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Utah Utes Football: Changes to Expect on the Depth Chart

TUCSON, AZ - NOVEMBER 05: The Utah Utes warm up before the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on November 5, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona.  The Utes defeated the Wildcats 34-21.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Jon SiddowayCorrespondent IMay 2, 2012

The Utah Utes have officially released their post-spring, pre-fall depth chart. While there are few surprises, nothing is quite yet set in stone. 

And like a prepubescent voice, it will change and get deeper when the incoming recruits arrive this fall. 

Here are a few "starters" who will be leapfrogged in the process.  

 

Right Tackle

Now: Daniel Nielson (6'6", 317, Fr.)

Will be: Carlos Lozano (6'8", 385, Jr.)

Lozano, a transfer from East Los Angeles College, is a massive tackle—perhaps the biggest in all of college football—who moves well for his size. He'll make a lot of noise when he arrives on campus, and I'm not just talking about the ground-shaking effects of his movements.

 

No. 3 Wide Receiver

Now: Luke Matthews (6'2", 206, Sr.) or Reggie Dunn (5'10", 170, Sr.)

Will be: Matthews 

Matthews is slightly slower, but still explosive and has better hands. Dunn also has a history of fumbles and struggles as a blocker—he needs to add to his frame. However, both will see the field often as the Utes try and air it out more this year. 

 

Quarterback

Now: Jordan Wynn (6'2", 207, Jr.)

Will be: Wynn

No change here, so why bother? Freshman Travis Wilson (6'6", 205) is why. Wilson made strides during spring practices to emerge as the clear backup. He's tall, very mobile and has a cannon for an arm.  

And with Wynn's durability concerns, he may see the field sooner than expected.

 

Rover Linebacker

Now: Jacoby Hale (6'0", 225, So.) or LT Filiaga (6'0", 240, Fr.) 

Will be: Hale

Hale has bulked up since joining the program as a 195-pound freshman, but hasn't lost a step. He runs a 4.5 40-yard dash and shows the necessary instincts to play linebacker at this level. Incoming recruit Reshawn Hooker could push him for playing time, but my money is on Hale to solidify his spot atop the depth chart. 

SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 20:  Quarterback Jordan Wynn #3 of the Utah Utes throws a pass against the San Diego State Aztecs at Qualcomm Stadium on November 20, 2010 in San Diego, California.  Utah won 38-34.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Nickelback

Now: Mike Honeycutt (5'10", 182, Jr.)

Will be: Justin Thomas (5'9", 170, Fr.)

Honeycutt is fast but a better fit as a special teams specialist. Thomas—a Rivals 4-star recruit who spurned the likes of Baylor, Oklahoma St. and Missouri—is a future star for the Utes. And the future is this fall.  

 

Punt Returns

Now: Griff McNabb (5'7", 160, Jr.)

Will be: Charles Henderson (5'9", 187, Fr.)

McNabb has the more reliable hands of the two, but Henderson is a bigger threat to go the distance. He has top-end speed and wreaks havoc in the open field. Having him back there immensely helps the Utes in the all-important battle of field position. 

 

Others to watch out for: CB Keith McGill (6'3", 205, Sr.), RB Harvey Langi (6'1", 228, So.), DT Visesio Salt (6'3", 340, Jr.), OG Cedrick Poutasi (6'5", 322, Fr.), LB Moana Ofahengaue (6'4", 205, Fr.)


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