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Published: Monday, April 15 2013 2:54 p.m. MDT

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Hondo
Scottsdale, AZ

Is it too early to push the panic button for Ute fans?

- Inconsistent QB play, even from the "experienced" players
- Frail RB that never stays healthy
- Cocky WRs
- O-Line that has more holes than a slice of Swiss cheese
- Inexperience along the D-line (losing 3 starters)
- LBs that could tackle my grandma
- Safeties that smoke more than nicotine
- 2 new CBs
- Same horrible kicking game

- Coaches in over their heads with no answers to all these problems

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Totally agree Hondo. The LBs could most likely tackle your grandma.

U 90
Corona, CA

You're right Hondo... it's hopeless for the Utes. If only Utah had the great stockpile of athletes and coaches that BYU had, I would feel so much better about our chances. By golly, BYU is a national brand and a legacy program.... yet can't beat the cellar dwellar Utes.

Hondo, don't you have your own problems to worry about in Provo (i.e. OL, QB, DL, DB, kickers)?

gonefishn
Salt Lake City, UT

Hondo
If the Utes are in such disarray what does that say about BYU? Get ready for the 4th lose in a row.

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

QB concerns are the biggest issue and have been for years. You can't be great without a quality QB. The O line looks promising to me. The D line will likely be solid. The LBs are rarely special on the hill. I like the talent but we will have to see if they become assignment sound. The WRs are a group I have some degree of optimism about, but unless they have a QB who can distribute the ball around it's somewhat a mute point. The RBs have been hyped (still unproven) and if the O line is as good as we are being sold, then they might blossom. Still losing White IV is a blow. Utah couldn't capitalize on that last year with White IV being banged up, the line inconsistent, and the QB play awful. On defense I like the DBs and safeties. If the line (likely) and defensive backfield is deep enough then maybe Trevor Riley (if healthy) and Blechen can move over to LB with ReShawn and things will be solidified (big if).

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

gdog3finally, I agree with you about the LBs. All the talk is about Trevor going back to his "natural" DE position, but I haven't seen him do much with his hand in the dirt, his best plays have all been blitzing off the edge and in coverage it seems. And while Blechen was a little small for a LB, his play was still much better there two years ago than what we got last year from them. Reshawn is a beast of an athlete and has the longevity to play any downs he's needed, just looked a little inexperienced last year. Fehoko, Whittingham, Filiaga and Norris all had their moments last year, but it was obvious none of them had any business being an every down player for a while. If Tevin Carter proves to be better at the safety position than Blechen is, I think that will be the defense's best lineup.

Ragnar Danneskjold
Bountiful, UT

Re:Hondo
My honest response:

- Inconsistent QB play, even from the "experienced" players - You can't really call a Sophomore with a handful of starts experienced, but yes, this is a concern.
- Frail RB that never stays healthy - Not really a concern for me. I think these guys will be capable
- Cocky WRs - That is a WR, that is who they are along with CB's. It is what it is.
- O-Line that has more holes than a slice of Swiss cheese - Still a concern, but I think it will be a step forward from last year
- Inexperience along the D-line (losing 3 starters)- Big concern. Utah has usually reloaded, but with your next point, I am concerned.
- LBs that could tackle my grandma - Always been a problem for Utah. Hopefully better than last year.
- Safeties that smoke more than nicotine - Don't care. Been disciplined.
- 2 new CBs - Talent seems to be there. Not panicking.
- Same horrible kicking game - They look decent actually.

- Coaches in over their heads with no answers to all these problems - This remains to be seen. But I think we will see improvement this year. 7 or 8 wins is what I predict.

ImaCaMan
Oceanside, CA

Hondo, when your team is going nowhere fast, I guess the best thing for envious folks like you is to "critique" the team that has done what your's has been unable to do. The Utes are doing just fine for spring ball and have a lot to look forward to, i.e. chance at the Rose Bowl vs. the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

Stop The Nonsense
El Paso, TX

As a BYU fan who almost never reads about Utah's team, I was always irritated to see how Utah trolls such as Chris B. were always the first to post on BYU articles. I got curious today and decided to see what was going on up on the hill, and when I clicked on the comments I was saddened to see a BYU troll be the first to post on this article. Pot: meet kettle.

My conclusion: either
a) the low-hanging fruit of both fanbases are equally obnoxious, or
b) the deseret news has people from within post antagonistic comments to stir the pot and increase page views.

Looking forward to what I expect to be a good game between two improved teams this year!

pocyUte
Pocatello, ID

Stop

The answer is A

Cougars1
Bluffdale, UT

I have to say the key is the o-line. Even if they are a little bit better the Utes could be a lot better. Solve the problems on the line and you don't have to worry about the qb, rb's or receivers. Give that qb one more second and he could be very good.

DoNotShootTheLittle Birds
Salt Lake City, UT

@Hondo

You are right. We'll probably beat the Utes by about seven touchdowns. I think Bronco came out with "Quest for Perfection" a few years too early. This is our year.

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