UTAH UTES

Devaughn Vele Shares Words of Wisdom At All Poly

Jun 18, 2022, 3:01 PM
Devaughn Vele - Utah Utes - USC Trojans...
Devaughn Vele #17 of the Utah Utes, left, is congratulated by teammates after scoring a touchdown on a first half pass reception during a college football game on October 9, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
(Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY- Utah football’s Devaughn Vele spent Friday afternoon imparting wisdom onto the up-and-coming talent going through All Poly’s annual football camp. Vele has had a very unlikely journey to becoming a key cog in the Utes’ 2022 offense and shared a bit of his story before the afternoon session of camp broke for a break.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Michelle Bodkin (@bodkinkslsports)

Who Is That?

Vele came to the Utes in 2019 via Rancho Bernardo High in Sand Diego, California after serving an LDS Church Mission to Samoa. Despite having good size and athleticism to work with, Vele was very under-the-radar out of high school and joined the Utes as a walk-on receiver.

It didn’t take long for Utah to realize exactly what they landed in Vele, and in his first fall camp with the Utes, earned a scholarship. However, that wouldn’t be the end of Vele’s hardship to find a place in college football.

All Hype, Not Much To Show

It didn’t take long for the Utes’ excitement over Vele to spill out to the media. Vele’s name was heard often as a standout in fall camp of 2019 and it was becoming expected that the talented receiver would be a big factor in the offense that upcoming season.

An untimely injury had different ideas. Vele ended up being sidelined for most of the season, only playing in four games. 2020 didn’t fair much better due to the Covid-19 Pandemic shortening the season to just five games. Vele did contribute two catches for 12 yards, but nothing terribly head turning.

So This Is What The Excitement Was About

Two years later, Vele finally had the opportunity to show off why he was quickly put on scholarship and the coaches were pumped to have him playing at Utah. 2021 was a bit of a breakout season for Vele who finished the year with 23 catches for 389 yards and a touchdown.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Michelle Bodkin (@bodkinkslsports)

His most notable game came against USC where he recorded four receptions for 84 yards while scoring his first touchdown off a flea-flicker that later was revealed to have been a mistake.

This all leads into the 2022 season where many are looking to Vele to be Utah’s top receiver and help the be more vertical down the sidelines. There is confidence Vele can have a big year for the Utes now that he’s healthier and more confident than he’s ever been.

 

  • Utah Utes Scoreboard

  • Utah Utes Team Leaders

  • Utah Utes Standings

Utah Utes

Alex Smith - San Francisco Giants...
Trevor Allen

Alex Smith’s Daughter Diagnosed With Brain Cancer

Former Utah Utes and NFL quarterback Alex Smith's daughter was diagnosed with brain cancer in May, according to her family.
1 day ago
TOKYO, JAPAN - Mykayla Skinner of Team United States poses with the silver medal on the podium duri...
Michelle Bodkin

Celebrating 50 Years Of Title IX With Utah Athletics

It has been 50 years since Title IX was passed making it easier female student-athletes to play their sports while also seeking an education like their male peers.
3 days ago
Gavin-Baxter-Slam-Dunk...
Michelle Bodkin

BYU Transfer Gavin Baxter On Fresh Start At Utah

Summer conditioning is in full swing for the Runnin' Utes and former BYU forward Gavin Baxter is looking forward to a fresh start with his new team.
3 days ago
Zemaiah Vaughn - Utah Utes vs. Oregon Ducks...
KSL Sports

60 in 60: #51 Utah’s Zemaiah Vaughn (Cornerback)

Throughout the summer Hans & Scotty are counting down the top 60 college football players in the state of Utah.
4 days ago
Utah Utes Baseball...
Michelle Bodkin

Alex Baeza Takes Home Utes First ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove

First baseman Alex Baeza took home the Utes' first ABACA/Rawlings Gold Glove award Wednesday afternoon, becoming the first player in program history to earn the national honor. 
4 days ago
Utah Utes - Washington State Cougars...
KSL Sports

60 in 60: #52 Utah’s Tennessee Pututau (Defensive Tackle)

Throughout the summer Hans & Scotty are counting down the top 60 college football players in the state of Utah.
5 days ago
Devaughn Vele Shares Words of Wisdom At All Poly