SALT LAKE CITY — Utah quarterback Troy Williams acknowledged it’s kind of difficult adjusting to a different center in the midst of training camp. An injury to projected starter Lo Falemaka has led to sophomores Johnny Capra and Paul Toala making the snaps over the past two days.
“It’s kind of hard, but you know, our mentality here is next man up,” Williams said. “Thankfully it wasn’t a bad injury, just like a contusion or something like that, so (Falemaka will) be back soon.”
In the meantime, Williams continued, the Utes are doing a good job with their next man up approach with Capra and Toala at center.
“Not bad. Some errant snaps here and there, but for the most part it was pretty good,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said after Saturday’s practice at Rice-Eccles Stadium. “It’s a work in progress. Some of those guys don’t have a lot of reps and a lot of experience snapping the ball, so we expect them to get better as time goes on.”
As for the specifics of Falemaka’s injury, Whittingham declined to offer insight. He adhered to his policy of not commenting on injuries that are not deemed to be season-ending.
“Nothing on injuries today,” he said. “Zero.”
Offensive coordinator Troy Taylor expressed hope about getting Falemaka back. He also noted the importance of developing a third guy behind Capra and Toala — just in case.
MIXED BAG: Taylor said the offense was a “little sloppy” on Saturday.
“This probably wasn’t our best of the five or six practices,” he explained. “The energy was good. We just didn’t execute kind of at the level I would like us to.”
Taylor is expecting a bounce back.
Whitttingham saw some good and bad things in the first fall practice at the stadium.
“I think it was a step forward,” he said. “But we turned the ball over more today than we have in any point in camp, which is not good to see.”
EXTRA POINTS: Whittingham said that the team will probably elect captains at the end of next week, or at the start of the following week. … Position battles noted by Whittingham include quarterback, receivers and the secondary. … The threes and others scrimmaged at the end of practice. … Camp resumes Monday.