Another open media day for practice, and another day of really similar storylines, or in some cases the same. That’s great news though, in Utah’s case, since the storylines have been pointing in the right direction and have been positive.
High energy practice today with good things on both sides. Huntley continues to control the offense with confidence. Is composed, doesn’t rush the offense and makes good reads. Receivers are helping him out a lot by catching anything he throws their way.— Josh Furlong (@JFurKSL) August 15, 2018
Josh does a great job summing up what so many of us want to hear as we move toward the season. First, the energy, which Coach Whitt reinforced in his statement has remained high throughout camp, and that the team is focused all the way through. Second, Huntley has control of the offense and is very confident. He was confident last season, but he didn’t have control, at least in camp thus far, he has both. Lastly, receivers are making plays, and that’s going to be huge for the Utes this season.
(yes the first one was a catch) #goutes pic.twitter.com/8vpU57R3bx— Utah Athletics (@utahathletics) August 15, 2018
That catch by Mariner made waves around Twitter, and Tyreke Lewis had excellent coverage. It sounds like he’s stepping into that No. 1 wideout role nicely.
Whittingham and Taylor said most of the positions are solidified, but they want to give a little more time before naming starters. Whittingham said starters will likely be named Monday. Captains will be named Friday, with announcement Saturday.— Josh Furlong (@JFurKSL) August 15, 2018
Sounds like the coaches really know who all the starters are going to be, but will name them later. There have been plenty of camps in the past where some position groups weren’t settled until right before the opener, or even right after. To know who is playing where, and what the two deep is going to look like going into game prep is very comforting and great news for the team, as they can focus in on their responsibilities.
It’s not given, it’s earned. #UBoyz #EarnYourLogo pic.twitter.com/hgfF1fG3DT— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) August 15, 2018
As camp goes along, new guys don’t have the drum and feather on their helmet, because they need to earn them by their play. This is a cool video as players reward their teammates with the decal for their helmet, which officially makes them a Utes. I love videos like this.
Whittingham said the energy hasn’t quit with this team. He said they’ve been going at it nonstop since January on their own and are motivated to get over the hurdle. Lot of self motivation/ focus among this group.— Josh Furlong (@JFurKSL) August 15, 2018
This is what I was eluding to earlier. This team is focuses and they are motivated to win and win big this season. Now the rubber needs to meet the road going forward, but you combine what we’ve been hearing from practice and how confident some of the coaches and players are, it sounds like the pieces are falling into place.