Though it was several days shorter than in past years, last week's Camp Carbon at Price may have been the most successful yet for the University of Utah football team.
"We did exactly what we wanted," said coach Ron McBride after arriving home Sunday afternoon. "Our scrimmage (Saturday) went really well and I thought we had a real good camp."What impressed McBride most about his team in Saturday's "situational scrimmage" was the "physicalness" of his squad.
"Our guys really got after each other and showed an ability to hit," he said. "And we didn't have any injuries. Usually when you have everyone hitting like that, you end up with some injuries."
Everybody played in the scrimmage, including all-American candidate Luther Elliss, who had been bothered with a sore hamstring earlier in the week.
McBride was pleased with his offense, particularly the first team and quarterback Mike McCoy who completed 9 of 13 passes. The coach was also happy with the play of reserve QBs Ryan Shea and Brandon Jones, who are still battling for the backup position.
However he was a bit concerned with his backup offensive line and backup receivers. "Our second offensive line has to get better and we need to develop a couple of more wide receivers," he said.
McBride mentioned linebacker David Cunningham, a transfer from Weber State as a "pleasant surprise" and said all his running backs, particularly Rob Hamilton and freshman Juan Johnson, have been playing well.
The Utes continued their two-a-days at their practice field Monday and will conclude this week with another scrimmage Saturday. Next week, they'll practice just once a day prior to their opener against Utah State on Sept. 3.
"We still have a lot of work left," said McBride. "We need our individual people to improve on their techniques and correct any weaknesses during the next couple of weeks."