Trevor Reilly staying put at linebacker for Utah
Despite his effectiveness at defensive end against the BYU Cougars, Utah sophomore linebacker Trevor Reilly will remain at the linebacker position for now, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said.
Reilly, who spent time at the end position Saturday, had his best game of his career against the Cougars, picking up Pac-12 Player of the Week honors after he finished with two sacks, three tackles for a loss and three forced fumbles.
Whittingham said the Utes are so deep at the linebacker position they are looking for ways to get Reilly on the field, but he doesn't anticipate switching the 6-foot-5, 238-pound sophomore back to the end position, where he played in 2010.
"Right now he is a still a full-time linebacker, but he does have an upside," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. "He is just a sophomore so he has a good future ahead of him."
Depth was supposed to be a big area of concern as the Utes move into the Pac-12. Now three games into the season, the Utes have a better idea of where they need that depth, Whittingham said.
"In certain positions we feel pretty good, but others we are lean like the offensive line," he said. "But we're recruiting well and it's a work in progress and we've made a lot of headway."
The Red Movement
The Utes have teamed up with the Downtown Alliance and several other organizations to form the Red Movement, a 48-hour celebration that will take place before home games.
Among the events planned are discounts at various restaurants, pep rallies and more. Details can be found on the website: theRedMVMT.com.
Up to speed
The BYU game had its moments of both satisfaction and frustration for Utah defensive end Derrick Shelby.
Shelby started the game with a fumble recovery to put the Utes on the board first, then spent much of the rest of the game keeping Jake Heaps on the run. He had two hurries, but never got hold of Heaps, much to his dismay.
"I was in the quarterback's face a lot, but I have to get faster so I can get sacks instead of hurries," he said.
Shelby was slowed in 2010 while recovering from a knee injury, but says he feels up to speed now.
"I don't even think about it anymore," he said.
Utah's players get a little downtime this weekend, but Utah's coaching staff doesn't.
The Utes are hitting the road to recruit, with some coaches leaving Wednesday and others leaving later in the week.
Whittingham said the staff had stops planned in Texas, California and Arizona, as well as some stops in Utah.
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