Utah Utes football notebook: Dave Kruger, Star Lotulelei, Luke Matthews and John White named 2012 captains


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  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 19, 2012 9:20 a.m.


    And quite obviously mentally you are always with me.


  • killarney Lincoln Park, IL
    Aug. 18, 2012 8:52 a.m.

    Giving the Trojans a scare last year may have ruined Utah's best chance for pulling an upset in RES. USC won't make the mistake of overlooking the Utes this year.

  • Tyler Holladay, UT
    Aug. 18, 2012 1:50 a.m.

    Those who say USC had nothing to play for are wrong. Each and every one of those players wanted to win, period. I know I wouldn't coast through a season because I couldn't play in a bowl game; in fact, I'd want to destroy every team I played to show my team was still around and worthy of attention.

  • Ufan Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 17, 2012 2:45 p.m.

    Interesting history lesson Rockwell.

    So both BYU 2003 and Utah 2011 trailed at USC by 3 points with about 4 minutes to go.

    USC 2003 was playing for a possible national championship, which the Trojans won.

    USC 2011 had absolutely nothing to play for, because of Reggie Bush, who played for USC 2003.

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    Aug. 17, 2012 2:26 p.m.


    "In case you didn't know..the game against USC last year was at USC and the Utes could have tied it with a field goal at the very end of the game."

    coulda, shoulda, woulda

    After giving up three 1st quarter touchdowns at #1-ranked, AP national champion USC, the worst BYU team in almost 60 years (4-8) only trailed USC 21-18 with just over 4 minutes left in the game.

    An interception at the BYU 32 and a fumble at the BYU 12 lead to two late USC touchdowns.

    Final Score
    BYU 18
    USC 35

    Total Yards
    BYU 359
    USC 306


    Trailing USC 17-14, the Utes and Trojans traded possessions until a couple of late completions and a USC pass interference call with less than a minute left, gave Utah an opportunity to tie the game with a 41-yard FG try, which was blocked and returned for a touchdown by USC.

    Final Score
    Utah 14
    USC 23

    Total Yards
    Utah 319
    USC 416



    USC destroyed BYU in 2004, 42-10 at BYU

    Don't be too surprised if USC does the same thing to Utah in 2012.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Aug. 16, 2012 1:10 p.m.

    I wonder why Devonte Christopher wasn't picked? Oh well, high expectations for the Utes!

  • PAC12Fan South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 16, 2012 10:17 a.m.

    Our 4 tickets just showed up. Very happy for the schedule. I know Kyle won't let the guys overlook anyone but most of us fans are focused clear up the USC game.

  • Monk Pleasant Grove, UT
    Aug. 16, 2012 8:13 a.m.

    All of these young men are great players and good leaders. I am pleased to see Matthews in that group. He has worked extremely hard in his time at the U. Star is to be commended for returning this year. He passed up what would have been a guarantee in the draft to invest one more year of improving himself and the Utes. Kruger has been rock solid for three years. And, we all know the power of the Wolfman.

  • AltaHawkFan Sandy, UT
    Aug. 15, 2012 11:28 p.m.

    re: Chris B

    An inconsistent kicking game should scare you greatly or have you forgotten the Colorado and USC games already ? Also, you should also consider the O-line a weakness. If they're going to start a true freshman at LT, the O-line is scary.

    re: Jenny83

    USC also didn't have anything to play for last year either. That won't be the case this year. Don't plan on the utes winning that game.

  • Jenny83 OGDEN, UT
    Aug. 15, 2012 10:52 p.m.

    Mussingaround --------In case you didn't know..the game against USC last year was at USC and the Utes could have tied it with a field goal at the very end of the game. That being said, the Utes have a fair chance of beating USC in Salt Lake...

  • mussingaround Palo Alto, CA
    Aug. 15, 2012 10:44 p.m.

    Chris B

    Utah doesn't have a prayer of beating USC, but if U can figure out how to beat a PAC team with a winning record, U might have a chance of finishing 2nd in the South.

  • UtahUte16 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 15, 2012 10:09 p.m.

    Chris B

    "I wil be there rain or shine, will U?"

    Duckhunter will be. Maybe not physically, but mentally he is always at the U.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 15, 2012 7:29 p.m.

    Worthy choices. No freshman class since 1999 hasn't won a bcs bowl game and you had better believe these guys know it. If Wynn can stay healthy I don't see a weakness other than the inconsistent kicking game. Hopefully not too many games come down to a field goal from distance. The guys haven't forgotten what leaving the game to chance kickers does. With no Oregon and no Stanford and USC at home I don't see a game I don't like our chances. I will be there rain or shine, will U?

  • Juice Box Eureka, UT
    Aug. 15, 2012 6:26 p.m.

    Can't wait to see all of them in action this season!! Go Utes!!