Utah Utes football: Jordan Wynn still sidelined as Utes close camp

Published: Saturday, Aug. 18 2012 7:00 p.m. MDT

Fortunately for the Utes, there's still time to settle the unresolved issues — and not just personnel matters.

"We're not quite ready yet. We need to still get the mental errors away. That's the main thing," White said while also mentioning penalties and guys just not getting it done in practice. "We need to just get better and get better every day. Our offense is explosive and we're very good, but we need to just work on the smaller things, the smaller details and that's it."

On defense, Whittingham said the staff has a pretty good idea how to settle a talent logjam at linebacker. Details on who will likely join junior Trevor Reilly, though, won't be revealed until the new depth chart is released.

Besides still needing to clean up a few things, senior tackle Star Lotulelei said the defense made significant progress.

"We've come a long way from the first day of camp to today," he said.

Fellow team captain and starting tackle Dave Kruger agrees.

"Camp's over. We accomplished pretty much everything we wanted to," he said. "Coach Whitt does a good job in preparing us and I think it was a solid camp overall."

Now comes the fun stuff.

"We're definitely itching to get the games going," Kruger said. "It gets a little old going against your own teammates after a while. So we're ready to go, man, we're ready."

EXTRA POINTS:Whittingham's longtime friend and former BYU teammate, Vai Sikahema, spoke to the team at the conclusion of practice. "He's a big-time Ute supporter," Whittingham said while noting that Sikahema has several ties to the program. … Whittingham noted that Wynn and players with minor injuries such as safety Quade Chappuis, right guard Sam Brenner, backup center Vyncent Jones and cornerback Ryan Lacy are ready to go, but decided it made sense to give them extra time to recover over the weekend. … Whittingham said senior Coleman Petersen will clearly be Utah's primary placekicker to open the season "unless he has a meltdown" over the next two weeks.


Day 15: The Utes concluded camp with a practice Saturday morning at Rice-Eccles Stadium. A modified scrimmage for the younger players capped things off.

Standouts: Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said that sophomore safety Terrell Reese, redshirt freshman running back Jarrell Oliver, junior defensive back Lewis Walker and sophomore defensive back Joseph Smith were among the most improved players in camp.

Injuries: Sophomore receiver Kenneth Scott suffered a bruised shin.

Overheard: "I thought we got a lot accomplished this camp." — Whittingham

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