Utah Utes football: Four battling for halfback job

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  • papichuloguero86 kihei, hi
    March 23, 2011 10:23 a.m.

    About the three back system.... Wisconsin did it wonderfully and went to the rose bowl. If you can team the horses, you can pull a bigger wagon.
    About Thretton Palamo..... Remember Frank "the tank" Summers at UNLV? He was 5'10" and 230 lbs. Palamo is 6'4" 235 lbs and has a professional rugby resume. Just saying.

  • Al Bundy murray, ut
    March 12, 2011 3:24 p.m.

    Moving guys around scares me a little? I liked Boo on Defense, I hope he does well at FB! I am sure Coach knows what will work! GO UTES!!!!!!!

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    March 11, 2011 4:46 p.m.

    Re: hedgehog

    You must not have actually watched the Florida St. game. JJ DiLuigi had one of his best performances of the season and fell just short of 100 yards against a defense that debatably has some of the best athletes in the country, and are looking to be a preseason top 5 team this Fall. BYU may have been beaten down in that game, but from what I saw in that game it was by far one of the best games of his career.

    JJ is legit, and I wish fans (and coaches for that matter) would stop the love affair with Juice and acknowledge that we have a starter-worthy veteran in JJ who would have been a 1,000 rusher if he had actually got more than 10 carries a game. To be quite honest Juice is a good back, but I haven't been blown away by him.

  • Ibleedcrimson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 11, 2011 4:28 p.m.

    Let them get some reps in pads before everyone starts evaluating, it's way to early to tell who's going to seperate themselves from the rest of the pack.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    March 11, 2011 1:49 p.m.

    I agree it isn't the same as at qb but the last couple of years of not having a rb step up at utah has hurt them in my opinion. I know they still have had good seasons but there have been times they couldn't establish a running game and I think you need to have one guy be the guy.
    Also BYU has not been a multi rb offense the last few years. Harvey Unga got 80% of the carries up until last year when they had to spread it around because he wasn't there. I think most would agree that the 3 years Harvey dominated the carries were better than last year when no one rb took control.

    But that said I do think one guy will take control at utah and I think it will be Langi. But even if it is one of the others someone needs to be "the guy". It is always a plus to have depth and other capable rb's but having one guy be the guy is still the best in my opinion.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    March 11, 2011 1:43 p.m.

    "I think any of them would probably be good enough to play on the Y's scout team this year"


    Are you insinuating the BYU has good RB's? In their only two legit games last year ( FL.St and Utah) both Luigi and Q were completly shut down. I suspect more of the same this year...perform OK against the WAC &SWAC and curl up in a fetal ball for the few BCS games.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    March 11, 2011 12:36 p.m.

    I think we have some great possibilities at RB and I'm looking forward to seeing who emerges.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 11, 2011 12:35 p.m.

    I think any of them would probably be good enough to play on the Y's scout team this year.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    March 11, 2011 11:28 a.m.

    Re: Duckhunter

    I can't really agree with you on that one. BYU has a 3 back system and it works great. That's like saying you have no receivers if you have 3 receivers, it just doesn't make sense. The only position that really applies to is QB. Every other position you want to rotate, keep fresh, and mix up looks because then it's more headaches for the opposition and more guys to look out for. So much of football is outscheming your opponent, and the more guys you have to make the other team prepare for, the harder it is for the opposition to win.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    March 11, 2011 10:42 a.m.


    that generally holds true for QBs, but I don't think it pertains to rbs. Teams have gone away from the feature back to having at least 2 usually 3 backs that get significant playing time. It will be interesting to see who steps up, but it appears the talent is there.

  • Provo_Utahan Provo, UT
    March 11, 2011 9:28 a.m.

    Ha, that didn't take to long to start talking smack on BYU, and strangely Idaho Falls. Where ever you are from if you are a Utah fan I'm happy to see you write in here.
    Having a good depth at the different running backs would be nice. I remember in the 2009 season when all of the running backs were injured one game. Looks like Utah has come a long way since then. Hopefully they will get a good running game going so that Wynn doesn't have to carry the offense.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    March 11, 2011 9:23 a.m.

    The truth is if you have 4 rb's then you really don't even have 1 rb. If no one can seperate themselves then you have nothing. Basicly that is what utah has had the last couple of years, a couple of guys that were incapable of taking it over for themselves. My guess is Langi will eventually do it though as he is a good rb. Size and speed makes for a good combination and he has both.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    March 11, 2011 8:48 a.m.


    You're right - it's going to be a long long season. They tend to be long when you have a bowl game after New Year's Day.

    As for your school (BYU), it's going to be a short short season. Once you lose to Utah on 9/18, without a conference title to look towards, there won't be muchleft to play for. I would expect that to be the case most years - enjoy it.

  • afro14 Sandy, UT
    March 11, 2011 8:02 a.m.

    It'll be fun to see which of these running backs separates himself from the pack. I have high hopes for Langi and the new rugby star, it'd be awesome to see him turn into the type of back that linebackers fear tackling.

  • KamUte South Jordan, UT
    March 11, 2011 7:30 a.m.

    Who let Idaho Falls in here? Go cheer for Idaho State.

    Going to be a great year with some big victories and a few lumps. Got my tix and excited to be around a league bigger than anything ever seen in this state.

  • EdGrady Idaho Falls, ID
    March 10, 2011 11:15 p.m.

    Can't wait to see that BB-Gun offense that Chow ran at UCLA.

  • hedgelog Idaho Falls, ID
    March 10, 2011 9:23 p.m.

    It's going to be a long long season!