Utah Utes 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
Utah Utes 2016 Preview
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The Utah Utes started the 2015 season very strong, before they struggled towards the end of the season. Utah went 10-3 and beat BYU in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl by a score of 35-28.
Overview: Kyle Whittingham and the Utah Utes will have some work to do on offense, as they have several question marks. The Utah defense should be very solid this season and give the Utes a chance to stay in any ballgame. Utah is tested early with their second game being against BYU.
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Offense: Aaron Roderick/Jim Harding and the Utah offense will have to fill some holes in order to compete in the PAC-12 this season. Last season, the Utah offense averaged 30.6 points per game with 183.2 rushing yards and 180 passing yards per game. The Utah quarterback battle is between Troy Williams, Brandon Cox, and Tyler Huntley. Utah lost their star running back from last year, Devontae Booker, and will look to Joe Williams to carry the ball for them this year. Last season, Williams had 477 yards and 3 touchdowns for Utah. Utah will have to fill their wide receiver positions, after struggling to find a go to receiver last season. Tight End Harrison Handley is returning after hauling in 21 catches for 286 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2015. Utah has an experienced offensive line returning for 2016.
Defense: Morgan Scalley and the Utah defense will look to be the strength of this Utah team once again. Last season, the Utah defense gave up 22.3 points per game with 108.6 rushing yards and 258.2 passing yards per game. Marcus Williams will look to lead the secondary after recording 66 tackles and 5 interceptions in 2015. Kylie Fitts is returning on the defensive line, after posting 8 tackles for loss and 7 sacks last season. Utah will look to fill the holes left at linebacker after Jared Norris and Gionni Paul left. Defensively, Utah forced a lot of turnovers last season and will need to do the same this season to give their questionable offense good field position.
Special Teams: Andy Phillips will handle the field goal kicking this season, after going 23-27 last season. Utah will have to replace one of the best punters in the country last season, Tom Hackett.
Outlook: Utah will have another strong defensive team this season, but will need their offense to make big strides in order to compete in the PAC-12. Once Utah figures out their quarterback situation, we will have a better outlook on how the season will unfold for the Utes.
Sep.1 Southern Utah
Sep. 10 BYU
Sep. 17 at San Jose State
Sep. 23 USC
Oct. 1 at California
Oct. 8 Arizona
Oct. 15 at Oregon State
Oct. 22 at UCLA
Oct. 29 Washington
Nov. 10 at Arizona State
Nov. 19 Oregon
Nov. 26 at Colorado