Utah features a balanced offense that has ranked among the most efficient
in all of FBS in 2019, and also boasts big-play ability. The Utes, who rank
second in completion percentage (73.2%) and seventh in team passing
efficiency (177.79), have logged five games this season with more than 500 yards
of total offense, their most since 2005. Utah also has scored 30 or more points
in 10 of their 13 games, the most by a Utah team since 2008.
Ranked 10th in FBS in yards per play (6.75), Utah features All-America running
back Zack Moss and fellow first-team All-Pac-12 choice Tyler Huntley at quarterback.
Moss, who has accumulated the sixth-most rushing yards among active
FBS players (4,010), leads the Pac-12 and is the nation’s No. 12 rusher at 113.3
yards per game. The Doak Walker and Maxwell Award semifinalist ranks 13th in
all-purpose yards (144.4), 12th in rushing touchdowns (15) and 17th in total
touchdowns (17). He has broken six Utah Football career records in 2019 and
tied one single-season record.
Huntley, a finalist for multiple quarterback awards, ranks sixth in ESPN Total QBR
(84.0) and combines pin-point accuracy with the ability to stretch the defense.
The senior ranks second in the FBS in completion percentage (73.7%), fourth in
yards-per-pass-attempt (10.67), fifth in passing efficiency (181.9) and eighth
in yards per completion (14.47). Huntley is tied for the FBS lead with two pass
completions of 80 yards or longer, and enters his final game with 7,225 career
passing yards, 45 touchdown passes and a 23-9 record as a starting quarterback—
the third-most wins in Utah Football history.
Under the guidance of offensive coordinator and
quarterbacks coach Andy Ludwig, who had considerable
success in a previous stint at Utah (2005-
08), the Utes have made terrific use of the tight end
position and utilized seven different wide receivers
who boast 10 or more receptions. Sophomores Cole
Fotheringham and Brant Kuithe often start in a twotight
end set, and Kuithe has emerged as a threat
both through the air and on the ground with nine
total touchdowns—six receiving and three rushing.
He averages 18.5 yards per reception as the leading
receiver on the team (31-572) and 14.6 yards per rush.
Senior Demari Simpkins is the leading pass-catcher
among wide receivers (30-340, 1 TD), while sophomore
Bryan Thompson is the big-play threat with a
26.6-yard average on 17 receptions (452 yards).
A relatively young offensive line gelled in training
camp and provided great stability to let the playmakers
shine throughout the season. The unit allowed
just 1.7 sacks per game and paved the way for a
rushing attack that averaged 4.9 yards per carry,
207 yards per game and scored 34 touchdowns on
the ground. Together with a stingy defense, the Utah
offense contributed to an astounding ranking of No. 2
in the nation in time-of-possession average (34:33).
Also key in that ball-control success is a 47.8-percent
success rate on third downs, 13th in the nation, to
extend drives and keep opposing offenses off the field.
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