The Utes completed their second two-a-day of week 2 during #CampKyle.
Practices No. 10-11 Overview ...
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.