Day 8 was a quiet day at Camp Kyle, no media availability and no real news coming out of Utah Football. The waiting game continues to see of BYU Transfer, Frances Bernard, will qualify and join the Utah Football team this week. Bernard is awaiting his final grades to post at Salt Lake Community College. Utah will return to the field on Friday for a morning practice session, now inside of three weeks until their opener against Weber State on Thursday August 30th at Rice Eccles Stadium.
Since their is a lack of any real on or off field news on Thursday and since we sit 21 days away from the Opener, I thought that I would give it my best shot to stack a depth chart based on my conversations, observations and projections thus far through Camp Kyle…
Quarterback-There is no competition for the starters job this fall it’s all Huntley. The battle is for the backup position, between Jack Tuttle and Jason Shelley. Right now Tuttle appears to be getting more reps with the second unit. Race isn’t over but edge Tuttle
Running Back-Zack Moss should be wrapped up in bubble wrap for the next few weeks. There is no need to expose him much at all. The Youngster Devin Brumfield continues to shine in limited touches.
Wide Receiver-Whittingham has called this the most competitive position group in Camp and with good reason. Utah is 10 deep and very talented. A Top 3 seems to have emerged (Mariner, Simpkins, Covey) after that the competition is tight.
1st Unit-Mariner, Simpkins, Covey
2nd Unit-Nacua, Boyd, Dixon
3rd Unit-Enis, Thompson, Field
Tight End-This group has been impressive in Camp through the first week, catch just about everything thrown their way. The key question here is, How much will they be utilized this year?
Offensive Line-Another very competitive group with only one real “starting” job up for grabs. Whittingham and Harding have said they want 8 guys to be ready to play. They may have 9.
Others in the Mix-Daniels, Umana, Capra, Toala
Defensive Line-Gary Anderson has made it clear that he wants an eight man rotation along the defensive line. He shouldn’t have much trouble there…
Linebackers-We will base this solely on who is currently on the roster, not who might join the team moving forward. Probably 5 solid choices right now at this position group.
Corners-One of the most talented position groups on the squad this season. It will be hard to get everyone playing time, but if injuries occur Utah should be in much better shape this year.
1st Unit-Blackmon, Johnson, Guidry
2nd Unit-Smith, Nurse, Lewis
Safeties-Losing Hansen to LB this season should have little to no impact on this position group. Quality depth behind the starters. Malone Mataele may not see a ton of time but has a bright future.
1st Unit-Blair and Ballard
2nd Unit-Afia and Burgess
Specialists-Utah has the best punter/kick duo in the nation. The punt return game should be locked in but the kick returner is to be determined. We’ll also see who ultimately wins the battle at long snapper.
Kick Return-Vickers or Blackmon or Dixon
Long Snapper-Maddie Golden
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