I sure hope that this year the Ute defense can keep the outside shut off. They
were the worst when the play went to the sidelines. The linebackers really
need to kick it into high gear when defending the outside run. It's
always good to be a Ute !
As we saw last year when backup DL Stevie Tu'ikovolatu transferred to USC
and was a star, Utah's defensive talent is premier. The
corners will be tested, but that position is about technique and pure
athleticism. Incoming freshman Jav Guidry just ran a 10.13 100m in winning the
California 100m championship, after winning the same thing in Texas, last year.
(2nd place ran a 10.33... about 8-9 feet behind.)The OL lost four to
the NFL draft, but we were 8-9 deep last year, and this year the OL will have a
different primary assignment - keep heat off the QB for 3 seconds.The WRs will be asked to make the biggest jump.
Utah's D has been stellar ever since Whitt joined them. The Big Q will be
offense, especially at QB.
@NavySolid post with no shade. Refreshing. I lean
towards "Who am I Sir" in that Utah as always will have a good defense.
But there are a lot of uncertainties in personnel and coaching on the offensive
side. That coupled with an extremely tough schedule, many on the road, and 5 to
6 wins seems to be what the folks in Vegas are predicting.Good luck
Utah does not rebuild, they reload! The last two years the Utes have had their
best recruiting classes.
I think the Utes will be very strong on the defensive line.Will be solid
at LB.Will be solid at Safety.Unknown is the rest of the defensive
backs - lost a lot of experience here be have arguably more athletic skill at
corner and nickel than last year. If those kids step up the defense will be
very good. Would expect to see some of the highly ranked recruits get a shot a
corner this year.
Trolling all the way from Idaho. Not much going on today?
So funny to see 65powderpuff weighing in with his thoughts regarding his
favorite team. But, we all know who is the king of National
Championship hype, don't we.
Let me guess - another championship season. Like we've never heard that
Who am I sir?:"The generally regarded best recruiting class in
Utah history."True, but with missions and/or redshirts,
we'll most likely see very few of our new recruits taking the field for us
in 2017.I personally feel that while Luafatasaga played well by
season's end last year, he didn't quite live up to his recruiting
hype. I'm hoping for a mulligan from him come Fall.I'm
not too worried about our LB corps, but our DBs took quite a hit with graduation
and/or the last Draft, so they'll most likely be our Achilles Heel in 2017.
Or at least on the Defensive side of the ball anyway. Our BIG area for
concern, will obviously be our O-Line.At least we'll be solid
in the Offensive Backfield though.Go Utes!
Who knows?On one hand:Vegas odds are 6.5 wins for Utah this year.
(At one betting site it was 5.5 wins!) It appears most pre-season experts have
Utah 4th in the PAC-12 Southern Division. Perhaps the most difficult PAC-12
Conference schedule. Some 20 players drafted or signed to free agency contract
means the loss of considerable talent. Four offensive linemen drafted! A new
offensive coordinator (what's new?) with a new offensive scheme! What did
I leave out?On the other hand:As this article said,
"Utah's defense is already solid, and if the linebackers can step up,
the Utes' already scary defense could be absolutely terrifying." And a
JC linebacker, Blair, not mentioned. The generally regarded best recruiting
class in Utah history. Highly regarded, experienced, and depth at quarterback,
running back, tight ends, and receivers. And if there is improvement in
offensive performance this year could rival any other.The answer
will be from the field beginning in some 75 days. I just can't wait!
@Breave Sir Robin,The first three games on Utah's schedule will
be the only games with immobile quarterbacks. Hopefully the weak pre-season
schedule will be enough for the Utes to get ready for for real football.I expect Luafatasaga to have a great year. Division 1 football seemed to
click for him at the end of last season. I also think Tauteoli and Barton to do
well this year. Thompson and the kid from Weber are also intriguing and I hope
to see them get some significant reps this year.
This defense is going to be scary good. With these LB's, the couple of
immobile quarterbacks we face this year are going to get broken.