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Utah DE Hunter Dimick is participating in the Shrine Game.

Dimick missed six games with a shoulder injury in 2015. He bounced back in a huge way this past year, finishing third in the country with 14.5 sacks. He was also among the national leaders with 20 tackles for loss. Dimick earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors.
Jan 18 - 1:37 PM

Utah hired Eastern Washington RB coach Kiel McDonald to serve in the same capacity.

Eastern Washington has taken a few losses off staff of late, most notably in the form of HC Beau Baldwin, who was hired as Cal's offensive coordinator on Monday. McDonald follows Baldwin out the door after spending five seasons coaching up running backs on the Eagles sideline. With Utah, he will replace the retiring Dennis Erickson.
Jan 17 - 6:27 PM

Arizona redshirt senior LB Cody Ippolito transferred to Utah.

Ippolito's injury luck has been about as bad as could possibly be imagined. He has seen three seasons derailed by injury, tearing his ACL before the start of the 2015 season and suffering an earlier knee injury which kept him out of action in 2013. As for the current campaign, not much better luck for the 6-foot-2, 242-pounder. He was sidelined for the remainder due to an early October knee injury -- actually suffered against Utah, his new squad. He will try one last time for a healthy season in 2017.
Jan 10 - 1:11 PM

Utah junior DL Lowell Lotulelei is expected to stay at the school for the 2017 season, according to Tony Pauline.

Loutlelei considered leaving for the NFL following the 2015, then dealt with a shoulder injury for a portion of the 2016 season. He turns 22 years old in March and has really shed the label of just being "Star's brother" as he flashes dominance on the interior of the defensive line.
Jan 6 - 9:38 AM

Utah T Garett Bolles announced his intention to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Bolles spent one season at the FBS level after transferring up from JUCO and will be 25 years old in May. Tony Pauline reported Bolles would likely declare if he received a first-round grade from the NFL, but his age makes him a bit of an unconventional player. Bolles played at a high level all season, and it isn't like the tackle position is locked up in the draft. His wife just gave birth earlier this winter.
Jan 5 - 9:28 AM

Utah junior S Marcus Williams will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Williams offers up a lovely blend of pass and run defense. This past season, the 6-foot, 190-pounder registered 64 tackles, five interceptions and two forced fumbles over 11 games played. In mid-November, CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler noted that Williams' "play speed and range allow him to cover a lot of green, displaying smooth hip action and ball skills to track the ball in flight." Brugler is of the belief that while some NFL squads might shy off Williams due to his relatively slim measurement, he "has the cover skills and natural instincts to be an exception."
Jan 2 - 6:22 PM

Utah hired Eastern Washington OC Troy Taylor to serve in the same capacity.

Taylor replaces Aaron Roderick (let go earlier this winter) as offensive coordinator. While he might not be a household name at this point, Taylor brings a legitimate pedigree to the table for Utah. Under his guidance this past season, Eastern Washington offered up one of the best offenses in the FCS. The Eagles posted 401 passing yards on average and averaged 42.4 points per game in 2016. "We will have an attacking style of offense that stretches the field and the defense in every way," Taylor said of his plans for the Utes.
Jan 2 - 12:52 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that he "continue[s] to hear Utah [junior T] Garett Bolles will enter the draft."

Pauline first relayed in early November that Bolles was toying with a jump depending on whether or not he received a first-round evaluation from the advisory committee. While it is not known whether the 6-foot-6, 300-pounder has gotten such a grade as of yet, Pauline continues to hear that his declaring for the draft is a distinct possibility. The analyst further relays that there are many who "believe Bolles will be a top 20 choice." Even beyond the high football opinions of Bolles in the equation, there are real-life factors that could be cause for a jump. The Utah junior's wife gave birth earlier this winter, giving an obvious financial incentive to enter the draft. Bolles also turns 25 in May.
Jan 1 - 10:25 AM

Utah will not retain OC Aaron Roderick.

Roderick had been with Utah for over a decade, serving as offensive coordinator in each of the last two seasons. The Utes have been something of a Pac-12 odd duck with Roderick calling plays, incapable of cracking 30 points on average in a conference whose teams basically just hand 30 points to the opposition when they step onto the field. Utah averaged 29.8 points this season, with HC Kyle Whittingham citing struggles in the red zone for a late-season swoon. In a statement, Whittingham said, "Aaron has been an incredibly loyal member of our staff for many years and has been an integral part of this program's growth."
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 06:06:00 PM

Utah assistant coach Dennis Erickson retired.

"Dennis is one of the most respected coaches in the history of college football and the opportunity to work side by side with him and learn from him has been an invaluable experience," said Utah HC Kyle Whittingham in a released statement. Erickson has been on the Utah sideline since 2013. He won two national championships with the Hurricanes -- those came in 1989 and 1991, part of a coaching career which saw collegiate stops at Idaho, Wyoming, Washington State, Oregon State and Arizona State. He also spent six seasons as an NFL head coach.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 05:52:00 PM

Utah senior RB Joe Williams rushed for 222 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries in Wednesday's 26-24 win over Indiana in the Foster Farms Bowl.

This was Williams' fifth game of at least 170 yards rushing this season. He gouged the Hoosiers for a sweet 8.5 YPC. His touchdown run came from 16 yards out several minutes into the first quarter. Despite missing four contests due to retirement, the 5-foot-11, 200-pounder still finishes up with an impressive 1,407 yards and 10 touchdowns. He will next appear in the East-West Shrine Game as he readies for the NFL draft. Pro teams figure to question him ad nauseum regarding his decision to step away from the Utes for several games.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 02:18:00 PM

Utah HC Kyle Whittingham said that senior CB Dominique Hatfield will not play in the Foster Farms Bowl on Wednesday.

Per Whittingham, Hatfield has made the trip to Santa Clara with the team as they ready for their showdown with Indiana, but will be kept out of action due to his failing to meet team expectations. The exact reason for this dog-housing was not disclosed. In nine games this season, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior had registered 30 tackles and an interception.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 05:10:00 PM

Utah freshman P Mitch Wishnowsky was named the winner of the Ray Guy Award.

The Ray Guy is handed out annually to the best collegiate punter. Wishnowsky wins the honor based on the strength of a 2016 season in which he clocked 28 punts at least 50 yards and averaged 44.9 yards in net punting. Utah has themselves quite the hot streak going when it comes to this department, as Wishnowsky's win gave the Utes three consecutive Ray Guys. The previous two had been won by Tom Hackett.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 11:52:00 AM

Utah G Isaac Asiata accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

A three-year starter, Asiata is known for his power game. If you deploy a physical rushing attack, he's your guy. Asiata paved the way for Joe Williams and his Utes backfield friends to accrue 210 yards per game rushing.
Source: Senior Bowl
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 01:34:00 PM

Utah senior RB Joe Williams accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Williams played in Utah's first two games of the season before "retiring" for a month. When the 5-foot-11, 200-pound senior returned from the gated community against Oregon State on October 15, he went off for 179 yards rushing, then proceeded to rip off another four games of at least 145 yards rushing. He finished off his 2016 regular-season campaign with a 97-yard performance against Colorado two weekends ago. For the season as a whole, Williams has rushed for 1,185 yards (6.4 YPC) and nine touchdowns in just eight games. NFL teams are certainly going to drill him with questions regarding his aforementioned retirement -- words like "desire" and "motivation" figure to surface in scouting reports over the coming months -- but his actual on-field production this season has been nothing short of magnificent.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 06:59:00 PM


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