Hard to believe but the punt return issue will be solved. We are learning that
many will kick high and short to Covey to avoid a return. The return team needs
to adjust their drop back and let Covey fair catch until that changes. Sadly,
when the blockers gets pinned between the sideline and Covey is moving to the
sideline, its bad, but can be fixed. Many Pac 12 teams are too arrogant to punt
away from him, so that can change when the punts change.The one
thing I expected with NIU was for the OL to struggle. Even the guard will have
issues when the tackle if facing the best DE in the country (#3 overall on most
draft projections). Need to be like Tom Brady go to 90% under 3 second plays to
counter, like the TE to the middle of the field and no empty backfield.Both adjustments, easy peasy, I hope. Don't even worry about
accountability, it is there.
"...the fixes are in" might mean they are in the coach's mind or
the sportswriter's story. Whether they are "in" the game remains
to be seen.
they will need more than one of him
"“I would say those turnovers have been bad luck, the ball bouncing
off our returners was more misfortune than anything else,” Whittingham
said."Well then you shouldnt be a coach because both of them
were absolutely mistakes between Covey and the guys trying to block during a
fair catch. Either Covey isnt letting them know or they are ignoring his calls
of 'poison' (or whatever term they use). And with all his
success, this seems like a problem with Whitt. Sometimes it seems like he
IGNORES it when players make stupid mistakes. How many holding penalties
(or false starts) does a tackle get to make before you pull him out (for at
least one play)? How many times does a tackle need to get beat up-field
before there are consequences?Granted I am not at practice on Monday
so I dont know if they pay the price them but I would like to see poor play at
least cause you to be pulled out and yelled at for at least one play. We cannot
afford these mental mistakes.
@Sports Nutz - Smithfield, UTWhile the Utes have had a few struggles
on ST and offense, doesn't mean they are bad. They will both come around.
But when you consider that Utah is the first college program EVER,
to have both a Lou Groza award winner and Ray Guy award winner active on the
same team, you could see why they made that claim. And the fact
that they haven't yet been great is also cause for an article in the paper.
i.e. Tons of people expected the same at the "real Ute fan" from
Utah's special teams.Good luck to USU, hope you guys have a
great season. Very good start.
And that's why you play the games and pre-season prognostications are
nothing more than guess work.
Meet the Utes, same as the Old Utes. Nothing changes. They are a middle of the
Pac Pac-12 team and that is what they will be. Some wins, some losses, fun
times watching, fans content and discussing what might have been if only . . .
Two game in; a lot of time to right the ship. I'm confident this group will
do just that and let's hope it starts Saturday night.
What? Awhile back there was a real ute fan who was saying this years ute ST
might be the best in the HISTORY of NCAA Football. Just a little off there.