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Former UCLA redshirt freshman edge rusher Kylie Fitts will transfer to Utah.

Fitts is a former four-star recruit and will be eligible to play in 2015 with three more years left. As the Salt Lake Tribune notes, Fitts initially committed to USC out of high school but made a late switch to UCLA. He only played in six games last season.
Aug 25 - 10:33 AM

Utah has named junior Travis Wilson the team's starting QB.

Wilson began 2013 as the team's starter and held the spot for a majority of the season until suffering a nasty concussion. In fact, there were murmurs out of Utah that Wilson might be forced to retire from the sport. He was cleared to participate in spring football and beat Oklahoma transfer Kendal Thompson out for the starting nod.
Aug 18 - 12:26 PM

Utah junior QB Travis Wilson was cited for possession and consumption of alcohol by a minor at a concert on Friday.

Despite it seeming like Wilson has been at Utah for seven years, the junior is only 20 years old. "We are still in the process of gathering information on the incident," said head coach Kyle Whittingham in a statement. "Once we have all the facts, we will handle the situation internally and determine any disciplinary action that should be taken." Wilson is the odds on favorite to be the school's starting quarterback after he was medically cleared following a head injury.
Jul 28 - 10:59 AM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline says Utah senior WR Dres Anderson is a slower version of former Colorado receiver Paul Richardson.

The 6-foot-1, 187-pound Anderson (son of former NFL WR Willie "Flipper" Anderson) had seven catches of 50 yards or more and 10 receptions of at least 40 yards for the Utes in 2013. "I was impressed with receiver Dres Anderson after breaking down the film," Pauline wrote. "I see a lot of Paul Richardson in his game, though he’s not as fast." Last year, Anderson became just the seventh player in Ute history to pass the 1,000 yard receiving mark with 1,002 yards.
Jul 28 - 12:31 AM
Eric Rowe - DB - Utes

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline sees Utah senior DB Eric Rowe as an underrated prospect.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Rowe has great size and elite speed, with a 4.39 forty. "He’s sized well and displays terrific range outside the numbers, presenting himself as a strong run defender with solid ball skills," Pauline wrote. After spending three years as a standout starting free safety, Rowe will shift to CB to replace Keith McGill, a fourth-rounder of the Raiders.
Jul 27 - 6:43 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline "expected more from" Utah redshirt senior edge rusher Nate Orchard last season.

The Utes' prospect has successfully added 60 pounds of muscle to his frame since starting his career as a 195-pound receiver. "While I like Orchard, I expected more from him in 2013 off the 2012 film," Pauline wrote. "He’s a solid prospect but DeMarcus Lawrence he is not." Pauline lists Orchard as an OLB, a position he'd easily be able to handle in the pros due to his ability to drop into space.
Jul 27 - 5:31 PM

Utah redshirt senior DE Nate Orchard was given a preseason Round 4 grade by TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Pauline lists Orchard as an OLB, so apparently the analyst feels he projects better to that position in the pros (the rankings were presented without comment). The Utes' prospect has successfully added 60 pounds of muscle to his frame since starting his career as a 195-pound receiver. Orchard has shown an ability to drop in space, so a career as a pro linebacker is easy to project.
Jul 13 - 10:39 PM

Rob Rang of CBS Sports wrote that Utah senior safety Brian Blechen "has 'tweener traits but has been too productive for too long to ignore."

Blechen missed last season with knee tendinitis. "He is an instinctive, physical defender who has shown a knack for making big plays throughout his career, notching eight interceptions and six forced fumbles in 35 career starts," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder runs a 4.60 forty. "Blechen was recruited as a quarterback but his blue-collar style and grit earned him a spot on defense and he won the strong safety role in his first week of practice," Rang wrote. "Blechen has 'tweener traits but has been too productive for too long to ignore."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 28 - 2:00 PM

Utah junior OL Jeremiah Poutasi "could emerge as a draftable commodity" if he has a smooth transition to guard this season, wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Poutasi started at LT as a freshman before moving to RT last year. The massive 6-foot-5, 345-pounder (he's reportedly down to 330) is a natural guard, however, and that's where he'll play in 2014. Good thing, too, because that's where the NFL sees him. "[Poutasi] is surprisingly quick and light on his feet," Rang wrote. "He does not possess ideal flexibility or length and struggles a bit with leverage but could emerge as a draftable commodity if he takes to the new role."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 28 - 1:47 PM
Eric Rowe - DB - Utes

The rate of Utah senior DB Eric Rowe's acclimation to cornerback this season will determine his NFL prospects.

After spending three years as a standout starting free safety, Rowe will shift to CB to replace Keith McGill, a fourth-rounder of the Raiders. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Rowe has great size and elite speed, with a 4.39 forty. "It remains to be seen how well Rowe will acclimate to cornerback," observed CBS Sports' Rob Rang. "He shows good balance, a quick turning motion and the fluid acceleration while operating as a deep centerfielder. He's alert in coverage and is quick to come downhill in run support. He breaks down well to make the efficient open-field tackle and flashes big-hitting ability. With only two interceptions among his 21 passes broken up, turning some of those deflections into turnovers would be a quick way to boost his draft stock."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 27 - 1:56 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Utah senior DE Nate Orchard is a "legitimate NFL prospect" with his "combination of size, natural athleticism and his hard work."

"Orchard's ascent as a legitimate NFL prospect is due to a combination of size, natural athleticism and his hard work," Rang wrote. Orchard originally started his career as a 195 pound receiver for the Utes, and then made the switch to play DE. The Utes prospect successfully added 60 pounds of muscle to his frame, and he has still kept his quickness and balance over the years. His agility has helped with shedding blockers and getting to the quarterback. With Orchard's ability to drop in space, the 6-foot-4, 255 pound DE could impress evaluators with his versatility at the next level.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 27 - 1:14 PM

Utah senior WR Dres Anderson "boasts impressive first-step acceleration and lateral agility," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Anderson boasts impressive first-step acceleration and lateral agility to slip through creases and break away from the defense. He's frequently targeted on relatively simple passes like screens and as vertical threat but also runs pro-style routes (slants, comebacks, crosses, drags) that require more sophistication," Rang wrote. The Utah prospect had a strong junior season, becoming just the seventh player in Ute history to pass the 1,000 yard receiving mark with (1,002 yards). The 6-foot-1, 187-pound Anderson (son of former NFL WR Willie "Flipper" Anderson) had seven catches of 50 yards or more and 10 receptions of at least 40 yards for the Utes in 2013.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 26 - 12:20 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl thinks Utah redshirt sophomore RB James "Bubba" Poole runs like his hair is on fire.

Weidl was actually watching receiver Dres Anderson, but couldn't keep his eyes off Poole. The running back redshirted his first season in 2012 but compiled 607 yards and two touchdowns on 149 attempts in 2013. Poole also totaled 229 receiving yards on 29 catches.
Jun 25 - 1:09 PM

Utah junior QB Travis Wilson has been medically cleared to play after dealing with an intracranial artery (head) injury.

The school's athletics twitter account is already calling Wilson the starter, so things must be trending that way. Wilson was cleared to participate in spring ball, but things were not looking good back in February. Doctors were calling Wilson's issues at the time "concussion related," so this is a note worth watching.
Jun 24 - 2:30 PM

Utah senior WR Dres Anderson had seven catches of 50 yards or more and 10 receptions of at least 40 yards last season, tying for the NCAA lead.

Pronounced "Drezz," the Utes' star is the son of former NFL WR Willie "Flipper" Anderson. NFL.com considers the 6-foot-1, 187-pounder one of college football's most explosive players, and with good reason. Amongst NCAA receivers with 50 or more catches last year, only Mike Evans and Odell Beckham Jr. finished with a yards-per-catch average better than Anderson's 18.91.
Source: NFL.com
May 27 - 10:21 PM


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