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Published: Tuesday, April 9 2013 9:25 p.m. MDT

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Guam_Bomb
BARRIGADA, GU

Looking forward to the season this year. Hopefully there's some consistency at QB. Good to hear that the D-Line is deep and that they have some talent. It's impossible to replace a player like Lotuleilei and having the Kruegers bail definitely caused some concern.

Cautiously optomistic that this year will be much better than last.

sammyg
Springville, UT

So the Utes have had a few days off from camp and today its reported that Whit now sees some progress looking at the film from last week.

Hmmm, I'm getting a different vibe from the 'tribe'.

It's worth repeating that as recent as only yesterday dedicated Ute fans were saying the following... from the other article:

"11-25 for 146 with 2 picks. Yuck."
"yet we lost 3 starters off last years terrible line."
"None of his Spring numbers have impressed me,"
"We have too many issues on both sides of the ball to be a great team"
"We lost a LOT of top Defensive players last year to graduation, and have some additional projected starters already out of the lineup due to injury."
"I hope that when season comes they will be on the same page"
"Many questions on defense, a lot of injuries right now."

The paradox of Ute football... believing what Whit says or believing the stats and what fans 'see' and say.

I enjoy the 'frantic and emotional' state of Ute football.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm liking what I see from the team this year. K Whitt said all along it would take several years to change the program to be able to compete for Pac 12 championships. However, K Whitt knows what it takes to take this program to top 5 finishes and undefeated seasons, because he's already been part of a coaching staff that has done it twice.

I have faith he'll take this program back to where we belong.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

"EXTRA POINTS...Senior Karl Williams has joined sophomore James Poole and junior Lucky Radley on the depth chart behind starter Kelvin York at running back."

Is that really an "extra point"? Hadn't he ALWAYS been on the depth chart with Poole and Radley behind York since York joined the team? Wouldn't an "extra point" be something like "Karl Williams moved to #1 on the depth chart, ahead of York, Poole, and Radley?"

reasonableUTE
Provo, UT

Of course whitt is going to say that his team is improving... What else is he going to say? This means absolutely nothing. I don't want to sound negative now... I do believe in coach whittingham and my utes... Just saying that this "improving" business is all coach speak and means absolutely nothing.

RedBlood
Bountiful, UT

I was up in one of the suites at Rice-Eccles stadium yesterday and was able to watch about 30-60 minutes of practice. Although it was from a far things really looked nice. I was especially impressed watching Brandon Cox throw, and run the ball. He is truly dual threat and could be a very special QB in the future. There was a ton of yelling, screaming, and generally pumped up players and coaches and the offense was obviously up tempo. They were hustling to the line and executing plays faster than I have ever seen at Utah. Of course there is coach speak and ups and downs. Much of our problem last year was at QB. The one thing Whittingham has been saying that is absolutely true is that we no longer have a QB issue. Travis Wilson is 6'6" and approaching 240. Conner Manning, Brandon Cox, Adam Schultz, and others, are in the pipe line. I am optimistic and think the Dennis Erickson factor will yield at least one or two more wins this year. We will need to go bowling or Whittingham will experience something he has never experienced, i.e. being on a hot seat.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Naval Vet, what it meant was that he's moved into a 3-way tie for #2 behind York instead of a solid #4 behind all of them.

RBN
Salt Lake City, UT

When did Jason Whittingham become a D End?

ekute
Layton, UT

@sammyg

Up on The Hill, we enjoy the frantic and emotional state of the jealous haters.

Go Utes.

Gone fishin
Murray, UT

4 interceptions is good? For the U defense maybe. It will also be good fo opposing defenses. Utah will struggle at QB position this season and pretty much end up where they did the last two years. The PAC 10.2 will be a lot tougher this coming football season so nothing will change in the standings.

Ragnar Danneskjold
Bountiful, UT

Hmm. Call me surprised that the BYU fan (sammyG) is critical of Ute fans using some critical thought and tempering expectations rather than swallowing every bit of coach speak as gospel truth.

The D-line is in trouble, and the O-line is looking good as a result. There are some huge question marks that need to be addressed by the opening kick off.

Reasonable thinker
Murray, UT

Sammyg is spot on. I have been around university athletics to know that we can't believe everything the coach says, although it is his job to flower things up so people will continue to buy tickets. I think we are in for the same as the past two seasons.
Chris B, you are an eternal optimist. Don;t get your hope up too high or you will be in for a big let down. The PAc 12 will be a lot tougher this year.

U 90
Corona, CA

@ sammyg "The paradox of Ute football... believing what Whit says or believing the stats and what fans 'see' and say. I enjoy the 'frantic and emotional' state of Ute football."

And what is the paradox of BYU football? Being told that you are a national brand yet you lose to the lowly Utes 80% of the time? Sammy, it's called "coach speak". Look no further than Bronco vs. Y fan comments about Riley Nelson last year.

ekute
Layton, UT

Me thinks the advantages of recruiting in the Pac12 and the consequences of going independent are going head to head on 9/21. It could be another 54-10.

I see Utah getting at least 6 wins and going bowling.

byu will be lucky to get 5 wins, most likely 4.

Go Utes.

sammyg
Springville, UT

ikute

To what may I be jealous of, certainly not any men's sports programs at the U.

I get a kick out of seeing the many comments from U guys and you get all frantic and emotional with me re-posting a few of U're comments. That's pretty funny.

Here's another special comment from one your own I forgot to share.

"I just don't know if we can trust what our coaches tell us anymore"

That kind of sums it up. What Whit and company have done for these past two seasons is pretty amazing isn't it? Says one thing and something else is really going on. Need I remind you about the Jordan Wynn fiasco?

I think the fans are spot on this season in their observation of Spring camp. A lot of unknowns, a lot injuries, and numbers don't lie.

Yes, there is cause for concern in Uteville. Have fun with it... I am.

ekute
Layton, UT

@sammyg

Insecurity leads to jealousy, hate and name calling. Since you have no confidence in your own team you resort to trolling on the Ute boards. Instead, why don't you jump on the wagon and enjoy the ride. Many good things to come for the Utes and their Fans in the Conference Of Champions. Go Utes.

sammyg
Springville, UT

ikute

Obviously you're one of those intolerant types that can't stand a different viewpoint from your own and then you resort to the typical mantra of calling people haters and invoking this stupid jealousy rant when you know it does not exist.

As to your comment about 6 wins and bowling, maybe you feel it but people that are paid to analyze sports for a living say the following:

"Fighting for scraps in the Pac-12 South is already going to be tough enough if you aren't from Los Angeles or the great State of Arizona. But for a team like Utah, which welcomes Pac-12 North favorites Stanford and Oregon to the schedule for the first time since joining the league, it makes things exponentially tougher."

Yep there's a certain vibe going on. Deal with it.

And yeah, I'm certainly jealous of Ute Conference of Champions accomplishments and I absolutely hate U of U gymnastics, the women's run in the WNIT, Star, Jordan, Alex Smith, Coach Whit, etc.

Makes sense to me. Geesh.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

"We have the best QB situation in the country" - kyle whittingham 2005

LOL!

RBN
Salt Lake City, UT

Duckie,

Why don't you run off and go scout your Lone Peak little league teams so you can tell stories about what a kid was like in 7th grade, and save your LOL!s for Robert Anae interviews.

We know you can pull 2005 quotes out of a bag because 2005 is nothing compared to 1984.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@rbn

That post obviously affected you deeply. I'm pleased.

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