Fall Camp Position Battles: Wide Receiver

Only one definitive starter is known, with a hoard of players competing for the remaining spots

Devonte Christopher has been a starter for each of the last two years, and is far and away the Utes' best receiver. He's listed as a co-starter on the depth chart, but we know better. The other two starting spots? Wide open.

THE CANDIDATES

Dres Anderson
Anderson is the only receiver on the current depth chart that is listed as a definitive starter, but he'll still have a battle to keep his spot. The speedster had a very solid season as a redshirt freshman in 2011, and followed that up with a great spring. Could be a breakout candidate this season.

Anthony Denham
Denham redshirted in 2011 after suffering an injury in fall camp. Another injury during the spring set him back again after starting to emerge. He'll have to stay healthy, but if Denham can get on the field, he'll be a solid deep threat and red zone weapon.

Luke Matthews
Matthews has been an on again/off again starter for the last two seasons, getting time at receiver, fullback, and even testing himself as a running back. While his 2011 production didn't match that of 2010, he's still a threat in multiple facets, and one of the Utes' most consistent players.

Reggie Dunn
Arguably the fastest player on the team, we're still going to see those Reggie Dunn end arounds that the Utes like to feature once every single game. Not the biggest receiving threat, but Dunn brings a veteran mentality to the team and senior leadership.

Kenneth Scott
Possibly the most talented wide receiver on the roster, Kenneth Scott can do pretty much anything he wants on the field when he's going hard. Great size, good speed, and great hands, he'll be in the rotation, but needs to be more consistent with his effort to win a starting spot.

Sean Fitzgerald
Fitz is a big target, but doesn't have the speed that some of the other receivers have. A nice red zone weapon, he'll likely have to have a strong camp to earn playing time outside of the 20 yard line.

Quinton Pedroza
Pedroza is a speedster and an athlete. He made it on the field as a true freshman, but didn't get the throws that warranted burning his redshirt. Probably another year away from competing for serious playing time.

Charles Henderson
Henderson is coming off of an injury after receiving playing time as a freshman. Probably more likely to make an impact in the return game at this point, the speedster could get a few reps, but not enough to earn a starting spot.

Projected Winners: Luke Matthews and Dres Anderson

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