Utah football: Watts probable for opener

Published August 29, 2009 3:35 pm
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Utah offensive lineman Walter Watts was upgraded from questionable to probable by Utah coach Kyle Whittingham for Thursday's home opener against Utah State.

Watts, who has an injured knee, will start at right guard if he is healthy enough to play against the Aggies.

Left guard Caleb Schlauderaff still is questionable for the opener, but having at least Watts back for the game would be crucial for the Utes, Whittingham said.

"Based on what we saw now, he's probable, that is if he doesn't have any setbacks, swelling, those kinds of things," Whittingham said.

Watts has only limited experience, playing two years of backup tackle, he is the most experienced out of a group of young linemen the Utes are developing.

Earlier this week defensive lineman Junior Tui'one was moved to the offense for more depth.

"Any time you get a starter back it's huge," Whittingham said. "That is what we are hoping for, we should know on Monday."

If Watts can play, he'll start at right guard, Zane Taylor will start at center, Zane Beadles will start at left tackle and Tony Bergstrom will start at right tackle.

If Schlauderaff is out, freshman Tevita Stevens will start in his place.

Of note

Freshman quarterback Jordan Wynn, who spent the majority of Saturday's practice with the No. 2 offense, left the practice field with his right elbow wrapped. Whittingham said his arm was "bumped." "I don't think it's anything major," he said.

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