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  04/24/22 - DE Jonah EllissJr/2024, Utah

  Lewis Powell, who is in his seventh season coaching Utah's defensive ends, also played for the Utes from 2001-03. So he's seen a lot of talented, highly skilled and productive defensive lines over the years. This spring, Powell said the defensive ends group he's working with now is the most athletic in program history. "It's a good young group. Practices have been really competitive," he said. "We have a really good, deep, athletic group. I think it's the most athletic group that's ever been here." The Utes return Van Fillinger, Miki Suguturaga and Jonah Elliss, while Connor O'Toole has been switched from wide receiver to defensive end.

While Utah must replace Mika Tafua, who is off to the NFL, and Xavier Carlton, who transferred to Cal, Powell is optimistic about what this position can accomplish next fall. "We have an awesome dynamic. Van and Miki are stout and strong. Connor and Jonah are really athletic, really high-ceiling," he said. "We clocked both of those guys at 4.5. I don't think we've ever had that kind of athleticism, ever. I think it's going to be a group by committee. I'm excited by the growth of all five, six guys participating in spring ball." Coach Kyle Whittingham said he feels good about Fillinger, Elliss, O'Toole and Suguturaga. "Jonah Elliss has had a really good spring. Connor O'Toole, who moved from wide receiver to defensive end, it seems to be a great fit for him. Miki Suguturaga is a guy that has played his best football this spring. So those four guys right now are the top four at that position. We have a couple of guys that are coming this summer that we're excited about as well." - Deseret News

Jr/2024 DE Jonah EllissUtah
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