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SALT LAKE CITY – Utah football opened its spring camp Monday with several new faces on the defensive end of the ball.
And while the defense has more athletes to replace after nearly the entire starting unit graduates or declares early for the NFL Draft, it was the quarterback battle that stole the show from the premiere. day.
Well, at least the thought of the quarterback battle since their work was conducted out of public view. But Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said he was impressed with Cameron Rising’s work on day one.
“Cam Rising has had a very good day,” said Whittingham. “I think at first glance he probably had the best day for the QBs. It’s just one day, but it looked pretty crisp today.
“I won’t put much effort into it right now, but it was good to see Cam come out and do what he did today.”
Rising, who was forced to sit out all last season due to NCAA transfer rules, has the most experience under offensive offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig after leading the Boy Scout team for a season. . spring.
Jake Bentley, a four-year transfer from South Carolina, entered the program as the most experienced overall player, having started several games on the SEC program. But Whittingham said Bentley “is still thinking about it; he is still digesting the offenses.
Either of the two is more likely to get the go-ahead when Utah kicks off against BYU in the fall, but the official Two-Depth Spring schedule roster also lists replacement Drew Lisk. as a candidate for the starting post, and Whittingham said Lisk “knows the offense inside and out”.
But with only a day of training on the books, the starting position is far from determined and the three are just happy to be working with each other to improve and help the offense grow.
“Coach Ludwig has made it clear, and a lot of other coaches have made it as well, that nothing will be given to you, and you have to come here and compete and give all you have and go and win the job. Bentley. “And I think that’s what the three of us are trying to do, it’s just trying to win this job and get better, and get better along the way.”
“Yeah, I don’t really care about any of that, but of course I welcome the competition,” said Rising. “That’s all I want to do. I’m a huge fan of Kobe Bryant, ‘Mamba Mentality’, I always try to be successful and be awesome whenever you get the chance.
Utah has already lost running back Devontae Henry-Cole and quarterback Jason Shelley to the transfer portal, and Terrell Perriman was fired from the program after eight felony charges were laid against him last month for allegedly raping at least three women, according to court documents.
On Monday, Whittingham announced that Donte Banton and Sione Lund have been suspended indefinitely for breaking team rules, and that “whether or not they are reinstated will be determined at a later date.” He also added that Maxs Tupai will not participate with the team in the spring because he has to sort out “some personal things”.
“So you won’t see these three guys, potentially, all spring long, but we’ll see what happens.”