Mid Camp Reports: Best Newcomer

Which newcomers are making the biggest splash for the Utes this spring?

Best Newcomer

Brian Swinney: Jason Fanaika
Jason Fanaika isn't technically a newcomer as he redshirted last year, but most of us haven't had a chance to see him yet. Fanaika has been unstoppable on the interior of the line, consistently manhandling his counterparts on the other side. Not the biggest guy, he's as strong as they come and gives Utah options to use him in multiple ways as either an end or a tackle.

Andrew Gorridge: Devontae Booker
Another running back, Booker has impressed every day of camp so far, which is impressive considering he arrived to campus late, and didn't play any football last year. Booker has already shown that he is the most complete back on the roster, and it this point it would surprising if he wasn't the starter at the start of the season.

Jayson Jones: Taylor Stubblefield
The WRs, sans Scott and Clay, are noticeably better. Hatfield has been huge and will be a big playmaker when Dres, Scott and Clay get caught in double-coverage.

James Cella: Devontae Booker
This staff has been anxious to git this guy on the field for quite some time due to academic ineligibility issues a season ago. He was not considered part of the Utes 2-deep at the running back position coming into spring, but he has quickly asserted himself and made a big impression on running backs coach Dennis Erickson. By the time spring wraps up, I would expect Booker to be listed in an OR position with Bubba Poole on the depth chart.

RoJack: Gionni Paul
Paul couldn't participate for the Utes in the 2013 season due to NCAA transfer rules. The former Miami Hurricane dominated as a member of the scout team so much last year that often coaches had to remove him from the lineup so that the first team offense could actually function. Fast forward to 2014 and Paul is not just the physical, intellectual linebacker we knew he would be, he's quickly become a defensive captain and has asserted himself as one of the strongest leaders on the team. Expect great things from #13.

Doug Kimmel: Jim Harding
Utah needed change and there's a chance that the new O Line coach may be just that. While it is hard to judge Harding's worth until Fall rolls around, he is a likable guy that has received nothing but rave reviews from within the program.

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