Utah-UCLA Position Grades

Grading out each position after the Utes' beatdown on the Bruins...

Quarterback B-
For the third straight game, Jon Hays did exactly what he needed to, especially with the weather conditions, which is manage the game limit turnovers. The numbers weren't great, with only 5 completions on 13 attempts for 67 yards, but the touchdown pass to John White was right on the money, and Hays even made a few plays with his legs.

Running Back A
John White now has to be considered along LaMichael James for the first team all Pac 12 running back spots after torching the Bruins for 167 yards on 33 carries, as well as a touchdown catch. He was the Utah offense, accounting for 180 of the 291 total yards. Another tremendous performance.

Offensive Line A
Not a single penalty on the offensive line, opened up big holes for John White, and Jon Hays often had all day to pass. Probably their best all around performance of the season.

Wide Receivers C
They weren't given many shots with Hays not throwing much and White doing most of the damage, but Dres Anderson's long grab to get inside the ten was a huge play and a backbreaker for UCLA. Dunn's long 25 yard run was also a big play that helped Utah grab momentum.

Defensive Line A-
The defensive line did an admirable job of getting to Kevin Prince with a sack from both Nai Fotu and one from Joe Kruger. Star Lotulelei was again an animal, clogging up the middle of the line and making 7 tackles. The defensive front completely owned UCLA, forcing them into multiple false starts, penalties, and not letting the Bruins runner get much beyond the line of scrimmage. One of their better performances of the season.

Linebackers B+
There were a few missed tackles, but overall the linebackers did a solid job of slowing the vaunted UCLA running game, specifically QB Kevin Prince. The Bruins were held to 149 yards on 43 carries for 3.5 yards a pop. Outside of a 26 yarder by Jonathan Franklin that he bounced outside and took down the sidelines, the Bruins weren't able to generate much in the running game. Matt Martinez had 7 tackles, while Chaz Walker and Trevor Reilly pitched in 6 and 4 respectively.

Cornerbacks A-
Conroy Black finished off the Bruins with his interception return for a touchdown and the Utah corners largely did a solid job of shutting down the Bruin passing game. Kevin Prince's inability to throw definitely helped, but Mo Lee, Ryan Lacy and company were all pretty good when not slipping in the snow. Lacy's touchdown that was called back could have gone either way.

Safeties A
Eric Rowe was a man on Saturday. The freshman safety was tremendous in run support and delivered a few big blows, and one of the plays of the game with the sack of Kevin Prince at the end of the first half that knocked the Bruins out of field goal range. Brian Blechen was also all over the field, leading the team in tackles, and causing havoc in the UCLA running game.

Special Teams C-
The sure handed Griff McNabb fumbled a punt, giving the Bruins a short field, which led to a field, but outside of that, the special teams play was very good. The Bruins couldn't break the 20 yard line on kickoff returns, while Utah averaged 26.5 yards on their two kick returns and Sean Sellwood most mostly stellar, outside of one moderate shank.


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