Utah WR Solomon Enis On BYU: Great Game To Be A Part Of, Words Don’t Do It Justice

Sep 10, 2021, 3:46 PM | Updated: 3:46 pm
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Solomon Enis #21 of the Utah Utes catches a pass against the Brigham Young Cougars in a game at Rice-Eccles Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
(Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah/BYU rivalry game on the gridiron has seen some positive moments and some that are not especially in the build up to the game.

With a nine-game winning streak on the line, Utah players and coaches are approaching the game the same way as every other opponent. There wasn’t any smack talk or jabs thrown to the rivals in blue. Just preparing and letting their play on the field do the talking.

Utah wide receiver Solomon Enis, defensive end Xavier Carlton and defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley shared their thoughts.

“This game is huge,” Enis said. “If you haven’t been a part of it, I feel like the only way to find out is stepping into that stadium and feeling that vibe, the energy that’s in there, great game to be a part of and feel like words don’t do it justice.”

Despite having deep ties to the rivalry as a player and now a coach, Utah defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley said that anything he says to his players doesn’t matter, it’s how they prepare and perform.

“Main thing is that nothing that is said will ever win you a game, or lose you a game for that matter,” said Scalley. “It’s what you do on the field. It’s the technique with which you play. It’s being assignment sound, knowing schematically where you’re supposed to be and then showing up on game day and making those plays. So they’re very good football team. They’re very well coached and if we don’t show up and play discipline football, it’s not going to be a good day.”

Preparation For A Rivalry Game

For Utah, the message was the same as far as the preparation for the in-state game in Provo.

“We’re going to just prepare like we always do, and you know, go into that stadium, hopefully you get a W, we’re going to play our tails off, we’re going to work hard and play for each other,” Enis mentioned. “But whatever happens at the end of the game is what happens, but we know that we’re gonna come in and work hard and play hard.”

Utah DE Has Family Ties To Rivalry History

Super freshman defensive end Xavier Carlton’s father played for the Utes and has seen the good and bad in this rivalry. He told his son about his experiences.

“Honestly, my dad told me when he was playing here, that rivalry was the same thing, it was brutal on both sides, everybody hated each other,” Carlton said. “He also told me stories how sometimes if the game is over here, the BYU fans come up and paint the U blue but I think it’s still the same thing. It’s my first rivalry game and I’m honestly excited for it.”

Utah and BYU will kickoff at 8:15 p.m. MDT on Saturday, September 11 at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo. The game will be televised on ESPN.

Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for KSLSports.com, Co-Host of Faith, Family and Football podcast with Clark Phillips III and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASports.

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