SALT LAKE CITY — Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said the Utes got exactly what they needed to get in their first camp scrimmage.
“The execution level of the offense is continuing to go up, starting to settle into the scheme and feel comfortable with what we’re doing,” he continued. “Defense, more of the same — great hustle, great intensity.”
Whittingham added that the special teams were sharp.
A fumble in the red zone proved to be the major negative, he said, in a scrimmage that took place without media observation. No statistics were kept.
Whittingham said that everyone stayed healthy and that the work got done.
“I think, for being 19 days out, we’re right where we need to be,” he noted.
Standouts in the scrimmage, Whittingham added, included wide receivers Raelon Singleton and Darren Carrington II, Moss, the entire defense and punter Mitch Wishnowsky.
TAYLOR PLEASED: New offensive coordinator Troy Taylor said it was a good day for the offense. Taylor noted things were very well executed, a lot of plays were made and there were no drops.
“One of our best days,” Taylor said.
As for the quarterback competition, Taylor said all of them played great. Whittingham was more specific, noting that there’s still very little separation between Troy Williams, Tyler Huntley and Cooper Bateman.
“We’ve got three guys we think we can with and I don’t know if we’ve had that ever in the past,” said Whittingham, who acknowledged that a 1-2-3 hierarchy needs to be defined in the near future.
COOLING OFF: The Utes were greeted by an ice cream truck, complete with the jingle blaring from speakers, as they left the field. The treats were welcome after leaving the warm turf.
“That’s a great idea,” said quarterback Troy Williams. “I’m going to head over there right now and see what they have on the menu.”
ALL-WHITTINGHAM: ESPN 700’s Bill Riley, the radio voice of the Utes, asked listeners to his show to vote for an All-Whittingham era (2005-present) team. Here are the results:
OFFENSE — OT Garett Bolles, OG Isaac Asiata, OC Zane Taylor, OG Sam Brenner, OT Zane Beadles, TE Jake Murphy, QB Brian Johnson, RB Devontae Booker, WR Dres Anderson, WR David Reed, SLOT Brent Casteel.
DEFENSE — DE Nate Orchard, DT Star Lotulelei, DT Lowell Lotulelei, DE Paul Kruger, LB Stevenson Sylvester, LB Gionni Paul, CB Eric Weddle, CB Sean Smith, CB Brice McCain, S Robert Johnson, S Marcus Williams.
SPECIAL TEAMS — PK Louie Sakoda, P Tom Hackett, RS Reggie Dunn.
EXTRA POINTS: The only “live” action in the scrimmage involved the threes at the end Camp resumes Monday. Wide receivers coach Guy Holliday said that Carrington II, Singleton and Demari Simpkins played well. Freshman Bronson Boyd, he added, “is really going to be good for us.” Junior Alec Dana also drew praise.