Utah Utes football: Much expected from Utah's receiving corps

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  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 15, 2012 10:45 a.m.


    "Also realize that a guy like Denham can move down the depth chart for reasons beside not being a good receiver, like other receivers stepping up and showing they're simply that much better."

    That is exactly my point. Hype is meaningless, players must actually do something 1st. It is far easier to see BYU has a couple of studs at wr than it is to make the same claim for utah, and I'm not trying to pimp BYU's wr's here, just pointing out they have actually done something to deserve some recognition. If, and when, utah's wr's do something significant then we can start making comparisons to other schools and arguing about whether they "might or might not be the best group in the pac12". Until then they are just a bunch of guys that hasn't done much yet.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    Aug. 15, 2012 12:07 a.m.

    I wouldn't call the Utah WRs the best in the PAC either but Utah has undeniable talent at WR. They aren't necessarily the tallest guys but they all have decent speed and I would be scared if Utah had a QB who could really throw it to them. When Jordan Wynn has been healthy it's been scary to see what some of these receivers are capable of.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 14, 2012 10:32 a.m.


    I've got to say that I agree with everything you wrote in that last comment of yours. It's nice when we can agree.

    However, keep in mind that Sorenson is saying "might be".

    Also realize that a guy like Denham can move down the depth chart for reasons beside not being a good receiver, like other receivers stepping up and showing they're simply that much better. None of us really know, which is why I agree with your overall take ... until we see it, there's nothing to talk about.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 13, 2012 11:27 p.m.

    For giggles lets pull a classic from the "legacy program" archives:

    "BYU football: Receiver corps is top-10 quality, O'Neill Chambers says" -- DN 8/14/2010

    Now even Ducky can LOL at that.

    Go Utes!!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 13, 2012 10:18 p.m.


    They need to actually do something before it can even be insinuated that they might be "the best in the PAC 12". There are plenty of talented and great athletes at almost every school in the country, utah is nothing special on that front. But just claiming they might be great based on almost nothing is very far fetched. I notice denham, the most highly touted of all of them, has been bounced down the depth chart yet again and is not even anywhere close to being on the 2 deep, and that is the point isn't it? He was undoubtedly the most hyped wr on utah's roster coming in, considered the best athlete of the bunch, and yes he has had injuries but he is simply nowhere to be seen now.

    Frankly I do not think these 5 guys are any better athletes than any 5 wr's at any other pac 12 school.


    You are correct, I do not believe utah's qb's to be any good, they have proven not to be. As far as the wr's I simply don't know, no one does. They haven't done anything yet.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 13, 2012 9:59 p.m.

    I certainly didn't say the WRs at Utah are the best in the PAC 12, but I hope they end up being that way. The team game thing that people forget comes into play (O-line, QB, WRs, the TE and backs ect...

    If you don't think the WRs at Utah are talented and deep though, then I think you need to check yourself.

  • True Ute Holladay, UT
    Aug. 13, 2012 7:00 p.m.


    By saying these receivers may or may not be the best in the PAC 12, Sorenson is saying they still have to prove themselves. Which is true, they do, but Devonte is an amazing receiver. Last year he averaged 15.8 yards per reception which is more than BYU's Hoffman. No, Devonte didn't get as many yards, but we know that was because Utah didn't pass much last year. And saying he "hasn't done much of anything, especially with teams like USC...", is absolutely false. In the Utah v. USC game last year, he had 11 receptions for 136 yards while Robert Woods only had 8 receptions for 102 yards. Devonte has proven himself able to compete against USC.

    I've know all five of these receivers and know what they are capable of. I truly believe with a healthy quarterback, they will heavily influence each game they play.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 13, 2012 6:30 p.m.


    christopher never saw the day he could hold up Collie's jock so LOL at that comparison.


    He compared Collie to Chad Johnson not DC. Again less LOL more concentrating on what your reading.

    Collie was MIA last year I wonder why? Figure it out, I think you're smarter than that.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 13, 2012 5:48 p.m.


    christopher never saw the day he could hold up Collie's jock so LOL at that comparison.

    As soon as christopher actually DOES SOMETHING we can talk. Until then this is simply more utah "fan" delusion and in this case it is hilariously deluded. "If devonte was on this team" or "if devonte was on that team" is also hilarious. 1st of all he isn't, he is on utah which is a notoriously poor passing team. 2nd of all if he was as good as you claim he WOULD be on oregon or usc, not utah.

    The best part of all of this is that if this exact same group of wr's was on BYU, and had done the same amount of very little to nothing they have done at utah, and Dick Harmon was saying similar things about them that sorenson is, and BYU fans were trying to make the claims utah "fans" are making here, we would be hearing from you non stop about it. ute "fan" hypocrisy is always fun to behold.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 13, 2012 5:48 p.m.


    Can we agree that you really aren't saying anything about the receivers but are instead saying it's Utah's quarterbacks you don't believe to be any good?

    You may very well end up being right about Wynn and Hays and Utah may seriously struggle at QB more than some are willing to admit ... but the point of the article is that the receivers are very talented. I tend to agree with Sorenson that this might be the deepest the U has ever been at the receiver spot. But I also agree with you, we may never get to see their true potential if it ends up being a repeat of what happened with Wynn and Hays last year.

    My prediction is that it'll be a better year passing and catching the ball up on the hill ... but I doubt we'll see any real spectacular numbers. I also don't think Utah needs to get too worried if they aren't spectacular numbers, they just need to be decent for Utah to see a lot of W's.

  • Papa Smurf UTE Herriman, UT
    Aug. 13, 2012 5:25 p.m.


    It was Ted Miller and a USC announcer that called Devonte the best reciever on the field last year against USC, and they had Robert Woods. If Devonte was on Oregon or USC last year, with a QB and offense that could get him the ball, he would be getting a lot of love from the national press and blogs. Devonte can take a hit, as proved by the cheap shots the Y tried to pull last year in Provo

    See the Colts in the NFL. Collie had Manning, one of the best ever, and he got Collie the ball, and Collie looked like an average NFL WR. Last year, Collie looked like Chad Johnson with the Pats. QB is everything. A great WR can only do so much when the QB cant get him the ball.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2012 4:37 p.m.

    Devonte has an uncanny ability to get open. I was impressed last year at how often he'd sprint down 20 yards and while the QB was searching or scrambling he'd turn back and leave the defense, only to be open time after time. The guy is clutch. If the other receivers are half as good as Christopher, this group could be special and very deep indeed.

    If Wynn can stay healthy there is no reason we can't win the South. Byu fans - remember we took USC on their field down to the last second last year. at Rice Eccles I see a similarly close game, but this time in our favor.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 13, 2012 4:22 p.m.

    I "LOLed" at Sorenson's line "May or may not be the best group of wr's in the PAC 12". It was an incredibly dumb thing to say about a bunch of wr's who haven't done much of anything, especially with teams like USC, Oregon and Stanford in that conference. And it really doesn't matter if it was the qb's fault or not, none of them has done anything. Go back to the year before last, none of the ones that were there at that time did much of anything then either. Based on those facts these guys don't even belong in any conversation about being "the best in the PAC 12".

    So whether I am being a "hater" or not I am the one that is correct about this, and considering they have the same lame qb's as last year, and are replacing the most important parts of the oline as it relates to the passing game, then I'm gonna go out on a limb and LOL again about these guys "maybe being the best group of wr's in the PAC12".

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2012 1:57 p.m.


    If byu beats Utah or does better than 1-2 against boise, notre dame, and Georgia Tech I'll buy you a steak dinner and sing the byu fight song.

    Utah 32
    byu 10
    riley 4 turnovers

    mark it down

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 13, 2012 12:29 p.m.


    Very good point. Will the WRs have time to run their routes?


    It does sound a little like you are being a Utah hater on this latest post. I would say that we don't know for sure on these WRs, but the talent hype is not just a bunch of rah rah. The passing game needs some continuity, and maybe we will see that this year. I believe in Wynn if healthy, but I have to see him stand in the pocket and not be afraid to get hit. And the O-line is a big unknown this year. Oh yeah, and I also don't know how much to expect out of Johnson in his first year as OC. Other than that, I think the WRs will be best of all time. On second thought, maybe they will just be good.

    Also Duck, sorry to say, but I actually LOL myself when I read Uteology's second paragraph. Here it is; "You need to spend less time LOL and more time reading." That was funny man. I think he was right Duck (a little less LOL and more objective reading).

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 13, 2012 11:32 a.m.


    I can honestly see why you would be skeptical and I don't think anyone really knows how good this receiving corp is.
    However, the reason is that they simply haven't had enough balls thrown their way and and when the ball was thrown their way it has typically been by either an injured QB or from Hays, and we all know his story.
    If you can't see and admit that Utah's quarterback situation was the main reason for a lack of receiver production last year, well then you're just being a Utah hater and not at all objective. All you need to do is look at the number of times Utah ran the ball versus passed the ball. Up that to 50/50 as they hope to do this year and then we can all make our judgments.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 13, 2012 10:24 a.m.


    They have the talent, the question is do they have a QB that can get them the ball? Not last year, this year you'll have to wait and see.

    You need to spend less time LOL and more time reading. Here let me help you:

    "The receiving corps looks good, too. The receivers weren't as productive as they should have been last season because of quarterback issues. The Utes return their top four wide receivers, and senior DeVonte Christopher leads the way. He has the ability to get deep, as does senior Reggie Dunn. Senior Luke Matthews and sophomores Kenneth Scott and Dres Anderson round out the top quintet, all of whom have the talent to make 30 catches. Only Christopher (42) caught that many passes last season." -- Mike Huguenin (Yahoo Sports)

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 13, 2012 9:49 a.m.

    Come on sorenson, into hyperbole I see. "This group may, or may not, be the best group of wr's in the PAC 12". Huh? I think we can safely say they "ARE NOT" the best group in the PAC 12. For one thing none of them has done anything much, the passing attack for utah last year was one of the worst in the nation. Yea I know "we had a D2 qb", blah, blah, blah, but those "may be the best in the PAC 12" wr's are half of it.

    Their combined statistics barely equal the total of 2 pretty good wr's let alone 5 wr's that "may or may not be the best group of wr's in the PAC 12".


  • Monk Pleasant Grove, UT
    Aug. 13, 2012 7:35 a.m.

    Can't wait to see what happens! Hopefully the QB & OL positions can facilitate the kind of timing that can get the ball to these guys!

    Aug. 13, 2012 7:24 a.m.

    This group has a lot of talent and can put up some big numbers ... if ... the QB and the OL stay healthy and can do their part.

  • PAC12Fan South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 13, 2012 6:41 a.m.

    Would enjoy seeing an offense that looks to pass as much as the run as was the case in our two most successful seasons. Air it out Bryan.