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Utah redshirt senior WR Tim Patrick caught six passes for 100 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 31-27 win over USC.

Patrick caught the game-winning score from 18 yards out with just 16 seconds remaining in the contest. The 6-foot-5, 208-pounder just missed on several longer connections from QB Troy Williams, both through drops and overthrows, but the two finally came together on the final drive, hooking up repeatedly to send the Trojans to 1-3 on the season. For the 2016 campaign as a whole, Patrick has now caught 20 passes for 385 yards and five touchdowns. He has caught at least one touchdown pass in each of Utah's four games this season and has notched 100 or more receiving yards in three of four. If he is still out there on your waiver wire, he is worth a look, particularly heading into next weekend's showdown with Cal.
Sep 24 - 12:53 AM

Utah redshirt junior QB Troy Williams completed 21-of-34 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns in Friday's 31-27 win over USC.

While Williams opened the scoring with a 10-yard touchdown run with 7:19 remaining in the first quarter, it was his work at the end of the game that truly impressed. The 6-foot-2, 194-pounder notched a pair of touchdown drives in the final minutes to overcome a 27-17 fourth-quarter deficit. His 18-yard scoring pass to Tim Patrick with 16 seconds remaining served as the go-ahead game-winner. Through four games, Williams has thrown for 993 yards while working to a 6/4 TD/INT ratio.
Sep 24 - 12:36 AM

Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo believes Utah senior DE Hunter Dimick vs. USC OT Zach Banner is the best prospect-on-prospect matchup of the weekend.

Dimick recently dominated San Jose St. to the tune of 14 pressures, three sacks, two QB hits and nine hurries on only 40 rushes. To this point, Dimick leads all FBS edge rushers with 23 pressures. Banner has allowed only one QB hit over the last two weeks after getting abused by Alabama in Week 1. Banner really can't afford to face plant again.
Sep 23 - 4:48 PM

Pro Football Focus grades Utah junior S Marcus Williams as the nation’s top safety through three weeks.

Williams has two interceptions, two passes defensed, a forced fumble/recovery and has yet to miss a tackle on his 16 attempts. Already viewed as a strong run defender, Williams' progression has the NFL's attention. "Last season he took a step forward in coverage, and that continued development is crucial for his draft stock," Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo wrote. "Williams is another case of the competition level heating up in the coming weeks, but he’s caught the eye with his playmaking ability through three games."
Sep 22 - 4:46 PM

Utah redshirt senior edge rusher Kylie Fitts will miss the remainder of the season due to a foot injury suffered against BYU.

Fitts will apply for a medical redshirt, so he might return in 2017. According to Tony Pauline, Fitts flirted with the 2016 NFL Draft, but decided to return for this season.
Source: ESPN
Sep 14 - 11:04 AM

Utah junior RB Joe Williams has retired from football after citing nagging injuries.

"His body is just worn out," head coach Kyle Whittingham said in a school release. "It has nothing to do with playing time or any bad feelings, he's leaving on good terms. Williams stepped in for an injured Devontae Booker last year and saw 22 carries for 75 yards in the first two games of this season.
Sep 14 - 10:54 AM

Utah has fully reinstated senior WR Cory Butler-Byrd.

Butler-Byrd was partially reinstated on August 23 after pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. That allowed him to practice with the team, and we are guessing he is now allowed to join the team in game action. Utah lost a couple of receivers earlier in the year.
Sep 14 - 10:13 AM

Utah redshirt junior QB Troy Williams completed 20-of-35 passes for 272 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's 24-0 win over Utah Southern.

It should probably give Utes fans cause for pause that the team only managed 24 points in this match-up, but a win is a win is a win, even if it doesn't bode well for the rest of the offensive campaign. For his part, the 6-foot-2, 194-pound Williams hit Tim Patrick for a two-yard score with just over a minute remaining in the first half. He would hook up with Patrick again on a 57-yarder midway through the fourth quarter. Williams was a four-star recruit for the 2013 cycle who initially signed with Washington before transferring to a junior college for a cup of coffee before joining up with Utah. While he is at least worth keeping an eye on for fantasy purposes, this is not a fantasy-friendly offense.
Sep 1 - 11:32 PM

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


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