Utah spring practice preview: Offensive backfield

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  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    March 14, 2013 2:22 a.m.

    The RB position concerns me. Last year White IV was hurt half the year after being one of the nations premier RBs the year before. When White got healthy, Whit went with Travis Wilson. At that point White ran well enough to win but Wilson was awful. I am not sold on him at all.

    The Defensive Line is my other worry. I think the talent might be there, and with depth again. Still, nobody is known to have star power and we will need game time with the new faces to see what we have.

    I actually like the Offensive Line a lot. But they need chemistry and experience. Plus they have new schemes and new coaches to work with. A lot of question marks for me.

    I love Utah's TEs but don't know how they are to be utilized under Erickson. The WRs are good. Will the QB finally be able to deliver the ball to them this year.

  • WhatMadeTheRedManRed? Woods Cross, UT
    March 12, 2013 2:32 p.m.

    Fact is Utah has returned to prominence and left YBU in the dust. I think this has all come from the fact that that "The Gathering of Israel Era" has come to its close in Provo. You are seeing the top LDS athletes snub the cougs and make their marks elsewhere in the world. (ie Jabari Parker) You also have witnessed the paradigm shift of TOP talent in Utah like Loveridge, Hansen and Langi taking their talents up to the hill. The U will facilitate Utah's top talent to display their skills on the national stage in the PAC 12, USU won't be far behind taking a good chunk of utah's top talent and then TDS will always have a spot for the guys who might just want the opportunity to play at a college level.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    March 12, 2013 12:57 p.m.


    "Kelvin York is an absolute beast! His physical tools are astounding...he will have a special season...This is a kid with USC talent...he can still cut, accelerate and hammer...he could be all conference...have an impact like Johnathon Franklin did last year for UCLA."

    No need to wait for December then, just engrave that Heisman right now!

  • WhatMadeTheRedManRed? Woods Cross, UT
    March 12, 2013 12:45 p.m.

    Kelvin York is an absolute beast! His physical tools are astounding and if he can wrap his head around the new offense he will have a special season. This is a kid with USC talent that has been recovering from a knee surgery in 2011, and showed that he can still cut, accelerate and hammer. With better cerebral skills I think he could be all conference and have an impact like Johnathon Franklin did last year for UCLA. I also like Radley as the change of pace back. I think he has shown elite speed and would nicely complement a bull like York. Don't get me wrong Oliver is a nice peice too and kind of blends the other two's attributes, but I love it when a tandem is polarized with opposite styles. Either way, can't wait too see what these boys can do against a defense that has to play honest and can't stack the box(like we've seen for 3 years).

  • TexasGirlAUte Draper, UT
    March 12, 2013 7:02 a.m.

    From what I saw last spring and summer... Schulz really could put up a fight if the coaches let him. The kid has a rocket for an arm, can literally throw the ball out of the stadium. If Wilson loses the spot, I wouldn't be surprised to see Schulz really push for it. Given, I don't really know much about Cox... But I'm excited to see what he can do too.

    Fingers crossed that we luck out like Oregon State did last year, with a sophomore QB. I really hope Wilson adds some lbs and last years experience gives him an extra edge. Would love to develop him early and get to keep him as a starter for the next 3 years.

    One more week til we get some real football news! Can't wait!!

    GO UTES!

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    March 12, 2013 1:02 a.m.

    The Utes will take a step backward at RB and DL, but will be better at every other position on the field in 2013

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 11, 2013 11:29 p.m.

    I'm hopping Wilson adds some wight to his frame. If not I'm looking forward to seeing what Brandon Cox can do this Spring.

    If York can stay healthy I think he will be able to fill the hole left by John White.

    Can't wait until April 20th, Utah Spring Game!

    Go UTES!!

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    March 11, 2013 8:28 p.m.

    I like York and Oliver for our primary ball carriers. It's been a while since we featured a one-back set, but both of these backs have power and speed, and can spell each other much like the Mack-Asiata rotation.

    Dear Wilson,

    Please hit the gym hard in the offseason. We've had too many injuries at the QB spot since Bret Eliot gave way to Alex Smith back in 2003. Our only seasons with a healthy QB from start to finish was in '04 and '08. A stronger QB is a healthier QB.

    Go Utes!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 11, 2013 3:36 p.m.

    I think any team other than Colorado has a chance in the South. Arizona and Arizona State are both good, but not great. UCLA and USC have the talent, but are unpredictable. I could see us being very good or just average too.

    With that said, I like our chances of being in the South race the whole year. It'll be a competitive race between several teams.