It was about as eventful as a fall camp, position wise, as we’ve had in a while. Of course, the QB race was the headliner, with Tyler Huntley pulling the surprising win there. The Utes also brought in super talented wide out Darren Carrington on to the squad, and that has added a unique dimension that Utah hasn’t had in quite a long time. Utah also had to replace four of their five offensive linemen, but reports out of camp have been positive for the new group. Armand Shyne went down with an injury, but the talented Zack Moss was in the running to take over as the starter anyway, per Whitt’s remarks.
On defense, the defensive line has been a well oiled machine for a long time now. The linebackers are returning everybody, and they should be one of the strengths of the team. Utah did have to rebuild the secondary, with really only Boobie Hobbs and Chase Hansen returning. Hansen is just barely getting back on the field, so there have been a lot of new names back there, led by freshman Jaylon Johnson. Johnson will be a true freshman starter at corner, which is impressive in this defense. The coaches have been high on this retooled secondary, and I think the names that the coaches brought in have been impressive thus far. I can’t wait to see them in live action.
The only question that remains is who will be the starting kicker, which is a big question that will need to be answered.
I had a lot of concerns going into camp. I still have some, which are pretty small I’d say (if you see my write up from a few days ago), but I actually feel confident Utah has put together a very talented, albeit young team. I started to gain some confidence when Carrington decided to come to Utah, and it kind of built as we’ve heard from the coaches.
I’m hesitant to put a win number on this team, but I think they’re going to be competitive going into November.
With all that said, how confident are you going into the season after fall camp?