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  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 3:19 p.m.

    "There is no set rule or time frame set by the NCAA for a player who has suffered a concussion to return to play. It is left up to the team's trainer and doctor to clear the player to return to play.

    "... 1 in 15 players with concussion may have additional concussions in the same playing season and that these reinjuries typically take place in a short window of time (7-10 days) following the first concussion."

    AllExperts article on NCAA study of concussions.

    These guys are gone for a week or so depending on the extent of the concussion. Hope it wasn't serious.

    Wow Utes, this is not good. Good luck in shoring up the holes.

  • Carnak Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 3:47 p.m.

    @ sammyg | 3:19 p.m. Aug. 12, 2011
    Springville, UT

    "Hope it wasn't serious."

    Based on your thousands of other posts regarding the Utes, I hope you don't mind if we question your sincerity.

  • Rando305 Miami, FL
    Aug. 12, 2011 3:57 p.m.

    So when Coach K says 'one snap away' - is that a bone snap or a snap from the center?

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 4:49 p.m.

    It takes a 'classy' fan to question someone's sincerety about sports injuries.

    Any concussion is serious, I hope these don't end careers or diminish quality of life.

    As far as your team, it's too bad. Having depth in every position is critical for times like this. Your QB position in particular and now much more so with a weakened O line.

    Having injuries as an excuse when games are lost kind of takes the fun out of the banter. We all want strong teams to play and then let execution of plays and talent decide who's the best, not injuries and what ifs.

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 4:55 p.m.

    I don't think the O line situation is as dire as people think it is. They only need 7 good and healthy O linemen for each game to be in adequate shape, right now they have 5, but none of the 4 injured linemen have serious injuries, all are expected to be 100% a week before the Montana State game, and Cullen and Bergstrom are still 100%.

    If guys start going down with serious injuries, especially the OTs, then we can start to worry. The O line will probably be a little rusty for Montana but that's why they scheduled them.

  • Basement Dweller Prather, CA
    Aug. 12, 2011 6:20 p.m.

    We better be ready for the big boys. Does Montana State know we are in the big leagues now?

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Aug. 12, 2011 6:46 p.m.

    byronbca...

    " I don't think the O line situation is as dire as people think it is. They only need 7 good and healthy O linemen for each game to be in adequate shape, right now they have 5..........

    Right...yeah the utes will be fine...as long as they can borrow and put together an O line from the defense. I guess you could look at it that way. Makes the reasoning behind the gap between the ones and two's a little easier to understand when you do. Might want to put some of that research capability that the U is so famous for into coming up with how to get more with less. It might even lead to finally getting that cold fusion project refunded again.

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 8:10 p.m.

    Re Where's Stockton:

    Maybe you're not aware of this, but the 2nd and 3rd teamers don't play much in real games. It doesn't matter how good the Ute's 9th, 10th, and 11th best O linemen are because they will never play. The reason why the 2nd team O line is struggling is because 4 of the players are actually 3rd teamers right now.

    Fact: Only 1 O line starter has gone down this season and he'll be back next week.

    Fact: There is not 1 O lineman who is expected to miss the Montana State game.

    Fact: We don't play USC for a month. Who cares if a few of our lineman can't practice for a week a month before their first real game.

    I'm not concerned.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 9:17 p.m.

    Yawn.....

  • SouthernUtahUte Hurricane, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 2:15 a.m.

    Good luck to the recovery of the injured players. I hope they are back healed up and ready to go.

    Get feeling better Daniel "Goma" NIelson! You're a beast.

    GO UTES!!!!

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Aug. 13, 2011 5:26 a.m.

    All I can say is good luck...The depth and the quality of the O line regardless of the minor injuries and when they return just isn't there...Montana State will not be a downhill game and afterwards USC and BYU both will be landslides that the Utes will not be able to stop without being able to outscore regardless of how good the defense is. It's going to be one heck of a long season for the Utes without the depth and quality that it's lacking.

  • Thlete Draper, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 6:23 a.m.

    Man, every Ute article I read, there are BYU commentators trying to sound the alarms and put the panic button on stand-by. It's the 2nd week of fall camp, settle down. Injuries happen, just look at the extensive list of BYU injuries from Jay Drew's latest "odds and ends", Utes will be fine. On the other hand, teams like ASU have had several season ending injuries to starters and playmakers, so I feel the Utes are fortunate so far.

  • daddman54 FARMINGTON, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 7:54 a.m.

    Re:Thiete
    I don't think anybody really considers sammyg a "commentator", he's more one of those guys that just likes to indiscriminately throw hand grenades for the attention. There's at least one on the Ute side as well.

  • KamUte South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 9:40 a.m.

    Other teams are stressing about the O line more than Utah. When more than half your o line is NFL caliber, it is tough to replace that level of talent. If the level of talent is lowered, we could say that we are three deep at the offensive line position with 21 offensive lineman as listed on the Utah team roster. the fact is that all teams are three deep. Some teams don't broadcast it to get their fans into a lather.

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    Aug. 13, 2011 10:02 a.m.

    sammy,

    I agree with Carnak. All the posts I've seen from you have been anti-Utah. Your new found concern for the Utes is a head scratcher.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Aug. 13, 2011 10:42 a.m.

    I'm gald Stevens is excited about the switch back. Having a solid center is one less thing the Utes will have to worry about on the O-line.

    Plus, you have to chuckle when tried-and-true trolls use the "classless" card.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Aug. 13, 2011 10:46 a.m.

    If you look like a duck... walk like a duck...act like a duck and sound like a duck...then more than likely you are a duck. Comparatively speaking the O line at Utah doesn't look... act... or perform to anywhere near a real level of confidence with 3 weeks remaining before it's opener. And all these precautionary measures for your starting quarter back who has had two days now of not throwing the ball...doesn't exactly fit the mold of a team fit and ready to start the season. Well... yeah right! Huff and Puff all you want...that really sounds reassuring. Even my Utey brother isn't buying into all of this. It's going to be a real struggle from the get go...and it's only going to get harder as the season progresses. And should the big 12 suddenly implode and Texas, Iowas State, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State do join the PAC in 2012 then instead of being around 8 teams down on the food chain Utah may suddenly find themselves at 11 or 12. That's exactly what Utah needs right now.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 10:48 a.m.

    In all seriousness projecting your insecurities at sammy will not make them go away ute "fans". It has been reported all off season that utah is weak at the o-line. Only 2 returning starters to begin with and cullen was only "ok" last year anyway. Yes you should be concerned about this. Yes you should be concerned about your qb situation. Yes those two factors, along with several more, should make you concerned about your entire offense.

    Denial is not going to change reality and reality is that utah has some serious offensive personel problems. They will be playing defenses that are superior to the ones they have seen previously more frequently. Granted they will not be playing any defenses the quality of tcu's, but usc's, asu's, ua's, BYU's, pitt's and wash's, are all going to be very good. If they cannot get healthy soon they will not have had time to develop as a single unit. The possible bright side to that is that they may be able to develop some depth but the downside should be much more obvious than some of you are pretending it is.

  • DontMUSSwUtah SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 11:01 a.m.

    BYU hasn't had a "landslide" victory over Utah in 20 years. I don't think that's going to change this year, just like i don't think BYU is going anywhere but the armed forces super new mexico helicopter bowl for the next 5 or 6 years.

  • 1984 for life Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 11:03 a.m.

    @ Duckhunter | 10:48 a.m. Aug. 13, 2011
    Highland, UT

    Since you seem to know everything about all the schools, I am surprised that you aren't at BYU's scrimmage which started a little after 10 this morning (it is open to the public). You are one amazing guy.

    LOL

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 11:23 a.m.

    Wow. Cougar fans making fun of Ute injuries. I hope there is such a thing as kharma. If you read national news (oh my gosh! there's news outside of Utah???), you'll see that many programs have had injuries in fall camp. They happen. That's why good coaching staffs don't freak out; they adjust.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 11:25 a.m.

    @1984 for life

    I have a football practice of my own to coach at noon. But is that the best answer you have? Can't address the actual issue, of course you can't as that would mean facing reality, just want to make me the issue. Typical ute "fan".

    LOL!

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Aug. 13, 2011 11:44 a.m.

    No ones making fun of Ute injuries...that's your own self induced perspective...that doesn't fit. I find nothing amusing at all about injuries...and it's more than injuries. It's a lot more about what's lacking and what the Utes just do not have....and plenty of Ute fans out there who know it and aren't afraid to admit. If anyone's making fun it's of some of the fans themselves.

  • Uteology Fort Worth, Texas
    Aug. 13, 2011 1:22 p.m.

    @Duckhunter

    Wow, you know a lot about Utah's opponents.

    You rip the Ute O-Line due to lack of returning starters yet BYU defense with 5 returning starters is going to be a "very good" defense? I would wait till at least the 2nd game before proclaiming that BYU has a "very good" defense.

    @Where's Stockton: All I can say is good luck...The depth and the quality of the O line regardless of the minor injuries and when they return just isn't there.

    Thanks for your riveting analysis, but at least according to one college article:

    "Helping open up holes for the young backs on the [Ute] offensive line is one of the best tandems of tackles in Tony Bergstrom (no sacks allowed in 2010) and John Cullen who was sorely missed in the Las Vegas Bowl loss to Boise State."

    You two with sammyg need to do some "research" before posting your opinions.

  • ClassyUte SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 2:44 p.m.

    Utah's O-line is going to be alright this year. I really don't understand what all the fuss is about. They have 3 of 5 returning starters, and after the injury bug passes, they will have the depth they need to be successful. Then again, I don't have the deep insight that Where's stockton and Duckhunter have, so what do i know? These are two BYU fans who obviously have insider knowledge on all things Utah.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 2:59 p.m.

    Moderate | 11:23 a.m. Aug. 13, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT

    "Wow. Cougar fans making fun of Ute injuries."
    ===

    Where?

    These forums are for sports discussions.

    There is no ownership.

    If you bring something to the table,then feel free.

    @Uteology...

    Sounding a little defensive today.

  • WestCoast1 Escondido, CA
    Aug. 13, 2011 3:20 p.m.

    It must be an article on the Utes, if BYU fans like sammyg, Duckhunter, Veritas Aequitas, and BYUalum are posting on it.

    You should be more concerned over your own weak secondary and shaky defense in general. Also, your schedule itself is a yawner---a 5-7 Texas team, a below average SEC team, a TCU team without its All-American quarterback, and a half dozen games against the lower tier of the WAC.

    Exciting.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 4:48 p.m.

    "WestCoast1 | 3:20 p.m. Aug. 13, 2011
    Escondido, CA

    It must be an article on the Utes, if BYU fans like sammyg, Duckhunter, Veritas Aequitas, and BYUalum are posting on it."
    ===
    Someone needs to post...

    I think having season tickets to the U qualifies me to comment.

    Like I said,"There is no ownership."

    Yet, YOU still bring nothing to the discussion...

    Why?

    ...................................

    I'm hoping Stevens can clean up his getting the ball to Wynn. Too many dropped snaps. He shouldn't feel comfortable, he needs a little edge.

  • gonefishn Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 5:32 p.m.

    If there is a positive in this at least some of the O line injuries are happenning early enough to allow for full recovery and the development of some depth. Get well soon guys.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Aug. 13, 2011 7:36 p.m.

    @West Coast

    I like the one about... "a TCU team without it's All American Quarterback." TCU's defense...which by the way is pretty much still intact... had more to do with trouncing Utah than Dalton did. He was just the icing on the cupcake that thier defense baked and served up for him. Thier still going to be a formidable defense this year...admittedly probably better than BYU's...but then again Dalton is gone... and most of that prolific offense with him...so Jake will more than make up the difference...and he actually has two experienced and talented backups. Meanwhile the Utes better consider that even getting past Montana State isn't going to be downhill... especially since Jordan is still in a state of rehab and purposefully not being allowed to throw every day. Injuries suck...there is no two ways about it. But still... It is what it is.

  • Rock Of The Marne Phoenix, AZ
    Aug. 13, 2011 10:37 p.m.

    Once again the dire predictions of the Y fan/Ute haters. They really make me laugh because I'll I hear is whining of supposed football fans who don't have any more of a life than to troll their rivals newspaper threads. You don't come across as confident in your own team as confident people don't feel the need to knock others as you try and fail to do to the U of U. I would love for you haters to prove me wrong but I know you won't as you seem nothing better to do, which is pretty sad.