Utah football notes: Utes picking up the tempo

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  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    April 21, 2014 4:45 p.m.

    I don't disagree that playing tougher opponents prepares you better for tougher competition. The issue is, against FBS opponents the game may not be a blowout, where you can get playing time and experience to develop depth. Like I said, I hate them, but FCS games allow guys who normally don't get experience to get it, which makes their acclimation to the bigger games easier. Against SMU or Houston, U may have a fight on your hands and no 2nd & 3rd stringers will get any experience.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    April 19, 2014 11:53 p.m.


    its Nascar

    Our offense is Nascar when we go fast

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    April 18, 2014 3:13 p.m.


    Playing a lower tier FBS team in your first 2 or 3 games of the season takes hardly ANY toll on one's team. The toll comes via a weekly grind of teams like the one we'll be seeing from mid-Oct thru late-Nov of Ore St, USC, ASU, Ore, Stan, and Ariz. To look at our 1st 3-wks, we have Idaho St, Fresno St, and a bye.

    That's not a grind that's expected to take much of a toll on us. Now imagine swapping out Idaho St. with Houston/SMU, UNLV, or Colo. St. That's STILL not much of a grind. Now which scenario do you think would better prepare the Utes for Michigan-WSU-UCLA?

    I think the 2nd one.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    April 18, 2014 2:43 p.m.

    I think you have to consider reps and playing time for reserves to build depth also. That's why most programs schedule the FCS games. And I make no bones about Utah's schedule being brutal...I've been a Georgia fan most of my life too, and that kind of schedule takes it's toll on your depth. The more reps 2nd & 3rd stringers can get the better. When U were in the MWC you could count on a couple of cupcakes every year so it was easier to build that depth. In a major conference you can't take anyone for granted so you have to schedule a couple of gimmes to get other guys more live action.

    I agree as a fan, however, that I hate seeing FCS teams on the schedule, and even lower tier FBS teams. Unfortunately as a BYU fan I've seen too many of them recently I'm afraid to say.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    April 18, 2014 2:07 p.m.


    "Spring games are fun for fans...It's good for the bottom and middle depth chart players, but really does next to nothing for the starters that non-contact practices wouldn't do..."

    I feel the same way about Utah's recent trend of scheduling FCS opponents. At least in the Spring, Utah's Offense and Defense would be facing off against better competition. And while I understand that "warm-up" games are good for preparing us for the weekly grind of Pac-12 play, I just don't think that Idaho St, or Weber St, or No. Colorado can be adequate preparation. I'd rather see us tee up vs. Colorado St, or UNLV, or Houston/SMU. Those are winnable games, and the sort that could provide us with "real" game film to cover and improve upon. All FCS games can offer us is a delusional sense of overconfidence.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    April 18, 2014 2:00 p.m.

    Mormon Ute:

    It is unlikely that he'd ever spend any time under Center in a game, but I wouldn't read too much into his move to Safety right now, since Jason won't be eligible to be anything more than a scout team role player. As a (Wyoming) transfer student, he'll be sitting out this year no matter WHAT the coaching staff decided to do with him.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    April 18, 2014 1:11 p.m.

    I also agree that a lot of work can be done without full contact. And your point about Schultz is a good one. I think one of the toughest things for coaches in spring and fall camp is to truly test and evaluate players without getting them injured. Without some full contact it's difficult to know how a kid will react to game speed and hits...something fundamental work just can't prove. In terms of seniors and starters it's certainly true that they've already shown what they can do in game situations, but little to no contact for them can breed complaceny also. It's a tough balance...that's why we aren't paid the big bucks to do it.

    April 18, 2014 12:37 p.m.

    Cougsndawgs, I agree... to an extent. It is good for some QBs, I think, to be live in situations like this, but not all of them. Personally, I'd rather it be Manning and Cox, not Schulz, because Schulz already knows what live college game situations are like, and getting popped and all that, where the frosh don't.

    Spring games are fun for fans, but overall I hate the concept of full contact spring practices. It's good for the bottom and middle depth chart players, but really does next to nothing for the starters that non-contact practices wouldn't do, and it seems like every year there are about as many starters lost for the season in spring camp as there are in fall camp or during the season. Already the Utes have lost a starting linebacker, possibly for the season, and another starting linebacker, possibly for the first few games. With coaches of this caliber, along with current NFL alums that frequent spring practices, there can be just as beneficial of work done with footwork, hand placement, etc. without pads as with them. That's my take, rant over.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    April 18, 2014 11:46 a.m.

    Mormon Ute

    I'm pretty sure the thinking on Thompson was always going to be moving positions. He's apparently a great athlete that is a natural fit at safety.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    April 18, 2014 11:23 a.m.

    I won't be able to attend the spring game but I will absolutely be watching it on the Pac-12 Network. I watched Arizona last week. To close out spring practice, Rodriguez went into the stands with a few play drawn out and let some of the fans call the plays for the offense. Great fun!

    At the time, I wondered what Utah might do to get others involved in the spring game. Then they announced that the Utes will be coached by two 8 year old boys battling cancer. What a thrill for those two young Ute fans! Without question, the Utah program is fist class top to bottom!

    I'm looking forward to the spring game and the season to come!!

    Go Utes!!
    Go Pac-12!!

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    April 18, 2014 11:06 a.m.

    It also looks like there will be one less QB in the mix with Jason Thompson taking snaps at Safety.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    April 18, 2014 10:22 a.m.

    I also like the fact that Whit is letting them play and the QBs will be live. When you have the kind of depth Utah has at that position I think it's a smart move to truly evaluate who can handle the heat.

    I think BYU needs to do what Utah is doing with the spring game. They should be playing the blue and white game to end spring and let it be televised on BYUtv. Apparently Bronco doesn't like it, but I think Bronco needs to realize that the fans love it and it brings more excitement for your program. I know he worries about injury but every program worries about injury. I miss Lavell Edwards sometimes.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    April 18, 2014 9:05 a.m.

    Interesting that the QBs will be live for tackling. I like it.

    The QB battle this fall is shaping up to be a pretty fierce battle. It'll be interesting to see who ends up with the job.

    It's great to hear reports that Harding is doing well. The O-line absolutely has to improve from last year. I think the talent is there, hopefully they can come together.

    Go Utes!!

  • 2020 Herriman, UT
    April 18, 2014 8:52 a.m.

    @worf - If I'm not mistaken, "Go fast,--Go Hard!" was BYU's montra. It's not a slogan that Utah has come up with, but I believe Utah is going to: "Go Fast,--actually execute!"

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    April 17, 2014 10:55 p.m.

    Go fast,--Go Hard!