RB John White
DT Star Lotulelei
Freshman of the Year
QB Travis Wilson
Best position group
Player Most Excited About For 2013
Karren- Kenneth Scott
Kimmel- Justin Thomas and Jake Murphy
Olson- Travis Wilson
Swinney- Bryan Allen
Player That Needs To Step Up In 2013
Karren- Travis Wilson
Kimmel- Jeremiah Poutasi, Niasi Leota, and Tenny Palepoi
Olson- Travis Wilson
Swinney- Brian Blechen
Seniors Expected To Be In NFL Next Season
Star Lotulelei, Ryan Lacy, Reggie Dunn, John White
Overall thoughts on the season
Roller-coaster affair with more downs than ups. Disappointing overall, but saw some young talent get opportunities which should help down the road. The preseason hype was too much, the bar was set too high. The combination of new/young coaches, inexperienced offensive line, three starting quarterbacks, and an under-performing defense resulted in Utah's first bowl-miss in a decade.
The season was incredibly disappointing. It started with Jordan Wynn and his "recovery" that never was, and it carried over to the defense which I expected to be borderline elite. This team was consistently mediocre from Northern Colorado to Colorado. The talent was there, but the execution was not. Using three separate quarterbacks along with some early injuries to the O Line is a decent place to start with what went wrong.
Overall a very disappointing season for the Utes. The defense didn't perform at the level I thought it would and the offense wasn't as explosive as I hoped it would have been. The road struggles was another thing that was very disappointing. Getting a single win on the road by barely slipping by Colorado isn't how I imagined this season going.
For the second straight season, we said that the season hinged mostly on the health of Jordan Wynn. For the second straight season, Wynn couldn't make it past the first couple of games. Unlike last year, though, when Utah rebounded, the defense wasn't as sound as we had expected and couldn't carry the load. Issues on both sides of the ball, and on the sidelines doomed the Utes, as well as a schedule that ended up being tougher than expected with 3 Pac 12 South opponents beating expectations. Year 2 of the Pac 12 experiment was an overall disappointment, and as things stand now, year 3 might not be better.
2012 Utah End Of Season Awards
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