What seems to be overlooked is the RB position? What a nasty bunch of running
backs. Seems to me that everyone is overlooking that facet? Two running back
spread offense is what we'll see. And the RB position will be the
York can't stay healthy to save his life. Bubba Poole and Lucky Radley
have cool names, but not as cool game AND Karl Williams is Tauni Vakapuna the
2nd (walk-on FB that eventually earns a scholarship because he works hard, but
is too slow to cut the muster at a PAC-12 level).RB has a lot of
people vying for playing time, but that doesn't necessarily mean there is a
lot of depth.
These 4 RB's combined won't replace White's production. I
didn't realize that White had a 5'8" back either ... just how tall
was he then ?
A lot of pro and college teams use multiple back sets now. Hopefully the Utes
aren't looking for one back as this article implies.
I think this is an important position for Utah this year in terms of their
success. John White was a stud, and was so quick and deceptively powerful. York
isn't even close, and the other backs don't have the speed or agility
JWIV had. His absence is going to be missed far more than a lot of fans realize.
Did Langi go on a mission? Is that why he's not listed her?
CFIT, yes, Harvey is in the Florida Tampa Mission, I believe. He left last
summer, so he should return next summer.
@CougFan Langi went on a mission after spring camp last year.Just
not sure that out of these 4 that anyone other than York will have a shot at
significant carries.Oliver will be back after being injured and the
Juco and two freshman coming in over the summer will have a shot to steal
Let's face it--great Ute running backs seem to happen when great Ute
linemen do their jobs and win all league honors and when the Utes have a potent
passing game. The Wolfman was an exception his jr season, because he kept the
Utes in games when no passing game was present. But when the blocking
wasn't there---he was a great JC running back. For one of these backs to
begin the process of becoming a great back, we would have to see them knocking
defenders over or picking up lots of yards after being hit-or moving to the
outside and finding his own room to run. Even JW didn't do that his senior
xert, to be fair, John White's ankle was never right until late in the
season, when we saw him do much the same thing against UW, UA and CU that he did
in 2011. I think York could be equally as productive if he remains healthy. If
not, Karl Williams is a poor man's Kelvin York, and Poole should be a good
receiver out of the backfield. I'm not big on Lucky or Jarrell Oliver, and
will have to see what the incoming guys can do when given a chance. But York and
Williams are good bruisers and Poole seems like a good runner in space.
@ xertJWIV in 2011: 316 attempts, 1519 yards, 4.8 per carry, longest
run 62 yards, 15 TDs.JWIV in 2012: 218 attempts, 1041 yards, 4.8
per carry, longest run 47 yards, 8 TDs. John White had pretty much
identical numbers in both of his seasons at the U, the only difference being
that he was injured for a huge chunk of the 2012 season.