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
Totally agree Hondo. The LBs could most likely tackle your grandma.
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,
HondoIf the Utes are in such disarray what does that say about BYU? Get
ready for the 4th lose in a row.
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).
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.
Re:HondoMy 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
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
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!
StopThe answer is A
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.
@HondoYou 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.