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Published: Friday, Aug. 2 2013 12:23 p.m. MDT

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

I like our depth.

Coach Whit and Coach Erickson both have undefeated seasons, top 5 teams.

I see an 8-4 season within our reach.

I also think the Pac 12 south winner will have 2-3 losses in conference, so really the south is up for grabs to anyone other than Colorado.

Go Utes!

swizzy18
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm praying we have a decent RB to match the power at O line. GO UTES!

U 90
Corona, CA

I agree 8-4 is possible, but if the wheels come off so is 4-8. Given this year's level of talent and schedule, I'd be happy with 7-5 and getting back to a bowl game.

I still think our LBs are too slow to compete in the PAC12. Kalani needs to think athlete not run stopper at that position. Fehoko is a nice middle LB for short down situations but he is not an every down LB for the PAC12... too slow.

jdub1942
PROVO, UT

The biggest position battle to watch are thre db's. Almost no experience, hopefully we recruited well and they are fast learners. Go Utes!

AZUTE1
Mesa, AZ

"I still think our LBs are too slow to compete in the PAC12. Kalani needs to think athlete not run stopper at that position. Fehoko is a nice middle LB for short down situations but he is not an every down LB for the PAC12... too slow."

Unfamiliar with BB/RH/UM?

MLBs don't require great speed to own the middle....OLBs do.

BB was out-of-position last year, but has more than adequate speed to cover/TEs & backs in the flats....RH's speed was so highly thought of by our coaching staff that he made his first ever start before a national audience as a True Freshman against USC.

The only thing holding these two back has Zero to do w/speed, but rather these nagging/lingering injuries....They should take a cue from TR and, if manageable, figure-out a way to play through them and freaking produce for us!

UM might very well be still yet 1year off from being a regular, but he moves extremely well, nonetheless!

U 90
Corona, CA

AZUTE,

When players like RH go down with injuries there needs to be another athlete like him ready to step in. Last year there wasn't, Utah filled the void with slow LB prototypes that could not chase down a scrambling PAC12 QB. Look at the LB corps last year and this year.... there are more run stoppers than there are athletes. To compete in the PAC12 we need more speed at that position. Mobile QBs killed us last year (see Utah State, UCLA, AZ, ASU, Washington).

AZUTE1
Mesa, AZ

U 90--

In response, I did address both what happened last year/why and the reason for optimism in '13.

I pointed-out, injuries to key-players produced/produce negative results--

"BB was out-of-position last year, but has more than adequate speed to cover/TEs & backs in the flats....RH's speed was so highly thought of by our coaching staff that he made his first ever start before a national audience as a True Freshman against USC.

The only thing holding these two back has Zero to do w/speed, but rather these nagging/lingering injuries....They should take a cue from TR and, if manageable, figure-out a way to play through them and freaking produce for us! UM might very well be still yet 1year off from being a regular, but he moves extremely well, nonetheless!"

It's equally the case w/any school, some to a lesser extent due to having greater depth....Keep in mind, our transition into The PAC-12 required, in part, building BCS-level depth, which shouldn't be surprising to any U-Fan....It doesn't happen overnight....It's a multi-year process....We're now 1 recruiting-class closer!

TandJ
LaVerkin, Utah

Hey Chris B,
Are you sure that you didn't miss saying, "RIGHT IT DOWN!!!"???

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