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Moar Utah Football Talk

Our leading receiver in 2018 will be _________  because ________________

  • ironman1315
    5

    Britain Covey because he is a bad ass.

  • PlainsUte
    2

    Demari Simpkins because Hallendale Speed

    • BattleGroundUte
      2 1

      Did you know Huntley and Moss went to same High School as Simpkins? They even played football together.

      • ironman1315
        4

        And Dres is Flipper’s son.

        • And Dres is Flipper’s son.

          My response…

          And Jake is Dale Murphy’s son.

  • Puget Ute
    3

    Bronson Boyd because he has the highest level of natural and developed talent.

    • BattleGroundUte

      Agreed. Curious to see how well Covey does his first year back.

  • GameForAnyFuss
    7

    Jaylon Johnson because opposing QBs will throw the ball into his hands a lot. 

    • chinngiskhaan

      nah… if it’s anything like last year, they won’t be throwing it into his hands hardly ever, because 99% of the time opposing QBs won’t even consider throwing it in his direction. The only time I ever really noticed him on the field was against Washington when he kind of got brutalized near the end of the game (I think it was washington, or maybe it was Arizona? Or both? ASU? I don’t know… it’s time for the new season to start). And yes, that is a very very good thing.

  • Utah
    4

    Bryan Thompson. You heard it here first. 

    • Onlyu
      5

      Utah is right. Bryan made a big jump before tearing his pectoral muscle in winter weights. He still had issues with full extension in the spring after surgery but will be 100% for camp.

      1 – Thompson

      2 – Boyd (has the talent to be on the 1 line…has to stop pouting and compete/Simpkins

      3 – Mariner (Wilson – Senior year…could be a leadership surprise but not as talented overall vs. those above/Nacua – seems to improve each week. Not sure what his ceiling is.

      4 – Covey (ranked today…we’ll see what kind of camp he has but I expect he’ll move up opposite Simpkins)

      5 – Enis (today, has the talent to climb)/Field/Dixon/Perriman (wait until you see this kid move!)

      Really impressive talent…we’ll see how they perform but could be a very surprising, productive group. As talented and as deep as we’ve in a while and quite possibly ever 1-10. We’ll see if that results in getting Coach H up Utah’s Asst. Coach ranking list…I think it might. Haha.

      Hampton would have been in group 5 had he stayed by the way.

  • rbmw263

    Bryan Thompson 

    • Utah
      1

      ha ha. Too bad you didn’t post that 10 mins ago. That would have been funny with my “you heard it here first” comment. 

      • rbmw263
        1

        Haha yeah. Been high on him since he signed. Really liked what I saw from the stands in the Washington game. He could have the best physical toolbox of our wrs and I expect him to be our best wr at creating separation at the line of scrimmage which is huge in troys quick hitter offense 

  • X723

    I hope all of them learn and play well as a group for whole TEAM !!!!!!!!!!

  • ironman1315
    1

    Where is Francis?

    Seriously, anyone have an update on Bernard? If we get him, we have the deepest LB core we have ever had.

  • Chidojuan
    1

    Someone throw a poké ball!  I’m excited to see him too, that defense will be mean.

    • ironman1315
      1

      I would kill someone with a Zamboni to see that defense.

  • Utah

    As long as he passes classes, he will be there. Probably won’t know until fall camp. 

  • Jim Fassel Fan
    1

    The deepest LB core we’ve ever had? Nah. Not deeper than 2011:

    LB 50 Kaeo Alo So
    LB 45 Boo Andersen Jr
    LB 4 Brian Blechen So
    LB 51 Dave Fagergren Jr
    LB 7 V.J. Fehoko RFr
    LB 42 Nai Fotu Sr
    LB 40 Jacoby Hale RFr
    LB 53 Tanner Larsen Fr
    LB 52 Matt Martinez (C) Sr
    LB 49 Trevor Reilly So
    LB 12 Griff Robles So
    LB 31 Victor Spikes Jr
    LB 32 Chaz Walker (C) Sr
    LB 13 J.J. Williams Sr

  • noneyadb

    NIU Sutton Smith or Hercules

     

     

     

    On the road Utah o-line has a tough task.

  • Pace Manyung
    2 9

    Why did kwhitt agree to this game…. No upside.

    FYI: Rockford area is white trash pit.  Crime rate is over 300% the national average.  Expect to see a lot of wasted, dip cup spitting, MAGA hat wearing idiots.  

    • noneyadb

      What’s particularly interesting is that in 2014 NIU scheduled Utah AND brigham home and home series, and both were announced at the same time. Not sure Whitt had much of a choice in this one…

      https://www.google.com/amp/www.fbschedules.com/2014/07/niu-utah-schedule-2018-19-football-series/amp/”

    • Utah
      1

      Kyle likes early road games. This was a quick and easy road game. 

      Its why we play Wyoming on the road. Kyle likes to take the team on the road, early, get the team together, and go through the routine. 

      It is what it is. 

    • Itacoatiara22
      5

      Do you ever say anything positive?  It must be miserable to be so negative all of the time.

    • rbmw263
      1

      If we lose to niu we won’t be good enough for it niu we won’t be good enough for it to matter.

      And honestly, We should play these type of games now and then. Imo. We were the little guy once hoping to get any p5 school we could to come to RES. 

      • utefansince79
        2 1

        Indeed if we can’t decisively defeat NIU, we will not be competitive in the PAC 12 this year.

         

  • PlainsUte

    In order to avoid overlooking NIU I hope KWhitt shows the team the tape of a really good Stanford team (finished ranked #3) getting rolled in Chicago in 2015 at the hands of a pretty good Northwestern squad (finished ranked #23) the first week of the season.  At least Northwestern is a Big-Ten school.

  • Johnny80
    2

    50 days away!!

    I’m getting really tired of staring at the wall. The summer lull is in full effect. Ugh. World Cup has been fun…..but it’s not American football. 

    I also have a really good feeling about this season and next season. I think the pieces might finally be in place. 🤘

    PlainsUte
    9

    This secondary is our best ever – KWhitt

  • Stone
    1

    Wow, that’s a strong endorsement. He said best since he has been at Utah, and we have had some good secondaries in that time.

  • noneyadb
    2

    Hmmm, “best ever” with Guidry supposedly being the #37th ranked player in the state… 

    #37 — Javelin Guidry, University of Utah

    • ironman1315
      1

      I’m just going to assume that was a joke and walk away now.

  • Duhwayne
    5

    1280 is pandering to its audience, Utah County.

  • Utah
    7

    First, Blackmon is a first round potential. Have we ever had that BEFORE a season began? 

    Johnson has potential to be better. Guidry started as a true freshman. Smith has Eric Rowe potential. Burgess is your average 4-7th NFL pick. Same with Nygel King and Tyreke Lewis. We are three deep with NFL potential at every spot. 

    At safety, we have Blair and Ballard, Afia and Burgess (he can play both spots, CB and S), Mataele, and Hansen if needed. 

    We are absolutely loaded at DB. Top 5 in the country. We’ve never been that good. And with our DL? Lordy….

    • Puget Ute
      6

      If Sharrieff Shah ever gets a big offer to keave, we need to do everything possible to keep him.Shah and Scalley have been outstanding recruiting and developing this backfield.

      • Utah
        4

        Yeah. What gives me hope is that Hill offered Sitake $800,000+ to stay at Utah. Scalley makes $525,000 and Shah makes $350,000. 

        We are paying Shah right now. We are paying Taylor/Harding over $900,000 combined and I think Andersen and Scalley make over $1,000,000 combined. 

        Add in a new AD whose specialty is raising money…hopefully he is here for the long haul. Hopefully we can up Shah to over $500,000. He’s a treasure. 

        • noneyadb

          Alright Utah- Rank Utah’s assistant coaches…

           

      • RedLine

        I agree.  He answered the call after a few times of contemplation for leaving a soild career at a law firm. That said, there’s a lot of Utes in the NFL that I’d like see back on campus. Koa Misi coaching LB for example. 

  • chinngiskhaan

    best secondary ever in KWhitt’s time at Utah… That is saying A LOT.

     

    Lets just think about this for a second. We are talking about a team that has seen as much NFL success from the defensive backfield as just about any university in the nation. We have always had a ton of talent back there, but we’ve always had a weak link or two. Not the case this time. We are 3 deep in NFL talent at every defensive back position. Every last dude on that squad that is going to get playing time this year will have a legit shot at the NFL.

  • PlainsUte
    12

    Must-read on PacMas

    Good work, Dan Sorenson, to get the first-hand accounts.

    The PacMas Story

  • Duhwayne
    6

    Best Utah athletics related article in a long time. Interviews Michael Young and Chris Hill separately with comments from Larry Scott. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a first person account until now.

    I subscribed to Utezone after I just couldn’t take the political idiocy on Utefans anymore. This more than paid for the subscription. Well done.

    • UteThunder
      3

      Thumbs up for “political idiocy on Utefans” . . . 

    • PlainsUte
      2

      Uhh, I read it for free!

      • KiYi-Ute
        3

        I read it for free as well, but I’m very close to subscribing to UteZone. In the past few weeks I’ve found myself reading their material daily. I think I’m probably gonna bite the bullet and subscribe — might as well support them.

  • Duhwayne
    5

    Trib made a paywall and fired talent. Twitter is a chaotic mess with politcs all over everything. Utefans is like getting trapped in an elevator with Alex Jones. Utehub is great but Tony isn’t paid to research and write content. Might as well pay where decent production is.

  • UteThunder
    4

    That was fascinating to read. To see in black & white so many things confirmed that were rumors and how instrumental Chris Hill was in getting us into the Pac-12 . . . that man deserves to be memorialized on campus somehow. Name a building after him or build a statue!  

  • oc_ute

    thanks for sharing.  that was really intriguing !

  • Utah

  • noneyadb
    4

    Vegas bowl

    This game should be a NY6 game, with the G5 vs P5 game getting bumped.

  • Duhwayne
    1

    Great news. This bowl SHOULD have a higher profile. Would be great to be Holiday Bowl level.

  • Ute Bc
    4

    This is great news. I was hoping the PAC 12 Championship would be moved there as well. T

    • KiYi-Ute
      5

      Agreed. The stadium in Santa Clara is nice and all, but there’s not much else appealing about the area. A PAC12 championship weekend in Vegas, though? I might need to buy myself a life-alert necklace.

      • RiseasUtes
        1

        (We need to make a championship for that scenario to be more exciting)

        • KiYi-Ute

          Very true. This was under the assumption that Utah would be playing there.

  • Jaylon Johnson #9 on the 247 summer countdown list.

  • Utah
    2 3

    What’s insane is that he’s our second or third best CB. 

    • noneyadb
      4 2

      2nd or 3rd? He’s better than Blackmon. Injured shoulder held him back last year.

      • Larry B
        5

        Yep, Jaylon is a legit top tier player. Not only is he our best CB this year, he’ll go down as one of our best ever by the time he leaves.

        • Puget Ute

          That is an amazing statement, considering we are predicted to have a Top 10 Defensive backfield this year. 

          JJ is a big part of that.

          • BattleGroundUte

            JJ if he remains healthy will be drafted after this season. He is going to be a huge part of this seasons success. More so than Hansen I believe.  

            • Puget Ute
              2 1

              Doesn’t he need to be one more year out of high school before he can be drafted?  Eitehr way, he is going to be astounding this year.

              • BattleGroundUte

                My mistake I keep thinking he sat a year but was a frosh last season. 

                • Puget Ute

                  It is crazy to think he was playing HS ball 19 months ago.

      • Longview
        3 2

        too early to say he is better than Blackmon.

      • Utah
        2 2

        Well, seeing how Blackmon is a first round prospect, if he’s better than him, DAYYYYMNNN. 

        Will he be better than Blackmon? Most likely. But he’s not better than Blackmon right now. He’s not experienced enough yet. 

         

        • noneyadb
          2 1

          Johnson was one of the highest rated DB’s in the Pac12 last year. I’m surprised you didn’t know this already..

          • Stone
            2

            Statistically rankings of DBs are imperfect. The above approach is an interesting methodology, being that is based on passer rating “when targeted.”

            But if a DB is truly a shut-down DB, the WR he is matched against may rarely get targeted (even if that WR is the best on the opposing team). And, presuming the best DB is matched against the best WR, the stats may be misleading because the best WR will catch difficult passes that a lesser WR cannot catch. I am not disputing that JJ is one of the team’s best, but due to the many variables, a pure statistical ranking of DBs is not a perfect gauge of who is best.

          • Utah

            lol. Come on man. Here you go:

            http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000939556/article/2018-college-football-season-top-10-defensive-backs-to-watch

            I think you should read Stone’s response, go and talk to some people who know football, maybe look up some interviews by college football analysts and come back to the discussion. 

            There is a reason why Johnson was targeted so much last year…cause Blackmon is a badass. And Johnson was freaking amazing when targeted. He stepped up big time. But, he ain’t no Blackmon…yet. 

            Just enjoy the fact that Blackmon has first round potential and Johnson is lined up opposite him. It’s gonna be amazing. 

  • PlainsUte
    6

    Gophers on the Schedule…

    Officially announced…

    Basketball press release

    Brush up on your Carl Spackler quotes!

  • Stone

    Nice! I would love to see more Big10 matchups.

  • FtheY

    You can’t kill all the golfers?! 

    • PlainsUte
      1

      Check me if I’m wrong, Sandy, but if I kill all the golfers they’ll lock me up and throw away the key!

      • FtheY

        Yes! Thanks for bailing me out, PlainsUte. 

  • alharmon

    Nice! I love how this schedule is turning out. Minnesota has been improving, and will add to SOS.

  • UteThunder
    2

    Predicting the North Division’s Non-conference Games

    California: 3-0 . . . wins vs North Carolina, @ BYU, vs Idaho State; They might trip up against BYU but I doubt it.

    Oregon: 3-0 . . . wins vs Bowling Green, vs Portland State, vs San Jose State; Three home games against crappy teams? If they don’t go 3-0 they should fire the entire coaching staff on the spot.

    Oregon State: 2-1 . . . wins vs SUU and @ Nevada, loss @ Ohio State; The Beavers are bad, but not so bad that they can’t beat a bad Nevada team(went 3-9 last year) and an FCS team like SUU. Still though, 1-2 and 0-3 are both possibilities.

    Stanford: 3-0 . . . wins vs San Diego State, vs UC Davis, @ Notre Dame; San Diego State will probably keep the game interesting, but the only real test will be at Notre Dame.

    Washington: 3-0 . . . wins vs Auburn, vs North Dakota, vs BYU; That Auburn game which is being played at a “neutral” site in Atlanta, Georgia is the only potential loss.

    Washington State: 3-0 . . . wins @ Wyoming, vs San Jose State, vs Eastern Washington; Strange enough, Eastern Washington is the only opponent I think Wazzu might lose to. 

  • AlohaUte

    Some good games in there. Oregon non-conf schedule is embarassing. I know ours isn’t anything special, but yikes. Stanford could go 3-0 or 1-2. Washington State could maybe slip up against Wyoming and Cal will have a challenge against both UNC and BYU.

    I can’t wait for the season!

    • Skywalker11

      FWIW, Oregon had Texas a&m scheduled this season but they backed out just a little over a year ago and were replaced with bowling green which was one of only a handful of available teams.

      They play Auburn next year and Ohio st in 2020. Assuming they don’t back out.

      • BattleGroundUte

        We really have no room to talk. Our OOC is dum dum stupid lame. 

  • Stone

    Well, at least Oregon has a worse non-conference schedule than Utah. Washington State is right there, too (yet WSU has found a way to lose one of those gimme games lately).

  • Chidojuan

    I disagree with Stanford, they will go 2-1, and the loss will be against Notre Dame.  They were 10-3 last year and have a lot of starters coming back.  Plus they only lost by 1 to a frankly terrifying Georgia.  I also think Cal will have it’s hands full, not with BYU, but with North Carolina.  They weren’t great last year, but they have good athletes and even though it’s a basketball school, they always give the top teams some trouble in the ACC, although I think Cal comes away with the win.

    • UteThunder

      Fair takes, but Cal beat UNC at UNC last year. The Bears will be markedly better this year and UNC has to fly cross country this time. I think Cal wins going away. Stanford very well might lose to Notre Dame, but the Cardinal handled them fairly easily last year.

  • UtMtBiker

    I think Auburn gets Washington.  Basically a home game, 3 time zone difference, early season rust.  

    • Chidojuan

      Yeah, I’m not hopeful they can pull out the win either. Browning hasn’t been the same since his surgery. I hope they can get them in their own early season rust, as it will make the conference look better and I can’t stand the SEC, but it looks like an uphill battle.