Andy Ludwig Happy With Utah Offense Day One

Aug 3, 2022, 6:39 PM

Utah Utes Offense vs. Defense Fall Camp...

(Photo courtesy of Utah Athletics)

(Photo courtesy of Utah Athletics)

SALT LAKE CITY- The vibe was positive talking with Utah offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig about his offense during the Utes’ first media availability of fall camp. While there are many, many practices to go before things really fire off in Gainesville on September 3rd, Ludwig was pleased with his side of the ball day one, largely due to the experience of the group.

“A lot of those guys are in their fourth year in the same system, very few changes in the system over the past season,” Ludwig said. “Some tweaks and modifications, but nothing these guys haven’t been exposed to. You just have to be careful about putting so much trust that you skip fundamentals.”

Offensive Evolution

Right now for coach Ludwig and the Utes offense it isn’t so much about coming up with something new and spectacular as it is about evolving what they have already been doing well. Ludwig said after practice that because of having a very experienced group to work with, the focus is on adding small things to what they have already been doing that focuses on his player’s strengths rather than completely starting over.

“There are plays designed to have little wrinkles,” Ludwig said. “Not new plays, but little wrinkles with player’s skill sets in mind whether it’s perimeter plays with wideouts, tight ends. We have new things for the running backs as well. We’ve been working in the same system with these guys for three or four years now.”

Looking At The Newcomers

While Utah has an embarrassment of riches on the offensive side of the ball that they are confident in, there are still some newcomers they are breaking in as well. What stuck out most to Ludwig about those guys in day one was their raw athleticism and length. Something Ludwig is surely taking tabs of and figuring out how best to use.

“We have a lot of athleticism and a lot of length,” Ludwig said. “We have some tall, long guys that can really run. Right now they are drinking water through a firehose just trying to get lined up much less running a route and things of that nature. I’m fired up about the young wide receiver corps.”

Oblock In Good Shape

One of the things that contributed to the Utes’ slow start in 2021 was poor offensive play. Utah’s coaching staff mentioned several times through the spring that their goal was to keep everyone healthier and have their main guys working together sooner than they did a season ago. It’s hard to get a full read on any kind of progress in that regard in just a day, but Ludwig seemed happy with the steps being taken and the talent available.

“Coach Harding will get the best five in the right spots,” Ludwig said. “I’m absolutely confident in that. All of those guys that we are counting on have played somewhat significant snaps to very significant snaps. We feel really good about the depth. The starting group will work itself out here.”

Could Utah Run o5 Personnel In 2022?

It is no secret the Utes are very talented and very deep at the tight end position. So much so, that half-jokingly Ludwig was asked about running a 05 personnel set in the spring and while he didn’t say “yes” he also didn’t say “no” either. Asked again this afternoon and Ludwig gave the same slightly devious, non-committal answer. Could this be one of the aforementioned “wrinkles” he referred to? Only time will tell.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Michelle Bodkin (@bodkinkslsports)

“There is a lot of multiplicity in the skill set of that room,” Ludwig said. “The thing about the tight end position at Utah is that it is such a high football intellect, they have the mental capacity to line up in a lot of different positions. We’ve never put five out on the field at the same time like they want to do, but never say never.”



  • Utah Utes Scoreboard

  • Utah Utes Team Leaders

  • Utah Utes Standings



Madisan Hinkhouse

TEST: NBC Olympics


28 days ago

Utah Jazz guard Keyonte George (3) gestures to a teammate...

Ben Anderson

Jazz Secure Winning Record At Home With Victory Over Rockets

The Utah Jazz snapped their season-worst 13-game losing streak, beating the Houston Rockets 124-121 to finish the 2023-24 home campaign with a victory.

2 months ago

Utah Jazz head coach Will Hardy looks on...

Ben Anderson

Jazz Rookies Benched In Blowout Loss To Clippers

The Utah Jazz suffered their 11th consecutive loss falling on the road to the Los Angeles Clippers 131-102.

2 months ago


Michelle Bodkin

Utah Quarterback Bryson Barnes Hits NCAA Transfer Portal

Utah Utes quarterback Bryson Barnes will be hitting the NCAA Transfer Portal for the 2024 season after taking the wheel in 2023.

6 months ago

Jim McMahon...

Chandler Holt

Instant Replay: Former BYU QB Jim McMahon Leads Song at Chicago Cubs Game

NFL legend and former BYU QB Jim McMahon opened up the 7th inning of the Cubs game by singing along to 'Take Me Out To The Ball Game'.

8 months ago

D’Anton Lynn...

JOE REEDY AP Sports Writer

UCLA’s D’Anton Lynn Is Among First-Year Coordinators Making A Quick Impact In Pac-12

Despite being in his first year, D'Anton Lynn has the Bruins playing at a high level as they travel for a pivotal road contest against Utah.

8 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Follow @kslsports...

KSL Give-A-Thon

The KSL Sports Zone, KSL 5 TV, FM100.3, 103.5 The Arrow, and KSL NewsRadio have teamed up to raise money for the kids being served by Primary Children’s Care!


KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.


KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

Follow @kslsports...

The Road Home Mediathon 2023

The KSL Sports Zone and KSLSports.com are proud to support the all-day Mediathon 2023 at the Road Home, an annual tradition to raise money and other essential items for the Road Home, a Homeless Shelter.

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.

Andy Ludwig Happy With Utah Offense Day One