Utah Utes Preview: Wide Receivers

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Another new season for the Utes will bring a new Offensive Coordinator, a brand new Wide Receiver Coach and another new Up-Tempo Offense being installed. The Wide Receiver group up on the hill will be utilized this season more than they ever have in season’s past.

Dres Anderson (SR 6’2 190) and Kenneth Scott (JR 6’3 208) were supposed to form one of the best duos in the Pac 12 if not the country last season but an injury to Scott in the first game dashed those hopes as he was lost for all of 2013. This season, Anderson and Scott are again poised to form one of the best duos in the Pac 12 if not the country. With Anderson coming off a breakout season in 2013 where he amassed over  1000 yards and 7 touchdowns in a starring role, look for defenses to key on him this season more than ever. Will Anderson be able to produce like he did last season? Will his numbers improve? The answers to those questions rely on the play of Scott. If Scott can stay healthy and become another key cog in the offense, then yes Anderson will have another breakout season. If Scott can make opposing defenses respect him and his playmaking abilities that will open up opportunities all over the field for Anderson and vice versa. With the passing game being a very big part of the new offense, look for both Anderson and Scott to have big seasons.

Outside of Anderson and Scott, the Utes are going to need another one or two receivers to really step up their games this season. Last season was a bit frustrating because there was a lack of depth and a lack of experience issue that showed in a lot of games. New addition Kaelin Clay (SR 5’10 188) should be a nice addition to the Utes receiving group. Clay has the speed and playmaking ability to give the Utes another threat on offense. Geoffrey Norwood (SR 5’8 175) will be relied upon again for his playmaking abilities, especially on Punt Returns. Norwood has the playing experience that some of the other receivers are lacking.

One receiver that I think is going to surprise a lot of people this season is Dominique Hatfield (SO 5’10 175). Hatfield had a fairly productive spring and made some big plays in the spring game. Look for him to be utilized in the offense as well for his playmaking abilities.

Another receiver that impressed me in spring practices was Andre Lewis (SR 6’3 208). Before he got injured Lewis was playing fairly well. I know a lot of fans were expecting more from Lewis last season and were frustrated by his lack of playing time, especially when Scott went down, but I think Lewis could be a productive part of the offense this season if given the opportunity.

Delshawn McClellon (SO 5’9 169) is another receiver that has the potential to be a major playmaker if given the opportunity. He is the fastest player on the Utes and in my opinion should have been a bigger part of the offense last season. Look for him to possibly get back into the Kick Returner rotation, where he is destined to take one or two to the house.

Brian Allen (SO 6’3 200) had a fairly productive spring and did make some plays when the ball was thrown his way. I have heard rumblings that he might switch to defense, which might be a good move based on his frame and his love for hitting people. Allen if he doesn’t switch to defense is another receiver that could surprise a lot of people as well.

Other notables:

Andrew Santiago (Sophomore)

Bo Kimball (Freshman)

Raelon Singleton (Freshman)

Kenric Young (Freshman)

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Patrick Thomsen

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