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    • #139480
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      Utah5410
      Ute Fan
      @utah5410

      Here is what is happening. Whit is amazing. Whit wants to win and has figured out in his mind and comfort level what makes the most sense and gives his team the best chance to win is 

      1. control the clock 

      2. no turnovers 

      3. great D and ST

      4. all in or in the way 

      Those are his non negotiable rules. And they work. He then gives the keys to Ludwig to run the offense. Whit doesn’t intervene or throw in his 2 cents (unlike the D which is his baby) unless Ludwig is violating those rules above. So Ludwig, old school as well. Does what he has to do.  He utilizes covey, kuithe and the RBs. Meanwhile the receivers get targeted 4/5 times a game. But block the rest of the time.  The team buys into the “All in or in the way mantra” during the year and then whit makes it clear that everyone needs to do what’s best for them at that point. 

      BT and Samson have been here for 4/5 years. They see the writing on the wall and understand that nothing is changing this year. Does utah have a chance to go to rose bowl. Yep. Would they help absolutely. Are they replaceable unfortunately under whites system. Yes. Vele can block and run little patterns like Samson did and Dixon. Although small is a legit deep threat like BT and can play in the slot. They want to play and be featured. 

      There are pros and cons to everything in this world. Whitt’s pros far far far out way his cons. But his biggest con is his ability to adapt. He will never be the Throw the ball a ton guy. It doesn’t make sense to him. He tried with TT and that was a disaster. Has long as Whitt is at the helm we will not have elite WR play. Add in that I don’t think that Holliday is that great either. This isn’t bad. It just is what it is. We have elite TE play and RB play. And enough guys to catch the ball if we can find a competent QB. 

      finally I don’t think Enis leaves this year. He never redshirted. I think he plays in 4 games this year sees if he is getting more love and touches. If he is he stays. Otherwise he will leave redshirt and have two years left to play somewhere else. Prob Would go to ASU or UA since that’s where he’s from. I think he’s The only one we should feed. It’s a problems but it is what it is.

    • #139487
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      MDUte
      Ute Fan
      @mdute

      IMO, the WR Corp is the least important skills group for a Whitt team. Don’t get me wrong, I want the best talent we can get and dream of the day where we have mostly 4* dudes at every position on the field. But for a Whitt team, I’d much rather have highly rated RBs, DBs, & LBs than WRs.

      Obviously there’s no position more important than QB. But I also think a great QB can make mediocre WRs look amazing but not the other way around. It definitely sucks to lose both BT and Nacua but it’s not devastating. The younger guys will get an opportunity to step up and see the field earlier and we’ll be fine IMO. And maybe as the portal taketh away, it will yet again deliver another great WR talent or two. In any event, it’s next man up…go Utes!!!

      • #139489
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        Ghost of the HEB
        Ute Fan
        @deseretgentlman

        WR may be least important for a Whit team, but they’ve been very important for teams that have won recent pac12 championships. If that’s the goal then we’ve gotta improve that facet.

        Charlie Brewer’s explosive 2019 season was certainly helped along by having NFL caliber WRs like Denzel Mims and R.J. Sneed on the outside.

        • #139498
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          MDUte
          Ute Fan
          @mdute

          I’d love to have them but I don’t remember having any NFL WRs on either the 2018 or 2019 team and both teams could’ve/should’ve won the Conf Championship. You can say but they didn’t. And to that I’d say, it wasn’t because we were lacking higher talented WRs.

          • #139520
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            Tony
            Admin/Founder
            @admin

            @mdute: Perhaps we would have won that championship 2 years ago if we had more talented WR’s. You remember the difference in the game was a freak pick 6 where our receiver tipped a pass and it was taken to the house by Washington. Perhaps that “elite” receiver doesn’t cause that turnover.

            • #139521
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              MDUte
              Ute Fan
              @mdute

              Haha, I stand corrected!! Great point Tony…thanks!

              “It takes a big man to admit when he is wrong. I am not a big man.” – Irwin F. Fletcher

      • #139499
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        Onlyu
        Ute Fan
        @uf8fl

        My two cents…Samson is a great kid. We actually kinda thought we’d lose him to Washington to join Puka a while back. He’s been between the 3rd and 6th option during his time here…isn’t afraid to go over the middle, is a committed blocker, even with his physical limitations but doesn’t have a skill level that isn’t easily replaced. He’s been injured a ton as well.

        After BT’s transfer we still had more WR’s in the mix next year than we had last year…Vele, Parks and O’Toole have tremendous upside. So does Kincaid though at TE. BT is a potential #1 when healthy but has yet to make it through 1 season without missing games. That’s hard to do as a WR.

        We’ll see about Cope but the plan was always to bring in 1-2 guys this Summer and that hasn’t changed. They’ll push forward one and maybe use the initial on somebody in the portal right now sooner than later because of the Samson news.

        Bottom line is we have 5 guys we know can catch the ball. Dixon, Enis, Covey, Kuithe and Fotheringham. You have Kincaid who will break out. Parks was lost understanding where he was supposed to be and will be better in year 2 and is a legit deep threat. Vele played some and will be better (and is physically way more talented than Samson).
        Smith?? We’ll see if he can make it out of the locker room without breaking something. That’s 8 guys plus Cope and the guy or two they bring in.

        Ludwig will continue to focus on getting Kuithe the ball, we’ll continue to be fairly balanced but run focused. We’ll have plenty pass catchers but need to figure out who will get them the ball.

        I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…the portal changes everything. My advice?? Don’t freak out and act like we can’t replace a kid who leaves…we’ll always find someone who believes they are being screwed by their current staff or that they’re missing their chance at fully utilizing their skills.

        • #139526

          PhiladelphiaUte
          Ute Fan
          @philadelphiaute

          I thought O’Toole was a “mission” kid.  Will he be in Spring camp?

    • #139494
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      Ute2
      Ute Fan
      @ute2

      This is insightful.

       

      if we’re trying to be quasi Wisconsin then we really don’t need 8 wideouts that can ball.  Too many mouths to feed.  I think we have 5 who can ball and maybe a transfer?  Maybe a surprise?

      that might be enough.  

      amd wisconson usually has a standout or two that they lean on, just not a whole stable..

      • #139510
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        Onlyu
        Ute Fan
        @uf8fl

        All up to the QB position IMO. Never before have we had the talent or depth in that room…not even close so the upgrade there should lead to an upgrade at the WR position eventually regardless of whether or not we’re a run focused team. Have a guy (or guys) who can make throws and you’ll have plenty of kids that want to come catch the ball for a PAC12 team.

        • #139518
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          chinngiskhaan
          Ute Fan
          @chinngiskhaan

          You said the same thing about the qb room last year

          • #139523
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            Onlyu
            Ute Fan
            @uf8fl

            And the statement was true…multiple 4 star recruits. Now you have 3 – 4 star recruits PLUS a 4 year starter in the Big 12. You also didn’t really have a good sample size with Rising. He’s damn good despite looking fairly average in his first half of college football

            • #139529
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              2008 National Champ
              Ute Fan
              @cptmrgn05

              247 has rated all of the transfers based on their current status as opposed to what they were perceived to be coming out of high school. All 5 of the transfers: Kaho, Brewer, Curry, Pledger, and Jackson would be low 3 stars per their analysis.

              2021 commits

              • #139531
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                Anfernee
                Ute Fan
                @anfernee

                Per my analysis I rate this a 10/10 on the Debbie Downer star rating system. 

              • #139536
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                MDUte
                Ute Fan
                @mdute

                Looking at other teams’ transfers across the country and it’s pretty much the same story. Obviously things weren’t going well for the overwhelming majority of transfers or they wouldn’t have entered the portal in the 1st place. There are exceptions, like the top Tennessee transfers (3 of which landed at Oklahoma) where the firing of their head coach caused a mass exodus. But the updated rating appears to be based on their recent production or lack thereof. It doesn’t seem like a similar grading system to how their talent level is evaluated coming out of high school. It wouldn’t make sense that a kid could be graded at .96 high 4* and then somehow lost all of their talent from being on the bench for 1 or 2 years to drop to a grade of .82. But if someone understands it more clearly, please explain.

                • #139542

                  2008 National Champ
                  Ute Fan
                  @cptmrgn05

                  the ratings system are actually simple in nature. Each prospect is graded based on how quickly they can make an impact at the college level.

                  When grading transfers, you’ve got more data to look at and not having meaningful stats at your previous school is a pretty telling data point. Jackson would be the exception as no one should fall that far for not playing in their true freshman year.

                  As fans, we all want every player who puts on the uniform to play to an all-american level. But if we are also being realistic, there is a reason each of these kids transferred to Utah and I’m pretty sure it isn’t because they performed so well at their last school that they needed a new challenge.

                  • #139545
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                    EagleMountainUte
                    Ute Fan
                    @battlegroundute

                    To be even fairer this has been a Covid year and all these little evaluations for clicks are fairly meaningless. This past season was unprecedented in Football since probably WW2.

                    • #139561

                      2008 National Champ
                      Ute Fan
                      @cptmrgn05

                      It was a Covid year for everybody. Unless there is something specific that only the University of Utah dealt with, I tend to ignore that as a justification.

                • #139543
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                  Charlie
                  Ute Fan
                  @charlie

                  I think it can be complex.  Clearly, many don’t work out going on to the next level.  However, a player can also not mesh with a particular scheme, maybe a coaching style isn’t reaching a guy, or simply a string of bad luck.  As often as a player can’t measure up are the cases of a change being everything a player needs to take off.  Sometimes a guy can be confident enough to let a first chance slip away but be driven enough to not let a second chance fail.  Each is it’s own case and it simply has to play out to see.  Our transfers have a wide range of possibilities.

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