Utah football: Utes' leaders urged to step up in troubled times

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  • Tomahawk Red North Salt Lake, UT
    Nov. 18, 2010 3:22 a.m.

    Another thing to remember here is that BYU fans are behaving as if the Utah we've seen the last two weeks is the REAL Utah... and the 8-0 Utes just got lucky every time out.

    Utah is a lot better than the team we've seen over the past two weeks. That is not even up for debate, everyone knows (or should know) Utah is better than this. You can't win 8 straight games and reach #5 in the BCS ranks if you're not.

    That said, BYU fans (and players) should be careful not to count Utah out. If people are expecting the Utes to keep losing the way they have, they are in for a big shocker. If you overlook the Utes, they will roll over you on Nov. 27.

    Gotta keep things in perspective people.

  • Tomahawk Red North Salt Lake, UT
    Nov. 18, 2010 3:09 a.m.

    End of an Error...

    Almost sounds convincing... until you go back and remember that BYU lost to Utah State. That game exposed BYU for being a truly mediocre team. Finally the BYU players are coming around, and just in time for some weak teams.

    If your point is to claim BYU has improved since week 1, then you are right. If you're claiming that the past two weeks prove (or even suggest) that BYU is better than Utah... well, you can't be more wrong.

    BYU clobbered two bad teams from a mediocre conference (just as Utah did)... and those wins were definitely expected. However, you and your blueblooded fans now seem to be coming out of the dark saying, "Wow, look at our blowout wins. Wow, Utah lost two in a row. I knew BYU wasn't that bad. Hey Utah, look who we just killed. Now it's clear that we're better than you."

    Deny it if you want to, but that's how you people come across right now.

    I'd love to hear just one of you try and explain exactly how that shows BYU is the better team.

  • SoCalUte Trabuco Canyon, CA
    Nov. 17, 2010 6:20 p.m.

    As mentioned above....the game totally hinges on Wynn. He is afraid to get hit, and when any type of pressure comes, he starts to look like to penguins on 'Happy Feet'. I say at the first sign of 'Happy feet', we give Cane a shot. he at least isn't afraid to get hit.
    I will be at the game on Saturday and they will be hearing from me if they aren't playing well.

    Go Utes!!!

  • Wallbanger Spanish Fork, UT
    Nov. 17, 2010 4:08 p.m.

    Big D
    It's because most people on these articles are in fact byu fans. After talking to many byu fans that I work with, suddenly they think they are way better or better than Utah because of beating the same cupcakes Utah has. Not to mention another one coming up this Saturday for the Y. I think the game on Nov 27th should be a good one, but I HIGHLY doubt byu has much of a chance to beat us. The Utes will be extremely fired up to beat byu, especially after what TCU did to them. Not to mention the "hate" speech Max Hall gave last year after the game. Don't think they've forgotten about that. Come on Utes, let's get things going again, beat SDSU.

  • BigD Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 17, 2010 9:02 a.m.

    Did anyone see the polls on the side of the article? Are people really predicting BYU to beat Utah? I am a die hard Y fan and have enjoyed the last few wins but I am still not on the band wagon that they are better than Utah.

  • EndOfAnError-01/20/2013 Suwanee, GA
    Nov. 17, 2010 8:46 a.m.

    "I think that's what made us 8-0," Cox said. "We've got great leaders..."

    Maybe. But I think that having one of the easiest schedules in all of college football was more of a factor. BYU has looked like world beaters the last few games because of the same easy schedule that Utah had prior to the two losses. Now the Utes are facing teams that are very good (TCU) and kinda, sorta ok (ND) and they are being exposed. San Diego is coming into this weeks game with a lot of confidence. This is the best team they have had for a long time. And if Utah wants to compete then they had better bring their A-game. Otherwise, they will look like TCU jumped on them again.

  • flintrock Rigby, Id
    Nov. 17, 2010 8:37 a.m.

    Its interesting that BYU is practising 1's against 1's. It sounds like a no brainer to me that you would play your best against your best so they can get used to the speed and the better coverages on game day. Wynn does not throw with any sip on the ball. He just floats it out there and hopes for the best. Whit has to much invested in Wynn to change. He will not change unless Wynn gets injured. That will probably happen when he is running for a 1 yard gain and slides into the down and distance chains on the sideline.

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 17, 2010 8:34 a.m.

    This game will determine the fate of Aaron Roderick and Jordan Wynn. With the step up to the PAC coming, everything will need to be upgraded. If Aaron and Jordan can show that they are making the necessary improvements to become big time conference of champions type performers, then by all means they should get the first shot at it. If they prove that they are just mid-level, mid-major type talents, then it is time to upgrade. This is not little league. Perform or move on.

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Nov. 17, 2010 7:08 a.m.

    Here´s a novel idea. Give the leaders an opportunity to lead. Give Asiata the ball more (why is Wide getting half the playing time again?)

    The mistake with Wynn was against Air Force. The coaching staff already showed their insecurity with Wynn as a leader when they didn´t let him air it out a little more. That was the pivot point. Once that card was played, the Utes needed to continue with the run game first, and pass only once the run game was established.

    Oh well, Monday morning quarterbacking is so much easier than making the calls on the field. Lets learn from the mistakes and prepare for the next 3 games. I´m happy with an 11-2 season, which is what I predicted on day 1.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Nov. 17, 2010 6:34 a.m.


    I totally agree.

    The QB position MUST be the alpha leader. Im really, really hoping that Wynn has the mental fortitude to hold this position. Wynns play and body language over the past two games looks more like a follower than a leader.

  • firestorm Lehi, UT
    Nov. 17, 2010 4:42 a.m.

    Until they make a Q change, it will be like an engin with dirty spark plugs.. All the determination in the world wont change the fact that when you put lipstick on a pig, a pig is still a pig...

  • Scoreboard Anchorage, AK
    Nov. 17, 2010 3:06 a.m.


    Go Aztecs!!!!

  • UoU 1991 Park City, UT
    Nov. 16, 2010 11:09 p.m.

    Is Wynn considered a Ute leader?

    Because, unless Wynn steps it up, it doesn't matter what the rest of the team does.