p class="TEXT_w_Indent"> This was supposed to be a year when the Utes were deep at receiver too. Granted losing Kenneth Scott for the season hurt, but no one else has really stepped up.
Utah needs to bulk up its receiving corp. to be a decent team in the Pac-12. The days of relying on one big-time receiver or two are over for the Utes.
The Pac-12 might not be known as a defensive league, but teams have to have at least two or three go-to guys in the passing game to survive.
Defensively, the Utes have got to improve in the secondary. The Utes need guys who can not only cover, but turn their heads and make plays on the ball too. Course, after Saturday, many fans would probably be happy with defenders who can simply man up.
The Utes might have some young talent learning through some hard times now, but they need some immediate help next year. Whether the help comes from the high school ranks or the JC ranks it doesn't matter, the Utes just need some impact players.
Suffice it to say Utah's next recruiting class will be the most important of Whittingham's career. As he has always said, the lifeblood of a team is recruiting and right now Utah's past recruiting classes simply aren't living up to expectations when it comes to the skill positions.
- Lya Wodraska