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Camp Kyle 2020: Second Scrimmage Shows Improvement

Oct 24, 2020

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SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah football program completed its second and final scrimmage of fall camp today at Rice-Eccles Stadium, making strides on both sides of the ball.

The Utes set foot inside RES this morning knowing that the next time they will enter the stadium will be two weeks from today, taking on the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday, Nov. 7.

Utah's second scrimmage brought answers to the coaching staff on certain positions while others still weren't solidified as the battles on the team continued to look for starters on offense, defense and special teams. Today's scrimmage included live work along with special teams drills.

U Voices: Kyle Whittingham | Head Coach

On how he felt the scrimmage went today…
"Really good scrimmage today with a big improvement from last week, which needed to happen. Still not ready to play yet, still have a lot of clean up to do on both sides of the ball, but we made a ton of progress. Just like last week, the offense had the better day. The defense is still trying to get up to speed with all of the new players. The offense looked very good, wasn't perfect, but it never is. Special teams work was good as well. Today was the last extensive live work before we line up and play in two weeks from today. We will have a few live sessions here or there next week, and then the next week will be game week prep and away we go. I feel good about where we are. We think we got some things solved today, but we won't know for sure until we review the tape. You are never as good or as bad as you think you are until you see the film, but I was pleased with the work. We were out there for over 100 snaps and it was a good workday overall. We are positioned pretty good for leading into the next two weeks, but we need to take another big jump this week and then really get ready for that game on Saturday, Nov. 7."

On if there are any positions that the starters haven't been decided yet…
"I would say linebacker, other than Devin Lloyd. He didn't take any reps today for obvious reasons. If you have guys that are game ready and proven commodities then you want to be careful with how you handle them in the fall camp scenario. The secondary also  has got nothing completely solidified, we've got it honed down and we have it more focused than we had prior and there are fewer guys that are in the mix, but not quite exactly sure how that is going to unfold. The offensive line is still coming together and we think we are straight there and squared away on who those guys are going to be. Running backs, there are still four guys that are doing a great job in Jordan Wilmore, Devin Brumfield, Micah Bernard and our freshman Ty Jordan, who did some really good things today. He is a very dynamic, explosive player. The receiving core is pretty set, we seem to have those guys ironed out, as well as the tight ends. Now the tight ends, there is an asterisk there because if we can get Dalton Kincaid eligible then he is definitely going to be in the mix. And if he is not eligible then we will proceed without him and go with the other guys that we've got. The kicker is still not settled. The punter is settled, Ben Lennon is going to be our guy, but placekicking is still a battle and it is a battle that could go all the way up to the day before or day of the game. They are both doing a nice job, just nothing has separated. Defensive line is pretty solidified too."

On what he wants to see out of a starting quarterback…
"He needs to show us that he has the poise, confidence and leadership factor that you are looking for in your quarterbacks. He has to be a great decision maker. He has to play with a ton of decisiveness. You can't be on eggshells and questioning himself often. It is a certain personality that plays that position and plays it at a high level and that is what you are looking for. The guy that will do what he is coached to do, but will not just do what he is coached to do. If you have a guy that only does what he is coached to do and can't improvise and make things happen, then you probably aren't going to be very good. So he has to accept coaching and do things within the framework of how Andy wants things done, but there are plenty of times in a game that things break down and you have to make a play, and that ability to make that play is really crucial on determining who is going to be the guy."

On the depth at tight end…
"At tight end we've got a well-stocked position group. It starts with Brant Kuithe and Cole Fotheringham, our two guys that played the vast majority of the snaps last year. We added Dalton Kincaid in that mix. He is really a top-tier, Pac-12 tight end. We have three guys that are really playing good football and have a high ceiling. Thomas Yassmin, one of the more pleasant surprises in this fall camp. He is 6-6 and 250 pounds and he can run a 4.60 40-yard dash. You saw him on kickoffs last year and making a bunch of plays, but he has really progressed. He is the kid that had never played football before he got here, so it has been a long process for him to get to where he is, but he still has three years of eligibility and he has found a role. Ali'i Niumatalolo has found a role. He is doing some things for us in certain packages that have been of help. We also have a couple of walk-ons that are working hard. Soa Rosales is a guy that is really doing a good job for us as well."