Utah Utes Message Board

PlainsUte
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Can the new Aussie kick off a tee at all?

Ben Lennon, Imagine all the kicking…

Utes sign 2019 Shooting Guard Brendan Wenzel.

Just released from UTEP. At 6’6″ averaged 24 points a game as a senior in high school. 41% on threes.

  • ProvoUteFan

    Can he kick a football?

  • Johnston leaving

    Chayden Johnston announced via twitter he is leaving the program to pursue his career in healthcare.

  • Utah5410
    2

    This is really my only concern. Not the 0 line – not the backers, our place kicking. It could lose us a game or two.

  • chinngiskhaan
    2

    wow… I don’t blame him, but it must have been really bad if it came to this. I can’t imagine that these issues were presenting themselves in practice over the last two years, otherwise Whitt would have done something about it. The pressure must have really got to him. Just craziness.

  • Calgradutedad
    2

    6 FGs against Oregon last year including a 55 yarder and a 41 yarder. Different game with a below average kicker. Hopefully it won’t matter this year but it probably will.

    • Staples
      1

      It will probably make us more aggressive in our play calling inside the 40 since we won’t have a near guarantee of 3 points.

  • AlohaUte
    6

    Considering how dominant Utah has been in Special Teams the last decade, how brutal would it be to have our best team not reach their potential because we have mediocre special teams?

  • SkinyUte

    Who is the backup – er, starting – kicker?

  • Larry B
    1

    Is it too late to receive a transfer? Maybe there’s a decent kicker sitting on the bench somewhere else that sees an opportunity.

    • No it’s not too late. Utah does have another kicker, not on scholarship. Once spring ball wraps up everywhere, you’ll see more names in the potal.

  • Utah5410

    We have one guy Jason Redding. Missed a 31 yard kick in the spring game. This is a real problem.

    • PlainsUte
      2

      “Ball did not go through the uprights.”

  • Anfernee

    Maybe this will make the offense more aggressive? Knowing they don’t have the safety net of an automatic 3 points. I’ll gladly trade more touchdowns for another all american kicker.

  • cjd1
    1

    Joshua Rowland , another Texas Longhorn, is a grad transfer available.

    • Tony

      Perhaps we should move on that.

      • cjd1

        After doing some more research he is not that great of a kicker. Oh well.

        • Tony
          3

          Perhaps we should not move on that.

    • belli1976

      He was a backup to a guy that went 18-25. Probably still an upgrade from where are now though.

  • Good thing for him. Bad for Utah but could have been worst possibly if Utah depended on him. Overall bad outcome that needs to be fixed and feels incredibly ironic.

  • chinngiskhaan
    2

    after thinking on this, I wouldn’t be surprised if he left knowing that there was someone else that was for sure better than him. I wouldn’t be surprised if the coaches have been looking for outside help for the last few weeks at least.

  • cicampbe
    8

    Time to check with the Ski Team.

    • PlainsUte

      …and soccer team? My friend’s son is pretty good, but he has already signed with Northern Alabama.
      Samuel Contorno

  • Dwight89

    Sounds like Johnston was a head case and this is a way to save face before facing a crowd at RES. We were in desperate need of a kicker who could make field goals two weeks ago, so this doesn’t really change anything. 

  • BD
    2

    Crazy to think what might have been for him had he made that first kick in the first game of the season a few years ago. He may not have made that announcement had he simply made that kick.

    • Tony
      1

      Well I would think he’s a head case either way, so maybe better he missed.  But how messed up is it to wait in the wings this long, then when you get your chance to start, you bail?

  • ShakyUte13
    2

    Hopefully this was an amicable force out and Whitt has someone better coming. I’m not too worried yet whit has a way of pulling kickers out of his hat…

  • I’m just as worried as everyone else about the kicking game. But I have to wonder (and hope) if during his exit interview after spring ball, that Whitt told him they were going to go in another direction. If that’s the case maybe it’s not as bleak as it seems right now. This is all speculation but I can hope right?

  • Larry B
    2

    The Jazz are almost impossible to watch

    6 WIDE open 3’s not even close. 4 turnovers. Same gimick defense that led to a 32 point loss.

  • ironman1315

    How they can so consistently miss wide open threes is beyond me.

    • PlainsUte
      1

      “Ball did not go into hoop.”

  • ironman1315

    Wait, it’s a quarter and Houston has 12 foul shots?

  • ironman1315
    1

    Clean out the lockers. Utah is done. Pure garbage.

  • BattleGroundUte
    1

    Rubio is just worthless on this team. That Conley trade if he stays healthy would have helped a lot.

    Rockets are everything I hate about the nba. Not blaming it entirely on the refs don’t get me wrong. Jazz are passive little high school JV team compared to the rockets intensity right now. 

  • So many wide open shots missed. Like same looks as Houston just misses. 

    • Tednab

      This is on Dennis Lindsey imo .. He has a small window to bring in another All-Star. If he doesn’t, Mitch and Gobert are gone .. i can’t watch another season with Rubio running the point

      • Rubio was doing well up until that injury in the Thunder series. He regressed to the mean after that for sure. 

  • Double U vs Drum and Feathers

    So are you all seeing this? There is a slow burn move from the Drum and feathers logo to the double U logo. Me personally I like it.  Two questions 1) are you seeing this like I am that it is a concerted movement?, 2) what do you think?

  • Larry B
    4

    I don’t know if it’s a concerted movement but I do love it. My favorite uniform is the “throwback” that they introduced some years ago. I wish it was our normal uni.

    • FtheY
      1

      ^^^this

  • FtheY
    2

    I also like it, but wouldn’t want to lose the drum and feather either. 

    Yes to #1. Most thumbnail logos are the interlocking U…maybe it just displays better as a small image? Could be intentional, who knows? 

    Yes to #2, and hope we see a super cool helmet design this year that’s better than the field goal hands or swoop wings. Didn’t care for either of those, although I could see why folks liked them. 

  • UteThunder
    5

    There’s definitely an intentional effort to move away from the Drum and Feathers. I don’t like the move. The interlocking U’s reminds me too much of Oklahoma and Houston. 

    I do like the throwback uniform, but it would be so much better if they did the same uniform with the Drum and Feather. 

    • PhiladelphiaUte
      4

      Agreed.  I much prefer the “Drum & Feather” logo over the “interlocking U” one, but wouldn’t be averse to seeing one or two games a year with that 2nd style.  That said, I think it our field would like way cooler if we’d replace that “Block U” at the 50-yd line with the “interlocking U” logo instead.

       

      Most importantly, I hope we never again see the “Rice University wings” or the “field goal hands” helmets ever again.  Those totally SUCKED!

       

      GO UTES!!!

      • Staples
        1

        Interesting that you mention that because I was discussing the midfield logo with my Dad at the Spring game. Personally I’d go with the drum and feather, but I wouldn’t have any problem if they went with the interlocking U’s.

  • BattleGroundUte

    I like the interlocking U. DnF is a clean unique look that I don’t think is going away. Marketing the way it is you have to be flashy. Look at the amount of professional team logos. 

  • noneyadb
    4 1

    I really liked the spring game helmets. The number on one side and interlocking U on the other looked sharp. Maybe use feather stickers hanging from the U for certain accomplishments. Captain, Dean’s list, degree, etc..

  • DanielLaRussoUte
    2 4

    I like the DnF in concept, but it is in dire need of an update.

    It is seriously one of the most poorly rendered logos still in wide use.

    I think that relates to some of the appeal of the clean and orderly interlocking U’s.

  • Ute Bc

    Correct me if I am wrong but if they just remove the drum and keep the feather we have no problem with any Native American backlash.

  • Tony

    Like clockwork this topic pops up every year

  • Staples

    Some of the transition seems to not necessarily be away from the drum and feather, but also away from the block U (especially TV graphics.) In my opinion the interlocking U’s and the D&F are both preferable to the block U. I’ve held off getting a U of U license plate for years because the only option at the moment is the block U. If they went back to the either of the other logos I’d order one in a heart beat.

  • cjd1
    13

    Armand Shyne to Texas Tech

    I wish him luck and hope he does well.

  • Central Coast Ute
    8

    Good for him. I was expecting him to go to a G5 school. I hope he can get the playing time he’s looking for.

  • Stone
    12

    To my grave, I will remain convinced that had he received the final carries against Cal in 2016, Utah would have scored and won–and potentially changed the trajectory of that season. He was running so well that game.

    Wish him all the best.

    • Brettski
      2

      I was at that game, such a heartbreaker.  I agree, he was running well that day.  Too bad we were throwing fast balls at the goal line too.

      • RiseasUtes
        2

        Yeah I was also there, it was tough to watch the last series of events in that game unfold.    Brian Allen had the worst game I’ve ever seen from a DB also.  

  • Utah5410
    4

    I’m sure ONLYU is on vacation

    But maybe he can grace us with his insight or if anyone knows the status of Darren Jones and/or Lacolby Tucker. Just want to know it is at all realistic that we see either of these guys this year. 

  • UteThunder

    Based on our history with late qualifiers/transfers, I’m guessing neither one will be with the team this Fall.

  • 32utahutes
    1

    Darren Jones isn’t going to make it. Will probably go Junior College and hopefully Utah will get back with him at that point. Lacolby Tucker is confident that he will make, but we will see.

  • Onlyu
    11

    It’s a tough call right now. Most of the kids in these spots are overly optimistic and are afraid to give completely truthful information because of the pressure they’re under from parents, coaches, friends etc. No new update today. Still a couple months left in the academic calendar but if they’re not cleared at this point there is obvious risk in them not showing up. About half of the academic risk kids make it. Wait and see is all anyone except the kid can do.

    What I’ve always found interesting is that in most cases the pressure of the extra school work becomes too much and they give in knowing they have a JC option. Not that they don’t have a work ethic it just mentally wears them out and they give up. They’d do gassers all day if they could but just can’t seem to translate that effort to the school work necessary. It’s weird.

    • Utesbyfive

      TBH, when you’re a gifted athlete, the athletic stuff is easy.

      The bottom line is, the ease in which they do that stuff, does not translate to the classroom. Learning and testing, and writing papers is just as hard for some, as running a 5.0 forty would be for me. 😉

  • UteCoop
    3

    Devaughn Vele

    Does anyone know the story of walk-on Devaughn Vele? Hadn’t heard of him until his impressive showing in the spring game. From what I can gather from the interweb he was class of 2016 but didn’t play anywhere since he’s listed as a freshman.

  • UteNIX
    2

    It doesn’t look like he was really recruited.  He stated he went on an LDS mission when interviewed.

  • AlohaUte
    4

    Whoa! I know this kid. He was in my ward in San Diego.  He’s a great kid, was a star at RB high when they won the State championship.  I remember asking him his Senior year about the next level a he was hoping to land at a Pac-12 school but there wasn’t much interest – I don’t think he was highly recruited much.  I did tell him he needed to land at Utah!  So he went on his mission and that’s the last I heard of him as I moved away. 

    So he’s got great talent, great size, and just a really great and well-raised kid. I hope he develops into a star at the U. 

  • cjd1
    10

    Utah basketball program with new hire.

    This may be a great addition to our basketball program.

    Link

  • Johnny
    4

    He used to coach under Majerus

    • PlainsUte
      3

      Yes, and I think Donny Daniels did recruiting in Southern California for the Utes.  If I recall correctly he recruited Andre Miller.   Article says he won’t be recruiting; regardless it will be great to have him back on the hill!

      • FountainofUte
        1

        Maybe he can recruit Jayce back to the team.

  • astUTE
    1

    I assume that means that Jones is taking the vacant coaching position, has anyone seeen an announcement of that?

  • Utesbyfive
    3

    Another 4* WR transfers OUT of USC.

    Trevon Sidney transfers to Illinois.

    SC is a dumpster fire. Helton has one season, Swann too probably.

  • RiseasUtes
    1

    They had 4-5 WRs transfer this offseason(one after 2 weeks on campus).  Plus 2-3 DBs also transferred.  Helton will be gone after this season, but hopefully we can steal one on the road before they upgrade coaches.

  • Duhwayne

    I thought the top 4 there were considered the best group they’ve ever had. If so, I could see why a lot of others transfer.

    • Utesbyfive

      Their lack of depth does not hurt us.

  • TheJuggernaut

    They would have canned Helton this offseason but they didn’t want to pay his $15M buyout.