View from the Booth: What will Utah football look like with Dennis Erickson?

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  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 15, 2013 4:07 p.m.

    OCoug - The huge difference between BJ and Doman is that BJ has a brilliant football mind and has huge potential. He is loyal to the U and is, and will continue to be, a great asset for the school. He is not someone you "let go down the road". Apparently Doman is. A huge segment of the byU fan base thought that getting rid of Anae two years ago was the right thing to do too - let him go "down the road" - and your team has suffered for it. We all know that Erickson most likely will not be around in 4 years, but BJ will be, and he will be a much better coach and OC when DE is gone.

  • Dand_Ute WEST JORDAN, UT
    Feb. 15, 2013 10:22 a.m.

    I know they are calling them Co-OC, but it will be more like OC Senior and OC Junior. Erickson will be calling the shots.

  • cedarcityute cedar city, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 4:19 p.m.

    That's who it was, Booker! Did you ever get to see the JC WR we got? That guy looks pretty awesome. I think Dennis is going to have more to work with than alot of people think. Hopefully he can continue to develop Travis Wilson. Travis has some amazing talent and could possibly one day go to the NFL. Erickson could be just the guy to help him out.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Feb. 14, 2013 3:05 p.m.


    "Did we also get a Junior College transfer RB?"

    We signed 5-11/195-lbs DeVontae Booker out of American River CC.

    And as for J. Oliver...I think he suffered a high-ankle sprain mid-way through the season, and that was the primary reason we didn't see much of him.

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    Feb. 14, 2013 12:43 p.m.

    Down under,

    Must be tough losing to a train wreck every year. Especially when your team is a NC contender.

  • cedarcityute cedar city, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 10:50 a.m.

    I like the level headedness of this thread. It's been a reality going from top of the MWC to realizing that every game we need to bring our A game, which we haven't been doing. As fans, we need to stay behind our team and keep supporting them. We did lose a good amount of talent, but I think we also haven't seen some of the talent that we are going to have this coming year. Oliver is a HUGE one. I do believe he didn't get much time because of white and York but I do think there was an underlying factor that coaches didnt make light of. I do think we'll see him running the ball more. Did we also get a Junior College transfer RB?

  • Chewbacca Magna, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 9:21 a.m.

    I will agree with those who say that Brian Johnson wasn't ready. It was too big of a risk to hand him the offensive reigns last year. However, that's water under the bridge. I like the hiring of Erickson. I hope that it will be successful, and that it will aid Brian Johnson in his development. I think/hope/expect the offensive line will be much improved this year. There is at a minimum much more depth there this year. Hopefully competition and depth will yield a better product. And, hopefull a better O-line will lead to better QB production.

    Go Utes!

  • FromWA Olympia, WA
    Feb. 14, 2013 2:04 a.m.

    I admit I'm a cougar fan, but I hope this works for Utah against the evidence. It has been a good while since DE has brought success to a team. Personally feel he has gone from ruining the Seahawks, had success at OSU (for the little time he stayed), and really nothing since. Along with likely leaving soon, hope Utah doesn't get a sixth OC in six years, he seems to sow discontent where he goes. Honestly, wish them success in all but one game.

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 6:48 p.m.

    BYU and the Utes learned that Brian Johnson and Brandon Doman are not ready (and may never be ready) to be offensive coordinators. One difference? BYU has let Doman go down the road while the U basically demoted Johnson to an understudy. Co-Coordinator baloney is nice but we all know who'll be calling the shots.

    I hope that both teams do well in this upcoming season. It'd be nice to have a school in the state that can beat some top tier programs around the country. I don't think Anae or Erickson are the missing components in themselves, but its a good start.

    The U should have let Johnson go down the road too.

  • clehman Sandy, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 6:12 p.m.

    Well, I hope this gives us a short term solution to the offensive ineptitude we've experienced over the last couple of years. I say "short term," because what the offense really needs is some continuity. We have 6 O.C.s in 6 years, we're going to have some major issues.

    I'm hoping BJ can really glean some insights and understanding and philosophy from D.E., because I think Whit was right to try for some stability in the OC position by hiring BJ last year.

    It remains to be seen how well the O-Line will play; IMO that was the biggest weakness on last year's team, and it seems like the coaches didn't think so. They put QB/LB/CB and D-Line ahead of O-line in recruiting importance.

    We'll see. This head coach has done some remarkable things; I think by the end of this new season we'll find out if K Whitt is a keeper, or just a guy who made a big splash in a small pond back in '08.

  • nosaerfoecioveht NSL, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 2:25 p.m.

    @CougFan TX

    Hardly any Utah fans are like Chris B, in my experience.

    I think most of us are holding off on predicting rose bowls until we get one win over a top tier Pac12 team.

    I'm getting more optimistic about this season though. GO UTES!!!!

  • Clark W. Griswold Sandy, Utah
    Feb. 13, 2013 12:29 p.m.

    @Ernest T. Bass

    "Probably wont look good because they didn't hire roger Anae".

    haha, i just can't stop laughing at Y fans that are stuck with Robert Anae coaching again at BYU. The same coach who the fans and the other coaches ran out of town in 2010. Now all of the sudden Y fans think he'll be better than Dennis Erickson at OC. Keep dreaming!

    4 in a row, 9 of 12, and 57-34-4 will happen this fall!

  • couglifer South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 11:54 a.m.

    I watched an interview with K-Whit and he said that D.E. was the final say on offense

  • Carnak Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 11:45 a.m.

    Don't think we know what it will look like but here's to hoping it won't resemble last year's offense. BJ ran about 5 plays into the ground.

    Feb. 13, 2013 11:44 a.m.

    Drum and Feather, I agree with you for the most part on the tight end thing, but I think a few of the ones we currently have will still be able to be utilized pretty well. Last year, Moeai and Rolf were the only really traditional tight ends we had that got considerable playing time. Murphy has the body of a tight end, but is not a great blocker at the position, and is much more athletic than he looks, which poses a lot of matchup problems, especially lining him up out wide or in the slot. It sounds like Reese is pretty similar, and Handley definitely is as well, although he should put on some more size before considerable playing time. The analysts on the Pac-12 signing day special raved about Handley as possibly one of the gems of the class.

  • fibonacci2112 Langley, VA
    Feb. 13, 2013 11:30 a.m.

    I think DE should bring some much needed experience to the OC position, but I don't know how having two OC's will work. I think you have to give it to DE and let Johnson learn during the next couple of years.

  • gonefishn Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 11:12 a.m.

    The Utes are at or near the bottom of every offensive category, this will definately help. Hopefully the Utes can have a rebound year like Oregon State did last year.

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 10:55 a.m.

    It's way too early to tell how good or how improved the Utes offense will be but as UteJunky mentioned, I do like Erickson's vision.

    I know last year was extra tough for Brian to configure the offense around 3 different starting QB's but even with that, he never laid out the offensive scheme as clear as Erickson has. I expect the Utes to be improved but they also have one of the most difficult schedules they have ever had so hopefully they can improve on both sides of the ball.

    I'm excited about our receiving corps, I just hope they can get the ball to them this year. I also think there is some good talent at RB it will just take a while to figure out who is going to step up and taking the bulk of the carries.

    Can't wait for spring camp to begin.

    Go Utes!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Feb. 13, 2013 10:27 a.m.

    I like the hire, and really don't see how it could hurt. I don't see Erickson sticking around long though; does he ever? If he picks up a gig at UTEP and New Mexico he will complete his western football bingo card!

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 13, 2013 10:14 a.m.

    CougFaninTX - Very few of us Utah fans are like CB.

    It's nice to have DE on board. His wealth of knowledge and experience will serve the team well. I am extremely excited about his recruiting skills and connections. We call only go up from here, it can't get worse than last year. I am optimistic about the upcoming season, but only time will tell how it all relates to the playing field.

    Go Utes!!

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Feb. 13, 2013 9:53 a.m.

    Drum and Feather - thanks for reminding me that not all Ute fans are like CB.

  • Down under Pullman, WA
    Feb. 13, 2013 9:24 a.m.

    Considering DE only sticks around for one year my guess to what they would look like; A train Wreck, just like last year and the year before.

  • Drum and Feather SLC, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 9:19 a.m.

    Chris B it would really be nice if you'd quit being such an embarrassment to the rest of us. Nothing we have done would indicate that we are capable of going to the rose Bowl any time soon. Why don't you just email all of the BYU trolls and ask them to come and mock us?

    Erickson should improve the offense but whether or not we currently have the right personel for him to do what he wants is a very big question. Our line was not good last year, neither were our WR's. QB is still a very big question mark as well. The offense has been so down over the last several years that thinking it will immediately be great and Rose Bowl caliber is simply delusional.

    Also his offense does not utilize the TE very much. Yes he gave it a little bit of lip service but it is not a TE focused offense. We have recruited quite a few good TE's over the last couple of years, I would bet they go underutilized.

    Optimism is nice but reality is a bit more daunting.

  • Utah Fan2 Anaheim, CA
    Feb. 13, 2013 8:56 a.m.

    Utah will struggle.

    The Utes lost most of their key players from a team that struggled to a five win season,

    Having co-offensive coordinators is like having co-starting quarterbacks. As they say, when you have two starting quarterbacks, you don't have a starting quarterback.

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    Feb. 13, 2013 8:56 a.m.

    What will they look like? Pure Awesomeness :) (I hope ;)

    Go UTES!!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 8:34 a.m.

    Crazy to think that last year USC was supposed to steamroll everybody, and they turned out to be very average.

    Now UCLA is the king of the Soutn.

    But just as we saw with USC last year, early predictions dont mean anything.

    I like our chances in the South as well as I like anyones. Thats what makes each week so exciting. Literally anyone in the south is capable of going to the Rose Bowl.

    Go Utes! Show up tonight Muss!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 8:32 a.m.

    One word:


    We now have 2 coaches that have led teams to top 2 finishes in the country, a combined 3 times!

    I highly doubt there is another coaching duo in the country with such high accomplishments.

    Lets just say I like where this is headed!

    Already can't wait for football season

  • UteJunky70 midvale, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 8:02 a.m.

    Whenever you lose a back as productive as White was your going to have some concern about the position. I liked what I saw out of York in flashes last year. you do have to question his durability. Jarrell Oliver is not mentioned in the article. last year he was the Fall camp sensation. Anyone know what happened to him?

    I do love what I'm hearing from Erickson. He seems to have a clear vision of what he wants from the offense. That's been are biggest problem under coach Whit. No true offensive identity. Too much going back and forth. Hopefully those days are over.

  • T.S.Zarathrustra Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 7:04 a.m.

    Kelvin York had a very good Junior year backing up John White. Virtually everyone is expecting him to start, to get the bulk of the carries and to deliver an outstanding senior year. The situation is the opposite of clouded in uncertainty.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 5:55 a.m.

    Probably wont look good because they didn't hire roger Anae.