Utah Utes football notebook: Harvey Langi finding his groove

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  • More Mature Y Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    April 15, 2012 7:04 p.m.

    I'll be unpopular in my opinion, no doubt.

    The comments here point out what I feel is a glaring weakness in the Y's coaching staff. During last year's loss Utah scored a touchdown on a pass where White picked up a blitz by a BYU linebacker. Later in the game Jake Heaps fumbled and Utah subsequently scored a touchdown because a BYU running back failed to pick up a Utah blitz.

    What is most concerning is that picking up a blitz is a basic fundamental responsibility of a running back. Who is responsible for teaching players and holding players accountable for not only knowing but practicing the fundamentals? The coaches. That is why I question if BYU has he right man at the helm. It is disturbing to see the Y being constantly embarrassed in big games. And why? The players are outplayed and the coaches are outcoached.

    BYU needs a coach that demands fundamentals be met, that practices at every opportunity if it is to return to the national prominence it once had. While I admire him as a devoutly LDS man I truly question if Coach Mendenhall is the right person for that position.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    April 15, 2012 2:05 p.m.

    Good for Harvey. Here's hoping he can do well.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    April 15, 2012 10:53 a.m.

    I hope we're not hyping them too much, but this corps of RB's reminds me of the USC days of old, when they would come out of spring with 5 highly talented running backs splashed across the sports page of the LA Times. All of them were good and all ready to play. The Utes might not even have the 5 best rbs in the conference, but I have never seen them this deep at the position. There is going to be some smash mouth football played this fall.

    April 14, 2012 12:39 p.m.

    Didn't see Langi at the scrimmage today, but the other backs looked pretty good for the most part. Jarrell looked like a throwback Texas RB almost the whole day, and Lucky and Kelvin each had a few good plays, a few not as good plays. This is the first time I've seen Lucky actually work the ball up the field, so he's definitely improving. I think the RBs are all pushing each other big time, and whoever comes out of it on top can show nothing but good results from it.

  • govt rocks Salt Lake City, UT
    April 14, 2012 11:34 a.m.

    blocking is the key to a good running back. White made some good pick ups, and Asiata was a beast at it the second half of the season, but Utah gave up way too many sacks last year given how few pass plays they ran. ESPN had a stat a few weeks back that showed Utah gave up a sack once every ten passing plays or something like that, by far the worst in the conference. I think last year one reason Hayes struggled so badly at first was how poor we were at picking up the blitz with our backs.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    April 14, 2012 11:15 a.m.

    @Arm of Orion

    Yes, Duckhunter has been balanced as of late. He makes good points often. You know when he losses the dogmatic side we all as fans can wrestle with.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    April 14, 2012 11:13 a.m.

    The Utes look loaded at RB. I hope the crazy level of carries John White IV had last year won't slow him down. I am hopeful the the other RBs can spell him. Will there be enough carries to go around though with White IV, York, Langi, and Oliver?

    It's a little bit of a mystery what the offense will look like under Johnson. The down hill run game that worked last year will be different if Utah tries to run out of a spread to much. Running the ball a lot will protect Wynn and allow for play action. I wonder though, with the loss of two stud Offensive Linemen from last year (Bergstrom and Cullen), will the chemistry in opening up holes be there?

  • Arm of Orion Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 14, 2012 10:08 a.m.

    Hubbuba whaaaaa?! Duckhunter not trolling?! Holy cow the world is coming to an end! (BTW I say that in jest Ducky)

    April 14, 2012 9:34 a.m.

    I'm happy to hear that Langi is developing well and from what I've seen so far this spring, he should be a good offensive weapon, even when we use him as either a fullback or in a 2 back package. Given his size, speed, and hands (they have him catching balls out their too, makes me wonder how that's gonna fit into a game), he'll be a great compliment to White's speed, strength, and just lateral quickness.

    And Antelope, I remember the play you're talking about. White didn't just take out the dude, he absolutely floored him. I was watching the game with a huge group from the U on tv and we all cheered and laughed when it happened cuz not only did the guy have over 50 pounds on him, he was also at least a good 5 inches taller than him and bulkier.

    Duck, thanks for the comment, from what I've seen, he's looking good: muc better at blitz pickups, hitting holes well, actually improved his lateral quickness a bit (I thank JW4 for that), and has pretty good hands.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 14, 2012 7:11 a.m.

    I've always thought Langi was the real deal. Hopefully he has figured it out.

  • AntelopeValleyUte Palmdale, CA
    April 14, 2012 2:00 a.m.

    I like all the RBs! We have a plethora of talented and athletic RBs to choose from, with good size and speed. Like Whitt said, if they can't pick up the blitz, he will have a hard time putting them in the game. As much as I like York, Langi, Oliver, and Radley, if they can't be an "all around" RB and pick up the blitz, they will hardly see the field. John White was a beast on blitz pick ups last year. I saw him take out a 240lb LB!!! If they all can do that, what a seriously dangerous group of backfield RBs Utah will have for the coming years. I was a fan favorite of Lucky Radley when Utah recruited him and thought he was going to be an immediate impact player, I guess he is having a hard time adjusting to the college level. If he works hard and proves himself, I hope he gets an opportunity. Fall season can't come soon enough! Go UTES!

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    April 13, 2012 11:25 p.m.

    I would love to see Langi be in the mix at running back this year. I can't remember a time when we have had such depth at some positions. I guess it didn't take coaches too long to learn their lesson from last year.

    Harvey is a good player and has only gotten better learning from John White. I'm glad to hear he has improved at picking up the blitz - his blocking wasn't great last year. I expect him to be a huge part of our offense his junior and senior years.

    Once again, I can't wait for the season to begin.

    Go Utes!