Football Fall Camp 2022: the return of football!

Kyle Whittingham - Fall Camp 2022 after practice

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Utes holds first practice with 31 days to go before season opener in Florida

SALT LAKE CITY – Wednesday was an exciting day to be around the Spence and Cleone Eccles football center, as the Utah football team opened fall camp to mark another milestone toward the start of the 2022 season.

The Utes entered the field today in shells with offense in red, defense in black and quarterbacks in white, with the transition to full pads coming later in camp.

“For the first day, it went really well,” said the head coach. Kyle Whittingham. “The offense has a lot of guys coming back, especially at quarterback. Defensively, we’re moving well. The new additions, [among them] Mohamed Diabate, Lander Bartonthere are some very good additions that will be a factor for us in defence.”
Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach Andy Ludwig echoes these sentiments around returnees.

“It’s easier when you have veterans in their fourth year in the same system with very little change in the system,” Ludwig said. “There have been a few tweaks and changes coming into the season, but nothing that these guys haven’t been exposed to. You have to be careful because you don’t want to skip the fundamentals and dive into the scheme too much.”

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The Utes enter the 2022 season with the return of 60 letter winners, including 17 starters and nine artists from all conferences from 2021. Whittingham is expected to enter his 18th season in charge of the Utes and is the all-time leader program, holding a record of 144-70.

When opening camp with that amount of returning experience…

“It was very obvious that they spent a lot of time together this summer. Today was more like practice eight or nine, in terms of the lack of mental errors and the flow of things.”

On the leadership qualities of the quarterback Cameron Rising

“First of all, he is one of the hardest workers in the football team, if not the hardest. You can talk about him, but you have to be. His performance is outstanding, his cinematic study, everything. There’s no weakness in Cam Rising at the moment. He’s doing everything well after a stellar year. We’re lucky to have him on our team.”

On who stands out among the wide receivers…

Devaughn Vele is the #1 target right now. He had an exceptional day today. Solomon Enis played a lot of good football for us. We also have five or six new guys who haven’t quite made it through just one practice yet, but all of them have shown they have potential. We’ll see how these guys do.”

On the offensive line…

“The offensive line is solid. We have 17 guys in camp. Everyone is healthy. Jaren Kump looked good today – he will line up at the right tackle for us.”

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On Cam Rising throwing the ball deep…

“Most of our work today was in the red zone, but I see more zip on the ball. We didn’t see the deep throws well in that position on the pitch, but he still had a lot of confidence in these fade throws. We’ll get to midfield in a few days and air it out.”

On the situation of the ball carrier…

“It’s an open competition, and it’s a good group, with Tavion Thomas, Micah Bernard, Jaylon Gloverand chris curry. We all know what Tavion Thomas is all about and what kind of weapon it can be. “

On his impression of the newcomers…

“There’s a lot of athleticism and a lot of length. We’ve got tall, long guys who can run. They’re drinking water through a fire hose trying to line up, let alone run the right way, but I’m excited about the young core of wide receivers.”

On the offensive line…

“The depth we have is outstanding. Coach Harding will get the top five in the right places, and I’m confident of that. All of these guys we rely on have played big shots, and I feel really good about the depth. on the line .”


Time is running out as Utah prepares to travel to the Swamp in Gainesville, Fla. on Saturday, Sept. 3 to take on the Florida Gators. The game will air at 5 p.m. MT on ESPN.


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