Brad Rock: Bearded Brian Blechen ready for 'normal' football year after 'baptism' and bee incidents

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  • JonA Ogden, UT
    Aug. 7, 2014 3:08 p.m.

    People saying that LDS members "should have been offended" is borderline hypocritical. I'm LDS and we teach in our classes that being offended is a choice. We talk about how members no longer wishing to attend church should have chosen not to take offense. We talk about how our attitude is determined by us along and being offended is a choice. Choosing to be offended is almost never productive and almost always causes more unrest.

    The athletes involved meant no harm, so why should I choose to be offended? How will that help us as a church bring others to Christ rather than push them away? Let's practice what we preach. We talk forgiveness, we talk tolerance, etc, why does that go away when it comes to the rivalry?

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 4:02 p.m.

    One of the biggest weaknesses on last year's defense was a lack of interceptions. One of the reasons Blechen earned Freshman All American honors was the number of interceptions he pulled down his Freshman year. Let's hope he can regain that form and maybe even improve on it this year. Nice to have him back. He was fun to watch as a Freshman so I hope he's even more fun to watch as a senior.

  • Old But Not Stupid Moorpark, CA
    Aug. 6, 2014 3:31 p.m.

    Both Utes and Cougars...give it a rest. None of you are going to convince your opponents of the errors of their ways.

    Can't wait to see them on the field.

    Go Bruins!

  • BlueNtheFace Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Aug. 6, 2014 3:12 p.m.

    We can go back and forth on separate, anecdotal incidents as much as you'd like and we'd still have very similar fan bases. When a faux pas is leaked to the public, apologize, especially when you officially represent your university. This unless they meant the disrespect the way it was portrayed.

  • redthunder Ogden, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 2:09 p.m.


    And I'd take what the fans did to the Hall family over the BYU fan who attacked the Utah cheerleader and the fan who hit Jamie Whittingham in the face. You're absolutely right: know when you're going too far.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 6, 2014 12:03 p.m.


    8 pieces of paper? You just lost any credibility you had.

    Go Utes!!

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 11:52 a.m.

    @ BlueNtheFace

    What would Utah players have to apologize for? Blechen was baptized in the cold tub during fall camp last year in the name of "Lets get it." It's somewhat of an unofficial team motto, and it was never meant to be disrespectful.

    Max said that Arizona fans did the exact same thing to his family in 2008 after the Vegas Bowl. If Max's family really had beer poured on them two games in a row, by two different fan bases, maybe they deserved it? Either that or Max wasn't telling the truth. Also, Max's family only had to "endure" one game at RES.

    Why would Wilson get suspended? It seems to be a consensus by both BYU and Utah fans that Wilson's MIP ticket is a minor incident.

  • BlueNtheFace Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Aug. 6, 2014 11:21 a.m.

    The difference here in the players' behavior (Max vs the Baptists) is that Max apologized the next day. Have we heard an apology from the Ute players ever?

    Also, the Max Hall incident brings up another issue: fan behavior. BYU fans don't have a corner on sportsmanship, but I'll take the 8 paper items thrown at the PAC-12 affiliated refs (crappy ones at that) over what Hall's family had to endure at RES for 2 years. Sheesh, know when you're going to far.

    P.S. Wilson did NOT get a suspension??

    Go BYU!

  • redthunder Ogden, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 9:45 a.m.

    Utah Rules

    Insinuating that the U doesn't care about enforcing the law and is a lawless institution reflects on the fan base. Just because Travis wasn't suspended doesn't mean corrective measures weren't taken. Let's quit acting like Wilson committed murder. Should we also report every parking citation or speeding ticket a player gets?

  • redthunder Ogden, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 9:41 a.m.


    I wasn't offended at all by Max's childish rant. Quite frankly, I thought it was hilarious. Helped sweeten the pill after a heartbreaking loss. I was just surprised to hear such immature remarks from an adult.

  • DrUte Woods Cross, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 7:58 a.m.

    Good On You Red Thunder.

    Got a bunch of stuffy Blue folk who like to dredge up unimportant ancient history.

    That's on them.

    Up on The Hill we're as free as we want to be.

    And thankfully, it shall ever be so!

    It's sooooo great to be a Ute!!

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 7:30 a.m.

    This guy used to be good enough to probably play on the next level. Injuries and poor decision making have taken their toll on him.

  • Utah rules Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 3:59 p.m.

    Red Thunder,
    Good to hear that breaking the law is not important. I've had had it wrong for years. My bad.
    Like I said, my how things have changed since my days at the U.
    Please clarify your comment about profiling an ENTIRE fan base. I see no mention of the entire fan base but thanks for making up stuff. It is just a few and now we know who they are.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 2:50 p.m.

    "others are offended when . . . To each his own."


    So you were offended a year ago when it happened, but why are you offended now when the DNews regurgitates it?

    If the DNews were to run a reminder story on Max Hall's very public and scurrilous rant (which I'm not ruling out if BYU ever beats Utah again), it wouldn't be Max that offends me anew. It would be the blatant panderers with "editor" desk plates and blue pom-pons.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Aug. 5, 2014 2:29 p.m.

    What can I say - some people are offended by what is said by rival players (Austin Collie, Max Hall, et al) and others are offended when their religious rites are mocked. To each his own.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 1:18 p.m.

    Glad we have the DNews (with help from 65toss and UtahRules) to again confess Blechen's year-old sins, such as they are.

    How about providing some in-depth reporting on the investigation into NCAA violations at BYU? That topic seems to be radioactive for DNews sports reporters.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 1:12 p.m.

    @ WhyAmIhere?

    ...I know. It was a joke.

  • redthunder Ogden, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 12:37 p.m.

    Utah Rules

    They're non issues because they are unimportant. I'm more than pleased that the worst news coming from the Hill is an underrage drinking and a mock baptism. DNews has successfully made both bigger deals than they need to be. Yes, both actions weren't very well thought out but on both occasions Coach Whittingham took the actions he deemed necessary. The mock baptism was performed by athletes who are baptized members of the LDS church. They knew what they were doing and the sacred nature. That's on them. They're kids, they don't need to be publicly criticized for every mistake they make.

    As far as both comments you and PowerTrap made; how brazen of you to profile an entire fan base. Very Max Hall-ish of both of you.

  • chicagoborn Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 12:30 p.m.

    I bet that you think that political correctness is also a big problem in this country right? Unless we're talking about things that matter to you of course.

  • But seriously folks! Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 12:20 p.m.

    Some kids just like the attention and can't exist without it. The same is also true of a few ute fans who post post outlandish comments on these articles. You know who you are. The best way ot get attention is to perform onthe field and not the newspapers.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 12:16 p.m.

    Vegas ute,
    Not so. It would be offensive to faithful LDS throughout the world, and should have been offensive to LDS Ute fans as well, unless of course winning football games is more important.

  • Utah rules Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 11:54 a.m.

    Sure seem to be a lot of "NON ISSUES" on the hill. I guess poking fun at a sacred ordinance and underage drinking are not longer considered in appropriate on the hill. My how things have changed since my years at the U.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Aug. 5, 2014 11:51 a.m.

    Utah fans - the mock baptism was just that - mockery. Maybe baptism isn't a big deal to you, but it is a sacred ordinance to others.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 5, 2014 11:37 a.m.

    It is ridiculous how much time and effort has been wasted on the baptism thing, which was TOTALLY "innocuous" to everyone except for Utah County and the DN. I can't believe it was even brought up again by Bradley. On second thought, seeing that it was Bradley that brought it up, yes I can believe it!

    Let's go Blechen! Ditch the beard though, unless your aim is to make it Weddle status!

    Go Utes!!

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 5, 2014 11:24 a.m.

    The [mock baptism] timing coincided perfectly with the annual rivalry game. Coach Kyle Whittingham, himself an active LDS member, claimed there was no malice, as did LDS player Jake Murphy. Still, it put off some LDS members, particularly those of BYU persuasion.


    I was more put off by some LDS members, particularly those of BYU persuasion when they were shown pelting PAC-12 officials with garbage after yet another loss to Utah at LES.

    The mock baptism? Again, a non-issue.

  • chicagoborn Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 10:10 a.m.

    That "baptism incident" was such a joke. It's hilarious how people actually got so worked up about it.

  • redthunder Ogden, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 9:51 a.m.

    I love that Brad Rock omits the fact that the mock baptism was performed well before the Holy War. The team hadn't even kicked off the season when that incident occured. The last thing the Utes were thinking about was the Cougars, the team needed to first avenge it's loss to the Aggies and commence conference play.
    The baptism topic was again brought up during rivalry week to stoke the fires of hate among the fans even though the players involved said it was not meant as a jab at BYU.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Aug. 5, 2014 8:39 a.m.

    I hope he doesn't get distracted in Boulder. That is an important game.

  • WhyAmIhere? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 7:40 a.m.

    @Two For Flinching

    Neither Kyle Whittingham or any of the other Ute Coaching Staff wastes their time reading, let alone posting to these comment boards.

  • BlameItOnTheOfficials Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 5, 2014 7:38 a.m.

    The kids always had talent. He biggest problem is knowing how to focus that talent to showcase it at the right moments and in the right ways.

    Good luck Blechen!

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 4, 2014 7:37 p.m.

    A couple of years ago I would have said that playing in the NFL was a realistic consideration for Blechen. Now as a Ute fan, I just hope he can stay healthy and keep his head on straight. With a remarkable turn around, the guy still might have enough left in the tank to be an impact player for the Utes defense this year. The talent has been there from day one. Blechen's freshman year was stellar.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 6:38 p.m.

    @ Bluto

    You don't know that. He could be Kyle Whittingham or Travis Wilson, and we would never know.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 4, 2014 5:49 p.m.

    Let go Blechen!

    7 wins - we're going to do it.

    Go UTES