Ute football: 4 running backs hope to replace John White's production this fall

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  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    May 21, 2013 12:27 a.m.

    @ xert

    JWIV in 2011: 316 attempts, 1519 yards, 4.8 per carry, longest run 62 yards, 15 TDs.

    JWIV in 2012: 218 attempts, 1041 yards, 4.8 per carry, longest run 47 yards, 8 TDs.

    John White had pretty much identical numbers in both of his seasons at the U, the only difference being that he was injured for a huge chunk of the 2012 season.

    May 18, 2013 2:06 p.m.

    xert, to be fair, John White's ankle was never right until late in the season, when we saw him do much the same thing against UW, UA and CU that he did in 2011. I think York could be equally as productive if he remains healthy. If not, Karl Williams is a poor man's Kelvin York, and Poole should be a good receiver out of the backfield. I'm not big on Lucky or Jarrell Oliver, and will have to see what the incoming guys can do when given a chance. But York and Williams are good bruisers and Poole seems like a good runner in space.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    May 17, 2013 11:00 p.m.

    Let's face it--great Ute running backs seem to happen when great Ute linemen do their jobs and win all league honors and when the Utes have a potent passing game. The Wolfman was an exception his jr season, because he kept the Utes in games when no passing game was present. But when the blocking wasn't there---he was a great JC running back. For one of these backs to begin the process of becoming a great back, we would have to see them knocking defenders over or picking up lots of yards after being hit-or moving to the outside and finding his own room to run. Even JW didn't do that his senior season.

  • sportyguy sandy, UT
    May 17, 2013 2:34 p.m.

    @CougFan Langi went on a mission after spring camp last year.

    Just not sure that out of these 4 that anyone other than York will have a shot at significant carries.

    Oliver will be back after being injured and the Juco and two freshman coming in over the summer will have a shot to steal carries.

    May 16, 2013 11:37 p.m.

    CFIT, yes, Harvey is in the Florida Tampa Mission, I believe. He left last summer, so he should return next summer.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    May 16, 2013 5:29 p.m.

    Did Langi go on a mission? Is that why he's not listed her?

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    May 16, 2013 2:32 p.m.

    I think this is an important position for Utah this year in terms of their success. John White was a stud, and was so quick and deceptively powerful. York isn't even close, and the other backs don't have the speed or agility JWIV had. His absence is going to be missed far more than a lot of fans realize.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2013 10:53 a.m.

    A lot of pro and college teams use multiple back sets now. Hopefully the Utes aren't looking for one back as this article implies.

  • AltaHawkFan Sandy, UT
    May 16, 2013 2:26 a.m.

    These 4 RB's combined won't replace White's production. I didn't realize that White had a 5'8" back either ... just how tall was he then ?

  • DevilishUte Tempe, AZ
    May 15, 2013 11:04 p.m.

    York can't stay healthy to save his life. Bubba Poole and Lucky Radley have cool names, but not as cool game AND Karl Williams is Tauni Vakapuna the 2nd (walk-on FB that eventually earns a scholarship because he works hard, but is too slow to cut the muster at a PAC-12 level).

    RB has a lot of people vying for playing time, but that doesn't necessarily mean there is a lot of depth.

  • Roger Jolly Maricopa, AZ
    May 15, 2013 10:53 p.m.

    What seems to be overlooked is the RB position? What a nasty bunch of running backs. Seems to me that everyone is overlooking that facet? Two running back spread offense is what we'll see. And the RB position will be the difference.