Utah Utes football: Haloti Ngata says the Utes will do well in the Pac-12

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  • MichiganCoog Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 19, 2011 7:34 p.m.

    Whatever Dirk...Haloti really said that? Must not have much to report...oh well, next September is just around the corner, when Utah's reality sets in, right next to Washington State...I can't wait!

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    April 18, 2011 10:56 a.m.

    Sammyg - would love for you to meet Haloti. Have some time this week?

    Haloti has become a regular fixture at the U. He spends a lot of time with the staff and at practice in the off season - uses the facilities to work out - etc. He is not an uninformed observer.

    Also interesting that Reno Mahe was on the U. campus working with some of the players and that Vai spent some time with the team. Nice to see the Cougs support their brothers to the North. The poly connection on the hill is alive and well.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    April 17, 2011 10:51 p.m.

    @ FYI

    It's simply the luck of the draw FYI. No one knows when the moderators will approve any comment to post. This week it was simply luck and I don't usually seek after the 'glory' to be first. I had some extra time this week between jobs and was genuinely interested in what was happening. I was glad the weather cooperated for the scrimmage.

    From what was reported from both teams it appears that one team has less problems and injuries to contend with... that would be BYU.

    The Utes offense is struggling, mainly the QBs, as reported and Thretton did not perform as many had hoped. Others did manage to 'show' so that's encouraging but the QB situation is dire. Lot of pressure on Wynn and he comes up short there's little experience to draw upon to lead the Utes. Lots of things to work on between now and August.

    If BYU has problems they are minimal compared to the Ute QB issues. That's my take, like it or not.

  • dahomes Phoenix, AZ
    April 17, 2011 7:20 p.m.

    No sour grapes here! I'd have the exact same response if Haloti was talking about BYU doing well/not doing well by going independent.

    His guess about Utah's success outlook is as good as yours, mine, Hedgehog, or Chris B. While he may have played in the Pac 10, that doesn't mean he has any clue of what it takes for a team to win there versus anywhere else. Besides, the conference is very different than when he played. USC, UCLA, UW, ASU, WSU, Colorado, Utah, and Haloti's alma mater, Oregon, all have had coaching changes. When he played, the conference was referred to as the USC+9 due to the dominant play by USC and mediocre play by everyone else. The conference now is entirely different.

  • FYI Taylorsville, UT
    April 17, 2011 6:26 p.m.

    You must have the Dnews notify you everytime a Ute article is posted, you seem to frequently be the first one to comment, and yet often way down the list on BYU articles, if at all. It's interesting to know which team really has your attention.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    April 17, 2011 3:13 p.m.

    If Ngata listened to some advice he was getting (back then) & played for tds; we would not be getting sour grapes now from sammyg & dahomes.

    Ngata's opinion is relevant. I hope he and Paul Krueger knock Roethliesberger senseless for many seasons to come.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    April 17, 2011 1:37 p.m.

    Haloti is phenomimal, but how many games did he play in against Utah? Better yet, how many games did he watch the U play the last 5 years? I think everyone knows what his answers would be to those questions.

    His uncle played for the U, so he has some family loyalties. The U hasn't dominated anyone for a long time except SJU. In games against BYU the past 2 years they were asleep for the first 3 quarters and needed a miracle block to preserve a victory. Take all the "pub" people give, cause it's gonna end this fall. Enjoy it while it lasts.

    Oh, look no further than TCU at home, UNLV's shutout, or UCLA beat down to define the U dominance.

  • Thriller Saint George, UT
    April 17, 2011 12:33 p.m.

    Yeah, why would the opinion of one of the NFL's most dominant defensive players who is from Utah and played in the PAC-12 even matter?

    He clearly knows no more about football than the experts who are so well represented on this comment board.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 17, 2011 8:02 a.m.


    Another whiny post. LOL

  • Rock Of The Marne Phoenix, AZ
    April 17, 2011 12:06 a.m.

    CougFaninTX what stings more, Utah's 20 plus game lead head to head against your kittens, or Utah having a very good bowl winning percentage and BYU having one of the worst in Div 1 football? My only concern regarding the rivalry is BYU will become so irrelevant in football that the Utes will have to schedule the likes of Montana State instead in order not ding the SOS too much.

  • dahomes Phoenix, AZ
    April 16, 2011 11:33 p.m.

    The fact that he is a neutral observer is what makes it weird. It'd be more appropriate to have Alex Smith, Kruger, Weddle, or Urban's opinion. What Haloti thinks on this particular subject is nothing more than news space filler.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    April 16, 2011 11:22 p.m.

    wow, Ngata's overpowering statements must be overpowering the BYU fan brain trust thereby overpowering their ability to not get offended at his overpowering statements (just had to bring it full circle)

  • Dave S Holladay, UT
    April 16, 2011 11:18 p.m.

    @dahomes: Obviously it really does matter to you or you wouldn't have taken the time to write a comment. He is obviously a neutral observer who didn't play for either Utah or Byu but voiced his opinion which echoe's many other knowledable football people.

  • dahomes Phoenix, AZ
    April 16, 2011 11:09 p.m.

    @Dave S. Jealous of what? What does the endorsement of a guy who knows no more about the Utes than you and I AND who hasn't played in the Pac-10 in half a decade matter?

    I tip my hat to the Utes for two undefeated seasons. Great accomplishment! But to say that they overpowered the conference is ridiculous, considering their schedule included games against TCU and BYU every year which were split about 50/50 during their history in the conference.

  • Dave S Holladay, UT
    April 16, 2011 11:00 p.m.

    Gotta love the jealousy displayed by "sammyg" & "dahomes"!! Once again your insecurity is laughable!!

  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    April 16, 2011 10:33 p.m.

    @8:40 & 9:14

    I'm sure Haloti would like to hear your mocking comments face to face.

    Not going to do that?

    Didn't think so...

  • dahomes Phoenix, AZ
    April 16, 2011 10:23 p.m.

    Was Haloti in Salt Lake to watch the MWC overpowering that went down against TCU? If so, is he aware that the Utes don't wear purple and white?

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    April 16, 2011 9:14 p.m.

    ET Bass,

    Yep, I'm fully aware of that.

    Let's just say the words "overpowering the Mountain West" is a far stretch when you consider last year's 'most historic game' and that the Utes and BYU each share 4 conference championships.

    Solid program, sure, Overpowering... don't think so.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    April 16, 2011 8:54 p.m.

    Hey Sam, who's was undefeated twice in five years? I don't care who you are, that is very impressive.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    April 16, 2011 8:40 p.m.

    "I think it'll be good for them because it looked like they were just overpowering the Mountain West."

    And this is the very reason why helmuts are required in football and they are continuing to improve them. Concussions and brain damage are very real in this sport.