Here are my game balls following the Ute’s loss to Washington Saturday night.
Offense - Zack Moss
After a game like this it easiest to highlight the one player on the offensive side of the ball that didn’t make any key mistakes. Not only was Moss the only Ute on offense that didn’t make a crucial mistake, but he also scored the Utes only points of the game. The junior running back ran for an impressive 5.2 yards per carry against a staunch Washington defensive line, despite playing through what Head Coach Kyle Whittingham described as an ankle injury. While his stat line of 13 carries for 67 yards and 1 touchdown isn’t what we’re used to seeing from Moss, he made the most of every opportunity he was given, even though they were few and far between. Please give him the ball more.
Defense - Cody Barton
Cody Barton was fantastic all game long for the Utah defense. There was a couple of different players I could have given a game ball here, and I struggled with deciding between Barton and a Ute secondary that held Jake Browning to only 155 passing yards. But ultimately I had to go with linebacker Cody Barton because he was all over the field Saturday night. The senior captain had 11 total tackles, 8 of which were solo tackles. But much more than that, Barton was flying around the field all night long. It seemed as if every play, Barton was somewhere near the action, whether it was a tackle on the edge or a QB hurry, Barton was making plays defensively.
Special Teams - Britain Covey
Britain Covey makes an appearance on the list for a different reason this week as the Utes standout receiver had a few impressive punt returns. Covey, who made a name for himself as an electric kick and punt returner his freshman year, finally had a chance to field kicks Saturday night. After only having 4 punt returns through the first two games of the season, Covey had the chance to return five on Saturday night, going for 77 yards. For reference, Covey gained more yards on punt returns than any other Ute did rushing the ball or receiving. Covey set up the Utes with good field position multiple times with some impressive returns deep in their own territory, unfortunately, the Utes were unable to capitalize.
Is there anyone I missed? Who do you think should receive a game ball for their performance against the Washington Huskies? Let me know in the comments section.