High School: Papillion-LaVista
After not playing in any contests his redshirt freshman year, the walk-on appeared in six games last fall, registering a start in the Holiday Bowl. He also saw extensive action against Illinois due to injuries on the offensive line.
After a week of fall camp, Utter finds himself on the first-team right now, playing left guard next to senior captain Alex Lewis at tackle.
In three practices the media has been allowed to attend, Utter has been one of the more consistent offensive lineman.
On Sunday night, during two-on-two drills, the junior was paired with Husker defensive tackle Maliek Collins.
Utter more than held his own, telling Collins to “go back to his side,” after beating him in the drill.
BRR projection: Utter hasn’t done anything at this point to show he’s out of his element. Currently he’s trying to fend off redshirt freshman guard Jerald Foster, a former high school All-American and four-star prospect.
If the season started tomorrow, Utter would likely be the guy. He plays with a mean streak which offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh likes. But, we wouldn’t be shocked if at some point in the year he’s passed up by Foster.
How he ended up in Lincoln:
Despite an offer from Army and North Dakota, the Papillion-LaVista product chose to walk-on at Nebraska.
"It's just a once in a lifetime opportunity – all the perks it comes with,” said Utter at the time. “With all the academic support they give and the coaching staff my ability will be able to be maxed out in the classroom and on the field."