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Utah Utes football: Wilson vows to be better prepared

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  • Alaskan Ute Fairbanks, AK
    Nov. 13, 2012 5:45 p.m.

    This is Wilson's chance to shine. He either elevates his game or he doesn't. Most guys would love to have the opportunity he has been given. But we will know shortly whether he's our QB for next year, or relegated to back up status.

  • Just Wondering... Gilbert, AZ
    Nov. 13, 2012 5:27 p.m.

    ...this is a great idea! The QB should be better prepared...just wondering why it wasn't a great idea last week with the season hanging in the balance?

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 3:20 p.m.

    @Qwest

    As others have said getting kickoff returns for td's are nothing any team should ever depend on getting. There is also the small fact that the only way you get to return a kickoff, other than the one time at the start of the game or the half, is if the other team has just scored. That is not a recipe for success. Yes it is a nice weapon but it only comes into play after your team has already given up points.

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    Nov. 13, 2012 11:24 a.m.

    Quest

    "you can't discount any part of the game. If those kickoff's weren't returned, you can't just assume that the Utes wouldn't have been able to put together a scoring drive."

    The kickoff returns were great, but, while you can't discount any aspect of the game, you also can't credit the offense for an accomplishment that Wilson and company had absolutely nothing to do with.

    Having a good passing game or offense is something that is repeatable game after game after game. Something you can rely on to put points on the board every game.

    Kickoff returns for touchdowns are rare and any fan expecting to rely on returns as a steady source of scoring is only fooling themself.

    As Utah fans frequently whine about BYU, Utah "improved" against weaker competition, similar to the Runnin' Utes "improving" against a D-III team.

  • Just the FAX Olympus Cove, Utah
    Nov. 13, 2012 11:10 a.m.

    Qwest

    "Nobody thought that all of Utah's problems were a thing of the past after those two victories."

    Actually, there were some Utah fans who expressed that exact sentiment, that Utah's offense had "turned a corner" and the Utes were going to be unstoppable the rest of the season.

  • Down under Pullman, WA
    Nov. 13, 2012 10:36 a.m.

    Don;t most teams hit their stride 4-5 games into the season? The Utes are going the wrong direction. It makes sense that Wilson is the future of the team since the team has no future, except at the bottom of the PAC 10.2.

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    Nov. 13, 2012 10:22 a.m.

    I wonder how long it's been since Utah had fewer passing yards than they did last week. It ain't easy to NOT have more than 55 passing yards in a game.

    I hope the Utes figure some things out and can win the next two games.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Nov. 13, 2012 10:04 a.m.

    I just don't see Wilson as the future of the program. I realize he's a Freshman, but he stares down every pass. Seldom does he go through his reads. He telegraphed his throws vs. Washington and they made him pay. What a dissapointing season.

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 13, 2012 9:50 a.m.

    @fax

    Nobody thought that all of Utah's problems were a thing of the past after those two victories. The fact is that the offense as a whole made progress in the games leading up to those two games as well. The O-line has perhaps made the biggest improvements. They started blocking better giving Wilson more time to get rid of the ball as well as started opening holes for our running game.

    Utah moved the ball a lot better than they had been earlier in the season so where is the harm in pointing out the improvement? Defense and special teams are just as important as any other side of the game. As we all saw what happened with a fumbled punt this last week. But you can't discount any part of the game. If those kickoff's weren't returned, you can't just assume that the Utes wouldn't have been able to put together a scoring drive. Like I said, they moved the ball a lot better in both of those games.

    Anyone who has been watching the Utah games, has been able to see the progress of Travis Wilson.

    Go Utes.

  • Just the FAX Olympus Cove, Utah
    Nov. 13, 2012 9:30 a.m.

    The idea that Utah's offense "turned the corner" against Cal and WSU was fools gold.

    Sure, Utah scored 49 points in both game, but in the Cal game, specifically, 21 of those points came via a 17-yard fumble return for a touchdown and two long kickoff return touchdowns.

    Wilson had a great completion (16-24), but most of his passes were of the dink and dunk variety that only produced a paltry 156 passing yards.

    Wison was better against WSU, but who isn't better against WSU?