Expert Q&A 2020 Utah Football

An 11-3 season and a lock as a top-20 team in the AP Poll sounds pretty good for any program. This was the case for the Utah Utes in 2019 – where the PAC-12 runners up dominated out West. But can this juggernaut keep it up in 2020? Utah expert William Riley will answer some questions about if the Utes can keep up the success in 2020.

Bill Riley is the longest-tenured member of the ESPN 700 Family, now in his 12th year with Utah’s #1 Sports Talk. Riley is a 15 year veteran of the Utah Radio Market and has 24 years in the Radio and Television Business.

Overall, how do you believe the offense will compare to the 2019 season?

It sounds funny to say, that an offense that loses an All Pac 12 QB and RB might be better, but there’s a chance that it could be better. 2nd Year under OC Andy Ludwig and a ton of returning starters and talent. Brant Kuithe at Tight End, Britain Covey at WR, 4 of 5 starters on the O-Line and a very deep running back room.

What do you expect from the QB position in 2020?

This is where the question lies with the Utah Offense in 2020. Replacing Tyler Huntley. It will be either South Carolina Transfer Jake Bentley or Texas Transfer Cam Rising. This won’t be sorted out till sometime in Fall Camp. Both can really spin it, so there’s a good chance the Utah Passing game is more dynamic in 2020.

How do you see the workload at RB being distributed?

With Zack Moss gone, there isn’t an established #1 Back for Utah, but the Running Back Room is deep and talented. Expect to see Devin Brumfield, Jordan Wilmore and TJ Green really battle for the majority of the touches. Keep an eye on Micah Bernard, redshirt freshman, and Ty Jordan a 4 star true freshman and former Longhorn commit. Both will have an opportunity to crack the rotation.

How does the offensive line compare to the 2019 group?

The group will be mostly the same, just more seasoned with a full year together under their belt. This is the position group that Utah has prioritized the last several years. It is deep and talented. They must find a replacement at LT for Darrin Paulo, there are a number of options. OL Coach Jim Harding should have the group functioning at it’s usual high Utah level from Game 1 this season.

What do you think the distribution will be to the WR/TE’s?

Another very very deep position group(s). With the departure of Moss to the NFL and not a clear cut #1 RB, I expect Utah to put a bit more emphasis on the pass game this fall. Where they’ve traditionally been a 60/40 Run to Pass team, it would surprise me to see that number flip to perhaps a 60/40 Pass to Run this fall. Expect TE Brant Kuithe, WR Britain Covey and WR Bryan Thompson to be amongst the most featured this fall in the Utah Pass Game.

For our dynasty owners, who are some young players that stand out as future breakout performers?

Offensively for Utah keep an eye on Devin Brumfield and Jordan Wilmore at Running Back, at WR Solomon Enis, Jaylen Dixon and Bryan Thompson all have a chance to make names for themselves this season. Defensively, keep an eye on true freshman corner Clark Phillips, who chose Utah over Ohio St., he’s Utah’s highest ever rated recruit and has a chance to start from Day 1 at corner. Also, Defensive End Mika Tafua has a chance to pick up some of the production left behind by Bradlee Anae.

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