We wanted to try something a little different as this off-season is getting underway. We asked ten questions of some of our most loyal Ute fans about the state of the Utah football program as well as what they say in 2012 and hope to see in 2013.
Many of you who follow this blog will know our good friends of the blog Dog and Deuce already. But there are a few new faces. Kyle Ariotti and Matt Coleman are co-workers of mine. Dave Richards is a long time friend and his brother Rob and I have had many spirited debates about BYU and Utah sports. But most importantly, each is a dedicated and passionate Utah football fan.
We will post one question with each response every day for the next ten weekdays. Make sure to check in every day to get your University of Utah Utes update from our roundtable of Utah loyalists.
1. What expectations did you have for the Utes this season and how were they met or left unfulfilled?
Matt Coleman – I expected an 8-9 win season so my expectations were left unfulfilled.
Allen “Dog” Martindale – I wasn’t expecting the Utes to win the PAC 12 or even the South Division, but I certainly expected to see improvement from last season. I, along with a lot of other fans I think, attributed last season’s struggles to Jordan Wynn getting hurt and John Hays’ inexperience to that point. Even with the adversity the Utes improved and found a way to be in contention to win the division (and potentially the conference). With that experience there is no excuse for the regression this season. Both the offense and defense were supposed to be better than last year. To come out ineligible to play in a bowl is, needless to say, beyond disappointing and something that I never even saw as a possibility.
Dave Richards – As with any true fan any time you are less than .500 it is not successful. We did win the rivalry game which was a added bonus. Other than that we knew it would take time of growing pains before we will have a chance to be a contender again.
Kyle Ariotti – I expected, like all the media gurus, that the Utes would finish at least 2nd in PAC 12 South with a record of at least 8-4. Totally didn’t meet my expectations.
Rob Richards – I thought the Utes would go 7-5 (4-2 @ home). They hit that number of 4 wins at home with the only change being that I thought Cal would be better and Arizona not as good. On the road, the Utes needed that game in Logan and didn’t get it. Oregon St was much better than most people expected. The rest went as I thought. I expected Utah to beat BYU and they did. Obviously, by expecting more than six wins means I also was expecting another bowl game. Did not happen.
James “Deuce” Dyer – My expectations for the Utes at the beginning of the year were in the 7-5 to 8-4 range. Given the teams season ending record of 5-7, my expectations weren’t met. I think I can speak for most Ute fans out there when I say 2012 was rather disappointing on many fronts for the Utah Utes. An inept offense which didn’t use that talent/versatility of the players’ skill sets lead to 26 points per game average which is greatly inflated by the Northern Colorado gm (41pts), Washington St & Cal gms (49pts) in each plus 42 at Colorado. Besides that the offense found it difficult to score more than 24 points a game. Plus we all know that Reggie Dunn’s record kickoff performance contributed greatly to the high point totals in the games mentioned above. It seemed at times like the Utes we trying to “trick” opponents with the offensive strategy and in turn it hurt the team in both time of possession and field position.