Head coach Kyle Whittingham talks to reporters during a University of Utah football practice at the Eccles Football Center in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, March 26, 2019.

SALT LAKE CITY — A strong finish. That’s what Utah coach Kyle Whittingham wants to see out of the Utes as spring ball comes to an end.

The finale is Saturday with the annual Red-White Game at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. Parking and admission are free.

Whittingham said the game will be “just a time to see how many of these young guys who haven’t played much at all can rise to the occasion in a gamelike situation.” He added that a conservative approach is being taken, meaning that projected starters this fall will see little or no action in the game.

That’s not to say, however, that things won’t be competitive. The Utes are seeking depth on the offensive line and at linebacker — spots that suffered heavy graduation losses. Whittingham said they would like to get the offensive line to the point where they have confidence in eight or nine guys. As for linebacker, Whittingham noted that sophomore Devin Lloyd and Penn State transfer Manny Bowen have had outstanding springs. Stanford transfer Sione Lund and redshirt freshman Andrew Mata’afa made progress. Senior Francis Bernard is back in the mix this fall.

“So we’re feeling pretty good about that position,” Whittingham said.

However, as usual, Whittingham explained that there’s a lot of things to accomplish overall.

“There’s still work to do before we line up and play,” he explained.

BCS BUSTERS: The 2004 Utah football team that went 12-0 and won the Fiesta Bowl is being inducted into the Crimson Club Hall of Fame. Other 2019 inductees include the 1981 and 1982 gymnastics teams, gymnast Kristina Baskett, skier Torin Koos and Jeff Simonich (track/cross country).

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SPECIAL PURPOSE: The Red-White Game will have a special emphasis this year. The Hayes Tough Foundation, established by former Ute Steve Tate and his wife, Savanna, will be featured. The first 500 fans in attendance will receive a Utah football T-shirt and a silicon bracelet for pediatric cancer awareness and the foundation (HayesTough.org).

"We just want to stay connected and help out in any way we can," Whittingham said. "We've put together something pretty cool for the Red-White Game."

Utah spring football finale

Saturday, April 13, Rice-Eccles Stadium

  • 9 a.m. — MUSS flag football game
  • 10 a.m. — Alumni flag football game
  • 11 a.m. — Red-White Game