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#PrepareU: @Utah_Football Idaho State Game Week, Part II

The Utes voted on five captains last night and announced the results after Saturday morning's practice.

The Utes voted on five captains last night and announced the results after Saturday morning's practice.
Aug. 23, 2014

Keep checking UtahUtes.com all season for a behind-the-scenes look at some of the University of Utah football team's preparations during game week.

#PrepareU: @Utah_Football Idaho State Game Week, Part II ...

• Head coach Kyle Whittingham announced that five Utes will serve as captains during the 2014 season as voted on by the team last night ...
o Offense: Junior Salt and Dres Anderson
o Defense: Brian Blechen and Nate Orchard
o Special Teams: Andy Phillips
• The Saturday morning practice at Rice-Eccles Stadium saw the Utes in full pads with "thud" tackling.

Practice Highlights ...
• The media availability period (final 20 minutes) began with a 7-on-7 segment for the first and second units that saw Kenneth Scott make a nice grab on a pass thrown by Travis Wilson. The linemen conducted 1-on-1's in the north end zone.
• The Utes then broke into position groups for individual drills where Blechen dropped into coverage and pinned a ball against the back plate of his shoulder pads for an interception.
• Practice concluded with four drives of live work that began at the offense's own 40-yard line with the first and second teams alternating series.
Tim Patrick made a nice tip toe catch from Wilson along the right sideline for a 20-yard gain before Anderson hauled in a touchdown reception.
Kendal Thompson rolled to his left and found Evan Moeai on the opposite hash for a nice gain.



From Coach Whittingham ...

On adding a special teams' captain for this season:
"The team came to me and asked if we could add a special teams' captain because it's an important phase of the game and we put a great deal of value on it."

Post-Practice Impressions from the Utes

Placekicker Andy Phillips

On being named a captain:
"I'm honored and speechless, but I know I have to continue to work hard and be ready to hit field goals and whatever else the team needs me to do."

Safety Brian Blechen

On being named a captain:
"It's an honor and a privilege. It's my job to take this team where it needs to go in order to reach a bowl game and hopefully a Pac-12 championship."

Tight End Westlee Tonga

On the offense:
"We have found our speed and have made steady improvements throughout camp and a lot of that is due to our depth."

#PrepareU Extras
The @UtahFootball Camp Olympics concluded Saturday with a little community service, as the teams built new bikes for students from Mana Academy, and concluded the day with a relay race.

Safeties coach Morgan Scalley's squad, Team Scalleywags, was declared the official #CampKyle Olympic Games champions and rewarded with a ride back to the Spence and Cleone Eccles Football Facility in oversized SUVs of comfort.

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