August 28, 2006

High octane

Andy Ludwig's offensive unit is loaded with talented playmakers. Will they form a cohesive unit? Here's a look at how all the pieces looked in fall camp.

Quarterback

From a straight-up early August to third scrimmage point of view, Tommy Grady slightly outperformed Brett Ratliff. His passes were crisper and he just seemed to run the offense a little better. That being said, Ratliff did nothing to lose his job considering how much he has proven in actual game situations. Ratliff probably knew he would get the job if he avoided a meltdown, so didn't try to push anything too hard during camp. In McBride's day you could set your clock on bad decisions on the opening day starting quarterback, but then again, coach Mac didn't have nearly the talent at the position as the Utes find themselves with in 2006.

Brian Johnson looked very good for a young man half a year removed from major knee surgery. But while watching him, one's eye was always distracted by that mammoth brace on his leg. After his redshirt was announced, Johnson was limping noticeably more, as the pressure was now off him to just suck it up and look good.
Kevin Dunn played well and hard, considering he will be at the bottom of the depth chart for another three seasons unless something drastic happens. He has all the tools to be successful and actually appears to have lost some bulk from last year.

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