College Football Preview: The 2015 Utah Utes
Utah Utes Preview 2014 Record 9-4
Won Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl 45-10 vs Colorado State
Overview: The Utah Utes are coming off of a great season. The Utes went 9-4 and were solid on both sides of the ball finishing in the top 55 in points scored and points against in the nation. Unfortunately both of the offense and defense of coordinators left this offseason leaving the Utes looking for answers.
Offense: The Utah offense that finished 95th in the nation in passing yards and 41st in rushing yards will be lead by the three seniors. Quarterback Travis Wilson, Running back Devontae Booker and Wide receiver Kenneth Scott. Travis Wilson passed for 2170 yards and 18 touchdowns while only throwing 5 interceptions last season. Devontae Booker broke out last year rushing for 1512 yards and 10 touchdowns while adding 306 receiving yards and 2 receiving touchdowns. Kenneth Scott caught 48 passes for a total of 506 yards and 4 touchdowns. These three seniors will have to help carry the offense this year.
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Defense: Utah’s defense was a big part of their success last year. The Utes finished the season 43rd in the nation in points allowed. The Utah Utes led the nation in sacks last year with 55. Unfortunately linebacker Nate orchard who led the team with 18.5 of those sacks has gone to the NFL and somehow will need to be replaced. This is going to be the toughest task for the newly hired defense of coordinator John Pease. If Utah wants to remain a top defense they will need help from defensive end Hunter Dimick who recorded 10 sacks last year and linebacker Jared Norris who had a team high 116 tackles.
Special Teams: Junior kicker Andy Phillips returns after making 23 out of 28 field goals. Punter Tom Hackett returns after his outstanding year averaging almost 47 yards a punt.
Overview: The Utah Utes seem to be getting better these past couple seasons, however I see it coming to an end this year. With a new offense and defensive coordinator and a very tough schedule starting week 1 opening up against Michigan. I can see Utah going 7-5 in the regular season and making a mediocre bowl game.