“If we need a few more days, we have that luxury, but Wednesday or Thursday would be absolutely the time that we have to come to a conclusion,” Whittingham said. “If we can get it done on Monday, that’s great, but we’ll see what happens.”
Whenever Whittingham ultimately lands on a starter this week, he is unlikely to announce the choice publicly, at least not right away.
Devin Lloyd, other starters take Saturday off
Lloyd was joined by junior tight ends Brant Kuithe and Cole Fotheringham, and senior defensive end Mika Tafua as guys who sat out. Viane Moala, the projected starter at right tackle, was limited, per Whittingham, as was left tackle Nick Ford.
Dalton Kincaid’s eligibility could become clear this week
Whittingham is hopeful there will be clarity from the NCAA this week on the eligibility situation of tight end Dalton Kincaid, a junior who transferred in from the University of San Diego after garnering FCS All-American honors as a sophomore in 2019.
If Kincaid is deemed eligible, he could play an immediate role vs. Arizona. Whittingham noted Kincaid has been getting a full workload in practice with other tight ends a little banged up.
“He’s completely ready to go and will be a part of what we’re doing,” Whittingham said.
Clark Phillips III focusing on outside CB
Phillips has been working at both the nickel and outside cornerback during camp, but Whittingham is now focusing him at outside corner, which was not the case earlier in camp.
That’s not to say Phillips cannot play nickel, but that position, as Whittingham has said numerous times this month, is more demanding and more difficult, both physically and mentally, in Utah’s defensive scheme. Getting Phillips ready to play outside corner immediately may be an easier endeavor, but Whittingham is still leaving the decision up to debate for now.
“We gave him a good dose of nickel earlier in camp, and then we shifted gears and have given him more opportunity to play outside because we want our best three out there and he is one of the best three,” Whittingham said. “The transition period going outside is much easier than going outside to inside.”