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#CampKyle Clips: Practice No. 5

Travis Wilson and the Utes completed the fifth day at #CampKyle.

Travis Wilson and the Utes completed the fifth day at #CampKyle.
Aug. 8, 2014

Practice No. 5 Overview ...
• First practice in full pads.
• The first, second and third teams each got 16 live plays in the final period of practice.
• According to head coach Kyle Whittingham, the standouts today were freshman running back Troy McCormick, junior linebacker Jason Whittingham, sophomore defensive back Justin Thomas and senior wide receiver Dres Anderson.
• The running back battle has been day-to-day during the first week of practice, while the quarterback race remains at status quo.

Live Work Highlights
• McCormick scored on a long touchdown run to open the scoring during the scrimmage period.
• Freshman linebacker Tanner Larsen forced a fumble that was recovered by freshman defensive back Travonne Hobbs.
• Sophomore kicker Andy Phillips nailed a 51-yard field goal.
• Freshman defensive back Andre Godfrey blocked a 49-yard field goal attempt by Jon Halliday.

From Coach Whittingham ...
On today's practice: "It was a very good practice today, our first live work (in full pads). We are starting to see separation in some of the position battles."

 

 

On freshman defensive tackle Lowell Lotulelei: "There are a ton of similarities between him and his brother (former Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei), but Lowell wants to make a name for himself."

Whittingham's goal for the offense was to become great at `pitching and catching' with a high completion percentage. He stated that becoming more efficient throwing the ball will open up opportunities in the running game.

The cornerbacks have taken a nice step forward and have a nice group of freshman who have made the most of their reps, including Hobbs and Casey Hughes.

At least for now, the quarterbacks are off limits to would be tacklers. Whittingham said they may have them participate in full-contact drills during one day next week, but that is still to be determined.

Post-Practice Impressions from the Players ...

Freshman defensive tackle Lowell Lotulelei
On defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake:
"He has a lot of energy and knowledge. We are always working heavily on our technique, watching our feet and how we use our hands."

When asked which offensive lineman was the most difficult to match up with, Lotulelei said senior offensive lineman Junior Salt because of his strength and aggressiveness.

Senior defensive end Nate Orchard
On the defense:
"We have been solid and are just going out here making plays. We have an amazing freshman class with guys like [defensive back] Marcus Williams, so it's fun to see the young guys picking up new things and always studying their playbooks.

Sophomore placekicker Andy Phillips
On long-range field goals:
"I hope they ask me to try long field goals like that. I love that challenge. I just have to step up and crush it."

The former U.S. Ski Team member also indicated that he still does ski and snowboard for fun.

Junior wide receiver Tim Patrick
On learning the offense after transferring from Grossmont College:
"It's been going pretty well. I have had a solid camp so far. I've been able to pick up the terminology pretty well, but I know I need to study more. I've been staying in a hotel with the team all week so I've been able to learn a lot."

#CampKyle Extras ...
According to senior tight end Westlee Tonga, junior punter Tom Hackett edged redshirt freshman quarterback Conner Manning in the team's closest-to-the-pin contest at the end of practice on Thursday.

Former Utah All-America (and NFL all-pro) defensive lineman Luther Elliss was in attendance for the first time this season.

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