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Crimson Corner: Tuesday practice report

Posted Sep 11th - 7:12pm by Robert Jackson

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.


Crimson Corner: Wynn fought the good fight, gave it his all

Posted Sep 10th - 4:39pm by Robert Jackson

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

Posted Sep 5th - 4:54pm by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

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.

Feel free to give us your comments or suggestions anytime, at Twitter @mikegrantksl or @rojackKSL.


Utah football: Can Star Lotulelei be a better NFL draft prospect than Ndamukong Suh?

Posted Sep 4th - 4:11pm by Dan Snyder, Bleacher Report

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

Posted Aug 31st - 4:05pm by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

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?


Game day grades: Utah vs. Northern Colorado

Posted Aug 30th - 11:21pm by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

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:


Twitter roundup: Utah vs. Northern Colorado

Posted Aug 30th - 10:01pm by Robert Jackson

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."


Instant observations: Utah 41, UNC 0

Posted Aug 30th - 8:34pm by Robert Jackson

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.


Keys to the game: Utah vs. Northern Colorado

Posted Aug 30th - 2:19pm by Robert Jackson

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?


Across the Ute sideline: Scouting the Northern Colorado Bears

Posted Aug 29th - 11:51pm by Robert Jackson

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: Podcast with InsideTheUtes.com's Doug Kimmel

Posted Aug 23rd - 5:45pm by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

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.


Utah football: 'Are U Ready' trailer for 2012 season

Posted Aug 23rd - 11:47am by Jon Siddoway, Bleacher Report

"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.


Crimson Corner: Wednesday practice report and interview with QB Travis Wilson

Posted Aug 22nd - 11:05pm by Mike Grant

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.


Crimson Corner: Tuesday practice report and interview with David Rolf

Posted Aug 21st - 7:09pm by Robert Jackson

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.


Crimson Corner: In Wynn I trust

Posted Aug 20th - 7:42pm by Robert Jackson

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.


Utes conclude fall camp with successful scrimmage

Posted Aug 20th - 10:46am by Mike Grant

SALT LAKE CITY — Ready or not, the season is here.

The Utes ended fall camp on Saturday with more of a practice than an actual live scrimmage, after which it seemed as though every member of the team let out a sigh of relief. After three consecutive weeks of staring at the same people across from you, Northern Colorado will bring a welcome change.

There were some questions entering camp and for the most part as they always do, the questions get answered — most of them. Unfortunately too many questions remain for Utah's offense. I do not think that I am the only one, but Jordan Wynn sitting out the last three days of fall camp is bizarre. I am not trying to overreact but if he is fine, he should be out there. That is just my opinion. If he is the leader that he is touted to be, he should be out there, unless he is really hurt. We all learned that Jon Hays can fill in but that might get you another year of 8 wins, which is not good enough with the overall talent on this team.


Crimson Corner: Camp Kyle, Day 14

Posted Aug 17th - 2:43pm by Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn watched from the sidelines for the second consecutive day up on the hill, but before you start to conjure any sort of conspiracy theory, he is just sitting out to give his arm some rest.

Coming off a shoulder surgery, let alone two within a period of less than a year is never easy. Putting yourself back in the thick of things, especially during fall camp with numerous two-a-days and scrimmages, repetition can take its toll. I think Wynn will be fine - he knows this offense inside and out. He is expected to be back out there on Monday ready to go.

Many other Utes are also expected to return to the practice field on Monday. Miles Mason, Sam Brenner and Vyncent Jones will be back, which will hopefully lead to some consistent play on the offensive line. Safety Quade Chappuis will also be back.


Crimson Corner: Camp Kyle, Day 13

Posted Aug 16th - 6:20pm by Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — Perhaps the biggest news coming out of Utah camp was that quarterback Jordan Wynn did not throw a single pass in Thursday's practice.

"A little tired arm," Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said. "There's nothing to it - he has just thrown a ton of balls this camp. (Jordan) should be fine. If we played today he would be fine to go."

Whittingham continued by saying that holding Wynn out was more precautionary, and with the home opener now two weeks away from today, the Utes don't want a chronic condition to develop.


Crimson Corner: Camp Kyle, Day 12

Posted Aug 15th - 2:08pm by Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — Watching Day 12 of Camp Kyle up at Rice-Eccles Wednesday morning, it was clearly apparent that it wasn't the best effort by the Utes.

"We hit a little bit of a wall this morning," Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said. "It was not our most effective practice. It wasn't a step backward, but we weren't as sharp as we needed to be. We looked tired, which can't happen. We need to fight through it."

Whittingham even went as far to say that no one stood out in practice today. After 12 days of going up against each other, the team has hit a wall, and now it rests upon the coaching staff to see if they can once again motivate their players.


Crimson Corner: Wynn stands out as Utes' top QB in second scrimmage

Posted Aug 14th - 6:45pm by Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utes held their second scrimmage of fall camp Tuesday morning in Rice-Eccles Stadium as the countdown to their home opener against Northern Colorado nears just 16 days.

The big focus on today's scrimmage was on the quarterback position, which, let's all be honest, wasn't really ever a controversy to begin with. As of this post, 45% of ksl.com users agree that Jordan Wynn will be the starting quarterback for the Utes on August 30th.

After today's scrimmage, Whittingham mentioned that Wynn stood out from the pack, but that the competition is ongoing.


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