Team managers integral part of Ute football team

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SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah football team says its team managers are as much a part of tha team as quarterback Jordan Wynn or coach Kyle Whittingham.

Drew Johnson and Austin Lewis take their jobs very seriously and say their Ute pride outweighs the pride they have for their multiple gold medals in the Special Olympics.

"I just like being on the field for all of the home games," said Drew, "and it's fun to be at practices and everything. It's fun."

They bring a great spirit to what we do, and they both are exceptionally hard workers. -- Coach Kyle Whittingham

Drew and Austin haul equipment, grab footballs, hold yard markers, but most importantly, Coach Whittingham says they set a great example for his players.

"They bring a great spirit to what we do, and they both are exceptionally hard workers. They're reliable, they're here everyday," said Whittingham.

"I like coach Whitt," Drew said. "He's my idol and everything. Look up to him. Yep."

Coach Whittingham isn't the only one that's impressed with the managers.

"They are there with us every step of the way," said offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom. "They feel everything we do, and they're a part of everything."

Drew and Austin say win or lose, they're proud Utah men.

"They make me so proud," said Austin. "I get to help them do whatever they want me to do."

When asked about the game on Saturday, Drew and Austin say they like the Utes' chances.




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