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Offense Shines in First Ute Scrimmage

Tauni Vakapuna was all alone on this 92-yard touchdown run.

Tauni Vakapuna was all alone on this 92-yard touchdown run.

Aug. 12, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY

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The offense held the upper hand in Utah's first football scrimmage of fall camp, but the young defense is "coming along," according to head coach Kyle Whittingham. "Our execution was very good on offense and the biggest positive was that there were no turnovers by the No. 1 or No. 2 offense," said Whittingham after the two-hour scrimmage under sunny skies in Rice-Eccles Stadium.

But for a couple of drops on balls thrown by Jordan Wynn, the top two quarterbacks would have tallied almost identical numbers. Starter Wynn completed 14-of-20 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns, while Cain was 14-of-16 for 184 yards and two scores as the second-team QB. Redshirt freshman Griff Robles also played well. "All three quarterbacks looked good and Griff is doing a nice job with a special package of plays," said Whittingham.

The day's longest play from scrimmage came from junior college transfer Tauni Vakapuna, who broke free for a 92-yard touchdown run. He finished with a team-high seven carries for 123 yards and a touchdown. "Tauni is a horse," said Whittingham. "It seems as though every time he touches the ball, good things happen."

Two other running backs saw action, with starter Eddie Wide rushing four times for 67 yards. He had a 17-yard touchdown run during red zone play. Sausan Shakerin rushed five times for 32 yards. Sitting out for precautionary reasons was Matt Asiata.

Another who sat out purely as a precaution was starting receiver Jereme Brooks. In his absence, junior college transfer Reggie Dunn made six catches for 83 yards--including an impressive catch down the sideline on a ball from Cain--and a touchdown. Shaky Smithson turned three catches into 60 yards and a score.

For the defense, tackle Sealver Siliga sat out to allow some new players get reps. Defensive end Christian Cox had the big day on the defense with two sacks and 1.5 additional TFL.

Kickers Joe Phillips and Nick Marsh were perfect in PATs and field goals under 50 yards, with Marsh hitting a 49-yarder.

 

 

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