Brian Johnson and the Ute football team continue to practice this week.
Aug. 7, 2007
The Utah football team will complete the NCAA-mandated five-day acclimatization program on Wednesday, when the team incorporates pads. The first four days were helmets only ... Photo/Media Day is on Wednesday, with a press conference beginning at 3 p.m. in the Smith Center Auditorium ... Two-a-day practices begin on Thursday at Ute Baseball Field ... The first scrimmage of the preseason is scheduled for Friday from 8:45-10:45 a.m. in Rice-Eccles Stadium ... All practices and scrimmages are closed to the public, but open to the media.
WHERE AND WHEN
Please see the left column of the attached PDF for this week's practices/scrimmages times and locations. Inclement weather could move the practices to either Rice-Eccles Stadium or the Spence Eccles Field House.
INSIDE THE HUDDLE
Elected team captains for the 2007 season are Brian Johnson, Kyle Gunther, Steve Tate and Joe Jiannoni ... Junior college transfer Robert Johnson has been a busy man his first few days on campus. Johnson - projected as a safety - has been playing safety, corner, nickel back and wide receiver ... Joining the team on Aug. 4 from Cerritos College - after originally committing to Ole Miss - was cornerback Terrell Cole ... Class of 2007 signees who have not yet joined the team include freshman defensive end Nai Fotu (awaiting NCAA Clearinghouse approval) and junior defensive back Damilyn Tanner (completing academic requirements)... Freshman linebacker Mo Neal is not on Utah's initial 105 count due to mononucleosis ... Juco transfer Josh Broughton has moved from corner to safety.
The Utah ticket office had sold 24,000 season tickets as of Aug. 6 - just 250 behind last year's record season sales of 24,250. Last week alone, the ticket office sold 350 season tickets. All ticket options are now available, including season, single-game home and away tickets, and a Third Down package (featuring home games against UCLA, San Diego State and New Mexico). Tickets are available at the Rice-Eccles Stadium box office, 801-581-UTIX and UtahUtes.com.
BACK TO THE BIG HOUSE
Utah and Michigan will meet for the second time this decade in Ann Arbor on Aug. 30, 2008. The game will be part of an ABC-ESPN national doubleheader and will replace Utah's previously scheduled engagement at Washington State. Utah and WSU plan to reschedule their home and home series, which had the Utes playing in Pullman, Wash., in 2008 and the Cougars coming to Salt Lake City in 2010.