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Utah Spring Football Camp Starts Today

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Utah football will open their spring camp today, Tuesday, Mar. 22. Spring camp includes 15 practices spread over five weeks, concluding with the 13th-annual Red-White spring game on Saturday, Apr. 23 at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Fans are invited to attend any of the outdoor practices (the indoor practices will not be open to the public though due to limited space). Practice today and on Thursday will not feature pads. On Saturday, they will don pads but will not tackle. Tackling in practice will start on Tuesday, Mar. 29. The first scrimmage of spring will take place on Saturday, Apr. 9.

Tight end Siale Fakailoatonga, safety/quarterback Chase Hansen, cornerback Dominique Hatfield, tight end Evan Moeai, offensive lineman Nick Nowakowski, and wide receiver Tim Patrick will all miss spring game due to injuries. Moeai will be getting a sixth-year of eligibility after suffering season-ending injuries in the second game of the 2014 season and the first game of the 2015 season. Safety Austin Lee and defensive back Jordan Fogal are doubtful to participate in the spring due to injuries as well. Offensive tackle J.J. Dielman, running back Marcus Sanders-Williams and offensive lineman Nick Carman will not be available at the start of camp but are expected to return from injury before spring football concludes.

15 starters (6 offense, 8 defense, 1 kicker) and 60 lettermen from last year's 10-3, Las Vegas Bowl champion team return this season for Utah. Utah enters spring football with 99 players on the roster (which includes walk-ons). There are six players from the 2016 recruiting class that are enrolled in classes and participating in camp: offensive lineman Jake Grant, quarterback Tyler Huntley, offensive lineman Scott Peck, wide receiver Demari Simpkins, quarterback Troy Williams and punter Mitch Wishnowsky.

Below you can find the depth chart entering the first week of camp. One thing to remember is that injured players are not included on the depth chart.

At quarterback, Brandon Cox and Troy Williams are listed as co-starters and will battle along with Tyler Huntley to replace four-year starting quarterback Travis Wilson. It appears that Cory Butler-Byrd will be starting out camp primarily on offense. He is listed as the starter at the H receiver position (the slot receiver), and he will return kickoffs. Chris Hart is listed as a starter at Stud linebacker and the backup at right end. This could be partially due to limited depth because it sounded like the plan with him was to have him play linebacker (maybe he will play a hybrid DE/OLB role). With some many starters out with injuries and few of the expected contributors from the 2016 recruiting class not yet on campus, do not put too much stock into the depth chart because it will change quite a bit before Utah's first game of the season against Southern Utah on Thursday, Sept. 1.