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Three Things We Learned about Utah in Week One

NCAA Football: Weber State at Utah Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

The Utah Utes got the 2018 season off on the right foot, beating Weber State 41-10.

The defense is nasty

I knew the Utah defense would be good, like really, really good, but I was not expecting what we saw on Thursday night. They dominated like I have never seen before. The secondary was on lockdown the whole night. The linebackers were flying around. Chase Hansen looked great in his first start at the position. The defensive line physically dominated. Leki Fotu was beating double teams all night, and everyone else looked great too. The defense from top to bottom was phenomenal. I get that it was only Weber State, but they only gave up 61 yards, the fewest in 65 years. The Alabama Crimson Tide under Nick Saban have never given up 61 yards or fewer (and they play three cupcakes a year).

Covey is back

It seems like a tradition, people doubt Britain Covey in the preseason (it was that he was too small and his game would not translate in 2015 and this year it was that he would not be ready after his LDS Mission). Well, Covey proved doubters wrong yet again. He totaled over 100 all-purpose yards, including an impressive 38-yard run on a busted jet sweep pass play. With Covey running that, it does not seem like such a bad play like it did last year because Covey can both throw and run when things breakdown.

The offense still has work to do

Everything we heard out of fall camp from coaches was positive about the offense. Well, outside of Covey and Zack Moss, the offense lacked consistency. Siaosi Mariner and Solomon Enis made some nice plays at wide receiver, and it was nice to see the tight ends get involved. Several other wide receivers though dropped multiple passes. The offensive line struggled at times in pass blocking. Tyler Huntley got on a roll in the second quarter, but he still made some really poor decisions that would have led to three or more interceptions against better competition. The offense was perfect in the red zone, but they only converted for touchdowns on 50% of trips. Three turnovers by the offense was also concerning. I think the mistakes the offense made are fixable, but they were sloppier than expected.