Camp was pretty light for the most part. Players won't be in full pads until Saturday.
There were no skirmishes today, but that will change when everyone starts hitting.
Practice was injury free. Derrick Shelby looked great at the start of the day coming back from a leg injury, but sat out the second half of practice.
Matt Asiata didn't look very good and was definitely hobbled as he tries to come back from an ACL injury. He was wearing a heavy brace and looked out of shape. Last year Asiata was in great shape coming in to camp, but looked much heavier this year. If the season started today, he wouldn't be able to play.
Eddie Wide has added some upper body muscle and is the clear cut number 1 running back.
John Cullen took most of the snaps at left tackle with the 1's after starting the day rotating between left tackle and left guard. Cullen is a bit undersized and doesn't have very wide shoulders so putting weight on is going to be tough. He's at about 282 right now and needs to be over 290.
Linebacker VJ Fehoko has the biggest arms I've ever seen on a freshman at any position, but was constantly out of position and lost on day 1. The coaches really let him have it a few times.
Lamar Chapman was with the first team at the corner spot opposite Brandon Burton and looked pretty good.
Some people out there were remarking as to how big some of the true freshman looked, especially Fehoko, Damian Payne, and Brian Blechen.
Blechen was the number 2 strong safety for most of the day and has a great frame. He could easily bulk up to 240-250 lbs and be a devastating linebacker. He has good instintcs and made a great interception. I could tell that the coaches really like him.
Payne and Justin Taplin-Ross were the primary safeties and look to be in the lead to start.
Jordan Wynn, Terrence Cain, and Griff Robles all looked very good today. Wynn looked to be taking over as a leader on offense. The Utes are in great shape at quarterback this year. Cain could start for about 90 teams in the country right now. He is much improved over last year. Wynn is about the same weight (195) but looks bigger having turned bad weight into good weight.
Linebacker Chad Manis was the vocal leader on defense. Before sitting out, Derrick Shelby was letting his voice be heard as well.
Zane Taylor sat out most of practice. This happens a lot with big time veteran players.
Offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom spent a lot of time between plays working with the younger guys and teaching. I'll have a full interview with Bergstrom up shortly.
Once Shelby went out, Christian Cox and Junior Tui'ono took the reps with the 1's at DE. Joe Kruger and Sealver Siliga were at the DT spots.
The top three receiver spots are pretty much locked up by Jereme Brooks, Shaky Smithson, and Luke Matthews. Matthews was very impressive today. Smithson continues to have the best hands on the team.
As is always the case at the beginning of camp, a lot of the younger receivers were dropping a lot of balls. DeVonte Christopher couldn't hold onto anything today.
A player that I have been touting as the future at safety, Lucky Radley, started out at running back where he was slotted to start, but I anticipate a move shortly. Radley has short arms, which is going to keep him from cradling the ball properly and could be prone to fumbles. My guess is he'll be moved to safety at some point next week.
Injured linebacker Nai Fotu was at practice for a short time today. He said he's jogging and things are coming along nicely.
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