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Utes have respect for Nelson's game

Published September 12, 2012 3:09 pm

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The Utes had all kinds of issues trying to stop Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton, who rushed 17 times for 86 yards against them Friday. Now they are facing a similar quarterback in BYU's Riley Nelson, a guy who if he didn't have their attention before, certainly does now after the Utes' experience against the Aggies. Utah's defenders are admitting this week they were surprised the Aggies were as effective against them as they were. "We gave up some big runs in that game and we know we can't let that happen this week," Utah defensive end/linebacker Trevor Reilly said. "Keeton was no joke, he was really athletic." Nelson is similar, except Reilly likened him to another quarterback, albeit a slightly more famous one, Tim Tebow. "I know Tebow won the Heisman and is in the NFL, but Riley reminds me of him," he said. "He is a lefty, he'll put his shoulder and and hit you, he runs the draw well and throws the ball Ok. Running backs are hard because you don't account for them in man to man defense, it's like a 12th guy out there. We know it's going to be a big challenge." - Lya Wodraska