The Arrival Of Chow
The great Norm Chow is back home at his alma mater and looking to put the frustrations of his tenures at UCLA and with the Tennessee Titans behind him. With the struggles that the Utah offense underwent in latter part of the season, a change had to be made with Aaron Roderick and Dave Schramm having co-offensive coordinator duties stripped of them. Will Chow be able to help the Utes put up the offensive numbers that he was able to produce at BYU, NC State, and USC, or has the game passed him by?
Who's Going to Carry The Ball?
Your top three scholarship backs and top four running backs from 2010 are all gone with the departures of Eddie Wide, Matt Asiata, Sausan Shakerin, and Tauni Vakapuna. In come true freshman Harvey Langi and JC transfer John White, along with sophomore to be Beau Burton and receiver turned running back Luke Matthews. Langi has all of the accolades coming in, White has the speed, Burton has the experience (albeit limited), and Matthews was a starter at receiver in 2010. Will we leave spring with a running back by committee or will someone emerge?
Inexperience In The Secondary
All four starters in the secondary from 2010 have either moved on or changed position. Without much experience back there in the current players on the roster the coaches are going to have to rely on players who haven't seen much action. Cornerback is going to be a problem as no help is on the way in the fall, while the safety spot is going to bring in a few guys that can play right away. Finding the right fits and the right positions for a lot of guys is going to be the key. The fact that the Utes recruit athletes means that they'll definitely find people to plug into the open spaces, but experience is going to be an issue.
Jordan Wynn's shoulder is on the mend leaving the Utes without their starter in the spring. He'll be missing his first chance to work with Norm Chow and will be expected to soak up as much as he can from the sidelines. With only two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster, Griff Robles and Tyler Shreve are going to get a ton of reps, which will be helpful come fall if Wynn suffers another injury, something he was prone to in 2010. Robles will have the edge over Shreve going in because of experience.
Off To The Pac 12
These players will all be suiting up in the Pac 12 next season. This brings new expectations for a program that now produces a perennial top 25 team. With the Oregon, Stanford, and USC's of the world now in the same conference, the rigors of a full season are going to take it's toll. Having that Pac 12 mindset starts now, as everything is ratcheted up a notch. If the Utes can't increase their intensity and get everything out of their practices, they'll be left behind in the new conference.
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