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Day 6 of Fall Camp starts slow for Defense, but ends with dominance

Dave Gore gives his thoughts from Day 6 of Fall Camp for the University of Utah.


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Day 6 of Utah Fall camp is sort of in the books. Still one more practice to go and media won’t be able to attend the second round practice, so for the media, Day 6 is done. From the vantage point the media saw today, it was all Utah defense, all the time. Utah Safeties Coach Morgan Scalley thought the defense did well, but the team wasn’t ready to go earlier in practice and inconsistency can’t creep its ugly head during a game, let alone a fall camp practice. Aside from that though, it seemed like Coach Scalley was pleased.

Here’s the entire Morgan Scalley interview, in case you want to hear what the safeties coach had to say:

Now if the defense is doing really well for Utah right now, aside from a slow start this morning, then that must mean the offense isn’t quite where they need to be, right!? Well, you would be correct. Now if you follow football, it’s generally understood that the defense is ahead of the offense in their preparation. Utes Co-offensive coordinator Jim Harding isn’t worried about it though and was pleased with the start to practice, but still thinks there is obviously plenty to improve on. Here’s Coach Harding and what he had to say:

Utes HC Kyle Whittingham also recognized the defense and their relentless pursuit! LB Jared Norris continues to be a stud with his disruption, including getting enough pressure on Travis Wilson late in practice to cause an errant throw and an interception. As a defensive guru, I’m sure Whittingham is pleased with how the defense is doing, but on the other side could be pulling his hair out with the subpar nature of the offense right now. However, let’s not get too ahead of ourselves, as it’s only Day 6 of camp. Talk to me late next week about this very same thing and there will be a lot of concern, but for now, just the ups and downs of Fall Camp.


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