Coaches Corner: Quinton Ganther and Lewis Powell


The weekly tour takes a look at Utah’s running backs and defensive end position groups

SALT LAKE CITY – Reunion week is upon us, and as such, it’s fitting that Coaches’ Corner spotlights a pair of Utah football alumni ahead of Saturday’s noon kickoff with the state from Oregon as we visit the running backs coach Quinton Ganther and defensive ends coach Lewis Powell.

The Utes are looking to build on the momentum of a Pac-12 opener win at Arizona State last weekend, as well as turn the tide of last year’s game at Oregon State – a 42 loss -34 in Corvallis.

“These guys got us last year,” the head coach said Kyle Whittingham tuesday. “They outplayed us. The offense played well [last year at Oregon State], but we didn’t do much in defense and not much in special teams. Hopefully we play better this year. They’re a great football team, playing USC all the way. They are well trained, they are tough, they are physical. There are a lot of similarities between the two programs.”

Whittingham was also excited about the kick-off time for Saturday’s game at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

“We love daytime games,” he said. “It’s a midday kick-off, we got another kick-off earlier… Exactly what we were hoping for, should be nice weather, 65 degrees, 70 degrees, perfect.”

Ganther and Powell this week shared a look at how their respective groups have progressed four games into the season.

Running backs coach Quinton Ganther
On Jaylon Glover’s Saturday show…

“It was good to see. [Jaylon’s] a young man who arrived and who has worked hard since he has been here. I am happy to see him carry the torch and guide us in the time when we needed it.”

Is Glover starting to show what he’s capable of? How many left?

“I don’t know how many are left, but I’ll milk him for everything in him.”

On Ja’ Quinden Jackson’s next steps for progression to running back…

“The kid is already naturally gifted. He just has to learn the nuances of the position. He had only had two days of practice. I commend him for taking it seriously with two days of work. C It’s hard to do, fire each other up and I’ve got two days of work I appreciate him for the work he’s done.

About the evaluation Micah Bernard

“What I see from him is responsibility. If you can rely on a guy, you can put him in any situation. He’s a smart kid. He can get us out of traffic when we need to. from him. It’s Steady Eddie. I love that kid.”

On challenges for Jackson returning to running back…

“The challenge is to get out of that quarterback mindset and into a running back mindset. Even with him playing [running back] in high school and earlier in his career, he looked at it with the lens that I try to get these guys to see it with. He begins to understand and understand. One of the most important aspects of the position is protection. He understood protection from an offensive line perspective and a quarterback perspective, but he didn’t understand where running backs go. That’s going to be the biggest challenge, mastering the footwork and everything. He used to give [handoffs], without taking them. We also need to put all of that together.”

Is there a benefit to having that knowledge as a quarterback?

“It’s always an advantage if you can see the game from a different angle and bring it to the group. It’s always a great thing.”

Defensive Ends Coach Lewis Powell
The team has now been adjusting for four weeks into the season…

“I think we are adapting well. The youngsters have learned a lot in the first four games. They understand that the task is quite physical [this week]…probably one of the best teams in our conference. We are delighted to take up the challenge.”

On the number of bags and a possible correlation with physicality…

“We always try to stop the run first and then after the quarterback. We’re probably doing a good job stopping the run to get five sacks [at Arizona State]. But obviously we want as many sacks as possible after stopping the race.”

On what changed in the stoppage of the race between Florida and Arizona State…

“A lot of things have changed between those games. The guys in our defense just understand their role, how they fit into our scheme, what they have to do. It was exciting for them to improve every week We have been from Florida to Southern Utah to San Diego State now Arizona State Hope we continue to progress and see good improvement our fundamentals, our technique and our understanding of our pattern.”


Utah will return to Rice-Eccles Stadium for its annual homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 1 when it takes on the Oregon State Beavers. The game will air on Pac-12 Networks at 12 p.m. MT.


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