Preview 2018: Utah Utes. The Pac-12 Window Is Open

Preview 2018: Utah Utes. The Pac-12 Window Is Open

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Preview 2018: Utah Utes. The Pac-12 Window Is Open


What You Need To Know About The Utah Offense

– The adjusted offensive style sort of worked. Offensive coordinator Troy Taylor is about more of a downfield passing game and more of a tempo, and it had its moments. The Utes led the Pac-12 in time of possession, but it was eighth in the league in total offense and averaged a mediocre 29.5 points per game.

The biggest issue was the offensive line that allowed way too many plays behind the line and gave up 38 sacks after giving up just 27 the year before. Worse yet, the running game had its worst season since 2013.

Lo Falemaka is a good center to work around as one of three starters back. It’s a big line with good promise at tackle with Jackson Barton returning on the left side and hoping Darrius Paulo is ready to do more on the right side.

– Tyler Huntley is the right quarterback fit for the attack, but he has to steadier. The 6-1, 190-pounder can move, and he has the arm to push the ball down the field, but he threw ten picks to go along with his 2,411 yards and 15 scores.

Adding 537 rushing yards and six touchdowns helps, but he not built to take a pounding, missing three Pac-12 games hurt. But now, if spring ball was any indication, he’s got the offense down – he should be better, and with Jack Tuttle a rising prospect who’ll be the future.

– Huntley is one of the team’s most dangerous rushing weapons – he finished second on the team in rushing – but Zack Moss is the running game. He’s back after cranking up 1,173 yards and ten scores. More depth is needed, but the ground game will be fine as long as the line is solid.

Leading receiver Darren Carrington is gone, but the next five top receivers return, and Britain Covey – the leading receiver in 2015 – is back after spending two years on an LDS church mission. As long as Huntley really is better, these receivers will rock.

Biggest Key To The Utah Offense

Hit the third down tries. The downfield passing game might have opened things up a bit more – averaging over 7.5 yards per pass for the first time since 2010 – but the third down conversions weren’t there. The Utes finished with a Pac-12 low 35.2. When they converted more than 40%, they went 4-1.

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