Blechen is a stud. Just an amazing knack for making plays, since his
first game as a true freshman I think he will anchor a strong
defense this year. If Wilson controls the turnovers we will have an 8-4 season
and be in contention for the PAC 12 title game and rose bowl within last two
games of season, if not the very end I will be there screaming as we
stomp Utah state and every home game after!Go utes!
I don't recall an interview like this with Blechen before. I mean, I have
heard him tell a bee sting story but not much else. I liked that Blechen put
himself out there in this interview and avoided falling into any traps (like
badge of honor), and stay focused on wins and personal effort.As for
effort, I would like to see more of it from Blechen. But I also think that
personal issues (suspension) and injury beat some reality into him. A type
reality that puts a battle into the mind. And with that, Blechen looks ready to
go strong to me right now. With that said, Blechen's inner fortitude of
wanting wins is going to be challenged/tested in the PAC 12 this fall. I am
interested to see how things play out but I look for Blechen and Trevor Reilly
to lead the defense in a more focal fashion this year. Some leaders were lost to
graduation but I like the talent and personalities on the defensive side of the
He really has packed on the weight this year. When he first moved to LB and was
reported to be 230 he definitely was not, he was lucky to be 215 after a big
meal. It looks like he really has got his weight up to 230+ now so there's
likely no going back to safety even if there's another safety emergency.
Hopefully it plays out well for the team, but Blechen looks ready to go.
I'm truly pulling for this kid. I watched him play as a high schooler in
So. Cal and knew we got a good one when Brian Blechen came our way. His lapses
in judgment were a big part of Utah's struggles last season and I felt that
he never got his feet planted solidly last season (meaning he was never quite
right). This is a guy who is aware that he hurt his team last season and he
accepts responsibility for that. It's hard to be down on a kid simply
because he smoked some pot--but Brian knew the rules long before he came to
Utah. He may have been enabled by others, but he made his choices. Now, he has a
single season to adjust his legacy as a Ute and to be remembered as more than
the guy who had it all in front of him and got busted.
It would surprise me if Blechen loses any games for the Utes this year simply
because teams would do their best just to avoid him by exploiting the weakness
in the pass defense his move to safety has created. He simply IS the best Ute
player on D.
Steven S Jarvis:If anything it would be the corners who are the
weakness on the pass defense and not the safety who replaced Blechen at that
spot because the safety who replaced him is Tyron Morris Edwards who came on
really strong last year
Blechen is the real deal!! Stay healthy and have a great year. See ya on the
“He’s a football junkie. He loves football. He eats, sleeps and
drinks football,” Whittingham said.Rumor has it he even smokes
it occasionally too!
It will be interesting to see how Blechen can play at linebacker. He is the
type of player you want out on the field no matter what position he is playing
because of his intensity. Sometimes as an above poster pointed out, he can be a
little too intense and cost his team but I hope he has gained a little maturity
from last year and can pull it together for a great Senior year. The guy
deserves to see some success.Go Utes!
Hope springs eternal especially for sports fans in the pre-season!!! Good luck
to all three schools this season BYU, Utah and Utah State!!!Go
Cougs!!!Go Utes!!!Go Aggies!!!
I heard that Blechen is injured and may not even play this year.