View from the Booth: Utah football: Utes' progress stalled by marginal quarterback play

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  • BigUtahFan BOUNTIFUL, UT
    Oct. 10, 2012 11:24 a.m.

    I'm a little disappointed that Utah is going back to the spread. I like the pro style offense with a run first mentality to set up play action.

    I think our O-line blocks better in the spread so we are going that direction.

    I'm so glad that we have duck and sam to help comment. What would we do without them?

    GO UTES!

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 10, 2012 10:55 a.m.

    Duckhunter stated the obvious "top to bottom they are not up to par with the rest of the pac12".
    Of course not. Utah is less than two years out of the MWC. Recruiting has improved, but they are certainly not where they need to be.

    Utah was the benchmark for non-AQ's getting promoted ("Lets see how they do NOW"). Things don't bode well for TCU either. They got blasted by Iowa State and are heading into the meat of their Big 12 schedule. That's why BYU wisely chose the independent route -- they'd get tossed around in the PAC/BIG 12 and Big East (well, maybe not the future Big East). While UU and TCU can improve their position through better recruits, BYU will have what they've always had.

    All conferences are dominated by two or three teams. UU and TCU have to take advantage when the big dogs are down, but neither are ready yet. The Utes have had success getting Dbacks into the NFL. Hopefully the Utes can use that to maintain strong defensive recruiting. Now they need an offensive success story to leverage.

    Oct. 10, 2012 10:44 a.m.

    Utah has better players at each position then they ever have. These kids are PAC12 caliber players, the only position that is lacking in a quality player is at the QB position. We will strugle until we get someone that can handle the week in and week out play of the PAC12. There is no other position on the field that needs to be a "player" more than the QB.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 10, 2012 10:19 a.m.

    "What's really separating the Utes from many comparable Pac-12 programs right now is quarterback play."

    Seems like a lengthy "Captain Obvious" piece. The Utes were banking on Jordan Wynn this year. They were lucky that Jon Hayes has solid experience from last year, but he's not the future of the program. Travis Wilson might be the future, but he needs to develop. When people talk about position depth, quarterback is a whole different animal. This isn't the NFL where the backup QB used to be a starting QB for another pro team. For every NCAA team except Kansas, the backup last played QB in high school. If he has to step in, of course you expect marginal play.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Oct. 10, 2012 9:31 a.m.

    QB play is not the problem. The offensive problems are 100% due to poor o-line play. They are not opening holes for the RB's and they are not giving Hays time to throw. Hays is actually doing a pretty good job protecting the football - he has 1 interception for every 110 throws. The problem is his receivers have no time to get downfield when he's scrambling after 2 seconds.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Oct. 10, 2012 9:07 a.m.


    I believe that utah's qb's are marginal, frankly that is a kind assessment of them, what I don't believe is that the rest of the players aren't marginal. Sure they have a few quality players but top to bottom they are not up to par with the rest of the pac12.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Oct. 9, 2012 9:57 p.m.

    I do not believe one word of this marginal QB malarky. LOL

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 9, 2012 8:45 p.m.

    I agree with Bill in his assesment of the Utes. The only area I would possibly differ is that many of the other PAC12 teams have a bit more depth at a number of positions. Utah had arguably their best recruiting class last year partly because of their addmission into the PAC12 but they will need a few of those types of classes before you will see a big difference on the field.

    I am looking forward to seeing Travis Wilson get more involved with the offense. No disrespect to Hays, because he has done everything he can to help the Utes win, but ultimately there are more talented QB's out there. The sooner that Wilson can become the teams leader, will ultimately help us in the years to come.

    I know the Utes have another good HS recruit coming in next year. I hope they can possibly add another JV transfer into the mix so that there isn't a huge drop off if there is an injury.

    Go Utes!