Utah spring practice recap

The first practice in full pads for the Utes took place on Saturday and it was a huge success. The offense made some nice plays through the air and running the ball on the ground. The defense showed a nice ability to get pressure with the defensive line. Utah’s special teams are the best in the country with Matt Gay and Mitch Wishnowsky showing up big time. The energy was high from the players and coaches on a clear and crisp spring afternoon. Here are some news and notes:

It’s obvious Chase Hansen and Cody Barton are the leaders of the defense right now with how vocal they are at practice. Bradlee Anae is a monster off the edge rushing the passer. Tyrone Smith has immense size and speed at the corner position. Utah’s defense looks fast and physical yet again under Kyle Whittingham.

Tyler Huntley ran the first team offense very well and is already looking bigger, faster and stronger than he did in 2017. Huntley was making checks at the line of scrimmage to get the offense into the right play for the situation which is something we did not see a lot of from the true junior last season. Huntley was also pretty dynamic in the running game taking off for a few big runs in the team periods at the end of practice.

Jack Tuttle lived up the the hype. The young man has sensational footwork and mechanics. In the early goings of the team periods it was clear Tuttle was overestimating the time he had in the pocket but as practice wore on he sped up his process of getting rid of the football. There were some very nice deep passes completed by Tuttle in the 7 on 7 drills and the team drills throughout the day. Tuttle ended up completing what would be the deepest pass of the day in with a corner route thrown more than 30 yards in the air with great touch and precision.


Tyler Huntley is more polished right now and is ready to win games at the start of the 2018 football season but Jack Tuttle will certainly push Huntley for the starting job through fall camp and the regular season.

In an unrelated note, Kyle Whittingham showed up to spring ball with a new bike.

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