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Utah partially reinstated senior WR Cory Butler-Byrd.

Butler-Byrd's partial reinstatement comes on the heels of his pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief following an early-August incident in which he damaged a patrol car and an on-campus police station while throwing things and causing general mayhem. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder was placed on indefinite suspension following the incident, but at least part of that has been lifted. He will be able to practice with the team moving forward. For the time being, it is still unknown how much (if any) game action he will miss as punishment for his transgression.
Aug 23 - 3:06 PM

Indefinitely suspended Utah senior WR Cory Butler-Byrd pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief.

Earlier this month, Butler-Byrd was involved in a strange incident outside of an on-campus police station. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder was caught preparing to throw a large white sign after having already caused damage to the building and to a nearby patrol car. Butler-Byrd will have this all cleared from his record if he avoids further trouble over the next year while attending counseling sessions and paying approximately $1,700 in restitution. The wideout technically remains on indefinite suspension, though that could change now that the case has been resolved.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 23 - 12:27 PM

Utah junior QB Brandon Cox will transfer.

With JUCO transfer Troy Williams and freshman Tyler Huntley already tabbed as the No. 1 and No. 2 quarterbacks for the Utes (respectively), Cox will look for an opportunity elsewhere. "We really appreciate everything he did for us here," HC Kyle Whittingham said. "He was just a great teammate...he's leaving on very good terms with us, and we'd like nothing more than for him to be very successful wherever he ends up." The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder appeared in one game during his career with the Utes.
Aug 20 - 8:21 PM

Utah senior TE Siale Fakailoatonga will miss the 2016 season due to a torn ACL.

Fakailoatonga went down with an injury in mid-October and was sidelined for the remainder of the year, so this is really a second straight hit. Head coach Kyle Whittingham noted the tight end still has a redshirt available, so he could return in 2017.
Aug 12 - 10:44 AM

Indefinitely suspended Utah senior WR Cory Butler-Byrd has been charged with criminal mischief.

Court documents filed on Tuesday painted an absolutely bizarre scene. On July 27, officers heard the sound of breaking glass outside of an on-campus police station. Upon investigation, they came upon the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Byrd preparing to throw a large white sign. They also discovered a broken window on the building and a shattered rear windshield on one of the campus patrol vehicles. According to the authorities, Butler-Byrd admitted to damaging both window and windshield via a thrown piece of wood. While the documents paint the strange scene well enough, it is not yet known why the Utah senior took these colorful actions (if there was a reason at all). He split time between corner and receiver last season, starting in five games. Expect movement to come as to his playing status after the legal process gets underway.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 10 - 2:45 PM

Utah senior WR Cory Butler-Byrd has been indefinitely suspended.

Butler-Byrd started three games at cornerback and two at receiver last season. The former JUCO recruit was expected to contribute to the team this season, but Utah's new quarterback seems to be down one option. Butler-Byrd's ball skills were on display on defense last season, registering three interceptions in part time duty.
Aug 4 - 10:47 AM

Utah HC Kyle Whittingham indicated that his team's goal for the season is to win a Pac-12 championship.

"We haven't accomplished anything yet — we haven't won a championship," Whittingham said at Pac-12 Media Days. The conference media has picked the Utes to finish third in the South and Whittingham is just fine with that for motivational purposes. "I think being under the radar is more our M.O.," he explained. "It doesn't really matter what people think going in." The Utes figure to have a strong defense in 2016 (no surprise there). The offense could be more problematic, particularly given the loss of RB Devontae Booker. Booker might not have flashed Dalvin Cook-esque wattage in terms of his breakaway speed, but he offered consistency and reliability to the extreme while lending the offense something of a center of gravity.
Jul 17 - 2:35 PM

Utah redshirt senior C Hiva Lutui retired due to the ACL injury he suffered at the end of April.

Tough blow for the Utes. Lutui was expected to take over for graduating center Saiosi Aiono in 2016. Then came April's knee injury, which ended up being worse than originally expected. HC Kyle Whittingham expressed initial hope that the 6-foot-2, 300-pounder might be able to return to action in October. With that no longer an option, the team will be forced to scramble. The Salt Lake Tribune's Kyle Goon speculated that "[t]he Utes may move senior tackle J.J. Dielman or senior guard Isaac Asiata to center, depending on positional depth and if Snow College tackle Garett Bolles is ready to start."
Jul 13 - 3:49 PM

A rival Pac-12 head coach said Utah "is probably the best in the league."

"Even when they were using Mountain West players, they were still tough to score on because they play extremely disciplined," the coach said. "Now that they are recruiting better, they are getting even tougher. They force you into mistakes." Utes led the country in sacks (55) in 2014 and led the Pac-12 in turnovers forced (34) last fall. "They haven't had too many recruiting splashes, but they've done a very good job developing the players they have," a different Pac-12 coach said. "And their special teams are the best in the league. That's kept them in a lot of games."
Source: ESPN
Jun 21 - 6:10 PM

A Pac-12 head coach and his staff were impressed when scouting Utah redshirt junior QB Troy Williams.

"We looked at him and were impressed," he said. "I don't know why things didn't work out at Washington, but when you get new coaches, sometimes things don't mesh. It will be interesting to see how much he developed in junior college." Now that Travis Wilson and backup Kendal Thompson are gone, Williams has been given the keys to Utah's offense. A four-star 2013 recruit who signed with and then transferred out of Washington, Williams was rated the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the country in his cycle.
Source: ESPN
Jun 21 - 5:32 PM

Utah junior WR Kenric Young was cited for assault over the weekend.

Young allegedly punched someone in the face "multiple times," after the man asked the receiver to "pull his pants up" due to women and children being present. Young apparently took exception to this, and threw a beer bottle at the man. A second citation was issued to a woman for disorderly conduct. Young barely saw the field last season, making three catches for 17 yards.
Source: KSL
Jun 7 - 10:18 AM

Utah senior TE Evan Moeai has been granted a fifth season of eligibility and will play for the Utes in 2016.

Moeai started the opening game of the season, caught one pass in the first five snaps, and then suffered a season ending injury to his lower leg. The Utes' offense will have a different look this season with super productive running back Devontae Booker departing for the NFL.
May 24 - 10:47 AM

Bengals signed Utah LB Gionni Paul.

Paul (5’10, 231) has several obstacles that block his chances of successfully navigating the metaphorical NFL river. First and most obviously, his overall physical stature is less than ideal for a linebacker. Arizona LB Scooby Wright -- drafted by the Browns at the end of the seventh round) -- is the posterboy for diminutive linebackers in this draft class and even Scooby has two inches and about 10 pounds on Paul. Add on a troubling speed aspect (4.95 seconds in the 40-yard dash on his Pro Day) and you have the recipe for a tough uphill climb to contribute at the professional level.
May 12 - 3:12 PM

Utah HC Kyle Whittingham said junior QB Troy Williams was the "most impressive" quarterback on the roster this spring.

With Travis Wilson and backup Kendal Thompson lost to graduation, the Utes are on the lookout for their next quarterback. Williams began at Washington before transferring for one stat-packed season at a JUCO. He's the frontrunner heading into the summer over Brandon Cox and Tyler Huntley. If Williams prevails, circle Oct. 29 on your schedule. That's the day the four-star 2013 recruit could hypothetically exact revenge on the Huskies.
May 10 - 6:25 PM

Jets signed Utah P Tom Hackett.

Hackett (5'11/198) twice won the Ray Guy Award as the nation's top punter, finishing his career second all time in Utah history in yards per punt (45.2). He placed 44% of his career punts inside the opposing 20-yard line, and 21% inside the 10. Hackett also went 4-of-4 on converting fake punts into first downs. A rugby-style punter and Australia native, Hackett has field-flipping upside as an NFL punter, and can also placehold and kick off.
May 4 - 4:32 PM


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