Coach's Corner: Mackovic on Utes

The Wildcats know that this Saturday's game against Utah will be a much better gague of the team's talent than the prior games against NAU. Wildcat Head Coach John Mackovic discussed the Utes.

On the week off?

John Mackovic: "After you play one week, then take a week off, and then you come back, it's almost like another opening game. We have to get back to work today because Utah is a tough team."

On Utah.

Mackovic: "Utah is a very good football team. They're sound offensively, defensively and in the kicking game. They are physically demanding on both sides of the ball, and they're hard-nosed. They have a veteran staff, and they really know who they are, and they do not compromise on how they want to play the game. They have shown that they can score points, and they have a veteran quarterback who is able to make the plays."

On Utah QB Lance Rice.

Mackovic: "Lance Rice is a good, solid player. He has had no turnovers, and he throws the ball well. He doesn't make many mistakes, and he handles the ball well. He directs the team, and he throws the ball where it needs to be thrown. They will test our secondary much better than NAU because Utah protects the passer better, so they will hold the ball longer."

On the Utah running game:

Mackovic: "Utah's running game is as good as Stanford was last year. They come right at you. They run at the line of scrimmage, and they come hard. That's where they are very strong."

On Utah's defense.

MAckovic: "Defensively, Utah is the best zone-blitz team that I have seen in a long time. They coordinate their fronts and their coverages very well. They have a veteran defensive line, and the four guys up front line up and go. They have lots of experience, they have a very active defense, and they don't give up many yards rushing. We really have to block those blitzes."

"Utah can blitz the run, and they have good run stoppers, so we have to do a good job of blocking those players. It's going to be tough sledding. These guys really do it well."

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