Can't wait to see the three running backs in action. I'd love to see Langi as
the starter with the other two rotating as back ups to give him a breather.Based on the season ticker renewal percentage, a lot of other fans are
looking forward to seeing them in action as well.
Looks like the utes are going to have a real stud at RB.
There's no debate in my mind after watching spring. Harvey Langi will be the
starting RB this year at the U. White can be a good change-of-pace back, and
Palamo can spell Langi and work on goalline. Langi is clearly the
most complete back of the group, and was the best offensive player on the field
for the spring game.Can't wait to see him develop the next 4 years.
Pac 12 player of the year quality player no doubt.
I renewed my 12 reserved seats (6 home games, 2 sets) for $950.00. That is
$79.17 per ticket per game. I hope the University can sock some money away so
that a bigger stadium can be built.
I'm sure glad I got my tickets! This season is going to be awesome.
I think Palamo is going to surprise a lot of people. He has got some real
powerful legs and that Rugby background shows he can take a hit and still carry
2-3 guys for extra yards. All in all a good backfield made even better with
Coach Norm as OC.
Let's hope Harvey is nothing like Reggie Bush- off the field.
Not a Ute fan, but saw Langi a few times in HS. If he can keep things in order
off the field, he will be a total stud. He can flat out play. Run, block catch.
Langi is tough as nails, he will do well if he can get some good blocking. I'm
excited to see Palamo get some action. I've watched some of his rugby videos
and man does he have some kick. Knowing Kwhitt, this team will be prepared come
opening kickoff. This offense will mesh with Wynn a lot better than a spread
offense in my opinion. If the offense clicks, look for the Utes to compete for
the south division immediately. Anything anyone on these boards say
about the upcoming season is pure speculation. Only time will tell, but for now
it's fun to dissect the facts.
I sure wish he had headed south...
"Langi is tough as nails,..." until he meets USC and BYU's LB
corp...he'll not gain more than 30 yards on Sept. 17th...mark my words...
Langi looks good especially for a freshman. I too am excited to see Palamo also.
There is some real potential there and he is only a sophmore. White has some
good experience and comes in with impressive numbers from the JC areas. I
suspect there will be some kinks to work out but this is a great group
considering there transition to a different offense.
@MichiganCoogCorrection. You're actually thinking of BYU's ground
attack last year at RES. 26 carries, 66 yards. 2.5 YPC. And it
won't be any better next time around. Mark my words...
MichiganCoog,You do realize that outside of Montana State and
Colorado - BYU will be the worst backfield the Utes will face next fall.You do know this..right?
hedgehogYou do realize that Utah's defense will have more than the
Utes can handle just trying to control BYU's receivers? You do know
Snack PAC,Again, maybe the third worst wr's the Utes will face next
year.This game means the same as Montana State to the Utes.
Keep dreaming Ute-fans, my cougs will embarrass your Utes on your only National
TV appearance this fall. We'll all be laughing when Montana State beats your
overrated Utes on your home field, and USC welcomes you to the PAC10.2 with a
torching. BYU will then rush for more than 150 yards (or more) on your
boys...good luck reaching 6-6 record this fall!
Utah's running backs will live or die based on the ofensive line play. About the season tick price increases. Utah had to do it in an attempt
to key up with the other schools. No TV contract money in 2011, only half in
2012 and so on really puts the Ute budget far behind the other schools. Utah
needs huge numbers in football, basketball and the red rocks, their three main
cash cows.It is very important for Utes fans to support the teams,
win, lose or draw.
People are funny. No matter what an article is, whether a BYU or Utah article,
it turns into the back and forth. I'm a Y fan and say to both sides, "Grow
hedgehog | 7:03 p.m. May 24, 2011 Ann Arbor, MI MichiganCoog,"You do realize that outside of Montana State and Colorado - BYU
will be the worst backfield the Utes will face next fall.You do know
this..right?"===Well... You know you forgot when the Utes
practice... Right?A freshman and a rugby player?You do
know this... Right?
No doubt that Langi is the leader and one to watch.Hailstoned...
your rugby player got less than 10 yds during the Red / White game. You know how
to pick 'em.
The bottom line is this is a testament to the lack of depth at running back not
the quality of Langi. Just think for a minute when in the last 10 years a frosh
at the U was a clear cut starter at running back.
The Deseret News needs a "chalk it up" board so people can be held
accountable for their predictions. (See previous comments.)If you
are right, you will get the praise you deserve. If you are wrong, yeah, you know
Word is Tauni Vakapuna and Shawn Asiata are coming back next year.
hedgehog"This game means the same as Montana State to the
Utes."bwahahahaJust keep telling yourself that
every hour on the hour and you might actually start believing it someday.On the other hand, we all know that you'll be having nightmares for the
rest of the season if the Utes can't pulloff the upset in LES on September 17th.
Can't wait for the season to start. Really excited about seeing Langi play.@Bottom LineThe same could be said for Hypes as a freshman
starter. Yet, I doubt Utah will finish 6-6 like BYU did as a mid-major.
When was the last time BYU held Utah to less than 30 yards rushing? Perhaps it
was way back in the year 194..... NEVER.
Bo Jangles/Hedgie/or whoever,I hope for your sake that a true
freshman, a converted rugby player, and a shaky Jordan Wynn prove to be
effective, because if they don't, UTe fans will have alot of crow to eat this
coming fall...After what Utah's spring game looked like, I'd be very
worried...you see, New Mexico, UNLV, Colorado State are no longer on your
schedule, to run your national ranking up to number 5. Then when the reality
sets in (see the last 5 games of your Utes last fall w/ a supposed veteran
team), and you'll see a horrifying scene...prepare for some humbling times
ahead...6-6 is going to become a regular type of season...Enjoy your $21 Mil, no
TV time, and you place next to WSU in the cellar of the PAC10.2.
Mich Coog,Thats right New Mexico, UNLV, Colorado State are no longer
on the Utes schedule... they have been replaced with New Mexico State, Idaho and
Idaho State... Oh wait that's BYU schedule. Enjoy your $4MM, WAC teams, WCC
teams and Tuesday night games
@MichiganCoog"you see, New Mexico, UNLV, Colorado State are no
longer on your schedule, to run your national ranking up to number 5."Let me make an obvious statement here. Playing the garbage teams of the
MWC did inflat Utah's ranking last season. They were clearly not a top 5 team
by season's end.On the other hand, BYU also played those same
garbage MWC teams. Yet finished 7-6? While losing to Utah State?So
would your contention be that playing the garbage MWC teams inflatted BYU's
record also? They weren't even as good as their awful 7-6 record showed?
I am excited for Langi to start, watched him play Viewmont his junior year and
he look like a man playing against of bunch of little boys.@
MichiganCoogI think most Ute fans are laughing at your comments right now.
Well someone has to be the starter so it may as well be langi. But any ute fan
pretending that the rb position is not a big concern this year is delusional. I
guaranty whittingham and chow are concerned about it. The backfield consists of
a jc transfer (LOL), a freshman, and a rugby player, none of which has ever had
a single D1 carry. All of this with a mediocre qb who just had surgery and won't
even practice until fall camp behind a diminished oline with little depth all
while instituting a new offense.For the record I think langi will
eventually be a stud but he is a freshman and all of those other factors are
simply the reality of utahs offense. 6-6 would be a spectacularly
successful season for the utes.
Actually Bo J, BYU held Utah to 56 yards on the ground in 2007, similar to what
happened last year with BYU and the Utes.Still, your two all
conference backs couldn't even combine for 100 yards on the ground last year
against the Cougars. Don't be so sure that BYU will struggle to run
the ball this year. BYU doesn't have to rely on the run game with the way Jake
Heaps will be able to throw downfield with Cody Hoffman AND Ross Apo this year
(see the Utah-SDSU game last year), and this time the game is at OUR house. That
will open up huge holes for the run game.And hedge, don't be too
overly confident in the Utah run defense. Utah knew BYU would rely on the run
last year and their game plan was to stop the run and make Jake Heaps beat them
with his arm, which he almost did to the tune of 283 yards passing. If that is
Utah's game plan again this year they WILL lose. I'm thinking you'll see
different numbers for the Cougs on the ground this year.
Exciting time to be a Ute fan. Next year is going to be fun. -Running back is a question mark. But there is talent there. Under Norm
Chow's leadership, those talents should be able to thrive. My hope is that the
team does not abandon the run as early as we did last year.-Wynn's
health is obviously a big question mark. When healthy, Wynn can be pretty good.
He will have a lot of weapons to throw to this year. With going away from the
spread, there is less playing time available at WR. This will increase
competition and hopefully the right guys emerge.-The O-Line will be
deeper than last year. We have a lot of guys coming in who will be able to pick
up the slack. I think Stevens will be great at center, but I am worried about
replacing Schlauderoff. John Cullen was merely adequate last year; he needs to
step it up.GO UTES!
@DuckhunterOh you gotta love the Duck throwing out more garbage this
morning.You sure paint a bleak picture for Utah this year.
Apparently that message of doom and gloom hasn't made it past the bubble down
south yet. Publications continue to put Utah in their preseason top 25, even
with the rag-tag group of players you list. But that's just the evil liberal
media once again trying to stick it to BYU!Jordan Wynn: 11-4 as a
starter. Jake "The Savior" Heaps: 6-5 as a starter.If 11-4 is mediocre, what is 6-5? With a loss @ Utah State?
As I stated on the post about the punt job of the bcs. The big bad pac10
scheduled such power house teams like, Northern Arizona, La Layfette, UC Davis,
Fresno, Presbyterian, Missouri State, San Jose State, Eastern Washington, Idaho
State, UNLV,SDSU, Montana State, Colorado State, Hawaii to name a few. They
avoided any mid majors that were on the same level, how bad is that. Ute posts refer to the BYU loss to USU, when do the utes play the aggies
again?Anyway, luck to all the utah teams, bring some honor to the
williary"Oh you gotta love the Duck throwing out more garbage
this morning."Yes, it's always "garbage" when a
non-red-koolaid drinker talks about reality.The message of doom and
gloom for Utah's offense was starkly revealed in spring practice. Despite what
the kids on the hill make think, Chow isn't a miracle worker.--he's
got an injured starting QB who hasn't proven that he'll ever be able to throw
well enough to run Chow's offense, let alone master it, and next to nothing on
the bench as far as a backup QB--he's got a completely new backfield
with no experience--he's got a thin offensive line that could be
decimated by just a couple of injuriesChow's offense relies on
precise timing and correct reads.And this is all supposed to come
together in just a few short weeks in August?Can Utah's usually
reliable defense really keep the Utes in games if Utah's offense can't score?See TCU, Notre Dame and BSU last year.
@TruthMachine"--he's got a thin offensive line that could be
decimated by just a couple of injuries"Please name a team in
the country who could withstand losing multiple starters on the O-Line? Last
years champ had the same starting O-Line all year."and next to
nothing on the bench as far as a backup QB."Again, name a team
in the country who would not be in trouble if their starting QB went down?
Think Riley Nelson could step in for Jake Heaps with no downturn?"he's got an injured starting QB who hasn't proven that he'll ever be
able to throw well enough to run Chow's offense, let alone master it"Sorry, when did a healthy Jordan Wynn prove he won't be able to run a
system he hasn't had the chance to run yet? I this fact gets lost with Cougar
fans, but look at what a healthy Jordan Wynn did his Freshman season, compared
to Jake Heaps. Very similar, if not favoring Wynn. If healthy, he'll be just
@williarySo what exactly do you expect from utah's offense this
Duckhunter,your obsession has reached an unhealthy level.
williaryCompared to Heaps, Wynn is still a Freshman.Final 6 games of Heaps' Freshman season - 14 TD passes.Entire year of
Wynn's Sophomore season - 17 TD passes.
Has the countdown clock started for when Norm Chow will be Canned? I'm guessing
mid season in 2012. The definition of insanity is doing the same things
repeatedly expecting a different result. That result is Norm getting fired from
his last 3 jobs. I'd be worried if I was U. Oh and for those of you who will
throw up his accomplishments. Ya I agree he used to be a great coach but hey..
Push lawn mowers used to be great to:)
You've got to pace yourselves, Girls. The season is still over three months
Hedgehog's new name is Beef Curtains everyone. Remember that.
Lot of comedians on this board. Lets just keep the comments to the topic of the
article(s). The random banter from all of the cougar fans is getting a little
old. I don't care if there are Ute trolls on the coug articles. If you think
it's such a problem why do you insist on coming on these boards and making
@ hegdehogYou know the utes will be taken behind the woodshed for a
classic beating on September 17? Witnessed by all on National TV. You know this, right?Nevermind... Just mark it down!
Langi is clearly the best of the bunch, but Freshmen rarely do well when they're
forced into action.