• utah football Next: ROSE BOWL vs Penn State college football Utah Utes 1/2/23
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    homer
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    Punter, placekicker

    Hope the Utes are actively looking for major improvement in the kicking department

  • Tony 🌹🌹
    12

    I believe we signed a highly rated recruit. 

  • Yergensen
    9

    Dax Iverson from Fremont. Kicks and punts. Saves us a scholarship if he can do both well.

    • ProudUte
      5

      This may be our most important recruit!!!  I am so tired of our poor kicking game.

  • hbUte

    I heard on sports talk radio chatter, that the U doesn’t give out scholarships to kickers, thus the reason why we are not attracting any top-flight ones these days.
    Any truth to that?

    • Yergensen

      Iverson was reported as PWO

    • They gave the kid from Bingham who ended up losing the job to Matt Gay (I think) a schollie out of high school. Not sure why they won’t give them one now. If he proves himself on the field, I’m sure he can earn one.

    • That doesn’t sound right about the scholarships. Gay was obviously a walk-on at first but I have a hard time believing that Hackett, Wishnowsky or any other Aussies would come to Utah on their own dime. Then again, I haven’t been wrong yet this week so I might as well get it over with now.,,

      edit: per rule all scholarships in the Pac-12 are guaranteed so perhaps they are being doled out after the kid gets on campus and earns the starting spot? that would potentially allow Whitt to hand out one-year schollies at a very volatile position.

      • Charlie

        Not sure but I think the Pac 12 scholarship guarantee rule went the way of the buffalo with the new transfer rules. In times past, often more than 1 new kicker came in and there was a contest to see who got a scholarship. Maybe even punter. If a backup started playing they often waited for a scholarship to become available.

        • when i put “are pac-12 scholarships guaranteed” into the google-ator, all responses are from 2014. So it doesn’t appear as if there has been a change. As I understand it, a school no longer has to honor the scholarship once the athlete asks them to put his name into the portal, but assuming that doesn’t happen and the student is in good standing with the school, it is still a lifetime guarantee.

          According to the Pac-12’s new rules, all athletic scholarships will be guaranteed for four years and “can neither be reduced nor canceled provided the student-athlete remains in good standing and meets his/her terms of the agreement.” In addition, financial aid agreements offered to incoming athletes will be “for no less than four academic years” beginning in the 2015-16 academic year.

          Not only will athletic scholarships be guaranteed for four years, but athletes are also given a “lifetime guarantee” of sorts. For instance, if they leave school early, they can still come back at a later date and use the remainder of their scholarship to continue working toward their degree.

  • NarfUte
    5

    Are we going to have a better fan showing at the RB this year vs. last?

    Judging by what’s been available through the CC windows and anecdotally the people I know going this year vs. last (lots of coworkers/friends who couldn’t swing the trip last year are attending) I think we might surpass the fantastic showing we had last year.

     

    One thing i’m excited about is that Penn State is blue/white so we should get the really iconic rose bowl crowd shot from the blimp this year (instead of red/red fans like last year)

  • PhiladelphiaUte
    3

    Last year, Ute fans were far more interested in going to the Rose Bowl than Ohio St.  So that resulted in a very “Utah” crowd in Pasadena.

    Penn St fans are far more likely to travel than the Buckeyes.  So while you might know more folks interested in going this year, there should also be more folks on the other side interested in snapping up tickets as well.  So it might be a push.

    That said, if it IS a push, then it’ll still be a very “Utah” crowd.  And it’s not like we have to travel as far as they do.

    GO UTES!!!

  • concerned
    1

    Somone pointed out the the emergence of omicron in December caused a lot of people to stay home. The rest of us just went and caught COVID. My whole family, anyway.

  • MineralUte

    I I highly doubt it. Ohio State only sold like 60% of their allotment last year, with Utah fans buying the remainder and most of the secondary market.

    Based on penn state message boards they will sell their allotment and a lot are buying from the secondary market.

    We’ll have more fans, but won’t be 75/25 Luke last year, probably closer to 55/45 – but hopefully higher.

    • NarfUte
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      Penn State opened up their sales to the public already and i’ve been seeing similar chatter of ute fans purchasing those tickets today(Maybe not to the extent of THE ohio state university selloff) Will be interesting to see. At least we’ll be able to visually distinguish the crowd this time.

  • AlohaUte
    4

    I’m really hoping secondary market tickets drop the week before the game. I really want to go, but can’t afford the current prices. Fingers crossed.

  • tanute3
    5

    Tony – Poll Idea

    Better trash talk against a rival:

    Tyler Huntley’s “they so poo poo”
    or
    Cam Rising’s “that’s cute. Hope he liked it”

    Lol

  • enigami344
    7

    “that’s cute” is from JJ

  • ProudUte

    2024 class recruit I would like to see a Ute.

    Highly ranked WR from Idaho.  I hope we can land this kid.  We made his final ten.

    Gatlin Bair

  • I assume a 4-star kid might be thinking beyond college, looking for a coach and program that can improve his chances with the NFL.

    On the other hand, Stanford told him he could matriculate with zero tuition just for catching a pointy ball. I’d take ’em up on it, myself.

  • krindor

    Where/when did he release his Final 10?

    Frankly, this early a LOT can still change, but I’d love to take a look anyway

    • ProudUte
      2

      Try this:

      Gatlin Bair

      He does have CU on the list, so maybe we need to worry about Deion.

       

  • ayoriver

    46″ vertical?!

  • Ute Dub
    6

    Identity Basketball?

    It appears that Craig Smith may have given the running Utes a defensive identity but time will tell if this holds true. One stat I’m hoping holds true is perimeter defense strength. Washington state shot 4 of 30 from 3 13%, Arizona 4 of 28 from 3 14%, Mississippi St shot 9 of 38 from 3 23%. In the world of chuck the 3 30+ times a game this could prove to be an advantage. I’m optimistic on where things are going. 

  • We have Jacksonville State tonight at 8p MT. Let’s keep the train moving.

    utahutes.com preview

  • GameForAnyFuss
    1

    The perimeter defensive strength will be tested tonight like it hasn’t been yet this year. Jacksonville St. averages 11 threes made per game on 42% 3-point shooting (6th in the country).

  • Staples
    1

    Poor shooting by the opposition has happened enough times to not be a coincidence by now. This team is winning with defense and just enough offense most of the time. Not always the prettiest, but it’s an easy team to get behind because they battle.

    • utefansince79
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      One of the greatest attributes of our great teams under Majerus was the high frequency of ice-cold shooting games by our opponents.