Spring Ball Practice Report: Day 5

A sloppy day by the Utes with multiple big names on hand to watch

Star studded practice today with former Utah coach Urban Meyer, former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, and Navy Coach Ken Niumatulolo on hand, along with former Ute Paul Kruger. Kyle Whittingham spent a lot of time during practice with Meyer.

A few players were back at their old positions. Luke Matthews was back at wide receiver, Lucky Radley at running back, and Boo Anderson at linebacker.

Sam Brenner went down early and was replaced by Ron Tongaonevai at left guard.

Jamal Smith and Dexter Ransom went down on the same play at the same exact spot on the field as Devonte Christopher and Damian Payne did on Saturday. Ransom limped off with what looked to be an ankle injury and looked to be ok. Smith was down for awhile, but was walking under his own power shortly after.

Sloppy mistaked filled practice today on both sides of the ball. The offense had new components added today, and Chow alluded to that being a reason for the offensive issues.

Kyle Whittingham got on his defensive position coaches at one point about teaching their players how to do the drills properly. Morgan Scalley got it the worst.

Neither quarterback was great today, but Robles was downright bad. He was missing on a lot of deep balls to open receivers. I'll be surprised if Shreve hasn't passed him by the time the next depth chart comes out. He looks more and more comfortable with each practice and is picking up the offense well.

The running game wasn't great today as the defensive line and linebackers were shutting down everything inside. John White was the most impressive of the running backs today. He runs a lot like Jacquizz Rodgers at Oregon State and had a few decent spurts. Harvey Langi broke off a 50 yard touchdown where he went untouched and outran the secondary down the sidelines. Thretton Palamo didn't have his best day, but did have a huge collision with VJ Fehoko that didn't slow him down at all as he bounced off of Fehoko and kept running.

The defensive line is still struggling to get pressure on the QB. Derrick Shelby is the only semi-consistent pass rusher. The defensive tackles were shutting down the run up the middle today. Dave Kruger and Star Lotulelei both looked good.

The linebackers had their best day so far. Matt Martinez has arguably been the best linebacker in camp, and today was no different. He laid the wood a few times today on ball carriers.

The secondary had a very up and down day. One play would produce a very good result, followed by a huge mistake on the next play that would result in something big for the offense. Unless Ryan Lacy and Conroy Black were on the field, there was no consistency from the corners. Wykie Freeman was having a tough day and was beaten often. Dexter Ransom jumped over him for a touchdown in 7s.

Terrell Reese and Quade Chappuis were the best safeties today. Reese is showing great awareness on the field and has a solid backpedal. He's generally in the right position.

Kenneth Scott was a man among boys at the receiver position. He's confident, almost cocky, and made play after play today. His size and leaping ability made a big-time red-zone threat during red-zone drills. Had a few epic battles with Jamal Smith that involved a lot of trash talking from both players.

Luke Matthews was very impressive back at receiver and didn't miss a beat with his route running and hands. Could be the focal point of the offense regardless of where he ends up. Definitely a different level of player compared to last season.

The receivers in general were owning the cornerbacks in one on one red-zone drills.

Mo Lee had another case of the drops today. He's open often, but is dropping way too many balls.

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