SALT LAKE CITY — Utah defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley is seeing something special in training camp. The defense is flexing its considerable muscle in a variety of ways.
“I love the energy and I love the leadership. I think we have more leadership on this team than we’ve had in a while,” Scalley said. “On the defensive side of the ball, from my perspective, that’s what I see.”
Scalley noted that the leaders include Lowell Lotulelei, Filipo Mokofisi and Bradlee Anae on the line; linebackers Sunia Tauteoli, Cody Barton and Kavika Luafatasaga; Chase Hansen at the safety spot; plus cornerbacks Casey Hughes and Julian Blackmon.
“That’s what you’re looking for,” Scalley said. “You’re looking for a guy or two at each position group to kind of hold their guys accountable.”
Despite heavy graduation and NFL losses, Utah’s defense is reloading as the Aug. 31 season opener against North Dakota approaches. The Utes have some significant holes to fill with the departures of starters Hunter Dimick, Pita Taumoepenu, Pasoni Tasini, Reggie Porter, Brian Allen, Dominique Hatfield, and Marcus Williams.
“I think we’re going to be pretty good on defense when all is said and …