SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – So what did Britain Covey miss most being away from Utah the last two years while serving a two-year LDS mission in Chile?
“I missed the food everyday,” said Covey after the first day of Utes training camp. “I just missed being with the guys, honestly. Sometimes it’s easy to get complacent in college football. Then you step back and realize this is the greatest time in your life. You’re with your best friends, and it’s almost like a giant hangout or sleepover.”
After bursting on the scene as an undersized receiver as a freshman, catching 43 passes for 519 yards and 4 touchdowns, Covey has bulked up, but hasn’t lost any of his blazing speed.
“Day one was fun. I still have some Chilean bread in here,” Covey said, pointing to his stomach. “But other than that, I’m feeling pretty good. My body is feeling good. I feel like I haven’t lost a step. My times this year were faster than my freshman year. So, I feel good.”
“He’s got all his quickness and speed,” said head coach Kyle Whittingham. “He lacks a little endurance right now, but that’s something that’s going to be a few weeks. But he is everything we hoped he would be.”
“He hasn’t lost a beat,” added cornerback Julian Blackmon. “That’s one thing we all knew that he wouldn’t do was miss a beat. He’s just as electrifying as he was his freshman year.”
Covey hasn’t played a game with any of the current Utah quarterbacks, but he has already built chemistry with Tyler Huntley, Jack Tuttle and Jason Shelley.
“It’s been great,” Covey said. “We’ve done player run practices all summer. I’ve had a chance to get with Jack, Ty and Shelley. I just feel like this whole receiving corps, we’re so into it. We’ve got just a great feel to it.”
Offensive coordinator Troy Taylor can’t wait to utilize Covey’s talents in a variety of ways.
“The thing that you don’t realize if you’re not around him is humility, his intelligence,” Taylor said. “He’s extremely intelligent, he picks up things well. He’s just a really solid person, and if you’ve got guys like that as your leaders, you’ve got a chance to be really good.”
“I love coach Taylor,” Covey said. “He reminds me a lot of my high school coach, Chad Van Orten, with a lot of different sets and a lot of trust. We’ve got a lot of plays that are that are based off of options. I love that.”
Sounds like Britain could be great again.