Utah Utes report card: Special teams steps up

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  • Skyline_Ute SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 6, 2011 4:01 p.m.

    Seriously? "Special teams steps up" and there is nothing about Greg Bird blocking, not one, but 2 punts! I'm convinced that the guy who writes these articles on how Utah grades out doesn't even watch the game, he just looks over the stat sheet when it's over.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 6, 2011 2:01 a.m.

    Utah special teams; Never in football has there been a team with a special teams unit so up and down. One week Utah has the worst special teams in the country. The next week they are out of this world in a fantastic way.

    Utah needs their special teams and offense to give some balance to a great defense.

    Great job tonight Utes.

    Jay Hill, keep eating those wheaties.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Nov. 5, 2011 10:59 p.m.

    You'd think with this headline they would have mentioned Bird's punt block.

    Props to Bird for the block that set up the Utes first points.

    Props to White as the 8th Ute to rush 1,000 yards (and he still has 3 more games, plus a possible bowl---and, ahem, a senior season).

    Props to Hays for managing the game well.

    Nov. 5, 2011 10:07 p.m.

    I agree with about all of those grades except the defense. Considering the circumstances, I think they deserved a B+ also. They gave up 14 points that actually mattered in the game and intercepted one of the top 5 QBs in the nation twice. The last possession they were too wrapped up in knowing they had won the game to really care to defend, which is where about a third of those rushing yards came from. Aside from that, they gave up a few more yards passing than they normally do, but once again held the QB to WELL UNDER his average on the year (which he got playing against teams like Stanford, Oklahoma State, Oregon, USC and UCLA). That would probably bump the Overall grade up to an A-. Still some things to work on against a good UCLA team that got a huge win tonight as well, but I like the direction we're headed.