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    Trailgoat
    1 5

    Huntley looking down field

    Being nitpicky coaching from the couch. May be exposed later against better teams. Huntley still seems to have a short fuse to abort looking down field for the tuck and run. Utah has had problems with athletic teams that can cover Utah WRs, put on some pressure and close fast. USC, ASU, and UW are going to man up on Utah’s receivers and make Huntley’s arm beat them. Opposing teams will need to chose their poisen. Ludwig is the piece Utah has been missing. Utah now has a OC that won’t get out schemed making the right adjustments.

    I am still not impressed with the WR group as a whole. Vickers and Thompson seem to be stepping up. I am sure it’s a combination of Huntley’s down field vision and average WR talent. Big test on Friday. Lost count, but Kuthie has dropped 1-2 passes every game.

    Here we go again back to USC as a top 10 team. I was at the game when Utah was ranked #3. A classic KW game not having his team ready to play as winners. IMHO this scenario is what separates KW from being a great coach like Petersen. Time to get over that mental hump and beat the Trojans…Go Utes!

  • chinngiskhaan
    3 1

    Meh, I’ll care about your opinion when you learn to spell “poisen” correctly.

  • Itacoatiara22
    2 1

    Holy crap…this board has been taken over by idiots since yesterday.

  • Tony
    2

    Covey is NOT 100%

    I love me some Covey, but he’s not 100%.  I’d put him at 80-85%.  He doesn’t have that explosive speed we are used to. Will he ever have that back? Also, why was he still fielding punts in the 2nd half?  Do we not have a backup punt returner?

     

  • He is doing better with his reads and decision making though. Which means less turnover which makes Whitt sleep soundly at night. I bet Whitt was up all night haunted by Coveys fumble.

  • Trailgoat
    1

    Covey still seems to be the best/safest option with his catching ability. Of course breaking a big play is a bonus. Agree, on being a step or two behind his normal self. The knee brace can’t help. He’s still a huge threat in the open field.

  • alUmnUs

    Seems like he’s hardly touched the ball this season. I haven’t decided how to read into that. He had a touch last week and a nice catch yesterday (that I remember). He ran around ISU’s whole team until he got caught up with that fumble. He still looked pretty shifty, but yeah maybe that quick explosion he usually has out of a pivot is a step slower.

    Honestly, I was disappointed with the punt return unit yesterday. They had quite a few penalties and I’d expect them to be able to open up more space against Pocatello Tech.

  • UteFanatic
    4 1

    Why isn’t Solomon Enis targeted more?

    This guy seems to catch everything. Kind of reminds me of Carrington, strong hands and makes great adjustments to catch the ball.  His mom is very engaged on twitter and she mentioned (in a very benign way) that he doesn’t seem to be getting enough touches. I agree with her.

     

     

  • Tony

    And why did the RES announcer pronounce his name wrong?

  • EagleMountainUte
    2 1

    What does he do after he is targeted? He has a real problem going north and south. Covey and Dixon are the best wideouts on the team. Even with the risks Covey sometimes makes he is more valuable than ten Enis’.
    That sweep play Enis ran against NIU was super awkward. I also don’t want to blame him for this because I think it was Thompson but he caught the ball and ran towards his defenders help. Just a few observations of mine. Kuithe manages to get left alone a lot more than him to.

    • COUte
      4

      You spelled “Thompson is the best receiver on the team” wrong.

      • EagleMountainUte
        3 2

        Thompson makes some mistakes to. I think Dixon and Simpkins have been targeted the most. But good hell there have been what 60 pass attempts total? Send your kid to an Air RAID if you want targets.

  • EagleMountainUte
    2 16

    ONE OTHER THING for Enis’ mom: shut the hell up helicopter parent. Utah throws the ball very little and hasn’t needed to throw the ball. Enter your son into the portal or get over it.

    • UteFanatic
      9

      This is a terrible take. His mom is not a helicopter parent and she has been amazingly supportive of Utah. She is simply advocating for her son, like any parent would. A lot of people are making the same observation, so it’s not just her.

      • No matter the support if you take anything from the first three games other than Utah did what it takes to win you are a moron. So yes if she takes from the first three games that her son needs more targets she is a moron. I am fired up by this because I invest time in watching the games repeatedly. Utah hasn’t done S**T offensively and to measure any sort of criticism is idiotic.

        • UteFanatic
          3

          LOL, this is sports. There is always going to be criticism, so you probably shouldn’t get so worked up over people that have different opinions than you.

        • RiseasUtes
          7

          Pretty sure we all invest time watching our team, stop being so dramatic.

          • In addition to this I am just going to simply say parents who spout off things like this need to stop. This doesn’t help Ludwig. It doesn’t help Enis. It doesn’t help his mom and it really doesn’t help Utah as a team.
            It is becoming too common because obviously Enis’ mother has her sons own self interest in mind. Enis is a good player but I believe he has several things to work on. Knowing where the sticks are at and getting north and south being the first one I can think of.

  • COUte
    1

    Because we’re a run first offense and there aren’t a ton of targets to go around. Who should get less? Thompson? Kuithe? Covey?

    • UteFanatic
      4

      Maybe Kuithe after the horrendous drop he had in the BYU game.

      • COUte
        4

        Did you not watch the game yesterday??

        • He dropped one prior to his TD reception. Right in the hands. Kuithe is take the great with the bad.

        • UteFanatic
          1

          It’s hard for me to take anything away from games against FCS teams. It’s really easy to look all-world against bad competition.

          • Trailgoat
            1

            Regarding Kuthie…yeah, I find it entertaining how a kicker gets canned for missing a couple kicks yet a TE drops 1-2 passes every game and there is no accountability. I am sure it’s a depth situation where Kuthie in spite of his bad hands is still the best option. Agree, not putting a lot of stock on a wide-open pass play against FCS teams. Kuthie’s bad hands at some point will impact the outcome of a close game.

            • UteFanatic
              1

              Yeah, Kuithe has been good for us, but for some reason Ute fans think he is beyond reproach. I don’t get it. We skewered Siaosi Mariner for his drops, especially in the P12 championship game. I would rather give more reps to the recievers/TEs that don’t drop the balls, because like you said, it’s going to materially affect the outcome of an important close game if it persists.

              • alUmnUs

                Well if your best TE drops 50% balls, that’s telling.

            • Redding was technically the guy but fell behind because of injury. A missed PAT and a FG Whit has seen this before and went to Redding. Not a comparable situation in my mind.
              Kuithe has dropped a lot of passes. But it seems like a common thing in 2018 no matter your name sans Covey. Has been a problem for a long time at Utah.

  • AgouraUte
    3

    Be patient – things will change as the season progresses. As we enter in the conference play Moss will get targeted more, creating more opportunities for the receivers.

  • Distantute
    1

    Without looking at the stats my guess is he was targeted as much as anyone on the team.

  • MFury

    USC postgame press

    I watched Helton’s (uninspiring) postgame interview, then YouTube delivered this gem. Glad this isn’t our press. Though I think Helton has earned it. Unfortunate, personally I’d like to see Helton around for a few more seasons….

    USC-TDS postgame press discussion

  • It’s disturbing how long this dude keeps his eyes closed.

    • Grayshirt
      1

      I kept looking for nearby objects to start levitating. 

      yoda levitates

  • Tony
    3

    Man that’s super strange. How can the guy evaluate the game with his eyes closed?

  • He is hoping it is just a nightmare; and if he closes and opens his eyes just one more time, it will all disappear.

  • SorryWife
    6

    Huntley

    I hope he has a full healthy season this year. His last 7 FULL games he has played collectively very well. He is:

    7-0

    108/144 completion/incompletion (75%)

    1481 passing yards

    11 TD’s

    2 INT’s

    Also I was at the game yesterday. Man does he throw a pretty ball. That 82 yard TD to Thompson with a hand in his face was a thing of beauty. 

    I hope he has another game like he did last year against USC. Their defense is their weakness and I except Ludwig to expose that even more using Huntley’s arm on Friday. 

  • Tony
    6

    That throw to the left edge of the south endzone was stunning.

    • BulgieUte
      4

      That throw is so difficult to be that accurate on. The level of competition is irrelevent to the difficulty of executing that play. ISU’s guy was right there in good coverage but there’s nothing the defense can do to stop it when it’s executed well by both Huntley and Thompson. Most of the success in this game can be discounted due to playing an inferior opponent but that play will translate into PAC12 success.

      • The play action will be there all year. Usc’s defense is fair as well. Almost say NIU is more disciplined but less talented.

  • Any word on pertinent injuries/ejections from the USC-tds game?

    Asking for a friend.

  • ProudUte
    1

    OnlyU posted below that he thought everyone should play next week.

    • Tony

      I think he’s asking about USC.