Utah Utes football: Dres Anderson, Kenneth Scott lead Utah's receiving corps
Wilson is especially impressed with their leadership and approach to the game, making sure others follow suit and do the right things.
“They’ve definitely taken ownership of that whole wide receiver corps,” said Wilson.
Scott considers it a brotherhood, of sorts — especially with Anderson.
“So if Dres makes a big play, I’m happy for him. That’s like a brother of mine,” he explained. “It’s the same vice versa. We all want to see each other do good, and that’s the main thing about it.”
Getting everyone on the same page, though, might be a challenge with a deep pool of quarterback candidates competing with Wilson for the starting job. Sophomore Adam Schulz and a trio of freshmen — Brandon Cox, Conner Manning and Micah Thomas — are also in the mix.
Anderson, however, insists there won’t be any trouble adapting to whoever ends up getting the job.
“We get a rhythm with everybody,” he said. “We throw with them all summer. It’s no problem getting a rhythm down with the quarterbacks.”
Scott sees it as kind of a same thing only different situation because ball placements vary a bit because of a quarterback’s height or what hand they throw with.
“Honestly all you’ve got to do is get the rhythm down,” said Scott. “Once you get the rhythm down, I think it’s good and last year we didn’t have that. It was kind of out of rhythm in between quarterbacks. So once we get the rhythm down we’ll be straight.”
Utah had three different starting quarterbacks last season — Jordan Wynn, Jon Hays and Wilson. Consistency has been an issue in recent years. The Utes haven’t had a starting quarterback start and finish a season since Brian Johnson in 2008.
“It’s important because you want to be consistent with whoever’s out there but we just lacked execution (last year). If we had came out and executed better, I’m pretty sure we would have done a lot more,” said Anderson. “We would have come out with a lot more wins, especially with the close games. This year is going to be a big change, and we’re not worried about that any more.”
A more up-tempo, fast-paced offense, Anderson said, will help keep the rhythm going this season. As long as plays are made, he thinks it’ll be more explosive and get opposing defenses tired.
Scott said the offense has been simplified to make it faster and keep the defenders off balance.
Both players are also excited about the addition of co-offensive coordinator Dennis Erickson and his impressive body of work. Anderson considers it a great thing and Scott appreciates the insight and advice offered by the veteran coach.
All said, the receivers are eagerly looking forward to the upcoming season.
“We can’t wait,” said Anderson.
Besides Anderson and Scott, senior Anthony Denham is listed as a starter on the latest depth chart. Other receivers to watch include junior Andre Lewis and senior Sean Fitzgerald, as well as redshirt freshmen Brian Allen and Delshawn McClellon.
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