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Utah senior RB Devontae Booker feels he is a different player than what he showed against Michigan last season.

Booker said that he "only got a couple opportunities" to strut his stuff against Michigan in last season's 26-10 win. He carried the ball just 11 times for 34 yards in that victory, his lowest output in a season that saw him rush for 1,512 yards and 10 touchdowns. RBC Dennis Erickson has been effusive in his praise of the Utes' 5-foot-11, 203-pound bell-cow back this summer, saying that Booker is "an outstanding runner, he’s strong, he’s got great speed, he makes you miss, he’s a good pass protector and catches the football probably as well as any back I’ve ever had. So he’s got the whole package." Indeed, Utah coaches have floated the possibility of a 2,000-yard season for the senior.
Sep 1 - 8:43 PM

Utah HC Kyle Whittingham said that he thinks he has a "general idea" of what to expect from Michigan in Thursday's season-opening contest.

Whittingham didn't seem particularly concerned about the lack of information regarding Michigan's team and scheme. The absence of any grounding is largely due to the fact that Wolverine HC Jim Harbaugh has gone on radio silence in August. Said the Utes head man, "I don't know that going completely silent has a huge impact, but any little thing helps." He also shrugged off Michigan's lack of a definitive starting quarterback, noting that "it's not like [Shane Morris and Jake Rudock] are radically different from each other."
Aug 31 - 7:42 PM

The Salt Lake Tribune reports NFL scouts have visited Utah practices to observe senior RB Devontae Booker.

Booker pretends they aren't there. After spurning the NFL over the winter, Booker does admit to watching NFL preseason games and picturing himself playing in them. "But then I shake myself and come back to reality," he said. Utah's coaching staff is predicting a 2,000-yard season for Booker. "He could be the best or one of the best when it's all said and done," running backs coach Dennis Erickson said of all the players he's ever coached in college (he won two national championships at Miami). "The reason I say that is because he's not only a good runner, but he's a good pass protector and he catches the football. But even more than that, there's no arrogance to him at all. He doesn't talk a lot, and he does his job. That's hard to find these days."
Aug 22 - 9:33 PM

Utah senior LB Jared Norris "is a smallish linebacker with incredible instincts," TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline observes.

"Norris is always around the ball making positive plays, defending the run or covering the pass. In the end I consider him a smaller version of James Laurinaitis; a very steady defender that does not make mental mistakes," Pauline wrote. The Utah prospect has been a starter since his sophomore season and has played in 30 games with 20 career starts on his resume. Norris finished the 2014 season with 116 total tackles, placing third in the Pac-12 with 8.9 tackles per game.
Aug 21 - 3:47 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline believes that there’s "just to much inconsistency" in Utah senior WR Kenneth Scott's game.

"He plays like a dominant game controlling receiver in many instances than just as quickly has catchable throws bouncing off his hands," Pauline writes. The 6-foot-3, 208-pound Scott led the Utes with 48 receptions, and was second in receiving yards with 506 receiving yards, scoring four touchdown in 2014.
Aug 21 - 3:19 PM

Former Cal DE Sione Sina joined Utah on Monday.

Sina will be eligible to play immediately. As of now he is not on the two-deep depth chart and will be competing for one of the end positions in Utah's base 4-3. Lowell Lotulelei is the star of Utah's defensive front.
Aug 17 - 11:32 AM

Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said that freshman TE Caleb Repp has looked "very natural" in his transition from DE.

Repp played receiver, corner and safety for Los Osos High. He was initially set to play on the defensive line for Utah, but at 202 pounds, the size simply isn't there at this point. The Utes are transitioning him to tight end instead. He's still on the light side, but on that front, Whittingham said, "...as he gets bigger and more physical, we think he's going to develop into a fine all-around tight end."
Aug 12 - 5:26 PM

Former Utah junior CB Dominique Hatfield has been cleared to return to classes, but not the team.

Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham said Hatfield's status will be re-evaluated "after everything's been decided and had closure." Hatfield was charged with misdemeanor assault after a fight broke out at a July party. Previously, he was charged with aggravated robbery and theft.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 10 - 11:37 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Utah senior C Siaosi Aiono "shows good functional strength and proper knee bend to win the leverage battle and drive defenders off the ball."

"He is surprisingly light on his feet, accelerating quickly and showing the change of direction to stalk linebackers. He can get himself in trouble when ducking his head on contact (making him vulnerable to swim moves) but is generally a very reliable pass protector, surrendering only one sack in 2014," Rang wrote. Aiono, a former right tackle who switched to center in 2014, was named to the preseason Rimington Trophy List, as one of the top centers in the nation. The 6-foot-2, 310-pound Aiono has played in 28 games with 20 starts on his resume.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 7 - 2:03 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Utah senior LB Jared Norris "isn't a flashy athlete and projects best as an inside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment at the next level."

"Norris shows some feel for coverage, keeping his head on a swivel and reacting quickly to the ball once thrown but will be a liability covering NFL running backs and tight ends due to his athletic limitations," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-2, 234-pound Norris was productive in 2014, finishing third in the Pac-12 and leading the Utes in tackles per game (8.9). The Utah prospect posted 116 tackles, 13 TFL and four sacks, earning an honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors. Norris has 30 games on his resume, with 20 starts to his name.
Aug 6 - 3:05 PM

The "concern" with Utah senior RB Devontae Booker is "speed," CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes.

"While quick enough to squirt through holes and gain yardage in chunks, he does not have burst to break away and will be caught from behind by NFL defenders. Further, he's a work in progress as a pass protector, too often only giving an initial shove to defenders," Rang wrote. The 5-foot-11, 212-pound Booker had a breakout season for the Utes rushing for 1,512 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground, with 42 catches for 311 yards and two touchdowns through the air in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 6 - 2:02 PM

Former Utah junior CB Dominique Hatfield was charged with misdemeanor assault stemming from a fight at a July party.

Hatfield's life is in shambles. He was arrested in early July in a separate case for aggravated robbery and theft. Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham dismissed him from the team, though those charges were later dropped. When Whittingham made his decision, he curiously mentioned additional concerns with Hatfield's behavior. Perhaps he knew additional legal complications were in the offing. Either way, prosecutors now say they could refile altered charges in the robbery case. The 20-year-old Hatfield started 10 games last season, but he's miles away from a potential reinstatement after this week's news. "This is obviously a huge setback in that respect," Greg Skordas, Hatfield's lawyer, said. "Unfortunately, the timing of it is problematic in terms of him getting back on the field."
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 4 - 1:14 PM

Utah freshman Caleb Repp is listed at TE on the school's depth chart, not defensive end.

Repp only weighs 202 lbs, so the former receiver needs to add weigh regardless of position. The team will likely use this season as a redshirt year and will try Repp at multiple positions.
Aug 4 - 11:26 AM

Utah junior Cory Butler will begin camp practicing with WRs, but could see plenty of time at CB.

Head coach Kyle Whittingham pointed to Butler during Pac-12 media days as someone who could emerge as a starting corner if Dominique Hatfield misses extended time. This could be a similar situation to how Georgia handled Malcolm Mitchell a few years ago. Butler could also hold down return duties.
Aug 4 - 11:05 AM

Per NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter, Utah senior LB Jared Norris "should be able to play inside or outside in a 3-4 scheme at the next level."

"Norris hopes to be the next Ute end/linebacker heading to the NFL," Reuter wrote. "He received honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors in 2014, showing stoutness and burst to the ball." The 6-foot-2, 234-pound Norris was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 honoree in 2014, finishing third in the Pac-12 and leading Utah in tackles per game (8.9). The output included 116 tackles, 13 TFL and four sacks.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 31 - 6:26 PM


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