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  05/08/21 - Devaughn VelerFr/2024, Utah, 6-3, 205 (DS#52 WR) + More +

  Two Utah wide receivers who have taken different journeys will be counted on to produce for the Utes this season. And they'll try to help fill the void left by wideouts Bryan Thompson and Samson Nacua, who left the program last winter. Junior Jaylen Dixon entered the transfer portal in October 2020 but ended up withdrawing from the portal last February and returned to the Utes, something that had never been done before at the U. Meanwhile, redshirt freshman Devaughn Vele has emerged this spring as a potential weapon, highlighted by his performance in the spring game, when he caught four passes for 66 yards and a touchdown.

"I have very high expectations for him," quarterback Charlie Brewer said of Vele. "I feel like he's a complete receiver. He has size and he can jump out of a gym and really go up and high-point the ball. He's a big-play receiver. I feel like he's going to have a huge fall." Vele, a 6-foot-4, 205-pounder from San Diego, has played in nine games in his career, including one start. He's recorded two receptions for 12 yards. "Devaughn Vele has been our secret weapon for a minute now. It sucks seeing Bryan and Samson moving on but we support them at the end of the day. They've got to do what they've got to do. We're brothers so we love each other for that," said wide receiver Solomon Enis. "But Vele's been ready, he's been consistent, he's been reliable. People can rely upon him a lot. I'm excited for this tandem, this duo, we have going...Vele's ready to go and he's capable." - Deseret News


(DS#52 WR) rFr/2024 WR Devaughn VeleUtah
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  04/29/21 - Devaughn VelerFr/2024, Utah, 6-3, 205 (DS#52 WR) + More +

  In the days leading up to the April 17 spring game, Whittingham said positive things about Devaughn Vele, even going as far as to say the redshirt freshman had control of the fourth receiver spot as spring ball came to a close. At the spring game, Vele made Whittingham look smart, finishing with four catches for 66 yards and a touchdown. A 40-yard second-quarter catch from Brewer was among the offensive highlights of the afternoon as Vele had to shake off a clear defensive pass interference penalty on Vonte Davis down the right sideline to finish the play. "The biggest thing I've been trying to learn is just how to do my job, understanding the offense," Vele said after the spring game. "We have a lot of playmakers on the offense, so I just want to add a little mix to it however I can. Spring was an opportunity for me and some other guys to find our place in what can be a really good team this fall." - Salt Lake Tribune

(DS#52 WR) rFr/2024 WR Devaughn VeleUtah
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  04/20/21 - Charlie BrewerSr/2022, Utah, 6-1, 210 (DS#13 QB) + More +

  Utah's 73-play effort on Saturday was no different, but the 6,500 present and the rest of the fans watching on Pac-12 Networks should be left thinking about two things. In the immediate aftermath of the 15th and final spring practice, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said he believes this incarnation of the Utes is "going to be a complete football team." Furthermore, he stayed with an ongoing spring storyline by heaping praise upon Charlie Brewer, and with good reason. Brewer, a graduate transfer from Baylor, looked in complete control Saturday, going 15 for 15 for 151 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. It should be noted that the defense was not allowed to hit Brewer, so a handful of his dropbacks would have resulted in sacks during a real game, but no matter.

Saturday marked Brewer's unofficial public unveiling in a Utah uniform, and he did not disappoint. "Clean, just like he's been all spring," Whittingham said. "He's a quick decision-maker, he's accurate, he gets the ball out of his hands quickly, he does a good job protecting the football. What you saw today is what we've been seeing all spring long, so it's going to be a great battle between him and Cam [Rising] come fall camp for that No. 1 spot. Charlie has really done an outstanding job of integrating into our program." - Salt Lake Tribune


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  04/17/21 - Nick FordrJr/2022, Utah, 6-5, 315 (DS#5 OT) + More +

  During his time at Utah, junior Nick Ford has played every position on the offensive line. He's started one game at left tackle, six at left guard, 13 at right guard, two at right tackle and four at center. This spring, Ford has become a fixture as the Utes' starting center. "Nick has an extremely high football IQ. He does a very good job of communicating up front," said offensive line coach Jim Harding. "We had a couple of younger players last year and he's a real calming presence on the sidelines. He came in and played a number of different positions. That's lent to the ability to know the calls and things like that. He's done a nice job executing the center-quarterback exchange. I think it's a natural fit for him." Ford is a two-time All-Pac-12 offensive lineman, having earned first-team honors in 2020. While he could have declared early for the NFL draft, he chose to return for another season at Utah.

When the season ended, Ford explored his options and received a draft evaluation. He was told he would likely be a third-round or fourth-round pick in the draft, with a chance to improve his stock to a second-round or third-round selection. After consulting with coaches, agents and his parents, Ford decided it was in his best interest to play another season of college football. "Just thinking about it over all, the main thing that every agent and coach said was I could leave now but if I come back, I could leave even better, which was a big factor in my decision as well as knowing how much talent was returning this year and the capability this team to not only win the Rose Bowl and the Pac-12 but this team reminds me of 2018-19 when we had everybody and we were able to make that run. I really think we can make that run again. So I just want to go out with another ring." - Deseret News


(DS#5 OT) rJr/2022 OT Nick FordUtah
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  04/14/21 - Charlie BrewerSr/2022, Utah, 6-1, 210 (DS#13 QB) + More +

  Utah's quarterback competition has not started yet, not really anyway. Whittingham has already made clear that Cameron Rising will get his shot during fall camp, when his surgically repaired right shoulder should allow him to compete at full strength. As Brewer seemingly continues to impress behind closed doors with no media access this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as Whittingham continues to sound like he has found something at the most-important position on the field, can Rising legitimately still win the job he won out of fall camp last season before getting hurt in the opener?

We're not going to find that out until August, but in March and April, Brewer has clearly shown something after 9,700 passing yards, almost 11,000 yards of total offense, and 87 touchdowns in four seasons in the Big 12. "He does all the little things that make the difference between being just average and being really good," Whittingham said. "He's paid that price and it didn't start during spring ball. It started from the day he stepped on campus. He's been in that playbook, and in the film room, and what we see out on the field is the product of all that hard work." - Salt Lake Tribune


(DS#13 QB) Sr/2022 QB Charlie BrewerUtah
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  04/13/21 - Blake KuitherSo/2023, Utah, 6-3, 255 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  The 6-foot-2, 230-pound native of Katy, Texas, earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2019 and 2020. Whittingham loves Kuithe's versatility and his ability to play in multiple spots on the field - like wide receiver, tight end and fullback. "He's an extremely talented young man. He's more of a hybrid than he is a tight end. He doesn't have the prototypical tight end size. He's more of an H-back," he said. "He played running back in high school. He catches the ball exceptionally well, runs great routes and he's elusive in the open field as you've seen many times over the last couple of years. He's a big weapon for us." Kuithe is one of the Utes that could have declared early for the NFL draft but he decided to return for another year. "I had a decent season but we only won three games," he explained. "We haven't won a Pac-12 championship. That's the most important goal. Every single year, we fall short of it. I came here to win that." - Deseret News

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  04/12/21 - Nephi SewellrJr/2022, Utah, 6-0, 225 (DS#27 OLB) + More +

  Entering his third season as Utah's linebackers coach, Colton Swan manages one of the strengths of the Ute defense. At linebacker, Utah boasts veteran stars like juniors Devin Lloyd and Nephi Sewell, as well as highly touted freshmen like Trey Reynolds and Mason Tufaga. Another promising freshman linebacker, Cole Bishop, has been moved to safety. Sewell, whose brother, Penei, was an offensive lineman at Oregon and is expected to be a top-10 pick in the NFL draft later this month, enjoyed a breakout season last year after switching from safety to linebacker.

"He's not the biggest man in stature but he does pack a powerful punch. He is physical. Probably his best attribute is just how he can find ways to get to the football. He has an unbelievable knack for the football." - Colton Swan on Nephi Sewell

"He's a phenomenal individual. He has an uncanny ability to get to the football. It's something like I've never seen," Swan said of Nephi Sewell. "He really, really understands offense; he really, really understands defense. He puts himself in great positions to make plays. He's very productive. He's not the biggest man in stature but he does pack a powerful punch. He is physical. Probably his best attribute is just how he can find ways to get to the football. He has an unbelievable knack for the football." - Deseret News


(DS#27 OLB) rJr/2022 OLB Nephi SewellUtah
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  04/10/21 - Charlie BrewerSr/2022, Utah, 6-1, 210 (DS#13 QB) + More +

  Baylor transfer Charlie Brewer continues to solidify himself as Utah's No. 1 quarterback as the Utes work through the fourth week of spring practices. Coach Kyle Whittingham was asked Tuesday if any QB has separated himself from the rest of the group. "Charlie Brewer, hands down. He's been everything we've hoped he'd be to this point. He's a proven vet," he said. "He's got a lot of experience under his belt at the Power Five level. He's thrown for a ton of yards and he's won a ton of games. That's what we expected. So far, he's been exactly what we've expected." During spring camp, Brewer, a senior, has been competing with a group of freshmen - Peter Costelli, Ja'Quinden Jackson, Cooper Justice and Bryson Barnes. Fans will be able to catch Brewer's first public performance as a Ute during the spring game on April 17 at Rice-Eccles Stadium. "Charlie Brewer, hands down. He's been everything we've hoped he'd be to this point. He's a proven vet. He's got a lot of experience under his belt at the Power Five level. He's thrown for a ton of yards and he's won a ton of games. That's what we expected." - Utah coach Kyle Whittingham on Charlie Brewer separating himself from the pack of QBs. - Deseret News

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  04/10/21 - Brant KuitheJr/2022, Utah, 6-2, 230 (DS#21 TE) + More +

  Whoever winds up as the starting quarterback at the University of Utah, whether it be Charlie Brewer, Cameron Rising, or Ja'Quinden Jackson, there is some question right now as to who that person will throw to this fall. The Utes are thin at wide receiver, a problem coach Kyle Whittingham has addressed numerous times in the last two months in the wake of Bryan Thompson and Samson Nacua transferring. Whittingham has made clear he will hit the NCAA Transfer Portal in the time between spring practice ending and fall camp beginning, so for now, wide receiver is a significant question mark for the program. As far as pass-catching options go, that's the bad news. The good news, though, is two-folded. One, Utah likes to utilize the tight end position. Two, there are no questions at Utah about tight ends like there are about wide receivers.

Two-time All-Pac-12 tight end Brant Kuithe is back as a junior. Another veteran pass-catching option returns in junior Cole Fotheringham, and still, there is a third legitimate option in junior Dalton Kincaid, an FCS All-American as a sophomore in 2019 at the University of San Diego. "We have playmakers," Kuithe said this week a Zoom call with reporters. "Dalton is doing well this spring and I think next year, it's going to be a different story. He wasn't involved much last year, and only getting five games, the play was a little erratic. Getting a full slate of games, I think the tight end group is going to be really solid." - Salt Lake Tribune


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  04/07/21 - Micah BernardrFr/2024, Utah, 5-11, 200 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Among Utah's intriguing position battles this spring is at running back. The arrivals of T.J. Pledger, a transfer from Oklahoma, and Chris Curry, a transfer from Louisiana State, have been well publicized while a three-star recruit from Florida, Ricky Parks, will join the Utes this summer. But overlooked somewhat is 5-foot-11, 200-pound redshirt freshman Micah Bernard, who is actually No. 1 on the depth chart this spring. Bernard has been in the program since 2019, arriving on campus when he was just 17 years old.

Bernard, a three-star recruit, rushed for 2,411 yards during his career at Gahr High School in Cerritos, California. He hails from Long Beach. After redshirting at Utah in '19, Bernard played in five games last season, rushing 15 times for 76 yards and catching four passes for 25 yards. So what puts Bernard at the top of the depth chart, ahead of Pledger and Curry at this point? "He's 200 pounds and he has great hands out of the backfield. He's tough and really smooth. You didn't really see Micah last year for obvious reasons. But he's really made a big jump from last spring to this spring. Now it's his time to shine." - Utah coach Kyle Whittingham, on Micah Bernard - Deseret News


(DS#999 RB) rFr/2024 RB Micah BernardUtah
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  04/01/21 - Chris CurryrSo/2023, Utah, 5-11, 216 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  As spring practice at the University of Utah hits the midway point this week, the running back room finds itself in a similar position compared to a year ago at this time. Last spring, the room was crowded, with Devin Brumfield, Jordan Wilmore, TJ Green and Micah Bernard all vying for carries, and that was before intriguing three-star recruit Ty Jordan was due to arrive on campus last summer. Most of those names have changed, but the situation within the position group has not. Bernard is now joined by two Power Five transfers in Oklahoma's T.J. Pledger and LSU's Chris Curry this spring, while four-star recruit Ricky Parks is due on campus this summer.

"As of now, a very similar situation as last year going into fall camp, with the three guys that we've got at the top of the chart now, then adding Ricky Parks, but that could change," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. "We've still got nine practices left this spring. As it sits right now, I think that's the best bet, that it will be a four-guy competition." When Power Five-level transfers show up at a new home, they are understandably going to get a lot of attention. Curry, a redshirt sophomore, was on LSU's vaunted 2019 national championship-winning team, which featured Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow. In the College Football Playoff semifinal win over Oklahoma, Curry started, carrying the ball 16 times for 90 yards. - Salt Lake Tribune


(DS#999 RB) rSo/2023 RB Chris CurryUtah
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  03/27/21 - Charlie BrewerSr/2022, Utah, 6-1, 210 (DS#13 QB) + More +

  University of Utah graduate transfer quarterback Charlie Brewer attempted over 1,300 passes across 44 games for Baylor from 2016-19. The other four Utes quarterbacks available during spring practice are freshmen, with a combined zero collegiate snaps between them. Taking all of that information into account as Utah finishes up its second week of spring ball, it stands to reason that Brewer would seize early control of a quarterback competition that will surely drag into the summer. After Kyle Whittingham spoke on the matter Friday morning, that assumption would be correct. "First of all, Charlie Brewer is quite a bit ahead of everybody else," the 17th-year Utah head coach said on a Zoom call with reporters. "The other four are freshmen, that's to be expected. Charlie's a senior with a lot of experience under his belt. The other four guys have almost no Division I experience, so that's no surprise to us. That's how things are unfolding to this point." Brewer may be ahead of everyone else, but all of Whittingham's quarterback options are not yet available, which is why this competition will eventually move to fall camp. - Salt Lake Tribune

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  03/24/21 - Britain CoveyrJr/2022, Utah, 5-08, 172 (DS#14 WR) + More +

  There always seem to be jokes about Utah wide receiver Britain Covey's age. During media availability via Zoom Monday morning, he cracked that he's been in the program for 35 years. It only seems that way. Covey had an impactful freshman season in 2015, followed by a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Chile. Since returning from his mission, he's experienced both good times and tough times. He's dealt with a variety of injuries. While he is as healthy as he's been for some time, during spring practices, in some ways, Covey is feeling a little different.

"We've got a great group of guys and I'm really grateful for that. It is really cool to be an older guy on the team. It's strange," said the 5-foot-8 junior from Provo. "Every other year in my career, I've felt like this was the older guys' team. This is probably the first year where I come in and I see someone doing something that maybe is not in Ute culture. And I'm the one that's like, 'No, this is my team. We don't act like that here. This is our team.' That's really cool to feel like that and feel like an older guy." Most years, Utah loses a handful of players to the NFL. But all the players that could have declared for the draft have decided to return for the 2021 campaign. - Deseret News


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  03/20/21 - Charlie BrewerSr/2022, Utah, 6-1, 210 (DS#13 QB) + More +

  Kyle Whittingham has four high-profile, Power Five transfers at his disposal as spring practice rolls on at the University of Utah, two at quarterback and two at running back. They may all be transfers, but they're not all in the same boat. As a graduate transfer from Baylor, quarterback Charlie Brewer is eligible immediately for the Utes. Normally, freshman quarterback Ja'Quinden Jackson, junior running back T.J. Pledger, and redshirt sophomore running back Chris Curry would have to either sit one season, or petition the NCAA for an immediate-eligibility waiver. The need for Jackson, Pledger and Curry to all sit out the 2021 season may soon disappear, though. On Wednesday, the NCAA Division I Council reaffirmed its preference to vote as soon as April on a legislative proposal that would allow student-athletes, regardless of sport, to transfer one time without having to sit a season as penalty. - Salt Lake Tribune

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  03/19/21 - Devin LloydrJr/2022, Utah, 6-2, 232 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  Like some of his teammates, Utah middle linebacker Devin Lloyd faced a major decision after the truncated 2020 campaign ended last December. Should he enter his name in the NFL draft? Or should he come back for one more season? Ultimately, Lloyd chose to return to the Utes. So why did he postpone his shot at the NFL? "More than anything, I want to leave with a championship, with a nice little ring on my finger. Hopefully a couple of rings," said the 6-foot-3, 232-pound junior. "I want to bring everyone along with me, too. I know this team wants to be great. I'm not the only one on this team that wants to be great. "My passion for the game as well - the NFL isn't going anywhere," he continued. "I just want to cement a legacy here at the university and do a lot of great things here. I knew I had an opportunity to leave but it wouldn't have been up to my expectations as far as the draft. I just felt like it was all around the best decision to come back and invest another year." - Deseret News

(DS#2 ILB) rJr/2022 ILB Devin LloydUtah
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