Utah football's special teams have been uncharacteristically mediocre, but looks like fixes are in

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  • charlie24 Sandy, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 3:48 p.m.

    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.

  • toosmartforyou Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 3:31 p.m.

    "...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.

  • CMO Beaver Beaver, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 10:51 a.m.

    they will need more than one of him

  • Thomas Jefferson Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 10:18 a.m.

    "“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.

  • ArizonaUte SLC, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 8:42 a.m.

    @Sports Nutz - Smithfield, UT

    While 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.

  • Utahute72 Tooele, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 8:01 a.m.

    And that's why you play the games and pre-season prognostications are nothing more than guess work.

  • Hubble65 Sandy, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 7:54 a.m.

    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 . . .

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Sept. 12, 2018 7:18 a.m.

    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.

  • Sports Nutz Smithfield, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 10:32 p.m.

    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.