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.
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.
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.
"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
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
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.
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.
When did Jason Whittingham become a D End?
@sammygUp on The Hill, we enjoy the frantic and emotional state of
the jealous haters.Go Utes.
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.
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.
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.
@ 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.
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.
ikuteTo 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.
@sammygInsecurity 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.
ikuteObviously 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.
"We have the best QB situation in the country" - kyle whittingham
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.
@rbnThat post obviously affected you deeply. I'm pleased.
RBN-It's best not to feed the troll. But if you must, bring
some heat man! I don't even know what you were trying to say. Mocking the
Lone Peak team? That's almost akin to mocking their NC, if it were real.
Can't wait for Red White game, in particular seeing what Brandon Cox can
do.Go UTES!!@Ducky and sammySpeaking of
saying one thing, and doing something else..."The [Cougar]
offense has plateaued with the existing leadership, after Anae’s six
seasons on the job, we want consistent production, not every other year or every
third year." -- Bronco 2010I wonder which Bronco you both
believe, 2010 or 2013?
I respectfully disagree, Ragnar,The Utah d-line has consistently
been a staple at Utah for years. From Elliss to Soliai, Fifita, Ma'ake
Kemoeatu to the Krugers, Star and many others. If there is one place where Utah
reloads, it is the D-line. While 3 of the starters left, the guys replacing him
got a lot of reps. Outside of Orchard and Reilly, they may not be household
names, but I'm confident the D line will be just fine.
@sherrif gomer pylerbn is like most utah "fans", he can dish
it but he can't take it, and to be honest if that is a sample of him
"dishing it" he needs some work.LOL!
Here kitty kitty kitty! Like kittens to a bowl of warm milk, the trollers come
"flocking"!! GREAT entertainment!!Go Utes!!
pocyUte,I hope you are right about this year. You are right about
usually reloading, but the losses on D-line are big. I just don't see how
the line can't take at least a small step back for at least the early part
of the season. Star was so good, that the whole line could lean on his play.
That won't be possible this year. It is a big concern for me considering
how inconsistent the LB's have been the last few years. I think the
talent will eventually show, but I don't put too much faith in how well the
O-line is looking right now. I am usually with you, and the D-line is
basically of no concern. But I have a bad feeling about replacing 3 starters, 1
being a generational talent. I overstated saying they are in trouble, but it is
something I will be concerned about until we play somebody decent.
Ragnar,I agree with you, especially with the LBs being shaky.
It's time they stepped up and really sated having an impact. The d line
certainly has to prove themselves, but I think they will. That said, I'm
glad we have 2 non conference and 3 home games to start the season.
I think somewhere in the middle of these comments is about right. The Utes may
take a step backward on the D line but I think the O line will be much improved
and, as a result, the whole Offense will be better. Wilson wil be improve and
I'm excited to watch Jake Murphy and Dres Andersen. I don't think the
Utes will be in Pasadena but I don't think 8 or 9 wins is out of the
question. By the way, Sammt G and Duckie, How is BYU doing this spring? some of
us support our own teams instead of constant trolling. I've not seen one
BYU article nor do I care.
Hopefully a good Spring will lead to a good fall. One thing is certain; BYU will
lose to Utah; it's a lock and a given!
Here's a quote from whittingham, reported in the trib today, about the qb
"situation" at the u."Whittingham boasted Thursday the
Utes might have two of the quarterbacks in the "upper echelon" of the
Pac-12."Really? The "upper echelon" of the pac 12?
wilson and schulz? LOL!And utah "fans" criticize
Bronco's proclamations. I've already documented on here what his last
claim about his "qb situation" being the best in the country. LOL!
I'm not worried about the defense, even with a mediocre season last year
they kept us in most games. Like road games against ranked teams Utah State,
UCLA, and Oregon State. It's the offense that hasn't been able to
deliver in those games.The talent on the defense is much better than
the offense, as proven by the number of NFL draft picks. So the defense should
be just fine. I am just hoping that the offense finally comes through this year
and raises it level of play.