August 7, 2007

Lines have been drawn

Fall camp is here and after three practices one thing has become clear; Brian Johnson is back. Ute fans can all collectively breathe a sigh of relief knowing that for the next two years the QB position will be the strongest on the team. Considering that it's only the third practice however and the full pads are still a few days away, not much can be learned from this 2007 team, but signs of battles are already appearing on the shredded up turf at McCarthey Practice Fields.

First the new guys: Let's start right off with JuCo transfer Robert Johnson. To be blunt, the dude can flat out play. Johnson is probably the most sought after player on the team from a unit standpoint. On Monday morning Johnson spent time with the receivers at two spot and appeared to hold his own. From an eye test, Johnson definitely passes. Also spending time on Monday with the safeties, nicklebacks and receivers, it's too early to determine where Johnson might play this year but due to the needs of the defense it most likely will be at safety. It's highly likely however that we may see Johnson line up on both sides of the ball at some point in the future. Although Joe Dale was listed as the starter at strong safety after spring ball, it's not realistic to think Johnson won't overtake him at that spot before too long.

Freshman tackle Lei Talamaivao worked out with the fours on Monday and looked like he is trying to adjust to the speed transition from high school to division one. Talamaivao is quick off the line and has decent footwork, but will need to add weight if he wants to see playing time as a freshman.

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