There's a handful of worthy candidates at Utah capable of a big season, and junior wide receiver Bryan Thompson hopes to be the No. 1 option in an experienced and proven room that brings back Britain Covey, Solomon Enis and Samson Nacua.
Utah still has the personnel to reload, but there's a lot of inexperience — freshmen and sophomores contending for starting roles. That'll be good for years to come, but it may spell trouble for the 2020 season. The one saving grace, though, could be Utah's offense.
There's never any love for an offensive lineman. Even its linemen counterparts on the opposite side of the ball get more love than the ones whose job it is to protect arguably the team's most valuable asset.
It should come as no surprise anymore that Clemson and Alabama remain the elite football programs in the country, and Saturday showed no reason to doubt either program's offensive prowess and standing at the top of the Associated Press Top 25 poll.
Utah is looking to fill out its two-deep depth chart in the coming weeks, with many freshmen and sophomores competing for the job after the entire starting secondary moved on from the program, including three to NFL teams. But things are starting to take shape.
Instead of holding back from each other, the quarterbacks competing for the starting job share their strengths with the others in the room in an effort to make the team better, regardless of who is named starter in roughly two weeks.
Smith came off the bench to play in his first game since Nov. 18, 2018 — 693 days after a sack against the Houston Texans ended his season, nearly (should have?) ended his career, and could have ended his life.
Alex Smith replaced an injured Kyle Allen on Sunday, marking the first action for the Washington Football Team veteran quarterback since he sustained a compound fracture of his right tibia and fibula during a game in November 2018.
As Utah opens up its modified fall camp session Friday ahead of a delayed 2020 season, offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig will be forced to retool the offense again without quarterback Tyler Huntley or all-time leading rusher Zack Moss suiting up in the backfield.
The Pac-12 released its six-game schedule for the season on ESPN's College GameDay show early Saturday morning, a week after the conference officially announced a return to play this fall as the last Power Five conference to opt back into a season.