2022 Football Fall Camp: Week 2 Begins
SALT LAKE CITY – Fall camp is moving right along for the Utah football program as the Utes move into their second week on the field. The Utes were off on Sunday and will don full pads for the first time later this week.
Monday was another sunny day in Salt Lake with temperatures hovering around the high-80s.
"It was a bit of a slow start today," said head coach Kyle Whittingham. "Coming off a day off, sometimes that happens. It took us a minute to get in the swing of things, but we finished strong. Overall it was a positive day. It's day 5, so we're getting into the heart of the grind. The game is still far out there—we've got to stay focused, stay mentally tough, just continue to grind. That's what it is right now."
Newcomers are making progress learning the playbook and day-to-day life of a Utah football student-athlete, guided by an experienced group of returnees—60 in total with 17 starters back from the 2021 team.
Junior wide receiver Tiquan Gilmore, now with the Utes after three seasons at the junior college level, has noticed a heightened level of competition on the field and fully embraced it.
"I feel like the competition level [is different]," the Los Angeles native said. "At the junior college level, you get some kids who didn't play, some who take it lightly. Here, everybody is a superstar. Everybody is trying to play. Everybody is trying to be that top dog. [Utah] is a place I love to be."
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QUOTABLES – HEAD COACH KYLE WHITTINGHAM
On the backup quarterback battle…
"It looks good. We're not going to make a decision before the first scrimmage. But Ja'Quinden Jackson is looking good, Bryson Barnes is doing a good job. Nate Johnson is really looking good…we've got a lot of good candidates, there's just [not separation] right now. Hopefully after this scrimmage there will be."
On what the more pressing spots are right now…
"As far as the starters, getting the offensive line solidified and working together [is up there], which we're very close to doing. Backup quarterback is a focal point. Also, the secondary depth and making sure we have the secondary sorted out."
On the punting situation…
"[I feel] much, much better. We're doing a much better job punting the football. Jack Bouwmeester is really hitting the ball well. He has a strong leg. We should be much improved in that area."
On the depth of the receiving corps…
"It's coming along. We've got the four or five proven guys that have been here a while, then four or five guys that are brand new. That's another area of emphasis is trying to get those young guys sorted out and seeing who's going to be among those seven or eight guys that travel with us."
Time is ticking down as Utah prepares to head to The Swamp in Gainesville, Florida, on Saturday, Sept. 3 to take on the Florida Gators. The game will air at 5 p.m. MT on ESPN.
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