Utah Utes football: Running back Harvey Langi simply looking to improve each practice

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  • AggieLuva South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 1:10 p.m.


    I am a Langi fan, I just don't think he took it serious and it got to his head so he didn't try as hard to get better. Yes he did graduate early to get up there sooner. But, it's starting to show that he wasn't that driven to become that much better. I feel it was his spot to lose and he has lost it. The kid as a Soph. was a freak of nature and I seriously thought he was going to be the best RB Utah has ever seen. He just didn't get any better is all I'm saying. He is still good enough to play at the next level, he should have just taken it more serious and tried that much harder. I rambled there I know, but I wish him a lot of success, but he is going to have to work very hard to get there.

  • Black Shirts South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 7:46 p.m.

    Just a question. Could it have been that GREAT OL at Bingham that made him a 4Star? Just Saying!

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 5:58 p.m.

    "The prep All-American graduated early and enrolled at Utah in January. He participated in spring ball "

    Have to admire his focus, and I wish him well.

    Seriously, TJ, High School All-American, recruited by multiple schools as a running back, never played a down as a LB in high school, played all spring at Utah under Whitt's watchful eye (he who has no problem asking a kid to switch), and you think he should be switched to LB?

    And AggieLuva, please. Kid graduated early and played spring ball. What is not motivated about that?

    You two are stooping to the level of CB and HH. (Sorry if I left out a troll or two.)

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 4:58 p.m.

    carabaoU | 1:09 p.m. Aug. 29, 2011
    Moab, UT

    wardu | 1:01 p.m. Aug. 29, 2011
    Fallon, NV

    One would think that a PAC 10.2 school...

    Never heard of a PAC 10.2. No wonder you can't find the game anywhere. Look up PAC12. Also, show me the last time a FBS vs FCS game was on national TV.


    Until Utah steps on the field, they are still a MWC team that lost big to a MWC team in the Vegas Bowl.

    Lose the strut.

  • wardu Fallon, NV
    Aug. 29, 2011 4:44 p.m.

    Yes I was trolling, thanks for responding. Funny.

  • MurrayMike Murray, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 2:07 p.m.

    Get into college mode?

    He enrolled in the spring and has been working out with the team since. Not sure why it would take him more than 8 months to get into "the swing of things" lol And BTW it's the coaches job to get him into shape and ready for the fall. If they can't motivate him into being "the man" on a PAC 10.2 team then redshirt him and tell him to work his tail off. Maybe that will motivate him. Either that or caoches aren't simply impressed with his abilities. At this point glad the Utes got him instead of the Cougs

  • carabaoU Moab, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 1:09 p.m.

    wardu | 1:01 p.m. Aug. 29, 2011
    Fallon, NV

    One would think that a PAC 10.2 school...

    Never heard of a PAC 10.2. No wonder you can't find the game anywhere. Look up PAC12. Also, show me the last time a FBS vs FCS game was on national TV.

  • wardu Fallon, NV
    Aug. 29, 2011 1:01 p.m.

    It would be nice to watch the game outside the greater SL/Ut valley area. One would think that a PAC 10.2 school could come up with a better TV deal. Does KJZZ have internet streaming?

  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 12:53 p.m.

    College ball is different than HS ball. Sure the fundamentals are the same, but Coach Whit knows that it takes time for most freshmen players to get into college mode. The other players both have more experience, so there's not harm in letting Langi practice with more experienced players an honing his skills. He is a freshman after all, and of all 3 players, he stands to have the longest and most successful career at the U.

  • AggieLuva South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 12:53 p.m.

    I hate patting myself on the back, but this one I'm going to. I saw this coming a few years ago. Langi was a monster his Soph. year in High School. If he had kept progressing he would have really been a legit 4 star recruit. His Jr. and Sr. years he didn't get any better. I think it got to his head his Soph. more that he was so talented that he didn't need to work as hard as he did up to that point. He was better as a Soph. than anyone in the state hands down and since then he just stayed the same. Sorry Utah fans, but he really wasn't a 4 star recruit. He had to potential to be, but he was so good he stopped trying to get better. Utah, doesn't only need help at the RB spot, they really need to focus on the QB spot. Wynnie is not going to make it in the Pac either.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 12:52 p.m.

    It very well could be his blocking because he is a really good runner. If you can't block in chow's offense you can't play, it really is that simple.

  • MurrayMike Murray, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 11:13 a.m.

    Something must be up for a walk-on and a jc transfer to beat out a high school all-american and 4 star recruit. Either the coaches see something they don't like or Langi isn't working as hard as he should be. Harvey Unga wasn't rated as high, but beat out several veterans to start as a freshman. Either those two backs ahead of him are studs, or Langi isn't the back the coaches thought he'd be, either way looks like the kids dreams may be slipping away.

  • footballfan6262 SANDY, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 10:39 a.m.

    I think coach witt is taking a wait and see approach. If the Utes can get through the first half of the season w/o any RB injuries then Langi will prob red shirt. But if anything happens to either RB then Harvey will be pressed into action. They are just giving him time to get comfortable and settle in, no rush.

  • CaptainCougar Sandy, Utah
    Aug. 29, 2011 9:03 a.m.

    Good luck Harvey! I was hoping he'd come to BYU... Oh well. Regardless, I hope he has a lot of success.

  • SoCalUtahFan Utesville, CA
    Aug. 29, 2011 8:45 a.m.

    Wow, having him as 3rd on the depth list means Utah is very well set at RB.
    The season is long. If anything happens to the first 2 RBs, having Langi coming in is a great thing for Utah.

    Go Utes!!!

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Aug. 29, 2011 8:41 a.m.

    Langi will be just fine. He's got the talent and it sounds like he has the work ethic as well. I expect great things from him in his Utah career.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 7:54 a.m.

    I always thought Langi was better suited to the LB position when he played in HS. I think if Utah was deeper at RB that we might have seen a position change for him. He is a good athlete though and should be able to contribute at a high level at some point.

  • tantheman Lindon, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 6:41 a.m.

    I was listening to the radio and they were saying that the main reason that Harvey is not starting this year is because of his blocking. In highschool the coach never had him block, because he was getting the ball most of the time. He will be fine, just let him develope. I am a BYU fan and I think he will be good. GASP!

  • pittsburgh Ute West Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 29, 2011 4:48 a.m.

    I see nothing wrong with redshirting Langi, he simply needs to get used to the college game. Coach Witt and Chow have both commented that he needs to hit the hole harder and not dance so much at the line. There is nothing wrong with a true freshman taking a year to learn the game and the system. A year at redshirt does not mean he is not worth the star ranking he earned in high school. There are plenty of great college players who rode the bench their freshman years. Langi is a great player, it may just take him a year to get in there.

  • healthyandyoung SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 28, 2011 11:33 p.m.

    i met harvey at the fan fest thing on saturday and i asked him if he was going to redshirt and he said no.

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 28, 2011 11:08 p.m.

    I was thinking they might red shirt him, but this article makes me think that's becoming doubtful. If coach Whit thinks he can contribute this year then he shouldn't red shirt him. I wouldn't be surprised if Langi or Palamo ends up playing a different position next year, they are just too talented and athletic to have them on the bench, both would make great LBs or TEs.

    Aug. 28, 2011 10:34 p.m.

    I'm not so sure about that. If he redshirts and we're successful in the next couple years, the players that we recruit may surpass Harvey on a talent level, in which case he'd be on the bench for 5 years instead of one or two. If he goes out and gets some valuable reps in less crucial situations in games and continues to improve and show his reliability, it could boost his confidence and the coaches' confidence in him to become a star in the next couple years.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Aug. 28, 2011 9:09 p.m.

    How can this happen - a highly regarded 4 star recruit beat out by a walk on? According to hh, the stars are all that matter.

    Actually I think Langi will be a great RB. I'm just trying to make a point because I think too many people give the star rankings way too much credit. To ask a true Freshman to carry the load is a huge responsibility. There are a few who can do it, but not many.

    Hopefully Whit will redshirt Langi to give him another year to learn the offense and build more strength. No need to waste a year of eligibility on a third or fourth string running back.