Utah Utes football notebook: Jordan Wynn, Shaky Smithson earn MWC accolades

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  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Oct. 12, 2010 5:27 p.m.


    Don't forget additional red shirts like Mo Lee, and Damian Pain.

    The fact is any of these red shirts would have found playing time on past Utah teams. What we're really seeing the the development or TRUE depth - needed for the "conference of champions"

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Oct. 12, 2010 3:01 p.m.

    sammyg set up a hypothetical that is still premature at this point but it does ask an interesting question:

    IF a team such as Utah (or Boise State or TCU, for that matter) goes undefeated would they deserve a shot at the NC?

    sammyg, who is clearly a fan of the '84 Cougars went all Bryant Gumbal and answered that he couldn't in good conscience due to the Hostess (Bo didley Tech) factor. Nice.

    What sammyg doesn't reveal is which type of team he would include. For example, in 2007 a two-loss LSU team played Ohio State for the NC. Hawaii, who was undefeated at the time went to the Sugar bowl vs UGA. It worked out that year for the BCS and the SEC. But the very next year, the Utes destroyed Bama in the SEC's back yard and ended the only undefeated team in 2008.

    So, is sammyg claiming he would put a 2-loss "whomever" instead of an undefeated Utes (the Utes would have had to win at ND, ISU, AFA and home wins vs Pitt, TCU and BYU) or vs other "undefeateds", he wouldn't rank Utah ahead?

    Max Hall, lol

  • pocyUte2 Pocatello, Id
    Oct. 12, 2010 10:50 a.m.


    Dunn is actually the H receiver splitting time with Griff McNabb as back up to Brooks, and I don't think he has a redshirt left. I understand your feeling about redshirting, but there is a freakish amount of talent already redshirting. Kenneth Scott, Lucky Radley, Fehoko, and Hale just to name a few. The receiving corp alone with another year of experience is going to be awesome next year considering we only lose Brooks. Certainly that is a significant loss, but, look what happens when teams key on him, other players go off.

    Great time to be a Ute.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Oct. 12, 2010 10:35 a.m.

    Shaky and Wynn are class acts on and off the field. Truly respectful of the game and truly appreciative of the accolades. We are lucky to have such great players and leaders on our team.

    Let's go Utes! One game at a time!

    The future is bright - I see roses on the horizon!

    Props go out to all the U alumni in the NFL. You make us proud every Sunday. The most players in the NFL by far of any MWC school! Bodes well for recruiting!

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Oct. 12, 2010 10:25 a.m.

    Shaks back!

    Now there are 4 good running backs for the utes. With the emergence of Dunn and the steady Asiata and Wide. There might be too much talent this year on the team. Wish we could have red shirted a couple guys.

    Looking forward to the back to back Air Force and TCU games. Hopefully AF stays ranked after they play TCU, but they probably wont. Hoping for a triple overtime game in that one, with TCU winning by 2 pts. Could keep the falcons in the top 25 and let Utah claim 3 victories over top 25 teams this year.

  • Te Amo Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 12, 2010 9:17 a.m.

    TCU is not as good this year as they were last year. I think the RES demon will get them "again" this year as the Utes are a much improved team. "IF" Utes were to go undefeated "again" this year and they would end up the only undefeated team again I believe they could possibly play in the NC game. Ohio St will probably win Out. Oregon usually looses to a real patsie on her schedule. Boise will probably slip on strength of schedule, which leaves Neb, Oklahoma as possible non-loosers. I don't believe they(BCS) would by-pass Utah with 12-0 again, Particularly after the way Utah embarassed the BCS in 2008. Everyone who knows and follows Ncaaf knows that Utah was the true NC in 2008. It is a long shot that neither Okla or Neb would win out. The Utes got a lot of good football with no let-downs to play before any of the above could come into play, but it's possible....

  • Otis Spurlock Ogden, UT
    Oct. 12, 2010 9:09 a.m.

    ESPN Official Quarterback Rankings has Jordan Wynn ranked the 13th best college quarterback in the nation today. Not too bad for a sophomore. Let's hope Wynn decides to not go pro after his junior year.

  • FlyingUte Murray, UT
    Oct. 12, 2010 9:07 a.m.

    Congrats to Shaky and Jordan!! Overcoming and achieving!!! GO UTES!!!

  • Archie O\'Fallon, MO
    Oct. 12, 2010 8:40 a.m.

    Congratulations to both of these players. The ISU game was thrilling because of these two and the Ute players as a whole.

    Well done gentlemen!!

  • Oklahoma Ute Oklahoma City, OK
    Oct. 12, 2010 8:37 a.m.

    Well done! An impressive win over a Big-12 squad. It will be interesting to see how the same team fares against another top-10 foe at Oklahoma this week.

  • Disco Vega Oakdale, CA
    Oct. 12, 2010 6:46 a.m.

    Congrats to Wynn and Shaky...both make me proud and make the game of football more enjoyable to watch...they are true gentlemen!

  • TJ2407 Springville, UT
    Oct. 12, 2010 6:24 a.m.

    Obviously it is down the road a bit but if utah runs the conference table is Wynn good enough to be the conference offensive player of the year? He is playing pretty well. Obviously it depends a lot on the TCU game in a few weeks. But if he keeps playing like he is I could see it happening.

  • Skippy West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 11, 2010 11:24 p.m.

    Shaky is amazing! And he is very fun to talk to. He makes watching football like a thrill ride at seven peaks...scary and exhilarating!
    Thanks for the ride Shaky!!!

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    Oct. 11, 2010 11:18 p.m.

    @sammyg | 5:55 p.m. Oct. 11, 2010

    Sorry to burst your bubble but BYU is a cupcake. Only cupcakes are 30 point underdogs.

    Did you notice that you won a NC with a SOS of #104?

    Did you notice that Utah put 11 defensive players in the NFL in 2 years? Did you notice that your defense is one of the worst in the nation? And regardless if its a reloading year or not they usually get spanked twice a year?

    How funny BYU used to develop real NFL talent. Now if a QB starts its something to celebrate at Provo Airport.

    Meanwhile Utah is developing more and more NFL athletes.

    Go UTES!!!

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Oct. 11, 2010 6:25 p.m.

    7 awards out of 18. Thats a pretty good number considering there are 9 teams. You would expect 2 based on the average.

    Amazing how much the MWC loves utah and despises certain other schools.

    Go Utes, and keep up the good work. The offense and special teams were incredible this last week, and the defense was pretty good too.

    Go Utes!

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Oct. 11, 2010 5:55 p.m.

    @ y be good ...blah blah

    You know as much as it hurts me to see BYU lose a few games I know things will get better but this discussion is not about BYU. It's about cupcakes.

    Can the Utes do it, another undefeated season??? With AFA, TCU, ND and our poor Cougars still ahead in the schedule, it's a nail biter, and anyone of these teams can put the kabosh to a BCS invitation.

    If the stars, planets and moon align and an unblemished season blesses the Utes it still ain't going to lead to a National Championship because of the 'Hostess' factor, as in cupcake, as I will now officially call it. Thanks to your schedule and those that created it you will not get that chance this year.

    Utes are on a winning streak, that's for sure but there are 4 games ahead that will test the Utes. If the Utes go all the way I could not in good conscience agree that they deserve a shot at the NC knowing that better teams are out there.

    By the way did you notice that the BYU QB to NFL roster got a little longer?

  • UteMan South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 11, 2010 4:58 p.m.

    The cupcake schedule argument is a little old.

    The overall record of the teams Utah has played is not good at 7-22, but if you dig a little deeper, you would see that 13 of the 22 losses are to teams that are currently in the Top 25 of the Coaches poll.

    Following are the teams Utah's competitors have lost to this year: (Oregon, Utah (5), Wisconsin (2), Alabama, Nevada (2), Iowa, and West Virginia...

    Four additional losses are to teams such as Miami #26, Notre Dame (Previously ranked), K State (Currently #33 in the AP) and Texas Tech.

    Add this up and you have 60% of the losses to top 25 teams and 80% (17/22) of the losses to BCS or current teams in the Top 35 in the country.

    There are a couple of bad losses mixed in such as UC Davis, Utep and Idaho but I would ask how many games San Jose State was supposed to win against Alabama, Utah, Wisconsin, Nevada??? How many games should UNLV have won against Wisconsin, Utah, West Virginia?

    New Mexico is really the weak link in this whole picture...They are just plain bad.

  • y be good when U CAN BE GREAT! Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 11, 2010 4:50 p.m.

    Better to beat those cupcakes than to lose to them (see USU) don't ya think?

  • Big_Ben Centerville, UT
    Oct. 11, 2010 4:37 p.m.


    you are a special individual.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Oct. 11, 2010 3:35 p.m.

    Congratulations to the players. You're playing well and hope you go all the way.

    Here's a shout out to the whiny Ute fans complaining about a slow response to your MWC honors. I personally called the DN staff and had them put this in for you.

    Now today's spelling lesson...H-O-S-T-E-S-S which goes with 'cupcake' as in your winning schedule thus far.

    AND let's not forget our history lesson as in BYU QB Factory. Today we recognize Max Hall who joined the BYU QB to NFL starter club. Let's put a gold star by his name for that 'Walk on' extra effort!

  • SoCalUtahFanToo Irvine, CA
    Oct. 11, 2010 3:14 p.m.


    It took about 6 hours for the news to make it into DN.

    Congrats to both Utes players!

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Oct. 11, 2010 3:02 p.m.

    More Ute honors? Only the beginning!!

    Go Utes! Go Crimson!

    Next stop: Wyoming

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 11, 2010 2:43 p.m.

    Keep racking them up boys!

    Go Utes, one game at a time!

  • Big_Ben Centerville, UT
    Oct. 11, 2010 2:39 p.m.

    It would not have surprised me if Shaky had won both offensive and special teams. But congrats to Jordan Wynn!

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    Oct. 11, 2010 2:30 p.m.

    Shaky is impressive. Wynn is coming along, great to see how responded after the pick.

    Go job Utes!! Next up Wyoming.