PASADENA — Utah fans wanting to see more of freshman quarterback Travis Wilson, today is your lucky day.
Just minutes ago we were informed that Wilson will be the Utes starting quarterback against UCLA in the Rose Bowl.
SALT LAKE CITY — It was a beautiful fall morning. The leaves were slightly swaying in the cool breeze, contrasting with the blue sky. Fall football - no better way to spend an October morning.
Then, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham rocked the Utes football world.
Crimson Corner: USC preview podcast with Neon Tommy editor Aaron Fischman
Crimson Corner podcast: BYU recap, ASU look ahead
Crimson Corner: Kyle Whittingham post practice
Crimson Corner: Jon Hays post practice
Crimson Corner: Podcast with InsideTheUtes.com's Brian Swinney and Thomas Karren
On this edition of the Crimson Corner, we look at some of the highlights from Jordan Wynn's career at Utah, what concerns we have going into week 3 and a look ahead towards the upcoming rivalry matchup with BYU.
SALT LAKE CITY — With or without Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn, the show will - and must - go on.
The Utes face a tough BYU team that has cracked into the AP Top 25 poll and ranks tenth nationally in total defense.
SALT LAKE CITY — Sometimes things just don't go your way.
Like that new business venture that you keep convincing yourself isn't just any other multi-level marketing ploy, or the time that your car gets hit by an errant driver going 40 mph in a parking lot, life has a way of throwing challenges and adversity at us on a daily basis.
Unfortunately for Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn, that adversity has become too great, and after a fourth shoulder injury in the last three years, Wynn is stepping away from the game of football.
Crimson Corner: Previewing Utah State with Aggie insider Matt Glade
KSL-TV's Matt Glade (@phenommatthewL) joined Mike Grant and Robert Jackson to break down the upcoming matchup with Utah State.
Come next April, one of the most talked about players will most certainly be Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei.
The 6'4", 325-pound senior stuffer is one of the most intriguing prospects from the defensive side of the ball to come along in quite some time. His unique blend of size, speed and athleticism is rare to find, so teams will be lining up to get a look at him.
The last time there was this much hype surrounding a defensive tackle was in 2010, when Ndamukong Suh hit the scene. The Nebraska stand-out impressed with a strong senior season and an out-of-this-world combine on his way to becoming the second overall pick.
Crimson Corner: Northern Colorado breakdown with Tom Kirkland
KSL-TV's Tom Kirkland (@tksportsbeat) joined Mike Grant and Robert Jackson to break down the Utes' first game against Northern Colorado and a quick look ahead to the matchup with Utah State.
Utah kept Northern Colorado from crossing midfield en route to a 41-0 shutout win. What did they do well? What areas of concerns did we see? Should we be worried about QB Jordan Wynn?
SALT LAKE CITY — During fall camp, it was apparent that this defensive front four for Utah could be something special.
After Thursday's 41-0 shutout win over Northern Colorado that opinion was only solidified.
How did the Utes different position groups fare? Here are my game day grades:
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's season opener against Northern Colorado got off to a slow start, which caused the fans, and me, to start second guessing our game predictions.
At the end of the first quarter, the Utes and Bears were stuck in a scoreless tie. The Utes lone chance at points was in a drive that ended with an underthrown ball from Jordan Wynn intended for Dres Anderson that was intercepted.
I asked Ute fans whether or not they saw the slow start coming. @4thand1sports replied, "Slow start? Yes. Crazy effort from UNC? Yes. Worst underthrow ever for INT? No."
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah may have started slow, but once the engines were firing on all cylinders it never looked back en route to a 41-0 win over Northern Colorado Thursday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Although there isn't much you can take away from playing an FCS team that hasn't won a game since 2010, here are a few instant observations from the season opener:
1. Utah's defensive line is good, I mean really good
Alright, so that might be like saying the water is wet or that the sun is bright, but still, watching the Kruger brothers, Nate Fakahafua and Star Lotulelei bullrush offensive linemen time and time again was unreal. Pinned back at their own 3 yard line, UNC tried to do a dive to the right side. Lotulelei broke the play up for a loss of two. Need a pass breakup? Fakahafua had two knockdowns at the line of scrimmage. The Utes held UNC to just 114 yards and didn't let the Bears cross midfield.
SALT LAKE CITY — Going into a season opener must be one of the most difficult tasks for a coaching staff. After an entire offseason practicing against your own squad, how will you match up against other opponents?
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah football fans, the time has come.
Preseason camps are over. Coaches are finalizing game plans.
Cars are packed with tailgating supplies.
Crimson Corner: Doug Kimmel (@UtahUtesInsider)
Ute fans, as we speak, we are now just under seven days till kickoff for the Utes home opener against Northern Colorado.
Utah insider Doug Kimmel with InsideTheUtes.com joined us on a special Thursday afternoon podcast of the Crimson Corner talking all things Utah football.
"Are U Ready?"
Well, after waiting over seven months since the Utah Utes' come-from-behind win (30-27) over Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl, the answer is, yes, we are ready.
The above trailer, produced by High Point Media Group, previews the excitement for the upcoming season—and second in the PAC-12.
SALT LAKE CITY — What a difference just a couple of days can make.
On Saturday at the practice/scrimmage at Rice-Eccles Stadium, I was honestly concerned and worried for the offense. The team to me just seemed out of sorts and I was unimpressed.
Today it was a different story. The team looked alive and they were genuinely having fun playing football.
SALT LAKE CITY — Short post, but wanted to get the information out quickly. Will look to update this later tonight.
Today's Ute practice was much cleaner in overall execution, and the team seemed extremely jovial and upbeat. Here are some of my observations:
Jordan Wynn continued to play sharp and threw the ball really well.
SALT LAKE CITY — Conspiracy theorists, you won't want to read this.
If you think that there are actually miniature cameras and microphones built into your TV or computer to spy on you, or if you think that there is some sort of mind control technology hidden in radio waves, this probably isn't the article for you.
If you think that it is the government that creates disease so that we are reliant on them for treatment, first seek help, then find a new hobby.
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