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Former Utah player: The Utes could play in Rose Bowl this year

Rose_Bowl_Stadium_JYeh_282029_c3cc3d3e99a0496ea9909ca43528d03d.0.jpegUtah Utes have been analyzed to have a possibility in playing in the Rose Bowl next campaign by a Fox Sports college football pundit. The Utes have come close to securing this achievement several times in their 10 years playing in the Pac-12 Conference.

Former Utah Utes player Steve Tate took to the media to claim that the Utah team will be able to achieve that this season, with rivernilecasino online casino looking forward to the team’s success.

Tate, who played in the Utah team from 2004-06, said to the media: "I think if you look at this Utah team last year, all they lacked was an experience. They gained that with this short season that they had.

"I look around and I see rebuilding projects in the Pac-12 South. I certainly think Utah is going to be up there. There’s no reason they wouldn’t win the Pac-12 South next year. It’s Utah’s to lose, to be honest. It would be remarkable, quite the achievement. We’ve never seen that."

Tate also made known to the media his reasons for being optimistic about the Utah team.

"I think Utah has gotten the full attention of the Pac-12. You look at the Pac-12 South and USC is always going to have that name, the history, and the richness of that program," he continued.

"The product at USC is faltering a little bit and Utah tends to be the favorite of the South year-in and year-out. If you look at consistency and the coaching staff and players going to the NFL, it’s hard to look past what Utah’s done and the reputation it’s built."

"I think Utah has gotten the full attention of the Pac-12. You look at the Pac-12 South and USC is always going to have that name, the history, and the richness of that program," he added. "The product at USC is faltering a little bit and Utah tends to be the favorite of the South year-in and year-out. If you look at consistency and the coaching staff and players going to the NFL, it’s hard to look past what Utah’s done and the reputation it’s built."

He talked about the returning talents this fall, like linebacker Devin Lloyd, claiming that the team is not losing players to the NFL.

"It’s the youth that’s coming back. They have some amazing talent upfront. The offensive line is young and coming back. You have (linebacker) Devin Lloyd coming back. They’re not losing players to the NFL," Tate added. "They had already done that. I think they gained experience in 2020.

"You’re not going to have a bunch of freshmen coming in with that starry-eyed look because they’ve been able to do it. Not to mention you’ve got the veteran guys that got a free season last year. You add the quarterback position and the depth they’re building there."

The team, which is being coached by Kyle Whittingham, was handed terrible news in late December as freshman running back star Ty Jordan was reported dead. Filling the void left by the running back has proved to be somewhat difficult for the Utes this season, as online pokies for real money reported them to have brought in new running backs like T.J Pledgers from Oklahoma and Chris Curry from Louisiana, to join the Utah team.

"Replacing Ty Jordan is going to be extremely difficult both emotionally and the kind of player he was," Tate added.

"The style Utah has on offense, they intend to run the ball between the tackles. They have an explosive offense. (Tight end) Brant Kuithe has the potential to be a top-three-round draft pick. They’ve got all the weapons. If I’m a recruit out there, especially at the running back position, I’m looking no further than Utah after what you were able to see what Ty Jordan did last year and what Zack Moss did the year before," Tate said. "Getting transfers like that is a reflection of where the program is and what recruits currently consider Utah. It’s an attractive program that will continue to attract these transfers."

Utah Utes welcomed two new quarterbacks; Charlie Brewer from Baylor and Ja'Quinden Jackson from Texas, with four-star quarterback Peter Costelli having signed to the team in late December.

Whittingham, who is entering his 17th season with the team, will be hoping to see his team feature in the Rose Bowl in 2021 just as analyzed by Tate, who praised the coach for how he managed the team during the pandemic.