Utah Utes football: Quade Chappuis making most of his chance to start

Former walk-on set to start 1st 3 games in place of Blechen

Published: Monday, Aug. 13 2012 7:00 p.m. MDT

He said one of the reasons the Utes seem to have guys who can fill in when key players get hurt or can't play is that Whittingham's system rewards players for their work — regardless of their place on the depth chart.

Chappuis said he gets the reps he earns and he doesn't feel he's been treated any differently as a walk-on than guys who were highly touted recruits. Scalley said coaches do not treat all players the same.

"You treat them how they deserve to be treated," Scalley said. "Some are late to class; some guys don't understand that doing things off the field matters; Some do. I give them four criteria for what it takes to play here: No. 1 is take care of business off the field; No. 2 is know the defense; No. 3 is make plays; No. 4 is contribute on special teams. If they wonder why they're not playing, I can point to one of those four things, and they understand."

Chappuis said that kind of system allows anyone to achieve if he is willing to put in the work.

"We all know our role on the team," he said. "You get what you earn. There's always going to be someone better than you, so that's something we've got to understand. He doesn't have to get us motivated to deal with that."

He's excited to be starting, but not starry-eyed. Although, he admits that just wearing the uniform is still a little unbelievable at times.

"It's never enough," said the youngest of five children. "It's surreal."

As for starting, well, that takes the dream to a whole new level.

"I guess it hasn't set in yet," he said.

And despite his recent success, and the potential to have the kind of year he's been preparing for and dreaming of, he said he's far from satisfied.

"You've never arrived," he said. "Hopefully I'll always try to get better. You get what you earn, so if you're good enough to get reps, you'll be getting reps."

Chappuis is looking forward to the entire experience, but of course, he's happy to get the start against BYU.

"I got to play a lot in (the BYU) game last year," he said with a grin. "I've been dreaming about that since I was a little kid. So it was awesome. I'm just excited to have a role on the team, whatever I can contribute. It's been awesome."

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Utah camp report

Day 10: Camp resumed after a day off with a morning practice at Rice-Eccles Stadium and a late afternoon session at Ute Field.

Standouts: Utah coach Kyle Whittingham liked how the tight ends and defensive line performed. Sophomore defensive back Joseph Smith was singled out for having a good day.

Injuries: Offensive lineman Sam Brenner dinged his shoulder in the morning practice and is expected to be back at practice in a couple of days. Linebacker LT Filiaga injured his left knee and will be out for a couple of weeks. Offensive tackle Miles Mason (high ankle sprain) could be back by week's end.

Overheard: "Coming off an off day there's always a little bit more bounce in their step and a little more energy." — Whittingham

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