Yes, they were on the list for 'Units of Optimism' and rightfully so based on the experience coming back, but we're also dealing with two QBs that have had their share of issues in the past. In game situations, Travis Wilson hasn't made many strides as a passer. Will it all come together in 2015 behind an improve offensive line? Kendall Thompson hasn't shown that he can effectively throw the ball in game situations with any sort of consistency. Consistency. That's the key here. Both have shown flashes and the potential to be very good. If one or both can consistently do the things we've seen before, Utah can win the Pac 12 South.
Sure, you've got Devontae Booker who might be the best back in the country, but behind him? Not much right now. Booker is going to be good, but he can't carry the ball as much as last season. Remember what happened to John White in 2012 after he had 89080938 carries the year before? Production and effectiveness dropped. Booker has a body built to take more of a pounding, but he can't be carrying it 30 times a game and expect to play at an elite level. The injury to Troy McCormick was devastating as the Utes lost their lightning to Booker's thunder. Dre'Vian Young's knees are like that of an 80 year old man and he may never be able to make much of an impact. Incoming JC transfer Joseph Williams is an unknown right now as well and is comparable in size to Booker. Booker will dominate if he stays healthy, but behind him.....eeek.
Kenneth Scott and...........? Tim Patrick is coming off of a devastating injury so who knows what he'll look like. After that, a bunch of question marks. Raelon Singleton was a spring hero, but we've seen those before. Will it translate to the fall? Bubba Poole is a converted running back that is in his first year at the position and Kenric Young has one career catch. Utah is going to need some production out of some of the younger guys or the JC transfers in Kyle Fulks and Deniko Carter or we may be looking at a redux of 2014. Easily the position group with the biggest concerns on the team.
It's the best starting linebacker trio in the conference, but what if someone gets hurt? Both Gionni Paul and Jason Whittingham have significant injury histories and Jared Norris played most of the 2014 season banged up. Uaea Masina has potential, but is yet to realize it, while Sunia Tauteoli is fresh off of the JC farm. Fortunately Utah will use a lot of two backer sets, but the injury and overall depth concerns are significant.
A lot of bodies and a lot of potential. Tevin Carter looks like and NFL safety, but missed most of last season with an injury. Jason Thompson is new to the position, moving over from quarterback. Andrew Godfrey was good in limited reps last season, but is still very green. Marcus Williams had his highlights in 2014, but also had a lot of lowlights. The talent exists, but we'd be blind and naive to think that it will automatically come together with so many question marks surrounding each of the projected contributors.
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