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Utah football: 'We've got to go faster'

Posted Aug 9th - 2:01pm by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — Fully padded up the Utes took the practice field for day five of fall camp and the coaches told us that the tempo is still not fast enough.

In accordance with the rest of college football trying to speed up the tempo (only half joking) the Utes are trying to do the same thing and on day five of camp the tempo wasn't where the head coach and offensive coordinator wanted.

"We have got to get better, that was not a very good performance," Dennis Erickson said. "We didn't go fast today. We've got to go faster and play faster than that."

UTEcast 8-8: Injuries shuffle depth chart in day 4

Posted Aug 8th - 3:59pm by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

Every week we here at the Crimson Corner are teaming up with the staff to bring you the UTEcast, a podcast focusing on everything Utes.

This week on the UTEcast we broke down day 4 of the Utes' fall camp, one in which might have been the best day of practice we've seen, but was overshadowed by some injuries to key players.

You can listen to the show here:

Utah football: Injuries to linebackers dim Utes best practice of fall

Posted Aug 8th - 1:44pm by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — Day four of the Utes fall camp brought the best practice overall the team has seen and some injuries to the linebackers.

Beginning with the linebackers, Reshawn Hooker sustained another concussion on Wednesday, his third concussion in two years.

That will force Hooker to basically retire from football. This is frustrating coming off the news yesterday that the Utes were going to move him to safety due to Tevin Carter having not made it to cam yet.

Utah football: Safeties going to plan B

Posted Aug 7th - 3:12pm by Mike Grant

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utes put the pads on today and the players always seem to love to talk about that. Eric Rowe was no different. "Everybody is getting ready to hit again, it's the first day since spring ball," Rowe said smiling.

One of the most notable changes from day three has to be in the defensive backfield at safety. Junior college transfer Tevin Carter has not made it to camp yet so head coach Kyle Whittingham is starting to turn to plan "B" right now giving some snaps to linebacker Reshawn Hooker at strong safety.

"We don't know when that's going to happen," Whittingham said about Tevin Carter getting to Utah. "Potentially it may not happen."

3 most improved position groups for the 2013 Utes

Posted Aug 7th - 2:02pm by Mike Grant

SALT LAKE CITY — Fall camp has begun on the hill and according to head coach Kyle Whittingham there are three position groups that have significantly improved since a year ago.

Offensive line

It is difficult to begin this discussion without remembering what a disaster the offensive line was a year ago. The entire fall camp the line shifted, changed, reworked and it showed in the first couple games of the season.

McCormick keeps impressing Ute coaching staff, day 2 takeaways

Posted Aug 6th - 3:58pm by Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — After a lackluster showing on Monday, the Utes bounced back with a much better practice Tuesday morning.

"We came out with the right attitude and the right mindset," Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said. "Much more like what we need it to look like."

Whittingham admitted that there may have been a little carryover on Monday from the tragic death of freshman defensive lineman Gaius Vaenuku.

Utes camp begins with slow start, Whittingham disappointed

Posted Aug 5th - 6:32pm by Josh Furlong

SALT LAKE CITY — Fall camp started for the University of Utah football team Monday. The lack of tempo, however, was not what Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham was hoping to see.

"Nothing special — very average," Whittingham said. "It was very slow starting. It picked up as practice moved on, but I expect more out of the seniors.

"We've got to get better," he added. "If you want to be 5-7 again, keep operating like that. If you want to get better, we've got to come out with a little more resolve than we did today."

UTEcast 8-5: Fall camp underway for the Utes

Posted Aug 5th - 2:16pm by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

Every week we here at the Crimson Corner are teaming up with the staff to bring you the UTEcast, a podcast focusing on everything Utes.

This week on the show the KSL and guys recap Day 1 of Utah's 2013 fall camp.

You can listen to part 1 here:

SportsBeat College Football Preview: 2013 Utah Utes

Posted Aug 4th - 12:19am by Mike Grant

SALT LAKE CITY — For the first time in the last decade, The Utah Utes did not qualify for a bowl game and the 2013 Utes are aiming to change that.

"We need to win now, there isn't time to rebuild, we need to win now." Utah defensive end Trevor Reilly said at PAC-12 media day.

In order to turn the tide the Utes needed a change on offense. Long time head coach Dennis Erickson was brought on the staff to instill some big play potential and confidence on that side of the ball.

UTEcast 8-1

Posted Aug 1st - 7:01pm by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

Every week we here at the Crimson Corner are teaming up with the staff to bring you the UTEcast, a podcast focusing on everything Utes.

This week on the show the KSL and guys preview the Utes fall camp and give tribute to former Ute Gaius Vaenuku.

You can listen to part 1 here:

Utah's most pressing camp needs

Posted Jul 31st - 5:10pm by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — Entering the dog days of summer? Oh, I don't think so.

Fall camp is just five days away for the Utes. As's preseason previews continue, this week we look at the three biggest objectives for the Utes to complete over the next three weeks.

Out on an island

Utah football player and 2 others killed, 2 more hospitalized in car crash

Posted Jul 30th - 9:58pm by Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — Tragedy has struck the University of Utah football team.

New Mexico State Police responded to a single vehicle rollover on US 550 near milepost 83 late Monday evening.

Police found two passengers dead on the scene, both of whom were ejected from the Toyota SUV as it rolled numerous times. A third passenger died moments later.

Arrest warrant issued for ex-Ute defensive lineman

Posted Jul 30th - 4:32pm by Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — A third district judge issued a warrant for the arrest of an ex-University of Utah football player after he failed to show up for a sentencing hearing Monday.

Koliniasi "Niasi" Mona Leota, 24, a former defensive lineman for the Utes, was scheduled to be sentenced on charges of domestic violence in the presence of a child, a third-degree felony that carries a maximum of five years in prison.

The charge stemmed from a Feb. 17 incident at Leota's Salt Lake apartment, when Leota became angry and punched his wife in the head and face, according to charging documents.

Chapman commits to the U

Posted Jul 29th - 3:42pm by Mike Grant

SALT LAKE CITY — One of the best high school basketball players in the state of Utah, Brekkot Chapman of Roy high school just committed to the University of Utah.

"I am proud to say I have committed to the University of Utah." Chapman said via his twitter page.

This is a huge get for head coach Larry Krystkowiak. In each of his first three years he has started to change to in-state recruiting dynamic.

Whittingham speaks to KSL about new facility

Posted Jul 29th - 2:47pm by Mike Grant, Robert Jackson, and Jeremiah Jensen

SALT LAKE CITY — During an interview at PAC12 media day at Sony Studios in Los Angeles, Jeremiah Jensen asked head coach Kyle Whittingham about the new football facility.

"It's something that we can't wait to recruit to," Whittingham said. "It is one thing to talk to recruits and show them the plans and show them the video of what it is going to look like, show them the building in progress, but to actually walk them through it and say, here is your facility. That's a whole different deal."

If there is one thing for the football program that needed to be updated, it was the facility. The academic center, stadium, and indoor facilities are right there with everyone else, but this football facility puts the program in a great position for recruiting.

VIDEO: Crimson Corner 7-28

Posted Jul 29th - 10:20am by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — This week on the Crimson Corner Jeremiah Jensen, Robert Jackson, and Mike Grant were at Pac-12 media day in Los Angeles. Trevor Reilly tells us the Utes need to win now, Jake Murphy explains why the offense will be better, and JJ has a conversation with Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham.

Utes receive little love in Pac-12 media poll, Oregon nabs top spot

Posted Jul 26th - 11:38am by Robert Jackson

CULVER CITY, Calif. — After struggling in its initial two seasons in the Pac-12, members of the media picked Utah to finish second to last in the South Division, the conference announced Friday.

The Utes are coming off a 5-7 season in which they missed making a bowl game for the first time since 2002.

5 breakout stars for the 2013 Utes

Posted Jul 24th - 6:27pm by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — While the Utes have struggled offensively in their first two years in the Pac-12, with just a few tweaks from new co-offensive coordinator Dennis Erickson, Ute fans were able to witness what actually resembled a college football offense during the Red and White Spring Game.

Simple, short passes to the running backs out of the backfield and perfecting the zone read option drastically improved Utah's offensive output.

How much of that success can we expect to translate over into the regular season? That remains to be seen, but fans should be comforted in knowing that the offense is heading in the right direction.

VIDEO: Crimson Corner 7-21

Posted Jul 22nd - 10:56am by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — This week Mike Grant takes a look at the top five most talented players the Utes will face this fall and Jason Shepherd catches up with Utah basketball great Alex Jensen.

5 best players the Utes will play in 2013

Posted Jul 17th - 4:30pm by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — The football season is about six weeks away when Utah fans will get to see some of the best players in college football.

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