UTAH UTES

Will Tavion Thomas Play This Weekend?

Oct 5, 2022, 2:43 PM

Tavion Thomas - Utah Utes - Rose Bowl Game...

Tavion Thomas #9 of the Utah Utes celebrates after scoring a rushing touchdown against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second quarter in the Rose Bowl Game at Rose Bowl Stadium on January 01, 2022 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY-ย It’s no secret that running back Tavion Thomas has been a big part of Utah football’s offensive identity since last season. It’s also no secret that he’s been rather absent the first part of the season.

Much like last year, it’s taking Thomas time to get into the full groove of the season. Last season fumbles were the primary reason that Thomas didn’t see more snaps early on in the year. This year is a little bit of a different story. Thomas has remarkable talent, and an even more remarkable story as to how he came to find himself with the Utes. However, sometimes those remarkable stories come with issues that need to be worked through.

More Accountability = More Play Time

Head coach Kyle Whittingham recently said Thomas needs to show more accountability off the field before he starts seeing more time on it. On top of that, Thomas has also been been dealing with the sudden, and shocking death of his beloved aunt who helped to raise him. Needless to say Thomas’ head hasn’t been completely where it needs to be for a multitude of reasons which would explain why he hasn’t been as big of a focal point so far in 2022.

The good news is that it sounds like Thomas has been putting in the work and if he continues that trend, will be featured more in Utah’s offense. Whittingham said in his press conference this past Monday that things have been going well and fans could see more of Thomas in Utah’s upcoming trip to Pasadena to take on the 18th ranked UCLA Bruins.

“He’s been on track and barring any setbacks this week you should see him more and more as the weeks go on,” Whittingham said. “Again, barring any setbacks, and being consistent.”

Thomas accounted for 21 touchdowns last season for Utah and 1,108 yards. So far in 2022 he has four touchdowns and 295 yards, but could extend those stats by a lot if he continues to do what is needed of him on and off the field.ย If he can keep on the path the coaches want him to stay on, and find his mojo again, Thomas has the potential to add a missing element to the Utes’ offense that would take it to another level.

Only time will tell what exactly happens with Thomas, but for the here and now, everything sounds like it is trending in a positive direction at just the right moment before Utah hits its most important stretch of the season.

  • Utah Utes Scoreboard

  • Utah Utes Team Leaders

  • Utah Utes Standings

Utah Utes

Rice Eccles Stadium general view at University of Utah - How to watch Utah Football...

Chandler Holt

How To Watch Utah Football V. Weber State Wildcats

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Utes football team returns home for a game against in-state opponent Weber State on Saturday. Here is how you can watch, stream, and listen to stay caught up with all the action. How to watch Utah Utes Football vs. Weber State Wildcats football game The Utes host the Wildcats […]

9 months ago

Pac-12-Light-Display-At-Media-Day-Las-Vegas-2023...

Michelle Bodkin

Pac-12 Power Rankings: ‘Conference Of Champions’ Continues Impressive Roll

The Pac-12 continued to roll in week two of the 2023 college football season while now having eight total teams in the latest AP Top 25 Poll.

9 months ago

Kedon Slovis #10 of the Brigham Young Cougars throws a pass...

Ben Anderson

Big 12, PAC-12 Power Poll Week Three

The college football season is fully underway and that means itโ€™s time for week three of the BIG-12 PAC-12 Power Poll.

9 months ago

Nate Johnson - Utah Utes vs. Arizona...

Michelle Bodkin

Nate Johnson Takes Over As Backup Quarterback For Utah Football

Redshirt freshman Nate Johnson has been elevated to QB2 for Utah football after his late-game heroics secured the win against Baylor.

9 months ago

nate-johnson-bryson-barnes-light-the-u-after-florida-victory-at-res-2023...

Michelle Bodkin

Opinion: Did The Utes Play The Right Backup Quarterback?

The Utes have had an interesting history with quarterbacks- particularly since joining the Pac-12 and 2023 has been no different.

9 months ago

Jaylon-Glover-Utah-Utes-Football...

Kyle Ireland

Week 2: Top Plays From BYU, SUU, Utah, USU, Utah Tech, Weber State

Here are the top plays from the local college football teams, including BYU, Utah, and USU, from Week 2 of the 2023 season.

9 months ago

Sponsored Articles

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.

Jordan-Clarkson-Utah-Jazz...

KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.

Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.

ksl sports logos...

KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.

jimmy-buffett-tour-art...

KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Jimmy Buffett

Get your Hawaiian shirts ready.

Will Tavion Thomas Play This Weekend?