The defense was still dominating, but the offense looked much improved at the University of Utah football team's final scrimmage Sunday at Camp Carbon.
The Utes were to return home Monday morning and resume practicing in the evening. They have less than two weeks of practice prior to their opener Sept. 2 at home against Oregon.Following Sunday's scrimmage, the Utes still weren't ready to name a starting quarterback.
"We'll check the tapes tonight, but we may have to wait a few more practices to make a decision," said quarterback coach Tommy Lee.
Both Ute quarterbacks were improved over poor performances in a scrimmage two days earlier. Mike Fouts completed 16 of 24 passes for 119 yards and one touchdown with one interception. Brandon Jones, meanwhile, was 10 of 17 for 79 yards, two touchdowns with one interception.
"Fouts had an outstanding day," said Ute coach Ron McBride. "In the 20-plus drill, Brandon did very well."
With most of their top running backs hobbling with injuries, the Utes counted on walk-on Kevin Pond, who rushed 11 times for 32 yards. Henry Lusk, who had to talk his coach into letting him play, caught three passes for 49 yards and two touchdowns.
"I liked the defense, but the offense kept fighting back," said McBride. "Yesterday, I was very apprehensive, especially about the offense."
Among the top performers on defense were Henry Kaufusi, Nate Kia and Pene alamaivao. McBride also had praise for the second-team defense, saying, "We had to have a second group of defensive guys step up and they did."
The Utes continue with two-a-days this week, before cutting back to single practices next week.