Utah was, at times, this close to being a serious threat to those atop the Pac-12. The Utes blew leads on the road against Washington and USC, and fell to Stanford by just 3 points. The result was a 7-6 finish that included a bowl win providing momentum heading into the offseason.
The good news: The majority of that squad is back for more in 2018. We’ll get our first look at the new Utes on Saturday in the Red/White spring game.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Utah spring game:
Utah spring game time, details
Date: April 14, 2018
Location: Rice-Eccles Stadium (Salt Lake City)
Time: 10 a.m. PT
Utah spring score, updates
Which TV channel is the Utah spring game on?
The Utah spring game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.
How can I watch Utah spring game online?
How can I listen to the Utah spring game on the radio?
You can listen to the Utah spring game via TuneIn and the Utah Utes Sports Network.
Utah spring roster
Utah’s full 2018 roster can be found here.
Utah spring game preview
Utah returns the majority of its starters on both sides of the ball from a team that finished 7-6 in 2017, including a win over West Virginia in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Included among those returning starters is quarterback Tyler Huntley, who came into his own as a sophomore in 2017, completing 199 of 312 passes for 2,411 yards, 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Who Huntley will throw to, though, is a major question for these Utes.
Darren Carrington is moving onto the NFL and Raelon Singleton transferred, leaving Utah without its top two receivers from 2017 and Siaosi Wilson (20 catches, 393 yards, one touchdown) as its best remaining target. Demari Simpkins and Samson Nacua stand to step into bigger roles in 2018 as well, but as of now, none of the three look to have an edge in a race to fill the No. 1 receiver role. Perhaps this group finds its strength in numbers, not name.
Another position of note to watch in this spring game is along the defensive line, which is losing Lowell Lotulelei and only returns one starter: defensive end Bradlee Anae (39 tackles, 10 TFL, 7.0 sacks in 2017). There’s plenty of role players with experience back to fill out the starting unit, though, making this more of a general progression than a matter of replacing departed contributors.
With its close losses to Stanford, USC and Washington, Utah proved it can hang with the Pac-12 powers. Multiple conference programs are headed toward rebuilding years, leaving the opportunity open for the Utes to build upon that 7-6 finish and seriously contend for the Pac-12 South title.