Ben Moa plows over Air Force in 2003
Anbody remember Ben Moa? Specifically, anybody remember the 2003 game at Air Force? I’ve been thinking alot about that game lately.
The reason being, in 2003 Urban Meyer was in his first year at Utah. He was bringing with him a new system. Urban could have tried to input his entire system in 2003 but he didn’t. He installed what he could of his system and tailored it around the players he had.
We didn’t have a lot of depth in the backfield on ’03. Brandon Warfield was a stud but was hurt in the Air Force game. Urban stuck tight end Ben Moa in the backfield and he was our running back for most of that game. If you remember, that was the famous jump pass game where Ben faked up the middle and threw the jump pass for the conversion.
Nobody doubts that Norm Chow is a great coach. We’ve seen what he can do throughout his career. What I’d like to see him do, and what I think he will do, is tailor his play calling around John Hays and the strengths of this team. Lets face it. John White IV is not a bruiser. It would be nice to spread the field out a little and see what he can do.
I think Utah got caught last year trying to make Jordan Wynn a spread option quarterback when that isn’t the player he is. I can’t count the times where I would get frustrated at them for running a zone read where everyone in the stadium knew that Jordan Wynn was not going to keep the ball.
There is no doubt that we’re trying to install Chow’s pro-style offense. That is well documented. But it would be great, if it could be geared around the strengths of this team. Most, if not all, of the players were not recruited for the pro-style offense. It would be nice to see a little mix of the spread until the players completely match the style.