NV:I don't disagree that playing tougher opponents prepares you
better for tougher competition. The issue is, against FBS opponents the game may
not be a blowout, where you can get playing time and experience to develop
depth. Like I said, I hate them, but FCS games allow guys who normally
don't get experience to get it, which makes their acclimation to the bigger
games easier. Against SMU or Houston, U may have a fight on your hands and no
2nd & 3rd stringers will get any experience.
@worf,its NascarOur offense is Nascar when we go fast
Cougsndawgs:Playing a lower tier FBS team in your first 2 or 3 games
of the season takes hardly ANY toll on one's team. The toll comes via a
weekly grind of teams like the one we'll be seeing from mid-Oct thru
late-Nov of Ore St, USC, ASU, Ore, Stan, and Ariz. To look at our 1st 3-wks, we
have Idaho St, Fresno St, and a bye.That's not a grind
that's expected to take much of a toll on us. Now imagine swapping out
Idaho St. with Houston/SMU, UNLV, or Colo. St. That's STILL not much of a
grind. Now which scenario do you think would better prepare the Utes for
Michigan-WSU-UCLA?I think the 2nd one.
NV:I think you have to consider reps and playing time for reserves to
build depth also. That's why most programs schedule the FCS games. And I
make no bones about Utah's schedule being brutal...I've been a Georgia
fan most of my life too, and that kind of schedule takes it's toll on your
depth. The more reps 2nd & 3rd stringers can get the better. When U were in
the MWC you could count on a couple of cupcakes every year so it was easier to
build that depth. In a major conference you can't take anyone for granted
so you have to schedule a couple of gimmes to get other guys more live action.
I agree as a fan, however, that I hate seeing FCS teams on the
schedule, and even lower tier FBS teams. Unfortunately as a BYU fan I've
seen too many of them recently I'm afraid to say.
StGtoSLC:"Spring games are fun for fans...It's good for the
bottom and middle depth chart players, but really does next to nothing for the
starters that non-contact practices wouldn't do..."I feel
the same way about Utah's recent trend of scheduling FCS opponents. At
least in the Spring, Utah's Offense and Defense would be facing off against
better competition. And while I understand that "warm-up" games are
good for preparing us for the weekly grind of Pac-12 play, I just don't
think that Idaho St, or Weber St, or No. Colorado can be adequate preparation.
I'd rather see us tee up vs. Colorado St, or UNLV, or Houston/SMU. Those
are winnable games, and the sort that could provide us with "real" game
film to cover and improve upon. All FCS games can offer us is a delusional
sense of overconfidence.
Mormon Ute:It is unlikely that he'd ever spend any time under
Center in a game, but I wouldn't read too much into his move to Safety
right now, since Jason won't be eligible to be anything more than a scout
team role player. As a (Wyoming) transfer student, he'll be sitting out
this year no matter WHAT the coaching staff decided to do with him.
StGSLC:I also agree that a lot of work can be done without full contact.
And your point about Schultz is a good one. I think one of the toughest things
for coaches in spring and fall camp is to truly test and evaluate players
without getting them injured. Without some full contact it's difficult to
know how a kid will react to game speed and hits...something fundamental work
just can't prove. In terms of seniors and starters it's certainly true
that they've already shown what they can do in game situations, but little
to no contact for them can breed complaceny also. It's a tough
balance...that's why we aren't paid the big bucks to do it.
Cougsndawgs, I agree... to an extent. It is good for some QBs, I think, to be
live in situations like this, but not all of them. Personally, I'd rather
it be Manning and Cox, not Schulz, because Schulz already knows what live
college game situations are like, and getting popped and all that, where the
frosh don't.Spring games are fun for fans, but overall I hate
the concept of full contact spring practices. It's good for the bottom and
middle depth chart players, but really does next to nothing for the starters
that non-contact practices wouldn't do, and it seems like every year there
are about as many starters lost for the season in spring camp as there are in
fall camp or during the season. Already the Utes have lost a starting
linebacker, possibly for the season, and another starting linebacker, possibly
for the first few games. With coaches of this caliber, along with current NFL
alums that frequent spring practices, there can be just as beneficial of work
done with footwork, hand placement, etc. without pads as with them. That's
my take, rant over.
Mormon UteI'm pretty sure the thinking on Thompson was always
going to be moving positions. He's apparently a great athlete that is a
natural fit at safety.
I won't be able to attend the spring game but I will absolutely be watching
it on the Pac-12 Network. I watched Arizona last week. To close out spring
practice, Rodriguez went into the stands with a few play drawn out and let some
of the fans call the plays for the offense. Great fun!At the time,
I wondered what Utah might do to get others involved in the spring game. Then
they announced that the Utes will be coached by two 8 year old boys battling
cancer. What a thrill for those two young Ute fans! Without question, the Utah
program is fist class top to bottom! I'm looking forward to the
spring game and the season to come!!Go Utes!!Go Pac-12!!
It also looks like there will be one less QB in the mix with Jason Thompson
taking snaps at Safety.
I also like the fact that Whit is letting them play and the QBs will be live.
When you have the kind of depth Utah has at that position I think it's a
smart move to truly evaluate who can handle the heat.I think BYU
needs to do what Utah is doing with the spring game. They should be playing the
blue and white game to end spring and let it be televised on BYUtv. Apparently
Bronco doesn't like it, but I think Bronco needs to realize that the fans
love it and it brings more excitement for your program. I know he worries about
injury but every program worries about injury. I miss Lavell Edwards sometimes.
Interesting that the QBs will be live for tackling. I like it.The
QB battle this fall is shaping up to be a pretty fierce battle. It'll be
interesting to see who ends up with the job.It's great to hear
reports that Harding is doing well. The O-line absolutely has to improve from
last year. I think the talent is there, hopefully they can come together.Go Utes!!
@worf - If I'm not mistaken, "Go fast,--Go Hard!" was BYU's
montra. It's not a slogan that Utah has come up with, but I believe Utah
is going to: "Go Fast,--actually execute!"
Go fast,--Go Hard!