UteSportsReport.com's Top 50 for '15: #50-#41

Who are the top 50 players returning for the Utes' 2015 season? We take a look at #50 - #41

With just 15 days left till the Utes start up Fall Camp in preparation for the 2015 season, UtesSportsReport.com is taking a look at the top fifty players on the Utes' roster that have participated in at least one spring camp. This excludes any newcomers to the Utes' roster this fall.

For part one, we'll identify the players ranked #50 through #41.

#50: Runningback/Wide Receiver - Monte Seabrook

Seabrook has had quite the transition since coming to Utah, as the superb athlete from Florida has played three different positions since arriving in Salt Lake City. After starting out at cornerback, he made the transition to wide receiver during the 2014 season. Then, due to injuries, he finished the 2015 spring camp at runningback. Coaches have said the plan is for him to stay on the offensive side of the ball, but haven't locked down whether it will be receiver or runningback. Seabrook is one of the most gifted athletes on the team and had a good showing at runningback during the spring game. He'll be a mainstay on special teams in 2015, but likely won't see much playing time at receiver or runningback this season.

#49: Quarterback - Donovan Isom

Ute fans got their first glimpse of Isom this spring, as he was one of only two Ute QB's to participate in the 2015 spring game. Isom's showing drew mixed reviews, as he struggled mightily with his accuracy, but showed off his great arm strength, athleticism and poise in the pocket. Isom won't be much of a factor in the QB discussion this fall, but he will have to opportunity to refine his skills on the scout team and push for the starting job in 2016.

#48: Offensive Guard - Lo Falemaka

Falemaka started his Ute career as an underweight offensive tackle, but has since gained close 40 pounds and moved inside to guard. Falemaka has great feet and is athletic enough to handle interior pass rushers, but can struggle at times with stronger defensive linemen. He's got great size at 6'4-305 and is currently the back up at left guard.

#47: Nickelback - Boobie Hobbs

The New Orleans, Louisiana native played in 11 of 13 games in 2014, tallying 3 tackles in two appearances at nickel back, while also returning one punt for 4 yards. Slated as the back up at nickel back, Hobbs will again see the majority of his playing time on special teams, but is also the front runner to return punts, and in the mix to return kick offs as well. Hobbs doesn't have elite speed, but is a legitimate playmaker with the ball in his hands.

#46: Cornerback - Brian Allen

Allen started his career out as a wide receiver before moving to safety in the spring of 2014, and was then moved to cornerback in fall camp last season. He played in six games, including time at cornerback versus Washington State, before suffering a season ending injury. He has a great combination of size (6'3-200lbs) and speed, and with the dismissal of Dominique Hatfield, is slotted as the starting cornerback going in to fall camp in 2015.

#45: Wide Receiver - Tyrone Smith

A new addition to the Ute roster in the spring of this year, Smith grayshirted last season while training with former Ute John Madsen during the season, and drew rave reviews from the coaches for his performance in spring camp. The Ute coaching staff originally planned to use the 6'4-190lb receiver on the defensive side of the ball, but Smith felt his most natural position was wide receiver. He certainly backed up that thought, as he was highlighted by Coach Whittingham as one of the top performers through all of spring. Just a true freshman, Smith has a lot to learn in regards to route running and run blocking, but has excellent hands and ball skills. He will push for playing time this season as a backup on the outside of the offensive formation.

#44: Wide Receiver - Kenric Young

Another young, no pun intended, receiver on the Ute roster, Young is a real burner, and filled in at receiver during the 2014 season when Dres Anderson went down with an injury. He started against Arizona, where he grabbed his first career catch, and played in five other games. Young was an elite track runner in high school, recording a personal best 21.70 200m dash, and is somebody that can stretch the field when in the receiver rotation.

#43: Offensive Guard - Nick Nowakowski

Nowakoski is one of the more unheralded Utes on the roster, being a former walk on that doesn't exactly play a "sexy" position, but has been heralded by coaches for his work ethic and incredible strength. He isn't an imposing player, just 6'1-295lbs, but is one of the strongest players on the team. Seriously, just look at his tree trunk legs next time you're around the team. Nowakowski played in all 13 games last season, mostly on special teams, but also saw action at offensive guard in 4 games. He has the versatility to play guard and center, and is one of the first linemen off the bench for the Utes.

#42: Offensive Tackle - Jackson Barton

Barton, a 4 star Scout 300 prospect, signed with the hometown Utes in 2014 and immediately joined the team for spring camp, where he was praised for his outstanding size. At 6'6-310 he's an imposing offensive tackle with long arms and quick feet. He struggled early on with the physicality of the game, and that ultimately led him to redshirting last season. Barton worked his butt off in the off-season and came in to spring camp much stronger than last season. Barton is slated as the back up at right tackle heading in to fall camp, but isn't behind starter Sam Tevi by much. With a strong camp, Barton could jump his way in to the starting lineup for 2015.

#41: Linebacker - Uaea Masina

Masina has struggled with injuries since starting his career at Utah two seasons ago, which includes a season ending injury last season that led to him being awarded a medical redshirt. Now a redshirt sophomore, Masina is once again in the rotation at linebacker, where he uses his speed and athleticism at the rover position. Masina is on the lighter side for being a linebacker (6'3-220lbs) but showed great improvement in the spring. He'll be a contributor to the defense as backup linebacker in 2015, as well as a special teams contributor.

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