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Utah football » Safety Rowe determined to keep improving against Pac-12 teams.

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The Utes consider the position one of the most demanding on the defense.

"He has to play a tough position for us in the way we play, man, but he is comfortable in it," Utah defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake said. "He is a true eraser on defense. If the running back pops through the line of scrimmage, he has to secure the tackle for minimum gain and he has to play some strong safety. There is a lot of responsibility."

At a glance

Utah’s depth chart at safety

Free Safety

Eric Rowe, 6-1, 205, So. » Nine pass breakups, ranked second on the team

Terrell Reese, 6-0, 205, So. » Signed as a receiver out of high school

Tyron Morris-Edwards, 6-1, 200, So. » Former walk-on played in four games in 2011

Strong Safety

Quade Chappuis, 5-11, 198, Jr. » Starting at least until Brian Blechen returns from 3-game suspension

Terrell Reese, 6-0, 205, So. » Played in seven games, mostly on special teams

Michael Walker, 5-9, 190, Jr. » Runs a 4.47 in the 40-yard dash

Eric Rowe file

Year » Sophomore

Height/weight » 6-1, 205

Hometown » Spring, Texas

Of note » First-team Freshman All-American by the Football Writer’s Association of America, Scout.com/CFN. … Started all 13 games as a freshman. … Runs a 4.48 40. … Team’s fourth-leading tackler, with 69 tackles.

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So far, Rowe is up to the task.

"I feel a lot stronger than I did last year," he said. "I just want to keep improving."

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