April 17, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY -
April 17, 2005
Contact: Liz Abel, Associate Athletics Director (801-581-3511)
UTES WRAP UP SPRING BALL
The Ute football team will conclude its spring drills this week with the fourth-annual Red-White game on Saturday, April 22 at 1 p.m. in Rice-Eccles Stadium (see Red-White Game for more information). The final three practices of the spring will also be held this week. The location of practice on Tuesday (3:00-5:00), Thursday (3:00-5:00) and Friday (4:20-5:20) will be determined by the weather. If the practice fields are dry, they are the first choice. In case of rain, snow or wet ground, practice will be at Rice-Eccles Stadium. In the event of severe weather, training will move inside the Spence Eccles Field House.
The fourth-annual Red-White game will be held in Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday, April 22 starting at 1 p.m. Admittance and parking are free to the public. The players will sign autographs after the game. A MUSS flag football game will precede the Red-White game. Receivers coach Aaron Roderick
will coach the Red team and safeties coach Derrick Odum
will coach the White team. The teams will be chosen on Wednesday, April 19. The first two quarters of the Red-White game will be either 10 or 12 minutes each (decision to be made on Saturday), with the clock stopping on officials' whistles, first downs, etc. The second two periods are 10 minutes of running clock.
ON THE RADIO
KALL Sports Radio 700 will broadcast the Red-White game live from Rice-Eccles Stadium with a pre-game show beginning at 12:30 p.m. Matt Thomas will call the action.
Due to injuries, the Utes won't be able to field two full teams in the spring game, so some players will pull double duty. Exactly who will wear both jerseys will be a game-day decision ... Ute linebacker Joe Jianonni (mid-foot sprain on his left foot) will have surgery on Tuesday, April 18 ... Other starters who will miss the spring game due to injury: Eric Weddle
(hamstring), Brian Johnson
(knee), Brian Hernandez
(ankle), Steve Tate
(shoulder), Soli Lefiti
(shoulder), Eric Pettit
(back) ... Coach Kyle Whittingham
plans to limit the plays of some other starters as well, among them Casey Evans
, Kelly Talavou
and Martail Burnett
... sophomore John Peel
has moved from receiver to safety and is doing very well ... Bradon Godfrey, who had to sit out last season as a transfer (Southern Utah), has impressed at receiver this spring.