Utah receiver Devaughn Vele celebrates after scoring against San Diego State on Sept. 17, 2022, in Salt Lake City. Vele had three catches for 38 yards and two touchdowns against the Aztecs.

Rick Bowmer, Associated Press

Going into the season, much was expected of Utah wide receiver Devaughn Vele.

The No. 13 Utes have been looking to its top wideout to produce at a high level.

In a 35-7 win over San Diego State last Saturday, it happened. Vele caught three passes for 38 yards and two touchdowns. 

“It’s proving a lot of people wrong. We heard a lot of things about them saying that the receiving corps is lacking and we can’t trust them on the outside. But once we’ve got the opportunity, we always make sure we capitalize on that.” — Utah receiver Devaughn Vele

“It felt really good,” Vele said. “A long time coming.”

Also, wide receiver Solomon Enis recorded three receptions for 35 yards and a TD. 

Every week this season, Utah’s coaching staff has been urging the receivers to be a bigger part of the offense by getting separation and “demanding the ball.” 

Saturday, the receivers delivered. 

“It was good to start to get the recognition that we’ve been working so hard for. A lot of the guys in the room, it’s been hard to stay with it. But we’ve got a good group of guys,” Vele said. “We’re selfless dudes. We understand that the team comes first. We just kept our head down and we were just waiting for the opportunity and we’re grateful that we got the opportunity.” 

The receivers are looking to build on their momentum Saturday (8:30 p.m. MDT, ESPN) when Utah visits Arizona …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


Proving the doubters wrong: Utah receivers finding their groove

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