Word is Tauni Vakapuna and Shawn Asiata are coming back next year for the Utes!
That is Huge for the FB position!
MichigancoogI love the whole "young",
"rebuilding", "inexperienced" excuses that have come out of
Provo for the 7-6 debacle. Freshman QB yes, I will give you that one, but that
is not the whole team. The same number of key players graduated from
the U as did byU. The U has to deal with 2 or 3 underclassmen leaving early for
the NFL though, something the coogs are "blessed" not to have to deal
with.More young talent is coming in and Kwitt will put together
another great team.Good luck with your "FAME AND GLORY"
MichiganCoog "BYU on to FAME AND GLORY." That was the funniest thing
I had read in a long time. Thanks for the laugh.
Not a very enlightening article. The comments are even worse. At this point who
cares what happened last year or ever between these two former rivals. We play
Sept 17 so neither squad should be at peak form or dinged up. Utes have a very
good recruiting class and a few good running backs. Good for them. I hope Chow
does a better job for you than he did for UCLA. Good luck in 2011. Beat USC,
then we'll know you have a great football team. Never ever judge yourselves
against us poor lowly Cougars again. We won't judge ourselves against you folks
until you win the Rose Bowl.
Michigan coug,Love the spin. I'm sure it makes you feel better,
but, may I refer you to my previous post for FACTS.
PocyUte2;Enclosed for you, an obvious reality check: Utah...> dang lucky to beat a team chalked full of Freshman and
Sophmores...> on their home field...> last second blocked
kicks...to win BARELY..> Blind refs...> Lucky bounces of the
ball...> Veteran team (so-called) barely squeaking by a very young
team...> Next year, BYU spanks the Utes, sending them into a losing
tailspin to finish their maiden voyage into the PAC12, 5-7 at best...>
Two football (better yet), entire sports programs heading in opposite
directions: BYU on to FAME AND GLORY, Utah? Into oblivion, fired basketball
coaches, green QB's, RB's, Secondaries...> I think you get the point...
Cali coug,enclosed for your enjoyment.Utah
BYU17 1610-3 7-6
Wedgie;Enclosed for your enjoyment!Team Stat Comparison
TCU Utah 1st Downs 23 11 3rd down efficiency 10-15 3-13 4th
down efficiency 0-0 0-0 Total Yards 558 199 Passing 381 148 Comp-Att 22-27 16-35 Yards per pass 14.1 4.2 Rushing 177 51 Rushing Attempts 45 17 Yards per rush 3.9 3.0 Penalties 3-30 3-22
Turnovers 1 4 Fumbles lost 1 2 Interceptions thrown 0 2 Possession 39:06 20:54
We look forward to beating such a talented group of players in September.
Quizz Rodgers ran for 63 yards on 18 carries(3.5 yd average) against BYU in
2009. If John White is like Rodgers, so what? Last year White had 1000 yds
rushing for a community college, that really doesn't make you a D1 hero. We'll
see it when it happens.
pocy and hedge,I agree. Conroy is competitive and fast. Hopefully
he can settle into his role and hopefully mcgil can be the next RoJo. I thought
Tap would have been better at strong safety. He was tall 6'3 and big (214) but
just didnt cover the ground that rojo did. But, you cant coach
speed and our guys have it. If they can play well, we have a great chance to
compete right away in the Pac.
We would really like to hear about the Asiata situation. Having a talented
fullback was a great compliment last year. Vakapuna would be behind
one or two freshmen, so there is really no impact with him gone (did we free up
a scholarship with his departure?)Hope you come back Asiata. Maybe
Matt can talk you into comeing back.
Hedge, I think you're right on that. I've heard a lot of good things about
Wykie Freeman. The nice thing is, we have a ton of speed (young speed, but
speed) in the defensive backfield with Payne and Terrell Reese.In my
opinion, the key is Mcgill. Having a big, fast, rangy free safety is a huge
help to the corners. We haven't had that player since Rojo. No offense to Tap,
he just wasn't a true free.
Big_ben,I agree with your anaylsis. I bit scary to start a freshman
on the Oline but lets hope Asiata is as good as reported.I suspect
the running game will be better utilized next year and will have an upgrade it
talent.In my opinion the biggest ? ( outside of Wynns mental and
physical health) is the CB positions.With Chapman and Burton gone
that leaves on Conroy Black.... good athlete but was exposed big time last year.
I suspect we'll see redshirt freshman playing big minutes at this position next
As far as the running backs go, I am sad to hear about Shawn Asiata and Tauni
Vakapuna. I thought that in Norm's offense, they both would get more time as
fullbacks. But maybe there was no scholarship for them.There is a
lot of talent in the pool at running back. Admittedly, its unproven talent, but
a lot of those guys were heavily recruited by other big-time schools. I have no
doubt that someone will emerge and that the running game will be decent this
year. Im not saying it will set the football world on fire, but I dont think it
will be a season long struggle either. I think it will be just fine. GO UTES!
The Utes definately have some challenges ahead. Big challenges. Fortunately, both tackles on the O-line return. Bergstrom will be coming back
for his third year starting at right tackle. Cullen was extremely average last
year (graded out at about 70%, good lineman grade out at 80%, all-conference at
87-90%). But with a year under his belt and an offseason to get bigger (he was
only 285 last year), not to mention a better o line coach this year. I expect
him to get up into that 80% range. Tevita Stephens will in all
likelihood move to Center. At 6'1" and 295, he is much more suited to
playing center than guard anyway, so I think that its a good move. That leaves the guards. I am almost 100% sure that Sam Brenner will get one
of those spots. He played extremely well in the Boise and BYU games. The other guard spot is going to be a competition. Dont be surprised if true
freshman Isaac Asiata wins the job. (cont)
I think you'll see split backs and the I formation. That's Chow's game. Fewer
four or five wideouts. Mostly pound the ball, throw to backs, and then strike
deep when least expected.Oliver sounds like a fullback, though many
have projected Langi to play that position.It will lok a lot like
what Ron McBride did to change the Utes from a WAC pretender to more of a PAC 10
team. Line play will still be the strength on both sides of the ball.Offensive line seemed to me like the key to the entire class. Two great
No worries hedgieIt'll really be3 of the last 527
of the last 40If you do well, you might even get a chance to lose to
Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl, again.Harlines is still open;
Collie and Max still connect on 4th and 18; and George is still running.
"Just don't expect them to have great success against BYU's
defense."Kewgklaws,Trust me, Kwhitt and Chow have
much bigger fish to fry than the 7-6 kittens.2-36-9And yes, the kick is still blocked.
All joking aside that headline is a bit premature. None of the utes rb has done
anything yet so proclaiming them "loaded" is more than a stretch. utah
is also losing some offensive lineman and without good experienced o-linemen it
is very hard to run the ball. I think they'll struggle this coming
season. Much like wedgie wanted to tell Cougar fans last year how BYU had lost a
bunch and would struggle utah is in that same predicament this year.It is going to be a bit tough this season.
I like the comments criticizing the D News for leaving things out of this
article that are indeed in the article if you read it.Good
recruiting class. Looking forward to seeing how they develop.
Hey Wedgie,LOL about all this awesome talent that is: UNPROVEN...as
for the coogs you say we are salivating to have...WE HAVE! How about Drew
Phillips, a 5000 yard rusher 2 years ago, from the thick of SEC country, 3 other
upper classmen in DiLuigi, Quezada, not to mention Adam Hine (?) and other
EXPERIENCED players that have already played Division 1 football for 2-3 years
already...Your UTES? NO EXPERIENCE WHATSOEVER! We'll see all these supposed
allstar RB's get eaten up by one of the best DL's and LB's corps in the Western
US that did an awesome job stuffin your overrated Utes last September.Lookin forward to the butt-kickin your freshman RB's and good ole
"deer-in-the-headlights" Wynnie in LES next September. Get
ready for the hurtin on Sept 17th. Tell Chris B to not waste his time
hedgehogYour 2 All-Conference backs couldn't combine for 100 yards
rushing against BYU's defensive front and you think a JC transfer and a freshman
will do that?If you guys were repeating a Mountain Worst schedule
again I would be less worried about Utah's running game if I were a Ute fan. But
having a JC transfer and a freshman breaking in as your new starters going into
a Pac-10 schedule would have me a bit scared. But, they are good athletes, and I
think they'll have good success in the future. They might just struggle this
first year. Just don't expect them to have great success against BYU's defense.
wedgieNo bone at all.The Utes are going to need the $$$
from playing in LES so they can afford to get rid of Boylen.Kinda
like Utah State playing at Oklahoma for a money game.
"btw, BYU's non-athletes are anxiously awaiting Utah's visit to RES in
September"Sportfan,Ohh I'm sure donko and gang
wouldn't be happy about that.LOLJust be happy the Utes threw the
struggling tds a bone this year and gave them a worthy home game
utes are 'loaded' at running back ? hahahahaha riiightWhen your top
3 running backs are a JC transfer and 2 freshmen, you should be very worried.
MAYBE you'll get lucky but more likely the utah running game will be a bit down
this coming year.hedge - you should change your name to Crow because
like they say 'you are what you eat'.
SportsFan, read your post. Utah can't visit RES, that is their home field. Utah
can only visit LES, which they will do in September
I really wanted to see more two back sets with Wide and Asiata last year. It
happened, but not nearly enough. I hope this year we can get more of that, with
Langi and White. I think it would be fun to see Langi line up as a
fullback and then White at the tailback. Then have them both run to opposite
flats. Have one sweep outside, one dive inside. A lot of
hedgyAaron Rodgers didn't receive a single scholarship offer from a
Division 1 football program.The only thing that matters is how a
player performs once he gets onto the field.Aren't the Utes always
bragging about their diamond in the rough walkons?You should be
careful about annointing any untested player a star until he's actually done
something.btw, BYU's non-athletes are anxiously awaiting Utah's
visit to RES in September.
Anything to take the focus of your basketball program i guess.
Chow has also mentioned Luke Mathews to get a look at RB. Fitz, I
wonder if they aren't looking at Lucky as more of a hybrid type player.
Check out John Whites youtube video....sick.It's a pitty that the
tds can't get this type of "athlete".Langi will get the
blue collar yards but White will be a NATIONAL star.
A 24 yard run against the Lobos! Really? Now that is saying something! Whoever
lands this guy should really have something! I mean, like how many running backs
had at least that against the Lobos?
If you want up to date information on the Utes I suggest you look to the other
newspaper. Honestly, is Bronko hiring the news staff as well?ESPN
ranked the Utes the 4th best running backs class in the NATION.He
tds, remember the name John White; he'll be haunting your dreams this fall.Utes might have some issues next year but the running game is not one of
Why would the Utes give up so easily on a player who had a 24-yard run against
the Lobos and finished the year with 79 yards on 19 carries?
Seriously, does the D News writers leave their desks to write stories? two of
the players listed are no longer on the team, and one who has a great shot at
getting playing time is not even listed. Isn't the first lesson of journalism
to ask questions? The lack of experience has to be a major concern
for Utah. We all know how the last 5 games went for Utah. No running game
means no wins. Hopefully one of the new guys can step up and play. I like
Langi, but I think the JC kid is where the best chances of success area, at
least until Langi can prove himself on this level.
Lots of raw talent. I look forward to seeing how Chow uses these
backs. Hopefully they can establish the starters early though.Can't
wait for football since bball is a mess!Go Utes!
Interesting notes there: I hope That Asiata and Vakapuna are back. They are
both bruisers. Both were walk ons, so maybe they didn't get scholarships? Otherwise, its going to be fun to see who comes out of it. I imagine
that White and Langi split time. I would imagine that Oliver redshirts. Feel
bad for Beau Bruton.
Golfhack I have heard the same... I dont think they are still with the team.
Can someone clarify if Vakapuna and Asiata are still with the team? I had heard
that they were both leaving the program. Thanks!
No mention of Lucky Radley? I like the talent at RB, we just need to get these
guys some experience!