Utah football: Utes' defense is making a lot of plays this spring

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  • Dmanfam Bountiful, UT
    July 7, 2018 9:14 a.m.

    The truth is out. Whitt praising both sides, your right, bingo. this team is going to be unstoppable. They may as well as crown us chanpions before the season starts. Oh wait, this is reality dang it. Utah fans are hilarious and I love reading your comments. We do this every single year and since joining the weakest division in the pac 12 the Utes have turned wsu and Colorado, two teams which are usually fairly poor teams look like good teams now. The pac 12 is seriously known as the bottom dwellers of the P5 conferences and your on the bottom of that list. Expectations have been the same for years with this subject and the results have been the same, if not a drop off. Ya you have some talent, just like everyone else. Every team feels like this could be the year. Problem is, there are 6-7 teams you will never be able to compete with at all levels. I'm not trying to burst your bubble but you need to hear, hear, hear that when you decided to join the pac 12 the Utes were just plain simply not ready at all and signed a contract to basically fill the position of bottom dwellers for the pac 12 along with Colorado. I'm sorry but get used to trying to make a bowl game. Stop champ taking.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    April 13, 2018 12:55 p.m.

    “Whitt has uncharacteristically been praising both sides of the ball.”

    Bingo!

    “With the overall talent and now quality depth this is the year to make a move. Will be fun. Go Utes.”

    This is the yr we get over the hump!

    Go Utes!

  • Lester L. Wester Henderson, NV
    April 13, 2018 10:39 a.m.

    Whitt has uncharacteristically been praising both sides of the ball. With the overall talent and now quality depth this is the year to make a move. Will be fun. Go Utes.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    April 13, 2018 10:15 a.m.

    Man, it is nice having Gary Anderson back on staff, pumping up the defense.

    gdog3finally "Utah's Defensive Line looks like it will retool but the depth might not be there (at least at tackle)."
    You may want to re-read the article. It notes 5 players "and others" competing for time at tackle, and quotes Morgan Scalley "“Most guys would be happy with three. We’re excited about the depth there.”

  • Big J Bountiful, UT
    April 13, 2018 6:22 a.m.

    On paper, it looks promising but it is hard to know until the product hits the field. I am excited for fall to arrive and see what they can do. Go Utes!

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    April 13, 2018 1:31 a.m.

    There is a lot to be stoked about this upcoming season with the Utes. Still I see a number of questions marks.

    Is there a solution at TE? There are projects there that need to develop quickly.

    Utah lost a lot at Linebacker. There are some studs there that need to pick up the scheme. Chase Hansen is a baller but I have lost faith in him staying healthy.

    Utah's Defensive Line looks like it will retool but the depth might not be there (at least at tackle).

    There are many intriguing options at DE. Who will emerge in that competition, get enough reps and be ready to go?

    Utah's physical defensive style looked to me like it took a hit last year with rule changes and targeting issues. Utah's defensive style is compatible with the ground and pound run game on offense.

    Offensive firepower is essential in the PAC 12. Will Utah's new attack have enough there under Troy Taylor in season two?

    Can Huntley make better decisions (not run 15-20 times a game)? Zack Moss benefits from knowing he will get the rock. Huntley needs to be healthy. Tuttle is young.

    Utah is replacing their best two stat guys at WR. Covey ready? Solomon ready? Siosi Mariner ready? Optimism and skepticism here.

  • Guam_Bomb BARRIGADA, GU
    April 13, 2018 12:06 a.m.

    For me the biggest asset over years past is the quarterback play. Hundley is exciting to watch. The challenge will be to keep him healthy. He takes a lot of hits in this offense. Hopefully the backups will provide a viable option as it is likely he'll miss a few games during the season.

  • top of the world ,
    April 12, 2018 11:50 p.m.

    PAC South Champs. I'll keep saying it and will never have to eat crow. It's in the bag. I'm about to go all the way and say they will win the playoff and be one of the final four going for the big brass ring. This team is going to be fun to watch. Hope my team beats the tar out of them, but I sure don't expect that to happen. If the running backs come through they could win the National Championship. One of the best, if not the best, teams Utah has ever put on the field. If anyone feels they would like to take me to task for these statements, go ahead. But if you do, it will be you who will be eating crow come next December.

  • Mountainman38 Idaho Falls, ID
    April 12, 2018 10:52 p.m.

    The big difference is the overall team speed, especially at WR and DB. If there is any problem at safety, Chase Hansen can switch back. He and Blair can really decleat opposing receivers. The critical task is to build depth in the OL and DL. The DL had those "two things" in the middle for the past four years. Can the replacements come close to matching them?

    If Covey can regain his form, the Utes can have a killer group of receivers, despite the loss of Carrington. Singleton transferred probably because he saw the handwriting on the wall. And we still have not seen the two highly touted freshmen WR's. Nor that freshman RB with the big rushing numbers. Kicking and Punting they already have the best in the country, college or NFL.

    So if they can avoid critical injuries it may 2004 and 2008 redux, despite a much tougher schedule.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    April 12, 2018 8:49 p.m.

    "Swarming to the football" is the most annoying clichÉ in football today. Every coach of every team says it, and it's total nonsense. Are you saying that without teaching your team to swarm the football, instead they'll just stand there and watch the guy with the ball run into the endzone?

  • greenwoodj Salt Lake City, UT
    April 12, 2018 8:23 p.m.

    I have noticed something over the years. Utahs' staff never hype, or under play what they have. or at least they always call it whatever it really is. Few years has Wittngham ever given both offense and defense good praise of what has gone on in the spring warmups. Some years he has clearly called one part of the team ahead of the other. Or declared more work needed. If I read this right, we may have a really good team, at least better than in past years. The problem is that even when the Utes get better and better other teams in the PAC12 do the same. It will be exciting to see what happens. I will be excited to watch the Utes this year above past years. There is a mature strength and depth that is really solid this year from every position. I predict very good things right now, and a pattern of even better things in years to come. There is a solid growth overall that is obvious. The recruits quality is obviously gaining steadily. And a good defense is what usually sparks the winning of games. We shall see. Go Utes! Personally, I can't wait!!!

  • CO Ute PARKER, CO
    April 12, 2018 5:32 p.m.

    @simplicity - taking any comment from ChrisB at face value is silly. The team this year could be pretty god but have a lot of underclass men that will need to have big years. The biggest factor that should help the defense is that the Utes finally have a decent offense that can both run the ball AND throw the ball.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    April 12, 2018 4:47 p.m.

    If this team is better than the 2008 or 2004 team it will be the best team the state of Utah has ever seen. Even so, it would not go undefeated or possibly even win the South. The Utes are no longer playing a 8-10 patsies. Outside the 3 non-conference games and a couple of Pac 12 teams no game is easy or a sure victory.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    April 12, 2018 4:37 p.m.

    This team will not only win the Pac-12 South - it will beat UW in Santa Clara. The only thing that will keep this team out of the CFP is the Pac-12's dismal bowl record last year and east-coast bias.

  • SIMPLICITY Denver, CO
    April 12, 2018 4:15 p.m.

    Its a stretch and mere speculation to claim this team is the most talented or the best ever. The 2008 team had seven players drafted, let alone other free agent pickups. The 2004 team had the #1 draft pick of the NFL and several other draft picks. I would say one of the biggest differences with this years team and the years of 2004 and 2008 is depth. Utah has much more talented depth now being in the PAC 12. But the 1st string talent back in the day was very good some years.

    This team does look good on paper at many positions. Question marks are tight end, deep threat receivers to stretch the field, linebacker and O-line...

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    April 12, 2018 3:07 p.m.

    With the progression of the offense, this could be the best Ute team we've seen in a long time, perhaps ever. Certainly the talent level is the best it's ever been in the history of the program . That said, got to get it done on the field

    Go Utes