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September 27, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Coachspeak — Utah’s Kyle Whittingham

Tuesday means the weekly Pac-12 coaches teleconference, and Utah’s Kyle Whittingham was just on, spending 10 minutes or so talking about this week’s game with UW. Here are a few highlights. …

— Utah was among the schools that recruited Keith Price, and as The Salt Lake Tribune detailed today the Utes basically stopped recruiting him once getting a commitment from Jordan Wynn. Price never did take a visit to Utah — his other official trips were Oregon and Arizona State. Whittingham said today that “we liked him. … we thought he was a very good player and that’s what he’s turning out to be.”

— Whittingham was also briefly mentioned as a candidate for the UW job in 2008 when it instead went to Steve Sarkisian. He said today that “I was never contacted directly by anybody so I’d have to say it was more rumors than anything. But they’ve definitely got a great coach in place. He is doing a great job and is a guy I’ve known throughout the years, and what he’s done the last few years with that program is very impressive.”

— Whittingham said one of the most challenging aspects of preparing for Washington is all of the formations the Huskies present on offense. “They are very diverse in their formations,” he said. “They maybe have more formations than any team I have ever prepared for, so we’ve got our work cut out for us in that respect.” He said the biggest challenge of preparing for the formations is getting defensive players properly lined up. Utah plays a lot of man-to-man defense, so Whittingham said getting each defender properly lined up before the play when a team is shifting in and out of formations is critical. “You’ve got to make sure you don’t get mismatched,” he said. “They do new formations each week, they do a nice job of trying to gain an advantage with their formations and we’ve got to make sure we are prepared for that.”

— He said defending Chris Polk will be a challenge for Utah this week and compared him to USC’s Marc Tyler (a team the Utes played two weeks ago), saying they are “similar-type of backs.”

— Asked about the team’s homefield advantage, he noted Utah’s opponents were called for 51 false starts in games at Rice-Eccles Stadium last season. Playing at home “means a great deal,” he said. “We have fared very well at home (Utah is 31-6 at home under Whittingham) and a big reason for that is our fans here.”

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