Utah Utes football: Team making strides at spring practice

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  • Utes4ever
    March 23, 2010 10:07 a.m.

    @ re: Utah is the Big Bro.... | 2:33 p.m. March 22, 2010

    "they just don't stack up against 30 years of dominance"

    You're right, they don't stack up against it, they surpass this by far. The fact remains, there isn't a single season in BYU history, ever, that compares to what Utah accomplished in 2004 and 2008.

    Continue to cheer about this 30 year period, but remember, Utah as exceeded anything BYU has done and set the bar to a level where BYU had never been before.

    Keep working your Quest for Perfection. I hear it's an
    eternal process and by the rate BYU is going, you'll need the eternities to reach it.

  • re: Utah is the Big Bro....
    March 22, 2010 2:33 p.m.

    To USU maybe, but not BYU...never any hatred or envy from cougar fans towards anything from Uteville, just contempt for the bad attitudes and behavior that Max Hall was referring to...Sorry ywties, no matter how big you think those BCS victories are, they just don't stack up against 30 years of dominance...And, I couldn't give a flying bleep about anything before 1970, because both teams were no-names on the College Football scene...If you really want an outside opinion of who has the better program, go no further than ESPN's top programs over that past 30 years...BYU ranked at #25 and Utah at #45 (or something like that)...even with those 2 BCS victories you're all so proud of...read it and weep Uteville...

  • Utah is the Big Brother
    March 19, 2010 6:15 p.m.

    2 BCS Bowl Births and Victories! BYU sure has the Vegas Bowl thing down.
    BYU has always been the better recruiting school until the last couple years. The Utes have some serious speed on their team and that always gives BYU fits. BYU snuck out a win in OT at home with their BIG senior team. Utah was in a rebuilding or should I say reloading yr.

    Lets move to basketball. I have never seen such a deal made over 1 NCAA victory. You can see the difference where the two programs are. Lets hope it doesn't take another 17 yrs cougar fans to get another one.

  • Utes4Ever
    March 19, 2010 11:03 a.m.

    @ re: re: re: Utes are so awesome! | 9:55 a.m. March 19, 2010

    Looking at the "SCOREBOARD!!!! RECORDS!!!" over the past hundred years:

    1. Utah leads BYU overall 51-30-4.

    2. Utah has 6 undefeated season, BYU has 1.

    3. Utah's bowl game winning percentage is .800, BYU's is .370.

    4. Utah has more bowl game victories including more bowl game victories that matter.

    5. And do you want to compare victories against BcS schools outside of the BcS era? News Flash - the result won't be any different than comparing it within the BcS era.

    You are right, BYU doesn't compare to Utah, but knowing you are the little brother gives you a reason to try hard.

    GO UTES!!

  • re: re: re: Utes are so awesome!
    March 19, 2010 9:55 a.m.

    Just acting like the typical Ute fans who are so full of themselves...Keep trying to explain your ineptitudes on the field and courts, it makes you all the more silly to listen to. The only thing that matters is SCOREBOARD!!!! RECORDS!!! Ok, Utes have been to 2 BCS games, and won millions in cash, I agree. Now, with any tiny bit of reality here, go ahead and try to compare your 5 years (in 100 years of playing the game), to BYU's 15 years of notority, (and what I mean is 10+ wins), level of competition, who has beat who (oppontent-wise from BCS conferences, and I don't give a flip about since the time the BCS was formed) I mean historically over the past 100 years, who has done better at this game? Who has achieved more (i.e. Heisman's, Doak Walkers, Outlands, Coaches in the NFL that have come from our respective programs, etc etc etc)...there is no comparison. Hang tightly to those 2 BCS victories (great accomplishments I will humbly acknowledge), but compare the big picture, and there IS NO COMPARISON! BYU is still better! Nuff said. Looking forward next fall!

  • RE: Utes are so awesome!
    March 19, 2010 8:49 a.m.

    Kind of funny that you mock the Utes' lack of experience and then go on to list several "star" zoobs who have little or no experience or who have really accomplished nothing in their careers. The real chip on BYU's shoulder is this: it is now 2010 and they have not come even close to winning a conference championship since 2007. They were manhandled by vastly superior MWC teams in 2008 and in 2009, and the only difference between the senior-laden 2009 Cougars and the young 2009 Utes was an incredibly lucky, referee gift-wrapped overtime victory in Cougartown. There is just no plausible way for the Cougars to be better than both the Utes and the Horned Frogs next year (and they are maybe not better than the Falcons), so we are looking to at least 2011, maybe 2012 depending on who emerges as BYU's quarterback, before they are even within a sniff of winning a conference championship. And so that's why Cougar fans are feeling a little bit antsy these days.

  • Re: Utes are so awesome!!!
    March 19, 2010 2:10 a.m.

    Lots of jealousy and hatred spewing from the fingertips of a typical kewger fan!

    This past decade the Utes played in and won two BCS games and finished in the top 5 both years.

    The Utes, like TCU play on artificial turf which attracts faster, more athletic players than your long, natural grass slow player system.

    My bet is that you will know the names of the Utes defense very well by the end of next season kewger boy! Coach Whittingham has recruited outstanding athletes that will step in and and step up.

    FYI, I'm positive you and all your kewger fans would love to go to a BCS game every four years if given the choice of a $1MM Vegas Bowl game vs. a $17MM BCS bowl game.

    Go Utes!!

  • Utes are so awesome!!!
    March 18, 2010 9:40 p.m.

    Wow, can you say BCS III? We haven't even played a game yet, and I am so excited that we have such an awesome Defense coming back!!! I can't even remember their names, because they haven't played a down of Div. 1 football games yet, but they were awesome in High School, and just going to be awesome!!!

    I can't wait to see Jake, James or Riley, O'neal, McKay, Harvey, Cody, Spencer, and the rest of TDS's offense run up and down the field leaving cleat marks all over our awesome, unproven, no-name defence that has world class speed that everyone knows about???

    Oh, I forgot, we are rebuilding again, and have to catch up w/ the kewges who have totally owned us of late...Oh, I guess I better stop now, I'm getting depressed again knowing that we're still in that once every 4 year cycle of success. Maybe by 2013 we'll be back to winning 10 games again...GO UTES!!! Hey MUSS members, can we all start jumping up and down now, maybe if we act silly enough, maybe someone will notice...maybe not, Cougars ROCK!

  • Utes4ever
    March 18, 2010 5:38 p.m.

    One game at a time. Focus, execute, and win. Focus, execute, and win. One game at a time. Any talk about the BcS is silly at this point. The second our team thinks about the BcS is exactly the time they will lose their focus and stumble. Let's not talk like this is already and event in the past tense. Keep our players hungry and wanting respect - that's when they rise to the occasion.

  • danburtreynolds
    March 18, 2010 3:37 p.m.

    RE: SEC rules.

    I'll do my best to answer your question, Cliff notes style. The LDS church has had a strong presence in the Polynesian islands for a long time (think 1800s). That led to a strong Polynesian community in Salt Lake.

    BYU was really the first to tap into the Polynesian community, but with Ron McBride, Utah started to as well. Given the strong Polynesian communities in Utah, many athletes still on the islands have relatives in Utah. This is certainly a draw with island athletes. Plus, football is really gaining strength in Hawaii (I think per capita they have the highest number of D-1 athletes in football), there is a larger pool to draw from.

    I'm sure someone could give you a much more complete answer, but that's the best I can.

    March 18, 2010 1:20 p.m.

    I have a question about the Utah & BYU teams, I live in the south and a fan of the mighty SEC, but someone explain to me how does Utah & BUY get these player from the Islands (don't know which island Fugi?)Love the way u guys are talking about BCS game hope to meet either team there!!

  • Re sidenote
    March 18, 2010 11:07 a.m.

    That will be awesome if Misi goes in the first round. I just hope it is not to the Browns. I would like to see him go to a quality team.

  • Sidenote
    March 18, 2010 6:55 a.m.

    CBS sportline has Misi going 32nd to the Browns!!!

    Great to see Utah having the 1st player choosen from the state of Utah.

  • Enough Talk of NC
    March 18, 2010 1:34 a.m.

    Preseason is BYUs time of year... Let them print t-shirts we need to focus on game one.

    Go Utes!!!

  • uh wee
    March 17, 2010 11:19 p.m.

    Saw practice last week, and let me tell y'all, they look reall good..the defense (o-line vs D-line) battles are just like a watching a train wreck..the hits are vicious..they get after one another..I feel sorry for who they get get out the gate...

  • Excited
    March 17, 2010 9:00 p.m.

    They will have the defense ready. Saw a practice last week and it is no joke. The coaches know what they are doing.

  • nervous ute fan
    March 17, 2010 8:19 p.m.

    Our schedule is favorable, I love the way Whit reloads. I am very nervous about our upcoming D.

    Go Utes!!!

  • danburtreynolds
    March 17, 2010 7:56 p.m.

    This time of year isn't nearly as difficult as July for me. Serious withdrawls coupled with fall camp in the near future.

    I love the talent the Utes have, and how the schedule sets up. It certainly is in the realm of possibility for another run at a BCS game, but to predict it is a jump. So many things have to break your way to go undefeated that predicting it a dangerous business.

    At this point, based on players returning, how things broke down in MWC conference, I would guess the Utes would be favored in 10 of their games, possibly 11 depending on Notre Dame. TCU I would think would still be given the nod over the Utes at this point. But given who BYU is replacing I think Utah would be favored over them, at this point.

    That being said, I look forward to it being played out on the field.

    Go Utes.

  • Anonymous
    March 17, 2010 7:19 p.m.

    I agree that we as Ute fans should continue to excited about the possibilities but take it one game at a time.

    Leave the delusion and boasting to the Kewgs.

  • It's Okay!
    March 17, 2010 6:43 p.m.

    You can keep talking!....Nobody CARES!

  • early
    March 17, 2010 6:20 p.m.

    Holy fire people. Stop with the early talk. You sound like a bunch of cougar fans. How about we lay off the pre-season national championship claims shall we? Leave that to the zoobs.

  • Anonymous
    March 17, 2010 5:43 p.m.

    To: Too Much Early Talk | 4:02 p.m. March 17, 2010

    I agree. Early talk of a BCS is left to tds (Quest for Perfection). Utah is grounded in reality and mental toughness - one game at a time mentality. We are the Utes not the Cougs. One game at a time folks.

  • Too Much Early Talk
    March 17, 2010 4:02 p.m.

    Isn't it a little early to be talking an undefeated season, BCS game, and a national championship? Especially after the coach uses words like "work in progress", "Baby Steps", and "Needs to come along". I hope the Utes are good this year, but stay grounded and real!! We haven't won a single game this season yet.

  • Big Ben
    March 17, 2010 3:54 p.m.

    Are we still in March? Sigh.......I can hardly wait for football! We should compete for a conference crown. Remember 2007? Everyone was telling us how our secondary would be no good because we were replacing Weddle and Evans etc. Well, we had RoJo, Joe Dale, and Sean Smith step up big time, especially in the latter half of the year. This year should be similar. We have the athletes. Get them on the field and we will be fine.

  • Ernest T. Bass
    March 17, 2010 12:29 p.m.

    No doubt utah will be the best football team in the universe this year because last year they were so...dang...awesome.

  • Utah Mann
    March 17, 2010 11:07 a.m.

    To my fellow ute fans: Let's just take it one game at a time fellas.

    We will let the Y fans proclaim national championship after game one (ie last year after Oklahoma game).

    One game at a time, nothing more, nothing less....


  • "a work in progress"
    March 17, 2010 10:48 a.m.

    Everyone knows what it means when your coach says "it's a work in progress", right?

  • Third
    March 17, 2010 10:40 a.m.

    The only third number that the u will be playing for, is 3rd place in the MWC again.

  • Title
    March 17, 2010 10:37 a.m.

    I have no doubt we will be player for a third BCS bowl this year. The question will be if we can get a chance at the national title when we go undefeated again?

    GO Utes

  • Chris
    March 17, 2010 12:54 a.m.

    Washington is pretty great.

    I played against him in a BYU summer camp my senior year, and he absolutely disrupted our offense at safety. He is crazy fast, with a great first jump. Some of BYU's coaches (including Bronco) saw him during the game, and immediately went over and talked to him after the game.

    I was really happy when he signed with Utah and I'm excited to see how he develops.

    Go Utes!

  • I 2nd That....
    March 17, 2010 12:48 a.m.

    I believe this team has a strong chance of going to a BCS game! It always happens on even years like this year. Mark my words 2010 BCS busting again! It happened in 04 and 08 plus we have TCU and BYU coming to town which is a huge advantage unlike the odd years like last year the Utes played at TCU and at BYU. Can't wait til' they beat Pitt! GO UTES!!!!

  • #3
    March 16, 2010 11:32 p.m.

    Very strong chance of going to our 3rd bcs game this year. This time it will be for a real national championship too, something the tds can only dream about. I'd say we have at least a 50% chance of going undefeated. Guaranteed we end the season ranked in top 10!

    Go Utes!!

  • coach Whitt.....
    March 16, 2010 11:09 p.m.

    I can't wait to see the Utes this year.

    They have a great schedule and I think they will have a good team.

    It's always interesting to see how the coaches shuffle around players to new positions - it seems to have worked out well so far.

    Go Utes!!!