Safety Eric Rowe relishing the opportunity to help the Utes at cornerback

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  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    April 8, 2014 9:32 a.m.


    "...if they were really good safeties they wouldn't be moving them,..."

    Not so. If Blechen wasn't a good Safety, he wouldn't have been a Freshman All-American "Safety", now would he have?

    As for Rowe, look at how his stats stack up vs. Daniel Sorensen and Craig Bills (and keep in mind that Rowe didn't get to face as many weak WAC offenses as your boys did):

    Over the past 3 seasons, Rowe averaged 38.3 Solo Tackles, 28.3 Assisted Tackes, 66.7 Total Tackles, 0.5 Sacks, 0.7 INTs, and 5.7 Passes Deflected per season.

    Sorensen averaged 34.7 Solos (Edge: Rowe), 27 Asst (Edge: Rowe), 61.7 Total (Edge: Rowe), 0 Sacks (Edge: Rowe), 1.7 INTs (Edge: Sorensen), and 7.3 PDs (Edge: Sorensen) per season.

    Overall Edge: Rowe.

    Bills averaged (past 2 seasons, since he didn't play in 2011): 34.5 Solos (Edge: Rowe), 20.5 Asst (Edge: Rowe), 0 Sacks (Edge: Rowe), 1 INT (Edge: Bills), and 5 PDs (Edge: Rowe) per game.

    Overall Edge: Rowe.

    So how could Rowe have been a "disappointment" when he stacks up quite favorably with Sorensen? Isn't he being scouted by the NFL?

  • RBN Salt Lake City, UT
    April 8, 2014 9:21 a.m.

    As much as I hate to say it, Duck's right about Rowe and Blechen. I thought Rowe played better as a freshman than he did as either a sophomore or a junior. He just didn't make plays. Blechen also didn't make many plays two years ago. Coach Shah is also accurate when he stated that Utah wants to have it's best 11 on the field, and that Rowe is likely one of the best 11. In Utah's scheme it needs to have safeties that see plays developing and then make the play. Rowe has lacked that vision. So, maybe cornerback, a position that requires less vision and more reaction and athleticism is the right spot for him. Remember, McGill was also a safety.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 7, 2014 10:13 p.m.


    Uh...if they were really good safeties they wouldn't be moving them, no matter what the other situations were. rowe in particular had a disappointing year and blechen isn't really fast enough to play safety, he's kind of a tweener. He is a good player but he isn't fast enough to be a top safety or big enough to be a top linebacker.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    April 7, 2014 11:50 a.m.


    Uh...Utah's Safties are moving to LB and CB because of the lack of depth at those positions. Hale went out with an ACL tear, so Blechen might have to move to fill that gap. Keith McGill graduated, and left a hole at the CB spot, which is a spot that is short on experience. And that's why Rowe is making the change. Not because he wasn't a good Safety, but rather because he has 4.3 speed, and would be needed to bolster that position group's experience level. That and the fact that Utah was fairly deep at the FS/SS position, thus enabling Utah to move one of our starters to another position.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 6, 2014 5:27 p.m.


    Uh....he's buried way down the depth chart at BYU. Also it isn't "depth" at the safety spot that is causing utah to move their previous players, it is because they weren't all that good as safeties.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    April 6, 2014 2:12 p.m.


    Of course Drew didn't want to go somewhere where he'd be buried way down the depth chart. Any claims to the contrary would just be the dubious spin of a jealous frantic and emotional coug.

    P.S.: The reason why Utah had been moving Safeties to LB and CB wasn't because of the lack of depth at the SS/FS position, but rather quite the opposite.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 5, 2014 11:50 a.m.


    Once again you try to spin, and off topic I might add. Drew could have gone to utah if he so desired, you could find all of that out if you'd read the article but I know you won't as the truth is not something utah "fans" can endure. He had no desire to go there, it is as simple as that. And despite your desperate attempts to make it appear as if he couldn't make it at utah but is at the top for BYU, well he is virtually unmentioned on BYU's depth charts at safety and yes BYU has superior safeties to utah and just about always has. In fact utah's safeties were so good that they moved them to other positions this year. lol

  • romeisn'tburning layton, ut
    April 4, 2014 3:52 p.m.

    What is there to spin? The Reilly's are from Southern California Trevor was living an hour away from the institution Drew was interested in attending so Trevor picked his little brother up from the airport and took him down there, like a good older brother should. What does that prove? Other than Trevor is a good older brother? I'm sure Drew is a "really good guy" just like every other player on the Y's roster, but he isn't the physical specimen that Trevor is. Trevor is 4 inches taller and 70 lbs heavier. Drew would be buried in the depth chart at Utah because he doesn't play press man like Utah corners, isn't fast enough to play FS, and isn't big enough to play SS. Utah develops professional DB talent, see the 5 former Ute DBs that are currently active on NFL rosters (one a 4 time All Pro Selection, including the most recent seasom) and 0 NFL DBs from the Y.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    April 4, 2014 3:33 p.m.

    Back to the topic at hand:

    Way to go Eric! Nice article DN - kudos!

    Go Utes!

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    April 4, 2014 3:29 p.m.


    "Are you talking about the bowl game at the end of each year?"

    Are you talking about Van Noy's "superbowl"?



    Go Utes!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 4, 2014 2:45 p.m.


    He didn't have an offer from BYU either, he was on scholarship at CSU. There was a very nice article in the Dnews a few months back where he states he contacted BYU himself and he pursued BYU, he had no interest in utah despite his brother being at utah, in fact his brother took him to BYU for a visit.

    I like how you tried to spin that, it was a good try but you failed.

  • Max-was-right springville, UT
    April 4, 2014 2:35 p.m.

    """Kind of like those seniors and next years seniors, and the seniors after that never being able to win the one game they went to BYU for in the first place."""

    Are you talking about the bowl game at the end of each year? I think you're right they did go there to play in a bowl game.

    Tell us all again what bowl games the utes played in the last two years? we have forgot...

  • romeisn'tburning layton, ut
    April 4, 2014 2:02 p.m.

    Drew Reilly never had an offer from the U, and there was no interest in him. Sure, his older brother might have been able to get him a spot but he would have been buried in the depth chart behind Utah's DB talent. Plenty of people, myself included, have spent a year or even a semester at the Y and left because they didn't like the atmosphere. Just remember that KVN called the 2013 match up "like the superbowl." Meanwhile, nobody at the U has said anything like that as they have won 4 in a row, and 9 of the last 12 match ups. Case closed. LOL

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    April 4, 2014 1:19 p.m.


    "Goof [sic] grief the delusion is rampant on the hill. No one at BYU went there for that 'one game'. lol"

    No one? Not according to the Deseret News! Back in the Mar. 30th article, "Brad Rock: What's missing from BYU football spring game? Utah, of course", cougar DB Drew Reilly was quoted as saying, "We grew up watching the rivalry and that’s why a lot of us came to BYU..."

    Case closed.


  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    April 4, 2014 10:25 a.m.


    You're right, I'm sorry.

    They went to BYU for all the BCS games, undefeated seasons, and Heisman trophies that are promised every August, but are lost by mid September.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    April 4, 2014 10:21 a.m.

    Why are WCC fans commenting on a Pac 12 article?

    Don't you have a Virginia game to be worrying about?

    Go UTES. My sources in the program tell me the talent level is at an all time high.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    April 4, 2014 9:24 a.m.

    Max was right it right. Schedule 10 easy wins before being blown out in a bad bowl is the way to go.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    April 4, 2014 9:02 a.m.

    *yawn*...another 4.3 guy. Isn't that slow for a ute? I thought their offensive lineman were all in the 4.3 range.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    April 4, 2014 8:53 a.m.


    Kind of like those seniors and next years seniors, and the seniors after that never being able to win the one game they went to BYU for in the first place.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    April 4, 2014 8:51 a.m.

    Good to see Eric making progress.

    I hope he's able to make the switch and help the team. With Tevin Carter and Blechen slated in the safety spots, if Rowe can make the switch that would make a formidable secondary with reports that Orphey and Corporan are really doing well at CB.

    It sounds like that depth is finally starting to come to fruition.

    Go Utes

  • Max-was-right springville, UT
    April 4, 2014 7:43 a.m.

    Great guy and a hard worker. Hope all this hard work doesn't pan out to be another bowless season. That has got to be the hardest thing for these players, putting in all that effort only to watch everyone else play in bowl games. Three straight years of home for the holidays just doesn't seem fair to the effort they put in.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    April 3, 2014 9:26 p.m.

    Love the insight here. Rowe is terrific athlete and physical player. Now, he won't be making all the hits on WRs and RBs in 'run stop' the way he did at safety so he will have to be able to have the endurance to chase PAC 12 WRs all over the field. Rowe's speed and agility are already a strength at his new position, and his size will be a repeat of some of the bigger corners Utah has had success with recently (think Sean Smith).

    The safety position is deeper than it has been, so Rowe moving to corner makes sense. I would love to see Blechen at safety if healthy but I think Whiit wants him at Linebacker. The injury to Jacoby Hale hurts because he could have teamed with Gionni Paul at linebacker and Blechen could play more safety.