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Utah redshirt senior WR Raelon Singleton is leaving the program for family reasons.

Singleton was second on the team in receptions (36) and yardage (531), and would have been the leading returning wideout with Darren Carrington graduating. It's not known yet if Singleton will look to play at another program for the 2018 season. Demari Simpkins likely opens the year as the Utes' top option at receiver in the 2018 season.
Jan 18 - 5:11 PM

Utah redshirt junior CB Casey Hughes (undisclosed) will transfer.

Hughes (5'11/195) was an 11-game starter for the Utes during the 2017 season. It was his first season in the starting lineup and he took the opportunity and spun it into 35 tackles, one pass breakup and a pair of forced fumbles. While he'll be eligible to play immediately with his new program as a graduate transfer, it's unknown just when he'll be healthy enough for offseason activities. He sat out Utah's bowl win over West Virginia in December due to an undisclosed injury. Earlier in January, Utes HC Kyle Whittingham refused to divulge whether the corner would be ready for spring practice.
Jan 10 - 6:45 PM

Utah hired former Oregon State HC Gary Andersen to serve as associate head coach and defensive assistant.

Anderson will join the staff after Jan. 9, when the NCAA's new rule allowing 10 assistant coaches takes effect. It's a typically strong hire for HC Kyle Whittingham, with Anderson bringing plenty of experience to the table as former head coach of Oregon State -- he stepped down in October -- and Wisconsin. This will be Andersen's third stint on staff with the Utes, having previously worked at the program from 1997-2002 and again from 2004-08. He also played center in Salt Lake City from 1985-86.
Jan 2 - 2:56 PM

Utah senior T Salesi Uhatafe accepted an invite to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Uhatafe (6'5/315) has been a mainstay on the Utah offensive lien the past four years, and was a second-team Pac-12 selection this year. He's also played at several different positions, so that versatility will be something scouts look for during the events practices, and possibly the game. He's currently projected to be a late-round selection.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 11:06:00 PM

Utah redshirt senior WR Darren Carrington (undisclosed) caught four passes for 62 yards in Tuesday's 31-14 win over West Virginia in the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Carrington was dinged up at the close of the regular season, but played without issue during Tuesday's bowl victory. While the 6-foot-2, 191-pounder wasn't quite able to hit 1,000 yards receiving this year, he came close, finishing up his lone campaign with the Utes the owner of a 70-980-6 receiving line. Up next for Carrington, the Reese's Senior Bowl as he begins his prep for the draft. Expect a heavy grilling from interested NFL squads when it comes to some of his past off-field issues -- his being kicked off Oregon's team for a summer DUI the most recent. Day 2 (Rds. 2-3) is very much in play for the wideout if he can satisfy maturity questions.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 06:37:00 PM

Utah sophomore QB Tyler Huntley (undisclosed) completed 12-of-26 passes for 165 yards while rushing for 57 yards and two touchdowns in Tuesday's 30-14 win over West Virginia in the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Huntley did not play in the regular-season finale due to an undisclosed injury concern, but he was able to make headway in his rehab during the month off before Tuesday's bowl action and did not show any ill effects in the contest. The sophomore gunslinger scored from two yards out in the second quarter and again from two yards out in the fourth quarter as Utah coasted to victory against an undermanned West Virginia squad. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder finishes the year having thrown for 2,406 yards with a 15/10 TD/INT ratio, chipping in with an additional 537 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. We like him to put in a crisper overall campaign next year now that he has one season under his belt in OC Troy Taylor's system.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 06:30:00 PM
Zack Moss - RB - Utes

Utah sophomore RB Zack Moss rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in Tuesday's 30-14 win over West Virginia in the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Moss (5'10/213) set the tone with his 58-yard scoring jaunt with less than five minutes gone off the first quarter clock. While he wouldn't hit the end zone again, the sophomore back was a strong, consistent performer throughout the contest. He wraps the campaign having rushed for 1,173 yards (5.3 YPC) and nine touchdowns. It was a stupendous effort and a prime example of a player taking advantage of an opportunity, as an undisclosed injury to Armand Shyne prior to the season opened the door for Moss' big things. He stomped through that door and never stopped. We'll have to see how the running back rotation shakes out over the offseason, but Moss will enter spring practice as the team's clear No. 1 runner.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 05:26:00 PM

Football Scoop's Doug Samuels reports that SMU is "strongly considering" hiring former Oregon State HC Gary Andersen as defensive coordinator.

Andersen abruptly left Oregon State in early October after the Beavers limped out to a 1-5 start. He would bring a wealth of experience to the staff of HC Sonny Dykes, having worked as defensive coordinator at Utah (2005-08) and serving as head coach at Utah State (2009-12) and Wisconsin (2013-2014) before he took over at Oregon State in the winter of 2013.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 01:57:00 PM

Utah HC Kyle Whittingham said that sophomore QB Tyler Huntley (undisclosed) will be at full health for the team's Heart of Dallas Bowl showdown with West Virginia on Dec. 26.

Huntley dealt with a shoulder injury early in the year and was sidelined for the regular-season finale due to another injury concern. The long layoff before bowl play has allowed him plenty of time to rest up. When healthy this season, the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder has thrown for 2,246 yards (65.4% completions) with a 15/10 TD/INT ratio. Troy Williams would see the field if Huntley has a setback over the next week.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 05:58:00 PM

Utah redshirt senior WR Darren Carrington (undisclosed) is hopeful that he will be able to play against West Virginia in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Dec. 26.

Carrington (6'2/191) is dealing with the typical minor aches and pains resulting from the regular season, but it doesn't sound like those will prevent him from playing barring a setback over the next week. He's been as-advertised with the Utes since transferring over from Oregon under rocky circumstance this past summer, registering a 66-918-6 receiving line for the campaign.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 05:51:00 PM
Matt Gay - K - Utes

Utah senior K Matt Gay will return for another season to Utah.

Gay, the Lou Groza Award winner for top kicker in college football, was recently awarded another year of eligibility, and he'll take advantage of it. He was 27-for-31 on field goals, and the 27 made kicks were the most in college football. He gives the Utes' offense a chance of scoring points as soon as they cross the opponents' 40 yard line.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 12:03:00 PM
Matt Gay - K - Utes

Utah senior K Matt Gay won the Lou Groza Award on Thursday.

As you might have guessed, the Groza award goes to the top kicker in the country. Gay wines the award over Utah State's Dominick Eberle and Auburn's Daniel Carlson. The Utes kicker didn't miss an extra-point this season, and went 27-for-31 on field goals this year. It was recently announced that he'll be able to stay Utah through 2019 after getting an extension for taking an LDS mission.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 07:40:00 PM

Utah redshirt senior WR Darren Carrington accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Carrington (6'2/191) had himself a rocky time at Oregon before a DUI arrest over the summer ultimately got him kicked off the team. He then transferred to Utah, where he proved phenomenally productive. The redshirt senior wrapped the pre-bowl campaign the owner of a 66-918-6 receiving line despite working with uneven quarterback play. Carrington will be grilled on his past off-field issues during the evaluating process, but if he can put his best foot forward in interviews, it wouldn't surprise if he saw some interest on Day 2 in the spring draft.
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 11:49:00 AM

An AFC director of area scouting told NFL.com's Lance Zierlein that Utah junior DL Lowell Lotulei has seen his stock drop this year.

Lotulelei (6'2/320) started the year as one of the top defensive tackles in the class, but that stock has taken a big hit in 2017. "I was high on him before the year started but he was a major disappointment," the director said. "He knew this was his year to play well and make money but he did nothing to get rid of all that excess weight and his tape wasn't very good." Zierlein echoed those sentiments and then some, going as far as to say that major disappointment was an understatement. There's just one more chance for Lotulelei to improve his tape at Utah, but a because of his size, a strong showing at showcases along with his lineage (his brother, Star, has shown flashes of dominance in the NFL), he has a chance to still be a top-three round selection.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Nov 30, 2017 09:08:00 PM
Zack Moss - RB - Utes

Utah sophomore RB Zack Moss rushed 26 times for 196 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 34-13 win against Colorado.

Moss was a huge reason the team is going to go bowling, as the Buffs had no answers on defense for him. He has scored two rushing touchdowns in three of his past four outings, and the 196 rushing yards was a career high. The sophomore will look to keep things going in a positive direction in the team's next outing, their bowl game.
Sun, Nov 26, 2017 01:43:00 AM


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