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Utah Football Position, Number Changes Ahead Of 2020 Season

Oct 13, 2020, 2:43 PM
(Photo courtesy of Utah Athletics)...
(Photo courtesy of Utah Athletics)
(Photo courtesy of Utah Athletics)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Now that we know when the Utes will begin their 2020 season, the rosters have been updated with position changes and numbers.

Usually, Kyle Whittingham moves offensive players over to the defensive side of the ball. During camp, potentially three players have moved from the defensive side of the ball to the offense.

Moves on the defensive side of the ball is either to the offense or moved to a different position on that side of the ball.

Looking at the 2020 spring roster compared to the fall camp roster, here are some changes.

Position Changes

According to the Utes’ website the following position changes were made:

Mufi Hill-Hunt has moved from defensive tackle to tight end. While at Michigan State and one year at Utah, Hill-Hunt has played on the defensive line.

Falcon Kaumatule will bolster the offensive line depth for Utah after moving over from the defensive line.

Fua Pututau is moving over one spot on the defensive line from defensive end to defensive tackle. Pututau is a defensive tackle but was playing defensive end during spring ball with the newcomers at that position not enrolled back in March.

Taniela Pututau could potentially move to offense. It’s still up in the air. Kyle Whittingham said that the return missionary has taken reps at tight end to see how he looks on offense. If Pututau doesn’t play on offense, he will go back to defense as a linebacker.

Nephi Sewell moved to linebacker after bulking up in the weight room to make the move from safety.

Number Changes

  • Micah Bernard, RB – 34 to 2
  • JaTravis Broughton, DB – 31 to 4
  • Robbie Colenzo, WR – 81 to 28
  • Maxwell Cotton, WR – 35 to 26
  • Vonte Davis, DB – 22 to 19
  • Devin Lloyd, LB – 20 to 0
  • Bamidele Olaseni, OL – 73 to 77
  • Drew Rawls, DB – 12 to 3
  • Soa Rosales, TE – 44 to 85
  • Bryan Thompson, WR – 19 to 1
  • Devaughn Vele, WR – 86 to 17
  • Tyrone Young-Smith, WR – 9 to 3

Weight Changes

During the off-season, Utah players have been losing weight to get faster or bulking up to get stronger depending on their position. Here are some notable weight changes among the players from 2019 to 2020. This is according to Utah’s website.

  • Moroni Anae, LB – 243 to 225
  • Stone Azarcon, DB – 207 to 195
  • London Bartholomew, OL – 295 to 298
  • Bronson Boyd, DB – 192 to 187
  • Devin Brumfield, RB – 218 to
  • Britain Covey, WR – 170 to 172
  • Braeden Daniels, OL – 300 to 310
  • Samuelu Elisaia, LB – 246 to 225
  • Nick Ford, OL – 324 to 315
  • Cole Fotheringham, TE – 252 to 245
  • Cameron Gardner, WR – 173 to 183
  • Mufi Hill-Hunt, TE – 282 to 255
  • Falcon Kaumatule, OL – 256 to 294
  • Brant Kuithe, TE – 235 to 230
  • Semisi Lauaki, DL – 283 to 300
  • Ben Lennon, P – 205 to 213
  • Aaron Lowe, DB – 179 to 188
  • Johnny Maea, OL – 305 to 310
  • Keegan Markgraf, LS – 231 to 225
  • Simi Moala, OL – 305 to 312
  • Viane Moala, DT – 315 to 323
  • Eli Morrow, DT – 262 to 250
  • Samson Nacua, WR – 200 to 195
  • LaCarea Pleasant-Johnson, DB – 161 to 170
  • Fua Pututau, DT – 274 to 290
  • Cameron Rising, QB – 225 to 220
  • Noah Rodriguez-Trammell, LS – 222 to 200
  • Soa Rosales, TE – 230 to 245
  • Nephi Sewell, LB – 210 to 225
  • Miki Suguturaga, DE – 267 to 260
  • Mika Tafua, DE – 258 to 250
  • Marist Talavou, OL – 320 to 337
  • Pita Tonga, DT – 323 to 310
  • Maxs Tupai, DE – 260 to 265
  • Orlando Umana, OL – 340 to 311
  • Charlie Vincent, RB – 170 to 195
  • Jordan Wilmore, RB – 206 to 200
  • Thomas Yassmin, TE – 260 to 252

Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASportsYou can download and listen to the podcast, here.

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