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Wednesday was the first day of two-a days with the morning practice being held at Rice-Eccles Stadium and the evening session at the Ute Baseball field.
It was clearly the offense that shined this morning in drills. Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn looked very sharp and was pleased with they had gotten done. He mentioned that he had yet to throw an interception in live drills.
Both Wynn and Head Coach Kyle Whittingham noted that the offense stood out today as a real strong group. They looked dominant and physically stronger than the defense.
Left tackle John Cullen was held out of practice for precaution.
Getting more into the offensive line situation, it is well noted that the Utes are returning 4 starters along the front line. By my count, Tony Bergstrom, Caleb Schlauderaff, Tevita Stevens, and Zane Taylor have 101 games between them. John Cullen will most likely be the other starter. He was rated the number one JC offensive lineman by rivals.com. Does having an experienced offensive line bring wins? I guess we will see this season, but in the past it has certainly helped.
Another interesting point from practice this morning was when Coach Whit noted that the offense as a unit, from the coaches on down through the players, has been a much smoother ride than last year. In 2009, Whittingham had to break in new coordinators and changed the offensive play-caller in the middle of the season. They are in a much better place right now.
The Utes will hold their first scrimmage of fall camp on Thursday. Coach did talk about a fine line of hitting during scrimmages. "The defense has to hit and the offense has to learn to get hit." Kyle Whittingham said.
When asked about the quarterbacks taking shots and in particular Jordan Wynn, Coach said "Absolutely Not!"