View from the Booth: View from the booth: It's Christmas day for Utah football fans

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  • Coach Biff Lehi, UT
    Aug. 5, 2011 2:14 p.m.

    Good luck, Utes! The only time I won't be rooting for you will be the Y game. I believe you'll shock the PAC 12 and you just may be in contention for the Rose Bowl. Tear 'em up!

  • showmeyatd's Pleasant View, Utah
    Aug. 5, 2011 1:03 p.m.

    Chris Bryant,
    Let us know what your new screen name is. We know that this is your life. Granny's basement wouldn't be the same without you glued to the computer. I guess you could try making a switch to finger painting. That might get old though after the 25th BYU logo with a big x through it. See you soon buddy.

  • B Logan, UT
    Aug. 4, 2011 8:35 p.m.

    Christmas day...until the blue Grinch steals it on Sept. 17!

  • 1984 for life Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 4, 2011 5:57 p.m.

    defibman | 1:57 p.m. Aug. 4, 2011
    Syracuse, UT

    Bleichen is playing for the U while Burton is in the NFL.

  • defibman Syracuse, UT
    Aug. 4, 2011 1:57 p.m.

    Come on, don't say things that will go over the utes heads. They have a hard enough time understanding the pictures on these articles.

  • Blue KoolAid near, the beach
    Aug. 4, 2011 1:25 p.m.

    re: JoCo 'what does the perceived political sensitivity of the PAC-12, or any other conference or university, have to do with football?'

    I don't know, why don't you ask the Stanford band?

  • SoCalTrueBlue2 San Diego, CA
    Aug. 4, 2011 1:24 p.m.

    Whew . . . big sigh of relief . . . when I read this headline I thought the U had landed some huge 5-star recruit that BYU was also recruiting. Merry Christmas, Utah, to you first day of summer practice.

  • ute-chute Beverly Hills, CA
    Aug. 4, 2011 1:22 p.m.

    JoCo Ute | 12:42 p.m. Aug. 4, 2011
    Grants Pass, OR

    RE: Blue Koolaid. Huh? What does the perceived political sensitivity of the PAC-12, or any other conference or university, have to do with football?

    Kept LDS BYU out of the PAC, allowing Utah in.

    But, that's just stating the obvious.

    "Another Festivus Miricle".

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 4, 2011 1:17 p.m.

    Christmas will be when the Utes have a chance to play Oregon in December and byU will be finishing up their WAC schedule:)

    Go Utes!

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Aug. 4, 2011 12:53 p.m.

    I wish the Utes well in every game except Sept 17, but Roses? It's doubtful that PAC12 will get two teams in BCS bowls this year, and if they do I'm betting on Oregon and Stanford. But I don't fault you for hoping for the best for your team.

    It will be interesting to see how Wynn fares after surgery and how well he picks up the new offense with no Spring practice. In my opinion, Wynn is the key to a great season. If his shoulder is not 100% or he struggles to pick up the new, complex offense; the Utes will feel like they got a lump of coal for Christmas.

  • JoCo Ute Grants Pass, OR
    Aug. 4, 2011 12:42 p.m.

    RE: Blue Koolaid. Huh? What does the perceived political sensitivity of the PAC-12, or any other conference or university, have to do with football? Could this comment be an attempt at conservative political humor? Whoa Nellie, a swing and a miss. As an independent the "Y" will be playing catholic schools, baptist schools, military academies, conservative state universities in the deep south, liberal universities in the northeast and just about everything in between. This will be a great experience for the young men who play for BYU and might (?) even open a few closed minds of local fans. Funny how things work out.

  • giantfan Farmington, UT
    Aug. 4, 2011 11:55 a.m.

    Reilly, how can it be "Christms Day" when at least half, if not more, of the fanbase is probably unaware that fall camp starts today? How many have today circled on the calendar versus those that have September 1st?

  • Not So Good Farmington, UT
    Aug. 4, 2011 11:51 a.m.

    Re: Ufan

    I thought only BYU fans made delusional preseason predictions!

  • Blue KoolAid near, the beach
    Aug. 4, 2011 11:13 a.m.

    Must be careful here due to the politically sensitive nature of the members of this conference...perhaps the story title should be changed to: 'It's a Holiday Festival for Utah football fans', or 'It's another Festivus Miracle'.

  • williary Kearns, UT
    Aug. 4, 2011 10:53 a.m.

    The secondary will be insteresting to watch play out. I feel very confident in the Safety position. McGill will be in the NFL in 2 years, he's a much needed upgrade at the FS position. Walker is a hard hitter. Very similar to Blechen. Good depth behind both if needed.

    Corner is another story. Black was burned badly at times last year, especially on the deep ball. Some of that will be nullified with McGill on board, but certainly still questions with Black. I like Lacy, he's pretty physical for a corner, but not sure about his ball skills. One of them needs to step up and become a guy who can shutdown half of the field.

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Aug. 4, 2011 10:41 a.m.

    Many of us are excited to Thretton Palamo on the field. Even though he doesn't have a football background, he has plenty of experience in BIG time competition havinig played for the national rugby team in international competition. He will not get rattled or intimidated at all.

    Also excited to see our new secondary develop, even though this is also a worry area for the first half of the season.

    And #3 on my "get excited" list (#1 on many fans' lists) is to see Brian Blechen playing linebacker. man oh man, he is going to be a beast all season long. How many sacks off of blitzes? INTs? Every QB in the PAC will be aware every play where this guy is at on the field.

    GO UTES!

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 4, 2011 10:23 a.m.

    I'm excited for football! I trust the coaches when they say Jordan Wynn will be ready. He has shown what he can do when healthy and I'm anxious to see him do it again.

    I think the defensive secondary will be okay. Brian Blechen did great things as a freshman last year so I hope there are a couple of guys this year who can at least come close to what he did last year. Just being solid and not letting big plays get past them will be enough.

    I think the running backs will be fine. As long as the o-line creates the holes, they'll be able to move the ball.

  • Juggler Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 4, 2011 10:13 a.m.

    Hey Bill, Welcome back to the world of the UTES. I thought you all were going to change the name of your radio station to SoccerTalk700 there for a while. Looking forward to some solid UTE programming on our "flagship" radio station.
    GO UTES!

  • Chris Bryant SLC, UT
    Aug. 4, 2011 9:55 a.m.

    more like thanksgiving bill. an exciting day for sure, but you know that christmas is still a month away.

    To my fellow ute fans, its been fun. this will be my last post here at the DN. These comment boards have gotten to the point that it is beyond ridiculous to sift through the junk to try and have a discussion.

    GO UTES!

  • Ufan Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 4, 2011 9:40 a.m.

    It's Christmas day for Utah football fans...

    and New Year's Day and the Rose Bowl are just around the corner!

    The Utes will be smelling roses this year.