Utah football: Faster tempo permeates Utes’ first practice
Published: August 5, 2013 01:12PM
Updated: August 8, 2013 05:22PM
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Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune Utah's Brian Blechen talks with the media following football practice on the baseball field on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City, Utah Monday August 5, 2013.

Tempo.

Utah senior linebacker/defensive end Trevor Reilly said that’s the biggest change concerning Utah football from last season. Everything is faster. Everyone moves at a quicker pace on both ends of the ball.

The Utes practiced for the first time to open fall camp Monday morning.

“I thought the quarterbacks were good today,” offensive coordinator Dennis Erickson said. “I thought they did a lot of good things. There’s a long way to go, but people have made progress.”

Utah’s practice lasted roughly two hours with the first- and second-string players. The freshmen went another 30 to 45 minutes, with quarterbacks Connor Manning and Micah Thomas running through drills. The Utes will go without pads for the first five days as a part of the NCAA acclimation period. They will practice Tuesday morning on the baseball field, but practices are closed to the public.

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Season opener

• Utah State at Utah, 6 p.m. Aug. 29