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Utah signed four-star 2018 LB Tennessee Pututau in February.

Pututau was also considered Washington and Michigan State, but ultimately decided on the Utes. We won't see the 6-foot-1, 260-pound linebacker on the football field for two years, as he's going to make an LDS mission before enrolling at the school in 2020. He ranks 24th in 247 Sports composite rankings of outside linebackers, and sixth in the state of Utah overall.
May 11 - 6:49 PM

Utah redshirt freshman T Nick Ford received first-team reps at right tackle during spring practice.

Not only did Ford see work at right tackle, the Utes also tried him out at other spots along the line in the spring as they tinkered with their rotations and depth chart heading into the summer. Utah OL coach Jim Harding said that he believes that the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Ford will be a "high-level player" if he continues on his current developmental track. We don't doubt it. The team fields some of the best offensive lines in the Pac-12 on a year-in, year-out basis.
May 6 - 3:25 PM

Bears selected Utah DE Kylie Fitts with the No. 181 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Fitts (6’4/263) made 23 starts in an injury-plagued three-year stint with the Utes, logging seven sacks and four forced fumbles as a redshirt freshman in 2015, then missing all but two games in 2016 with a broken foot, and missing four games last year due to various injuries. Healthy for the Combine, Fitts showed his athletic prowess with 82nd-percentile SPARQ results, including 4.69 speed and elite agility scores. As Fitts hasn’t produced consistently in three years, he is an NFL projection as an edge player with big upside but a low floor.
Apr 28 - 4:01 PM

Utah edge rusher Kylie Fitts is visiting the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday.

Rotoworld's Josh Norris passed along this Fitts bit. The 6-foot-3, 263-pounder solidified himself as a prospect in the Day 2 mix while at the NFL Scouting Combine, where he posted a composite athletic score in the 82nd percentile of NFL edge rushers. He's not a lock to go before the start of Day 3, but we don't expect him to be sitting on the board for too long if he's not quite able to bring home a third-round selection.
Apr 12 - 5:54 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Utah edge rusher Kylie Fitts to Cleveland Browns DE Nate Orchard.

"[Fitts] could be a target for 3-4 teams as a strong-side outside linebacker, but a lack of anchor at the point of attack could chase him into competition for a role as designated pass rusher," Zierlein writes. The analyst believes that health will be a major factor in the 6-foot-3, 263-pounder's developmental track once he hits the NFL -- a foot injury limited Fitts to just two games played for the 2016 season and he additionally struggled to stay healthy during the most recent campaign due to various injury concerns. While questions surrounding his durability aren't going anywhere, Fitts did show out incredibly well at the NFL Scouting Combine, testing in the 82nd percentile of NFL edge rushers while showing off in Indianapolis last month. It's not completely outside the realm of possibility that he could potentially find an NFL home late on Day 2, as Zierlein points to Round 3 as his ceiling, while DraftScout.com projects him a shade beyond that as a fourth-rounder.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 4 - 6:14 PM

Utah redshirt junior Armand Shyne has returned to spring practices and participated in Friday's scrimmage.

Shyne took essentially a medical redshirt in 2017, as the 5-foot-11, 214-pound running back was out with an arm injury, and it didn't make sense to burn the year with a late return as a backup. Shyne has shown flashes of brilliance with Utah, but injuries have been a big part of his time at Utah. If healthy, he gives them a dynamic backup for presumed starter Zack Moss.
Apr 3 - 7:32 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports WR Darren Carrington should "get a pass" on his poor 40-yard dash time.

Pauline explains that Carrington (6'2/199) is suffering from a significant foot injury, the same one which kept him from playing in the Senior Bowl and performing at the NFL scouting combine. Carrington was never required to get surgery but the injury is healing slower than expected. He is expected to return to Indianapolis for the combine medical recheck next month. In addition to his current issues, Carrington was kicked out of Oregon on a DUI charge and finished up his career at Utah. With coaches at Utah vouching for his character, he is looking like an early Day 3 selection.
Apr 2 - 9:12 PM

An AFC team regional scout said that Utah WR Darren Carrington is "not a bad guy" and believes he will be drafted.

"[Carrington] might get labeled by some teams as a troublemaker, but I feel pretty confident his issue has been immaturity . . . He's got a chance to grow out of it and he started to do it this year," the scout said. While the 6-foot-2, 199-pounder was dismissed from Oregon following his arrest on a DUI charge last summer, his subsequent season with Utah went off without a hitch. In November, Utes HC Kyle Whittingham praised Carrington's conduct with the team. He was mostly a non-performer at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this evaluating season, taking part only in jumps (36-inch vertical, 120-inch broad). Presumably, he'll test more fully when Oregon holds its pro day on Thursday. Carrington should not be completely ruled out for a Day 2 selection, though smart money would probably be on Day 3.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 13 - 5:48 PM

Utah edge-rusher Kylie Fitts produced a composite score in the 82nd percentile at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Fitts (6'4/263) missed essentially the entire season after suffering a foot injury in the second game of the year against BYU, so this was an important combine for him. He performed well. He tied Harold Landry for the fastest 20 yard shuttle from an edge-rusher, and his 31 bench press reps ranked at the top. Fitts currently ranks as a third-to-fourth round pick by NFL.com's Lance Zierlein, who compares him to Nate Orchard.
Mar 6 - 12:35 AM

Junior DL Viana Moala transferred from Hawaii to Utah.

Moala was an All-MWC performer for the Warriors in 2018; making six tackles for loss in his ten games for Hawaii. His only restrictions for transfer were that he couldn't go to a school that Utah played in the next two years, which Utah obviously does not. He'll have to sit out one year, and will be eligible to play in the middle of the Utes' defense in 2019.
Mar 3 - 5:01 PM

Utah redshirt sophomore WR Britain Covey has returned from his LDS mission and will join the Utes this fall.

Covey hasn't played for Utah since 2015, as he left in spring of 2016 to fulfill his two-year LDS mission. He was one of the Utes best receivers in 2015 as a freshman; catching 43 passes for 519 yards and scoring four touchdowns. The shifty 5-foot-8, 166 pound receiver also excelled as a punt returner, and he could be a massive return for a team that had significant losses this offseason in the receiving corps.
Feb 16 - 9:04 PM

Utah hired Buffalo graduate assistant Chad Bumphis to serve in the same capacity.

Bumphis worked with the wide receivers at Buffalo in 2017. He is just in the infancy of his coaching career, as he's still relatively fresh off his collegiate playing days at Mississippi State. Bumphis stands as the No. 2 receiver in program history in terms of yardage, having racked up 2,270 yards while playing in Starkville during the earlier part of the decade.
Feb 16 - 12:13 PM

Utah signed uncommitted four-star 2018 WR Solomon Enis.

Enis also had offers from Penn State, Arizona, Georgia and Kentucky, along with a few other upper-echelon schools. It's one of the most high-profile signings under Kyle Wittingham, as he was ranking 175th in ESPN's list of top 300 players, and the second-best player in the state of Arizona by 247 Sports. Scouting reports suggest he's a fluid player who can change directions with strong hands, but will need to improve his hand extension. It shouldn't surprise anyone if Enis is an immediate contributor, especially when considering what Utah won't bring back at wide receiver in 2018.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 7 - 1:56 PM

Utah received a verbal commitment from 2018 three-star DT Jackson Cravens.

Cravens picks Utah over Michigan State, Washington, Oregon and several other big-name schools. The 6-foot-3, 285-pound defensive tackle is the nephew of Utes HC Kyle Wittingham, but as you can see from the offers above, this was not a case of nepotism. 247 Sports has him listed as the 46th best defensive tackle in the class, and the 11th best player in Utah.
Feb 3 - 6:58 PM

Utah signed 2018 four-star JUCO redshirt junior LB Bryant Pirtle.

Pirtle (6'3/235) originally committed to Western Kentucky in 2015 out of high school but didn't qualify. He opted for the Utes over Kentucky, Louisville, Oregon and Oklahoma, among others. "He is an excellent playmaker with scheme flexibility," ESPN noted in a scouting report. "His speed, overall explosiveness and speed should allow him to be a standout core special teamer." Pirtle could play ILB for Utah. "He’s moved from the defensive end position to our linebacker, because realistically as great as he is off the edge I really believe his natural position is going to be at linebacker," his JUCO coach Jim Monaco said. "I truly believe also if he’s going to have a shot to go above a Division I school and maybe have a cup of coffee -- please God -- and some dessert in the NFL, he needs to move inside."
Jan 31 - 10:26 PM


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