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Utes have a solid group of receivers returning

Finishing our look at Utah's offense by talking about the receivers and tight ends. Utah's receivers are going to have to earn their numbers this year in an effort to emphasize the team game, not individuality, but even as they start spring in unfamiliar numbers they shouldn't be too hard to recognize as Utah returns the majority of their playmakers.

DeVonte Christopher, Luke Matthews and Reggie Dunn are gone, but Kenneth Scott, Dres Anderson and Anthony Denham all return and are penciled in as starters.

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Anderson led the receivers with 36 catches for 365 yards and three touchdowns, Scott was third with 32 catches for 349 yards and three touchdowns and Denham had 11 catches for 135 yards.

Junior Quinton Pedroza, freshman Delshawn McClellon and senior Sean Fitzgerald are the backups on the spring depth chart.

Of that group, Anderson and Scott are both proven players while Denham has been hindered by injuries including a hamstring injury and thumb injury that required surgery. If the Utes can keep him healthy, the 6-foot-4, 222-pound Denham could have the biggest impact this year.

Fitzgerald has been slowed by injuries as well while Pedroza will get plenty of chances to prove himself after contributing mainly on special teams.

Utah's tight ends are a familiar bunch as well with Jake Murphy and Westlee Tonga returning. Murphy was second on the team with 33 catches for 349 yards and four touchdowns while Tonga had four catches for 39 yards.

Also in camp are JC transfer Greg Reese and freshman Harrison Handley.

How the 6-5, 250-pound Reese fits in will be one of the interesting developments for the Utes in the spring. Utah lost Dallin Rogers, Kendrick Moeai and David Rolf so they would welcome some immediate help.

However, Reese didn't play last year, so it could take him a while to find his form again.

- Lya Wodraska

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