The Utah Utes are looking to get on a winning track in the Pac-12 for the first time since joining the conference. Head coach Kyle Whittingham has tinkered with his coaching staff to try and unlock the winning formula. There’s reason to be optimistic about the Utes’ chances in 2014 but none may be bigger than the playmaking ability of Dres Anderson.
Last season, Anderson finished fourth in the conference, averaging 83.5 yards per game as he racked up 1,002 yards on 53 receptions with seven touchdowns. He also accounted for over 20 yards per return on kickoffs and even took a few handoffs out of the backfield, with one going for a touchdown. He is as dynamic a playmaker with the ball in his hands as Utah has on their roster and they would be well served to find ways to get him touches in 2014.
Anderson is the leading returning pass-catcher in the Pac-12 in 2014 after the conference lost a number of its marquee receivers from 2013. In addition to his track record for proficient production, Anderson will also benefit from the return of Travis Wilson this fall. With a clean bill of health, Wilson will be looking to build off his sophomore campaign where he threw for 1,827 yards and 16 touchdowns in just nine games.
For Wilson and the Utah offense to take the next step in 2014, they will need to utilize Dres Anderson as effectively as possible. The talented senior is one of the best weapons in the Pac-12 with the ball in his hands and could be the key to getting the Utes on the winning path in the Pac-12 this season.