SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is ranked 25th in USA Today's preseason coaches poll. The Utes' Pac-12 road will be difficult, but the Utes could find success. Here's why:
- Breaking down Utah's 2017 football schedule, team by team (Aug. 11)
- Wide receivers, secondary the most likely positions to be impacted by newcomers in 2017 (Aug. 8)
- Kyle Whittingham explains decision not to release depth charts (Aug. 4)
- Preseason rankings may not matter, but they sure do feel good (Aug. 3)
- Utah ranked No. 25 in preseason Coaches poll (Aug. 3)
- Whittingham praises team's work ethic (Aug. 1)
- Brad Rock: Sock-it-to-me: Utes showing how to get R-E-S-P-E-C-T (July 28)
- Whittingham: Utes being picked to finish second in the Pac-12 South speaks to 'the direction we're heading' (July 26)
- An open competition at QB, other observations about the Utes' pre-fall camp depth chart (July 24)
- 5 storylines to follow as Utah camp opens (July 23)
Utah has a new offensive coordinator in Troy Taylor, and success on that end of the ball could lead to a big season from the Utes.
- Taylor's offense won't just make Utah's offense better, it might just improve Utah's heralded defense (Aug. 10)
Troy Williams is projected to be the starter, but first-string competition is still open.
- Utes still seeking separation at quarterback (Aug. 10)
- Utah quarterback Trow Williams adjusting to change at center (Aug. 5)
- Quarterbacks Williams, Huntley and Bateman still sharing reps (Aug. 5)
- Bateman goes from Saban to Whittingham (Aug. 7)
- Utah's got a three-way quarterback battle as camp opens (July 28)
Though Utah might pass the ball more this season, the Utes' running backs still hope to make an impact.
- Utah's new offense won't just benefit the passing game as running backs relish more opportunities to contribute (Aug. 4)
- Running back Armand Shyne almost back to full health (July 31)
A big storyline this year has been the signing of Darren Carrington II from the University of Oregon.
- Doug Robinson: Throwing Darren Carrington a lifeline destroys 'student-athlete' myth (Aug. 9)
- Report: Utah WR Darren Carrington pleads no contest to DUI (Aug. 8)
- Carrington II transfer from receives Pac-12 committee approval (Aug. 7)
- Ute receivers inexperienced but have potential to be best group in years (Aug. 2)
- Late wide receiver additions on the field as camp opens (July 28)
- Receivers Carrington II, Nurse expected to be on the field at Utah camp opener (July 28)
- Former Oregon WR Darren Carrington II signs a tender with Utah (July 27)
The tight ends must become a bigger part of the passing game this season while remaining solid blockers to assist the running game.
Starting center Lo Fakemala has been injured and four starting linemen were drafted to the NFL, so Utah could go through a rebuilding process up front.
- Backup centers getting invaluable experience (Aug. 9)
- Utah's offensive line rebuilding after the NFL drafted four (Aug. 6)
Kyle Whittingham said this line is one of the most talented and deepest he's had in his Utah tenure.
- Utah's talented defensive line determined to get the job done (Aug. 3)
- 'Baby Bear' could have impact on Utah defensive line if he realizes how 'ferocious' he can be (July 30)
- Fitts glad to be back on the field (July 30)
The group had little experience last year, but have plenty of talented linebackers coming back this year.
Whittingham said the group is "short on experience" but is "long on talent."
- Cornerbacks drawing praise early in camp (Aug. 2)
- Brad Rock: Utah's new defensive backfield 'obliged' to stand out (Aug. 1)
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The injury to safety Chase Hansen has hindered the defense in camp, but he could be back for the start of the season.
Utah brings back Mitch Wishnowsky, who won the Ray Guy Award last season. Also, a starting kicker has yet to be named.
- Wishnowski believes he can get even better (Aug. 9)
- Kickers competing for job (Aug. 8)
- Replacing 'Automatic Andy' won't be easy, but two Utah kickers are looking forward to the challenge (July 29) Amy Donaldson: Rosen, Carrington illustrate issues that are more easily judged than solved