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Published: Thursday, June 19 2014 6:49 p.m. MDT

Updated: Thursday, June 19 2014 6:49 p.m. MDT

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FYI
Taylorsville, UT

@ U-PAC
Chase Hansen is still on his mission and won't be available until 2015.

ekute
Layton, UT

U-PAC,
I'm hoping that Travis picks up from where he left off when he broke his hand or that Kendall breaks out this fall. I agree that Whit tends to play not to lose. I remember the anguish he displayed over Urban's aggressive offensive calls. Those were the days, though. Go Utes.

Where is Hadley?
Salt Lake, UT

I think K Whit is moving things along just as we need him to. Its sometimes hard to recognize the improvement due to the schedule difficultly, and while that doesn't mean we accept anything less than competing for the Rose Bowl, lets not be short sighted. We're going to surprise some teams this year.

Go Utes! Lets rock the Pac 12 this year

Where is Hadley?
Salt Lake, UT

U-Pac - I agree that missions make it difficult to know how kids will be. I'd prefer we start going after fewer and fewer of the lds kids who want to go on missions. I want kids who are committed to bringing Pac 12 titles to Utah. If a kid is committed to a mission - fine. Everyone can choose for themselves, but missions do not help guys get better. There is enough talent we're starting to land, that we'll be relying less on the lds mission kids as we go forward.

PG #1 FAN
Lindon, UT

Missions do hurt but if you get the reputation for not working around the mission service then you will lose most every kid in Utah. They will grow up hating Utah before they are old enough to know better. That would be a really bad move. The best option would be to discourage it once they are signed.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ U-PAC

You are flat out wrong abut Hansen. He belongs on defense, which is where he will play.

East Coast Ute
Storrs, CT

Hadley, yeah? How'd that philosophy work out for Jim Fassel?

jersey
Mt Laurel, NJ

The mission program, which Ron McBride nourished and grew, is the main reason Utah turned the program around. To have a successful program Utah must recruit and sign the best in-state players. Last time I checked Paul Kruger went on a mission, and Chad Lewis was a 3 time pro bowler. U-Pac, don't forget our roots and what built the program. Making it in the NFL is tough, going on a mission doesn't hurt your chances, luck and timing are the key factors in making an NFL roster, everyone has talent when you get to that level.

Where is Hadley?
Salt Lake, UT

@East Coast - Fassel wasn't recruiting Pac 12 talent because we weren't in the Pac 12. Apples and Oranges my friend. Watch and learn, we'll be doing less and less of the Mormon mission thing as time goes on. Note, I never said never, just that it will be less. And that's a good thing.

KYUte
Louisville, KY

@U-PAC

What is your basis for saying Travis Wilson isn't a PAC-12 QB? INT's?

I think Travis played very well last season before he injured his hand. Yes there were a lot of INT's that were ultimately piled on his shoulders. I put a lot of the blame on the receivers. If you recall, far too many of last year's INT's were passes put on the money that bounced off the receivers hands/chest, or were because the receiver sat back and waited for the ball to get to them instead of going and getting it like they're supposed to. Wilson is a good QB. Hopefully our receivers have learned how to go get the ball and have softened up those stone hands.
Also, the O-line MUST improve it's protection over last year. It's hard to throw accurate passes on time when you're running for your life.

That being said, I am looking forward to seeing KT to come in and give TW some good competition.
That pressure and competition will only make them both better.

Can't wait for August!!

Christine B. Hedgefog
Salt Lake City, UT

Jon Gruden at the u. That's just flat out the funniest thing I've read since Chris B and her friends were declaring national dominance in the first half of the NIT game against St. Maries.

I'd personally like to see Kendal Thompson do well for the little red engine that could.

SoCalUte
Trabuco Canyon, CA

All of you guys obviously haven't seen Conner Manning play in a real game situation. I watched Wilson, Manning and Cox all play in High School in California... Here is the break down
Wilson is tall and see over the linemen and can move a little bit, but not fast enough for college. His accuracy is only average.
Cox is fast and can run away from most defensive players. He is mostly a running QB and has average accuracy.
Manning is not as big as Wilson or Cox, but he is the only QB on the Hill who can go through his progressions, and make the right decision. He is calm in the pocket an has the accuracy that very few QB's in the PAC12 have.
On several occasions in high school, I saw him throw a pass to a receiver who's toes were on the sideline and was covered by two defenders and manning threw the pass where ONLY the RECIVER could catch it. He is not real fast, but is quick and can get out of trouble when he needs to.

Where is Hadley?
Salt Lake, UT

@U-Pac,

"There are exceptions of course, but I would rather see my beloved Utes amass a collection black kids that have the talent and speed that truly does make "the"m difference"

That exactly right. Well said.

SoonerUte
Salt Lake City, UT

Coach Stoops and Sooner fans are happy for Kendal. They speak highly of his character, understand the QB situation in Norman, and are glad to see him get another opportunity.

Contrast that to here, where a freshman-record holding quarterback is derided for a "bad attitude", and many "fans" still hoping for his failure years later.

Stringer Bell
Henderson, NV

UPac, you should be more concerned with your own coach and quarterback at BYU and not pretend to worry so much about Utah's.
You don't think Coach Whittingham has much personality? First, who cares and second, compared to another coach in this state that you follow, he's Mr. Personality.

Utah, their quarterbacks, and Coach Whittingham will be just fine and have another exciting season playing relevant, Pac12 football with big time teams coming to Utah. How's that alliance thing coming?

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

SoCalUte:

I too happen to be very interested in seeing what Manning can do, and am excited that he's a part of our team. Now I'm not saying I hope Manning ultimately gets the job. I'm just saying I like what he brings to the team -- a good, accurate, pro-style arm. As for "who" will ultimately start for the Utes...it doesn't matter to me. Just as long as that guy legitimately beat out all the other challengers.

Personally, I think that will be Wilson, but if anyone proves to be better, I'd still be happy with that situation. I'd be ESPECIALLY happy if our starter remains healthy throughout the entire season for the first time since 2008. Still, with the health issues we'd been seeing at this position, I think the most likely scenerio will be us seeing multiple signal callers at various points in the season, so it's good that we have a Wilson, a Manning, AND a Thompson heading into the most challenging season in Utah Football history.

GO UTES!!!

Utefan4Lyf
West Jordan, UT

@U-Pac: I'm curious as to what your obsession with Hansen is? So far, I read an excellent article about Dres Anderson and you brought up Hansen (an as-yet untested college QB) and now this article. I'm interested to see how he does off of his mission, but we have another year before that is even a possibility, and we have a few QBs that just may surprise some people.

But seriously folks!
Salt Lake City, UT

He is just probably glad he opened up a scholarship spot for a quality player. The utes can have the leftovers.

Tomahawk Red
North Salt Lake, UT

U-PAC

The only guy that has real potential to be a legit, PAC caliber QB is Chase Hansen

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Sorry but I don't see it that way.

There are several who have "potential." Although the only one who has shown on the field so far that he could be a good Pac 12 quarterback is Travis Wilson.

Tomahawk Red
North Salt Lake, UT

U-PAC

It gets tiring watching my beloved Utes throw away wins through lack of fire in their leadership.

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Very well stated. That's exactly right.

The fact that Whittingham doesn't seem to have any fire whatsoever in his leadership of this team. He doesn't show it on the sidelines during games. He doesn't show any before the games, and he doesn't show any after games... even when Utah plays like garbage.

It really ticks me off when Utah has an embarrassing loss (take your pick over the last few seasons) and I listen to Whittingham postgame and he sounds like he's not even remotely upset.

How a coach acts and what he says when a team has fallen on its face is a good indicator of the type of leadership he has. If Whittingham doesn't get upset after such losses, it communicates to the players that it's acceptable. And when you think about it, that sure seems to explain the lackluster, uninspired football that we've seen out of this team over the last three and a half seasons.

I want something else.

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