utah utes spring 2016 football

Offense and defense lines up at the line of scrimmage at University of Utah football practice, March 26, 2016 at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

SALT LAKE CITY — Junior quarterback Brandon Cox threw for 223 yards and three touchdowns to highlight University of Utah football’s first spring scrimmage Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Of note, junior college quarterback transfer Troy Williams did not participate in the scrimmage for the Utes. Both he and receiver Cory Butler-Byrd will be held out for the remainder of spring camp, according to a report from the Salt Lake Tribune.

“It was a very good scrimmage overall,” Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said in a statement from the school. “It was a painfully slow start by the offense, but once they picked it up, [the scrimmage] was very competitive and we got a lot done.”

Cox completed threw 18 of 25 without an interception, including a 50-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Caleb Repp. Freshman quarterback Tyler Huntley completed seven passes for 66 yards and one score.

“The quarterbacks are doing a nice job of protecting the ball,” Whittingham said. “They’re doing a good job with their decision-making.”

Repp posted a scrimmage-best 109 receiving yards on five receptions with one TD.

Senior defensive end Pita Taumoepenu totaled 3.5 tackles for loss in the scrimmage.

“The defense did some good things today, but it was the second week in a row where there weren’t any takeaways,” Whittingham said. “That’s good for the offense, but bad for the defense. [Creating takeaways] was our forte last year. We were one of the top teams in the nation [in that statistical category] so we have to get back to that.”

The Utes will scrimmage again at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 16.

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