Michael Brandy, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — During two-a-days, which end today, the Utes have begun each morning practice at 9 a.m., while the afternoon sessions have started at 4:55 p.m. and are supposed to end at 6:25.
So why not just start at 5 and end at 6:30?
Coach Kyle Whittingham explained that every minute of the day is mapped out from the time the coaches arrive before their 7 a.m. meeting.
"The NCAA has certain stipulations about time between practices, so we want to utilize every minute available to us," he said. "You don't round off in football. It's a game of inches and milliseconds."
So what about the fact that nearly every Ute practice seems to go a half hour long?
"We've built in some leeway there, so we're well underneath the total time allowed (by the NCAA)," Whittingham said.
INJURIES: As has been he case throughout most of fall camp, at least a dozen players didn't participate in practice Thursday and worked out in the injury "pit." The latest to get hurt was freshman receiver Kenneth Scott, who had ice wrapped on his ankle and used crutches after getting injured in Thursday's practice.
"They're starting to pile up," said Whittingham of the injuries. "We've got to get guys healthy. It's starting to be a concern."
Starting linebacker J.J. Williams is also still on crutches with an injured left foot and freshman safety Damian Payne is also hobbling on crutches. Even though it looks like Williams may not practice for awhile, defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake believes he will be ready to play against Pitt in two weeks.
CAPTAINS SELECTED: By a vote of their teammates, Matt Asiata, Christian Cox, Sealver Siliga and Zane Taylor have been elected as the 2010 Utah team captains. Asiata, who was also a captain last year, Cox and Taylor are all seniors, while Siliga is a junior.
The four team captains will also serve on the 2010 Football Leadership Committee, voted by the players, joining Eddie Wide, Jereme Brooks, Matt Martinez, Tony Bergstrom, J.J. Williams, Brandon Burton, Jordan Wynn, Luke Matthews and Brian Blechen.
UTE NOTES: Dexter Ransom, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound transfer from Blinn Community College in Texas, spoke with the media for the first time Thursday after joining the team a day earlier. "I'm getting used to the air," the big receiver said. "It will take a few days to get in shape." ... Jamal Smith, a redshirt freshman wide receiver has started working out as a defensive back. "He played a lot of DB in high school, so we're going to take a look at him," said Whittingham. ... Freshman safety Brian Blechin, who has been wearing No. 4, the same number as Matt Asiata, wore No. 17 Thursday, although that may not be the number he wears this season. ... The third scrimmage of the fall will be held Saturday morning.
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