Lo Falemaka suffers injury during day six of Utah fall camp.
On day six of fall camp, the University of Utah football team practiced in full gear for the first time. It was a physical practice with no drop off in energy or effort, according to Utah football head coach Kyle Whittingham.
Utah earns spot in Coaches Poll
The top 25 teams to make week one of the coaches poll were announced on Thursday and Utah made the list at No. 25 (109 points).
“I think it’s a show of respect for our guys,” Whittingham said. “When you take as big of hit as we did – eight to the NFL – and to still come away ending up in the preseason top 25, I think that’s a show of respect. It doesn’t hold much water because you got to go play the games, but I think that’s certainly better than not being ranked at this point in time.”
Other Pac-12 teams to be recognized on the list are USC at No. 4, Washington at No. 7 and Stanford came in at No. 14.
Falemaka helped off field
6-foot-5, 287-pound starting center Lo Falemaka suffered what appeared to be a leg injury during practice. He was carried off the field by teammates, and he did not return to the field.
“We just hope for the best,” Whittingham said. “We’ll see what the doctors say.”
Falemaka played in 10 games during the 2016 season. Sophomores Johnny Capra or Paul Toala will be the next-man-up.
-Raelon Singleton may be cleared by Saturday to fully practice, if not, Whittingham said hopefully Monday at the latest.
-All three quarterbacks will continue to get reps although a decision on who will be the “odd-man-out” will need to be made sooner rather than later according to Whittingham.
-Whittingham said all three kickers are on equal footing. A decision on who will replace Andy Phillips will be made when the Utes get closer to game day on Aug. 31.