OCoug - The huge difference between BJ and Doman is that BJ has a brilliant
football mind and has huge potential. He is loyal to the U and is, and will
continue to be, a great asset for the school. He is not someone you "let go
down the road". Apparently Doman is. A huge segment of the byU fan base
thought that getting rid of Anae two years ago was the right thing to do too -
let him go "down the road" - and your team has suffered for it. We all
know that Erickson most likely will not be around in 4 years, but BJ will be,
and he will be a much better coach and OC when DE is gone.
I know they are calling them Co-OC, but it will be more like OC Senior and OC
Junior. Erickson will be calling the shots.
That's who it was, Booker! Did you ever get to see the JC WR we got? That
guy looks pretty awesome. I think Dennis is going to have more to work with
than alot of people think. Hopefully he can continue to develop Travis Wilson.
Travis has some amazing talent and could possibly one day go to the NFL.
Erickson could be just the guy to help him out.
cedarcityute:"Did we also get a Junior College transfer
RB?"We signed 5-11/195-lbs DeVontae Booker out of American River
CC.And as for J. Oliver...I think he suffered a high-ankle sprain
mid-way through the season, and that was the primary reason we didn't see
much of him.
Down under,Must be tough losing to a train wreck every year.
Especially when your team is a NC contender.
I like the level headedness of this thread. It's been a reality going from
top of the MWC to realizing that every game we need to bring our A game, which
we haven't been doing. As fans, we need to stay behind our team and keep
supporting them. We did lose a good amount of talent, but I think we also
haven't seen some of the talent that we are going to have this coming year.
Oliver is a HUGE one. I do believe he didn't get much time because of
white and York but I do think there was an underlying factor that coaches didnt
make light of. I do think we'll see him running the ball more. Did we
also get a Junior College transfer RB?
I will agree with those who say that Brian Johnson wasn't ready. It was
too big of a risk to hand him the offensive reigns last year. However,
that's water under the bridge. I like the hiring of Erickson. I hope that
it will be successful, and that it will aid Brian Johnson in his development. I
think/hope/expect the offensive line will be much improved this year. There is
at a minimum much more depth there this year. Hopefully competition and depth
will yield a better product. And, hopefull a better O-line will lead to better
QB production.Go Utes!
I admit I'm a cougar fan, but I hope this works for Utah against the
evidence. It has been a good while since DE has brought success to a team.
Personally feel he has gone from ruining the Seahawks, had success at OSU (for
the little time he stayed), and really nothing since. Along with likely leaving
soon, hope Utah doesn't get a sixth OC in six years, he seems to sow
discontent where he goes. Honestly, wish them success in all but one game.
BYU and the Utes learned that Brian Johnson and Brandon Doman are not ready (and
may never be ready) to be offensive coordinators. One difference? BYU has let
Doman go down the road while the U basically demoted Johnson to an understudy.
Co-Coordinator baloney is nice but we all know who'll be calling the shots.
I hope that both teams do well in this upcoming season. It'd
be nice to have a school in the state that can beat some top tier programs
around the country. I don't think Anae or Erickson are the missing
components in themselves, but its a good start. The U should have
let Johnson go down the road too.
Well, I hope this gives us a short term solution to the offensive ineptitude
we've experienced over the last couple of years. I say "short
term," because what the offense really needs is some continuity. We have 6
O.C.s in 6 years, we're going to have some major issues.I'm hoping BJ can really glean some insights and understanding and
philosophy from D.E., because I think Whit was right to try for some stability
in the OC position by hiring BJ last year. It remains to be seen how
well the O-Line will play; IMO that was the biggest weakness on last year's
team, and it seems like the coaches didn't think so. They put QB/LB/CB and
D-Line ahead of O-line in recruiting importance.We'll see. This
head coach has done some remarkable things; I think by the end of this new
season we'll find out if K Whitt is a keeper, or just a guy who made a big
splash in a small pond back in '08.
@CougFan TXHardly any Utah fans are like Chris B, in my experience.
I think most of us are holding off on predicting rose bowls until we
get one win over a top tier Pac12 team.I'm getting more
optimistic about this season though. GO UTES!!!!
@Ernest T. Bass"Probably wont look good because they didn't
hire roger Anae".haha, i just can't stop laughing at Y fans
that are stuck with Robert Anae coaching again at BYU. The same coach who the
fans and the other coaches ran out of town in 2010. Now all of the sudden Y fans
think he'll be better than Dennis Erickson at OC. Keep dreaming! 4 in a row, 9 of 12, and 57-34-4 will happen this fall!
I watched an interview with K-Whit and he said that D.E. was the final say on
Don't think we know what it will look like but here's to hoping it
won't resemble last year's offense. BJ ran about 5 plays into the
Drum and Feather, I agree with you for the most part on the tight end thing, but
I think a few of the ones we currently have will still be able to be utilized
pretty well. Last year, Moeai and Rolf were the only really traditional tight
ends we had that got considerable playing time. Murphy has the body of a tight
end, but is not a great blocker at the position, and is much more athletic than
he looks, which poses a lot of matchup problems, especially lining him up out
wide or in the slot. It sounds like Reese is pretty similar, and Handley
definitely is as well, although he should put on some more size before
considerable playing time. The analysts on the Pac-12 signing day special raved
about Handley as possibly one of the gems of the class.
I think DE should bring some much needed experience to the OC position, but I
don't know how having two OC's will work. I think you have to give it
to DE and let Johnson learn during the next couple of years.
The Utes are at or near the bottom of every offensive category, this will
definately help. Hopefully the Utes can have a rebound year like Oregon State
did last year.
It's way too early to tell how good or how improved the Utes offense will
be but as UteJunky mentioned, I do like Erickson's vision.I
know last year was extra tough for Brian to configure the offense around 3
different starting QB's but even with that, he never laid out the offensive
scheme as clear as Erickson has. I expect the Utes to be improved but they also
have one of the most difficult schedules they have ever had so hopefully they
can improve on both sides of the ball.I'm excited about our
receiving corps, I just hope they can get the ball to them this year. I also
think there is some good talent at RB it will just take a while to figure out
who is going to step up and taking the bulk of the carries.Can't wait for spring camp to begin.Go Utes!
I like the hire, and really don't see how it could hurt. I don't see
Erickson sticking around long though; does he ever? If he picks up a gig at UTEP
and New Mexico he will complete his western football bingo card!
CougFaninTX - Very few of us Utah fans are like CB.It's nice to
have DE on board. His wealth of knowledge and experience will serve the team
well. I am extremely excited about his recruiting skills and connections. We
call only go up from here, it can't get worse than last year. I am
optimistic about the upcoming season, but only time will tell how it all relates
to the playing field.Go Utes!!
Drum and Feather - thanks for reminding me that not all Ute fans are like CB.
Considering DE only sticks around for one year my guess to what they would look
like; A train Wreck, just like last year and the year before.
Chris B it would really be nice if you'd quit being such an embarrassment
to the rest of us. Nothing we have done would indicate that we are capable of
going to the rose Bowl any time soon. Why don't you just email all of the
BYU trolls and ask them to come and mock us?Erickson should improve
the offense but whether or not we currently have the right personel for him to
do what he wants is a very big question. Our line was not good last year,
neither were our WR's. QB is still a very big question mark as well. The
offense has been so down over the last several years that thinking it will
immediately be great and Rose Bowl caliber is simply delusional. Also his offense does not utilize the TE very much. Yes he gave it a little
bit of lip service but it is not a TE focused offense. We have recruited quite a
few good TE's over the last couple of years, I would bet they go
underutilized. Optimism is nice but reality is a bit more daunting.
Utah will struggle.The Utes lost most of their key players from a
team that struggled to a five win season,Having co-offensive
coordinators is like having co-starting quarterbacks. As they say, when you have
two starting quarterbacks, you don't have a starting quarterback.
What will they look like? Pure Awesomeness :) (I hope ;)Go UTES!!
Crazy to think that last year USC was supposed to steamroll everybody, and they
turned out to be very average.Now UCLA is the king of the Soutn.But just as we saw with USC last year, early predictions dont mean
anything.I like our chances in the South as well as I like anyones.
Thats what makes each week so exciting. Literally anyone in the south is
capable of going to the Rose Bowl.Go Utes! Show up tonight Muss!
One word:Rosey!We now have 2 coaches that have led teams
to top 2 finishes in the country, a combined 3 times!I highly doubt
there is another coaching duo in the country with such high accomplishments.Lets just say I like where this is headed!Already can't
wait for football season
Whenever you lose a back as productive as White was your going to have some
concern about the position. I liked what I saw out of York in flashes last year.
you do have to question his durability. Jarrell Oliver is not mentioned in the
article. last year he was the Fall camp sensation. Anyone know what happened to
him? I do love what I'm hearing from Erickson. He seems to have
a clear vision of what he wants from the offense. That's been are biggest
problem under coach Whit. No true offensive identity. Too much going back and
forth. Hopefully those days are over.
Kelvin York had a very good Junior year backing up John White. Virtually
everyone is expecting him to start, to get the bulk of the carries and to
deliver an outstanding senior year. The situation is the opposite of clouded in
Probably wont look good because they didn't hire roger Anae.