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10 Utah football newcomers to watch in fall camp (10 items)

By , For the Deseret News

Aug. 2, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY — With fall camp upon us, Utah football will feature a number of new faces looking to make an impact this season. Although newcomers such as Jackson Barton, Devontae Booker and Jason Fanaika made strong impressions during spring football, here is a look at 10 players who are participating in their first action for the Utes this fall.

Dan Sorensen is the Editor in Chief of UteZone.com, part of the Rivals.com network. He is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and Basketball Writers Association of America. Dan can be reached at dsorensen@utezone.com.

1 of 10. 10. Jameson Field, Fr., WR



Field was a surprise addition to the team when he committed last month. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound receiver took a year off of football after his senior year in high school, but received a scholarship offer after an impressive performance at one of Utah’s summer camps. There will be a number of new receivers fighting for reps this fall, and Field will be looking to make his case.

2 of 10. 9. Donovan Isom, Fr., QB



During his senior year at Destrehan (Louisiana) High School, Isom showed tremendous leadership ability while putting up outstanding numbers. He accounted for 39 total touchdowns, while throwing for only two interceptions as a senior. Given Utah’s depth at quarterback, it’s unlikely for Isom to see any playing time this season. However, there are many in the program that feel Isom is the future face of Utah football. Ute fans should track his progress with great interest.

3 of 10. 8. Marcus Williams, Fr., S



Williams, a safety out of Southern California, has reportedly been among the most impressive freshmen in summer workouts. An extremely intelligent player with terrific instincts and outstanding athleticism, he has a legitimate chance to earn reps if he performs well during camp.

4 of 10. 7. Travonne Hobbs, Fr., CB



Hobbs is a tremendous talent at cornerback who has a chance to work his way into the rotation with a strong fall camp. Although he will need to adjust to the speed of FBS football, he has a strong track record playing against quality competition. He recorded nine interceptions on his way to being named a first team All-State selection in Louisiana as a senior. If he continues to show a knack for creating turnovers, he could see the field soon.

5 of 10. 6. Kenric Young, Fr., WR



Young is an explosive receiver out of Florida who could be in the mix for early playing time with a strong camp performance. A former high school track star, he is one of the fastest players on the team. He’ll need a lights out performance to move ahead of the upperclassmen on the roster, but he is one of the few freshman offensive prospects with the chance to see immediate playing time.

1. Duckhunter
Highland, UT,
Aug. 2, 2014

I love how sorenson describes every single one of these guys as "explosive", "impressive", "tremendous", etc.

Seriously? All of them appear to be superstars waiting to happen based on the things this guy writes, and he writes the same stuff about every single recruit utah ever signs. It is an interesting thing to note considering utah keeps posting losing season after losing season with all of the "explosive", "impressive", and "tremendous" guys they sign year after year.

2. MyPerspective
Salt Lake City, UT,
Aug. 2, 2014

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

"I love how sorenson describes every single one of these guys as "explosive", "impressive", "tremendous", etc."

Clearly you didn't bother to look at the videos posted with this article. Typical. What are you and the tds faithful going to do when the Utes become competitive in the elite Pac-12? I'll take a guess...talk about how weak the conference is. LOL!

If the offensive line can adequately protect the qb, this year's offense has the potential to be electric. It has been a very long time since I have even dared to think something like that.

Tough, tough schedule this year...good luck to the Utes! Let's make some noise this year!

3. utahcountyute
Cedar Hills, UT,
Aug. 2, 2014

I don't know Duck, they all look explosive, impressive and tremendous to me.

Speaking of "homer" writing though, I just ran into D Harmon at the Home Depot in Lindon:) It's there job Duck. jeez

But I know....it's hard to be that interested in your own team when they are playing the likes of Savannah State, Uconn and the State of Idaho. lol

4. 2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0
Ogden, UT,
Aug. 2, 2014

@Duck,

Perhaps he was comparing them to the WAC mid major talent the other teams in Utah have.

And yes, the athleticism at Utah compared to WAC byU and WAC usU is on a whole different level.

its not surprising we've beaten you in recruiting the 4 years before this last class, with the most recent class being as close to a tie as possible. And what happened after each of those 4 classes where Utah was more athletic and explosive?

Utah wins!
Utah wins!
Utah wins!
Utah wins!

Think there's a coincidence between our more athletic and explosive players and beating you year after year after year after year?

Yep!

Utah 7-5 and will go to the best bowl in the atate, better than the 2 mid majors bowls.

Go UTES!

Onward and upward to Pac 12 glory

5. raisedaute
Cottonwood Heights, UT,
Aug. 2, 2014

A little obsessive compulsive about the Utes are we Mr Ducky. You can't let an article about the Utes even let the ink dry before you read and make your typical blue goggle shaded comments.