Utah spring practice preview: Defensive line

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  • Hegdehog Bountiful, UT
    March 19, 2013 3:20 p.m.

    Latu Heimuli is a bust at OL and is now being moved back to the DL. He was a 4 star DT in high school and the #15 DT in the nation when the utes recruited him. Why isn't this guy tearing it up? I thought Kwhitt was supposed to be famous for getting more out of his players and for developing guys for the NFL, especially D-lineman?

    Heimuli is a guy ready made for greatness and has been mis-handled and poorly coached since joining the utes. I feel badly for him.

  • Hegdehog Bountiful, UT
    March 19, 2013 2:42 p.m.

    Palamo is not the Ansah to Utah's D-line woes. For that matter, neither was Dave Kruger. Orchard is serviceable but managing only 3 sacks and 8.5 TFL's when he had a NT like Lotulelei pulling double and sometimes triple teams isn't very impressive.

    Next year Utah needs guys on the DL who aren't going to take plays off and will play hard every down. I like Trevor Reilly but he didn't have as good of a year last year as he did his sophomore season. I don't know if that's due to the time he spent playing DE (a bit undersized and lacking in strength and initial burst) and maybe he's better suited as an OLB?

    AS it is, the defense was just mediocre last year and doesn't look to be getting any better any time soon. Success starts up front and right now there are a lot of no-names, new-names and question marks in the defensive front. That doesn't bode well when you are looking at Oregon and Stanford being added to the schedule.

    Experts are predicting a 2-10 or 3-9 season this year. They may be right.

  • 10of17 Taylorsville, UT
    March 17, 2013 10:16 a.m.

    We will not miss Dave Kruger. Can't remember a play he made in 4 years, and I watch all the games and most of them twice (not proud of that). I've seen Palamo for two years and don't get the comparison to Ansah. Not even close to the same athlete.

  • jdub1942 PROVO, UT
    March 16, 2013 11:47 a.m.

    Nate changed his last name to Orchard? IMO the D-line with the exception of Star last year really under performed, so I'm not that worried about losing players, but I am a little concerned with the coaching, luckily KW will be able to spend more time with the defense.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    March 16, 2013 11:35 a.m.

    No real disrespect meant here--but haven't we been hearing about how this rugby kid is going to be really good once he learns how to play football--for quite a while now?

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 15, 2013 3:58 p.m.

    I'm not worried about Sitake. He'll have the Defesne ready I count my blessings the guy is still with us each year. He'll be a head coach within another couple years no doubt.

    Between Whittinghm, Erickson, and Sitake, there's not a trio of better coaches at the same school anywhere in the country. The combined national titles and BCS games speak for themselves.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    March 15, 2013 3:55 p.m.

    I love the talent at the Defensive End. It's the tackle spots that are my concern. I see potential there but it has got to go head to head with injury, lack of experience and depth (the three main question marks).