Spring Position Battles- Wide Receivers
Wide Receivers (3 spots) Candidates: Devonte Christopher, Reggie Dunn, Luke Matthews, Anthony Denham, Dres Anderson, Kenneth Scott, Charles Henderson, Quinton Pedroza, Griff McNabb, Brian Allen, Sean Fitzgerald, Travis Still. Favorites: Christopher, Dunn , Matthews, Denham, Anderson, Scott Dark Horses: Scott, Pedroza Winners: Christopher, Matthews, Denham Utah returns all of their major contributors from last season. DeVonte Christopher led the Utes in receiving with 663 yards in 11 games (60.3 per game) and 5 touchdowns. Redshirt Freshman Dres Anderson showed flashes of being a solid second option, with the ability to test defenses vertically. Luke Matthews was a team captain last season, and one of the toughest players on the team. Reggie Dunn is a multi-purpose speedster who will contribute in many ways. Dunn was Utah's 2nd leading rusher last season, averaging 11.5 yards per carry. A dark horse to break the starting lineup is athletic specimen Kenneth Scott, who overcame early injuries to become a late contributor. Also joining the Utes is Anthony Denham, who was expected to start at WR last season before a hamstring injury kept him out of fall camp, and ultimately led to a redshirt season. Denham (6'4, 231) is a physical monster with all the tools to be an NFL receiver. DeVonte Christopher has one of the starting spots locked up, but the other two spots are completely wide open. No player on the team is as respected as Luke Matthews, who rates out highly with his intangibles, while Anthony Denham may possess the most athletic ability of any of the Ute wide receivers. Matthews and Denham will likely have the inside edge to a starting positions this spring. If Brian Johnson decides the WR group needs more speed, Reggie Dunn or Dres Anderson might break the starting unit, though it will be tough to unseat the gritty Matthews or promising Denham. Keep an eye on Kenneth Scott who really came on strong toward the end of last season. Scott does a little bit of everything, but is at his best down the field. If Scott continues his rate of improvement, he has a chance to earn the starting job come fall.
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