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With the Utes completing their first scrimmage of fall camp on Thursday, impressions were all about the offense. Other than two drops, Jordan Wynn was nearly perfect throwing the ball, as well as backup quarterback Terrance Cain. They combined to throw for 4 touchdowns.

The running game was stellar also. There were big numbers from Eddie Wide and Tauni Vakapuna, and Sausan Shakerin had a decent day. The receiving corps was also strong.

What about the defense? It has been well-documented since the Mountain West Conference meetings in Las Vegas that the 2010 Utah Utes will be led by the offense. Zane Taylor said that he doesn't see weaknesses. Coach Whittingham acknowledged that the offense has potential.

Again, what about the defense?

One of the best things I have heard about the defense this fall came from quarterback Jordan Wynn. He loves what he sees from the defense. He said they fly around, they are fast, and they can make plays. The defense is getting the best training they could, going up against the Ute offense every day.

Coach Whittingham and his staff know how to get a defense ready. He has proven that time and time again.

It has to be hard for the coaches to really measure where the defense is because the offense is that good. This defense is going to learn quickly how to play as a unit. They will learn to help each other. Practicing against the best will help them become the best.

The athletes are in place and the coaching is there. The defense needs just one more thing to bring it all together - a leader. That is one of the things I will be following over the next week or so.

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