I’ve tried to piece together what the roster might look like going into 2024. Still a few that have to announce they are coming back (Kuithe) and we might get some portal guys that fit into the 2-deep. Probably could still use a field-stretching WR, DB, and maybe a proven QB2. The trenches are looking pretty good.
Not always sure about the different WR and TE positions, but these are my best guesses with relatively limited FB experience other than armchair QB. Flame away - I’m sure there are all sorts of mistakes as well as different opinions.
We might have 7! Seniors starting on defense and 7-8 on offense. This is the year to push (and get a training staff that can keep them healthy ).
Yes, more help is needed. I know we’ve gone over this many times before, but the WR group needs to get much better. I like parks, but he’s not a next-level player. Pittman could be good, but he’s never healthy. McClain has showed flashes, but he hasn’t been consistent. I know little to nothing about Caldarella, Zipperer, Mbanasor, or the others.
Utah always seems to be fine at RB, but I’m a little worried about that position. Bernard is a gamer, but he’s not an every-down back, I don’t think. Glover needs to get stronger, but he’s an OK backup. Perhaps the three freshman have a high ceiling. I’m not sure. The wildcard could be Woods, but going from Idaho to Utah and the Big-12 is a big jump.
Micah seems like a potential every-down back, but probably 10-15 touches a game. Probably not the 3rd and short back. He can run (more of a scat-back), receive, and does decently at pass block. But guessing RB will be by committee, not having that 1 marque 1000 yard, 15 TD rusher.
I agree WR room probably needs to get better.
When I’m looking at this roster with a lot of contributing Seniors, I can see Whit ride this year and then step down. Will be a good time for the next guy to reload with some key pieces in place but a lot to replace. Plus the NIL, portal, and getting through the covid cohort seems to make the job a different one Kyle enjoys.
Exactly. And for the most part, this will be the last year for extra covid year players. I guess unless they also had a RS and can be around for a 6th year.
As stated above, if I were Whitt, I’d be all in this year then peace out afterwards, riding his Harley into the sunset. Or at least up the road to his post-coaching “special assistant to the athletics director”. His contract runs through the 2027 season.
If Whittingham coaches all the way through the end of the contract on Dec. 31, 2027, his role as special assistant to the AD would last for six years and pay him one-sixth of his total compensation. Retirement between Jan. 1, 2025, and Dec. 30, 2027, triggers seven years and one-seventh of total compensation.
Maybe. I just took what I found elsewhere and added a year. There are some SRs that might have 2 years left as well. Might be easier to state number of years left, but I don’t know an easy way to do that. Plus medical RS, covid year. Soon it will be back to ‘you have 5 years to play 4’ unless you have a med RS.