August 19, 2007

Utes close out fall camp

Fall camp is finally finished, but for the Utes, the work is just beginning. Utah formally wrapped up fall camp Saturday with a short scrimmage, in which several starters were held out for precautionary reasons. With camp out of the way, preparations for the season opener against Oregon State will begin on Monday.

There were no real surprises in this final scrimmage, with the offense fairly vanilla and the defense holding several players out for precautionary reasons. Defenses usually get the better of the offense in these intra-squad scrimmages because they are familiar with the plays and the offensive teams rotate so much that it is difficult for a unit to maintain continuity or build momentum. Those scrimmage truths held up today, as the offense lived off of big plays, while the defense generally controlled things. Brian Johnson completed 50% of his passes for 102 yards and a 48 yard touchdown pass to Marquis Wilson. Wilson split the safeties on a post and found himself all alone in the middle of the field and practically walked into the endzone. Tommy Grady continued his sharp play by completing 8 of 13 passes for 77 yards and a 37 yard touchdown to Derrek Richards.

Matt Asiata continues to watch from the sidelines. In his absence, Ray Stowers and Darrell Mack rotated with the first team.

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