One of the major NFL/CFB outlets ranks Utahs D Line second in the nation
0.1 behind no. 1 Alabama. Pretty cool to get that kind of recognition. This is after we lost a DT to USC... https://twitter.com/PickSixPreviews/status/768480876955074565
Looking at just DTs, behind Lotulelei and Mokofisi, we only have Tasini(Sr.) with any significant experience. Next is Alani Havili-Katoa(So.). I don't know about you but that's not a name I recall hearing last year even though he had some playing time. Next are all frosh. Granted, incredibly talented frosh but a concern none the less. Leki Fotu Mark Kruger Hauati Pututau Pita Tonga Vaha Vainuku I hope we don't wind up missing Stevie Tu'ikolovatu. I love the hype the line is getting but I think it's a tad sketchy beyond the ones.
Looking at DEs, similar situation. Dimick, Fitts and Taumeopenu. Beyond that it's all frosh. Bradlee Anae Chris Hart (might be dinged up, I think I saw a picture of him on twitter wearing a boot) Maxs Tupai These three are incredibly talented but can they step in with no drop off compared to the ones? There are a few upper classmen, Kendall Huey(Jr.) who has yet to play a snap and Hayden Clegg(Sr.) who is pretty much a special teamer. Two more guys on the roster I've never heard of. Both frosh Nick Heninger and Trevor Horlacher.
oh...btw...the order of the teams is intentional. GO UTES!!!
Pretty cool. Is it possible to dial down the cloudiness a bit? I wouldn't mind seeing that. This would probably be more of a header thing.
Yup, I can made it less blurry and a bit brighter.
I toned down the blur and did a bit of brightening...
Great I'll make this the header. Many many thanks. I'd like to explore a square version of the Ute Hub style logo for social, and maybe one that could fit in the right column to get some attention to it and look ok on mobile, a good size is 320x200.
Does anyone have any special insight on how our punting game is going to be this season? Tom Hackett is going to be tough to replace. Many of our games are dictated by the field position game, and Hackett played an integral role in that. How's this Wishnowski kid looking? Will he have Hackett's same level of accuracy? This could be huge.
Well I think they are identical type players. Wishnowsky can actually run a lot faster than Hacket and he is 6'2 he isn't a small punter by no means. He plays Aussie Rules just like Hackett. So he isn't going to be afraid of contact. For me personally Aussie Rules Football is one of the most exciting sports to watch. Rugby Union and League being my favorite and then probably Football and Basketball up in the top five. Here is a pretty cool explanation video with awesome music. https://youtu.be/OqymJpIhpPY :53 second mark for a booming accurate kick on the move.
http://www.sltrib.com/sports/3752321-155/utah-football-for-new-new-ute Great article in the Trib.
Wishnowski has a better leg. More distance, more hang time. Hackett was a wizard in his control of the ball. He could place it anywhere. Last year we had more kicks that rolled out of bounds at the 4 yard line. Wishnowski will have more of those go in the end zone. Instead of the ball being pinned in the corners, we will have more balls that are fair caught by the opposition.
One big difference I see is the possibility that the receiving team will need to be respectful of the fake, which comes at the expense of setting up a good return. I think we will see more fakes this year, Wishnowski is big and fast.
I don't know where I saw it but I swear they said Wishnowsky has a pretty good 40 time and he is pretty good in the gym.
I saw it on the field during spring practices. He can MOVE. I don't think we will have any dropoff on our punt team, we're probably going to be better in different ways and not as good in others. It's yet to be seen if Mitch has Tom's laser accuracy but he certainly has the high hanging long ball with back spin along with the size and speed to run for a 1st if there's a hole.
I think the hang time and distance is better. He might be better than Hackett in certain situations but Utah will miss Hacket when distance isn't needed hopefully he gets the hang time instead.
Wishboomski runs a 4.55 for the 40. at 6'2" and 225 lbs, he's at risk of being moved to LB.
Poll suggestion: Who will be our MVP this year?
I'm guessing Kylie Fitts. I hope it's Troy Williams though because that would mean our passing game is back in a big way.
Troy Williams I hope!
Chase Hansen that dude is just in and around every play. Bold statement he is going to lead the defense in tackles.
I think Marcus Williams and Lowell Lotulelei will be better players. BUT, this is Utah, and, uh, we still have a lot of issues that stem from the 1960's. I think Hansen will be lights out as well and he will win it. He will be third team All PAC-12 (while Lowell and Williams will be first team), but the Utah media will love their Utah county boy and talk all about him.
Utah needs someone to replace Paul. I think Hansen is that type of player who just has that innate ability to make the right play at the right moment. Edit: In fact time for an icon change.
Tim Patrick and Troy McCormick, if anything I just want to see them play.
Article re: Utah Secondary
Our secondary could be special this year. We have some great talent back there. http://beta.deseretnews.com/article/865660970/Utah-football-position-preview-The-defensive-backs-video.html
FOOTBALL!!! Almost here! So excited for it to finally start. Utah's defense backfield has experience and depth. That is deadly, replacing Paul and Norris is a heavy task. But you look at every other position on the field and it is a giant thumbs up.
Best Uniforms in the PAC-12 – ESPN Poll
Check it out! Click here to vote and see the results As of this writing, Oregon is in 1st place (no surprise there), but Utah is 2nd! That's awesome! And it's not even close - right now Oregon has 21%, Utah has 15% of the vote, and nobody else is in double digits!
Our uniform game has been strong the past two seasons. Those new matte crimson helmets are so awesome. Our all-white alternates are great as well.
It's the mountains man. In all seriousness, I don't mind the mountains.
I don't mind them either. I think it's kind of cool to pay homage to the mountains; especially when you can see them from RES.
The mountain sleeves have the potential to be iconic. We just need to keep 'em around for a while.
Speaking of Uni's did you guys see what the team is wearing for the SUU game? I would embed the tweet if I knew how, but white pants, red jersey and white helmet (which a new stripe). Looks cool. I love the red tops and white pants combo.
you can link the tweet, or at least tell us who tweeted it and we can go look at it. ah, found it. @UtesEquipment
I think USC has the best looking and most iconic. After that probably Utah. The all red Crimson Matte helmets are very nice. But the all white with the classic Utah look melts my heart. Oregon is ok but just too much and too often is ridiculous.
@Utesequipment tweeted it out. https://twitter.com/UtesEquipment/status/768958088862773249
Running Back Depth
Our depth chart currently shows Joe Williams as the starter at RB and Troy McCormick at #2. What other RBs are we likely to see get some snaps? Is Zack Moss (5'10'', 213#) our change-of-pace guy? And are we going to use fullbacks?
Wish we had Shawn Asiata still. Dude was like Moses with another Oline.
Troy Williams is built like a tank and has blazing speed, but he is actually a pass-first QB. He is quick, accurate, and runs through progressions. I am excited to see our RBs this season and hope we don't of them into the ground.
Whitt has said that Shyne and Moss are fighting for the third string. I'd bet that whoever gets it will be our short yardage guy. I'd also bet that in short yardage we go 2-3 backs and run a triple option type play, but without the QB. For example, the QB reads the dive and if the dive isn't there then quick pitches to the faster back for the outside edge (McCormick or Williams). I don't think we will see plays called for our QB to run much this year.
So the read is going away because Williams can actually stay in the pocket and go through progressions?
Why would the read option go away?
It's just what ARod has said. I have no clue otherwise.
We're pretty thin at QB now, so I'm sure he's trying to limit the number of carries Troy Williams would have. Keep him healthy as much as we can.
I like a Qb athletic enough that has escapability and is smart when he does run. I really hate the qb read option for health reasons.
If your QB is athletic enough to run the read I think you should keep it in the arsenal. Hopefully with Williams the offense won't have to lean on the read option to move the ball like we did so often with Travis.
I seriously don't want to see another read option play for the entire season.
You can get an AMEN! from me.
The read option is one of the few plays that TW1 had down. After watching a weeks worth of Utah games in 60 minutes, I came away cringing over the piss poor mechanics we and the coaches had to put up with. I honestly believe that TW1's mother was blowing Arod to keep him at starting QB. Arod obliged, but with a game plan than managed around the deficiencies. Then the predictability bit them in the ass in the AZ and UCLA games without the option of feeding Booker. TW1 was a joke. The bar has been set very low. TW2 will blow us away with his talent. The offensive coaches will open up a game plan that looks like the moves of an 18 year old sailor who's been at sea for a year.
New Pick Em Features Added
Last night I snuck in a Pick Em update. You'll now see a "week" selector. I punched in the games for week 2 and you can now go look at them. You'll also see in the My Picks view an "Edit" button. You can now edit your picks. Naturally you can (or maybe I should say "should") only edit picks for the active week.
at some point will there be a link on the page? edit: that is, a link to the pick'em so I don't have to keep digging for the link from your test post? never mind, I'm stooopid, I see it at the top right
Don't feel bad, took me a minute to find it too :)
One observation- espn comment boards will automatically include the name of the post a comment is replying to. Anyway to include something similar?
Anyway to include something similar?The indentation of the non threaded view shows that but not real obvious. Hit open to go to that view. I could definitely add in the threaded view "reply to #456 Utes Rule" or something. Or a reply with quote feature.
at some point will there be a link on the page?LOL
Forgot to mention this one. There are also countdown clocks indicating when picks open and close.
This turned out to be everything I dreamed it would be! Thank you, it's going to be fun. Another suggestion, you may have already thought of this and it's coming, but doing something that makes the "Pick'em" pop on the home page? I'm thinking about people who wander on to the site and the pick'em smacks them in the face. It's going to draw them in and keep them coming back.
Yeah I hope to make a banner or something.
I counted 47 people playing so far. I doubt it's been pimped by anyone yet on their Facebook and Twitter accounts. It's probably ready enough to now be pimped out. Just say the word and I'm sure the faithful Utehub contributors will begin infiltrating the web with requests to checkout Utehub and get in on the ground level of the Pick'Em contest. Let's get this thang LIT!
...I guess I'd better write the code to track the scores LOL. OMG this is going to be a late-night week before next weekend.
Success comes at a price. Look at the bright side, if you follow the business model practiced on some other sites, after you get Utehub all squared away you can just sit on your ass for 5 years. Then maybe show up the last day of fall camp and post a story about an event that happened on the opening day of camp and call it good. So there's that.
Tufele leaning towards UTAH?
https://twitter.com/trevorphibbs/status/768240171498123265 Tufele, Tupai, Fotu, Anae, and Lotulelei- Think I just peed a little...
Lowell probably declares after this season correct? What more does he need to prove after this season if he stays healthy?
Lowell and Marcus Williams are gone after this year. Two first rounders.
Getting Tufele would be huge. Scout has him rated as the #2 defensive tackle in the country. What about Scout 4-star Noah Ellis? Scout has him listed as "Low" interest in Utah, but 247 has one prediction of him going to Utah. Any chance the Utes get Ellis?
Hunter Lotulelei has already committed to play for the Utes.
Is Noah Ellis Luther's son?
Yes, Noah is Luther's son. Link to highlight film. http://www.hudl.com/video/3/6620015/5721da919a91677e74adace1
Would be a huge get.
How huge is it for these recruits to see that our DL is only bested by Alabama. That makes a kid want to play for the best. If our DL wasn't so amazing right now, there's no way we'd be getting looks from Tufele. It's funny because we've spent the last 5 years whining about a throw game and Whitt has quietly created a national brand for this team that sets us apart and gives us something to sell to kids. I love it.
I would sooner have solid lines on both sides of the ball than a QB. Unfortunately combined with the coaching problems on the offensive side of ball it is a problem. Utah is easy to scheme for and the qb has been limited on ability. Why hasn't the defense been a problem despite having MWC talent in the early days? Because Whitt has had a defensive identity that works regardless of scheme.
Agree, but with one caveat. Marcus is a 4.0 civil engineering student. I'm not quick to assume he jumps to the NFL unless he completes his degree. Obviously, it matters to him.
I've heard that he's gone.
Would be interesting to see him stay another year. Can't guys come back and finish their degrees after a NFL career?
I'm thinking a degree like engineering would be pretty tough to come back to and pick up where you left off. If he were pursuing the ever popular communications or sociology degree it's probably much easier to come back and do that. Think Andrew Luck staying to complete his degree in architecture. "Utah" posted he's gone, if so, I'm very curious about how far along he is with his degree. His bio on utahutes.com says finishing prerequisites for a civil engineering major which does not read like he's going to be finished the end of his Jr. year.
Isn't the engineering a five year program? I know Beadles I believe it was did engineering as well. Had a high GPA.
I don't know, but most students take more than 4 years to graduate in just about anything. I would be very impressed of someone could bang out an engineering degree in 4 years. Another tid bit I picked up from last year came for a desnews article on Marcus Williams.
Williams has been called “football smart” by safeties coach Morgan Scalley, because of all the preparation he does in studying film of opposing teams each week. But Williams is also an excellent student, having achieved a 4.0 GPA in high school and doing well academically at the U., where he is studying civil engineering. “It’s a priority for me,’’ he said. “My parents always told me to get your schoolwork done first and then you can go play sports. School was always more important to them, so that’s what I always tried to do.’’There have been a few articles put out on him and they all read the same. Tight, supportive family who hold academics in high regard. Utah free safety Marcus Williams leading the way as Utes grab more interceptions
Not to turn this into Beadles discussion but I didn't know he signed with the Whiners. m.49ers.com/news/article-2/5-Things-to-Know-about-49ers-G-Zane-Beadles/5495cc63-bfc7-492b-8342-031496fbaf6a Beadles was a Mechanical Engineer major or possibly electrical engineer. I can't get there .edu to load on my phone .mech.utah.edu/alum-beadles/
the first chip fell when our backup DT went to USC to start