Idaho State vs Utah Preview


utahSALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – The Idaho State Bengals look to erase their 3-9 mark last season that ended with a 32-7 drubbing by Weber State with an early trip to face the Utah Utes who are looking to move on from a 5-7 season that ended on a high note with a 24-17 win over Colorado.

Senior quarterback Justin Arias looks to continue to lead the Bengals’ aerial assault in which he threw for 3,500 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2013. However, Arias will be without last season’s top target Luke Austin who hauled in 65 catches for 951 yards and 11 TDs. Junior running back Xavier Finney rushed and received for over 1,000 yards last season, leading the team in all-purpose yardage.

The defense will continue to be led by senior Mitch Beckstead who recorded 111 tackles, 5.5 for loss, three interceptions and a fumble last season. Senior defensive lineman Austin Graves looks to continue as a beastly presence with 14.5 tackles for loss including five sacks in 2013.

The Utes will be led by junior Travis Wilson at quarterback who poses a dual-threat at the position and is well-equipped to run the up-tempo offense. Utah may use a committee approach at running back with Bubba Poole, Devontae Booker and Troy McCormick all earning time in camp. Poole averaged 4.1 yards per attempt in 2013 while top receiver Dres Anderson looks to build on his 1,000 yards receiving.

However the defensive unit takes a big hit in losing Trevor Reilly who led the team with 100 tackles, 16 for loss and 8.5 sacks in 2013. Most of the defense has been in open competition throughout camp and must improve on allowing nearly 400 yards and 28 points per game last season.

Keys for Idaho State Win

Idaho State must impose its passing attack on the Utes defense so look for Arias to be throwing the ball a lot. Look for Beckstead to make a mark with the style of offense Utah runs.

Keys For Utah Win

The defense must get pressure on Arias which means they must win the line of scrimmage. Wilson has to materialize in the running game and the passing game.

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Idaho State and Utah both run up-tempo offenses so fans may enjoy quite a show in this one.

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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