Biggest Surprise

Who has been the biggest surprise so far this young football season? I think an obvious answer is Britain Covey. He came in with a lot of hype, but did anyone expect him to star, and quickly become an effective starter?

I’m also really starting to notice Kylie Fitts. Expectations were high for him, and he’s lived up to it. He’s been getting to the opposing QB and making big things happen.

Any other surprises, positive or negative?

  • MauchDawgUte

    I thought this would be the year KScott finally had a breakout season. I feel like the dude works so hard but things never go his way. Case in point the flea flicker last night. First time in a while he gets a ton of separation and the ball is overthrown. The guy is so like able and I want him to succeed so bad. Hopefully it can happen during the remainder of the season. 🙂

    • Damage U

      I really like KScott as well, fan favorite and very likeable. Like you said hard worker but a little snake bit as well. He seems to get killed on his blocking. During the Michigan game I chalked it up to going against Peppers. I don’t remember anything off the top of my head during the USU game but he got smoked a time or two last night.

  • I just can’t believe we don’t use Pita Taumoepenu more often, he’s a menace, has had an impact on every play I’ve seen him in. Fanaika has not lived up to the hype.

  • RedLine

    Positive Surprise: Wilson’s production in first two games.

    Negative Surprise: The kicking game. I know we’re only a few games in and the bar is set high for them based on the last year’s performance but overall I think they’ve performed very mediocre. Hope they can turn it around.

  • The offense playcalls have a sense of direction and purpose. They play to personal strengths rather than “do this play or else”. I thought it was all coach speak when they were saying it in Fall camp but it really is true they use players abilities. This team reminds me of the 2012 Utes a lot.

  • Tony

    Covey is #1 surprise.

    Lack of a defensive rush/sacks is a big one too.

  • Direct link from Site Wide Activities

    I was just gonna post about how nice it would be to be able to click straight to a specific post instead of just the thread from the “Site Wide Activities” feed. It turns out you can – the link appears to be in the time stamp. Maybe that’s normal and everyone knew, but in case you didn’t there it is.

  • Tony

    Thanks. For the most part, RED text is a link here.

  • Forum 1 organization

    Maybe this is personal bias but I think ordering the sports either by current season or overall popularity makes sense. I think Football should be top, followed by Basketball and then don’t care what comes below. Having baseball on top seems out of place to me.

  • Tony

    Yeah one DUMB thing about this forum engine is that it orders stuff alphabetically. Thus the numbers in front of the main forums, so I could order them a way I wanted.

  • 89ute

    Winning the south. If not us, who?

    Hard to make a case for anyone right now. Up until yesterday, the south was going to be taken by USC with maybe UCLA giving them a fight.

    For the life of me, I can’t come up with a good argument for any team to win the south based on what we have seen so far.

    I doubt CU can do it, but that is about the only prediction I’m comfortable with.

  • CU definitely has no hope at anything. But I’ll eliminate some others as well.

    USC has the most talent but Sarkisian is a train wreck, as evidenced by getting worked by an average Stanford team at home.

    UCLA’s QB is Ben Olson II. Not going to happen.

    ASU looks to have serious issues stopping the run.

    Arizona is solid.

    I believe the South Division championship will be decided by our game with Arizona in Tuscon. Hopefully they will continue to be plagued by serious injuries.

    • 89ute

      Arizona’s problem is their schedule and injured Scooby Wright. Arizona has no byes. They could be a totally different team my November 14th.

      • RedLine

        Agree they could be very different by November. Hard to tell exactly how good they are since their OOC is altogether weak – as usual. They only beat UTSA by 10 points with Scooby playing part of that game.

      • GadValleyUte

        We could be a very different team by November too. Maybe I was just expecting too much from this team, but I feel like there’s every chance we get totally worked and do the 2011-2013 0-4 (more likely 0-3) freefall to start P12 play. Then again if we play hard and win or even keep it close in Eugene that could light a fire setting on course for a rematch. I sure hope we come to play next week.

      • Minneapolitan_Ute

        I want to beat Arizona straight up. I don’t wish injuries on anybody.

  • Not Colorado is all I can think of. Everyone has a chance this year outside of that team. It is so early I don’t have a feel for any team.

    • Tacoma Ute

      Colorado doesn’t have a chance but I think they will upset at least one of their fellow South members this year. I hope so as long as it’s not us.

      • Big Kahuna

        USC’s D did not look like it did the past few years. Losing Leonard Williams hurt U$C more than I first thought. I have similar visceral concerns on Utah losing Orchard and our lack of subsequent pressure although Fitts had a monster game versus Fresneck and was disruptive to put things mildly (2 blocks, fumble for TD, etc.)

        First post in a brighter world?

        • Rick

          When you lose a guy that just eats blocks for lunch like big Leonard they are hard to replace unless you are Utah.

  • Smack

    Utah. No one else. Except maybe Arizona, USC, or UCLA. 🙂

    Seriously, I think Utah has a good shot. But until we play some decent Pac-12 competition, I feel a little like a blind man trying to hit a moth in a closet. (Thanks, Coach Pease.) There’s a lot of guessing going on, but I like our defense a lot, and our offense just might have enough traction on its wheels to grind out some good wins.

    • GadValleyUte

      I know stars encourage weird behavior, but I always liked it as a way of recognizing wit and humor. Like the first line of the previous post. I would red star that. Gonna miss that.

      • Duhwayne

        Greetings Ute_fans! I like up and down votes.

        • Tacoma Ute

          Welcome Duhwayne. I would red star your post if I could.

          • Tony

            I just gave you a thumbs up.

            • 3UteDad

              This is weird…when I went to thumbs up a post the little number next to the thumb went from a 2 to a 1. Is my up thumbing technique lacking?

              • RUUTES

                same…but when I refresh and come back it appears to fix itself.

  • oc_ute

    i think usc is still the team to beat. they are talented everywhere. defense somewhat suspect but they’ll get it together. i think utes and ucla are a close 2nd.

  • High Uintas

    I think we’ve got as good a chance as any but my pick might be USC just because of Kessler. Rosen looked so green and Berkovici has never impressed me like he has others.

  • ironman1315

    I’m not actually convinced CO can’t win the South, they play hard and have lost a few squeakers. But I think it is more likely that CO will be last. The South is just too tough to call. But this could be Utah’s year, it should be Utah’s year, dang it guys just win! Open up the playbook this week and show the Nike Duck’s who’s boss!

  • 1Colonial

    It’s not going to be ASU. Saw them play Los Lobos and Bercovici is not good. Their D leaves a lot to be desired as well.

    My guess is Arizona, then UCLA, then USC, then Utah, then ASU, then CO.

    I would love to be wrong though…

    • Hockeybeard

      It will be interesting to see how UA’s line holds up coming into conference play. They lost a lot of their guys from last year, and they rely upon that run game to get things done. RichRod seems to be a wizard for the offense though, so maybe they won’t have any dropoff.