I'm seriously worried about this position this season. Every time I hear
word out of camp that th offense is really clicking, the pessimist in me says
"yes- much like almost every first team offense did last season." Last
season they had a wonderful d line manned by one of the best players in the
nation to slow the running game and they couldn't do their job. So many
missed tackles, so often late getting to the outside, such difficulty wrapping
players up. I'm one who has felt that the utes have been seriously
overrated at lb for many years and that that corps has benefited from d lines
who have their backs. We need to recruit and develop real lbs and not simply
look to turn third string qb's into outside lb's. That may have worked
in the MWC but it won't at this level. I hope I'm proven 100% wrong on
this but I predict that the corners will be just fine and our lb's will be
overmatched in most games.
Last year, during the first three games the team's leading tackler was a
senior linebacker as well as ranking as the eleventh best tackler in the p12
(Fagergren). Where did he go after the third game? If I remember correctly, he
was basically benched for the rest of the season except for special teams. The
team also had veteran and experienced player Boo Anderson who was not utilized.
I wouldn't say that the linebackers lacked in talent, but rather look
elsewhere for reasons why that position was lacking. I remember hearing the
reason for player such young backers last year was for "rebuilding"
purposes...so maybe that was a coaching mistake rather than a lack of talent in
My guess......NO. It will be more of the same but with a 4-8 record.
They can't help but improve can they? They pretty much just have to show
up for the games to do that.
As a BYU fan that cheers for the utes when they aren't playing BYU or USU I
agree with Xert's analysis. Watching Utah's defense last year I
couldn't help but notice the arm tackling and lack of speed sideline to
sideline with Utah linebackers. I also agree that the D-line has made things
easier on them, but a lockdown secondary (I've always been impressed with
ute corners) also takes a lot of pressure off them. Utah has to have better
production at this position to be successful in the PAC12 where offenses thrive
on mismatches with slot receivers and backs against LBs. Hopefully the utes have
some guys that will step up this year and make plays. Good luck utes.
My guess.......YES. It will be back to our winning ways with a 9-3 record.
Too much mercury in the water up there in Spokane. You got those numbers
reversed. It will be a 3-9 record.
8-4 season and we'll be in Rose Bowl contention within last 1-2 games of
seasonUtah 30usu 14You can mark that down.And when will USU's BCS bowl dreams be over? week 1when will
BYU's bcs bowl dreams be over? Week 1 or week 2(Utah ended their season
last year, just wanted to remind byu fans)
Crissy B,And Utah ended their season(s) the moment they entered the PAC.
"Utah ended their season last year"Out of touch with
reality, as usual. BYU went on from that razor thin loss and posted a winning
season culminating in a bowl win. How did your boys on the hill fare the rest
of the season? Can't find anything about them at all from the bowl season
and only a mention in passing about the bottom of the PAC bowl against Colorado.