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Utes in Final Week of Camp

WR Luke Matthews is having a good camp.

WR Luke Matthews is having a good camp.

Aug. 13, 2012


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The Utes have a busy week ahead with nine practices in six days as camp winds to a close. Practices on Tuesday and Saturday will be scrimmages. Classes and the regular season practice schedule will start on Monday, Aug. 20. The media policies will also change at that time (please see sidebar on this page for regular season media policies).


Out with injuries are junior defensive tackle Junior Salt (foot), junior defensive end Niasi Leota (appendix), senior offensive tackle Miles Mason (ankle) and senior defensive back Lewis Walker (stress fractures). Coach Kyle Whittingham has indicated that Salt, a JC transfer who has three years to play two, will redshirt. Mason is expected to be available for the season opener against Northern Colorado on Aug. 30, while Leota and Walker do not have a scheduled return date ... JC transfer Tenny Palepoi replaces Salt as the backup to Dave Kruger at defensive tackle, while redshirt freshman Viliseni Fauonuku is solidifying the backup job behind Star Lotulelei at the other tackle ... In some situations, stud linebacker Trevor Reilly will start in place of defensive end Joe Kruger and Reilly's job at stud will be manned by redshirt freshman Jason Whittingham ... On the offensive line, Percy Taumoelau slides over to right tackle while Jeremiah Poutasi is the new starter at left tackle ... At receiver, Luke Matthews is back in a familiar starting role, while walk-on Geoff Norwood and Sean Fitzgerald have moved into the two deep as backups, replacing Reggie Dunn and Anthony Denham ... The Utes expect to add around a dozen players to the roster when school starts.


The Utes will unveil a black helmet with a red circle and feather logo for the annual blackout game on Oct. 27 vs. Cal. The team will wear the black helmet periodically throughout the season in a variety of different uniform combinations that could feature red, white or black jerseys and pants. Replica black helmets will be available for purchase at the University Campus store leading up to the blackout game ... The 12th-annual Ute Fan Fest will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Rice-Eccles Stadium (free parking and admission). Utah's teams and coaches will sign autographs, pose for photos and engage in interactive games with the fans ... In the booth this season for the offense will be OC Brian Johnson and graduate assistants Robert Conley and Grant Duff. Up top for the defense will be safeties coach Morgan Scalley and GAs Jayson Anderson and Joe D'Orazio.

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