Utah football: Utes have had 'A+' practices so far this spring

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  • TexasGirlAUte Draper, UT
    April 2, 2012 8:05 a.m.

    Seriously so excited for this year! I'm thinking about going up to RES a day or two this week so I can witness one of these A+ practices! Have to admit the coaches have me hopeful!!

    I just can't wait for October 4th!!!

    GO UTES!!!!

    April 1, 2012 9:52 p.m.

    R.A.W, I do think Sark is on the right track at UW, especially with the new DC and Lupoi, but seeing as how most of the only decent players on defense for them graduated this year, 2012 looks like it may be similar to 2011. I'm also concerned about their depth, not from a recruiting standpoint, but on being ready to go when they're needed. Take the Oregon State game, for example. With Keith Price injured, they looked fine with several highly-touted QBs behind him, but really couldn't find any rhythm offensively, and had to resort to playing their injured QB late in the game to try and salvage something. I also see WSU on the rise, which may start to hurt UW's in-state efforts.

  • R.A.W St George, Utah
    April 1, 2012 4:57 p.m.

    My apologies.. I must have misread the caption. Coach Whitt is definitely a reliable source as to how the practices are going.
    And I actually think UW will be challenging Oregon as the best team in the north in a couple years. Sark took over a UW team that went 0-12 in 2008, and has been steadily improving every year, they just landed a #23 ranked recruiting class. Cal finished with the #22 ranked class, but their teams seem to always be very unpredictable, getting up and winning tough games and losing winnable games. the talent is definitely there though.
    I think it will take a few more years for Utah to develop the same depth of talent as the top teams but they are definitely on the right track. The PAC-12 finished with 6 teams in the top 25 2012 recruiting classes, so their competition will definitely be improving as well. We will see what happens...

    April 1, 2012 2:38 p.m.

    R.A.W, I'm having a hard time finding your basis for saying, "So the first year OC gives Utah Spring practices an A++ grade?" Is that just because of the title of the article, combined with the associated picture of BJ, or was the article revised from when you read it to now? It was actually Coach Whitt that said that. However, I think your prediction is fairly accurate, but I don't know if UW and Cal will be that good. UW just doesn't look like they have the players on defense, and while Cal has the talent at every position, they have a coach notorious for not translating talent into wins.

  • R.A.W St George, Utah
    April 1, 2012 2:24 p.m.

    So the first year OC gives Utah Spring practices an A++ grade? Very interesting.. I suppose compared to Utah's offensive efforts last season, anything would be an improvement. Hopefully one of those Freshman are ready for the starting role, because it is only a matter of time before Wynn goes down with another season ending injury, especially with 2 new tackles on the edges. I think the defense will be good again next year, but still Utah will not be really competitive in the PAC-12 for another few years. 2nd to USC in the South is not a bad place to be though. I think Utah will be 6th best next season, after USC, Oregon, Stanford, UW, and Cal. But their record will improve to 10-3 (Due to avoiding games against Oregon and Stanford again). But who knows, a few key injuries could land the Utes with consecutive losses to Colorado and Arizona St. Best to keep expectations reasonable. Depth will be an issue for another couple years.

  • Proud Ute ,
    April 1, 2012 1:59 p.m.

    I wonder what utah "fans" would have to say if Bronco called anything about BYU an "A+"?

    No doubt they'll accept whittingham's proclomation's without question.

    Yes we will and anybody remotely involved in NCAA football will too.
    The difference being Coach Whitt's national credibility vs Bronco's annual T-shirt proclamations.

    You sure lead with your chin on that one troll.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    April 1, 2012 10:02 a.m.

    CO Ute

    BYU is set at QB, in fact BYU is still deciding whether to redshirt Stanford Freshman transfer Taysom Hill for 2012. Riley Nelson will be the starter with James Lark filling the backup role.

    Tanner Mangum leaves for his mission to Antofogasta Chile in June and won't officially enroll at BYU until he returns in 2014.

    March 31, 2012 11:18 p.m.

    A CO UTE

    Very true. And speaking of Mangum, where is he? I haven't heard anything of him yet, though I thought he enrolled early. Am I just mistaken and he's coming in during fall camp?

    Also, to a certain poster saying Hansen will go D after his mission, I'd wait and see. After the whole Wynn thing last year, I think the coaches are going to be paranoid about QB depth, so they'll want to keep Chase where he excelled at in high school and is doing a very good job at right now during spring ball..

    March 31, 2012 8:22 p.m.

    Every once in a while it is interesting to go back to some old articles and pull a few posts. When Hansen committed to the U, the poster favoring another team were talking about that program being set at QB through 2018 with Heaps, a kid on a mission, and incoming commit Magnum. Riley Nelson was never mentioned. Anotherinteresting post:
    @YouAre Kidding - Sadly, this kid will make it into camp and...poof...he'll be switched to the defensive side of the ball before he knows what hit him. Position bait and switch is what Utah coaches are famous for
    Since he is only currently working with the offense, I think this poster has been proven wrong. Now regarding BYU's excess of QB talent, we will see but the first 'superstar' already flamed out and transferred to Kansas.

    March 31, 2012 5:27 p.m.

    I guess it wouldn't be an article on Ute football without some comment by "duckhunter". Whatever.

    Meanwhile, Ute Nation has a lot to look forward to. Wynn is back, with two outstanding freshmen QB's getting their reps. Running back will be outstanding with not only White IV, but highly-touted Kelvin York. The receiving corps will be very strong with Christopher and Dres Anderson with big-time recruits Delshawn McClellan and Brian Allen. Defensively, with Star, the Krugers, Fakahafua, and Blechen, the D will be as strong as any in the PAC 12.

    I see a realistic shot at being 4-0 come October 4 at Rice-Eccles vs. USC. With Barkley and the Trojans coming to town, it will be an epic match-up. It' a great time to be a Ute!

    Go Utes!!

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    March 31, 2012 2:58 p.m.


    I've yet to hear Kwhitt say the Utes are "playing for a National Championship", rather, he seems please with the teams preperation in the first week of spring practice. Don't worry, no Ute fan is printing Quest T-shirts.

    Deep down you know a beatdown is coming (again) this September.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    March 31, 2012 12:34 p.m.

    AA+ for Utah is only like D or D- for BYU. This will be aweseom season for us.

  • ClassyUte SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    March 31, 2012 10:07 a.m.

    Ha ha ha. No duckhunter, bronco would be declaring Jordan Wynn as a heisman candidate and spouting off national championship ambitions after a good first week of practice. And BYU fans would be eating right out of his palm.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    March 31, 2012 9:43 a.m.

    Highland, UT

    "No doubt they'll accept whittingham's proclomation's without question."

    When you see the "A+" tee-shirts then you can mock.

    Until then just consider 54-10 to be an "A+" result.

  • mtseatss Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 31, 2012 9:17 a.m.

    54 - 10. Now go away.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    March 31, 2012 8:50 a.m.

    I wonder what utah "fans" would have to say if Bronco called anything about BYU an "A+"?

    No doubt they'll accept whittingham's proclomation's without question.