Darren Carrington II made his preseason debut in a Utah uniform on day one of camp.
Day one of the 2017 preseason camp for the Utes is now in the books. With two-a-day practices no longer taking place – the NCAA Division I Council voted on that back in April – the Utes have hit the gridiron earlier than usual. With Camp Kyle running until August 19, here are the headlines from opening day.
Carrington II Sports Utah Uniform
Former Oregon wide receiver and graduate transfer Darren Carrington suited up for practice as a Ute on Friday after being dismissed by the Ducks on July 14. The newest member to join the team has a shaky past that involved running into incidents with the law, but despite his background, Utah coaches and athletes are looking forward to what he can bring to the program.
“He’s willing,” said Utah football head coach Kyle Whittingham. “He’s got a great work ethic out here, that was evident today and he’s very, very talented.”
The former standout Duck, who earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2015, was the team’s leading receiver the following season when he racked up 43 receptions for 606 yards and five touchdowns. Carrington is expected to bring a spark to the Utah offense in his final year of eligibility.
“I thought he did a great job,” said offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Troy Taylor. “I thought he was moving around and competing. Made some nice plays through out the practice…It’s good to have great players, and he’s certainly one of them.”
Carrington won’t be available for interviews during the duration of camp.
Whittingham’s Goals for Fall Camp
According to Whittingham, the biggest two position groups that need to be solidified, exclusive of quarterback, is the offensive line and the secondary.
“We’ve got 28 practices now before we have to decide who those guys are going to be as far as the one and two deep,” Whittingham said. “We got a pretty good idea, but we want to make sure that we give everybody an opportunity and get the right guys in place.”