Well it didn't go as planned. The unit on the team that looked the most dominant, deep, and complete, didn't come within 100 miles of the expectations placed upon them by the coaches, media, and fans. After what was seen in spring and fall camp, those expectations weren't unreasonable either.
Utah's preseason All American candidtate, Jeremiah Poutasi, was downright bad at times. He never seemed to have recovered from an injury in fall camp, showing a lack of speed and flexibility that he had in the spring. An increase in his weight made him a liability against speed rushers like Trent Murphy, Kyle Van Noy, and Anthony Barr. A new spot on the line might be in the future.
Siaosi Aiono had a lackluster season, getting toasted both inside and out quite a few times on the season. He was much better in run blocking, but even that wasn't at the level we saw in the spring and the fall.
Jeremiah Tofaeono did what he could next to Poutasi, but was often left trying to help out with a double team that often went to the outside of the left tackle. Tofaeono was ok in run blocking, but a slow pull kept him from being very efficient.
Vyncent Jones was far and away Utah's best offensive lineman in 2013. There were a few low snaps, but outside of that, not much to complain about. Jones was efficient with his pulls, did a great job in pass blocking, and anchored the line. Go back and watch the Stanford game if you want to see a great performance out of a center. He'll be in an NFL camp come the summer.
Junior Salt has all the talent in the world. Junior Salt may not be cut out for playing offensive line. His season was filled with missed assignments and lots of confusion. Someone that the coaches thought had all american potential, may be relegated to the bench or back to DT next season.
Depth? What depth? Only Isaac Asiata saw much action off of the bench. Having a bunch of offensive linemen on the roster doesn't help if none of the backups are ready to play.
With two seniors graduating, and the three returners have difficult seasons, expect a big shakeup on the offensive line with position changes, and new guys being introduced into the mix starting in the spring. If Utah can't fix this problem for 2014, the team will again struggle.
Beginning of Season Depth Chart
Pouvave (R-Jr) or
End of Season Depth Chart
Pouvave (R-Jr) or
Early Projected Spring Depth Chart
Way Too Early Projected Fall Depth Chart
*Salt to DT
2013 Position Review: Offensive Line
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