Despite Injuries, Kyle Whittingham Is Pleased With Utah’s Secondary

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – After dealing with an air raid offense towards USC, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham was happy with how his secondary is performing.

Utah was capable of restrict USC to 26 factors regardless of lacking some key gamers within the secondary and permitting 401 passing yards. When the Utes confronted Washington State again on September 25, they misplaced three safeties to accidents, together with Vonte Davis, Cole Bishop and Brandon McKinney.

After the bye week, Whittingham’s protection was capable of get Davis again however the different two gamers weren’t 100%.

“Nonetheless a little bit beat up again there, we don’t have all the blokes at our disposal. You didn’t see Cole Bishop on Saturday, Brandon McKinney was restricted,” Whittingham mentioned at his weekly press convention. “[McKinney] performed an honest quantity of snaps, however he was not 100%. That group must proceed to carry out and I believed they carried out fairly good on Saturday, more often than not. Like I mentioned, there’s balls up the sphere that we really feel we must always have made performs on.”

‘Clark Phillips’ Greatest Days Are Nonetheless Forward Of Him’

Tremendous freshman cornerback Clark Phillips III was given the task of defending the most effective broad receivers within the nation in Drake London. The USC standout had 16 catches for 162 yards and one landing. 11 of these catches got here within the first half when Phillips wasn’t the first defender. Issues modified when the gifted cornerback drew the task within the second half, limiting London to only 5 catches.

Phillips completed with 9 tackles, together with eight solo tackles and three move breakups. Whittingham was requested if that was Phillips’ greatest recreation as a Ute.

“He’s performed some actually good video games,” talked about Whittingham. “Clark remains to be working some method and elementary issues out that when he will get all that down, he’s going to be even higher. He definitely confirmed up and had a troublesome task. I suppose there may be an argument for that however he’s had another actually good performances as properly. I’d should take a while to analysis that to offer you a clear-cut reply. Clark did do a superb job, we’re happy with what Clark did in that recreation. We nonetheless assume that his greatest days are forward of him.”

Utah will face No. 18 Arizona State at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday, October 16 at 8 p.m. MT on ESPN.

Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for, Co-Host of Faith, Family and Football podcast with Clark Phillips III and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Observe him on Twitter: @TrevorASports. | Regardless of Accidents, Kyle Whittingham Is Happy With Utah’s Secondary

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