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Utah HC Kyle Whittingham said, "We're really excited about this [2016 recruiting] class. Our assistant coaches did an outstanding job of evaluating and targeting the right guys."

"We won some crucial head-to-head battles with some stiff competition, so that was good to see," Whittingham said before adding, "We made more headway in that regard than any recruiting class ever, as far as competing with 'heavyweights' and coming away with some really good players." Utah finished with the No. 36 recruiting class in the country by Rivals' metrics, bringing home a pair of four-star targets and an additional 17 three-star names. Said Whittingham, "You hear the term, 'Winning solves everything,' that certainly helps your cause in recruiting." Last season, the Utes finished with a 10-3 record.
Feb 6 - 6:53 PM

Utah signed HC Kyle Whittingham to an extension through 2020.

The extension will pay Whittingham $3.3 million annually. The 56-year-old took over the Utes for Urban Meyer in 2004 and has done fantastic work in the interim, coaching the team up to a 95-46 record. He's also been easy money in bowl play, holding a 9-1 record. This past season, Utah went 10-3--at one point midseason, they were ranked as a Top-5 team--and finished the year off with a win over BYU in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl.
Jan 29 - 7:09 PM

Utah QB Travis Wilson completed 7-of-10 passes for 66 yards in Saturday's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Wilson averaged 6.6 YPA while completing the majority of his passes. No touchdowns, though. The 6-foot-7, 233-pound Utah product threw for 2,093 yards (62.1% completions) and a 13/10 TD/INT ratio over the course of the 2015 campaign. While he has a desirable frame for the next level, his game itself just isn't there. We haven't seen enough NFL attributes to make us believe he's a draftable commodity. The Ute offense cratered after RB Devontae Booker went down with a knee injury late in the season, which doesn't show well on Wilson's ability to carry a team.
Jan 24 - 3:40 PM

Utah junior DT Lowell Lotulelei indicated that he will return for the 2016 season rather than enter the draft.

Lotulelei's intention to stay with the Utes broke following the team's 35-28 win over BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday. The 6-foot-2, 310-pound junior's recorded 26 tackles (five for loss), a sack, a forced fumble and a pass defensed over the course of 13 games this past season. He was named first-team All-Pac-12 at the end of the 2015 campaign.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 04:53:00 PM

Utah junior CB Dominique Hatfield returned an interception for a touchdown in Saturday's 35-28 win against BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl.

It was Hatfield's first interception since Oct. 10 and his first touchdown of the season. It was a nice end to a season that began so poorly. Hatfield was actually dismissed from the football team between July and the season opener against Michigan because of a charge for misdemeanor assault. Utah reinstated him after that game and Hatfield quickly worked his way back into the lineup.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 08:34:00 PM

Utah senior S Tevin Carter had two interceptions in Saturday's 35-28 triumph over BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl.

With 10:42 left in the first quarter, Carter picked off BYU QB Tanner Mangum and raced 28 yards for a touchdown. About a minute and a half later, with 9:06 left in the first, Carter picked Mangum's pocket again, this time returning the ball 33 yards, all the way to BYU's one-yard line. A stretch of time Mr. Carter will be telling the grandkids about, to be sure. You will next see Carter in the East-West Shrine Game.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 08:20:00 PM

Utah junior RB Joe Williams ran 25 times for 91 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 35-28 victory over BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Starting in place of the injured Devontae Booker for the third time, Wilson may not have shown quite enough here to lock in the starting gig next year. He's skilled -- the 5-foot-11, 200-pounder is Utah's second-fastest player with a 4.38-second forty -- but was pretty easily corralled by a BYU defense that is terrible against the run, posting a 3.6 YPC average. To be fair, Williams ran for over 300 yards total in the last two games against UCLA and Colorado.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 08:05:00 PM

Utah senior QB Travis Wilson completed 9-of-16 passes for 71 yards in Saturday's 35-28 victory over BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl.

For all those who bet on BYU or picked them in a confidence pool, this was a brutal game to watch. The Cougars utterly dominated the last 49 minutes of this 60-minute game. It was what happened in the first 11 minutes that took Utah home. The Utes raced out to a 35-0 lead with 4:38 left in the first quarter, scoring five touchdowns in a stunning 6:21 stretch of clock time that included two pick-sixes and a one-yard touchdown drive. As expected, the Utes couldn't move the ball without Devontae Booker, gaining less than 200 yards of total offense. Wilson ended his career as he played it, failing to get the ball to receivers with his side-winding motion. He's not an NFL prospect despite his ideal 6-foot-7, 233-pound frame.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 07:49:00 PM

Utah redshirt senior WR Kenneth Scott (foot) is questionable for Saturday's Las Vegas Bowl game against BYU.

The sixth-year senior sustained a foot injury against Colorado and has not been able to shake it. The 6-foot-3, 208-pound Scott has 450 yards and four touchdowns on the year.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 09:01:00 PM

Utah freshman WR Britain Covey (high ankle sprain) is questionable for Saturday's bowl game against BYU.

We've been working under the assumption that he won't be able to play, but stay tuned on that front. We do know that Covey will not play in 2016. He plans to leave for an LDS mission. Covey had a nice little first year on campus, putting up more than 500 yards with four touchdowns.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 05:26:00 PM

Utah defensive tackle Viliseni Fauonuku took the microphone and called BYU dirty at the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl welcome reception Wednesday night.

And you thought the Holy Was wasn't a thing anymore? Fauonuku grabbed the mic and addressed BYU's team: "BYU, y'all are a good team. But you're a dirty team. Don't start nothin', won't be nothin'." He may have a point. Already this year, BYU LB Harvey Langi has punched a Utah State player, OL Ului Lapuaho punched a Boise State player in the groin and DE Bronson Kaufusi rolled the leg of a Nebraska player. "I just want our team to have class and be respectful and enjoy a college football environment, and I hope that's what happens," BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "And there will be plenty of others that are trying to charge it and trying to antagonize and do things that then will lead to a story, and I hope that doesn't happen."
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 04:44:00 PM

Utah senior P Tom Hackett won the Ray Guy Award (top punter).

He's the third two-time winner of the Guy Award. It's been a big month for the Australian, as last week he became the only active player on the Pac-12's All-Century team. Hackett's directional kicks usually require the receiving team to deploy two returners. He averaged 47.8 yards per punt and Utah leads the nation in net punting (43.7 yards). Hackett is also a back-to-back Walter Camp All-American.
Source: NFL.com
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 08:42:00 PM

Utah senior C Siaosi Aiono accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Aiono is a three-year starter who has experience at tackle. The 6-foot-2, 310-pounder will stay inside at the next level. Aiono "shows good functional strength and proper knee bend to win the leverage battle and drive defenders off the ball," notes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 04:07:00 PM

Utah senior QB Travis Wilson "comes with upside but needs work from the ground up," TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline observes.

"For a signal caller that looks the part, more often than not Wilson doesn’t play to it. Measuring 6-feet/7-inches and 220lbs with a decent arm, Wilson throws with inconsistent mechanics and makes questionable decisions," Pauline writes. The Utah signal caller has had an up and down year for the Utes, completing 62.4% of his passes for 2,024 yards with a 13/10 TD/INT ratio on the season.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 02:21:00 PM

Utah senior LB Jared Norris will play in the Senior Bowl.

Norris is a deserving Lott IMPACT Trophy quarterfinalist. He's tied for fifth in the Pac-12 with 84 tackles and ranks No. 4 with 8.4 tackles per game. NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter called Norris a "tough, instinctual player who also has enough speed to play inside or outside at the next level." TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Norris "has the makings of a starting 3-4 ILB for the next level."
Source: Senior Bowl
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 09:09:00 PM


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