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#CampKyle Clips: Practices Nos. 6-7

Andy Phillips and the Utes held their first two-a-day of 2014 on Saturday.

Andy Phillips and the Utes held their first two-a-day of 2014 on Saturday.
Aug. 9, 2014

Practices No. 6-7 Overview ...

• First two-a-day practices of camp.
• The first and second teams both ran two-minute drills at the end of the morning session.
• The evening session was devoted to individual work with players wearing shells (helmets and shoulder pads).
• A Pac-12 Networks production crew was on site to follow senior offensive lineman Junior Salt around for a "day in the life" feature that will air during the network's Football Training Camp show Monday at 10 p.m. MT.
• Junior quarterback Travis Wilson, junior quarterback Kendal Thompson, junior linebacker Jason Whittingham, senior tight end Westlee Tonga, junior wide receiver Kenneth Scott and senior wide receiver Dres Anderson were cited by head coach Kyle Whittingham as today's standouts.

Two-Minute Work Highlights
• Wilson led the No. 1 offense on a drive that culminated in a 35-yard field goal by sophomore placekicker Andy Phillips.
• Thompson connected with sophomore wide receiver Dominique Hatfield down the sideline a 40-yard gain that took the No. 2 offense on a drive that ended with a 24-yard field goal by sophomore placekicker Jon Halliday.

 

 

From Coach Whittingham
On the morning session:
"Travis Wilson and Kendal Thompson both did some good things. Jason Whittingham at linebacker made some big plays in the live work. Westlee Tonga also made a couple of nice plays. Kenneth Scott and Dres Anderson show up every day, they weren't live and most likely they won't be live during the entire fall camp, but they're doing a nice job."
On the evening session:
"We took the pads off for the second practice today to lighten up on the physicality. We also shortened up on time and ended an hour early."
On pass interference call on senior cornerback Davion Orphey:
"The officials are going to call plays like that more closely this season. We have had referees out here at practice every day to help us adjust."
On his impression of the first week of camp:
"Week 1 was a success."

Post-Practice Impressions

Quarterbacks coach Aaron Roderick
"We have a great group. Everyone played well today and to have only one turnover through six days of practice is something we can build on."

Assistant Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers coach Kalani Sitake
"We know what we are getting with this [defensive] group and we are making progress. The cornerbacks are fine. I am not worried about them. They are a good group. They are coming along and I feel good about them."

Senior defensive back Davion Orphey
"Everything you see from [cornerbacks coach Sharrieff] Shah out there on the field is how he is like all the time. He is energetic 24/7 and he is more of a father figure than a coach. He has made me a better player."

Wide receivers coach Taylor Stubblefield
Indicated that a rotation of five or six wide receivers may be used during the regular season.

#CampKyle Extras
Freshman tight end Wallace Gonzalez, who spent the past three seasons as an outfielder in the Houston Astros' minor league system, crushed seven home runs during the team's home run derby to win the day's Camp Olympics competition.

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