the point? Just huddle up get the play in and then let them get to the line... mix in a no huddle here and there to throw teams off but it you do it every time and use the whole play clock anyway, it's not going to work to your advantage.

Even with the problems, the Utes still find ways to win - that is great.

Go Utes!!!


I'm armchair quarterbacking here, but I don't understand the point of a no-huddle when you're barely getting the play off in time.

Predictable play-calling is starting to catch up to us. Air Force was right on top of that quick pass to the flat we always run early.

LaVar the Utah Cat

If Cain is truly as poor as it seems on longer passes, then maybe flea-flicker passes and longer passes by other than the QB are part of the answer. I also say either play Wynn or redshirt him. Don't dither and do a McBride (Alex Smith) and waste a year on one series of downs.

Dave Schramm

seems like a nice enough guy, but I know Mike Sanford will need a job at the end of the year. Can we bring him back please?


Air Force defense is one of the top 10 in the country.... Don't blame it on lack of Utah offense...they were up against one of the best.

Why Sanford?

Why would you want him back? every one knows it was Urban and Dan Mullen who actually ran the offense in '04.

The Long Ball

Does not have to do with Cains arm strength. It has everything to do with other phases of the offense working in order to call the down field ball. Schram will be waisting plays because the Shorter phases of the game aren't working. And I agree with Ted, the Airforce D is legit!!!

Read Option

This play only works if the defensive end crashes down on the running back. IF the defensive end plays the QB then Cain will always give it to the back. so that is what he is reading the defensive end and it is not his fault for not running the ball. GO UTES!


Cain is a stud. Open up the play book for him. Go utes! Beat Wyoming!

Wayne Peart

LOL what's so funny is that some BYU fans are already saying it will be a good year for them If they can beat Utah (Which Won't Happen).



I guess all that team speed at wideout is irrelevant if your QB can't out throw a cheerleader.....BYU's DB's can cheat up and cover any WR for 10 yds....

Re: Read Option

Problem is that the defensive end is not always keyed on Cain. In fact, agaist AF the D-end consistently cheated inside--expecting Wide to get the hand-off. There were several plays where Cain had 6-8 yeard gains had he kept the ball.

Go Utes!

Re: Funny

Don't kid yourself.. BYU's DB's couldn't keep up with a 90 year old grandmother with a broken leg.


Yes everyone knows that Mullen and Urban were the designers of that offense (exceot for the guy above I guess), but how bout giving BJ a shot at OC.

Moose on the Loose

Everyone knows that losing Asiata was a BIG blow to the yewties offense.

Every game now we here the Ewes whinning because of Asiata loss.

Let's play ball and quit using all of the excuses!!!

Also, if you are still using almost all of the play clock with a no-huddle, then really what is the point? Just huddle up get the play in and then let them get to the line... mix in a no huddle here and there to throw teams off but it you do it every time and use the whole play clock anyway, it's not going to work to your advantage.

The Yewts were lucky to pull out wins that last couple of weeks............but your luck won't last for ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just count your blessings that you don't have to play my Bronco and play on our blue turf and hear our supportive fans!!!!!!!!!


Moose On the Loose: I don't know of any fans blaming or whining about losing Asiata, but I guess if it works for your argument by all means.

We are not making excuses and you also won't find me scouting out Boise State articles to talk trash about them. Way to stay classy though. I also think all the Ute "fans" who go out of their way to bash BYU are lame, but I guess it adds to the rivalry.

I would say that a lot of the problems with Utah's offense is a few issues. First and foremost, we cannot have our WR dropping balls, I have seen too many this season. Second, we need to stretch the field more by calling some long throw plays. Three we need a leader to step up and be vocal on our offense, it is like we are going out there only worried about doing our assigned job that we forget to play as a team and that is because nobody is leading the offense.

re: Moose

Enjoy that ride right down the BCS standings Moose. Boise and their cupcake schedule is already being exposed as a fraud, and it's only 1 week into the BCS rankings. Imagine the next 5 weeks as you play nothing but WAC teams, and other schools run right by you in the BCS.

Enjoy the Humanitarian Bowl! Or maybe you can lose to the 2nd place MWC team again this year in San Diego!

Funny guy

When did it become funnty to spell Utes Y-e-w-t-s? It has never been funny. It actually makes the person who wrote it look like an idiot. But, you wouldn't care about looking like an idiot because you use 25 exclamation points. One is enough.
GO WYO, go COUGS. We'll rebound, Max is the man. The only way Utah resembles TCU is that they have never been able to stop Harvey Unga.

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