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Utah football: Utes ready for first scrimmage Tuesday

Published August 12, 2013 2:37 pm

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Utah's coaches have been hands-on throughout fall camp as they've tweaked lineups, schemes and techniques.

Now, with the first scrimmage of the camp scheduled for Tuesday, it's time for the coaches to take a step back, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said.

"It's time for a scrimmage to see what these guy can do when everything is live and the coaches are off the field," he said. "We're just going to let them play."

Utah co-offensive coordinator Dennis Erickson said he is looking for a clean effort from the offense, noting the Utes have made too many penalties and have hurt themselves with dropped passes.

Also a priority is the run game, where Kelvin York is expected to start but James Poole, Lucky Radley and Karl Williams continue to battle for playing time.

"We're looking to run it with success tomorrow, that is the biggest thing," Erickson said.

The Utes hope to get in 75 to 80 plays, Whittingham said.

"We'll get in some red zone work but mostly, we're just going to let them play," he said.

Injury report • Corner Keith McGill continues to be sidelined with a concussion...Tackle Stevie Tu'ikolovatu left practice early Monday with a foot injury...Corner Davion Orphey returned to practice and receiver Andre Lewis returned to practice after missing much of the first week with a hamstring injury.

Roster notes • Freshman Salesi Uhatafe, who delayed his arrival to Utah after he was involved in a crash that killed teammate Gaius Vaenuku, should be with the team on Tuesday, Whittingham said...The Utes made few changes to their latest depth chart, which was released Monday. Most notable was the presence of senior defensive tackle Latu Heimuli listed as a possible starter. The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Heimuli has been hampered by injuries throughout his career but now is battling LT Tuipulotu (6-1, 305) and Stevie Tu'ikolovatu (6-1, 320) for a starting role.