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#CampKyle Clips: Practices 15-16

Travis Wilson was named Utah's starting quarterback on Monday.

Travis Wilson was named Utah's starting quarterback on Monday.
Aug. 18, 2014

#CampKyle: Practices 15-16 Overview

• The University of Utah football team opened its third and final week of fall camp with two practices on Monday.
• After the morning practice, Whittingham announced Travis Wilson will be the starting quarterback for the Aug. 28 opener against Idaho State. Kendal Thompson will be No. 2 on the depth chart and Brandon Cox will be No. 3.
• The battle for No. 1 running back is ongoing, according to Whittingham, who added that Bubba Poole, Devontae Booker and Troy McCormick will all get reps in games.
• Whittingham anticipates a rotation of six or seven wide receivers seeing game action.
• The team wore shells (helmets, shoulder pads and shorts) during both sessions today with quarterbacks off limits from all contact.
• A `thud tackling' policy was introduced, where no player was to hit the ground after contact.
• The Utes broke into scout work using Idaho State schemes to begin preparing for the opener against the Bengals.

From Coach Whittingham

On the competition for starting quarterback:
"The quarterback competition was very tight. Kendal [Thompson] has earned the right to play and he will play. It's not a two-quarterback system. It's not [a] first quarter, second quarter [rotation situation]. It's when we get an opportunity to put [Thompson] in and get in some work, he's earned that right and you will see him play, but Travis [Wilson] is our starter."

 

 

On what separated Wilson from Thompson:
"[It was] a few points in completion percentage. Experience was another factor. But it was close, just about a dead heat. It was neck-and-neck and [Thompson] will get his opportunity, without a doubt."

On today's practices:
"Today was a good practice. It was energetic and spirited. We play 10 days from this evening so it's almost game week."

On the running back position:
"They're all still bunched together. There are still more evaluations to be made. They're all going to play in the game next Thursday night. We'll let that separate itself out based on playing ability."

On the wide receivers:
"[Tim Patrick] has earned a starting job. He had an exceptional fall camp. Patrick, Kenneth Scott [moving to slot receiver] and Dres Anderson are our top receivers right now. There is a group right behind them with Dominique Hatfield, Delshawn McClellon and Kaelin Clay. We have a good group of receivers. It's a whole different look than what we had during spring [practice]."

On Tim Patrick's climb up the depth chart:
"We knew he had ability. We knew he had talent. Obviously, we knew that when we recruited him, but for him to do what he's done so far, has been pretty remarkable. He's earned himself a [starting] job because of it."

Post-Practice Impressions from the Utes

Offensive Coordinator Dave Christensen

On the wide receivers:
"I like the depth that we've developed this fall. Our first group is sold with a lot of guys who have played a lot of football and our second group has some guys with some experience. They haven't played as much, but they have performed well in training camp."

Quarterback Travis Wilson

On improvement he's made since last season:
"I'm a lot smarter with the football and have much more of an understanding of the offense as well. Our coaches have done an excellent job of teaching us the offense and sticking with the plan."

#CampKyle Extras

Today's edition of the #CampKyle Olympics competition actually involved football --- a throwing contest from the 10-yard line into a trash can propped on top of a pylon in the back corner of the end zone. (Quarterbacks were excluded from competing). Offensive line coach Jim Harding and offensive assistant Vince Conti both hit the goal in the first round. The rules relaxed a little during the final round to include points for hitting the outside of the can and Viliseni Fauonuku led his team, `The Good Life,' to the win. Adam Schulz hit the can on a 45-yard throw, and alum Tyler Whittingham also made one with a long toss in unofficial competition.

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