Ute football: Offense 'not where we need to be'

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Posted: 12:46 PM- Utah quarterback Brian Johnson gave his teammates an earful during Monday's practice, acknowledging the offense has a lot of areas in which it needs to improve before opening the season at Michigan on Aug. 30.

"We have to keep making strides and improving," he said.

Utah's offense has been plagued by penalties in the first two scrimmages and in general hasn't looked as sharp as the defense.

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham has given some of the credit to the offense's troubles in moving the ball to the defense, but said the offense still has a long ways to go.

"We're not where we need to be 12 days out, we certainly have to make a lot of progress in 12 days," he said.

Asked specifically the areas that are lacking, and Whittingham replied, 'it's everywhere, across the board."

A piece of good news for the offense Monday was Matt Asiata's performance, although he still isn't close to being 100 percent.

However, Whittingham saw enough from the running back to say he had a very good practice.

"He's getting back to full speed," he said. "He's not there yet, but he was much better than Saturday."

Darrell Mack, who has secured the starting role, sat out Monday's practice to rest his Achilles' tendon. Also sitting out Monday's practice was lineman Aaron Tonga (knee), linebacker Siaki Cravens (leg) and receiver Ryan Lacy (shoulder).