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Special teams will see some new faces for Utes

Published August 5, 2013 6:08 am

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Last spots we'll look at before practice begins today are the special teams. Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said the specialists were going to be a priority in fall camp and with good reason. Utah's place-kicking hasn't been a strength recently with Coleman Petersen going 8-for-13 in 2012. He was just 3-of-6 on attempts of 40-yards or more. The Utes need some consistency here and are looking at sophomore Andy Phillips and freshman Jamie Sutcliffe to lead the battle. Sophomore Tom Hackett takes over the punting duties after sharing them with Sean Sellwood. The return game was one of Utah's best areas last year with Reggie Dunn running into the NCAA record books with his five career 100-yard kickoff returns. Speedsters Dres Anderson and Charles Henderson are penciled in as the returners for now. So there you have it, all that is left now is for the fun to begin! Media availability should be around 11 a.m. today. No live reports are allowed from practice, but we will have plenty of updates on the web, twitter and blog as soon as we can as well as coverage in tomorrow's paper. Fall is in the air, time to get this thing started! - Lya Wodraska