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Utah notebook: Utes have 'fresh legs' — and they'll need 'em

Published: Monday, Aug. 6 2012 9:38 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said the Utes returned to preseason camp with "fresh legs" after taking Sunday off.

They're going to need them after completing the NCAA-mandated acclimatization period.

Utah can practice with full gear for the first time today. Double-days are scheduled for Wednesday and Friday, while a scrimmage is set for Thursday. A single practice is slated for Saturday.

The live situations, Whittingham explained, may lead to some changes on the depth chart.

"That's where we really get the final analysis on an athlete," Whittingham said while noting things like whether a guy can finish a play. "You don't really get that until you go live."

When asked if any separation was taking place at some of the tight positions like the starting offensive tackle spots, Whittingham explained that nothing has developed enough to comment on — just a little bit of movement, he noted.

Any sort of depth-chart changing separation, he added, likely won't happen for a couple of more days.

LOCKS OF LOVE: Junior quarterback Jordan Wynn's appearance has undergone a transformation. A recent haircut, he says, has him looking like an 18-year-old.

Wynn had grown his hair long over the past year to make a donation to "Locks of Love" on behalf of his grandmother, who passed away in May of 2011. The nonprofit organization accepts hair donations to provide hairpieces for financially disadvantaged children who suffer from long-term medical hair loss.

Last year, Wynn said he was motivated by his grandmother's battle with cancer.

"I'd like to help out anybody with that as much as I can," Wynn explained. "It's a nasty disease, so if I can donate my hair to make someone happy who has lost theirs, then I'm going to do it."

Although Whittingham noted that Wynn's haircut "looks good" and is "a good change," he acknowledged the lengthy locks donation was something Wynn felt strongly about and the program supported it.

LIFE OF REILLY: Junior Trevor Reilly seems to be here, there and everywhere. The versatile Reilly has made starts at defensive end and linebacker. Whittingham called him a "wildcard" and noted that things will likely stay that way.

"He'll just roam around," Whittingham said. "He's the type of player you want to do that with — make the offense not have the ability to predict where he's going to line-up, keep him moving around."

EXTRA POINTS: Wide receiver DeVonte Christopher (shoulder sprain) and defensive end Nate Fakahafua (family issues) returned to practice Monday. … Not a lot of movement on the depth chart this week. True freshman Jeremiah Poutasi has joined redshirt frehman Kala Friel as the co-back-up behind junior Percy Taumoelau at left tackle. … Single-game tickets for Utah home games not involving BYU and USC are now on sale.

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