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Lots of Action in first Ute Football Scrimmage

Terrance Cain (pictured), Corbin Louks and Jordan Wynn were the most-requested interviews after Thursday's scrimmage.

Terrance Cain (pictured), Corbin Louks and Jordan Wynn were the most-requested interviews after Thursday's scrimmage.

Aug. 13, 2009


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The two-hour, 100-play scrimmage Thursday morning held in Rice-Eccles Stadium could prove pivotal at several positions on the Utah football team. No competition was more watched than that at quarterback, where juniors Corbin Louks and Terrance Cain, and freshman Jordan Wynn took turns leading the No. 1 offense. Coach Kyle Whittingham confirmed that a starter and backup will come out of the scrimmage, once the coaches have the opportunity to review the film.

"All three quarterbacks did some good things and all three made mistakes," said Whittingham. "After we watch film, we will come out with a one, two and three. Nothing will be set in stone--the order could still change--but at least we will have a starting point and can begin to get some continuity with the quarterback and the first string offense."

Although the scrimmage agenda had the "one" offense going head-to-head with the "one" defense, seven starters did not play for the defense. The coaches gave the entire linebacker and safety corps the day off (Stevenson Sylvester, Mike Wright, Kepa Gaison, Robert Johnson, Joe Dale), as well as defensive end Koa Misi. Offensive starters who didn't participate were running back Matt Asiata, receiver David Reed and offensive tackle Zane Beadles.



Stats were not kept at the scrimmage per the coaches' request, but some plays stood out. Wynn's first drive resulted in a 35-yard touchdown pass to Jereme Brooks, and later Cain hit Eddie Wide for a 60-yard touchdown play. Wynn conducted one other scoring drive, handing the ball off to Wide for a 10-yard TD run. Wide and Sausan Shakerin saw lots of action with Asiata on the sidelines. On a play reminiscent of Asiata, "Shak" took a direct snap and ran three yards for a touchdown during red zone work.

Ben Vroman appeared the clear leader in the search for a new placekicker. He made all seven field goal attempts, including makes of 39 and 43 yards. In other special teams news, Justin Taplin-Ross returned a punt for a touchdown.

The defense featured some big plays, with Mo Neal and Tysen Clements intercepting passes and Junior Tui'one recording two tackles for loss.

Overall, Whittingham was pleased with the scrimmage, especially the play of the backups battling for position. "We won't have as many true freshmen play this year because we are so deep," he said, adding, "We are starting to make some decisions on the travel squad and who might be headed for a redshirt year."

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