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NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks notes that Utah junior RB Devontae Booker "is a shifty runner on the perimeter with the speed to run away from defenders on the second level."

"The 5-11, 203-pound junior has topped the 100-yard mark in four straight games, exhibiting outstanding vision, balance and body control on inside runs. Additionally, Booker is a shifty runner on the perimeter with the speed to run away from defenders on the second level," Brooks writes. The 5-foot-11, 203-pound Booker recently rushed for 102 yards and a score on 26 carries in Saturday's 24-21 win against USC. Brooks notes that "the Utes' blue-collar offense leans on the hard-nosed running of Booker to move the chains," and this week "the Sun Devils must be prepared to deal with the toughness and physicality of the Utah ground attack."
Source: NFL.com
Oct 31 - 4:00 PM

One NFC personnel director believes Utah redshirt senior Nate Orchard is best suited to play outside linebacker in the NFL.

The executive saying Orchard "is not a true defensive end" leads us to believe he see Orchard as a stand up pass rusher in an odd man front. As you can tell from listing these types of prospects as "edge rushers," we hate the DE/OLB designations. So many teams are multiple with their looks up front that in many cases there is no difference. And do not get use started with people ranking pass rushing OLBs and off line of scrimmage OLBs together. Orchard is mainly a straight-line players, but he is already being moved around a lot and has a very good motor to make plays from the backside.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 30 - 10:39 AM

An NFL scout who spoke to Sports Illustrated's Inside Read, notes how "weird" that Utah junior RB Devontae Booker "is just like Arian Foster."

"He runs just like (Foster), same number, not a lot of [expletive] when he scores," the scout said."... He's good. It's weird how much he's like Arian Foster. Just wait until they give him the rock more." The 5-foot-11, 203-pound Booker recently rushed for 102 yards and a score on 26 carries in Saturday's 24-21 win against USC. According to the scout, the Utes prospect is "probably at best a late third- to fifth-round pick if he entered the NFL Draft after this season." Booker signed with Washington State out of high school but academic concerns sent him to American River College, where he rushed for 1,472 yards and 15 touchdowns during his sophomore season. He's been a revelation for the Utes, rushing for 844 yards on 146 attempts.
Oct 29 - 3:57 PM

Utah senior WR Dres Anderson "is lean-muscled and doesn't have ideal NFL bulk, but he uses his frame well to pluck and is much tougher than he looks," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He has long, fast strides to eat grass in a hurry and accelerate past defenders, showing sticky hands and excellent tracking ability. Anderson is lean-muscled and doesn't have ideal NFL bulk, but he uses his frame well to pluck and is much tougher than he looks, Brugler writes. Anderson will miss the remainder of the season after injuring his knee in the fourth quarter of last week's 24-21 win over USC. The 6-foot-1, 187-pound Anderson will finish his career with 2,077 yards, putting him at fifth place in school history. His season might not have built on a breakout 2013 campaign, but Anderson should still get a look in the NFL.
Oct 29 - 2:25 PM

Utah senior WR Dres Anderson will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.

Anderson, who has an NFL future, caught 22 passes for 355 yards and four touchdowns this season. He mainly played the slot in Utah's multiple receiver offense and was able to get vertical or use fluidity to work in the intermediate areas of the field. His season might not have built on a breakout 2013 campaign, but Anderson should still get a look in the NFL.
Oct 29 - 11:53 AM

Utah redshirt senior edge rusher Nate Orchard's jump in production this year reminds NFL.com's Bucky Brooks of Michael Sam's progression at Missouri.

Orchard, currently averaging 1.57 sacks per game, has incredibly already topped his career total in sacks (6.5 enter the fall) in half a season (11 in 2014). "He projects as an outside linebacker at the next level, and while there's not a lot of buzz about him within scouting circles at the moment, if he keeps producing, it could send him up draft boards," Brooks wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 28 - 6:24 PM

Utah junior RB Devontae Booker collected 102 rushing yards and a score on 26 carries in Saturday's 24-21 win against USC.

This was his fourth straight game with at least 100 yards and a rushing touchdown. NFL media analyst Bucky Brooks wrote that Booker "is quickly jumping into the conversation as one of the top runners in college football." The 5-11, 203-pound junior has rushed for 844 yards and eight scores this year.
Oct 26 - 11:04 PM

NFL media analyst Bucky Brooks wrote that Utah junior RB Devontae Booker "is quickly jumping into the conversation as one of the top runners in college football."

"At a time when running backs are seemingly devalued by football observers, Booker is showing how much the presence of a dynamic workhorse in the backfield can reverse the fortunes of a team," Brooks wrote. "The 5-11, 203-pound junior has rushed for at least 155 yards in each of the Utes' last three games, including a 32-carry, 229-yard effort against Oregon State that showcased a unique combination of quickness, balance and body control." Booker signed with Washington State out of high school but academic concerns sent him to American River College, where he rushed for 1,472 yards and 15 touchdowns during his sophomore season. He's been a revelation for the Utes, rushing for 742 yards on 120 attempts.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 21 - 10:30 PM

LA Times' Scott Wolf reports that Utah HC Kyle Whittingham said he expects to start Utah junior QB Travis Wilson versus USC.

The 6-foot-7, 233-pound Wilson was benched during the UCLA game in the Utes' upset win over UCLA a week ago. Wilson will be back starting at quarterback after Oklahoma transfer and dual-threat dynamo Kendal Thompson struggled in the first half versus Oregon St. HC Whittingham replaced Thompson with Wilson in the second half in their double-overtime win against the Beavers. This season, Wilson has seven TDs and is completing 56.8 percent of his passes, while Thompson has two touchdowns and two interceptions and is completing 59.6 percent of his passes. With the competition still up in the air, we still could see Kendal Thompson make an appearance versus USC if Wilson struggles.
Oct 21 - 2:01 PM

Utah senior WR Dres Anderson had four catches for 35 yards in Thursday's double overtime win over Oregon State.

Anderson hasn't cracked 100 yards receiving since the first game of the season, and this contest perhaps gave a nice illustration as to why. Utes HC Kyle Whittingham showed zero confidence in his quarterback tandem of Kendal Thompson and Travis Wilson, allowing the pair to throw just 18 passes across six quarters (they completed nine of them for an anemic 62 yards, no touchdowns and an interception). Until play behind center improves, Utah will continue to ride RB Devontae Booker, leaving Flipper's son Dres with precious few opportunities to show off his fleet set of wheels. The 6-foot-1, 187-pounder had 1,002 receiving yards last year. He won't match that number in 2014.
Oct 17 - 1:55 AM

After his four sack performance against UCLA, Utah redshirt senior edge rusher Nate Orchard is creating "more buzz among pro scouts."

"He finished the UCLA game with 11 tackles and his four sacks tied the school record for a single game, earning him Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors and more buzz among pro scouts," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Orchard has successfully added 60 pounds of muscle to his frame since starting his career as a 195-pound receiver, and he's retained supreme athleticism.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 7 - 3:33 PM

Utah senior WR Kaelin Clay has four return touchdowns in five games this season.

Clay, a junior college transfer this season, has one kickoff return touchdown on five attempts, and three punt return touchdowns on 10 attempts. That is an incredible ratio. Because it is his lone season at the FBS level, it is difficult to know if this is sustainable, but Clay could be drafted on this skill alone.
Oct 7 - 11:08 AM

Utah redshirt senior edge rusher Nate Orchard tied a school record by recording four sacks Saturday against UCLA.

"The dude is just a freak athlete, the guy that teams have to game-plan for," said defensive end Hunter Dimick. Dimich himself added 2.5 sacks. Each sack, of course, brought down star Bruins' QB Brett Hundley. Orchard added a career-high 11 tackles. The Utes' prospect has successfully added 60 pounds of muscle to his frame since starting his career as a 195-pound receiver, and he's retained supreme athleticism. Expect to hear his name surge in scouting circles this week.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 6 - 5:31 PM

Utah benched junior QB Travis Wilson after two series in Saturday's upset win over UCLA.

Wilson, a statuesque pocket passer, hadn't been consistent enough through the air to justify keeping Oklahoma transfer and dual-threat dynamo Kendal Thompson on the bench. Thompson rushed for 83 yard in this one, sparking Utah's offense. Barring injury, Wilson's time as starter might be done. The same may be true of the 6-foot-7, 233-pounder's odds of getting drafted.
Oct 6 - 2:45 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Utah junior QB Travis Wilson has been "inconsistent as a passer" despite not yet throwing a 2014 interception.

The 6-foot-7, 233-pounder has a huge matchup on deck against UCLA. "[Wilson is] coming off a poor outing at home against Washington State (47.4% completions, no touchdowns)," Brugler wrote. "It won't get much easier against the Bruins' opportunistic defense that has four touchdowns this season." Stud Utes' WR Dres Anderson figures to be matched up against star UCLA CB Ishmael Adams. That'll be must-see TV.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 3 - 5:59 PM


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