Commentary: Position-by-position, why Utah's talent on the offensive line will flourish in 2013

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  • More Mature Y Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    July 30, 2013 10:15 a.m.

    Very sad that such an optimistic article about a very promising young man is overshadowed by news of his death. Our condolences to the University of Utah family. Hopefully fans of both sides put the nastiness that the rivalry can be aside and come together to mourn the loss of these young men.

  • gonefishn Salt Lake City, UT
    July 30, 2013 12:01 a.m.

    For the life of me I do understand how Y fans can get on here and run the U down. I appreciate Y fans are totally obsessed with the U but the Y has lost 3 in row and 8 of 11 (including 3 uuuuuugly blowouts).

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    July 29, 2013 4:27 p.m.

    "this Utah O-line looks like the real deal..."

    Yawn... probably much like last year's sports pundit's declaration of the Utes having a pre-season nationally ranked defense.

    That was a bust wasn't it?

    To infinity and beyond... go utes!

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    July 29, 2013 2:58 p.m.

    Fight On!:

    Yet another byU "fan" who can't live without Utah!

    Thanks for dropping by to show your love for all things Ute!!

    Go Utes! Onward and Upward!

  • Fight On! St George, Utah
    July 29, 2013 2:34 p.m.

    Utah's O-Line definitely can't do much worse than last year, but I just don't see their improvement making any difference for 2013. U will be lucky to win 4 games. AZ, ASU, UCLA, Oregon, Standford, and USC are all in the Loss column. U will likely get wins over Weber, Washington State, and Colorado. Both BYU and Oregon State are toss ups, but even if you win both of those you will still be at 5-7 and sitting at home in December/January.
    Don't feel too bad, you'll still have your bowl game on Sept. 21st. Before having nothing to play for the next 2 years.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    July 29, 2013 2:02 p.m.

    Van Noy will have the same type of year he has every year: He'll be average in the early season (when BYU plays a few good teams) and then light it up for the last 8 or so games against the cupcake/FCS part of the schedule.

    Oh, and this Utah O-line looks like the real deal...can't say for sure until the whistle blows in the fall but they've definitely got the physical tools.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    July 29, 2013 12:55 p.m.

    Down Under: KVN is a great player, no doubt about that. However, he is also a direct beneficiary of the poor/weak schedules byu has put together so far in their independence experiment. For example, did you happen to see what happened to KVN when he tried to defend Utah's TE in the end zone last year? You would be well advised to tone down the rhetoric a notch or two. Just enjoy the show instead of living your life through someone you don't know.

    Btw...good luck to buy and the Utes. It should be a fun year.

  • FatMan86 West Jordan, UT
    July 29, 2013 12:22 p.m.

    The line will be the key to offensive productivity this year. Erickson can have all the offensive gimmicks in the world, but if the QB doesn't have time to throw it won't matter.

    My biggest hope for the Utes is that they will just get themselves up for the PAC 12 conference schedule. I think that those of us who don't have a direct rooting interest in either school just want to see all of the Utah schools succeed. Utah would be the most fun to watch make another run, but they have got to stop evaluating the success of their season soley with the BYU game. Much bigger and better fish to fry on that schedule.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    July 29, 2013 11:54 a.m.

    Van Noy will run lose all day long on these big boys. They will be turning their heads to see where he is and it will be in the backfield with the QB face down in the turf.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    July 29, 2013 10:48 a.m.

    Poutasi is a beast! His commit was HUGE for Utah, something that might not have happened without the PAC invite. That and Salt switching his commit from Florida.

    Great to have a solid o-line, with amazing 2014 home grown talent coming in to sure up the future!

    Go Utes!