Sunday, May 8, 2011

Utah Utes Spring Game Report Card

Spring Game Type: Red vs. White  (both squads were a mixture of 1st and 2nd team offenses and defenses)

Final Score: Red 7, White 0

Red squeaked out a victory in Utah’s yawner of a spring game.  Let’s hope that the Utes’ first season in the Pac-12 is a little livelier.


With Jordan Wynn nursing a shoulder injury this spring, Utah’s offense looked quite horrific.

Although Utah’s spring game featured mostly unpolished members of the depth chart, a total of seven points by both the Red and the White is pretty shameful.

Freshman quarterback Tyler Shreve threw the only touchdown to Dexter Ransom, but connected on just nine of 20 passes. 

Harvey Langi, another true freshman, led the team in rushing yards with 63 yards on 10 carries.

It is hard to judge Utah’s offense solely on this spring considered the parts they were missing.  Don’t let this non-existent showing lull you into believing that this offense will not create some waves in 2011.

However, they did not do much from a spring report card standpoint.

Grade: F+    


While both defenses only surrendered a total of one touchdown, it is hard to give them all of the credit when you considered the talent that was running the offense. 

Nevertheless, it is important to give credit where credit is due.

Junior defensive end and Michigan State transfer David Rolf batted down a game winning pass in the end zone for the Red squad, adding onto a day with a sack, a tackle for a loss, and another broken pass.

Sophomore linebacker Trevor Reilly also made a lasting impression with 2.5 sacks and a deflected pass.

All in all, the Utes’ defense looked pretty good, but they will have to survive much harder test in order to gain any kind of respect this season.

Grade: B+