Coach Whittingham held his weekly press conference early this week where he discussed the NAU game and the Utes upcoming game against instate rival USU.
A good win against a poor D1-AA team. Still haven't learned much from this game and whether the Utes will improve greatly from their UCLA performance. I will say I was impressed with the way the offense rolled after a shaky start. Let's just hope it can continue this week.
I believe these mistakes early were emotions of playing the home opener. It was in front of a near capacity crowd and clearly the Utes were trying to put the UCLA game behind them. As the game went on, the penalties began to disappear.
I wish the Utes averaged only two punts a game, but that isn't a realistic expectation. I will say this, Utah's special teams play has been fantastic in both the UCLA and NAU games. This was a big concern of mine when Meyer left for Florida because Meyer perfected it while at Utah. And I'm sure most Utah fans remember the special team woes under former head coach Ron McBride. Ugly memories, I'll tell you that much.
Whittingham then had this to say about Utah State.
When has a coach ever come out and said a team wasn't well coached? Of course they're well coached in your eyes, coach, you've owned them over the years. The fact is, this game shouldn't be taken lightly, but it's still Utah State. Whittingham is turning into Lou Holtz with the way he talks up opposing teams.
It's a new rule that coaches will not discuss injuries until the Thursday prior to the game. However Shaun Harper suffered a broken arm in last week's win and will be out at least 6 weeks, outside of that it's unclear whether the Utes will miss any players for this week's contest.
Utah should roll into Logan and dominate, though I guess it could turn into a close game. If it does, however, I will have some major doubts about the Utes' chances this year.