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#CampKyle Clips: Practices No. 10-11

The Utes completed their second two-a-day of week 2 during #CampKyle.

The Utes completed their second two-a-day of week 2 during #CampKyle.
Aug. 13, 2014

Practices No. 10-11 Overview ...
• Live work drives capped the morning session with players donning full pads.
• Senior defensive end Nate Orchard, inside linebackers Jason Whittingham and Jared Norris and defensive tackle Viliseni Fauonuku had impressive morning practices, according to head coach Kyle Whittingham.
• Whittingham reported that sophomore defensive back Reginald Porter, who had been having an exceptional camp, is out for the season with a knee injury.
• Sophomore Dominique Hatfield is the latest wide receiver to try out at defensive back. Hatfield took reps at cornerback in the morning and will continue to do so. He is now listed as a WR/DB on the roster. Before camp started, Brian Allen moved from receiver to safety.
• Freshman tight end Wallace Gonzalez switched to a black jersey and played defensive end in the morning. The coaches are still in the evaluation stage of where Gonzalez will play.
• Sophomore Sam Tevi has made a permanent move to offensive tackle, where he played in the spring before taking one last shot on the defensive line in the first week of camp. Tevi could crack the two deep at OT.
• Sophomore placekicker Andy Phillips made 54 and 47-yard field goal attempts, while sophomore Jon Halliday converted 35 and 45-yarders.
• After the evening practice, Whittingham said the quarterback race remains a dead heat.
• The second session of the day was cut to an hour because of the 'extensive practice' this morning.
• Whittingham praised senior wide receiver Dres Anderson along with freshman defensive backs Boobie Hobbs, Casey Hughes and Monte Seabrook.
 

 

Live Work Highlights ...
• Junior wide receiver Kenneth Scott was a popular target during the live work.
• During the media observation period at the end of practice, junior quarterback Travis Wilson found Scott three times in two drives. In the first series, Scott galloped along the left sideline down to the 1-yard line for a 40-yard reception before the duo connected again for a 1-yard touchdown. Wilson and Scott then came together for a 25-yard reception in the middle of the field during the second drive.
• Junior quarterback Kendal Thompson found Scott for 15 yards to start a drive that ended with a touchdown rush by junior running back Devontae Booker.
• Freshmen defensive backs Monte Seabrook and Boobie Hobbs both had pass breakups.

From Coach Whittingham ...
On the defensive backfield:
"Our starters are playing very well, Eric Rowe, Davion Orphey, along with Justin Thomas. We'll have guys step up. The unfortunate part of this business is injury, but when it does happen, you have to have guys step up and pick up the slack. [Reginald Porter] will come back next year better than ever. He's a hard worker and a tough kid, he'll get through it."

On Nate Orchard:
"We couldn't block him off the edge today. When he's in a groove, he's nearly impossible for us to block him off the edge. Hopefully, it will be the same way for other teams."

On switching Orchard to right side of defensive line:
"Your premiere pass rushers are usually on the right side. He feels comfortable over there and we feel he's ready for a big year."

On versatility of Wallace Gonzalez:
"He's a big strong, fast and athletic kid. He hasn't played football in three or four years, so we wanted to get a look at him [as a defensive end]. I had this idea in the back of my mind when we got him here on campus, give him a shot at defensive end. We're going to try this for two or three days and then make a decision about which position he'll play permanently."

On Sam Tevi moving to offensive tackle:
"[Tevi] has a very high ceiling at offensive tackle, which is his most natural spot."

Post-Practice Impressions ...

Junior Running Back Bubba Poole
"I feel the running backs will make a big improvement this season. Everyone trusts the offensive line and understands the offense. My personal goal is to rush for 1,000 yards and also find other ways to contribute on special teams as a kick returner and getting as many receiving yards out of the backfield as possible.

"This year, our depth is going to be a lot better. Our Nos. 3 and 4's are capable of producing right away so we can matchup with other Pac-12 teams."

Junior Quarterback Travis Wilson
"The keys are to have timing and chemistry with the wide receivers and find the easy throws. I will keep on competing and working hard. [Kenneth Scott] and I were clicking today and we had great chemistry. I'm glad he's back so I want to take full advantage."

#CampKyle Olympics Update
Today's edition of the #CampKyle Olympics saw the players try soccer as a penalty-kick contest was held at the end of practice with Jared Norris emerging as the winner.

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