And so it begins…
Day 1 of Fall Camp for the University of Utah is in the books. As expected an uneventful Day 1 for Kyle Whittingham’s team. Rock and Roll Music blaring and new look practice jerseys with names in bold lettering on the back. Whittingham called today an “ok” practice with execution being pretty good on offense, but hard to tell anything until the pads go on in a few days.
Whittingham called the WR and Defensive Back spots the most unsettled as camp begins, with a number of position battles going on right now.
Who Stood Out:
1. Cory Butler and Britton Covey-The Slot receivers had a good morning on Day 1. Both showed great quickness in open space. Kyle Whittingham says the Butler’s future at either WR or DB will be determined by his play and need.
2. Kendal Thompson-Show no ill affects from his knee injury last fall. Thompson looked extremely quick and threw the ball well in the limited time I got to observe morning practice.
Newcomer Player Spotlight Day 1
I spoke to Joe Williams on Day 1 as my Newcomer Player Spotlight. He’s the young man from Brooklyn by way of UCONN, who will back up Devontae Booker this fall. Williams came to camp with the 2nd fastest 40yd dash this summer at 4.38 seconds. Williams is a gregarious and confident young man, who’s eager to show what he can do for Utah. He was quick to tell me that he doesn’t see himself as a backup, but understands his role on the team this year.
The man coaching Williams, Booker and the rest of the running back corps is Dennis Erickson. I caught up with Dennis after Day 1 to get his thoughts on his group and especially what Williams will bring. Here’s my conversation with Dennis Erickson.
The Utes will be back at it again tomorrow morning for Day 2 of Camp Kyle.
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