Utes have to fix offensive problems during bye week


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – This is not the offense Utes fans expected to see this season.

In the last two games against Northern Illinois and Washington, the offense has produced just two total touchdowns. That will not get it done in the Pac-12. So maybe the bye week comes at a good time.

“I don’t think it’s anything that anybody is going to mope around about for two weeks,” said center Lo Falemaka. “I think if anything, it came at the right time, to give us more time to figure out where we are as an offense.”

“The name of the game on offense is points, followed closely by taking care of the football,” said head coach Kyle Whittingham. “Right now, we’re not putting enough points up and we’re turning the ball over more than anyone in the Pac-12. So, based on those two things, we have a lot of work to do.”

Utah is minus-6 in turnover margin so far this season, and quarterback Tyler Huntley has not thrown a touchdown pass in two games. But he says it’s still early in the season.

“It’s only the third game of the season,” Huntley said. “We still have a season to go. I played OK [against Washington]. But I didn’t do anything great to help the team win.”

For those fans wondering if Whittingham has thought about a change at quarterback, that isn’t going to happen right now.

“[Huntley] has got room for improvement like pretty much everyone on the football team,” Whittingham said. “Right now, we’re not going to create some sort of quarterback controversy. We feel Tyler gives us our best chance to win right now. As long as that’s the case, he’ll be the guy. If something happens to change that, then we’ll open it back up to competition.”

The Utes definitely need running back Zack Moss to heal from an ankle injury so they can up his work load. Moss had just 13 carries in Saturday’s loss to the Huskies.

“Hopefully Zack will be 100 percent by next week and we can start feeding him the ball more, which we need to do,” Whittingham said. “We know that. We feel like Zack is one of our best weapons on offense without a doubt.”

The Utes return from the bye week September 29th at Washington State.

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