Utah Football: Spring Practice Storylines That Matter

    2016 Utah Spring Football storylines: What’s the big deal, what to worry about, and what’s all set.

    March 23, 2016


    2016 Utah Spring Football storylines: What’s the big deal, what to worry about, and what’s all set.


    Utah has located its Pac-12 rhythm …

    While it took a couple of years to really get comfortable in a tougher league, the Utes have proven they’re Pac-12 timber by winning 19 games over the last two seasons. Kyle Whittingham has had long history of beating the odds with teams that excel in the fundamentals.

    Now, with the wind at its back, Utah plans to remain in South Division contention with a team that hasn’t been pillaged by graduation. If Whittingham can fill the void at quarterback left by Travis Wilson, it’d be foolish to doubt that Utah will be right back in the mix in 2016.

    No One Is Worried About …

    The offensive line. The Utes are always rugged and physical at the point of attack, with the upcoming season figuring to be no different. Almost every starter from 2015 returns, headed by offensive tackle J.J. Dielman and offensive guard Isaac Asiata. Utah was No. 4 in Pac-12 rushing and sacks allowed, testament to the team’s ability to win the line of scrimmage.

    Extra Attention Must Be Given To …

    Linebacker. At least until successors are mined, there’s going to be a leadership and production vacuum at the second level now that Gionni Paul, Jared Norris and Jason Whittingham have graduated. No returning linebacker posted more than seven tackles in 2015, so the race for jobs is going to be intense and protracted in Salt Lake City.

    MORE: Utah Football Schedule 2016: 5 Keys For The Utes

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