Utah Utes football: Senior linebacker Brian Blechen is focused on wins, avenging last season

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  • scott Alpine, UT
    Aug. 8, 2013 10:29 p.m.

    I heard that Blechen is injured and may not even play this year.

  • Reno Cougs Fan 68 Reno, NV
    Aug. 8, 2013 2:44 p.m.

    Hope springs eternal especially for sports fans in the pre-season!!! Good luck to all three schools this season BYU, Utah and Utah State!!!

    Go Cougs!!!
    Go Utes!!!
    Go Aggies!!!

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 7, 2013 8:08 p.m.

    It will be interesting to see how Blechen can play at linebacker. He is the type of player you want out on the field no matter what position he is playing because of his intensity. Sometimes as an above poster pointed out, he can be a little too intense and cost his team but I hope he has gained a little maturity from last year and can pull it together for a great Senior year. The guy deserves to see some success.

    Go Utes!

  • That's A Good One Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 7, 2013 1:25 p.m.

    “He’s a football junkie. He loves football. He eats, sleeps and drinks football,” Whittingham said.

    Rumor has it he even smokes it occasionally too!

  • byufanman west valley city, utah
    Aug. 7, 2013 1:18 p.m.

    Blechen is the real deal!! Stay healthy and have a great year. See ya on the 21st.

    Go Cougs!!!!

  • steeleute Sandy, UT
    Aug. 7, 2013 12:10 p.m.

    Steven S Jarvis:

    If anything it would be the corners who are the weakness on the pass defense and not the safety who replaced Blechen at that spot because the safety who replaced him is Tyron Morris Edwards who came on really strong last year

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Aug. 7, 2013 8:49 a.m.

    It would surprise me if Blechen loses any games for the Utes this year simply because teams would do their best just to avoid him by exploiting the weakness in the pass defense his move to safety has created. He simply IS the best Ute player on D.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Aug. 7, 2013 7:58 a.m.

    I'm truly pulling for this kid. I watched him play as a high schooler in So. Cal and knew we got a good one when Brian Blechen came our way. His lapses in judgment were a big part of Utah's struggles last season and I felt that he never got his feet planted solidly last season (meaning he was never quite right). This is a guy who is aware that he hurt his team last season and he accepts responsibility for that. It's hard to be down on a kid simply because he smoked some pot--but Brian knew the rules long before he came to Utah. He may have been enabled by others, but he made his choices. Now, he has a single season to adjust his legacy as a Ute and to be remembered as more than the guy who had it all in front of him and got busted.

  • EdGrady Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 7, 2013 7:58 a.m.

    Gnarly article.

    Aug. 7, 2013 7:55 a.m.

    He really has packed on the weight this year. When he first moved to LB and was reported to be 230 he definitely was not, he was lucky to be 215 after a big meal. It looks like he really has got his weight up to 230+ now so there's likely no going back to safety even if there's another safety emergency. Hopefully it plays out well for the team, but Blechen looks ready to go.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 7, 2013 3:28 a.m.

    I don't recall an interview like this with Blechen before. I mean, I have heard him tell a bee sting story but not much else. I liked that Blechen put himself out there in this interview and avoided falling into any traps (like badge of honor), and stay focused on wins and personal effort.

    As for effort, I would like to see more of it from Blechen. But I also think that personal issues (suspension) and injury beat some reality into him. A type reality that puts a battle into the mind. And with that, Blechen looks ready to go strong to me right now. With that said, Blechen's inner fortitude of wanting wins is going to be challenged/tested in the PAC 12 this fall. I am interested to see how things play out but I look for Blechen and Trevor Reilly to lead the defense in a more focal fashion this year. Some leaders were lost to graduation but I like the talent and personalities on the defensive side of the ball.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 8:44 p.m.

    Blechen is a stud.

    Just an amazing knack for making plays, since his first game as a true freshman

    I think he will anchor a strong defense this year. If Wilson controls the turnovers we will have an 8-4 season and be in contention for the PAC 12 title game and rose bowl within last two games of season, if not the very end

    I will be there screaming as we stomp Utah state and every home game after!

    Go utes!