Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said following Saturday's game the Utes have a multitude of issues to address with the offense.
It's hard to pick a place to begin that renovation. Jon Hays is getting a lot of focus as the quarterback, but as Whittingham said, the struggles are far from being his fault alone.
To me, the biggest issues is the Utes have to have some players step up in the receiving game, particularly now that tight end Dallin Rogers is lost for the year.
Dres Anderson has shown flashes of being a big playmaker but he is just a freshman, you can't count on him to carry the receiving corp.
The Utes need more out of veterans such as Luke Matthews and Reggie Dunn when it comes to yards after catches.
Course, it's hard for Hays to get the ball downfield to those guys when he is getting pressured all the time. He was sacked seven times Saturday, an inexcusably high amount. Adding to the offensive line woes were several penalties, including a personal foul on John Cullen.
The Utes finished with 10 penalties for 97 yards.
"We did some dumb things and we will correct them," Whittingham said. "It's a process and you never stop educating. We'll correct things and make sure we do things the right way and fix the self-inflicting wounds upon ourselves."
The Utes have a lot to correct in the coming days. Whittingham said it was going to be a nice plane ride home after the win, but here is a hunch there are going to be some long nights ahead for Utah's coaches this week.
- Lya Wodraska
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