Utah Utes football: Blechen's switch to safety pays off

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  • FlyingUte Murray, UT
    Oct. 29, 2010 4:27 p.m.

    Yeah...he's average. I hope every team we play just reads the stats and says average, nothing to fear. Blechen has gone about his business doing his job and winning. No press conferences at sports bars. Just tough playing on the field. GO UTES!!!

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Oct. 29, 2010 12:21 p.m.

    I agree, I'm not a big proponent of hype, but I think comparing him to Weddle in the wild cat is folly, blechen hasn't even been called on to do that, and I doubt he ever will given the weapons we have on offense.

    I still don't agree with you that the stats bear out average because I don't think you can judge defensive guys by stats. I do agree that the secondary hasn't been tested, but, I would say the talent is definitely there.

  • flintrock Rigby, Id
    Oct. 29, 2010 11:37 a.m.

    I'm not anti Blechen... I'm anti HYPE. Based on your own stats..he is average. He is not TROY Polamalu.
    Can he be a Star. Sure he can. He's just got a way to go. When the HYPE machine gets started (Obama is a perfect example) it should be backed up with reality.
    Our secondary in my opinion has not been tested with the teams we have played so far. (Cupcakes)
    If you look at the stats when Weddle played the wildcat they weren't all that great. Louks who transferred to Nevada had better numbers than Weddle when he played the wildcat. I'm not trashing Weddle..,, just dealing in reality not HYPE

  • Big Ben 2.0 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 29, 2010 11:06 a.m.


    We can't give him the heisman, Jake Heaps already has the next four.

    We can't put his image on mount rushmore, Ross Apo, Zach Stout, Josh Quezada, and Heaps are already in line, and after how dominate that foursome has been, can you blame them?

    Someday, I really hope that the U. of U. can become as good as BYU. Maybe, just maybe, we can pull a stunning upset at RES at the end of the year and ruin yet another BYU run to the BCS!

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Oct. 29, 2010 11:04 a.m.


    If I recal, you've been pretty anti-Blechen all season. While it's true, one interception doesn't make a career, I'm curious as to which stats you use to determine him as average. He's 6th on the team in tackles, one of 5 players on the team with a pick. It's tough to compare him to players on other teams because schemes are so different, but if that's average, I'll take all the "average" guys you got"

    He is a freshman who is making a positive impact. Teams aren't exposing him, which is huge for a freshman. Blechen has shown a lot of promise, he's a big hitter who supports the run and can maintain coverage when he needs to. One can safely project, given the progress he has made in this short time that if he continues to progress, he will be a solid player for his career at Utah with the potential to be a star.

  • SoCal Andy Thousand Oaks, CA
    Oct. 29, 2010 10:34 a.m.

    Think Eric Weddle. I wouldn't be surprised to See Brian in the wildcat formation in a couple of years.

  • flintrock Rigby, Id
    Oct. 29, 2010 10:16 a.m.

    The only thing left to do is award him the Heisman Trophy and put his image on Mount Rushmore. I think we are getting a little ahead of ourselves lemmings. One interception does not make a career. Once you get past the overblown hype and look at the stats... he is having a very average year at best.

  • CdA Ute Gilbert, AZ
    Oct. 28, 2010 7:46 p.m.

    Blechen reminds me of a young Troy Polamalu when Troy was at USC. Brian swarms to the ball very quickly and lays out the hard hits. As he progresses, opposing offenses are going to have to adjust to his presence just like Polamalu's.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Oct. 28, 2010 5:17 p.m.

    Blechen will most likely team up with Keith McGill next year... could become the best saftey tandem in the PAC 12

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Oct. 28, 2010 4:00 p.m.

    Thanks DN,
    These are the kind of articles that we need. Even a little more depth would be appreciated.

    I cant believe Blechen was 18 when he sealed the Utah victory with that pick against Pitt.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Oct. 28, 2010 3:11 p.m.

    Outstanding coaching staff recognizing his talents and developing them into something special rather than sitting him on the bench behind Wynn.

    Go Brian! Go Utes!

  • Game For Any Fuss Draper, UT
    Oct. 28, 2010 1:24 p.m.

    Outstanding article! Brian Blechen is the total package - I love his aggressiveness at safety.

    Brian Blechen is to offenses what Chuck Norris is to bad guys.

    Looking forward to Brian slowing down the Falcons this Saturday!

  • Utesforlife Lehi, UT
    Oct. 28, 2010 1:18 p.m.

    Blechen is a stud and a strong tribute to the Utah coaching staff for yet another amazing vision of talent.