Early Saturday at Rice Eccles Stadium the Utes completed their sixth practice of the spring. Saturday was dominated by the Offense. All three offensive units had little trouble moving the ball up and down the field during the 11 on 11 sessions. Quarterbacks Travis Wilson and Adam Schulz, in particular, had excellent command of the first and second team offensive units. Kyle Whittingham was most pleased with the “explosive” plays generated during the 2 1/2 hour practice session. However, Whittingham was quick to point out that there were too many turnovers (3) for his liking on Saturday.
The Running Backs
Three backs stood out during practice: Karl Williams, Lucky Radley, James Poole. Poole’s big play was a 35 yard screen pass with the second team offense that he took to the 6 yard line. Radley ran with the second and third teams, with his explosive play coming on a 31 yard touchdown run. Finally, Williams, who is getting some first and second team run, ran for a 35 yard touchdown with the second unit. Kelvin York is nursing turf toe and spent the day in the “Pit”. I caught up with Williams after practice to talk about getting his scholarship this spring and how practice has gone.
The defensive side of the football is a MASH unit right now for Utah Football. Players in the “Pit” today included: VJ Fehoko, Trevor Reilly, Seni Fauonuku, plus Jason Whittingham and Nate Orchard who both underwent surgery this week. Whittingham expects both Whittingham and Orchard to be back and ready for fall camp.
All three Quarterbacks had their moments on Saturday morning. Travis Wilson is clearly the best in camp right now. He appears to have the best command of the offense. he also threw for 3 touchdown passes in various situational drills. His best touchdown was a 16 yd seam route to Wesley Tonga. Adam Schulz continues to show great command in the new uptempo offense; his arm strength is outstanding! Brandon Cox showed the ability to make a play with his legs when the play broke down on several occasions. After practice I caught up with Co-Offensive Coordinator Dennis Erickson to get his thoughts after six practices.