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Furlong and physicality

<p style=”font-size: 16px;font-family: HelveticaNeue-Light”>“I think we have the most athletic team in the Pac-12. These young guys are different,” Tillman said. “It’s a special group of guys. I’m actually scared. I think we have the best group of freshman out here in the Pac-12 so far.”

 

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  • TheJuggernaut
    1

    I like the enthusiasm, and this definitely looks like Larry’s best recruiting class yet, but best group of freshmen in the PAC12? I’m not sure about that, take a look at the incoming classes for Oregon and UCLA.

    • GameForAnyFuss
      5

      Well, we might have the best freshman class you could get without spending any money. 

  • UteThunder
    4

    With the way our “best football team ever” has underperformed relative to the pre-season hype. I’m really skeptical of Tillman’s comment.

    • iamthepreacher
      2 1

      So…basketball and football are two different sports and the success/failure of one has no impact on the other.

      • UteThunder
        1

        No s**t Sherlock. I’m just saying I’m not going to buy into any hype. Especially when it includes “best” anything. I don’t care what sport it is.

        • EagleMountainUte
          2

          What do you find enjoyable about athletics?

          I have made it clear that sports is pure entertainment. I enjoy discussing sports. I love the negatives(Been doing more of that lately), I love the hype as long as it is based on some reality. 

          I think Ute Basketball has a lot of potential. Larry K has had some tough breaks if I ever don’t want to fault a good coach it is him. I feel like Larry K has a blank check as long as we can keep him. Zona, USC and Oregon should have all been blasted into oblivion when he had some good teams. It is a shame Wright and Poeltl never got a fair shot when they played by the rules. 

          • UteThunder

            I enjoy watching good competition. Seeing amazing displays of athleticism. The back and forth gamesmanship between coaches and their teams. I also enjoy talking about the what, why, and how things happened.

            As for Larry K and Ute basketball, I can’t believe you give him so much slack. He seems to have the highest roster turnover of any coach in the Pac-12 which is really holding the program back and other than one Sweet Sixteen, he hasn’t really accomplished anything other than returning Utah B-ball back to respectability. He’s a good coach, but not a great coach. 

            • Utesbyfive

              But who can we get who’s any better? Without a home-run hire, we have the best coach we can ever get.

  • EagleMountainUte
    3

    One of the highlights for me at that Washington game was this video.

    I will buy anyone a drink, despite the fact that I never attend bars or drink if they admit to attending those games in the 70s. Woof those were rough years. But this video made me grin big time. 

  • 4

    You don’t have to buy me anything. I sat through those horrendous games for all of those years. 

  • ladyinred
    3

    I admit to not having been born yet for these games. But worse, I had pre-natal exposure to BYU games.
    I think I should get the drink.

  • fortUTEnate
    1

    No need to buy me a drink either but I saw many bad Utah teams in the 70’s.

  • Johnny80
    1

    Not born then. Dad caught plenty of the games in late 60’s and 70’s. He also has not missed a home game since ‘78. My hero. 🤘

    Edit: he would like a gin martini or a crown on the rocks. 

  • bopahull

    When Chuck Stobart was our coach, our games were always close like 10 to 7 , 13 to 9 close. we didn’t win a lot but the games were always boring. He’s the last person I would want as an OC.

  • UteThunder

    Anyone else find it odd how @onlyu has gone silent since the UW game?

    Seems odd

  • Tony
    2

    Probably fairly busy. 

  • Utah
    3 6

    Probably turned off by all the negativity. 

  • rbmw263

    it could be a thing but its not necessarily odd. Maybe its just not as fun to do what he was doing when we are losing. Maybe he doesnt want to be that guy talking about dirty laundry or issues within the locker room (no matter how significant)

    or he could come on and give a cliche “team is p**sed and focused. They will rebound” post. Even if its accurate. But could come off as, just that, cliche and isnt really substantial. Neither of those scenarios are really “worth it” by any means. Im not sure what else he could possibly add right now otherwise that isnt too revealing

    • Onlyu
      33

      Sorry guys…A little gutted after last week…good week of practice.  Healthy and ready to go.  Must win on Saturday and everyone involved knows that.  Bye week actually came at a good time which I wasn’t sure about prior.  Hangover is gone but might have been a ND scenario from a few years back had we played last week.  Washington is a very good team but we made a number of mistakes and just about every time we did something well there seemed to be something that brought it back.  Left a chance behind us but hopefully one we can take advantage of in the near future.

      I expect we’ll show up this week…plenty of anxiety based on the past few years against WSU but feel like we’re in a good spot defensively and with some things we can take advantage of on O.  

      Go Utes!

      • ragtownute
        3

        Good to hear the team sounds mentally prepared. I hope there are contingency plans in place if we don’t score more than one offensive touchdown again.

        Any insight as to root causes of scoring ineptitude?

      • Johnny80
        3

        Nice to hear from @onlyu. Thanks for the post. Go Utes! 

      • Tony
        7

        Thanks for taking the time to give us an update @Onlyu

      • UteThunder
        2

        Woo hoo!

        Nice to see we haven’t lost our inside man.

  • utahman3431

    Torrent of the Washington Game

    For those of you that care enough to watch it again, I was finally able to find time to get this put together.

    http://uofu.bobsonlineworld.net

    Pass: utevids

    Ki-Yi!

    GoUtes
    1

    Game time announcements

    It’s probably been discussed here before, but how soon in advance do we know specific game times? Does it just depend? I noticed that the 10/12 game against UofA has been announced but the 10/6 game against Stanford has not. Specifically I was wondering when the time for the 10/20 game against USC will be announced.

    I’m coming into town (from CA) for the 10/20 game against USC to attend with my Dad. I can’t wait. I’ve lived out of state for about 9 years and have attended road games at SC, UCLA, ASU and UofA but haven’t attended a home game since I moved away (after attending nearly every home game from 96 to 2009). It will be good to be back at Rice-Eccles.

  • utefansince79
    1

    Usually about 12 days (Monday in previous week) before the game, but can be later depending on what the networks want to do.

    For Zona, the game is on Friday and presumably slated for a network such as ESPN or Fox Sports so they’ve already set the schedule.

     

    • GoUtes

      Thank you for the info! Much appreciated

  • Calgradutedad
    1

    Also schools get to pick one game a year as homecoming for TV purposes which gives them a 12 day selection period guaranteed. If Utah chooses October 20th as that game you will definitely find out October 8 around 11 AM MT what the schedule is.

  • UteThunder
    11 1

    Why shouldn’t we have expected to beat UW?

    I thought we would win that game. We all should have. We returned nearly everyone from a team that nearly beat them in Seattle last year. We had stability at the QB and OC spots. The game was at home.

    Pre-season, there was absolutely no reason to think Utah shouldn’t beat Washington.

    Spare me this “they were a top 10 team, who really expected us to win?” nonsense.

    The expectation should have been, and was for me, that we were going to beat Washington. I didn’t think it was a guarantee, but I thought we had a better chance than what we showed.

  • utefansince79
    6

    take away several tough plays, interception late in the first half while we are in field goal range, 2 catch and fumbles on what would have been first downs), dropped pass in the end zone, fumble on a sure pick-six,  (won’t mention guys in stripes except to note that sometimes we get calls, like in Seattle a few years ago, sometimes we don’t)  and it’s possibly a win for the Utes.

     

     

    • EagleMountainUte
      3 5

      Poppinga the game basically?

      • Stone
        3

        I totally get that there are thousands of “what ifs” in every game, and it is hard to say one change in a small thing would impact everything thereafter, but I think the point of @utefansince79 is that if a few little things had broken Utah’s way, the situation would not have looked so dire. It is one thing to say “Utah essentially won the game because it only lost because of a few errors” or to say “if Utah’s QB were as good as Tom Brady, things would have gone differently” and quite another to say “if a receiver had caught a ball that hit his hands, he would have scored a touchdown.” UW is good, but Utah was not outmatched. Utah shot itself in the foot with very simple errors, and there were some iffy calls that went against Utah that resulted in big shifts in the game. Doesn’t mean Utah would have won, but the perception might have been very different but for a few simple errors/penalties.

        If you watch Hans Olson’s analysis of the game, he points to very small things that had a huge impact (on both offense and defense). For example, UW’s first touchdown was a result of a poor angle by Blair. An similar play later in the game, Blair took a better angle and the play resulted in a small loss of yards. A very small change results in a very different outcome. Doesn’t mean Utah deserves to win, just means small (and VERY correctable) things make a very big difference.

        • EagleMountainUte
          2

          So game of “inches” isn’t a cliche?  

  • EagleMountainUte
    2 2

    “Top ten team” from the same people saying Utah’s offense overlooked Weber and NIU for the “top ten team”.  Let’s just call it the Triple T from now on. Utah lost to the Trip T at home they were not favored despite prepping for pretty much five weeks for the Triple T.

    IF Utah loses… to Wazzu it is going to be well Mike Leach is a tough matchup for Utah from those same people. Despite the secondary being the bestest ever. 

  • UtMtBiker
    4

    We shouldn’t expected to beat them because they have a better QB, a better coach, and better recruiting.  So, having our consistantly mediocre QB and OC back means we should win?  

    Having a bunch of players back who lost the last 2 games to them just means they have been proven less talented then the other team. So whats the logic here? Third time is the charm? 

    The peaseason is one thing, but after the first 2 weeks you would have had to been a flat idiot to bet anything of value on the Utes in that game.  Washington goes toe to toe with an SEC powerhouse and Utah s**ts the bed against a G5.  Why should we have expected to win that game?  

    I don’t think we should have won but I agree we could have showed better.  Take the FG at half and take the FG in the fourth with 11:30 left to play and we’re looking at an 8 point game down the stretch.  Hell, if we keep the INT that was taken by a poor targeting call we might have lost 13-14 and it would have been very close just like the last 2 years.  

     

    • UteThunder

      All off-season and even through the first two weeks of this season, Huntley and Taylor were anything but “consistantly mediocre.” According to some around here, Browning was an overhyped bum and Huntley was one of the best QBs in the Pac-12.

  • AlohaUte
    6

    We definitely should have expected it. In fact, and this may be zoobish of me, but I argue we beat ourselves in that game. We had every opportunity to win it and the offense couldn’t take advantage. The defense did everything it needed to win it. We have a great team, the offense just needs to put it together. I think they will…or at least, it can’t get worse.

  • Puget Ute
    3

    I believe we have a shot to win every game. 

  • noneyadb

    Whitt will never coach another game the way he attacked UW in 2017. Whitt put everything on the table to try and get that 6th Win. Wonder if he benched Huntley vs Colorado to ensure a bowl game?

  • UtMtBiker
    3 1

    Some of that was coaching.  We had 6 points (2FG) sitting in our lap and the coaches decided to go for TD’s and we got 0.  

  • EagleMountainUte
    3 1

    I almost believe a FG wasn’t attempted because they didn’t want three games in a row with a block. 

  • UtMtBiker

    Sheesh…that’s what it looked like.  

  • EagleMountainUte
    1

    BUT I will say I preferred them going for touchdowns. Losing by 11 or 8 isn’t any different than 14. Even though 14 makes it seem like a blowout at home I guess.