Utah Utes football: Workhorse RB John White IV has opponents seeing red

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  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Nov. 3, 2011 10:16 p.m.

    Run John, run!

    Arizona will likely stack the box. Teams like Pitt and OSU knew White was the biggest threat on the Utes, and he still burned them. I hope the Utes are dedicated to the run. Play action will open up if Hays can make the reads and accurate throws.

    Go Utes!

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 1, 2011 10:12 p.m.

    John White IV is spectacular!

    The heavy workload is troubling to me, but what a workhorse White is.

    If White keeps up the consistency, Hays expands his game just a little, and Chow has the game plan, the Utes can win the next four games.

    Part of expanding his game, means still eliminating turnovers for Hays. I am not saying Utah will win out, but they could. They are too one dimensional to be dominant, but I could see them Whittingham's boys scratching and clawing there way to victory for the next month.

    Likely, Utah finishes 6-6. They are a good football team with a lot of key injuries. The Wynn injury is obviously the biggest. Losing Dalin Rodgers is tough, but Murphy is developing. Devonte Christopher being hobbled is a big deal. Outside of White, he is the second biggest playmaker on the team. The WRs are talented as a whole with Dres Andersen and the others, but Christopher does it all (deep balls, intermediate, and slant routes).

  • nothegame Saratoga Springs, UT
    Nov. 1, 2011 5:50 p.m.

    I still can't believe that OSU didn't load the box against the Utes. That would have been a lot closer game. I know that UofA will and Jon will have to throw to win. Go Utes.

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Nov. 1, 2011 3:00 p.m.

    MN Ute, I hope they make it to a bowl game as well, but it's pretty simple, the Utes go as White goes. If he runs well they win, if they don't we all know what happens.
    I don't know what Arizona will do, but I would guess they'll load the box up, try and punish White, and force Hays to make the plays to win the game. If they have 7 or 8 in the box then Chow will have to call pass plays and it will come down to Hays being able to read the pressure and throw into the pressue to his hot reads. I would like to see Hays do it, but I doubt it will actually happen, he just hasn't shown that kind of composure to this point.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Nov. 1, 2011 2:13 p.m.

    I notice at the end of the article that the game is being carried by KJZZ. Reports last week indicated that the game would not be carried because FOX would not release the rights. Apparently, commissioner Larry Scott got involved and those rights were released to KJZZ so that the game can be carried in Utah. Duckhunter and some other BYU fans have stated that Larry Scott has no respect for Utah. Those statements were all hyperbole and this incident once again proves how great a commissioner Larry Scott is and he does look out for every team in the PAC 12.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 1, 2011 1:55 p.m.

    He's turned out to be an awesome pickup. If he's the only guy from his recruiting class that pans out, it will have been a successful class. He's that good. This has to be a thrill for him.

    Nov. 1, 2011 1:51 p.m.


    Though I don't like how you're saying it, I have to agree with you on our offense. Our defense is insane and has kept us in so many games for the most part, the teams who beat us were the ones who loaded the box. Looking at the stats, we've won every game where the opposing D let White run for more than 100 yards. Cal, ASU, USC, and Washington all just focused on shutting down the run and they killed us in the end. That's why the OSU game was surprising, the fact that it took them till halftime and White going over 150 yards on them for the DC to think of stuffing the box.
    But, I think we can win out at least the two games needed for a bowl. One, Arizona has one of the worst run defenses in the country, and even stuffing the box, I don't think they'll be able to handle White once he gets past the D-line. Two, Colorado is terrible and we get them at home. Three, WSU can be beaten. Four, the toughest one, UCLA, has consistency issues.

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Nov. 1, 2011 1:12 p.m.

    one of these days the Utes will face a defensive coordinator smart enough to load the box and stop White. They are one dimensional and if White doesn't pick up yards they are in trouble. Of course Roscoe at BYU wasn't that smart, but the pac 12 schools should have coaches smart enough to figure that out.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 1, 2011 12:37 p.m.

    I'm concerned about the number of carries he's being asked to do given his size. It's got to wear on him and I hope the coaches don't wear him out or get him injured by overusing him.

    He is fun to watch and a great player. At least we got one major positive from the JUCO ranks this year. Now we just need the rest of the offense to catch up with him.

  • A Man's Perspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 1, 2011 12:21 p.m.

    JWIV is totally awesome. It is absolutely astounding how well he runs the ball, given his small size.

  • reasonableUTE Provo, UT
    Nov. 1, 2011 9:11 a.m.

    of all the running backs i've seen at the U, John White IV is by far my favorite to watch. I could watch him run all day and never get bored... What a stud!

  • mrmugooo Snohomish, WA
    Nov. 1, 2011 8:14 a.m.

    From a BYU guy who loves to see the Utes lose (yes I'm a little bitter...) I have to say, this White kid can run! I actually find myself enjoying watching him pick O-State's defense apart. Good luck to him!

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Nov. 1, 2011 6:32 a.m.

    White is amazing. Hope we can keep his carries to 30 or less though. No need to riso injury.

    Number 1 key to every ute victory is white's success át rushing.

    2nd is defense and third is limiting turnovers.

    Utah will be bowling again this year which is a pretty amazing feat given we have a ton of first year starters, lost our starting qb, and just enterred one of the top 4 conferences in the country.

    Gu UTES!

    Nov. 1, 2011 12:27 a.m.

    "White is currently the third-leading rusher in the Pac-12 and ranks 15th in the nation."

    He is actually 2nd in the Pac-12 in yards rushing behind Washington's Chris Polk (1,016), and 3rd in rushing yards per game behind Oregon's LaMichael James and Polk. Kinda makes you wonder what might have been if our defense hadn't fell apart at halftime of the UW game.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Nov. 1, 2011 12:04 a.m.

    I love watching this kid play. Best in the state.

    Keep it up John!!!