Football, spring style, is here! The 2022 Utes will showcase themselves, albeit limitedly, Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Since the Utes are bringing back so many of the guys from 2021, we’ll probably see limited action from the primary guys, which is the norm in spring games.
We’ll see a lot of Bryson Barnes and Jaquinden Jackson taking the reps at QB as they battle for the No. 2 spot behind Cam Rising. The story on Jackson is that he’s made significant strides, and I can’t wait to see how he stacks up with Barnes, who had an impressive showing in the Rose Bowl. My eyes will be on the young running back, Jaylon Glover, who is already getting considerable praise from coaches and teammates. There’s a good chance that he takes the reps left by TJ Pledger for this coming season. Since spring games are generally pretty bland on the defensive side of the ball, I’m hoping to see some fireworks from the wide receivers. I’d love to see Jaylon Dixon get behind some guys and make some plays. Also, how does the slot position play in this game since Britain Covey is gone?
Defensively, we won’t get much of an in-depth look, but I can’t wait to watch the new linebackers and the developing depth of the secondary. Lander Barton is one name I can’t wait to see on the field, and it sounds like he may be in line for a starting role in the fall.
All-in-all watching Utah football for the first time since the Rose Bowl will be great and a much-needed taste of football before the long spring and summer before the opener.
If you’re not at Rice-Eccles, here’s how to watch:
TV: Pac-12 Networks