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Per NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter, Utah senior LB Jared Norris "should be able to play inside or outside in a 3-4 scheme at the next level."

"Norris hopes to be the next Ute end/linebacker heading to the NFL," Reuter wrote. "He received honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors in 2014, showing stoutness and burst to the ball." The 6-foot-2, 234-pound Norris was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 honoree in 2014, finishing third in the Pac-12 and leading Utah in tackles per game (8.9). The output included 116 tackles, 13 TFL and four sacks.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 31 - 6:26 PM

Utah HC Kyle Whittingham said senior Travis Wilson remains the school's starting QB.

Whittingham expects Kendal Thompson to push Wilson, who started much of last season but was benched for a stretch during the UCLA game. Both have starting experience since Wilson has a history of head injuries. The Utes will rely heavily on running back Devontae Booker but like to spread defenses out with spacing and quick passes.
Jul 29 - 1:37 PM

Utah senior LB Jared Norris is "built like an old-school electric football player and he has the same motor," writes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

Norris plays the "rover" linebacker spot in Utah's defensive scheme. "Norris is a proactive, attacking linebacker who plays downhill and will handle the dirty work for the Utes," Zierlein wrote. "While he lacks coverage ability, he's rarely out of position against the run and plays with urgency at all times." The 6-foot-2, 234-pound Norris was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 honoree in 2014, finishing third in the Pac-12 and leading Utah in tackles per game (8.9). He added 13 TFL and four sacks.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 19 - 6:06 PM

Criminal charges against former Utah CB Dominique Hatfield were dropped on Thursday.

Hatfield was accused of robbing a man at knifepoint, after posting an online ad to sell an Xbox and then attempting to rob the responder. At this present time, there is no news on if Hatfield will be reinstated to the Utes program. Hatfield recorded 38 tackles and nine pass breakups, and was expected to be one of the Utes starting corners.
Jul 17 - 3:06 PM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown believes Utah junior DE Hunter Dimick "could become one of the Pac-12's most productive pass rushers, as the leader of what should be an excellent defensive front again."

"Nate Orchard stole the show with 18 ½ sacks last year, but now that he's gone, it's Dimick's turn to shine," Brown wrote. The 6-foot-3, 266-pound junior posted 10 sacks, 14.5 TFL, 52 tackles and two forced fumbles last year. The analyst grades Dimick as the No. 13 defensive end in the land.
Jul 15 - 12:51 AM

Utah sophomore DT Lowell Lotulelei "is quickly making a name for himself," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

Even if you don't know Lowell, you've no doubt intuited that he's the younger brother of former Utah first-round DT Star Lotulelei. "He started the final nine games for a stingy Utah defense last year as a freshman, sliding in at nose tackle at 6-foot-2, 310 pounds ... [and] helping to eat up space in the middle of the defense to free up one of the nation's best pass rushes," Brown wrote. "His best game of his debut season actually came against Oregon, with 6 tackles and two sacks." The scribe ranks Lotulelei, who had 33 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble last year, as the No. 11 defensive tackle in the land.
Jul 14 - 5:59 PM

Suspended Utah junior CB Dominique Hatfield has been dismissed from the football team.

According to head coach Kyle Whittingham there were further concerns about Hatfield's behavior after he was suspended. The corner's suspension was handed down after he was arrested for investigation of aggravated robbery with a knife. Hatfield started 10 games last season.
Jul 10 - 12:06 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Utah senior RB Devontae Booker as the No. 3 senior running back prospect in the land.

"Compact and explosive, Booker broke out last season after going the junior college route," Kiper wrote. "Health will be worth watching, as he's the focal point of this offense -- he caught 43 passes to go with 292 rush attempts last season." The 5-foot-11, 212-pound Booker had 1,512 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground and 42 catches for 311 yards and two touchdowns through the air last year.
Jul 8 - 3:23 PM

Utah RB redshirt sophomore RB Troy McCormick will likely miss the 2015 season after suffering a serious knee injury during spring activities.

McCormick ended the season on a high note, with five carries going for 86 yards. He was in line to be the second option behind clear top back Devontae Booker. Bubba Poole, who was slated to see slot snaps, could see more carries now.
Source: ESPN
Jul 8 - 10:22 AM

Utah starting junior CB Dominique Hatfield was arrested for investigation of aggravated robbery on Wednesday.

The details are quite unique, as Hatfield posted an online listing to sell an Xbox and then attempted to rob the responder with a knife. Hatfield wrote the ad under a pseudonym. He started 10 games last season opposite Eric Rowe.
Source: Desert News
Jul 2 - 11:14 AM

Utah senior RB Devontae Booker "reminds me of a lighter version of Matt Forte," observes NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein.

The analyst ranks him as the No. 7 running back in the land. "He is a probing zone-scheme runner who darts seamlessly in and out of creases depending on how the defense is flowing," Zierlein wrote. "Booker has smooth feet and easy ability to transition from cut to cut. If that isn't enough to worry about, Booker torments defenses as an outstanding pass catcher, as well. With Booker returning for his senior season, we'll see if the Utes dial Booker back in order to limit his wear and tear." That doesn't appear as though it'll happen, as Utah HC Kyle Whittingham said Booker will receive 30-35 touches per game this fall. The 5-foot-11, 212-pound Booker had 1,512 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground and 42 catches for 311 yards and two touchdowns through the air last year. He led the Pac-12 in run yards after contact with 815, with 54 percent of his yards coming after first contact.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 25 - 8:28 PM

The devaluation of the running back position might prevent Utah senior RB Devontae Booker "from being a top-50 pick, but another ultra-productive season and top-notch NFL Scouting Combine workout could push him in that direction," believes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"His combination of power, quickness, elusiveness in the hole and receiving ability give him an excitement factor lacking from most collegiate backs," Reuter wrote. The 5-foot-11, 212-pound Booker had 1,512 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground and 42 catches for 311 yards and two touchdowns through the air last year. He led the Pac-12 in run yards after contact with 815. Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said Booker will receive 30-35 touches per game this fall.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 21 - 5:12 PM

Utah senior RB Devontae Booker "excels as a one-cut runner with vision and a decisive style," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"The Utes will lean heavily on him with an erratic passing game around him," Brown wrote. Last year, Booker finished with more total touches on offense than any back in the nation outside of Jay Ajayi and Melvin Gordon. He converted that usage into 1,512 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground and 42 catches for 311 yards and two touchdowns through the air. The 5-foot-11, 212-pounder is a preseason Heisman candidate.
Jun 18 - 3:38 PM

"It will be a surprise," observes ESPN's Kyle Bonagura, if Utah senior RB Devontae Booker "isn't one of the first five running backs selected next year."

"If Booker didn't take the junior college route, his 1,512-yard junior season for the Utes might have been his last one," Bonagura wrote. "However, with just one year of Division I experience, Booker chose to return to Utah and could make a push for a 2,000-yard season." He chipped in 43 receptions for 306 yards and two scores in the receiving game. The 5-foot-11, 203-pound Booker led the Pac-12 in run yards after contact with 815.
Source: ESPN.com
May 30 - 10:26 PM

Walter Football ranks Utah senior RB Devontae Booker as the No. 5 draft-eligible running back.

"Booker is a quick runner who is more physical than one would think," the site noted. "If he could add some weight for the NFL, that could help him to be a three-down runner. Booker was rumored to be entering the 2015 NFL Draft, but he wisely decided to return to Utah as he has only one season of major college football experience." Last year, the 5-foot-11, 203-pound Booker ran for 1,512 yards and 10 touchdowns with 43 receptions for 306 yards and two scores. He led the Pac-12 in run yards after contact with 815.
May 29 - 7:11 PM


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