I'm a Coug, but I have to agree that Utah is doing a great job at
recruiting the Poly boys. What amazes me is the number of Polynesian's on
rosters when you consider the minority that they are. Basically, two small
island nations are filling college roster spots everywhere. Gotta love
"I bet some of you byu and ute's fans don't know any of our people
(tongan, samoans,) other than those who represent your school on the football
field . . ."simply:I'm afraid you'd lose
that bet, even with ducky egging you on.
@simply meThat was good stuff and earned a big LOL! Thank you for
pointing out what should be obvious to the self conratulators.LOL!
I bet some of you byu and ute's fans don't know any of our people
(tongan, samoans,) other than those who represent your school on the football
field, so spare me the welcome to our school comments.
CA Reader, your memory of college football history in the state of Utah is
almost as bad as the national scale. Despite Edwards' teams breaking a lot
of records during that era, no, they did "bring the passing game to college
football," or even "bring football prominence to the Intermountain
West." Utah had a head coach in the hall of fame when LaVell was only 26,
fifteen years before he ever became a head coach. Utah had also been using a
pass-first offense since the 1950's, most notably with Lee Grosscup at QB.
You may live in Cali now, but I suggest getting out of the bubble mentally as
CA. Reader.I hope you're not serious when you suggest that BYU
brought passing to college football. That honor goes to St. Louis back in 1906.
Notre Dame followed their lead several years later.As for the first
team to recruit poly players on a large scale; I'm not sure, but I'm
pretty sure that would be Hawaii.
CA. Reader. Why are you here? This is an article about Utah. Take your BYU
chest thumping elsewhere please.
mountainman,Coach Edwards did a very fine job at BYU but had very
little, if any impact, on how Utah runs it's defense which is the hallmark
of the Ute football program.Case in point, Utah's defense is
built around having speedy cover corners with NFL talent that allow more risk
taking by linebackers, safeties and the D-line. Speedy cover corners with NFL
talent never has been a trademark of BYU. Nice try but your smack talk is way
I think all the bantering back and forth about where the coaches come from only
highlights the diversity of the Utah program. We take quality individuals to
play, coach and support the team no matter where they started. They are all
". . . legendary Coach Edwards, the father of the Ute football
program."Kind of a provocative statement, until you consider ALL
the facts and take it to its logical extension.LaVell got his
graduate degree from the U of U (on his own nickle), so if Edwards was helping
the Ute program in the roundabout way suggested by mtn, he was just giving back.
Moreover, we come to the logical conclusion that a Utah Man is the father of byu
football. You're welcome.Go Utes!
As a person who loves Polynesians in general, I am very happy that these young
men have the opportunity to get a good education and a chance to play in the
NFL, regardless of the fact that they are playing for Utah. However, this is
another of the many trends in college football originated, in large part, by
BYU.Who brought the passing game to college football? Who brought
football prominence to the Intermountain West? (You are welcome Boise State,
Utah, USU, et al) Who first recruited Polynesian player on a large scale into
college football? That is right, the Brigham Young University Cougars.Admittedly, BYU has fallen behind in recruiting Polynesians, but it seems like
every prominent college football program in America is now recruiting them.
Hopefully BYU will focus once again on these great young men to the advantage of
Yeah, I am a huge Ute fan, but Utah is not second at putting players into the
NFL. They are second to USC in putting Polynesians into the NFL. That said, come play ball on the hill if you are polynesian, have talent, and
@Mountanman"All except in the coaching ranks, mostly former BYU
players having been taught by legendary Coach Edwards, the father of the Ute
football program."--------Coach Edwards is a fine man, was
a legendary coach, and yes his success contributed to putting the state of Utah
in college football on a national scale, which the Ute program has benefited
from also. I deeply respect Lavell Edwards. But I don't think that even he
would claim to be the "father of the Ute football program." Give credit
to the past Ute players and especially Coach McBride for starting it.
Glad to see it. Things keep getting brighter and brighter being a Ute.Go Utes!!
If your Polynesian and are serious about the NFL then USC and Utah are the
places to play.@MountanmanThe father of the current Ute
football program is McBride. KW gained his coaching experience over 10 years
under McBride.The only thing BYU is teaches now is how not to become
Mountanman claims Utah's coaching staff is "mostly former BYU players
having been taught by legendary Coach Edwards"Of the 13 staff members,
4 list BYU as their alma mater versus 5 for Utah. In the big city of Salt Lake,
we would say the staff is "mostly former Utah players", but maybe words
have funny meanings in Hayden, Idaho.
Wonderful article. Kyle Whittingham has a diverse coaching staff and recruiting
pool. He has built a program that turns young men into good citizens and good
NFL players. If I were a Polynesian recruit I can't imagine another coach I
would want to play for.Even better, coach Whittingham has Polynesians in
positions of authority, on the coaching staff and as his second in command,
(Defensive Coordinator). It is good to see that in a time when many just do lip
service to diversity or hire coaches for their recruiting ability but not
coaching, that Whit hires diverse coaches for their brain power as well.
@Who am I sir?Utah'95 is definitely correct. Utah isn't
even close to all the top NFL producing programs. That doesn't mean
they're way down the list, they're climbing up with the big boys, but
certainly not number 2 behind USC. That simply applies to Polynesian
draftees.However, your statement about Utah doing more with less has
been well documented. Utah is the number 1 rated program in the country when
factoring in the so called level of recruit they get in comparison with other
programs while seeing success on the field and placing players on NFL
rosters.Local Teams and the TOTAL number of players on a current
roster:Utah - 31BYU - 17USU - 13Weber St - 4SUU - 1Side note - USC - 58
There is no question that Utah's success in recruiting Polynesian athletes
has been a huge part the the football program's noteworthy improvement over
the last two decades.Thank you, Coach MacBride, for getting the
pipeline set up. And thank you, current coaches, for keeping the pipeline
flowing.------------Who am I sir?I'm
pretty sure the article means that Utah is second only to USC for getting
Polynesian players drafted in the last decade, not players in general.
All coaches start somewhere MTN goat. Do you know anything about football? Lavell Edwards started at Utah State.The beloved Bronco
started in Oregon State. Kyle played at BYU but learned a lot more
about coaching from his father that coached in the pros for many years.Father of Utah football is Lavell Edwards? Back in the cave mtn goat.
All except in the coaching ranks, mostly former BYU players having been taught
by legendary Coach Edwards, the father of the Ute football program.
Every recruit should read this article and understand what it could mean for
them. Do you want to play in the NFL? Do you think you are good enough? If
so, since you started the second grand there is only one school better than the
University of Utah in number of players dradted. "They're second only
to USC in draft picks over the past decade." Yes, Utah has been better than
Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon..all others except one! Does that
mean Utah had the highest recruits? No. It means coach Whittingham (and his
staff) have been rated number one in placing lower rated rectuits in the draft.
Number one. No one better.Will people see you play? In the next 5
years Utah will Play USC, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, and Colorado FIVE time.
Utah will Play Oregon and Stanford Three times. It looks liked Utah will play
Michigan two time - including the kick-off game in 2015. Not to mention others
to be scheduled and teams like Alabama, Georgia Tech in Bowl games. People will
see you play and so will the Pro Scouts - they are watching Utah!
Love the apply connection. Love the Utes.