Day eight notes from Utah fall camp.
What was originally scheduled to be a scrimmage Saturday was turned into a standard practice at Rice-Eccles Stadium for the University of Utah football team. Utah felt that being a full week into camp and not scrimmaging this early on would allow the team to get more reps, get better, and stay healthy.
“We were a little sloppy,” said Utah offensive coordinator Troy Taylor. This probably wasn’t our best of our five or six practices. The energy was good, we just didn’t execute at the level that I’d like us to. We had five good practices and one that was mediocre in some ways, and we’ll bounce back.”
The offense was not as sharp as it could have been and there were too many turnovers, which was more than head coach Kyle Whittingham said he had seen at any point during camp.
Quarterback Troy Williams agreed that the offense had an issue with turning the ball over too many times, especially for him personally.
“[We] just have to clean that up and get better on Monday,” Williams said.
Whittingham said positions battles for quarterback, receivers and secondary are still in full effect.
“Everything’s a competition right now,” Whittingham said. “Nobody’s locked in…You got to keep playing at a high level.”
At the quarterback position, Whittingham said that Williams has the advantage at the position experience-wise with having a year of competing in the Pac-12 under his belt, plus experience prior to Utah. Tyler Huntley on the other hand, is keeping himself in the competition by making plays.
“He’s electric,” Whittingham said of Huntley. “He’s able to make a play when everything breaks down, he can escape, extend the play and make something happen. Not that Troy’s not good at that because Troy’s good, but Tyler’s exceptional at that part of the game.”