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2014 Utah Football Scouting Report: Linebackers

Junior all-Pac-12 candidate Jason Whittingham is Utah's leading returning tackler.

Junior all-Pac-12 candidate Jason Whittingham is Utah's leading returning tackler.

June 17, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY - With the @Utah_Football season approaching, utahutes.com will break down the personnel on the Ute roster with the lowdown, headliners and newcomer spotlight for 10 position groups. Today's post details Utah's linebacking corps.

2014 utahutes.com @Utah_Football Scouting Report

Tuesday, June 10: Offensive Line
Wednesday, June 11: Quarterbacks
Thursday, June 12: Running Backs
Friday, June 13: Wide Receivers
Saturday, June 14: Tight Ends
Monday, June 16: Defensive Line
Tuesday, June 17: Linebackers
Wednesday, June 18: Cornerbacks
Thursday, June 19: Safeties
Friday, June 20: Kicking Game


The Lowdown
The quality is outstanding but the quantity is scarce in an injury-depleted linebacker corps overseen by defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake.

Headliners Returning
Junior Jason Whittingham is Utah's leading returning tackler and an all-conference candidate, and second-year starter Jared Norris was exceptional throughout spring. At some point in the season, Miami transfer Gionni Paul will return and elevate this position to another level. Paul, a redshirt last fall, was injured in spring camp.



Newcomer Spotlight
While there are no new incoming scholarship linebackers, redshirt sophomore Uaea Masina is a rising young talent.

Coach Whittingham Says
"While the depth at linebacker is a concern, we feel we have a talented group to work with. The addition of former running back Marcus Williams to the unit in the spring proved to be a positive and gives us another promising young player at the position."

The Personnel
Aaron Borg
Jacoby Hale
Tanner Larsen
Uaea Masina
Henry Nawahine
Jared Norris
Gionni Paul
Marcus Sanders-Williams
Sharrieff Shah, Jr.
Alex Whittingham
Jason Whittingham

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