10 Utah football newcomers to watch in fall camp

Published: Saturday, Aug. 2 2014 5:34 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — With fall camp upon us, Utah football will feature a number of new faces looking to make an impact this season. Although newcomers such as Jackson Barton, Devontae Booker and Jason Fanaika made strong impressions during spring football, here is a look at 10 players who are participating in their first action for the Utes this fall.

Dan Sorensen is the Editor in Chief of UteZone.com, part of the Rivals.com network. He is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and Basketball Writers Association of America. Dan can be reached at dsorensen@utezone.com.

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Highland, UT

I love how sorenson describes every single one of these guys as "explosive", "impressive", "tremendous", etc.

Seriously? All of them appear to be superstars waiting to happen based on the things this guy writes, and he writes the same stuff about every single recruit utah ever signs. It is an interesting thing to note considering utah keeps posting losing season after losing season with all of the "explosive", "impressive", and "tremendous" guys they sign year after year.

Salt Lake City, UT

Highland, UT

"I love how sorenson describes every single one of these guys as "explosive", "impressive", "tremendous", etc."

Clearly you didn't bother to look at the videos posted with this article. Typical. What are you and the tds faithful going to do when the Utes become competitive in the elite Pac-12? I'll take a guess...talk about how weak the conference is. LOL!

If the offensive line can adequately protect the qb, this year's offense has the potential to be electric. It has been a very long time since I have even dared to think something like that.

Tough, tough schedule this year...good luck to the Utes! Let's make some noise this year!

Cedar Hills, UT

I don't know Duck, they all look explosive, impressive and tremendous to me.

Speaking of "homer" writing though, I just ran into D Harmon at the Home Depot in Lindon:) It's there job Duck. jeez

But I know....it's hard to be that interested in your own team when they are playing the likes of Savannah State, Uconn and the State of Idaho. lol

2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0
Ogden, UT


Perhaps he was comparing them to the WAC mid major talent the other teams in Utah have.

And yes, the athleticism at Utah compared to WAC byU and WAC usU is on a whole different level.

its not surprising we've beaten you in recruiting the 4 years before this last class, with the most recent class being as close to a tie as possible. And what happened after each of those 4 classes where Utah was more athletic and explosive?

Utah wins!
Utah wins!
Utah wins!
Utah wins!

Think there's a coincidence between our more athletic and explosive players and beating you year after year after year after year?


Utah 7-5 and will go to the best bowl in the atate, better than the 2 mid majors bowls.


Onward and upward to Pac 12 glory

Cottonwood Heights, UT

A little obsessive compulsive about the Utes are we Mr Ducky. You can't let an article about the Utes even let the ink dry before you read and make your typical blue goggle shaded comments.

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT


That's what the PAC-12 conference is all about. Every team has players that are "explosive", "impressive", and "tremendous". That is why 9 of the 12 Utah opponents this year are listed in the preseason top 25. (6 are in the top 20 and 3 others are in the received votes) It takes players who are "explosive", "impressive", and "tremendous" to beat the number five team in the nation in a conference game, and to lose by a touchdown or less to UCLA, Arizona State, and Oregon State.

Salt lake, UT

Yeah Duckhunter, after watching the highlights and Utah coach's assessments, all of these players look very "slow" and "unimpressive"... lol

Salt lake, UT

You're right Duck, After looking at the player's highlights and listening to the coach's assessments, they are all very "slow", "unathletic" and "unimpressive". lol...

Henderson, NV

@Duck also says "losing season after losing season...we've had two losing seasons in a row and last year we were very close in a number of those losses and if the ball bounced our way just a few of times we have two or three more wins. Of course we beat by who? so we took care of business there. We also picked up a number of potentially great players via transfer and other methods this year which make our recruiting class better than what the ratings show: Logan Stott (4*), Kendal Thompson our of OU, Jason Thompson from Wyo (great athlete), among a few others.

Highland, UT


The video's against high school talent are meaningless, who knows if they were even playing against a quality hs team in the video's? In fact they odd's are good they weren't which is why they have a highlight of it.

But none of that is the point, some of them could be pretty good, it is just sorenson's over the top hyperbole about every single player utah ever sign's that amuses me.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

"A little obsessive compulsive about the Utes are we Mr Ducky. "

raise sauté:

I think someone is happy and relieved he doesn't have to plan a trip to Tulsa this year.


GK Willington
Salt Lake City, UT

to JohnInSLC

Dh would not shut up if a 3 star recruit from SoCal chose tds over the U.

Provo, UT


Remember the difference in speed when watching the last four Utah/BYU games? That gap will only get wider when the teams meet again in 2016.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

Funny how so many BYU fans object to Ute fans commenting on BYU centered articles, yet Duckhunter was the first to comment on this one. He is throwing all kinds of darts at our new players, but people in glass houses shouldn't throw rocks. BYU has a lot of unproven talent coming in at key positions to replace top performers from last season also.

I'm excited to see these guys play! I'm counting on Kendall Thompson to push Travis Wilson harder than any of the other competitors at QB have so far. If he's better than Travis and takes the job, so much the better. Travis will be a better backup than any we have had in the past 5 years. I hope the other newcomers are able to also make their mark on the field this year. Go Utes!


C'mon people, You guys are not to brite! Actually put things into perspective, please! It might sound homerish but really guys the Utes have not done a bad job making this transition into the PAC 12, which is as tough as it has ever been. We have gone 7-5, 5-7 and 5-7. I realise 5-7 are 2 loosing seasons but still not the worst in the PAC, and all with mostly Mountain west recruits! This is the first year we will have all PAC 12 recruits. What is 5-7 equivelent to in the mountain west? 9 or 10 wins at worst! We are coming up on the peak of the PAC 12 this year (I think the PAC 12 will drop off this year). We may be looking at another 5 win year if your a realistic fan, that is probly most likely the case but who knows?? We might get lucky!!! But please people look at the past history of Colorado, ASU, Arizona, TCU and several other teams going into so called BCS conference play before judgeing these UTE teams harshly. We are not Colorado, (BTW Colorado is not making the same transition. They were already a BCS school) give credit were credit is due. They have done very well under the conditions that have been forced upon them. Get Real Ute fans and haters!!!

Cottonwood Heights, UT

"Dh would not shut up if a 3 star recruit from SoCal chose tds over the U."

Yeah, his silence is pretty much only after a BYU loss when he's in Tulsa--apparently they don't have internet there.


Highland, UT

Interesting that my comment about sorenson is immediately taken by utah "fans" as commentary on the players themselves. None of you know if any of these players will be good or not, neither do I, but we do know sorenson is ridiculous in the descriptions he assigns to every single guy utah recuits, and especially the ones they sign. If they were as great as he claims they all are then they would be a better team than they are. That isn't a hard concept for you guys to get, at least it shouldn't be a hard concept for you guys to get.

Once again we'll soon find out if they are all that but based on what sorenson wrote about them they are all that and utah is already on its way to the rose bowl.


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