Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham talks to players during the spring game in Salt Lake City on Saturday, April 17, 2021. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
After losing a pair of receivers via the transfer portal, Utes look to increase the depth and talent at the wide receiver position during the offseason
Utah football has long been known for its stellar running game tradition, and for good reason.
The Utes have produced multiple backs over the years that have eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing plateau, including stars that have moved on to the NFL.
But coach Kyle Whittingham likes to point out that his team has thrown the ball well, too. In both 2018 and 2019, for example, Utah passed for more than 3,000 yards in each of those seasons.
“So it’s not like we never throw the football,” he said.
“We’ve got to get back to being balanced. In the receivers’ room, we have some good players in there. But we know we took a hit and lost a couple of guys. We’ve got to add at least one more, maybe two, later this spring or summer via the portal most likely. — Kyle Whittingham
During a pandemic-shortened, five-game season in 2020, the Utes relied heavily on their ground game as it dealt with injuries and ineffectiveness at times on the offensive side of the ball.
“As the season progressed,” Whittingham said, “it became apparent that that was the best thing for us last year.”
But it’s a new season.
Overall, Whittingham knows what he wants to see from offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig’s attack this fall.
“We’ve got to get back to being balanced. In the receivers’ room, we have some good players in there. But we know we took a hit and lost a couple of guys,” he said. “We’ve got to add at least one more, maybe two, later this spring or summer via the portal most likely.
“It’s going to be important that we’re able to throw the ball. It doesn’t matter how good you are at running back if you can’t throw the ball to get rid of some of those seven- eight- nine-man boxes.”
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