Ute backup QBs offer a variety of talents

first_imgFor a change, there’s no quarterback controversy at the University of Utah.Unlike past years when it was Lance Rice or Brett Elliott, Darnell Arceneaux or T.D. Croshaw, the Utes have no doubt who is No. 1.Alex Smith is the man for the Utes and the preseason pick to earn all-Mountain West Conference honors at the quarterback position. In fact, Smith is seemingly so far ahead of the competition, that many Ute fans wake up in a sweat at night worrying what will happen to their team if Smith ever goes down.After all, it only takes one good hit, as Elliott discovered last year against Texas A&M when he broke his wrist, sat out for several games and never made it back into the lineup.While some believe the Utes’ season will basically be over if something drastic happens to Smith, as the season gets closer and closer, Utah’s coaches are feeling better and better about the other quarterback prospects if the unthinkable happens.Although the depth chart lists three backup quarterbacks — with Brian Johnson listed above Adam Madsen, who is listed above Fano Tagovailoa — there is an “or” between their names. That means one player is not necessarily ahead of the other.Coach Urban Meyer did say last week that Johnson had emerged as the No. 2 quarterback and the youngster from Texas has been working with the second team most of the time in practice.But Madsen, who earned the backup job coming out of spring, has taken a lot of snaps this fall in a backup role and does have two years of junior college experience.As for Tagovailoa, he’s considered the Utes’ “wild card” who will play in certain situations, not necessarily when the starter goes down for any reason. Quarterback coach Dan Mullen said Tagovailoa is the most likely of the three to see action this week.Overall, Mullen is pleased with the progress the three backups have made but doesn’t want to commit to one QB as No. 2.”I don’t know if we’ll ever have a true backup this year,” said Mullen. “We’ll try to use a collage of guys. If you combine the other three quarterbacks, they might equal Alex. We’ll try to use each guy’s strength to fill that role if we have to.” Here is a brief look at each of Utah’s “other” quarterbacks: BRIAN JOHNSON, 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, freshman, Baytown, Texas: The first thing to remember about Johnson is that he doesn’t turn 18 until February. He skipped first grade and has played with older athletes his whole life. Coming out of Robert E. Lee High School, where he passed for 2,900 yards and 33 touchdowns last year, he had other favorable options out of high school, including Illinois, Mississippi State and Houston, but chose Utah.”The coaches are all great and Salt Lake is a great town to be in,” Johnson said. “I really felt the love from everybody. That was a big reason for me being here.” Mullen calls Johnson “tremendous talent potential” who comes from a great high school program. “He’s way ahead of where anybody else his age would be,” he said. “He’ll only improve as he gets older and grows. He’s going to be a really good player.” ADAM MADSEN, 6-0, 210, junior, Vernal (Dixie College): He turns 25 next week, making him one of the oldest players on the team. Look at it this way: When Madsen was a senior in high school, Johnson was just 10 years old.Maturity is one of the left-hander’s strengths. “He’s a winner,” said Mullen. “He won in high school. He won at Dixie. He’s a tough kid and a leader. He has the maturity that Brian doesn’t have.”Madsen was going to walk on at BYU but changed his mind after a visit to Utah. “The difference in the excitement here was like night and day,” he said.Since eighth grade, Madsen says he’s only lost a total of five football games. “I hate to lose,” said Madsen. “I think my leadership and ability to get the job done (are my strengths). I have a strong arm. I’m not 4.3, but I’m not slow. I’m pretty balanced.” FANO TAGOVAILOA, 6-0, 191, junior, American Samoa (Coffeyville CC): He was originally supposed to play safety, but after coming to the U. as a mid-year transfer, Tagovailoa was switched back to quarterback toward the end of spring camp. He is an excellent running QB but also possesses a strong arm.”He’s just a natural guy, a phenomenal athlete,” Mullen said. “He’s such a great weapon. He can do so many things.”Mullen said Tagovailoa has been working as the scout team quarterback because he’s similar to the Texas A&M quarterback in his abilities.Tagovailoa doesn’t feel comfortable talking with the media yet, but instead will let his game do the talking on the field. “He’ll be the first one in the game, even if Alex is healthy,” Mullen said. “He can bring in a change of pace right away.” E-mail: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

3 Tips For Sales People on LinkedIn

first_imgLinkedIn is changing the world of sales as we know it. Gone are the days where people rely solely on exchanging business cards and keeping them handy in their rolodex. With this ever-expanding professional social networking site, people can stay connected with essentially anyone that they have met/work with on a professional basis. In a nutshell, LinkedIn is a salesperson’s new best friend.Here are some tips for using LinkedIn to your full advantage: The (somewhat) obvious tip: Ask everyone at your company and previous companies to be in your network. Remember, the more people you are connected to (1st connection), the larger your overall network will be (1st, 2nd and 3rd connections). As an outbound prospector, when searching for people in the future you will have a greater chance of this individual being a 2nd or 3rd connection, which will give you greater access to their profile information.If a person is not at all in your network (not a 1st, 2nd or 3rd connection), chances are you will not be able to see their name and other personal information. You more than likely will only be able to see their title and company. Here’s the best trick in the book to get the anonymous person’s info: copy their title and name directly from LinkedIn and enter it into Google… more than likely the search results will produce the name of this person, and will route you directly to their LinkedIn profile. As a sales person, this trick made my life a lot easier.Join groups that are relevant to your target persona. By joining these groups, you will be able to send group members direct messages (you aren’t able to send direct messages unless someone is your 1st connection). Also, you can start discussion threads and join in on other members’ discussion topics, prove your expertise in the space, and engage with people who could help you drive your business forward. Trust me, your cold call will be a lot less “chilly” if you reference some of the ideas that your prospect made reference to in your shared group.OpenView Venture Partners, one of the top venture capital firms in Boston, invests in expansion stage high growth-software, Internet, and technology enabled companies. The Labs team, the operational support arm of the VC, works with the portfolio to strengthen their sales teams, marketing teams, finance teams, legal teams, etc.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more