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#CampKyle Clips: Practice 17

The Utah football team held its 17th practice of #CampKyle this morning.

The Utah football team held its 17th practice of #CampKyle this morning.
Aug. 19, 2014

#CampKyle Clips: Practice No. 17
• Practice No. 17 was the first practice of fall camp held in cool, rainy conditions. It was quite a change from yesterday's two-a-days held under sunny skies and 90-plus degree temperatures.
• The team wore shells (helmets, shoulder pads and shorts) with `thud tackling' instituted (no player brought to ground after initial contact).
• Head coach Kyle Whittingham liked the tempo of the offense and a passing efficiency that saw very few balls on the ground.
• Whittingham announced that Wallace Gonzalez' recent move from tight end to defensive end is now official.

Live Work Highlights ...
Dres Anderson made his presence felt during the last 20 minutes that were open to the media with receptions on a nice back-shoulder catch as well as on a comeback route from Travis Wilson.
Kendal Thompson found tight end Siale Fakailoatonga down the left hash on a seam route for a nice completion and then fooled the defense with a nice screen pass to Bubba Poole that picked up impressive yardage.

From Coach Whittingham ...

Opening statement:
"Today was a typical practice. There was a little bit of weather we dealt with, but we handled it well so it was good. Dominique Hatfield at corner was a positive, he did some good work there. Tevin Carter also looked good at safety. And of course, Dres Anderson and Kenneth Scott are two guys who perform every day."

 

 

On the offensive line:
"The starting five has settled in and has had a few days to work together now so they're starting to feel comfortable with each other. It's a work in progress. We need those guys to continue working together during every practice between now and the Idaho State game to get in sync."

On the tight ends:
"Westlee [Tonga] is our top guy, there's no doubt about that. He's a great athlete and we expect him to catch a bunch of balls for us. [The tight ends] are still an integral part of what we're doing."

On `running back by committee' approach:
"I don't think it really matters either way. If someone does step forward and separates themselves, that person will get the majority of the carries and the reps. But as long as we're getting the bottom-line numbers in the rushing game, maybe 50 yards from each of the top three or 150 from one guy, it doesn't really matter as long as we're getting that production."

Post-Practice Impressions From the Utes ...

Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach Kalani Sitake

On the position battles and depth of his defense:
"Defensively, we're going to play a lot of guys. We normally rotate guys. Right now, there is still a position battle at defensive tackle and that may be a year-long thing. I'm not sure how many guys will be in the mix there, probably four or five who we feel comfortable with, depending on how long it takes to get those guys settled. I feel comfortable with Marcus [Sanders-Williams], Uaea [Masina] and Pita [Taumoepenu] at the stud linebacker position."

Wide Receiver/Cornerback Dominique Hatfield

On being No. 2 in two positions on depth chart:
"My fall camp is going really well. I'm just doing whatever I can to get better. I wasn't anticipating playing corner, but with some of the changes that have happened, I'm willing to do everything I can to help the team. I played corner in high school so it wasn't a difficult adjustment. I'm doing whatever the coaches are asking me to do, that goes for special teams as well."

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