Utah Utes football: Utes must tackle sudden void at middle linebacker

The first day in pads provides opportunity to knock off the rust

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  • worry a little...
    March 16, 2010 6:57 p.m.

    but I still think the only games we have to really worry about our Pitt and TCU.

  • boo anderson
    March 15, 2010 5:02 p.m.

    what about him? i heard he ran a 4.5 40. and weighs 225lbs.but yet there is no mention of his name... did he get hurt, leave the program, or has he just not progressed?

  • Anonymous
    March 15, 2010 4:46 p.m.

    Eight three-year starters?

    1- Misi, yes.
    2- Sly, yes (although JJ williams took his spot mid-way through their freshman year together)
    3- RoJo, yes.
    4- Dale? Maybe (2 starts in 07, started all of 08)
    5- Stanford? Maybe (9 starts before 2009, 6 at nickle and 3 at corner)
    6- Eliapo? (5 starts in 3 years isn't my idea of a three-year starter)
    7- Gaison? No. First year starting was 08, and that was sporadic.
    8- Wright? No. 2-year starter.

    So we lose 3 obvious 3-year starters and two that could sort of be considered 3-year starters. Keep in mind that Eliapo lost his spot during the year and didn't take it back from Lei, Kruger and Siliga. JJ took Sly's spot away when they were freshman, so he's a returning starter. Taplin-Ross started 4 games last year plus 3 in 08. The DL and 2 of the 4 DB spots should be completely solid. The LBs (outside of JJ) are a concern, but that's only 4 spots out of 11 that don't have a returning part-time or full-time starter.

  • @ 12:17 pm
    March 15, 2010 4:18 p.m.

    Alex Smith and Brett Ratliff were Pro-Style QBs who did very well with running the ball. I don't think anyone is suggesting Wynn runs the ball as often as Asiata did.

  • re: re: spread offense.
    March 15, 2010 1:40 p.m.

    You need to read the entire comment. He didn't say he wanted Wynn to be a "running" QB, he just said that Wynn needs ot keep the ball once in a while to keep the defense honest. Which is very valid if you watched last years games. No defense ever had to pay attention to Wynn on the option because he never kept the ball. Which is why the option was TOTALLY ineffective.

  • re: spread offense
    March 15, 2010 12:17 p.m.

    Let met get this straight. You want Wynn to keep the ball and run it sometimes to keep the defense honest? Good luck with that one! That's about as stupid as hoping Max could keep it and run to mix things up. BYU and Utah don't look for running QB's because they are only good for a couple of years and a few national championships before they move on to the NFL and aren't required to run at all. Just ask Tim Tebow, who has a Heisman and a couple of National Championships!

  • Re: Everyone
    March 14, 2010 11:42 p.m.

    I'm not so sure that next year will be TCU's year. They will be good, but I think they were a little exposed in the Fiesta Bowl. I don't believe Dalton will be as effective without as good of a defense backing him up.

    As far as our defense is concerned, Utah as always will be fast, and sound on defense. Its funny that a (assumed) byu fan brings up that its our defense that has kept us in games. You know though, he's right. Maybe byu can learn something from it. If I remember right, it was our defense that helped Utah to a 13-0 year in 2008.

    Utah can win the conference next year. I wouldn't count them out with playing byu and TCU at home.

  • re;re;re defense
    March 14, 2010 11:25 p.m.

    they're talking trash now because they know once the season starts things will be very quiet in Provo.

  • RE: RE: Defense
    March 14, 2010 10:29 p.m.

    Your team... nice way to put yourself on the outside. Why don't you go read about YOUR team and let us talk about OUR team in here. Save the trash talk for November 2010, March seems a little early to bring out the 10-year old talk.

  • Re: Defense
    March 14, 2010 5:17 p.m.

    It HAS been the defense that has kept you in games.

    You just lost 8, 3 YEAR STARTERS from defense.

    Utah talks like their defense will always be good. That's what USC thought prior to last year too, and your program is nowhere near as deep as theirs.

  • Great LBs next year
    March 14, 2010 12:47 p.m.

    The bright side is 2011's 3 starting LBs will be AWESOME. You'll have Fotu, JJ Williams, and Martinez(or whoever wins Fotu's MLB job), all with solid starting experience, and plenty of backups with serious game experience under their belts.

    '08 was partially a product of '07s injuries, so hopefully we get plenty of experience for the underclassmen this year. Plus we only graduate Asiata, Wide, Smithson, Brooks, Zane Taylor, Caleb Shlauderaff, Joe Phillips, and a few others. That's not too bad, as long as Shakerin can step in at RB.

    2010 might(just might) be TCU's year again, with all their returning starters, including Dalton. But 2011 and 2012 are looking really good for the Utes to make a BCS run.

  • Anonymous
    March 14, 2010 12:37 p.m.

    Yeah, but I'd feel a whole lot better about our defense if Fotu was there. We lost all three starting linebackers and Fotu would've provided leadership, experience, and stability.

    If there was a guy I could wave a magic wand and say he'll go the whole season without injury, besides Jordan Wynn, it would've been Fotu.

  • Is this the same void...
    March 14, 2010 12:05 p.m.

    ...that George ran through last October?

  • Defense
    March 14, 2010 12:27 a.m.

    Whit will have the defense ready. It has been the defense that keeps us in the close games. I just hope the offense can stretch the field and can score more points this year. Please make the spread option a true option with the qb keeping it some of the time. Whenever you line up in that formation, the defense knows who is getting the ball. The qb has to keep them honest by keeping it every now and then. I hate to have fotu out, but like the article says, Wright did step in and filled alot of holes. Cant wait for the season to get started.