Utah notes: Whittingham praises team’s work ethic


Head coach Kyle Whittingham watches as senior quarterback Cooper Bateman takes reps as he fights to earn the starting position during the first day of the University of Utah football team’s fall camp Friday, July 28, 2017.

SALT LAKE CITY — A lot of physicality and a lot of really good tempo. That’s how Utah coach Kyle Whittingham described the fourth day of training camp.

“There is no shortage of passion and energy on this team,” Whittingham said. “They get after it. In fact, you’ve got to rein them in a little bit. But these guys know how to go to work.”

Although Whittingham noted that there are still too many penalties being committed and added that the offense wasn’t as crisp on Tuesday, he is pleased with the progress being made. The Utes wore helmets and shoulder pads for the second straight day in wrapping up the NCAA’s acclimatization period.

“Each of the four practices, we’ve taken a big step forward,” Whittingham said. “We’ve made strides every practice. If we can continue on this upward trend, without plateauing, we’ve got a chance to be pretty good.”

THE OFFENSE: New offensive coordinator Troy Taylor continued to give positive updates about the how his scheme is being implemented. On Tuesday, he said things are progressing speed-wise and said the players know what they’re doing.

As for the quarterback competition, Whittingham said that senior Troy Williams and sophomore Tyler Huntley are “probably making a little bit of separation” from Alabama transfer Cooper Bateman — at least before Tuesday’s practice. Whittingham explained that Williams probably had his best day when the week kicked off.

“I’m looking straight ahead, just trying to better myself each and every day — become a better leader out there vocally,” Williams said.

The competition is going well, he added, because Huntley and Bateman are “two good quarterbacks.”

AND ONE MORE: Williams is also impressed with true freshman quarterback Jason Shelley. He predicts big things out…

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