SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah football team kicks off its annual preseason camp this morning with the first of 25 practices prior to the start of classes.
Coach Kyle Whittingham will welcome 108 players onto the field. The first five days of practice are without pads, per the NCAA-mandated "acclimatization" period.
Camp concludes on Aug. 24 with the annual Fan Fest.
Sophomore Travis Wilson enters as the clear-cut favorite to retain his starting job at quarterback. He'll work with Dennis Erickson, who compiled a 179-96-1 record in 23 seasons as a head college coach and won two national championships at Miami, as Utah's new co-offensive coordinator (with Brian Johnson).
On defense, Brian Blechen will start for a fourth season--the only four-year starter on this year's roster, at linebacker.
The team's operations have moved into a new $32 million, 149,000-square foot football center.
Practices and scrimmages are closed to the public.