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SALT LAKE CITY--Utah football coach Kyle Whittngham expressed satisfaction after watching his team close out its 2010 fall camp with a 70-play scrimmage in Rice-Eccles Stadium.
"Overall, camp was a positive and this (scrimmage) was a good conclusion," said Whittingham. "I think we're right on track. We're a little banged up, but we'll start getting some guys back next week, which will help with continuity."
After two scrimmages that featured a lot of hitting three deep, there was no tackling today when the
ones' were on the field, while thethrees' didn't see any action at all. Only the `twos' played full blown tackle football.
"We didn't have the
ones' go live today because they've gotten enough live work between the first two scrimmages and regular practices. It's getting too close to the game to take a chance on injuries," said Whititngham. "Thetwos' had a bunch of live work today, however."
Standouts in the final scrimmage included No. 2 quarterback Terrance Cain, who was 14-of-18 passing for 227 yards and two touchdowns, and receiver DeVonte Christopher (four receptions for 81 yards).
Christopher is one of several who played well for a suddenly deep receiving corps, where recent junior college transfers Mo Lee and Dexter Ransom are new factors.
"There's a steep learning curve at receiver," acknowledged Whittingham, "But Mo Lee and Dexter Ransom are getting up to speed and I am confident they will be ready to contribute (this season)."
The scoring opened with a 48-yard field goal by Joe Phillips. All the other scoring happened during situational drills such as red zone, two- minute and `shadowing.'
Tauni Vakapuna led all rushers with 27 yards on nine carries. Complimenting Christopher's big receiving day was speedster Reggie Dunn with two grabs for 57 yards and a touchdown. All four tight ends caught passes, led by Kendrick Moeai (two catches for 44 yards). Brad Clifford caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Wynn, who finished with 9-of-20 passing for 147 yards and a touchdown.
For the defense, Neli A'asa and Chad Manis both intercepted Wynn passes--Manis in the end zone. Trevor Reilly, Joe Kruger and Boo Andersen each had a sack.