We've had some time to digest the Utes win over Michigan this past Thursday, so the question is, what did we learn from the win over the Wolverines?
Travis Wilson looks confident
Everyone's question going into this season was, how will Travis Wilson progress? If game one is any indicator, he looks a lot better, and much more confident under Aaron Roderick and Jim Harding. Travis had a huge bowl game, and that carried over into the season it appears. Wilson was an efficient 24/33 (72%) for 208 yards through the air, while he ran for 53 yards and one touchdown. He did have an interception, but it was on a hail
Britain Covey is a stud
All throughout camp, everyone has heard how good Britain Covey was looking as a true freshman at wide receiver. Well, he showed why on Thursday night. Often times he was matched up with All-World Wolverine safety, Jabril Peppers, and Covey held his own. Covey lead the team with 58 yards receiving, and made a couple Wolverines look foolish during his lone punt return. At about 170 pounds, Covey is slight of weight, but is shifty and has great hands. It will be fun to see how he continues to improve as the season goes along.
Utah's offense will be better
Utah's secondary will be very good
With the addition of Dominique Hatfield, I feel even better about this statement. Going into the Michigan game, Utah was replacing two starting corners from last year, and one of the safeties. How did they perform? Well, up until the final garbage drive from Michigan, they held the Wolverines to about 200 yards passing with 3 interceptions, including one for a score. Sure, some Michigan wide outs got behind the secondary on a couple of plays with double moves, but in an opener, I'm not really surprised. Not to mention, the Wolverines went max protect most of the time, and I don't think a lot of teams are going to do that against Utah's defensive front seven. So once that front seven start to get through to the QB, the secondary will look even better.
Utah may be one of the better Pac-12 teams
It wasn't the best weekend for the Pac-12 conference, as Alex broke down in his write up from Sunday. While you don't want to judge teams from their week one games, early returns are Utah may be setting up to be one of the better teams in the conference, in all three phases of the game. If Utah's offense keeps improving, then we'll see them make a run for the Pac-12 South title.