SALT LAKE CITY — Utah concluded camp with a scrimmage at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday. Head coach Kyle Whittingham said the Utes made a lot of progress over the past three weeks. He explained that they “just about” got everything done that they wanted to accomplish.
Defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley agreed.
“We did. We’ve got a pretty good handle on who the two-deep is and that’s for us to know and you to find out,” he said. “But no. We’ve got some late work here obviously preparing for BYU.”
Scalley explained that the scrimmage was important. There wasn’t a lot of live work for the ones, but there was plenty of situational work and they were able to get that in the camp finale.
“Guys are playing smart football and now it’s just kind of time to home in on preparing for game week,” Scalley said.
Senior defensive tackle Leki Fotu had similar thoughts.
“There’s still improvement in certain areas, but overall I do think it’s looking pretty nice,” he said. “We just need to polish up these last few weeks before the first game.”
As the Aug. 29 opener at BYU approaches, the offense is also getting settled in. Offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig acknowledged that they completed everything they wanted to in camp.
“I’m not saying we’re game ready right now. We don’t have to be game ready right now. But we are moving in that direction,” Ludwig said. “In terms of concepts we wanted to make sure were installed and taught I think we’re well on our way to full understanding of the concepts.”
Ludwig expressed confidence in where the offense is at the conclusion of camp. Quarterback Tyler Huntley is also pleased with the state of things.
“I feel very confident in the offense,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of things we’re still tuning up on. But we’re just happy about the progress and we’re getting ready for the first game.”
That’s a wrap on Fall Camp 2019! pic.twitter.com/g0eno8ofgB— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) August 17, 2019
CAPTAINS ELECTED: The Utes announced that defensive end Bradlee Anae, Fotu, Huntley, punter Ben Lennon and offensive lineman Darrin Paulo have been elected as team captains.
“It’s a great honor,” said Huntley, who was also a captain last season. “I’m ready to step in and be ready to lead this team.”
Fotu also noted it was an honor. He also added that the Utes have a lot of leadership.
“I feel like everyone’s a leader in their own way,” Fotu said.
EXTRA POINTS: Whittingham said if the Utes had to kick today, UCLA graduate transfer Andrew Strauch would be the guy. “He’s definitely No. 1 right now,” Whittingham added. ... No change on the status of offensive lineman Bamidele Olaseni, who is awaiting NCAA approval to play in games. ... The Utes held their annual Fan Fest Saturday night at the stadium.