Utah's offense had a good day of practice Friday, at least until the last play when freshman quarterback Travis Wilson was caught in a blitz.
Ending the day's session with a sack didn't exactly sit well with the offense, but it was perfect in the mind of offensive coordinator Brian Johnson.
The Utes' tempo wasn't quick enough for coach Kyle Whittingham last year, so picking up the pace is something the Utes are focusing on during camp.
"Obviously that isn't how you want it to end," Johnson said of the sack. "But it was a great learning point because we are trying to put ourselves in adverse situations and I'm not sure you guys are aware, but we have play clocks out here and how fast they are. We had a little personnel issue getting some guys in and out of the huddle and we had a young Travis Wilson in there and you tell him the clock is running down. It was a play with a check on it and he just snapped it and didn't get a good look at the defense and he was running free and that is how you get tattooed. But that is a really good learning movement to show them on film to have the composure and have all the guys in the huddle."
Outside of getting a little rattled at the end of practice, Wilson had a good day along with returning quarterback Jordan Wynn, running backs John White and Kelvin York and receiver Kenneth Scott.
Scott, a 6-foot-3, 202-pound sophomore, is expected to start alongside Dres Anderson and DeVonte Christopher. Scott had just eight catches for 141 yards as a freshman, but seems on the verge of a huge year for the Utes.
"You won't find anyone who works harder than Kenneth Scott," Johnson said. "He is an absolute joy to coach. Every single day he comes out and grinds and is the ultimate professional out here. The way he carries himself, all that stuff translates to the field. It's only two days in but he is having an exceptional camp."
Getting on the field for the first time was running back James Poole, a 6-foot, 187-pound transfer from Saddleback College.
Whittingham likened Poole's style of running to that of Harvey Langi, who has gone on a mission.
"He is a slasher," he said. "He isn't the type that John White is, a darter, but if you look at his JC tape, he is more of a slasher type like Marcus Allen."
Christopher sat out practice with a sprained shoulder. Whittingham said it was a mild sprain and the senior receiver should be back on the field Monday.&n
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