March 15, 2010
SALT LAKE CITY -
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The Utah football team will hold two practices this week before taking off for spring break. The pads will be off on Tuesday, coming back on for Thursday's tackle practice. The Utes will be off from Mar. 20-27, resuming practice on Monday, Mar. 29.
OPEN AND SHUT
Outdoor practices will remain open to the public, but if the Utes must move indoors due to weather, practices will be closed. The Eccles Field House does not have enough sideline space to safely accommodate observers.
Starting linebacker Nai Fotu
is lost for spring ball and the 2010 season after tearing his ACL during non-contact drills on Mar. 11. He has a redshirt year available. Battling to replace Fotu as the starting middle linebacker are juniors Matt Martinez
, Chaz Walker
and Jamel King
. King will miss this week's practices after breaking his hand. He is scheduled for surgery on Mar. 16 and will return to action after spring break ... Injuring his knee last week was sophomore Victor Spikes
. Like King, he is anticipated to be back on the field after spring break. Spikes, who was slated as the backup strong safety prior to camp, is now a running back. Replacing him as backup to strong safety Justin Taplin-Ross
is sophomore Bryce Bennion
... The Utes should have most of their offense installed by the end of this week ... Players who stood out in the first week of camp included cornerback Conroy Black
, linebacker J.J. Williams
and defensive linemen Sealver Siliga
and Dave Kruger
RED-WHITE SPRING GAME
The seventh-annual Red-White game will be held in Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday, April 17 starting at 1 p.m. It is free to the public and the players will sign autographs after the game.
Beginning his sixth season as Utah's head coach, Kyle Whittingham
has compiled a 48-17 overall record. Whittingham is 6-0 in bowl games, including a win he shares as co-head coach of the 2005 Fiesta Bowl. He has averaged 9.4 wins a season and led Utah to the best season in school history in 2008, when the Utes went 13-0 and finished No. 2 in the nation. Utah holds the longest current bowl win streak in the nation at nine and Whittingham has participated in every one as either a head or assistant coach. He spent 11 years as a Ute assistant coach (the last 10 as the defensive coordinator) before taking the reins in 2005.