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Published: Monday, March 18 2013 7:15 p.m. MDT

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ImaCaMan
Oceanside, CA

The future's looking good. Finally with some stability at QB and size and depth on the line we are ready to compete at the BCS level. No Rose Bowl yet but we're becoming competitive to make it happen someday. It's just so great to be in a position to have that opportunity every year. PAC 12 life is great! Go Utes!

Hegdehog
Bountiful, UT

Paper thin depth (no experience) at QB, RB, WR, and TE on offense means more of the same on offense from the past few years. Wilson is hit away from being the next Jordan Wynn behind a young, inexperienced OL and his backups are all young and inexperienced walk-ons or guys right out of high school.

AFter York at Rb there are a bunch of inexperienced nobodies. At WR, after Scott and Anderson the next most experienced WR is Denham who had 11 catches last year. Murphy is a nice TE but there is nobody behind him that can catch.

The D-line is green. The LB's were sub-standard last year (small and slow - really bad combo for a LB) and they all come back this year. That's bad news.

The secondary could be good but which Brian Blechen is returning? Also can McGill stay healthy?

With a beefier schedule and the addition of teams like Oregon and Stanford to go with USC, UCLA, ASU, AZ, etc, Utah is looking at a coin toss game with Colorado or Wash St as the only winnable games in conference. Yikes!

Is Erickson ready to take over for 2014?

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Hedgehog, your gloom and doom report at least has some shreds of truth in it, but I beg to differ with parts. Out of the top 3 WRs, having 2 returning starters and 1 consistent contributor returning is not bad at all, especially with some good talent coming in from the true freshman class. At TE, you might remember Westlee Tonga, the guy who made the one-handed catch to open the scoring against the Cougars last year? Anyway, true TEs haven't really ever been a part of Erickson's offense, but a receiving Y or H receiver, which is exactly the mold Murphy fits, and what Reese and Handley were recruited for, fits in well with it, so TE depth isn't a necessity. RB is indeed light in experience, so hopefully York can stay healthy, and we can rely on a consistent passing attack.

As far as the schedule, Oregon, Stanford and UCLA look tough, the others are all virtual unknowns at this point, and that includes USC. So I'd say your "only winnable games" conclusion is quite a stretch.

sportyguy
sandy, UT

Paper thin?? QB you have the starting QB back plus a couple highly rated freshman and the ahem gritty walkon QB who has earned a scholarship.

RB: you have York who was a split time starter and mostly more productive than White, plus Jarrel Oliver who also played he's recovering from injury so won't participate in spring ball. Just because you haven't heard of the JC RB guys don't mean they are "nobody" JWIV was a nobody before he ran all over BYU.

WR: They have BOTH starters back Dehnam was injured most of last year.

TE: They have both Murphy and Tonga back who were the two main TE's since Rodgers and Moeai were hurt most of the season.

Come on you're saying wow you're thin after all the starters come back.. why just because you've never heard of the 2nd and 3rd string guys? Come on get real.

Ute buster
Salt Lake City, UT

Hedgie,
YIKES is spot on! BYU will be a loss this year and I only see one or possibly two conference wins this year. My guess is a 4-8 or at best 5-7 season. Either way there will be no bowling this season.

Fight On!
St George, Utah

With UCLA, Arizona, and ASU on the rise as well as an always dangerous USC team Utah has a good chance in finishing last or second to last in the south in 2013. Until the utes can develop the depth to compete for 60 min on both sides of the ball, the trend will continue. Be patient Ute fans.

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

I wish Whitt could just solidify where he will play Brian Blechen and Trevor Reilly. I get that these two are versatile, but I want them to play where they are the best and hope the depth elsewhere can cover itself. Having guys jump all over the field seems to reek of holes at other positions.

VegasUte
Las Vegas, NV

Hedgie and buster are still bitter about Jake, and Orphy, and Star ....

AZUTE1
Mesa, AZ

What's not mentioned right here, is the impact newcomers such as RB Devontae Booker will have, once they arrive onto campus....Not to mention, we have a favorable home-schedule this upcoming-season, to boot.

byu fans seriously s/b awfully concerned about their own school's team, particulary w/all of the departures on D, including the season-ending injury to their J.C. corner, as well as w/the surreal volume of 2-Star recruits they managed to haul-in in this year's recruiting-class....YIKES!!

UteMiguel
Go Utes, CA

Karl Williams played some last year and looked like he had potential.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

UteMiguel:

I think Karl Williams is a FB; not a RB. I don't recall Erickson-led offenses incorporating the FB position very much. His offenses rely more heavily on the TE than the FB. I'm not sure if Williams has the speed required to see the field much, but I can see him being brought in to spell York on 3rd-&-short yardage situations.

RedLaVern
Sandy, UT

This year's team will SHOCK the Pac-12 and I see us contending for at least a Rose Bowl birth this year. Best class in a LONG time.

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