Utah Utes football: DeVonte Christopher blossoming after switch to WR

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  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 5:12 p.m.

    @naval vet

    Here is what christopher said.

    ""That's my goal going into this year to become one of the best," Christopher said. "I think as any competitor that is the attitude you have to take."

    Here is what Jake Heaps said.

    ""We have high expectations for ourselves," said quarterback Jake Heaps. "We're shooting for a national championship and a chance to play for a BCS game. That's what we're going to play for. That's the determination of our success. It's a big goal of ours."

    Hmmmm. The only difference I see is that christopher appears to be focused on individual and selfish goals whereas Heaps apparently wants great things for the team and the school.

    One wants personal accolades, one wants team success.

    As a matter of fact Jake Heaps has never uttered any sort of personal desires for stats or status that I have ever read. Everything he says is about the team and what the goals are for the team.

    I know which one I would rather have.

    Aug. 30, 2011 4:17 p.m.

    TJ just got burned.

  • SUNNY ALL DAY Saint George, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 4:11 p.m.

    If Jordan gets hurt... Devonte as the QB?


    Aug. 30, 2011 2:49 p.m.

    He will have a big year this year! Lots of yards, TD's, catches, and Tweets (rut row!)... I am very excited about the season as it is going to be fun fun fun 'till yo daddy takes the T-bird away!

    GO UTES!!!!

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Aug. 30, 2011 11:49 a.m.


    You just don't get it. Saying he "wants" to be the best receiver in the Pac-12 is not a comment born of arrogance. Arrogance would be classified as a player from an unranked, irrelevant, mid-major-ey school, playing a WAC schedule, talking about winning a national championship.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 9:00 a.m.

    He says he wants to be the best receiver in the PAC. If he were a BYU receiver who said that the Yners would be all over him for being arrogant. Good luck to him though. There are some really good passing qb's in the PAC this year. The Ute qb's will need to step it up big time to make this happen for him. Wynn has said he plans to try playing well enough to be considered one of the top PAC QB's. Maybe it will happen.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 9:00 a.m.

    Putting football aside for a minute, Ute fans need to know another aspect of DeVonte that will make them proud he is Ute:

    Local schools sometimes ask the football team if a few players can visit, speak to the students & provide some motivation and an example for working hard in school, etc.

    DeVonte has participated in these kind of school visits, and has not only done well, but been extremely impressive in connecting with the students and conveying the message that school is really the pathway to future success. He is a very bright, very charismatic young man.

    Not just a credit to his team, and the University of Utah overall, DeVonte has become a valuable part of the broader community, and is certainly a credit to his native Las Vegas.

  • TheFitz Murray, UT
    Aug. 30, 2011 7:44 a.m.

    DeVonte is just another example of a Utah player finding success at a position other than the position he was recruited to play. Whitt and the U coaching staff have an uncanny ability to put their players in a position to be succesful. Have a good year DeVonte and GO UTES!

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    Aug. 30, 2011 7:03 a.m.

    Just a wonderful player from the moment he stepped on campus. My hope for Devonte is that he grows in his maturity and is eventually elected a team captain by his teammates. He truly has the ability to take over games. Go Utes!

  • Carnak Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 9:57 p.m.

    Great talent. Hope he has a real breakout season.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Aug. 29, 2011 9:44 p.m.

    I really like his skills. If we can keep him from Tweeting, he should be good to go.

    Go Utes!

    Aug. 29, 2011 9:36 p.m.

    I love that pic of him going to the endzone on top of BYU's little corner. "GET SOME!"

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 8:52 p.m.

    Hopefully coach Whitt has put out a gag order on his tweeter .. let me see what kind of talk he makes ON the field for a full year with his eyes open and tweeter shut off.
    Rugby back Thretton is my dark horse for the best back overall this year.