I'll be unpopular in my opinion, no doubt.The comments here
point out what I feel is a glaring weakness in the Y's coaching staff.
During last year's loss Utah scored a touchdown on a pass where White
picked up a blitz by a BYU linebacker. Later in the game Jake Heaps fumbled and
Utah subsequently scored a touchdown because a BYU running back failed to pick
up a Utah blitz.What is most concerning is that picking up a blitz
is a basic fundamental responsibility of a running back. Who is responsible for
teaching players and holding players accountable for not only knowing but
practicing the fundamentals? The coaches. That is why I question if BYU has he
right man at the helm. It is disturbing to see the Y being constantly
embarrassed in big games. And why? The players are outplayed and the coaches
are outcoached. BYU needs a coach that demands fundamentals be met,
that practices at every opportunity if it is to return to the national
prominence it once had. While I admire him as a devoutly LDS man I truly
question if Coach Mendenhall is the right person for that position.
Good for Harvey. Here's hoping he can do well.
I hope we're not hyping them too much, but this corps of RB's reminds
me of the USC days of old, when they would come out of spring with 5 highly
talented running backs splashed across the sports page of the LA Times. All of
them were good and all ready to play. The Utes might not even have the 5 best
rbs in the conference, but I have never seen them this deep at the position.
There is going to be some smash mouth football played this fall.
Didn't see Langi at the scrimmage today, but the other backs looked pretty
good for the most part. Jarrell looked like a throwback Texas RB almost the
whole day, and Lucky and Kelvin each had a few good plays, a few not as good
plays. This is the first time I've seen Lucky actually work the ball up the
field, so he's definitely improving. I think the RBs are all pushing each
other big time, and whoever comes out of it on top can show nothing but good
results from it.
blocking is the key to a good running back. White made some good pick ups, and
Asiata was a beast at it the second half of the season, but Utah gave up way too
many sacks last year given how few pass plays they ran. ESPN had a stat a few
weeks back that showed Utah gave up a sack once every ten passing plays or
something like that, by far the worst in the conference. I think last year one
reason Hayes struggled so badly at first was how poor we were at picking up the
blitz with our backs.
@Arm of OrionYes, Duckhunter has been balanced as of late. He makes
good points often. You know when he losses the dogmatic side we all as fans can
The Utes look loaded at RB. I hope the crazy level of carries John White IV had
last year won't slow him down. I am hopeful the the other RBs can spell
him. Will there be enough carries to go around though with White IV, York,
Langi, and Oliver?It's a little bit of a mystery what the
offense will look like under Johnson. The down hill run game that worked last
year will be different if Utah tries to run out of a spread to much. Running the
ball a lot will protect Wynn and allow for play action. I wonder though, with
the loss of two stud Offensive Linemen from last year (Bergstrom and Cullen),
will the chemistry in opening up holes be there?
Hubbuba whaaaaa?! Duckhunter not trolling?! Holy cow the world is coming to an
end! (BTW I say that in jest Ducky)
I'm happy to hear that Langi is developing well and from what I've
seen so far this spring, he should be a good offensive weapon, even when we use
him as either a fullback or in a 2 back package. Given his size, speed, and
hands (they have him catching balls out their too, makes me wonder how
that's gonna fit into a game), he'll be a great compliment to
White's speed, strength, and just lateral quickness.And
Antelope, I remember the play you're talking about. White didn't just
take out the dude, he absolutely floored him. I was watching the game with a
huge group from the U on tv and we all cheered and laughed when it happened cuz
not only did the guy have over 50 pounds on him, he was also at least a good 5
inches taller than him and bulkier.Duck, thanks for the comment,
from what I've seen, he's looking good: muc better at blitz pickups,
hitting holes well, actually improved his lateral quickness a bit (I thank JW4
for that), and has pretty good hands.
I've always thought Langi was the real deal. Hopefully he has figured it
I like all the RBs! We have a plethora of talented and athletic RBs to choose
from, with good size and speed. Like Whitt said, if they can't pick up the
blitz, he will have a hard time putting them in the game. As much as I like
York, Langi, Oliver, and Radley, if they can't be an "all around"
RB and pick up the blitz, they will hardly see the field. John White was a
beast on blitz pick ups last year. I saw him take out a 240lb LB!!! If they
all can do that, what a seriously dangerous group of backfield RBs Utah will
have for the coming years. I was a fan favorite of Lucky Radley when Utah
recruited him and thought he was going to be an immediate impact player, I guess
he is having a hard time adjusting to the college level. If he works hard and
proves himself, I hope he gets an opportunity. Fall season can't come soon
enough! Go UTES!
I would love to see Langi be in the mix at running back this year. I can't
remember a time when we have had such depth at some positions. I guess it
didn't take coaches too long to learn their lesson from last year.Harvey is a good player and has only gotten better learning from John White.
I'm glad to hear he has improved at picking up the blitz - his blocking
wasn't great last year. I expect him to be a huge part of our offense his
junior and senior years.Once again, I can't wait for the season
to begin.Go Utes!