Whittingham has avoided a public relations spin on the position: “We are starting over,” he told the university’s athletics department, referencing the losses of Lacy, Lee and Topps.
While Rowe has been written as the next Weddle, can senior Keith McGill (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) at least rise to the level of the departing trio? He must overcome a Jordan Wynn-esque pattern of injury. He played safety for five games in 2011, but missed the rest of the season and sat out all of last year after being physically sidelined again.
Like other cornerbacks, Justin Thomas (5-foot-9, 173 pounds) is young, but at least he was in Salt Lake last year, redshirting. Dan Sorensen thinks Thomas will be the answer to the Utes’ glaring cornerback question, at least prepared for the two-deep. Thomas was a first-team all-district player in Orange, Texas, in 2010.