Utah coach Kyle Whittingham , who often lamented during spring ball that his team was far from polished, was pleased with the progress the Utes have made going into fall camp.
"They came out with a good mentality about them," he said. "Apparently they made a lot of progress this summer. Things were a lot sharper going into this fall camp than they were going into spring ball."
Quarterback Corbin Louks attributed the difference to more familiarity with new offensive coordinator Dave Schramm 's system, which is more of a true spread than the Utes have used recently, and to good summer workouts.
"Everybody feels more comfortable now," he said. "It's a lot cleaner, but we still have a lot of work to do."
As for the quarterback battle, Whittingham said there was no separation between Louks, transfer Terrance Cain and freshman Jordan Wynn . "All three had good practices today. We got off to a good start, of course there were no pads on so there was not a lot going on, but all three are working hard. It's going to be interesting to see how this thing unfolds."
Asked if he thought the job was his, Louks gave a definitive answer.
"Absolutely it's my position," he said. "I've been working my butt off."
Former Utah kicker Louie Sakoda , who failed to land in the NFL despite his many accolades, is back in school studying for a degree in entrepreneurship. He hopes to turn the degree into a business for himself and has talked about opening a clothing store with roommate and offensive lineman Zane Beadles .
Their store would be part sports bar and part clothing store where guys could buy beer and new threads.
"It would be the ultimate guy experience," Sakoda said.
After getting passed over in the NFL Draft, Sakoda tried out with San Diego, Chicago and Buffalo. He hasn't heard from any United Football League teams either. The new league recently signed former Utes Brian Johnson (New York), Gabe Long (Las Vegas) and Jason Boone (Las Vegas).
The USA Today coaches poll is released today, but Whittingham won't get to influence the poll as he did last season.
Whittingham wasn't asked to vote again, he said.
Whittingham created a stir when he voted his team No. 1 in the final 2008 poll. He said he would have voted again, if asked, but won't miss it either.
"I didn't do it begrudgingly, but it's one less thing to worry about," he said.