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Utah football notes: Utes move second spring scrimage to April 11

Published April 5, 2017 5:30 pm
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Change your calendars — Utah football is switching up the time for its second spring scrimmage.

The Utes will hold the scrimmage on Tuesday, April 11 starting at 3 p.m. at Rice-Eccles Stadium which will be open to the public. The practice scheduled for Saturday morning will be closed.

Coach Kyle Whittingham said Tuesday that the staff was "leaning toward" making quarterbacks live for a second straight scrimmage. The practice will also be Utah's last before the Red-White game on Saturday, April 15 starting at 11 a.m.

Vainuku retiring from football • The Utes confirmed Wednesday that defensive tackle Vaha Vainuku is leaving the football team for an injury he suffered last season. He is slated to continue his studies at Utah on a medical scholarship and should graduate next spring.

Vainuku was on the team each of the last two years but played sparingly. He came to Utah from East High, where he was a star on several Leopard football teams and also won a state championship in shotput. He served an LDS Church mission before joining the Utes in 2015.

Vainuku tweeted of his departure: "Gon miss you boys! Thanks to @Utah_Football for the lessons learned n for all the good memories. Love yall Ugang Uboyz #forever"

Coaching clinic • The Utes are holding open registration for coaches who still wish to attend Utah's coaching clinic this weekend. With a speaking segment on Friday night and a Saturday morning practice, the clinic will feature former NFL coach Dick Vermeil as a featured speaker.

Interested coaches can register online at UtahFootballCamp.com.

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