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Utah football: Utes hope to boost offensive tempo
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Some of the changes the Utes are making to their offense under new coordinator Dave Schramm is going back to more of a true spread offense than the Utes used recently.

They're also working at a faster tempo than before, even though their past play wasn't exactly slow. The Utes averaged 70.2 plays per game in 2008, running a total of 913 plays compared to just 824 for their opponents.

"We'd like to get in more than 70-80 snaps," Whittingham said.

That thought is just fine with quarterback Corbin Louks, who is one of the quickest players on the team and uses the no-huddle offense to his advantage.

"I love the tempo," he said. "We have all kinds we can use, six different kinds we can change things with."

Louks was clocked at 4.42 in the 40 two years ago, but wasn't timed in the last go around, not that he is concerned with his number.

"I'm just going to stay consistent in the passing game and let my feet keep me out of trouble," he said.

No time table

Whittingham has set timetables to decide the top two quarterbacks (after the first scrimmage) and for the backup running back spot (10 days), but he isn't putting a timeframe on the kicking situation.

"That isn't as pressing," he said.

Currently, returner Ben Vroman is the No. 1 place kicker and newcomer Nick Marsh is his backup while redshirt freshman Sean Sellwood is the No. 1 punter with Marsh as his backup.

Pretty boys

Several of Utah's players are sporting new haircuts for camp. The linebackers dyed their hair blond and many got mohawks while many defensive backs have ATC shaved into their hair, signifying "Air Traffic Control."

Many of the receivers have wings cut into their hair.

Louks described the looks as "hideous."

"It's good to see the guys having fun, camp is a grind," he said.

So why didn't the quarterbacks join in the race for style points?

"We are staying low key," he said. "We're not drawing attention to ourselves and we let our play speak."

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