It was a no observation day for the Utah football team’s spring practice on Tuesday, but Coach Whitt, as he always does, gave the media some tidbits on how the team is progressing and what he saw from the day.
Overall, Coach Whitt thought it was a strong day, and a “step forward” for the team. After seeing what I saw on Saturday, that’s nice to hear. Of course, Saturday was watered down by one heck of a rain storm that made things difficult. Not to mention, the schedule was kind of weird with two practices before spring break, which probably messed up some of the cohesion a little bit.
He also talked a little bit about the QBs and the offensive line, saying right now Troy Williams has the edge at QB, which shouldn’t surprise a lot of people. In that messy practice on Saturday, Troy just looked more poised and calm, given the situation, and Tyler Huntley was rushing things quite a bit. It’s nice to hear that Tyler is making it a competition, as that bodes very well for the future. I really like him a lot, and look forward to his development. What I hope for in 2017 is that the Utes can get Huntley some more meaningful snaps in the non-conference portion, so when he’s the presumed starter in 2018, he’ll be comfortable.
As for the line, it sounds like the starters are meshing well, according to Whittingham, but the backups need some work. After losing four starters on the line from this past season, that’s not a big surprise to me. Many of those now “No. 2” guys are finally getting significant reps, so it’ll probably take until fall camp for those guys to come together, and to really create a nice eight or so man rotation there.
All-in-all, nice to hear Whitt is liking the progression of the team, and hopefully we see more of that as we finish out spring camp, and move into the summer.