August 8, 2007

A'asa makes a move

The Utes appeared to crank up the intensity Tuesday morning in a shorter practice session that counted as the fourth one for fall camp 2007. Only one day away from full pads and already things are starting to shake up on the depth chart.

The wideouts for the Utes represent the deepest position unit on the team and there's not shortage of talent among what coach Whit has dubbed "The Six Pack". Starting off with senior Brian Hernandez, the receivers have established a rock solid pecking order and breaking into the two-deep may be impossible for newcomers this year. After Hernandez, junior Bradon Godfrey fills out the two deep at the Z spot. Derrek Richards and Freddie Brown have the X position locked down respectively followed by Brent Casteel and Marquis Wilson at the slot.

Out of all the walk-on and freshmen newcomer receivers so far this camp, only one has stuck out, the Texan Jereme Brooks out of Clear Creek. "Jereme Brooks is starting to show some signs," commented coach Kyle Whittingham. "He ran a reverse, (a) fake reverse today and scored - so Jereme Brooks is a guy we feel has done very well at this point in camp." It's not totally unreasonable to think that Jereme Brooks has a legitimate shot at some playing time this season.

At tight end the depth chart looks solid with Matt Sims leading the way followed closely by Colt Sampson. Sims appears to have added 10 pounds over the summer and his route running has improved quite a bit also. Battling for some time on the 2-deep is sophomore Chris Joppru. Still young, Joppru should have ample time and opportunities to work his way into the game at some point in the future, but needs more work at this point. One other tight end of note is freshman Dallin Rogers. Rogers has the frame to easily add another 15 pounds without losing speed and with a redshirt year coming up it will be the perfect opportunity.

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