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Utah receiver Britain Covey has interest in playing basketball, too

If spring ball doesn’t happen, he’ll place a call to Larry Krystkowiak

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Back in the day, football star Britain Covey also excelled in basketball at Timpview High School.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah basketball may have an elite athlete waiting in the wings. Although Britain Covey is dedicated to his craft as a star receiver and return specialist in football, the speedy 5-foot-8, 170-pound junior wouldn’t mind playing some hoops as well.

“I’ll wait and see how things end up,” Covey said. “If there is no spring football, one of the first calls I’ll make is coach (Larry) Krystkowiak.”

At Timpview High School, Covey averaged 11.9 points as a senior and 9.8 as a junior. The starting point guard led the Thunderbirds in assists and steals both seasons.

In the meantime, Covey said he might return to his alma mater and help coach a little football this fall.

“They’ve got tons of talent so we should be good,” Covey said of the T-Birds, who’ve started the season 0-2 with loses to Lone Peak and American Fork. “We’ll just have to start playing together near the end of the year.”

Covey, who opted to redshirt after four games last season and has since healed from injuries, led the Utes in receiving in 2015 and 2018. He’s also earned Freshman All-America and All-Pac-12 recognition returning punts.