Utah Utes football notebook: Utes QB coach Brian Johnson knows about Frogs

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  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Nov. 5, 2010 7:22 a.m.

    It's to bad V.J. couldn't make an impact this year....

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    Nov. 5, 2010 7:05 a.m.

    I wouldn't be surprised to see Chaz Walker take all of this "linebackers exposed" talk a little personally. He sort of feeds off of stuff like that.

  • mr. j Cottonwood Hts., Ut
    Nov. 5, 2010 12:47 a.m.

    The Linebackers can compete. A good linebacker is only half of what makes 'a good linebacker.' The other half is a good D-Line and we have a great one which will eat up alot of the effort of the TCU blocking scheme so expect manis, martinez, walker and maybe williams to be flying around making plays as usual.

  • GoUtah Cougarville, UT
    Nov. 4, 2010 11:15 p.m.

    I agree with the linebacker play. The absence of JJ and Nia Fotu (both out all season to date) will be big in this game. Air force exposed the linebackers, too. Cox and Shelly are incredible D-ends, but can the linebackers compete at TCU's level.

    If Utah can stop the run and force TCU to throw, I fell like we win this game. If not, it's going to be a long night.

  • T-Mac Meridian, ID
    Nov. 4, 2010 10:51 p.m.


    I agree, don't bring in Williams unless he's 100%. If we get past TCU perhaps JJ can add some depth at LB for the last 3 games

    I actually haven't been all that impressed with our LBs this year. I think they lack speed and athleticism to blitz like to 08 and 09 backers. I think this is the area of the field TCU will exploit. I hope I'm wrong.

  • MJB Tooele, UT
    Nov. 4, 2010 2:40 p.m.

    Good luck.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Nov. 4, 2010 1:46 p.m.

    We need Brandon Burton to play BIG!! He was picked by Mel Kiper, Jr. and the ESPN staff as the best player on the field in this game by far.

    Go Utes! Squash the toads!!

    See you at GameDay!!

  • SoCalUtahFan Utesville, CA
    Nov. 4, 2010 1:00 p.m.

    It's only Thursday and I am nervous already--may be that's why I never played sports...:)

    All the talks–cheap, no champions are determined on how good they talked
    All the stats–useless, stats don't determine the winner
    All the praises of/from the opponent–hypocrisy
    All media stuffs–pump and dump, they pump you up only to get ready to dump you if you lose

    What count most?

    1) Players: mental toughness; comradery–the willingness to fight with each others in the game;

    2) Coaches: game plan preparation; mental sharpness–ability to make the smart call/strategy, the right substitutes;

    3) Fans: bring your voice and enthusiasm to the stadium–you can actually give Utah an edge here

    So, after all said, I am sticking to my prediction of another close game ending up in a Utah win–home field advantage will make a difference.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Nov. 4, 2010 12:29 p.m.

    What the Utes really need is a 100% JJ Williams not a 75% JJ. Actually I’m amazed at how well the Utes have played at the LB position since loosing two starters this year. Saturday might expose a few things.

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Nov. 4, 2010 12:04 p.m.

    Expect coach Patterson to lose his voice in the first quarter in this one.

    The Utes could bring some worry to the TCU sideline. I hope the utes win the coin toss and defer. I would love to see the Utah D start things out with a quick 3 and out.