I love the talent at the Defensive End. It's the tackle spots that are my
concern. I see potential there but it has got to go head to head with injury,
lack of experience and depth (the three main question marks).
I'm not worried about Sitake. He'll have the Defesne ready I count my
blessings the guy is still with us each year. He'll be a head coach within
another couple years no doubt. Between Whittinghm, Erickson, and
Sitake, there's not a trio of better coaches at the same school anywhere in
the country. The combined national titles and BCS games speak for themselves.
No real disrespect meant here--but haven't we been hearing about how this
rugby kid is going to be really good once he learns how to play football--for
quite a while now?
Nate changed his last name to Orchard? IMO the D-line with the exception of
Star last year really under performed, so I'm not that worried about losing
players, but I am a little concerned with the coaching, luckily KW will be able
to spend more time with the defense.
We will not miss Dave Kruger. Can't remember a play he made in 4 years, and
I watch all the games and most of them twice (not proud of that). I've seen
Palamo for two years and don't get the comparison to Ansah. Not even close
to the same athlete.
Palamo is not the Ansah to Utah's D-line woes. For that matter, neither was
Dave Kruger. Orchard is serviceable but managing only 3 sacks and 8.5 TFL's
when he had a NT like Lotulelei pulling double and sometimes triple teams
isn't very impressive.Next year Utah needs guys on the DL who
aren't going to take plays off and will play hard every down. I like Trevor
Reilly but he didn't have as good of a year last year as he did his
sophomore season. I don't know if that's due to the time he spent
playing DE (a bit undersized and lacking in strength and initial burst) and
maybe he's better suited as an OLB?AS it is, the defense was
just mediocre last year and doesn't look to be getting any better any time
soon. Success starts up front and right now there are a lot of no-names,
new-names and question marks in the defensive front. That doesn't bode well
when you are looking at Oregon and Stanford being added to the schedule. Experts are predicting a 2-10 or 3-9 season this year. They may be
Latu Heimuli is a bust at OL and is now being moved back to the DL. He was a 4
star DT in high school and the #15 DT in the nation when the utes recruited him.
Why isn't this guy tearing it up? I thought Kwhitt was supposed to be
famous for getting more out of his players and for developing guys for the NFL,
especially D-lineman? Heimuli is a guy ready made for greatness and
has been mis-handled and poorly coached since joining the utes. I feel badly for