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    rbmw263

    Local kid playing 4 favorite team growing up. Julian is my favorite kind of Ute

    Although the inner city kids who come to Utah despite the stigma are a very very close 2nd

     

    https://www.ksl.com/?sid=45450430&nid=635

    siouxfan512
    2

    UND football podcast

    Hey guys,

    I know UND isn’t the top team on Utah’s radar this year, but as we are less than two weeks away, I’m sure you guys are getting excited for football to start. If anyone wants to know more about the UND team that is coming to town, or needs some more football material to tide them over, I have included a link below to the UND football podcast. This one is about 25 min. but its something to listen to if you are stuck at work.

    http://kfgo.com/podcasts/fighting-hawks-podcast/1397/und-football-360-episode-1-fighting-hawks-summer-camp-2017/

  • Hammer

    The great theing about being 0 – 0 is the chance to go 1 – 0.

  • ladyinred

    It’s the top game on my radar currently! Thanks! 

  • Hammer

    It’s a sad day in Pasadena (The Legend Sean Smith arrested)

    http://www.tmz.com/2017/08/17/raiders-sean-smith-arrested-charged-assault

  • SkinyUte
    1

    Idiot.

    (Smith, not you Hammer. :))

  • Utahute72

    Yea, not the brightest bulb in the pack.

    I remember him complaining about being stuck in Utah his whole freshman year. Then Utah proceeded to make him millions and he promptly stiffed them.

  • quagmire
    2

    To be fair, he was probably just watching out for his little sister. At least it wasn’t a drunken bar fight or something similar. 

    • Hammer

      I agree. A fight, who cares? But he’s had multiple DUI’s so there’s beginning to emerge a trend of bad decisions being made. 

  • Utah
    1

    I don't get this line of thinking:

    “The new offense will hurt the defense and Whitt won’t allow that”

    I agree that Whitt won’t allow it, but why does the offense hurt the defense? I think we averaged 29.5 points per game last year.

    I think this offense, if successful, helps the defense. For one, how much better is our defense if vs Cal and Oregon we score 40 points instead of 28-29?

    If we jump out to a 14 point lead, how much easier is it for Scalley to call plays?

    If we are up 14 in the fourth, can’t you simplify the defense, and blitz a lot more making your defense better?

    I think this “reason” is lazy. Sure, if Utah had Stanford’s offense, grind it out with a very efficient QB, then this offense would hurt.

    But our offense has never helped the defense out anyways. So, people think scoring more points and being more efficient in the red zone will hurt us?

    I don’t buy it.

  • Utahute72
    3

    One way to take the pressure off your defense is to slow the game by controlling the ball. McBride did this a lot against BYU. Not only did it help your defense rest, but it helps in taking the opposing offense out of rhythm. A quicker paced offense means your defense gets less rest between series and the opposing offense has less time to “coo” off.

    • ironman1315
      1

      that presumes, however, the offense goes quick every down always. Taylor has indicated that he won’t go fast unless and until they get a first down/big gainer.

  • Chidojuan
    2

    It’s too much of an oversimplification.  Who said it anyway?  I feel like it only puts pressure on a defense if the defense is lacking.  Look at Baylor for the past few years.  They had some athletes, sure, but the defense was substandard especially the most recent year, so they could only win if they scored.  Teams like that always lose if the offense stagnates.  The Louisville v. Houston game last year is a perfect example.  Great defenses create opportunities to score, syngergizing with the offense.  Feels like another example of someone who doesn’t understand football.  Sure, offense can control the tempo, and get opponents out of rhythm, but it seems like Whittingham has adopted Taylor’s offense fully, whatever that entails.  Is that Jon Wilner’s ignorance on display again?

  • ladyinred
    5

    So, for almost any other team I think this idea of a fast offense hurting the defense is a legit concern. However, Utah defense is built to withstand the pain of an at incompetent offense. Our defense has kept us in, and won for us, many games that would’ve otherwise been blowouts.

    My view is that if this new offense is only slightly better than a dumpster fire ( which it often has been, let’s be honest) this team will be scary.

    • Chidojuan

      I agree, and again, it’s only an issue if your defense is bad.  Going to more examples, look at Oregon for Marcus Mariota’s last year, and then the year after.  The defense went from middling that year, to non existent the year after, and we all know where that got them.  Even with superstars like Deforest Buckner.  Any improvement in one will aid the other.

  • Puget Ute
    4

    Most of the people who say that were the same ones who were screaming that Whitt should have been fired after back-to-back 5-7 seasons.

  • FtheY
    3

    I don’t get it either. All I see is upside. 

  • PlainsUte
    2

    It the recent past it seemed the defense was harmed most by the oh-fense going 3-and-out after a long drive by the opposition putting the defense back on the field before they could recover.

    If the offense puts the defense back on the field by scoring quickly at least there is less pressure on the defense.  I don’t think the Taylor oh-fense is all about going fast.

    • Utah
      2

      It’s not at all. ARod ran 72 plays per game on average. Taylor ran 78. That is not a huge difference at all. It’s 1-2 extra drives a game, or 1-2 less three and outs per game. 

      Our defense is so good, and our offense has been so bad, I don’t think an offense that runs 5 plays and gets a TD will be worse than a 3 and out offense with no points. 

      But, call me crazy. 

  • What’s everyone’s take on no starting QB being announced as of yet?

    With the list of team captains being announced, it would seem that in all likelihood Troy Williams would be named the starter, but alas this has not yet happened.

    I guess there could be multiple reasons behind this, which I’ve listed in order of most likely => least likely, in my opinion:

    1) Troy has been told behind closed doors that he’s the guy but that they are keeping up a stance with the media that there is still a competition in order to avoid an issue with Tyler Huntley in losing confidence or possibly transferring

    2) There are plans to have a multiple-QB package where Troy is the guy for between the 20’s and Huntley will come in for red zone packages

    3) The gap between Troy and Huntley is closer than it should be and there is an actual QB race going on.

    4) It’s just pure gamesmanship and Utah doesn’t want to give away any details about our QB situation for as long as possible.


    What does everyone think? 

  • ironman1315
    2

    Option 5: Whitt and Co are trolling.

    • FtheY
      1

      Ah, the many faces of Kyle. Riverboat Kyle, angry Kyle and Troll Kyle. 

      • KiYi-Ute

        Riverboat Kyle is still my favorite. 

        • FtheY

          Riverboat Kyle makes me nervous. I think I like Angry Kyle the best. Furious Kyle only comes out after 17 false starts in a row and scares the assistant coaches. 

  • justaute

    Meh…doesn’t bother me at all. Whoever starts, starts.

    I would have an issue if the starter, whoever it is, does not perform well.

  • SkinyUte
    1

    Doesn’t this happen most years?

  • ladyinred
    1

    I think a combination of 1 and 2. And it will be good.

  • Puget Ute
    1

    I am super excited to have more than one QB who is fully capable of winning. This is new territory for our team.

  • vcsg01
    1

    Same story different year, like skinnyute said.

  • Tony
    4

    I think Troy starts but Huntley plays on some read-option runs, especially in the red zone.

  • Torg

    *Doubles down on Huntley being named the starting Qb*

  • Onlyu

    I THINK based on how things have changed the last few years with shrinking media access, no injury information, etc. this is pure gamesmanship.  I do however believe there is and will be a package for Tyler this year.  

    I KNOW it hasn’t been announced in the QB room, to the offense or even to the team to keep everyone working as hard as possible which is in everyone’s best interest…players, coaches and even us fans.

    Troy gets first shot.

     

  • Thlete

    Whitt and Jim Harbaugh are kindred spirits in this regard. Michigan hasn’t even updated/released their depth chart since last year. I remember khaki pants didn’t announce a starting QB when we played them in the opener and the only after the first time the Wolverines took the field after opening kickoff is when everyone finally knew who it was going to be.

  • justaute
    2

    Paul Toala (OL) – another terrific article by Amy Donaldson @ Deseret News

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865686963/Thanks-mom-Ute-Paul-Toalas-college-football-foundation-built-on-love-belief-in-his-parents.html

    p.s. Amy is  Ute

  • ironman1315
    1

    Question: can I call him the angry Toala bear?

  • Stone
    2

    YouTube TV

    If the Pac12 can get on the YouTube TV basic package, life will be some much better (and less expensive). You’d think that the Pac12 (in Google’s backyard) would be one of the first to get on board with this idea. The basic package has pretty much all of the primary sports channels (except Pac12) and there is unlimited DVR storage. Please!

     

     

  • Duhwayne

    Any chance PAC 12 would stream games direct?

  • Skywalker11
    4

    Pac12 networks life hack:

    sign up for slings 2 week free trial to get the games on pac12 networks. make sure to cancel before the 2 weeks are up, and then do it again with a different email.

  • Longview
    1

    new commit: Mosiah Nasili-Liu

    Scout lists him as 3-star out of Washington.  Good looking tape — seems speedy for his size.  Looks good!

    Tony
    15

    Chase Hansen expected to be practicing within a week

    Some sources (not sure if they’re Larry B’s sources) say Chase will be practicing within a week.  Hope they’re right.

  • ironman1315
    1

    Noice!

    • Chidojuan
      3

      I’M NOICING YOUR NOICE!

  • KiYi-Ute
    3

    Would be awesome to get him back before the season kicked off. Maybe hold him out of the ND game if he’s still not quite 100%, but have him ready for TDS-P.

    • Tony
      1

      Having him at 100% for tds would be fantastic.

      • Ute R Us

        And NOICE!

  • Stone
    4

    Two weeks!

    Giddy-up

  • ladyinred
    2

    Yass! Can’t wait. 

  • Tony
    10

    I’m more stoked for this season than any in the past, probably because of being the Ute Hub admin and creator and being so much more connected to the community.

    • Chidojuan
      1

      ALL HAIL MEGA…er…TONY!!!

  • Ute R Us
    6