#UOvsUTAH: News Out Of Practice - University of Utah Athletics
#UOvsUTAH: News Out Of Practice

#UOvsUTAH: News Out Of Practice

SALT LAKE CITY – After two straight weeks on the road, the Utah football program will make its return to Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 10 when they host Oregon. The game is set for a 3:30 p.m. MT kick on Pac-12 Networks. 

Fans can search #UOvsUTAH on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for conversation surrounding the game. 
 

Utah is coming off its first loss since Washington State, falling to the Arizona State Sun Devils this past week. Because of an injury sustained in the game, Utah's starting quarterback Tyler Huntley will miss the rest of the season. 
   

Despite a tough loss and hardship, the Utes continue to stay hungry as they welcome Jason Shelley to the starting spot. 

Head coach Kyle Whittingham on Jason Shelley
"He is a lot like Tyler in that he is a dual threat. He has a very calm demeanor about him. Nothing really gets him flustered, he is cool under pressure. He ran this type of offense in high school very efficiently and did a great job. This is his element, the spread offense. We are excited to see what he can do. We will have a full week of getting him the No. 1 reps and see what happens. We have a lot of confidence in him."
 


Career Highs, Highlights, Fun Facts:
- Corrion Ballard had a career high 12 tackles against Arizona State. It was the second time in his career he has had double digit tackles in a game. 
- Cody Barton tied for the team lead in tackles with 12 against the Sun Devils. It was the third time this season he has had double digit tackles this season. 
- Zack Moss has six 100-plus rushing yard games this season, giving him 11 in his career. It ties him for third all-time in program history. 
- Demari Simpkins has caught at least one pass in 24 straight games, dating back to the game against Colorado in 2016. 
 
Thoughts from Practice:
Head coach Kyle Whittingham on helping Jason Shelley get accustomed to being the starter: 
"Everyone has to step up, it's not just the guy who is replacing the starting QB, everyone has got to raise the bar and help out. That's what the expectation is. You have to rally around the new guy and make sure you elevate your play and make that transition as smooth as we can."

Britain Covey on changes in the offense:
"We believe Jason just like Tyler and we want him to know that. Everything we do as an offense is just to give him confidence. Want him to feel that confidence that we have in him." 

Defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley on crazy games against Oregon:
"It's hectic. It's been crazy. when they had [Marcus] Mariota, to have to defend him as well as the speed on the perimeter, I never would have been able to tell you that we were going to rout them at their place. It seems like it's been a pretty good rivalry back and forth. We're excited for this one, both of us are playing for a stake in the championship and everyone is going to be ready to play."

Tight ends coach Freddie Whittingham on the tight end usage:
"It's been a staple of the offense and I think it will continue. Our offense is our offense and whatever the position is - quarterback, tight end, wide receiver, offensive lineman - we have that 'next man up' mentality, so he has to be able to step in and pick up where the other guy left off. [Jason] will do a lot of the same things that Tyler did, the scheme will not change that much, and take advantage of some of the things that he does well. He runs well, he has a good arm, he goes through is progressions well. We don't expect there to be a drop off. He's expected to come in and perform and do the job."

 

 
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