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Utah Football: Utes Need To Improve Passing, Avoid Defensive Letdown

The Utah Utes didn't have much to complain about last weekend, but there are still plenty of areas that need shoring up like the passing game and the defense. We talk to Block U, Ute Football Central, and Academically Ineligble about what needs fixing.

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What are things that still need working on? What needs the most improvement?

Sean Reynolds, Block U: I think the defense letting up in Saturday’s game was a concern. I don’t want to read too much into it, but I felt the same problems that faced the defense in key points of past games once again showed up in the second half. But that might be expected with how lopsided the score was and I don’t want to focus too negatively on something that might not be an issue in the long run. Even so, I was underwhelmed by the tackling and still think this is a major issue the team needs to focus on because it has played a role in their recent struggles.

Utecentral, Ute Football Central: The offense still has a lot of work to do, but is moving in the right direction. Travis Wilson is improving each week and has emerged as a leader for this team. The area that I would criticize the most has been the number of dropped balls in the last three games by the receivers. There weren't a ton against Cal, but big plays were there for several receivers who couldn't hold on and match the catch.

Matt Quinney, Academically Ineligible: The most important I still believe is our passing game. While Wilson wasn't pressured a whole lot he still did throw an INT and he had no passing TD's. We still need to get those big pass plays to open up the scoring more. Less short routes (which worked) and more down-the-field throws.