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Utah football: Utes have a plan in place to thin the herd at quarterback

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  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 21, 2014 7:06 p.m.

    Whit is one of the best in the nation at finding the right fit for players. Several successful players under coach Whit were QB's and ended up starring at other positions.

    The future of Ute football is bright and I'm proud to be part of it

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    March 21, 2014 9:21 p.m.

    It is going to be very interesting to see how the depth charts pan out. I don't think anything will be decided in spring at either position. Thompson coming in, and Langi returning from his mission is going to make for a lot of competition at those spots.

    Go Utes!!

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    March 21, 2014 10:09 p.m.

    Out of the five RBs mentioned in this article, how come none of them was named Jarrell Oliver? Is he not practicing? Is he not measuring up to the aforementioned five? Is he even still with the program? He looked like he was going to be the heir apparent to the Wolfman two years ago until a foot injury sidelined him for all of 2013. So what happened to him?

  • WhatMadeTheRedManRed? Woods Cross, UT
    March 22, 2014 4:08 a.m.

    Oliver is still with the team, now wearing #25. Saw him in a video from day 1. I thought the same as you though, that he would make some noise. But RBs usually start seperating and climbing depth charts when they put the pads on. So maybe we'll hear his name today.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    March 22, 2014 6:38 a.m.

    Whit's the best coach in the nation to dash your dreams of being a Div 1 QB. We've seen the results of Whit's bait and switch QB recruiting.

    I'm betting if the Utes go bowl-less again something other than the QB switch-a-roo will change.

  • umanami Draper, UT
    March 22, 2014 8:00 a.m.

    @ Naval Vet

    Oliver is in camp and has been taking reps. Utah's depth has just grown and the media is not picking up on everyone. I think Oliver's injuries have slowed him down a bit.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 22, 2014 9:33 a.m.

    Sammy,

    Those recruits don't get too upset when whit switches their position and then puts them in the nfl.

    Your coach could learn a thing it two about putting guy in the nfl.

    And why are WAC fans commenting on Utah articles? Don't you have a Virginia game to be worrying about?

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    March 22, 2014 9:43 a.m.

    sammy

    I think I would say that up until a few years ago, Kyle and company didn't have a good QB recruiting philosophy. Guys like Manis, Louks, Robles, and Shreeve just weren't good enough to be legitimate D-1 QBs. Guys like Blechen and DVC were QBs in HS (Blechen moved to LB as a senior) because they were the best athletes on their teams (a philosophy that Patterson used a lot at TCU). Up until Wilson and Chase Hansen, the argument could made that the only 2 true QBs that Whit and Co have recruited were Wynn and Cain.

    The position battle will be fun to watch. I'm sure there will be some position changes and transfers, but that happens, especially at the QB position.

  • scenic view Baltimore, MD
    March 22, 2014 10:04 a.m.

    "Whit is one of the best in the nation at finding the right fit for players. Several successful players under coach Whit were QB's and ended up starring at other positions..."

    Leaving Utah's quarterback cupboard (the most important position on the field) BARE!

  • Old But Not Stupid Moorpark, CA
    March 22, 2014 10:57 a.m.

    Chris B
    Salt Lake City, UT

    "The future of Ute football is bright and I'm proud to be part of it"

    How bright? Rose Bowl on New Years bright? Just what "part of it" are you?

  • jpc53 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 22, 2014 11:51 a.m.

    @sammyg...This is not something limited to Utah. Most schools recruit a lot of QB's because they are usually the best athletes on their high school teams. If you look through the top college teams you would be surprised to see how many high school QB's end up being wide receivers and defensive backs. BYU does the same thing.

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    March 22, 2014 2:11 p.m.

    Despite the naive optimism which seems to prevail the Utes are going to struggle for a long time in the pac 10. They had a chance to get some of the better recruits right when they joined the league, but that window is closing rapidly with the mounting losses.
    I think Whit is great, but he's in a no win situation and frankly the Utes are in over their heads. A bowl game is so far away for this team it's amazing to think that not very long ago they were always in a bowl and almost always winners. At least I have the rest of the pac 12 to cheer on to carry the banner.

  • Yankees24 SLC, UT
    March 22, 2014 3:17 p.m.

    Chris,

    I think you are the last one to ask why a Y fan is posting on Utah articles. I think you may very well hold the record for posts on BYU articles.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 22, 2014 3:51 p.m.

    "Whit's the best coach in the nation to dash your dreams of being a Div 1 QB."

    sam:

    Go ask James Lark if he'd agree.

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    March 22, 2014 4:14 p.m.

    to plyxply

    Which is it? Are the Utes going to struggle in the Pac10 or will you cheer for the rest of the Pac12? Even Stanford!??

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 22, 2014 5:20 p.m.

    Old,

    If you knew what going to a huge bowl game and beating an sec powerhouse with the whole nation watching felt like you would know what I mean by being a part of it.

    But you guys would just settle for a win over your rival wouldn't you?!

  • 81Ute Central, UT
    March 22, 2014 5:44 p.m.

    @plyxply

    If you are going to refer to the PAC 12 in binary it is 1100 not 10, which equals 2 in decimal. So for future reference PAC 1100 = 12.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    March 22, 2014 6:42 p.m.

    Thinning herds... isn't that something cowboys do in Wyoming?

    Oh yeah, Wyoming 'Cowboys'... they thin coach herds too.

    So the Ute program has now been relegated to the cattle industry, complete with Wyoming cowboy coaches, etc.

    It seems that Whit is more interested in taking 2 and 3 star prize bulls, having steers for QBs and getting slaughtered with his milk cow program.

    I recall the TV commercial said the 'Happy Cows' are in California making cheese.

    It must be true.

    Yeehaw!

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    March 22, 2014 7:09 p.m.

    81 Ute, wow did you learn that smart talk at the Y?

    yes I'm still cheering for the rest of the pac 12, otherwise my cute pac 12 flag and bumper sticker and t shirt and license plate cover all go to waste.

  • truth in all its forms henderson, NV
    March 22, 2014 8:57 p.m.

    The Real QB University!

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    March 23, 2014 6:18 p.m.

    Yeah - Kyle Whittingham is a real quarterback whisperer.