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Utah football to hold open scrimmage Friday

NCAA Football: Washington at Utah Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

It’s a good chance for the fans to get their football itch scratched on Friday, as Coach Whittingham and company are holding an open scrimmage for the public starting at 4pm at Rice-Eccles Stadium. It will be an 80 play scrimmage and is slated to run until about 6 in the evening. The fans, and frankly the media, haven’t really been able to get their eyes on the Utes much this spring, and it’ll be nice to get a better look at some of the youngsters on the team, as well as get a peak at the new look offense for the Utes.

One person that fans should watch is Bradlee Anae. The young defensive lineman has opened some eyes this fall, and is looking like a star in the making. Of course, fans will be watching the QBs, where as of now Troy Williams is the No. 1, and Tyler Huntley is No. 2. I don’t expect that to change, but Huntley is a fun player to watch, as he brings some electricity to the field.

Here are more notes from the U on the scrimmage for Friday, and a little more:

Scrimmage to Highlight Week 3

The Utes will hold their first scrimmage of the spring on Friday, Mar. 31 at 4 p.m. The scrimmage will be played in Rice-Eccles Stadium and is open to the public.

Camp Notes

While the Utes did some scripted live work at practice last Saturday, the 80-play scrimmage this Friday, Mar. 31 will emphasize live situational play … The offensive line, which must replace four starters, is “still a work in progress” other than veteran returners Salesi Uhatafe, Jackson Barton and Lo Falemaka, according to Coach Kyle Whittingham. Whittingham added that he is confident eight to nine players will be prepared to contribute on the offensive line by fall … First-team All-America punter Mitch Wishnowsky is punting well … The starting place kicker won’t be determined until fall camp when scholarship freshman Chayden Johnston joins sophomore Hayes Hicken and JC transfer Cristian Antezana in the competition to replace four-year starter Andy Phillips … Defensively, Whittingham says Chase Hansen, Kavika Luafatasaga and Bradlee Anae have stood out.

Ultimate Tailgate Apr. 15

There will be no pre-registration for this year’s Ultimate Tailgate at the Red-White game on Saturday, Apr. 15. The lots will open at 6 a.m. and tailgate parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis in Rice-Eccles Stadium’s west lot. Tailgate stalls will be assigned as either 12 spaces (6x2) or six spaces (3x2). Tailgaters will receive prizes upon check-in and free merchandise will be distributed throughout the event. The west stadium parking lot will also feature a Fan Experience Tent with tailgate games and other interactive activities for fans attending the spring game.

More on the Red-White Game

Admission and parking are free to the Red-White game on Saturday, Apr. 15 and all seating is general admission. The game starts at 11 a.m. and will be televised live on Pac-12 Network. Preceding the game will be a MUSS flag football game at 9 a.m., followed by the alumni game at 10 a.m.