Looking to the other end of the spectrum, there were a few candidates for the title of weakest position group heading into fall camp. Of them all, I’m going to have to go with the offensive line simply due to the question marks that remain and the importance of a strong o-line to the success of the Utes offense.
Utah ranked 73rd in the FBS in sacks allowed (25 total for 2.08 per game). And even on the plays where Utah's quarterback (whether that was Travis Wilson or Adam Schulz) wasn't brought down, he often had little time to look down field.
This season, the blind side seems to be solid with the presence of junior left tackle Jeremiah Poutasi (6-6, 320 pounds), senior guard Junior Salt (6-2, 315 pounds), and junior center Siaosi Aiono (6-2, 305 pounds), but all three struggled greatly at times last year, Poutasi in particular. Furthermore, the relative inexperience on the right side of the line with redshirt freshman guard Salesi Uhatafe (6-4, 315 pounds) and sophomore tackle Isaac Asiata (6-4, 310 pounds) leads to some valid cause for concern. Given that the likely starting linemen were split up for the spring game and scrimmages, it is difficult to truly determine the level of improvement from last year. If o-line coach Jim Harding can maximize the potential of these young men, the line has the potential to quickly become one of the Utes' strongest positions. But until shown otherwise, the significant question marks lead me to firmly declare them as the weakest.
Agree? Disagree? Which position group do you think is the weakest?