Looking at Utah's pass catchers heading into spring

Utah's wide receiving group returns a bunch of talent, but little production

Tim Patrick (Sr)

Patrick will be back, coming off a knee injury from 2014 that forced him to miss all but one game in 2015, and boy is he needed. The 6'5" senior was very effective two years before going down as both a pass catcher and blocker and Utah is hoping to get more of the same this year. As the most experienced receiver on the team (that's kind of scary), Patrick is going to have to emerge as a leader either by his play, or by example in practice. If he hasn't lost a step, that should be with his play.

Tyrone Smith (So)

Smith ended his freshman season as a starter after grabbing 18 balls on the year. He's a long and lanky receiver that has been getting a lot of offseason love and could be ready to turn into Utah's go-to guy. With Patrick back, they could end up battling it out for a starting spot, or the Uets could go big with both of them on the field at the same time. Either way, he'll be an impact player and should make strides in the spring.

Raelon Singleton (So)

Last year's spring breakout star is back to do it again, this year after getting some on-field action in 2015 that saw him catch 6 passes. He's a big receiver that moves very gracefully, but also goes up and gets the ball in traffic as well as anyone on the team. Looking for a breakout season from someone  at wide receiver? Look this way.

Caleb Repp (So)

We all got a big look at Caleb Repp against Oregon last year as he broke out with his first two catches, both coming for touchdowns. After that we didn't get another grab. Repp could eventually move over to tight end if his body can handle the weight, but he showed that he was athletic enough and skilled enough to get on the field as a true freshman. If he adds another 15 to 20 pounds and doesn't lose any speed, Utah could have a gem that's ready to be a 30+ catch guy in 2016.

Kyle Fulks (Jr)

Fulks is one of the fastest players on the team, but didn't get much opportunity in Utah's offense last season. With Britain Covey gone, they'll need production out of Fulks, and he's talented enough to provide it out of the slot position. He's not going to catch a ton of balls over the middle, but Fulks can be used in a variety of ways, particularly the quick swing pass that we saw Utah use a lot with Covey.

Kenric Young (Jr)

Fans have been waiting for Young to showcase that speed that made him one of the country's top high school track stars. He's somehow already headed into his junior season in 2016, but somehow has only 4 catches to show for it. That said, the kid can fly, and if he polishes parts of his game, could be a dangerous weapon for the Utes.

Cory Butler-Byrd (Sr)

Butler-Byrd moves back to the offensive side of the ball, this time in a more impactful role and he immediately gives Utah some serious speed on the outside. His 1 catch last season? A 54 yard touchdown. The former JC transfer will split time at cornerback, but you'll see a balanced look from Butler-Byrd on offense and defense than last year. With his experience at the position, combined with arguably the best speed of any pass catcher, and you'll see him making a strong push for a starting spot.

Demari Simpkins (Fr)

Simpkins enrolled early at Utah and will participate in spring ball along with his high school teammate Tyler Huntley. He's very fast and quick, with a good burst off the line. Simpkins will have a chance to crack the rotation if he's able to hone his route running and pickup the offense quickly. He's an impact guy eventually, if not this season.

Projected Depth Chart

Patrick

Young

Butler-Byrd

Fulks

Smith

Singleton


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