"It's great that most thought (they) underperformed last year."How is that great? Not getting key stops out of them was one of the
differences between a winning and losing season last year. Really hope the
linebackers improve a lot this year. D Line and secondary I'm not as
worried about, as those are mostly positions Utah has been able to retool fairly
Hooker will be the best LB of the bunch on this year's team. Jacoby Hale
shouldn't be a factor at all. Last I heard they were trying to convert him
into a defensive end. I really think Thretton should be receiving reps as an LB
as well instead of DE. Speed at LB really hurt Utah last year and he would help
that tremendously. In the secondary, hopefully Keith McGill can stay healthy.
He has shoulders like Wynn, but Keith plays in a much more physical position. If
he does stay healthy, he will be an excellent player as well.
Everyone makes mistakes...Blechen was a major disappointment last
year.The Utes would be foolish to pencil him in as the starter.If he earns the position, earns the trust of his teammates as well as
the trust of the coaching staff, a combo repeat of his first 2 years might be
the only way to erase the stench of last season.Go Utes.
Blechen is overrated. I think that he may need to play a backup position for a
while. Maybe then he'll take the initiative to get better. I don't
see the defense improving at all. They lost too many key guys. If they can
stay injury free they may be ok. Ok as in another low finish in the PAC 12. If
the injury bug hits it could be a disaster! As it looks right now, all the PAC
is improved. It may be a last place finish for the Utes this year!!! But who
knows? hopefully they will surprise us all.
"Overall, linebacker is a group that has a lot of talent and should really
push the expected starters this spring. It’s hard not to see this group
improve their overall play from last year."Why is dan sorenson
quoted at all on articles like this? He is the biggest utah homer in existence
and runs a site called "ute zone". But his comment was
unintentionally accurate, he tried to give us the typical utah "fan"
spin about how much "talent" utah has at every position but actually
messed up and admitted that "It’s hard not to see this group improve
their overall play from last year." which is of course a fact, it would be
hard not to be better than they were last year as they were not very good at all
last year. But considering it is the same group of guys I highly doubt
they'll be that much better. You are basically limited by the talent, or
lack of it, that you have.
Big assumption that Rowe and Blechen will improve this year. They regressed last
LB is an area of major concern and will be until they can fully stock it with
Pac 12 talent. The guys they have that are fast enough, aren't big enough,
and the guys big enough, aren't fast enough. The Utes could get by at that
position with both types of players in the MWC so they never recruited that
position more than they had to. They focused on D-Line and DB and always had
legit talent at those spots.
Unfortunately I think Duckhunter might be right. I like Hooker and
hope a couple of the others rise up. Linebacker has long been the weak spot on
Utah's defense. D line usually retools but they lost a lot this off season.
I like having Fakahafua and Trevor Reilly at DE and would like them to stay
there. I also want Blechen to stay at safety. The linebackers are the question
mark for me. Now, I said I like the DE spots. However, the tackles have to prove
it on the field since Star and the Krugers are gone. I believe the talent is
there but until the job is done on Saturadys, it's an unknown as well. The
DBs often retool like the D Line at Utah, but again inexperience is all over the
place. The offense better be better this year because the defense might take
awhile gelling. I still believe though.
Quoting Dan Sorenson? Wow--way to go right to the source for some in depth info.
I'm sure Dan's a nice guy and well informed, but using him for your
source? Maybe Kilane Sitake should go to Cougarboard to find out how to stop
BYU's offense this season.
Nice spin. The talent level will be the same as last year, which was average at
best. They lack experience and it will show again this year. All of the spin
and the membership in mighty PAC 10.2 does not win games and get you to bowl
games. I see Utah as a 5-7 team again this coming season.
Amazing, simply amazing, Blechen can't catch a 10 year old stealing candy
and he is expected to cover PAC 12 receivers? While he was suspended last year
Quaid did the job better than expected. I just do not understand this, he runs
a sub 4.4, bright,athletic and football smart, Blechin should be moved to backer
and Quaid should get the nod. As far as corners go Honeycutt needs to be in the
mix. He runs a 4.38 40, last year was the fastest player on defense, but his
serious illness that nearly cost him his life set him back. It will be a shame
if this 3 year letter man does not get a chance to start. At the end of the year
he was consistently grading better than any other DB in practice. Honeycutt can
close better than anyone on the team. Utah needs speed in the defensive
backfield and they have it in these two young men.
As for defenisve backs I would give utah the benefit of the doubt, at least at
cornerback, they routinely have good corners and the safeties are generally at
minimum adequate and mostly solid. I think blechen is not as good as he was
touted to be, he is sorta of a tweener not quite big enough for LB but not quite
fast enough for DB, but rowe is very good. It is the LB's utah needs to
Definitely need more speed at LB to compete in the PAC 12.... more guys like
HookerLP supporter, I think Quaid needs to work on his tackling a
bit, he missed some big ones last year. Remember the missed tackle against ASU,
he was one foot away from the defender and missed him altogetherDuckhunter, I didn't see any typical Utah "fans" on this thread
gushing that Utah is loaded with talent at these position groups. Where do you
come up with this stuff?
Fehoko is both small and slow (4.94 40) that's not good. Trevor Reilly
might be better as an OLB because he's a little too tall and lanky to play
DE and lacks power and burst necessary to play that position.Blechen
is overrated and should have to earn his starting spot. He hurt the defense last
year and was unproductive. he's too slow at safety and not strong enough at
LB. This LB corp would be average in the MWC, in the Pac12 they're probably
the worst in the conference.
@u 90"Duckhunter, I didn't see any typical Utah
"fans" on this thread gushing that Utah is loaded with talent at these
position groups. Where do you come up with this stuff?"I
"come up with this stuff" after spending the last several years reading
it. If utah "fans" are not making those claims any longer then it simply
means they have finally settled into reality. But those claims are all well
documented and exist in the archives of this site by the thousands.
Oh and u90....I got "this stuff" right in this article. Uber ute
"fan" homer dan sorenson said the following, although I already quoted
him and you just chose to ignore it."Overall, linebacker is a
group that has a lot of talent"Hmmm........
Never ceases to amaze me, the finger-pointing by byu fans, proclaiming how
utterly "terrible" UTAH is, yet their school can never beat ours and,
annually, play against an easier SOS.We'll be significantly
improved this season in our Back-7....I'm most interested in seeing which
kids will step-up in our D-Line, in filling the big-shoes left behind through
@azuteKinda like you on BYU basketball articles. I notice you
aren't on the BYU/wash recap telling us how your prediction of a washington
blowout went. Hypocrisy and utah "fan" are simply two ways of saying the
@DuckhunterI noticed you didn't provide any evidence of me
predicting a UW blowout of byu....Just simply par for the course w/a byu
Duckhunter,Like I said, I don't see one Ute fan on this thread
gushing over the talent at LB. All of your blathering doesn't change that
fact.Dan Sorenson is simply doing what any good BYU fan would do who
also runs a website devoted to BYU athletics.