Utah Football: Why Utes Needs More “Explosive” Plays In The Running Game

As has been well documented, Utah has not been as efficient and consistent in the racing game as he had hoped.

Come back Tavion Thomas missed a considerable amount of time on various questions. Micah Bernard was limited due to injuries.

Last Thursday 21-17 win over Washington Statethe Utes rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns, led by a freshman Jaylon Glover and converted quarterback Ja’ Quinden Jackson.

“I think our young fullbacks did a good job,” coach Kyle Whittingham said.

Offensive line coach Jim Harding knows his big players up front bear the blame when it comes to opening up holes for running backs.

“We definitely need to be more consistent in the management of football,” he said. “Obviously it’s good to win, but as an offensive line coach you want to run the ball more efficiently and have more explosive plays in the running game. But I’m happy with how the kids are protecting the quarterback right now.

What’s the Utah O-line’s key to imposing its will on opposing defenses?

“Right now we’re just not getting the initial push, the initial push at the line of scrimmage on the inside,” Harding said. “We have to do a better job on our combination blocks. We see a lot of movement up front rather than teams playing straight. We need to do a better job hitting the move and getting that initial push.

With the Utes using a variety of backs, does that make it more difficult for the linemen rather than using a bell cow back?

“I don’t think so. Each of these guys has their strengths,” Harding said. “I feel like if we did our job, any of them would be successful.”

Glover carried the charge for the Utes against WSU, rushing 20 times for 76 yards and a touchdown.

“I think I did pretty well,” said the 5-foot-7, 207-pound player from Lakeland, Florida. “I’m my biggest critic so I always feel like I can improve. Assignment-wise I’ve done a great job. Now it’s just keep stacking up and improving on either side .

Glover added that running backs coach Quinton Ganther “was proud of me. Mental mistakes, I didn’t make any mistakes.

But Glover knows he has plenty of room for improvement and growth.

“I have to make more explosive games. I want to leave my impact on the pitch, he said. “I want to leave the field knowing that I did my part and I don’t want to leave any yards on the field. Being more explosive, I want to bring that to the game. I want to show it on Saturday (against Arizona). »

How does Glover rate the performance of the O Series?

“It’s getting better every week. I go as they go, he said. “Those guys up front are determined. We’re not happy with our running game right now. But we’re going to turn it around.”

utes on air

Arizona (3-5, 1-4)

at No. 12 Utah (6-2, 4-1)

Saturday, 5:30 p.m. MDT

Rice Eccles Stadium

TV: Pac-12 network

Radio: ESPN700

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