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Utes like the depth they have at running back

Even though senior Kelvin York hasn't been at full strength due to a lingering toe injury, Utah hasn't seen its talent level dip at the running back spot. If anything, the Utes are closing out their spring practice feeling very good about the position as senior Karl Williams, sophomore James Poole and junior Lucky Radley have all had strong sessions.

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said following Tuesday's practice the battle between all four backs is a close one and said the Utes could play as many as four backs next season.

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"There are a lot of ways we can use them besides just in the backfield," he said. "We will try to maximize the talent we have."

While York and Williams are known for their physical play, Poole has been solid as well and Radley has emerged as one of the team leaders.

There was a time last year that Whittingham mentioned how much he liked Radley's style and work ethic and apparently the 5-foot-8, 187-pound back continues to impress the coach.

"He hasn't had a bad practice yet," Whittingham said.

The Utes also signed four backs, including junior college transfer Devontae Booker, who will add to the competition in the fall, Whittingham said.

"That position has a lot of depth," he said.

- Lya Wodraska

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