It was a season of change on offense, with plenty of new faces for people to learn. Of course, the change at QB was a giant change for the Utes with Tyler Huntley being named the starter. Virtually the entire offensive line was new from the previous year, and we got a better look at Devonta’e Henry-Cole and saw Zack Moss in a featured role. It was a season of highs and lows on offense, but there was one name that, when he was healthy, made a giant different, and was a man among boys at times. That’s why I pick Darren Carrington as my new comer of the year on offense for the Utes. Sure, he was a senior and had a ton of experience, but he’s the type of player that Utah just hasn’t gotten in past years.
Coming up just shy of 1000 yards, his 980 yards was the most that we’ve seen at Utah since Dres Anderson’s junior year. What made Carrington’s yardage impressive was the fact that he was playing banged up for a majority of the season. Carrington’s ability to run incredibly clean routes, and catch the ball at it’s high point with his hands really separated him from other receivers. He should have had more than the 6 touchdowns that he did come down with, largely because Utah’s read zone play the first half of the season was atrocious, and some penalties called some back as well. Carrington was also the ultimate bail out and go to guy for the first-time starting Huntley. Huntley leaned on Carrington early in the season, which is as good of a weapon as a new QB could ask for. The fact that Utah wasn’t able to have a 100% Carrington for the entire season is a shame, and the fact that they only had him for a season is a bigger shame. I’m not sure who will fill the gap that Carrington leaves in the roster, maybe a Siaosi Wilson or a Samson Nacua (who I’m a big fan of). Britton Covey is coming back, but as much of a game changer and a stud he is, Carrington’s size, speed, route running, hands combo is a unique one.
Who would you name as Utah’s newcomer of the year on offense?