Kragthorpe - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/columnists/Kragthorpe Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune &copy; 2014 The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Kragthorpe: Mike McCoy’s Chargers will continue ascent in AFC http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58352156-77/chargers-afc-mccoy-season.html.csp The worst play of the San Diego Chargers’ 2013 season is the best evidence that they will improve this year. Failing to prevent Denver’s third-and-17 conversion in the late stages of an AFC divisional playoff game kept the Chargers from potentially forcing overtime, ending the nice run that highlighted coach Mike McCoy’s first season. That’s correctable. And that unfinished performance was enough to convince me that the Chargers can climb to the top of the AFC and play in the Super Bowl. They m... The worst play of the San Diego Chargers’ 2013 season is the best evidence that they will improve this year. Failing to prevent Denver’s third-and-17 conversion in the late stages of an AFC divisional playoff game kept the Chargers from potentially forcing overtime, ending the nice run that highlighted coach Mike McCoy’s first season. That’s correctable. And that unfinished performance was enough to convince me that the Chargers can climb to the top of the AFC and play in the Super Bowl. They m... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58352156@www.sltrib.com Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:15:35 MDT Kragthorpe: BYU quarterback Taysom Hill shines in season opener http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58353228-88/hill-byu-cougars-season.html.csp East Hartford, Conn As a starting point, the BYU Cougars finished nicely. Mostly, anyway. After leaving so much undone last season, quarterback Taysom Hill and the BYU offense completed a significant chunk of their work Friday in a 35-10 defeat of Connecticut at Rentschler Field. The Cougars’ ability to finish drives in the first half was impressive, and so was their closing shot. Hill’s touchdown run topped a late 90-yard drive that seemingly was a product of some unnecessary urgency, but it ... East Hartford, Conn As a starting point, the BYU Cougars finished nicely. Mostly, anyway. After leaving so much undone last season, quarterback Taysom Hill and the BYU offense completed a significant chunk of their work Friday in a 35-10 defeat of Connecticut at Rentschler Field. The Cougars’ ability to finish drives in the first half was impressive, and so was their closing shot. Hill’s touchdown run topped a late 90-yard drive that seemingly was a product of some unnecessary urgency, but it ... 58353228@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:53:48 MDT Kragthorpe: Utes’ Travis Wilson shows courage in return to field (video) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58349920-89/wilson-yards-game-return.html.csp Utah quarterback Travis Wilson sprinted to his left, dived through the air and extended the football beyond the goal line. In that moment Thursday night, late in the first quarter of Utah’s 56-14 victory over Idaho State at Rice-Eccles Stadium, any remaining issues regarding Wilson’s will to play football were answered. Those questions about how Wilson might approach his return to the field seem silly now, don’t they? He’s the same, competitive QB as ever — maybe even more so, after his career ... Utah quarterback Travis Wilson sprinted to his left, dived through the air and extended the football beyond the goal line. In that moment Thursday night, late in the first quarter of Utah’s 56-14 victory over Idaho State at Rice-Eccles Stadium, any remaining issues regarding Wilson’s will to play football were answered. Those questions about how Wilson might approach his return to the field seem silly now, don’t they? He’s the same, competitive QB as ever — maybe even more so, after his career ... 58349920@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:26:21 MDT Kragthorpe: Utes need to make offensive impression in opener http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58342283-77/utes-utah-season-whittingham.html.csp The biggest question about Utah’s football season opener vs. Idaho State is what fraction of the Utes’ total this win will represent, three months from now. One-fifth? One-sixth? ESPN’s Football Power Index projects 5.3 victories for the Utes in the 12-game schedule, while ranking them No. 37. To me, the “point-three” is just as important as the “five.” There’s room for subjectivity, in other words, and it starts Thursday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Artistic impression is important in judging... The biggest question about Utah’s football season opener vs. Idaho State is what fraction of the Utes’ total this win will represent, three months from now. One-fifth? One-sixth? ESPN’s Football Power Index projects 5.3 victories for the Utes in the 12-game schedule, while ranking them No. 37. To me, the “point-three” is just as important as the “five.” There’s room for subjectivity, in other words, and it starts Thursday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Artistic impression is important in judging... 58342283@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:40:20 MDT Kragthorpe: Bronco should be allowed to have fun with Utah-BYU rivalry http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58333941-88/mendenhall-byu-coach-utah.html.csp Provo After all these years of wishing BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall would say anything interesting, I can’t bash him when he finally does so. Mendenhall is moving away from his carefully programmed persona, and that’s healthy for everybody. Appearing at the Big Blue Bash booster event Saturday night, he jabbed the University of Utah about the two-year interruption of the football rivalry. “We are not afraid to play anyone this year. Unlike a certain team here in Salt Lake,” Mendenhal... Provo After all these years of wishing BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall would say anything interesting, I can’t bash him when he finally does so. Mendenhall is moving away from his carefully programmed persona, and that’s healthy for everybody. Appearing at the Big Blue Bash booster event Saturday night, he jabbed the University of Utah about the two-year interruption of the football rivalry. “We are not afraid to play anyone this year. Unlike a certain team here in Salt Lake,” Mendenhal... 58333941@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:38:51 MDT Kragthorpe: 50-year devotion to college football has its rewards http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58308153-77/college-football-game-field.html.csp The University of Montana’s library now stands on the grounds of the original Dornblaser Field, the unpretentious, stone-and-ivy stadium at the base of Mount Sentinel. College football certainly is not the same game I discovered on that Saturday afternoon 50 years ago, cheering for the Montana Grizzlies against British Columbia. So much has changed, making the sport barely recognizable. I love it, anyway. Detailing all of the problems with modern college football could fill this section. The fa... The University of Montana’s library now stands on the grounds of the original Dornblaser Field, the unpretentious, stone-and-ivy stadium at the base of Mount Sentinel. College football certainly is not the same game I discovered on that Saturday afternoon 50 years ago, cheering for the Montana Grizzlies against British Columbia. So much has changed, making the sport barely recognizable. I love it, anyway. Detailing all of the problems with modern college football could fill this section. The fa... 58308153@www.sltrib.com Sun, 24 Aug 2014 14:18:20 MDT