It's springtime, which means it is time for spring football up on The Hill. The Utes are coming off of their most successful season in the Pac-12, which culminated in a Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl victory over the Colorado State Rams. Gone from that team are some important players at key positions. With some new (and old) faces on the coaching staff, spring ball gives everyone a chance to get an initial look at what kind of players are on the team, and who is primed to fill the shoes of some of the departed seniors. Let's take a look at some key position battles to pay attention to in spring ball.
Travis Wilson and Kendal Thompson seem to be pretty entrenched as the No. 1 and No. 2 quarterbacks going into the season opener against Michigan on September 3rd. The battle here is
Who will line up opposite Kenneth Scott? That is the question heading into spring ball.
At cornerback Dominique Hatfield figures to start on one side, but Eric Rowe needs to be replaced. So far, signs point to Reggie Porter as his replacement. Porter was impressive last fall before a knee injury cost him is season and this spring he seems to have picked up where he left off before the injury. Redshirt freshman Casey Hughes and sophomore Tavaris Williams are listed behind Porter on the current depth chart. Watch out for junior Brian Allen, who at 6-3 200 lbs.
Safety is an interesting spot for the Utes. Tevin Carter appears ready to take over Brian Blechen's spot at strong safety. Carter flashed moments of brilliance last year before going down with a knee injury. At the free safety position Marcus Williams returns as a sophomore having gained valuable experience as a freshman stepping up in Carter's absence. An interesting player to keep an eye on will be former quarterback and Wyoming transfer Jason Thompson. You may remember him being involved in the opening double reverse gadget play of the Las Vegas Bowl. Thompson appears to be making the transition to safety, which is not surprising. What is surprising, however, is Thompson is currently listed with Marcus Willams atop the spring depth chart for the free safety position. For someone who has never played the safety position before, Thompson has already looked pretty natural
Junior Sam Tevi is currently listed as the starter at right tackle position.
Hunter Dimick is coming off a breakout season at the left end position and figures to remain the starter on that side of the defensive line. There are big shoes to fill
The Utes first full contact practice of the year is on Tuesday from 3-5pm. The team will have two scrimmages on April 11th and 18th from 10am to noon, and will wrap up spring football with the annual spring game on April 25th at 1 pm.