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    My thoughts on the season

    Realistically, my expectations should have been lower because we had 8 players drafted into the NFL.  We are not Alabama or Ohio State.  We can’t lose so many players and expect to be as good.  But, I started to think with a new offensive coordinator that we may be okay.

    Things that were a positive surprise:

    – Cornerbacks.  I like what I saw from our young corners.

    – Wide receivers.  Carrignton was the highlight.  But, I thought some of the other receivers stepped up to.

    – Kicking game.  What an unexpected surprise.  Gay had a great season.

     

    Disappointments:

    – Defensive Line.  They just never got to the QB.  We didn’t get the pressure we needed.

    – Safeties.  I liked our safeties when we were healthy.  But, we had way too many injuries at this position.

    – Running Backs.  I like how we improved towards the end of the season.  But, we were stagnant early on.

     

    We didn’t win any of the close conference games.  That’s unacceptable IMO.  I don’t have a problem with how we played the ranked conference teams.  We actually played quite well except possibly WSU.  But, we need to win some of those games.  However, we were pathetic against ASU and Oregon.  We didn’t play well on either side of the ball.

    I liked the two point conversion call against USC and hated the timeout against UW.

    I believe there is reason to be hopeful for next season.  We will be more experienced at start QB.  We should have Shyne back to help with the running game and Moss is starting to look like a beast.  We will have Covey back and he is a game changer at slot and as a return man.  We have our All American kickers back.  We will need to develop some linebackers.  That is my biggest concern.

    Go Utes!!!

  • Larry B

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Hansen move to LB, assuming he comes back. I also wouldn’t be surprised if Francis Bernard was a Ute next season if he keeps his nose clean.

    If both of those things happen, we will be just fine at LB. If not, we will struggle.

    • Utah
      1

      I don’t think LBer is the worry a lot of Utah fans think it is. Especially if Lund can play. Look st the talent we have:

      Thompson, Barton, Lloyd, Lund, Tafua, Liljenquist, Nuimatalolo, and possibly Hansen. 

      All we need is two, and Thompson and Barton are two. Lloyd and Lund make four. 

      I think Chase stays at safety but plays everywhere. 

      • Pace Manyung
        1

        Calling my shot.

         

        4* USC LB commit Bo Calvert will flip to Utah.

         

        You heard it here first!  

        • Pace:

          Would that be a Tom Berenger in the film Major League ‘called shot’ or Babe Ruth’s ‘called shot’ in game 3 of the 1932 World Series against the Cubs? Hilarious.
  • every day is a nice day to beat byu

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  • ladyinred
    3

    Don’t we need a page like this for basketball too?

    • Tony
      1

      Could easily make a page here or subdomain… Let’s get this one tonight.

      • ladyinred

        I found a cover photo for it. You’re welcome.😎
        Hoops

    • Tony
      2

      Am I correct in my calculations that the last time byu beat us in basketball was Dec 8, 2012?

      • ladyinred
        1

        That’s right because last year was the “hiatus”, and we won 3 in a row prior to that. 

        • Tony

          Wow we need to keep that going.

  • Tony

    Poll closed. Rate the 2017 Utah Football Season

    The pundits have spoken.

    Rate the 2017 Utah Football Season

    • Did Not Meet Expectations (53%, 98 Votes)
       
    • Met Expectations (46%, 86 Votes)
       
    • Exceeded Expectations (1%, 2 Votes)
       

    Total Voters: 186

  • Utahute72
    4 1

    So what we are saying is that 53% of the fans have unrealistic expectations for the program.

    • Utah
      2

      Yup. We were exactly what everyone thought we were. A 6 to 8 win team. Six wins if things don’t go great, 8 if everyone is healthy and we get a couple breaks. 

    • Tony
      1

      I didn’t say it. The pundits said it.

    • FtheY
      1

      I have a few thoughts on this. I was one that thought we didn’t meet expectations – I had a little too much koolaid and thought we could get to 8-4. Maybe some of the following are reasons why other thought we underachieved? 

      Struggle to go bowling – this was a big one for me. I felt we were a bowl eligible team all year, and didn’t think it would have to come down to the last game to get that. I’ve heard some coworkers of mine express the same feelings, so if I had to guess this would probably be a big one. 

      A athletic quarterback with high upside – we had a good quarterback this year and a good backup, we had confidence here for once and I think that got a lot of people excited. 

      Losing large amounts of games in a row – what did we lose, 5 in a row? I think it was tough for most to not feel a bit defeated during that stretch. 

      Overachieving culture – feels like we usually beat Vegas expectations, although I don’t know for sure if this is true. We play our best when no one else thinks we have a chance. Oh Vegas, only 5.5? See you at the end of the season with +1 or 2 more! If that makes sense. 

      Matt Gay – huge surprise. He was a big contributor. Makes it even sweeter that tds-p wanted nothing to do with him. 

      Troy Taylors previous success in year one – while not at the same level, he balled out at EWU his first year and I think some folks may have thought it would translate better. I really think we improved and learned a lot this year. 

      Big defensive contributors – Chase and Kylie ended up hurt a lot this year. Chase had previously been a bit more healthy and I wonder if people thought he’d stay that way. 

      Carrington – finally, a lock down #1 option. I would imagine people thought he’d stay healthy as well. 

      Running back – previous success and luck with our RBs translated to a lot of wins in the past and we learned that wasn’t always the case this year. 

      In summary, we got a bowl and that’s what matters. I think we saw a lot of upside and potential this year, and a lot of close games that could have gone our way but didn’t. That’s big-time college football and sometimes we all need a little reminder of what humble pie tastes like. 

      What do you think expectations will be next year? 

       

      • Tony

        I had us a 7-5 which I thought would have been a very good record based on how brutal our schedule was. Next year the expectations will balloon during the spring and summer like they do every year. 

        • Utah

          You bring up a great point. The schedule was insane this year and I don’t think a lot of Utah even realize that now. If we had the 2016 schedule, we win 10+ with this team. We by far had the toughest conference schedule. 

          I think the “only” real big mistake was playing Huntley vs ASU. Troy wasn’t good and I get why they rushed Tyler back, but I think we might beat ASU with Troy and then we’d have a better shot vs Oregon with Tyler a week healthier. 

          I mentioned it on here, but the Tyler that played the second half vs Oregon was a completely different player than the Tyler that played vs ASU and the first half. 

          You wonder if he would have been better, earlier with another week of rest. 

  • Tony
    1

    Bateman left the team?

    Hearing that Cooper Bateman has left the team and won’t be at the bowl game. Not that it is a big loss or anything, but on the surface seems like a pretty uncool thing to do, even though he probably wouldn’t have played.

  • jamarcus24
    5

    Wasn’t he a grad transfer?  Maybe he was offered a job somewhere.

    • FtheY
      1

      Hopefully that’s the case. 

  • KiYi-Ute

    Article in the Trib was pretty vague. Just says he’s hung up his cleats and has left the team. 

  • Onlyu
    12

    Cooper isn’t eligible because he didn’t pass a class (he doesn’t need it…already has enough credits for what he needs).  

    At the end of the day he didnt want to do the make up work to watch another game from the sideline.  Can’t say I blame him.

    • KiYi-Ute
      2

      Onlyu with the scoop as always! Thank you!

    • Tony
      4

      Thanks for the clarification. We really appreciate it.

      • FtheY
        1

        Agreed, thanks onlyu. 

    • Utah

      I don’t blame him. Good for Bateman coming home. It’s fun that he finished out a Ute. Good luck to him. 

    • CincyUte
      2

      So now if we lose to WV, I’ll forever wonder what if . . . 

      • Tony

        3-4 more weeks of Huntley and the offense practicing. 3-4 more weeks of healing for the dinged up players on both sides. I think WV could be shocked.

  • BYU opens -6 vs Utah

    Embarrassing.

  • Tony
    1

    Is it? I don’t really know. But I’d be inclined to take the Utes +6. Anyone want that action?

  • ironman1315

    Well earned too. We aint that good and this is on their home floor. I hope we mop em up though.

    • Tony

      My concern is having a whole week between games. Hope we don’t come out flat.

  • ladyinred
    5

    Embarrassing. For them. When they lose a game, at home, to their hated rival despite being favored. =)

  • PlainsUte

    The pressure of being in Pac-12 is giving me angst as a fan.   I feel like we should take be able to care of any WCC team, yet in this case we are talking about a surprisingly good TDS team in a hostile environment, so I’d definitely be nervous going with the Utes in this one, even with 6 points given. 

    However, maybe their finals are over, the the out-of-state students will be home for Christmas, and with the 9pm tip many of their married-with-children students and fans will stay home.  Might take an edge off the home court advantage, though I still expect to see various detritus thrown on the court and/or refs should it be a tight game and a marginal call or two doesn’t go their way.

    Need Collette to contain Childs without getting into early foul trouble.  I would take Tillman over any of the zoobs one-on-one should this come down to a last shot.

  • X723
    3

    ASU ohboy

    HERM lost his d/c now o/c is gone and they lost 5 commits so far

  • Tony
    8

    Couldn’t happen to a better organization.

  • PlainsUte
    3

    That’s what he gets for dancing with the ‘devils.

    • ironman1315
      2

      And not in the pale moonlight.

    • Utah
      1 1

      But he’s a CHRISTIAN!!!

      anyone find it telling that after he is hired, everyone started looking to jump ship? 

      Their model won’t work. There are too many cooks in the kitchen. You need a leader. You need someone that the buck stops with. 

      Also, I’d put money on it that Herm was told he was coming in to recruit only. That the OC and DC would gameplan, run practices, etc. and Herm was just there for appearances and recruiting. 

      Ha ha. 

  • KiYi-Ute
    9

    Case study in why firing your HC who has proven they can be successful is not always a great option.

    Fork ’em.

  • PlainsUte
    4

    Line on Utah vs WVU has gone from Utah -4 to Utah -7

  • Justin
    2

    Well it was announced yesterday that their 1,000+ yard, senior star running back will not play in the game. He is going to be preparing for the draft.

    • PlainsUte

      Aha, had not heard that.  Recently checked on QB Grier, he has announced he’s returning for 2018 season (not entering NFL draft) but no word about bowl game; after hand surgery 20 Nov it was said he’d be out 1 month.   Given that this is a lower-tier bowl I would guess he’s going to play it safe and not play.   Would rather the Utes beat them full strength, but gotta play with what is dealt…

      • Puget Ute
        2

        I can’t see any way Grier would risk injury.  He is going to be in the mix for Heisman next season and will be one of the top QBs in the 2019 draft. 

        I am disapointed we won’t see him play in the game, but the game will still be enjoyable.

  • Tony
    3

    QB still unknown or out? Star RB out? Fine by me. I’ll take every advatage possible.

    • Chidojuan

      I hope Grier plays, last time we played a team that had a quarterback with a broken finger I had a great viewing experience.

    • Utah
      3

      So much this. Give me a 20 point win over a depleted WVU any day over a loss or 1 point win. 

      Perception is reality and I’d rather people perceived us to be really good. 

    • FtheY

      Exactly this. We need a winning season for recruiting, confidence for the young guys that everything will work out, more money for the program, etc. 

  • Tony
    7

    Ute Hub App Status Update

    I’ve been working hard on a long list of awesome new features for the next version of the Ute Hub app. I’ve run into a pretty hairy snag on youtube videos for the app.  On the site they’re automagically encoded to embed and play etc with the user only having to paste the youtube URL. But when that comes back from the server, it’s formatted in a way that can’t display on the app. Hard to explain, but the net result is blank post where there should be a video or link to the video. I’ve been hammering on that for hours and it’s getting me pretty p**sed. I’ll be taking a break on that.

    Other new features which are now working in my development version of the app and will be in the next release:

    User Registration
    Avatar Management (upload, delete etc)
    Edit posts/replies
    Edit email address
    Edit display name

    I hope to figure out something on the video thing soon, then release the version. To find the app, go to your device’s app store and search for “Ute Hub.”

    Utebeam
    16

    Booker scores!

    Booker just hurdled a guy to score a touchdown…and then it got called back because Bolles was holding. Sounds like a Utah game. 

  • BattleGroundUte
    1

    You are welcome.  Those uniforms make my eyes bleed. Never thought it was possible for me to dislike the Donkeys more than I already do. 

    • Tony
      3

      What an athlete. 

  • Tony
    2

    Utah Football Hand-Painted Collectors Helmets

    Anyone want to get me these for Christmas? There’s still time. Either one works, but both would be great. The Throwing up the U helmet is only $2500 and the blackout helmet from last year is only $4500!

    Dear Crimson Club Member,

    Continuing the tradition, Utah Football is selling the “Throwing up the U” helmets. These helmets were worn Saturday, when the Utes defeated Colorado. These individually hand painted helmets showcase throwing up the U. They are the second helmet in the collector series started last year with the hand painted black out helmet.

    The helmets are $2500 each. You will receive 2018 Crimson Club benefits when you purchase a helmet. Per IRS guidelines $1700 is tax deductible. All money received from the helmet sales will benefit Utah Football. This donation will not be applied to your football tickets or football seat donation.

    There are a few of last year’s blackout helmets available that will be sold in a set with this year’s helmet for $4500 on a first come first request basis. Per IRS guidelines $2700 is tax deductible.

  • UTE98

    I read that as both for $4500, this year’s for $2500.

    • Tony
      3

      That makes it even more affordable. I can DM you my address.

      • UTE98
        1

        I’m a bit short on cash, why don’t you just hold a fundraiser and we can all contribute our $1s instead of hitting the strip club tonight.

        Okay, the rest can donate $5s, $10s and $20s. I have to balance the talent vs. the dollars available. And looks like Diamond ain’t in my budget, but Zirconium is… wahoo, so you can have all my $1s which would go in Zirconiums college fund. LOL TIC