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Published: Tuesday, March 27 2012 9:00 p.m. MDT

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Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

This article lists York at 235-lbs, but the roster on Utah's official athletic website lists him 10-lbs lighter at 225. Was that a typo, or has there been another weigh-in? I would LOVE to see a 235-lbs tailback who runs a 4.5 forty, but I'm doubting the accuracy of this report. PLEASE tell me I'm wrong!


MN Ute

Typo, Scout and Rivals have him between 219 and 225. Either way, I'm happy that we have another fast RB, especially since York has a bit more power RB talent than White, so I think they'll balance each other out well.

Can't wait for 2012.

Qwest Perfected
Salt Lake City, UT

The Utes have some much needed depth at some key positions for next season. That was obviously a huge problem last year and the coaches did a great job of addressing our needs.

I can't wait to see both White and York in the backfield they will keep defenses on their heels. I wonder where Langi is going to fit in to the mix or if perhaps he will redshirt?

I'm looking forward to this season more and more each day. Also can't wait for that new football facility to be completed!

It's a great time to be a Ute!

Owens Cross Roads, AL

How can a Ute fan not be excited for 2012 and 2013. Witt's got everyone saying and doing all the right things as the talent level increases annually. Langi may end up the best of them all and hardly gets a mention, but his time will come.


Naval Vet and MN Ute, he's coming off a significant time loss injury and naturally he's just a big boy, he's gonna put on weight. I'd heard reports of him coming in closer to 245 in January. The good thing is that fans' speculation at his weight holds no importance. Coach Elisaia knows what he's doing, whether it's at 225 or 200, he's going to have him ready to go by August.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

What isn't being talked about much is that Oliver and Langi have been as impressive as York and White so far. And Langi is getting some reps at Fullback too.
There has been little separating the 4 of them in Spring practices up to this point ... there's also been mention of Lucky Radley looking good.
It's amazing how deep the Utes are at RB this year.

Highland, UT


"It's amazing how deep the Utes are at RB this year."

That is exactly the same thing utah "fans" were claiming last year at this time and we all know that was not the case.

You utah "fans" sure like to claim BYU fans are guilty of pre season hype but the truth is you guys are far, far worse at it. It isn't even close as to which fanbase is more delusional and you guys prove it on here all of the time.


@duckhunter, I heard that the BYU QBs were 2 for 30 with 2 int. in spring practices, including Riley, how is that for hype, and you forget that John White was one of the best backs in College last year, he was 2nd in the PAC only to LaMichael James, if thats not hype I dont know what is. Be concerned about Star, and the Kruger brother hurting Nelson next year than our running game.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Duckhunter -

Feeling a little jealous?

Your own comment shows the flaw in your argument as to which fanbase is more delusional. Your comment is laughable - you're really reaching for new ways to belittle your opposing fan-base ... and I mean REALLY REACHING ... it's pathetic.

There were very few if any Ute fans who would've made a comment about having great depth at RB prior to last season. We had high hopes for Langi but between he and John White IV we all knew they had 0 carries at the D1 level - no one ever called that situation "depth" and no one predicted John White IV to win the starting job let alone run for 1,500+ yards.

Here's the great thing, none of us thought we had depth last year and it turns out we had more than we thought ... White was WAY better than we thought, Langi wasn't great but came on late, and Vakapuna helped when needed. So now imagine this year when we actually DO feel we have depth ... will they exceed expectations again???

Man it's good to be a Ute.

Riverton, UT


I'm sensing some jealousy, glad byu fans are concerned about Ute preseason hype. The Utes never came out with Quest for Perfection t-shirts or had over hyped freshmen holding a press conference declaring National Championships.


Couldn't agree more, what an exciting time to be a Ute!

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA


"You utah 'fans' sure like to claim BYU fans are guilty of pre season hype but the truth is you guys are far, far worse at it. It isn't even close as to which fanbase is more delusional..."

NO fanbase is as delusional as the Indy-WACer's. As motorbike already pointed out, Utah fans were NOT boasting of the depth in our offensive backfield last season. The most common refrain was, "If Wynn stays healthy..."; not, "This is as deep a backfield as has ever suited up on the Hill." And THAT's why you won't be able to link us to any articles where Ute fans boasted of the depth which you've accused. Quit being so frantic and emotional.

Now, speaking preseason hype...

Do you deny that your "fans" HAVEN'T been suggesting that any of your backup QBs would be clear starters at the U? Now THAT's preseason hype! Your starter is an undersized 2-star transfer from Utah State. And his much ballyhooed/3-star backups couldn't beat him out. And, as dub45 already pointed out, all went 2 for 30, with 2 INTs. Any TDs?

Highland, UT


That is 100% false. yes utah "fans" were claiming that the rb's were stacked last year and white was actually the one none of you gave any credit to. langi and the rugby player were the 2 you were really claiming were going to be studs and neither did a thing, they certainly didn't "come on" LOL!

I love utah "fan" revisionist history, especially when you try to revise it twice in one post. LOL!

It is all in the Dnews archives, I won't bother looking it up since I know the truth of it but you should do it and then come back and apologize.


Ah the old deflect to another topic tactic. Fail. LOL!

Aloha Saint George
Saint George, Utah

You can all you want about the RBs. However there are good RBs without a solid line. I expect RBs to explode this year, especially with all that beef on the line. And they are deep too.

Heber, Utah

Well, he's back at it. The Hunter couldn't leave a Ute article alone. Oh well, we know that the one thing that is safe from Duckie are the Ducks he supposedly hunts, there is no way that dude could hit anything, even with a 12 gauge. Well, maybe, you know the saying, even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while.

Sandy, UT

@ Duckhunter

Considering the results that John White had last year, I'd say the talk was justified. Many Ute fans talked a lot about the depth that the Utes had last year at RB, and while Langi didn't get much playing time, White was an absolute beast and Vakapuna performed very well when he had to come in and take over for an injured John White in the last game of the season. Palamo didn't play out as expected, so the coaches have switched him to DE, where he is making great progress.

If you have doubts about Kelvin York's abilities, go to YouTube and look up a highlight video of him, doing so put the doubts I had to rest. I also liked what I saw from Oliver in the spring practice that I watched last weekend. Overall, the Utes looked strong at every position, which goes right along with what Coach Whit said in the article.

Holladay, UT


Remember how much "hype" you byu fans gave Jake Heaps? (Heisman, NC, etc.) Where is he now? Benched and gone.

The most ironic thing I have ever heard in my life is a byu fan telling a Utah fan base that they overhype their team.

Cedar Hills, UT

Please don't feed the ducks!

You say that dub45 was deflecting? Funny cause that is exactly what YOU did. He totally proved your point wrong and that is all you could come back with? Pathetic.

Was it not the running game of byU that was labeled the "best ever" with Kariya, Di Luigi and Quezada? Riley had more yards than Quesada. LOL. In fact White had more yards than Kariya, Di Luigi and Riley combined! LOL!

Too funny

Palmdale, CA

LOL! I haven't seen a whole lot Ute haters posting lately up until Duck duck goose posted. I was like...they finally got tired of seeing Utah football articles on the front of the Deseret News front page or sports page almost everyday or every other day. I guess can't help it if Utah football is just that exciting! Go UTES!

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Ducky, Ducky, Ducky ...

Again, Utah fans were HOPING the RB spot would be good last year but we knew Palamo, Langi and White had a combined 0 carries of D1 experience.

There's a difference between having hoped for depth and claiming we already had it.

If anything it was cougar fans claiming depth at RB last season with your 3-headed monster that wasn't a monster at all.

Now if the Utah RB's happen to crash and burn this season and you want to call me delusional for having proclaimed how great their depth was going in ... I'll be happy to eat that humble pie ... well, not happy, but I'll eat it because this year I'm absolutely proclaiming that depth and I'll stand by it.

I'm look forward to your silence ... ha, who am I kidding, we know that won't happen regardless. You'll always make something up to justify your dislike of Utah "fans". LOL

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

Re: utahcountyute

John White IV also had 316 carries. If JJ DiLuigi had the same number of carries he would have had 1580 yards.

I don't think anyone is saying BYU had Oregon's backfield last year, but they had a 160 yards per game average. That's nothing to sneer at.

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