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Utah four-star 2018 verbal QB commit Jack Tuttle indicated that one of the biggest draws with the Utes is the offense being installed by OC Troy Taylor.

Utah hired Taylor and his spread attack away from Eastern Washington in January. "It’s going to benefit me because I’m going to be a guy who’s in the film room putting in hours and hours and hours of film study," Tuttle explained of the offensive allure, here. "The quarterback has almost the complete control of the offense and that’s going to help me grow and learn more and I feel I can be the leader they’re looking for." The four-star gunslinger battled a little inconsistency at The Opening earlier this summer, but remains one of the top quarterback prospects in the 2018 class, with Scout.com ranking him as the No. 51 overall prospect for the cycle. While USC has tried to woo him since the decommitment of five-star QB Matt Corral, Tuttle sounds very much cemented in with his current pledge.
Source: Rivals
Jul 10 - 12:28 PM

Scout.com's Greg Biggins passes along that Utah four-star 2018 verbal QB commit Jack Tuttle "never found his timing or rhythm during the 7v7 play (at The Opening)."

"He forced a few balls down the field and threw in to coverage more than expected. At times, it looked like Tuttle wasn't prepared for how fast the secondary could close," Biggins writes, though he does soften that assessment at least a little in noting that Tuttle's receivers had issues creating separation. Despite the somewhat wobbly showing on the big camp stage, Biggins is undeterred as to his overall ceiling as a prospect, calling him "easily, among the top handful of quarterbacks in the nation." Reflecting that notion, Scout.com ranks Tuttle (6'4/195) as the No. 51 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle.
Source: Scout.com
Jul 6 - 10:01 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranked Utah redshirt junior S Chase Hansen as the No. 3 underclassman draft prospect at his position.

After beginning his career with the Utes as a quarterback, Hansen (6'3/220) transitioned over to defense prior to the start of the 2016 season. That worked out well enough for him, as he would go on to log 90 tackles (7.5 for loss), three interceptions, nine passes defended and three forced fumbles. He earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention at the end of the campaign.
Jul 1 - 3:56 PM

Utah four-star 2018 verbal QB commit Jack Tuttle indicated that he has no plans to explore other programs.

After losing the commitment of five-star QB Matt Corral on Saturday, USC has been angling to potentially shift Tuttle off his current pledge. That is unlikely to occur. Said the 6-foot-4, 195-pounder, "I was honored to receive an offer from USC, similar to the other schools who have offered me. However, I am very much committed to Utah and don’t plan on visiting anywhere else." Tuttle was a strong performer at the Elite 11 Finals earlier this month and will be on hand at The Opening in Beaverton, Oregon, at the end of the month.
Source: Rivals
Jun 18 - 12:45 PM

Utah junior S Corrion Ballard exited spring practices as the first-team free safety.

Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham called Ballard, a four-star JUCO transfer, one of the standout players of the spring. If he hangs onto the free safety post, Ballard will replace 2017 second-round draft pick Marcus Williams. Rivals ranked Ballard as the nation's No. 14 overall JUCO in this past cycle.
Jun 16 - 12:34 PM

Utah signed HC Kyle Whittingham to a contract extension through the 2021 season.

Whittingham has been as consistent as they come since he was hired in December of 2004. He has racked up an overall record of 104-50 in 12 seasons at the helm and his Utes teams are a sparkling 10-1 in bowl play. Whittingham has also picked up victories over every team in the Pac-12. With Bob Stoops calling it a day over at Oklahoma, Whittingham is now the third-longest tenured head coach in the FBS -- only Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz and TCU HC Gary Patterson have been at the wheel longer.
Jun 10 - 12:41 PM

Utah 2018 four-star QB commit Jack Tuttle qualified for the Opening Final in Beaverton, Ore. from June 28-July 3.

Tuttle drew positively rave reviews at the Elite 11 Final over the weekend. ESPN.com's Kyle Bonagura wrote that he "didn't enter ... with as much acclaim as most of the field, but he consistently outperformed some of his more highly-ranked counterparts." Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman proclaimed that the Utes have "a real gem" in Tuttle. "Physically was impressive & folks inside Elite 11 were raving about how sharp & focused he is," Feldman tweeted. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Tuttle displays good arm strength and accuracy.
Source: Block U
Jun 5 - 2:10 PM

ESPN's Kyle Bonagura wrote that Utah OC Troy Taylor "might be the most intriguing (coordinator hire in the Pac-12)."

"Taylor, a former quarterback at Cal, has an excellent reputation for working with QBs, which is exactly the type of coach the Utes needed to bring in," Bonagura explains. The Utes swiped Taylor from Eastern Washington's high-powered attack at the beginning of January. The FCS Eagles averaged 401 yards passing and 42.4 points under his guiding hand this past season. Taylor has described his approach as that of "an attacking style of offense that stretches the field and the defense in every way." While this is all intriguing enough, Taylor has plenty of work ahead of him -- not only are there quarterback questions for him to sort through, the team is also looking to replace RB Joe Williams and essentially the entire offensive line. The Utes just had four linemen drafted.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 6:15 PM

Utah junior RB Armand Shyne (leg) didn't play in the spring game.

Shyne stepped up during Joe Williams' mini-retirement last fall and was then knocked out for the year due to a leg injury in October. The next week, out of sheer desperation, Utah's coaches were able to coax Williams back onto the field (and he ran for 97 yards or more in each of the next seven games). In an alternate universe, perhaps Shyne would have made his star turn in 2016. This summer, Shyne will be competing with Zach Moss for the starting gig. Moss suffered an arm injury in the spring game but should be ready for August camp.
Source: ksl.com
May 16 - 1:32 PM
Zack Moss - RB - Utes

Utah sophomore RB Zack Moss suffered an arm injury in the team's spring game.

Utes HC Kyle Whittingham indicated that the hope here is that Moss will miss six weeks at the maximum. Barring a setback, it sounds like he will be ready for August camp. The 5-foot-10, 213-pounder started the first three games of the 2016 season (during Joe Williams' short-lived retirement) and finished the past campaign having rushed for 382 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Moss could receive starting carries during the coming season, with Devonta'e Henry-Cole another name to keep in mind in the mix to replace Williams.
May 11 - 8:27 PM

Utah sophomore RB Devonta'e Henry-Cole totaled 67 yards from scrimmage in the team's spring game.

Henry-Cole logged 44 yards rushing and 23 yards receiving. The 5-foot-8, 192-pounder is one candidate to help replace the ultra-prolific Joe Williams. Said the sophomore, "I wanted to show that I'm capable of playing in the Pac-12. I like this offense. It's a speed offense, so that's good for me — that's good for my size and everything." This past season, Henry-Cole saw just one carry for two yards, but that carry load should increase considerably during the coming campaign.
May 11 - 8:08 PM

Rotoworld's Evan Silva assigned the Denver Broncos a "C+" grade for their 2017 draft class.

Silva offered a mixed reaction to Denver's selection of Utah T Garrett Bolles at No. 20, writing that Bolles is "a frightening prospect on several levels," but adding that "there is little doubt he was the cream of this year’s O-Line crop." Silva is intrigued by two fifth-round picks in Michigan TE Jake Butt and Georgia WR Isaiah McKenzie. "While I’m not convinced [GM John] Elway hit many surefire singles with this haul, I think he’s got a chance to smack a few home runs," Silva concludes. Elsewhere on the internet, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline tosses Elway a "B" for his work, singling out Butt as a potential steal at pick No. 145. Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke has no reservations with this class, giving Denver a lofty "A" for its work in Philadelphia.
Source: Rotoworld
May 4 - 4:59 PM

Ravens signed Utah WR Tim Patrick.

Patrick (6’4/208) spent three years at Utah after transferring from JUCO, missing 17 games due to various injuries but mostly staying healthy as a senior to lead the team in receiving (45-711-5). He had a terrific early-season battle with USC CB Adoree Jackson, emerging with a 6-100-1 receiving line including the game-winning score in Jackson’s coverage. Not invited to the Combine, Patrick turned heads at his Pro Day with 4.47 speed and impressive vertical (37 ½") and broad (10’8") jumps. Patrick has inconsistent hands and limited college production, but he jumped off the tape when targeted in college. He has developmental appeal as a big, physical, vertical receiver who is also willing to block.
May 2 - 4:07 PM

Jaguars signed Utah DE Hunter Dimick.

Dimick (6’3/268) made 33 starts on the Utes’ defensive line, graduating first in school history in sacks (29.5) and third in tackles for loss (44), also forcing four fumbles. He earned first-team All-Pac 12 and third-team All-America as a senior. While Dimick’s athletic ability doesn’t jump off his tape, he was a dominant bull rusher in college and wins with hustle as opposed to skill and explosion. PFF College charted Dimick with the most QB pressures in the nation (83) in 2016. Snubbed for a Combine invite, Dimick is a try-hard prospect who likely lacks the ceiling of an impact NFL starter.
May 1 - 1:58 PM

49ers selected Utah DE Pita Taumoepenu with the No. 202 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

The 23-year-old only showed well as a pass-rusher in college and impressed by running a 4.67 at the Combine. He got to the quarterback seven times as a senior while registering a career-high 34 tackles. As impressive as all that sounds, Taumoepenu (6'1/243) only started seven games in four seasons and is undersized for an edge rusher. He may have to earn his spot on special teams.
Apr 29 - 4:46 PM


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