Utah Utes football: Utes may turn to Wildcat formation

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  • daddman54 FARMINGTON, UT
    Oct. 28, 2011 7:06 p.m.

    I think Coach Whitt gambled on Wynn making through the season. A wise gamble.....not so much in hindsight. Whitt has been successful at recruiting the QBs like Griff and Shreeve (comparable to those carrying clipboards at the Y) and teaching them in another position where they and the program can be successful long term. (example: Paul Kruger). Gary Patterson does the same at TCU. Unfortunately this year it appears to make him look unprepared. It would be interesting to ask Lark or Munns or your scout QB what they would do given the opportunity for do-overs.

    If they lose tonight are you going to disappear again?

  • Duckhunter Hunter Alpine, UT
    Oct. 28, 2011 10:12 a.m.


    What is sad was your travel time from your seat in LES to your car after the 3rd quarter on 9/17. Even sadder is your feeble attempt to belittle a team that beat yours by 44. 44 POINTS!

    Keep posting. We enjoy each post you make more than the one before.

  • nothegame Saratoga Springs, UT
    Oct. 28, 2011 9:39 a.m.

    The Utes have to do something different. With a pro style offense everyone is tight so blocking schemes are harder. With the spread offense its a lot easier to see to block. With 4 wideouts the defense at least have to go cover them. Go back to the spread for the rest of the year. It would give Jon a better chance anyway. The athletes we have are all recruited for the spread.

  • Solomon the Wise Alpine, UT
    Oct. 28, 2011 9:33 a.m.


    "You know injuries have taken their toll on the Utes..."

    Injuries are part of the game and everyone knew when the Utes joined the PAC 12 that their biggest hurdle to being competitive was lack of depth. It's when first line players going down, that depth is put to the test. The fact that Utah's coaches didn't have an adequate backup prepared to replace their injury-prone starting QB is a serious blunder that can only be blamed on Utah's coaching staff.

    When BYU's starting QB was ineffective, BYU had a reliable replace. BYU has another very good QB who's next in line, Lark, and another good QB behind him, Munns. BYU even has a scout team QB who is better than Hays.

    Blame Utah's collapse on injuries if it makes you feel better, but the real problem is lack of preparation by Whittingham.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Oct. 28, 2011 8:44 a.m.


    I'm enjoying the utah "fans" reactions to this entire season.

    As far as the injuries are concerned, well, that is simply part of football. To bad for utah but I don't feel any sympathy for you. That was a pretty pathetic attempt on your part to make it seem as if that is even a reason. But I'm not surprised that is what utah "fans" like yourself are resorting to.

    "We have injuries, that means if you criticize our fans you're sad."



  • Utesby3 Sandy, UT
    Oct. 28, 2011 8:33 a.m.

    jarka-rus: I believe Chris B used the words "fighting for Roses". Fighting for a conference championship/rose bowl is not a prediction. That should be ever team's goal. You wouldn't know anything about that however, as the cougs have no championship to fight for. Ah, the beauty of independence. But at least you have been able to experience a BCS conference vicariously though the Utes.

  • daddman54 FARMINGTON, UT
    Oct. 28, 2011 8:23 a.m.

    That's really pretty sad and even beneath you little brother. You know injuries have taken their toll on the Utes, is that what you're enjoying?

  • Big Daddy Utah SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 28, 2011 8:20 a.m.

    @Duckhunter, what ride was that. The 54-10 ride. Go Utes.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Oct. 28, 2011 7:51 a.m.


    No "worry" on my part. I'm simply enjoying the ride :)

  • TheSportsAuthority Arlington, VA
    Oct. 28, 2011 6:46 a.m.

    Maybe Whit should play himself at QB; afterall he's responsible for creating such a disaster at QB that the Utes are considering not even playing a QB.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 27, 2011 11:23 p.m.

    It wouldn't be a Utah article without Duckhunter and Jarka-rus.
    Always worried about the Utes. That's good guys, keep up the good work.

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Oct. 27, 2011 9:22 p.m.

    Chris B

    Already predicting about roses next year, wow, I would have never guessed. With whom at QB Mr. Prognosticator?

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Oct. 27, 2011 8:11 p.m.

    Sounds like some real desperation is setting in.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 27, 2011 7:27 p.m.

    Obviously this has been a disappointing season. However, I haven't lost the least bit of confidence of Whittingham in terms of our future Pac 12 play. There is no doubt we'll be an above average Pac 12 team in the years to come. The amazing things Whittingham has accomplished year in and year out with this program are not flukes. There can't be 10 college coaches that currently have better winning percentages than him. Yes, the quality of opponent has increased. I'm convinced our quality will as well in the coming years. Bad year no doubt - but still stoked about our future. We'll be back to fighting for Roses next year!

  • Utesby3 Sandy, UT
    Oct. 27, 2011 7:18 p.m.

    I hope we do use the wildcat formation. I think Blechen might be the best choice, but if he got hurt that would be a big blow to our defense so it may not be worth the risk. Christopher would probably be my next choice. An injury is less of a problem for him, because Hays can't complete a pass to him anyway. Whatever they decide, I just hope they have a plan to turn things around. I can live with a 6-6 season, but a 3-9 season would be a hard thing to take.