April 8, 2007

Defense dominates in scrimmage

Utah's secondary flew all over the field Saturday and the front four generated an excellent pass rush as the defense dominated the first scrimmage of the spring. While not much should be made of an early scrimmage, there were a few performances that could shake up the two deep.

On offense Brian Johnson had a nice day, but compared to the previous practices, somewhat disappointing. The offense moved the ball well at times yet failed to sustain drives and finish with points. Head coach Kyle Whittingham, while pleased with the showing of the offense, sees plenty of room for improvement. Whittingham believes that the offense had an off day that was magnified by the terrific play of the defense. Regardless, "the offense needs to finish drives," said Whittingham.

The offense appears set at nearly every position. Darryl Poston started off the day with the first team, but his day ended early with a minor ankle injury. Poston looks quick, but he does have a hard time getting yards after contact. Both Darrell Mack and Ray Stowers were more impressive Satuday, combining for 101 yards on 19 carries. Mack has a nice combination of speed and power, and looks to have finally become comfortable in the offense. Stowers has always had the talent to be a solid back, but has had injury problems in his time at Utah. If he can remain healthy, Stowers could make a move up the depth chart in the fall.

A position that promises to see more emphasis is at tight end. Matt Sims is at the top of the depth chart. Sims is a decent player who is a solid blocker as well as a reliable intermediate receiver. Behind him and rising fast is one of the surprise players of the spring, Paul Kruger. The former defensive end has made huge strides in the spring at his new position, and has the athletic ability to make an impact this season if he continues to improve his blocking and understanding of the offense.

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