Utah Utes football: Keith McGill making up ground at safety spot

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  • flintrock Rigby, Id
    Aug. 10, 2011 7:09 p.m.

    I hear in this paper how there is competition going on for the safety positions. Its an open position and everyone has a shot. That is just not true. There is no competition what so ever. McGill and Rowe are getting all the reps and the rest of the safeties are just standing around watching. Bored to tears. That has been true from day one. Tell it like it is and please do not make us think that Whit has not already made up his mind before camp ever started who will be the safeties. If it was fair and open everyone would get equal reps to prove there skills. Its pretty easy for McGill and Rowe to have great days every day if they are getting 95% of the reps. Give us the truth not made up hype.

  • gonefishn Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 10, 2011 12:33 p.m.

    There is a ton depth and skill in the d-line and linebackers. The one potential weakness, the secondary, seems like it is stacked as well. The depth question in my mind is really on the offensive side of the ball: OL & QB

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Aug. 10, 2011 1:43 a.m.

    how many years of eligibility does McGill have left? 2 or 3?
    Excited to see this guy play.

    Also, funny thing I've noticed about the Utes compared to other teams, they really put the players first, and it's not just a buzz-phrase.

    Blechen at Safety would have been so much better for the Utes at safety where they are thin on experience. But because his future, if he goes pro, would be at linebacker, they put him there to develop even though the Utes are very deep at that position, both in skill and experience.

    Wish more teams would actually make their actions match up with their words. Young recruits should take note, Utah will tell you how it is, but will always stay loyal.

    GO UTES!

  • mgr63 DALLAS, TX
    Aug. 9, 2011 4:42 p.m.

    We sure have a lotta "soul" in our secondary......a beautiful thing! Go Utes!

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 9, 2011 1:43 p.m.

    Looks like they found a suitable replacement for Brian Blechen. The wholes in the defense are filling in and I'm getting more and more excited for that first game. 3 weeks from this Thursday!! It's a great time to be a Ute!!

  • drivebyute SLC, UT
    Aug. 9, 2011 12:46 p.m.

    So who is atop the depth chart at strong safety? I know Whit said that if the two best safeties are competing at free, then they will move one to strong (put the best two safeties on the field)

    But is there a position battle going on at strong safety, or are they throwing all safeties into the one group?

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Aug. 9, 2011 11:26 a.m.


    I agree about the concerns at CB. From what I hear the CB's are doing fine but is Wynn even allowed to throw a deep pass yet?

    Not sure they're getting tested. Conroy Black was a mental midget last year and he needs to be push hard in training camp for me to feel better about the position.

  • Thlete Draper, UT
    Aug. 9, 2011 11:03 a.m.

    I'm even more excited about the defense this year since Chow is handling the offense and Whit doesn't have to worry about it AT ALL. "Complete autonomy" is what Chow has with the offense, which means that Whit can put all his energy into the defense - where he does his best work.

    The only worry left is that the CBs can step up, because it looks like we are solid at LB, DL and both safety positions.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 9, 2011 10:32 a.m.

    Classless Ute Fan -

    "McGill should have came to campus at the beginning of summer."

    I believe he was finishing up class work to gain his eligibility.

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 9, 2011 10:21 a.m.

    With all the good QBs in the Pac 12 the Utes are going to need great safety play, the fact that McGill's name is getting mentioned everyday in practice for outstanding play is great news for Ute fans.

    This Rowe kid sounds like he's the real deal too. He has all the measurables to be a great safety and it sounds like he's getting it. The Utes are not rebuilding their stellar secondary, but merely reloading it. I can't wait to see these guys play.

  • Papa Smurf UTE Herriman, UT
    Aug. 9, 2011 9:53 a.m.

    If McGill can be anything like Ro Jo, then the UTES secondary should be OK. If all else fails, they can move Blechen back to safety, and or put some packages in for him if the safeties are not cutting it. I dont think however they would have moved Blechen to LB if they didn't think there was any talent in the defensive backfield. There is one thing that I am never really worried about when it comes to UTE football, and that is the defense. Kyle has done a great job since 94 when he started here at getting the D ready for the season, and each and every game. McGill could be a beast, and if Rowe is anyhting like Blechen was last year, we could have a great safety combo for the next 2 years with McGill and Rowe, then Rowe for another 2 after that. GO UTES!

  • Classless Ute Fan Magna, UT
    Aug. 9, 2011 2:05 a.m.

    McGill should have came to campus at the beginning of summer. Then he wouldn't have ground to "make up". It is great to hear Scalley reporting that Utah is deeper in the safety position than they ever have been. This is going to be a very exciting year. I can't wait for it to start. Just a couple of weeks more.

    Go Utes!!!