Thursday morning Utah Football opens it’s 11th Fall Camp under Head Coach Kyle Whittingham. They will be 28 days away from their opener against the University of Michigan. Expectations are their highest for Utah Football in the last 5 seasons. After four seasons of adjusting to life in the Pac 12 Conference and coming off a 9 win season, there are many (this author included) that think this could be a big year for Utah Football in the Pac 12 South.
Utah, from a talent standpoint, is in it’s best condition to compete in the Pac 12 South and likely has as much speed and talent as it’s had in the Whittingham era. Even with that said, there are still plenty of questions heading into fall camp. Here are three players I’ll have my eye on as Camp Kyle begins this week:
1. Cory Butler-The LA Harbor JC transfer, comes to Utah with high expectations. Butler, who starts on the depth chart at Wide Receiver, bring speed to Utah Football. At 5-9 and 175lbs, Butler will compete at the slot WR spot currently occupied by Bubba Poole, but he will also likely see reps at the corner position. Butler was a standout at corner last season with 5 interceptions and 6 pass breaks up at LA Harbor. Butler will also be in the mix in the return game.
2. Delshawn McClellon-This will be the 3rd year in the program for McClellon, who clocked the fastest 40 yard dash in the program this summer at (4.37). McClellon had 9 catches for 98yds in 12 games last season. There has never better a better time for him to announce himself as a Pac 12 Wide Out, because Utah has a glaring need for a deep threat on the outside with the departure of Dres Anderson and Kaelin Clay from the program. Let’s see if Delshawn takes advantage of the situation.
3. Jason Thompson-The QB turned Safety and Wyoming transfer sits atop the Fall Camp Depth Chart at the Free Safety position. Coming off a good spring in the defensive backfield, I’m anxious to see if the move from offense to defense continues to be smooth. There is a big difference in the intensity and talent level faced in the fall vs. the spring. If Thompson happens to struggle both Marcus Williams and Andre Godfrey, who logged time at safety last fall, will be there to take reps.
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