p class="TEXT_w_Indent"> Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said this week that with the uptempo pace the majority of teams have adopted, the days of having 11 starters who played most of the game are over. Teams need two deeps that can rotate into the game without a dropoff in talent.
The Utes have used that tactic on defense successfully, wearing down teams with a consistent rotation of fresh bodies up front.
Last year Whittingham said there was a fairly large gap between the ones and twos and we know a dropoff at receiver was an issue in fall camp.
Today it would be good to see what the backups can do in live situations. I'd like to see how the lines are developing and see some of the skill players who had good moments in camp against live action.
Freshman receiver Dominique Hatfield, JC transfer Andre Lewis and sophomore Geoffrey Norwood all might get a lot of time today along with James Poole at running back.
Defensively, the Utes have a lot of young players who need time on the field such as linebackers LT Filiaga and Uaea Masina, corner Hipolito Corporan and Justin Thomas.
If the Utes are to survive their difficult schedule ahead, they have to get those players some experience. Today should give us an idea of just how that young talent is developing.
- Lya Wodraska