New 2023 spring roster is out

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    • #186991

      Ute Fan

      Roster is on
      People that are not on the 2023 roster that were on the last 2022 roster:
      Graduated or moved to NFL:
      Stone Azarcon S
      Braeden Daniels OT
      Mohamoud Diabate LB
      Jaylen Dixon WR
      Solomon Enis WR
      RJ Hubert S
      Devin Kaufusi DT
      Logan Kendall TE
      Dalton Kincaid Clark Phillips CB
      Transfer Portal:
      Ethan Calvert LB
      Clayton Isbell S
      Paul Maile OL
      Andrew Mata’afa LB
      Malone Mataele CB
      Landon Morris TE
      Jordan Noyes K
      Ricky Parks RB
      Mason Tufaga LB
      Tyler Wegis DE
      Jonathon Johnson (walk-on RB)
      Masaki Kudo (walk-on WR)
      Hunter Lotulelei OL
      Shuhei Mitsumoto (Walk-on LB)
      Fua Pututau DT
      Tennessee Pututau DT

      I hadn’t heard anything about Hunter Lotulelei, so that was a surprise to me. I had heard rumors about both Fua Pututau and Tennessee Pututau retiring because of injury.

      New People on the 2023 roster not on the 2022 roster:
      Transfer Portal:
      Miles Battle CB
      Cole Becker K
      Logan Fano DE
      (Levani Dumoni in not on the roster yet)
      (Emery Simmons in not on the roster yet)
      Return Missionaries:
      Solatoa Moeai OL
      Nate Ritchie S
      (Sione Fotu in not on the roster yet)
      2023 Recruits:
      Owen Chambliss LB
      Spencer Fano OL
      Jonathan Hall S
      Mack Howard QB
      Mikey Matthews WR
      Other Walk-ons, transfer and new
      Cade Baker WR
      Justice Brusatto SN (Idaho State)
      Brigden Craig TE (Nevada)
      Colter Dawson TE (BYU)
      Jacob Edmonds OL
      Vou Fitisemanu LB (Snow College)
      Austin Francis S (Snow College)
      Franky Jacobsen WR (Utah State)
      Taka Lautaha DT
      Alfredo Lira RB
      Hunter Schroeder RB
      Jamarcus Smith RB
      Braxton Turner DT (Georgetown)
      Preston Viehweg S
      Daniel Wood RB

      Miki Suguturaga is listed as a TE (was a DE)
      Tao Johnson is listed as a CB (was a WR)

    • #186998

      Ute Fan

      Miki is a TE??? That is shocking. Dude played well at DE.

      • #187007

        Central Coast Ute
        Ute Fan

        Could just be for spring. I guess we’ll see.

      • #187014

        Ute Fan

        Utah is loaded at DE and after the transfer of Morris and TE recruiting not going the way they had planned this move was necessary.

        He will assume the hybrid blocking TE/FB role that Logan Kendall played so well last season

    • #187008

      Central Coast Ute
      Ute Fan

      Lots of good people leaving. This is the first I’ve heard of Ricky Parks. Too bad he couldn’t Crack the rotation but that RB room is DEEP

      • #187027

        2008 National Champ
        Ute Fan

        Parks entered the portal on Jan 5 and I believe he is still there. Didn’t get much print with all of the Rising speculation

    • #187013

      Ute Fan

      With the portal being what it now is, many athletes will have limited interest in being left off the 2 Deep chart for 2 years. The better teams will see players leave the bench for more opportunity on lessor teams. Lessor teams will see starters leave for an opportunity to see what they can do in higher play. That will suggest all teams lose players. In the past we have not been losing starters to better teams. Mataele started games earlier but may have been looking at upcoming competition as he looked to regain his starting spot. Maile was a starter but may have been looking at upcoming competition to solve poor shotgun snaps. I am not sure there are transfers that we are on the negative side with given where the team is. Of more interest is what will be happening in the CB room.

      I am going to miss watching Kendall make block in the backfield.

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