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2022 Spring Football: Practice 13 In The Books

Apr 19, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY – The University of Utah Football program wrapped up its 13th practice of spring camp today at the Spence and Cleone Eccles Football Center with the annual Spring Game just days away on Saturday, April 23.

The game will kick off at 12 p.m. MT on Pac-12 Networks on Saturday, featuring four 10-minute quarters with a running clock in the fourth. Each team will get two timeouts per half with a five-minute halftime.

Despite it being windy today in Salt Lake City, the offense put on a show with big catches and solid runs while the defense made the crack of the pads loud with velocity and speed. With just one practice remaining before the spring game, the Utes are ready to debut the 2022 roster to Utah fans and the country on Saturday.

As spring camp winds down, head coach Kyle Whittingham met with the media today to talk about how spring ball has gone, what he expects on Saturday

On how he felt the scrimmage on Saturday went…
"Outstanding. It was a step forward from the first scrimmage, which is what we wanted to see happen. It was about the same length with a few different situations than we had with the first one, but it was invaluable work and a great evaluation tool. We got work done, stayed healthy and took a step forward – that's all you can ask for."

On Cameron Rising and Devaughn Vele's chemistry on the field developing…
"It was certainly evident on Saturday. They connected quite a few times. Devaughn has always had the talent, it has just been about polishing his game and staying healthy to stay on the field. So far this spring he has been able to do that."

On Kyrese Rowan brings to the wide receiver position…
"Kyrese is a tough, all-in receiver, meaning he is always working and always doing everything right. He is a great special teams guy as well. He is one of the leaders in the room. He is the same guy every day, and he gives his all every single day."

On if there were any players that have started to stand out as spring has gone along…
"Pretty much the same guys that stood out at the beginning. Jaylon Glover has been fantastic this spring. Lander Barton, Justin Medlock have been great, it has been great to get JaTravis Broughton back at corner and he has had a really productive spring. Malone Mataele has really started to develop. He started all last year for us, but he is getting even better. Cole Bishop is a very good football player, the tight ends are everything you would expect, I am pleased with the progress of the offensive line and the defensive tackles are going to be a strong suite for us as well."

On how the focus on fundamentals has gone…
"It has been outstanding and I believe every player in this program has gotten better fundamentally and technique wise. That is what football is all about. That will trump scheme any day of the week. I think our coaches have done a really good job of teaching and demanding, and the players have responded."

On who he thinks will line up on the other side of Van Fillinger on the defensive line…
"Jonah Elliss had a really good spring. Connor O'Toole, who moved from wide receiver to defensive end this spring, has definitely found a good fit for him. Miki Suguturaga has played his best football this spring, so those guys including Van are the top four in their position with some talent coming in this fall too."