As spring football approaches, there are a number of Utes that have been waiting in the wings for an opportunity to make the leap to the next level and become major contributors to the team. Spring football presents this opportunity - to make an impression, to work up the depth chart and earn a spot. UteZone takes a closer look at the players who have the most to gain with a strong spring camp.
Today, we focus on senior wide receiver Kyle Fulks. At 5-foot-9 inches, 180 pounds, Fulks came to Utah as a transfer from Blinn College in Texas, after originally signing with Baylor out of high school, and has primarily played at slot receiver and kick returner for the Utes. His best attribute is his speed, and Fulks will make a case to be the fastest player on the Utah team this fall.
What He’s Done so Far
As a junior, Fulks played in all 12 games, earning starts against BYU, SUU and Cal. He caught six passes for 57 yards and had three rushes for 12 yards on the season. Fulks struggled with drops at time during the season, which limited his reps. His best catch came in the bowl game on a 36 yard lob from Tyler Huntley that came just short of his first career touchdown for the Utes.
Why This Spring Matters
New offensive coordinator Troy Taylor has repeatedly stated that players will enter spring football with a clean slate. Fulks has the kind of speed that could make him dangerous in Utah’s new pass-happy attack. But he needs to show consistency that has eluded him in his previous two years at Utah. If he can start to show that his hand have improved, there will be ample opportunity for Fulks to make a splash during his senior season.
However, it’s imperative that Fulks make an impression this spring. It won’t be enough to be the fastest receiver on the squad. He’ll need to show an aptitude for the new playbook and route structures. And most importantly, he needs to show improvement with his hands. The drops have to be eliminated if Fulks is going to be trusted as a go to option in Utah’s new high-octane offense.
A senior defensive back that will see increased competition for his spot this fall.