Utah Utes football: Kyle Whittingham sees positives in first scrimmage

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  • flynn is the coolest Salt Lake City, UT
    April 4, 2011 11:43 a.m.

    Looks like Utah has its own Unga. (Harvey played rugby also).

  • Ibleedcrimson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 4, 2011 10:49 a.m.

    "Really if you have to post it then it really just means no one knows, or cares, about it."

    If you have to post "LOL" after every sentence you're really not very funny!

  • jefferysl Huntsville, Alabama
    April 4, 2011 8:07 a.m.

    I played rugby for ASU as part of the "scrub" team and played a further four years as part of a club team after college. It's a rough game, Palamo will do alright. His durability and conditioning, at the very least, should not be in question. In rugby, play doesn't stop except in a few situations (scrums, line outs, or penalty kicks). Having played both football (Highschool) and rugby I'd say that "generally" the hitting is less violent in rugby but you have to be in much better physical condition. Even the big guys (called "Forwards") have to be able to run. One thing you don't want to carry over from rugby, though, is that you have to release the ball once you're tackled!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 3, 2011 4:55 p.m.

    @naval lint

    No one outside of slc and a cold lonely basement in ann arbor cares much although it is alot of fun reading you girls constantly posting your supposed resume. Really if you have to post it then it really just means no one knows, or cares, about it.

    But in all seriousness I predict a .500 season, at best, for utah this year. There are alot of reasons for that. They lost alot of players, the new conference is going to beat them down, the qb is not good, the rb's may have talent but none has ever carried a ball in a D1 game, I really think the offense might be terrible, the defense is replacing just about everyone, to be honest optimism is really just delusion this year.

    But of course we will see and hailstorm is saving all my posts, LOL, so when it is all over we can compare the actual results to my predictions.

  • Jeff ls Farr West, 84404
    April 3, 2011 2:07 p.m.

    I am a BYU fan. I have great respect for Kyle as a coach. I want him to be successful. I have always wondered why rugby players have not been more heavily recruited in football. I think it is a very interesting and perfectly natural move. Utah will have their struggles with so many new key players touching the ball. It will take time. I do not appreciate how Utah fans continually slime the articles on BYU football. I hope Utah is successful. I also hope we kick your butts in Sept. It is a new season and time will tell. I do worry about Utah injuries in the cheap shot 12 conference. USC and Oregon are really good with the technique. I understand that football is only a game, nothing more. You will be cannon fodder in a lot of sports, almost all of them. I hope you are able to select a very good basketball coach quickly. Recruiting time is on deck.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    April 2, 2011 10:18 p.m.


    Chow didn't win any BCS Bowls at ybU or NC State either. But he had found signiicant success while at USC in the interims. And since amid the BCS era, Utah had won more BCS Bowls than ybU, NC State, and UCLA combined, I figure it stands to reason he just might find more success up on the Hill than he did in Westwood, Raleigh, or Provostan.

    Pac-12 > Indy-WAC

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    April 2, 2011 9:45 p.m.


    You have the wrong team. BYU does not have a player named Luigi.

  • wardu Fallon, NV
    April 2, 2011 9:11 p.m.

    After watching UCLA win all those Rose Bowls and BCS championships with Mr. Chow's prolific offense, Utah is bound to win it all next year.

  • hymn to the silent Holladay, UT
    April 2, 2011 5:52 p.m.

    Not surprised by Palamo's performance. He is scary quick...and he is used to a fast pace. In rugby, everybody runs a 4.4 forty...so not much adjustment to the speed of the game. The others will catch up. Some nice talent in the backfield...BYU trolls should be watching their own scrimmages...not many sub 5 fortys on this year's team...

  • ET Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    April 2, 2011 4:54 p.m.

    I can't see these running backs carrying a serious chow style running game. Your qb had better be very good.

  • Ibleedcrimson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 2, 2011 4:05 p.m.

    "From what Ducky has said in prior posts, he's responsible for building several UofU facilities, dear friend of Coach Kwhit and has done yardwork for spence Eccles."

    Didn't he date one of Huntmans daughters too?

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    April 2, 2011 2:55 p.m.

    Luigi is averaging over 40 yards per carry this spring. Although it takes time for traffic cones used for defense to catch up to the offense.

    Jay Drew has an amusing video of kewgs hitting a tire with a sledgehammer....

    No doubt Brocno and friends will have his team "ready" this fall. Just not sure it will be football.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 2, 2011 2:46 p.m.


    So who is obsessed with whom? LOL

    8 sacks may not be a bad defensive effort but it sure doesn't speak well for the o-line.


    Yeah 2.8 and 2.9 is soooo much better than "about 2".

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    April 2, 2011 2:02 p.m.

    I do not think you can tell much at this point. The new offense has only be in a couple of days.

    There is no reason to assume that Utah will be really bad this year. For years they have had more talent that BYU. Talent eventually shows up on the field if coached well.

    By the 4th game you will have some basis for the rest of the year.

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    April 2, 2011 1:08 p.m.

    I think that having Palomalo in the backfield is going to surprise a lot of people. I do know that Rugby backs can take a hit and keep on trucking, also they he should have great experience when he sees an opening and in the open field.
    Remember Ducunter, I'm saving some of your choicer rants for October so that I can put them on here and have you eat some crow instead of canard.
    Utah will be fine, if I were you and the blue crew I'd be concerned about the new coaches with little experience and the Y fans built in excuse of a "rebuilding" year.
    8 sacks is not a poor defensive error, blew Coug.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    April 2, 2011 1:04 p.m.

    All the BYU trolls don't post 1/2 as many times on Ute article as Ute trolls post on BYU articles. One in particular has a real obsession with BYU.

    Hard to determine the strength of the team from a few practices or a scrimage. Congrats to Langi for getting some valuable experience. He will be a stud down the road. But I'd be suprised if Palomalo isn't the guy this year.

    I think the two keys to Utah's success will be Wynn's ability to get back into game shape, and the entire offenses ability to grasp Chow's new offense.

  • BluCoug Provo, UT
    April 2, 2011 11:57 a.m.

    sounds like a poor defensive effort.

  • gonefishn Salt Lake City, UT
    April 2, 2011 11:27 a.m.

    The qb's looked really good and were even better than the stats suggest due to several drops by the wr's.

  • Thriller Saint George, UT
    April 2, 2011 10:53 a.m.


    We must be in pretty good shape if the only thing you can find to rag on is our RBs. Not only that, you have to make up your own numbers about our RBs and then rag on them based on your false numbers.

    Palamo averaged 4.5 yards per carry.
    White averaged 2.9 yards per carry (much closer to 3 than "about 2").
    Langi averaged 2.8 yards per carry (again, much closer to 3 than "about 2").

    The 3 RBs combined for 136 yards on 38 carries. 3.6 yards per carry isn't bad for a group of RBs in their first spring scrimmage in their first year of football at the U.

    Desperation is setting in early out in Highland it seems.

  • butters Salt Lake city, UT
    April 2, 2011 10:53 a.m.

    a lot better hearing about utah's live scrimmages than hearing about how many yards heaps throws against the air

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    April 2, 2011 10:27 a.m.

    "I would say you are borderline obsessed with University of Utah athletics"


    From what Ducky has said in prior posts, he's responsible for building several UofU facilities, dear friend of Coach Kwhit and has done yardwork for spence Eccles.

  • Rock Of The Marne Phoenix, AZ
    April 2, 2011 10:12 a.m.

    Obviously you do care Duckhunter, you are on Utah stories like white on rice. In fact, due to you frequent posts I would say you are borderline obsessed with University of Utah athletics due to number of said posts. By the way, most rational football fans without an axe to grind would see yesterdays scrimmage as a positive with a relatively unknown player (at least in football) showing he has the stuff against a stout defense. White and Langi, based on on prior performance, have shown they are both great backs, Palamo may have shown he is in that league as well or possibly better. Dont worry Ducky, despite your prognosis of woe for the Utes they will do just fine in the PAC 12. Isnt there a BYU article you could go troll?

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    April 2, 2011 10:02 a.m.


    I know it looks a little weird, but Palomalo is a freak. He turned down a million dollar contract to play professional rugby and his combination of size and speed is impressive. It will be interesting to see how it turns out. Other reports from the scrimmage said White was good, but needs to work on his blocking, but the recurrent theme was that the RBs, especially White and Langi struggled with the speed of the game, I'm confident they'll adjust, and the O-line will come together under Davis. His hire is grossly undervalued.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    April 2, 2011 9:59 a.m.

    Why doesn't the dnews report how many drops the receivers had in Utah practices they way they do in byu practices?

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 2, 2011 8:58 a.m.

    Did I read this correctly? Was the leading rusher a rugby player that hasn't played football in years and the two superstud recruits averaged about 2 yds per?

    This isn't how wedgie said it was going to happen. I'd be just a little bit concerned about the offense if I actually cared.

  • Dave S Holladay, UT
    April 2, 2011 8:56 a.m.

    I find it funny that the first comment on a UTE article is from a BYU Troll!! Can you say insecurity....

  • Magic Happens Kaysville, UT
    April 2, 2011 8:44 a.m.

    RE: nunya, Hey Mr. Harmon has a great article on weight loss regarding BYU's spring practice. Perhaps you can troll over there for some inspiration.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    April 2, 2011 8:19 a.m.

    Nunya was breaking news yesterday referring to Chow at UCLA. It's nice to see him sticking to his theme. But obviously his mom hasn't logged on yet to recommend his post.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    April 2, 2011 7:10 a.m.

    Joe Kruger is the real deal. Oregon and Cal wanted him bad (as did BYU) but he Utes won out again with another Kruger.

  • nunya sacramento, ca
    April 2, 2011 3:18 a.m.

    I too see the positive. That your offense will be and do the same thing ucla's did when chao was there. Hmmm, good luck lil bro's.