Positions Grades: Utah vs Colorado State

Grading out each position group after Utah's bowl win

Quarterbacks: B
Yes, Wilson did miss on a couple of deep balls to wide open receivers. Yes, Wilson didn't see a couple of wide open receivers, but isn't this who Travis Wilson is? He mixed those mistakes with a couple of big throws and dominated on the ground with close to 100 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns. Ups and downs. It was a Travis Wilson game through the air if I ever saw one. Fortunately, he chipped in the with his legs and Colorado State couldn't stop it. Not the greatest performance. Not the worst. It was Travis Wilson, and against this opponent, it worked. Adam Schulz made some of the best throws we've seen out of a Utah QB all season on his 2 attempts (the one to Scott was beautiful) and Jason Thompson got some surprise reps.

Running Backs: A
Booker popped off for a 60 yard run early and kept the wheels grindig throughout the game with 162 yards. He unfortunately came up 7 yards short of the single season Utah rushing record when the coaches pulled him prematurely thinking he had already broken the record. Troy McCormick looked like the future with some serious speed out there. 5 carries for 86 yards and slipped a bunch of defenders. His size will be a concern going forward though as we saw him get leveled once.

Wide Receivers and Tight Ends: B
Could have been a big day if Wilson had been more on target with the deep balls. Clay and Scott combined for 10 catches and McClellon caught a TD for the second straight game. Would have liked to see a couple of targets to younger guys in the second half once Utah had the game in hand. Westlee Tonga concluded his career with a catch and Siale Fakailoatonga made his first grab in over 3 months.

Offensive Line: A+
Dominant. Huge holes in the run game and no sacks given up. Wilson was rarely pressured. Best performance of the season by far.

Defensive Line: B
Colorado could't run and that was thanks to a defensive line that refused to be moved. Sese Ianu and Lowell Lotulelei were studs. Pressure was sporadic, but it did come late when CSU had to pass and the Utes could pni their ears back. Pita T was a monster and is going to be a real force next season. Good to see Orchard go out with a sack in his final game.

Linebackers: A-
12 yards on 19 carries for Colorado State and elite back Dee Hart. The line set them up and the linebackers knocked them down. Norris led the team with 8 tackles and Jacoby Hale picked off a pass. These guys will only be better next season (outside of Hale who is gone).

Cornerbacks: B+
Eric Rowe closed out his Utah career with arguably his best game of the season. Hatfield and Thomas were good and Orphey was solid in his reps. Despite having to pass for most of the game to catch-up, Colorado State and their high flying attack only threw for 266 yards.

Safeties: B
Brian Blechen had a nice bounceback game after the Colorado disaster and Marcus Williams was good in support. A few big plays early were troubling, but nothing after halftime kept CSU from getting back in the game.

Special Teams: C-
Colorado State tried to keep the ball away from Clay and it worked. On 3 total returns he had only 6 yards. Hackett didn't have to do much with Utah scoring so often. Phillips made one and missed one.

Coaches: A
Dave Christensen called a pretty good game and used Wilson perfectly throughout. Sitake adjusted and shut down Colorado State after the first quarter. Whittingham iced his own kicker, but outside of that, things couldn't have gone much better. Utah was prepared and focused. Great coaching effort.

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