Gay, Wishnowsky earn All-Pac-12 first-team recognition

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  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    Dec. 6, 2017 6:55 p.m.

    Both Mitch and Matt are juniors, so special teams are looking good for 2018.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 6, 2017 8:35 a.m.

    Trigotan - "The Utes got lucky enough to have a coaching vacancy"
    Speaking of which, who will be Wazzu's coach next year? If not for Tennessee juggling Athletic Directors, Leach would be gone already.

    Do you have a favorite "rising star was looking for a stepping stone" to be the next coach? A head coach eager to bail on the program always makes for fun recruiting. Good luck! See you in Pullman.

  • Juice Box Eureka, UT
    Dec. 6, 2017 8:25 a.m.

    Well, traditionally our punters have had more than enough time to perfect the punt due to inability of the offense to do anything.

    It's just sad that we have to hang out hat on having the best punter. Not taking away anything from Mitch, but man. Our DL's didn't even get 1st team. Our team has regressed a little.

    And I don't want to hear any "rebuilding year" stuff, we said that last year. And the year before that. And... basically since 2008.

  • Al Thepal Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 6, 2017 7:05 a.m.

    Gotta respect the Ute's special teams. I am quite jealous of their constant reloading of good punters and kickers, one after another and year after year. I wish BYU would recruit and develop those positions better... of course after this last season there are a lot of things I wish BYU football would do better. Like, everything.

  • Trigotan Kennewick, WA
    Dec. 5, 2017 11:32 p.m.

    "Urban Meyer changed that, and the result was BCS bowl and #4 AP end of season ranking, another BCS bowl game and a #2 end of season ranking, and of course an invitation to the PAC-12."

    You forgot to mention the 0 Pac-12 Championships and 0 appearances in the Pac-12 Championship game. Meyer did you a disservice because he fooled the world into thinking Utah could have a program that was consistently good. Once he left Utah went back to mediocrity, just like Florida did when he left. The Utes are nothing special, they just got lucky enough to have a coaching vacancy at the time that a rising star was looking for a stepping stone.

    Anyway, back to your punter argument, here's a list of the schools that have won conference championships since the Pac-10 became the Pac-12: Oregon, Washington, Stanford, USC. Quick, name the punter from any of those teams......

    Good punters don't go to championship teams, they go to mediocre teams with bad offenses because they know they'll get many more opportunities to demonstrate their craft.

    Looking forward to a beatdown next year in Pullman. Can you name Wazzu's punter? No, because we care more about scoring TDs than punting.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 5, 2017 9:42 p.m.

    Trigotan "The Utes always seem to have a good punter...."
    That is a carry over from Urban Meyer who knew that all 3 elements of the game are important.

    Previous Utah coaches felt scholarships were "wasted" on kickers/punters. Urban Meyer changed that, and the result was BCS bowl and #4 AP end of season ranking, another BCS bowl game and a #2 end of season ranking, and of course an invitation to the PAC-12.

    Pretty good investment.

  • Guam_Bomb BARRIGADA, GU
    Dec. 5, 2017 7:49 p.m.

    Wow, playing West Virginia. That should be a good game. Wasn't looking forward to the bowl season, but given the opponent it will be worth watching and Dallas isn't a bad venue.

  • Trigotan Kennewick, WA
    Dec. 5, 2017 6:20 p.m.

    The Utes always seem to have a good punter....is that just coincidence or is it because the coaches know the offense isn't any good so they better put extra efforts into recruiting punters.