The Utes took care of business in week one against SUU, although, not very cleanly. With that said, there were some stand out performances in the 24-0 shutout win. Here are my gameball recipients for week one:
There were plenty of questions about Troy Williams going into the SUU game, and while it was against an FCS opponent, Williams played very well, and has shown his ability to command the offense, and keep the chains moving. He threw for 272 yards and 2 touchdowns on 20-of-35 passing. Williams also showed the knack to be elusive and the ability to keep the chains moving with his feet. Utah’s offense was stuck in 3rd and long often, and Williams was able to bail them out time after time.
Arguably the best safety in the conference, and one of the top in the country, Williams quickly showed why last Thursday. On a play where SUU was able to bust in the secondray, Williams tracked down the runner, popped the ball out, and recovered the fumble. Not long after that, Williams played center field perfectly, and picked off a long pass down the sideline. He’s a major threat in the backend, and showed again why in week one.
How do you replace two time Ray Guy Winner Tom Hackett? You lead the nation in punting at 55.5 yards per punt, which is also a school record. Wishnowsky had a long of a 66 yard punt, and he also downed two punts inside the 20 yard line. The week one test for Mitch was a pass, and early returns on him are very positive to fill very big shoes.
The second Troy, made his return to the field in a very strong manner, by picking up 110 total yards (55 running, 55 receiving), and a rushing touchdown. McCormick made a strong case to be the starting running back, as he showed to be shifty, and of course, very fast in the open field.