Kenneth Scott is back. And so is Utah Football.
The junior wide receiver missed all of last season after suffering an ankle injury in the first quarter of the home opener versus Utah State. It was a major blow to the Utah offense. The 6-foot-3-inch pass-catcher showed off his big-play ability in 2012 when he racked up 32 receptions, 360 yards and three touchdowns. This season, Scott hopes to take some of the pressure off of his partner in aerial explosiveness, the star-studded Dres Anderson, who is on the NCAA’s watch lists for best player and best receiver in the nation. Throw in the addition of offensive coordinator Dave Christensen, whose resume includes devising the game plan of a potent Missouri team, and there’s reason to believe that the Utes will be able to keep up with the Pac-12′s passing attacks. For a more in-depth report on the Utes’ season, check out Salt Lake Tribune’s preview.
For the second year in a row, Utah’s opener is on a Thursday. Between normal university business and the game, there will be upwards of 100,000 people on campus, which means more traffic and less parking. Two grass fields will be opened for students, staff and faculty parking only (see map below), but the Stadium and Guardsman Way lots will be open for football ticket-holders only. The most efficient and least stressful modes of transportation to and from campus will be public transit and bicycle. And, just like last season, UTA busses and trains are free for those who have tickets to the game (this includes any and all Utah Athletics contests throughout the academic year). Of course, UTA is also free with a UCard.
For those inconvenienced by the weekday game, the good news is that the opener is the only Thursday night game of the year. All other home games will occur on Saturday — glorious, beautiful Saturdays filled with cheer and celebration. While shouting “Go Utes,” students and fans are asked to please be respectful of the Ute Tribe, who allow Utah Athletics to use the name Utes. For the heritage and history of the Ute Tribe, as well as the University’s relationship with the tribe, visit UteProud.utah.edu.