Utah football: 10 critical players on the Utes defensive two-deep


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  • Fly Fisherman Salt Lake City, UT
    July 23, 2013 10:10 a.m.

    I am a Utes fan, and it pains me to say it, but the lack of size and especially experience at corner back for Utah will most likely be a major concern for the upcoming season. Let's hope they work things out.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    July 23, 2013 8:38 a.m.


    How can you say "the linebackers will be rock solid"? They were not good last year and last time blechen briefly played linebacker he didn't do it very well. In fact blechen as a player hasn't improved since his good freshman year, the article even pointed it out. utah lacks talent at the linebacker position, there is basically no chance that they will be "rock solid", the best you can hope for is that they will be adequate.

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    July 23, 2013 8:13 a.m.

    One of the best and most accurate reports on Utah personnel from the DN.

    With blechen moving to the front seven, the big question mark really will be the secondary. The line and the linebackers will be rock solid. That would be great if we were in the SEC, but because we are in the conference of QBs and west coast offenses, the secondary needs to shine to have success.

    Go utes!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    July 22, 2013 9:46 p.m.

    @gored and vegasute

    azute has spent the last couple of days bashing the size of BYU's new cornerback commit saying he is to small, to light, etc. He is essentially the same size as utah's corners who miraculously enough azute seems to believe are plenty tall and plenty heavy to play the position. I suppose a little context might help you out.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    July 22, 2013 2:33 p.m.

    Different players, same results. 3-9 at best. Colorado will be their new bowl game.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    July 22, 2013 12:05 p.m.

    Hmmmm .... and byU just got a commit from a 5'8" corner.

    Any comments on his size? "LOL"

    Go Utes!! Love the trollers!!

    July 22, 2013 11:43 a.m.


    Yes, they're all 5'9". Is that okay?


  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    July 22, 2013 11:09 a.m.

    Come on Rhett, do your homework. Orphey is a JC transfer. He was byU's answer for their corner spot until he decided he wanted a real future (like Jake Murphy, among others).

    Go Utes!!

  • ImaCaMan Oceanside, CA
    July 22, 2013 10:43 a.m.

    Re: they're tall enough to handle anything your all run-no throw QB (Nelson.2) will toss up.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    July 22, 2013 9:44 a.m.


    utah corners

    J Smith 5'9" 189#'s
    M Walker 5'9" 173#'s
    J Thomas 5'9" 182#'s

    Any comments on their size?


  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    July 22, 2013 7:12 a.m.

    TC/SI apparently not yet arrived on campus, w/TC likely an academic casualty.

  • EdGrady Idaho Falls, ID
    July 21, 2013 11:57 p.m.

    This defense is going to be BAD.

  • Dnquixote Las Vegas, NV
    July 21, 2013 4:38 p.m.

    Some big question marks and a lot of opportunities to step up. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and remaining optimistic. On another note. I'm glad to hear 5 players were able to find spots in the NFL. That is an atmosphere and tradition players can thrive in. Last time I checked, there where 30 ex-Utes in the Pros. Most of those have to be defensive spots.?