Once the runner is past us, we’re trying to finish our blocks, finish the play. We got to be more technically savvy, smarter football players. —Utah WR Siaosi Wilson
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah has struggled with penalties in its first two game – 139 yards against North Dakota and 97 yards against BYU. The bulk of those has been offensive holding calls against Ute receivers.
So what’s the deal?
Too much enthusiasm and not enough technique, according to sophomore receiver Siaosi Wilson.
“Overaggression,” he said. “We want to get out there, be perfect, get our blocks down, we have to focus on the technique side, so we’re getting a lot more holding calls.”
Wilson, who has been tagged with two of those holding calls, said it is not a matter of receivers being asked to do more in Troy Taylor’s new offense. Instead, maybe they’re just trying to hold a block longer than they need to.
“Once the runner is past us, we’re trying to finish our blocks, finish the play,” Wilson said. “We got to be more technically savvy, smarter football players.”