August 14, 2007

Utes ready for scrimmage two

Monday's afternoon session was brief but intense, and concluded with a player getting the best of head coach Kyle Whittingham. Whittingham has a bicycle that he rides to and from practice each day. Junior receiver Brent Casteel decided to have a bit of fun with the head coach while he was doing media interviews. Casteel hid the bike behind some camera equipment, as senior receiver Brian Hernandez lamented Casteel pulling of the prank before he got the chance. "I was going to steal it the last day of camp!" Hernandez said. Casteel didn't leave the bike there, waiting instead with his helmet on. After looking around for a minute with a mock look of anger, Whittingham saw the tire of his bike and headed toward it. At this point, Hernandez and Brian Johnson started shouting for Casteel to "Go! Go! Get out of there!" and Casteel took off toward the gate on the bike, laughing the entire time. Whittingham relented and allowed Casteel to ride back to the football facilities while he found another way. Needless to say, it was all in good fun and Whittingham seemed to enjoy it as much as Casteel, Hernandez, and Johnson.

Despite the intense heat (temperatures reached 100 in Salt Lake City), the workout Monday was intense. The Utes practice again in shells with little contact. The most notable changes today were along the offensive line. From left tackle to right, Monday's first team line consisted of Zane Beadles, Corey Seiuli, Kyle Gunther, Robert Conley, and Dustin Hensel. Manning the second team line were Zeke Tuinei-Wily, Caleb Schlauderaff, Tyler Williams, Daniel Bukarau, and Walter Watts.

Nano Tonga, who recently moved over from defensive end, received reps at right tackle today. Expect more shuffling of personnel as the staff attempts to find the best combination to help replace Jason Boone. Tuinei-Wily is progressing along surprisingly well and could be competing for serious playing time by mid-season if not earlier.

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