There's no doubt the offensive line will be improved this year. The offensive line could actually be a well-above-average PAC-12 line. Jeremiah Poutasi is expected to be an all-conference performer, Junior Salt
is a beast, Vyncent Jones
has plenty of experience at center, Jeremiah Tofaeono
is very large and has plenty of experience. Sioasi Aiono was a suprise switch to right tackle, but he looked quite good in the spring game.
If Utah coaches had planned intelligently, Travis Wilson would be a redshirt freshman and still learning from the sideline this year. Half a year of losing does not qualify a freshman quarterback to be much improved the next season. Travis Wilson is what he is, a young, unproven QB, who didn't throw more than 20 passes a game in high school. He throws off his back foot and misses some wide open targets over the middle. But his struggles last year were with a below average offensive line, so there's hope that even if he isn't really that much better, he may look better.
The runningback situation is awful. Kelvin York
has a bad knee, if he carries more than 15 times a game he will get injured. Karl Williams
is a fullback, not an everydown halfback. Our other runningbacks are tiny, without the breakaway speed of successful tiny backs in the PAC 12.
The wide receiver and tight end positions look solid on paper, as they always do. Hopefully Roderick can get a couple of these studs into the NFL, they have the potential.
My biggest worries are on defense. During spring ball, the play at defensive end, linebacker, and cornerback was absolute GARBAGE. The spring game featured no defense whatsoever against the offense's ones and twos. We don't have a defensive end who can hold the edge against the fast runningbacks and quarterbacks we'll see on our schedule.
will be playing out of position, he's not heavy enough to be a DE. Brian Blechen
wasn't a good tackler as a safety, he's an even worse tackler as a linebacker. Blechen is also playing out of position. Keith McGill
will be playing out of position, he should be playing free safety. I really disagree with the way our defense has shaped up. I would have left Tonga at DE, we're so pathetic at that position.
What may save us is that defense no longer wins games in college football. A good defense will get killed by penalties anyway next season with all the new tackling rules. Defensive penalties may be the great equalizer that could win the Utes some games this season. But it depends on our players being coached to learn the new rules faster than the other teams. Hopefully our coaches have the brains to figure this out.
-the moose's whistle