DAY 10: It was a good day for the defense. Utah coach Kyle Whittingham acknowledged that they got the best of the offense in Tuesday’s two-hour practice on the grass field west of the football facility.
“The defense got after them pretty good today — kept them out of the end zone in the red zone drill and won both two-minute drills,” Whittingham said. “The defense definitely had the win today against the offense.”
STANDOUTS: Whittingham noted that junior defensive end Jason Fanaika had a good day. Junior linebacker Gionni Paul and Jared Norris also drew praise, as did defensive back Eric Rowe. On offense, Whittingham said that senior receiver Dres Anderson and senior tight end Westlee Tonga have been very consistent this spring.
NEXT UP: The Utes have a “no tackle” practice scheduled for Thursday from 3-5 p.m. They’ll scrimmage Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium from 10 a.m.-noon. Both sessions are open to the public.
EXTRA POINTS: The battle for the No. 2 spot at quarterback between redshirt freshman Conner Manning and junior Adam Schulz continues. Whittingham said neither one had a very good day in last Friday’s scrimmage. He noted that redshirt freshman Brandon Cox was probably the second-most effective quarterback that day behind starter Travis Wilson. Whittingham said that offensive lineman C.J. Poutasi has looked great this spring. He said the junior is about 30 pounds lighter than last season. The depth-chart topper at left guard is listed at 320. Rowe’s move from safety to cornerback is not definitive. Whittingham said it’ll depend on how the safeties that arrive for fall camp progress.
— Dirk Facer