Utah Utes football: Sophomore quarterback Travis Wilson stands tall, solidifies status as Utah's starter
In his initial evaluation of the scrimmage, Whittingham said things looked “very good.” The coaches wanted to see clear execution and consistency from the offense. Although Whittingham noted that they’re still not there yet, there was big improvement.
Defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake said the guys on the other side of the ball are also going to keep working hard to get better. It’s a day-by-day deal.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been satisfied at this moment no matter what the year has been and that’s part of being a coach,” he explained.
Defensive stars Eric Rowe, Trevor Reilly and Tenny Palepoi were held out of the scrimmage for precautionary reasons and there are still some position battles to be decided.
The coaches planned to dissect the scrimmage tape in search of some solutions.
“There’s still a few things to sort out,” Whittingham said. “But I think we’ve got about 90 percent of it sorted out.”
As for the backup quarterback pecking order behind Wilson, Whittingham noted that Schulz may have the upper hand on the No. 2 spot.
EXTRA POINTS: Defensive ends Hunter Dimick and Sam Tevi recorded sacks in the scrimmage. Defensive end Nate Orchard and linebacker Jared Norris also had tackles for loss. ... Cornerback Keith McGill and linebacker V.J. Fehoko were credited with pass breakups. ... Whittingham’s son, Alex, a freshman linebacker, returned an interception 47 yards for a touchdown during the third-string segment of the scrimmage. ... Andy Phillips made two field goals (48, 36) and two extra points, while Jon Halliday connected on a 41-yard kicker and made five PATs.
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