March 27, 2007

Utes resume camp after break

The Utes were hitting the pads, and for a change each other Tuesday at Rice-Eccles Stadium after adjourning for spring break on March 15. The short break also allowed the team some additional time to recover from lingering bumps and bruises. Coach Kyle Whittingham noted the extra time off in-between practices is something they might hang onto in the future.

"It's the first time we've done this," noted Whittingham. "We just have more days to get in those practices and it (also) gives you more meeting time."

After enjoying above normal temperatures earlier in March, the unpredictable Spring weather in Utah made it's presence known Tuesday by dropping temperatures twenty degrees, and snow in the short term forecast. Weather aside, the Utes appear to be making progress in all the right places.

"I think we're certainly further ahead," Whittingham replied when asked to compare this camp with last years. "We have ten starters returning so it's a fairly veteran offense. You still gotta go out and execute - They've got a great attitude, they work hard in practice. It's high-spirited, people are hustling around so I think right now we've got a good mindset."

During drills on Tuesday, it was obvious the rust is still evident with some dropped passes and missed assignments. On the offensive side of the ball, starting quarterback Brian Johnson continues to make strides in his battle back from a knee injury - making several plays with his feet and hitting most of his targets with pinpoint accuracy.

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