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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.
Dec 6 - 6:59 PM

Utah senior RB Joe Williams rushed for 97 yards on 26 carries in Saturday's 27-22 loss to Colorado.

Williams had rushed for a minimum of 149 yards and a touchdown in five consecutive games, but he would find neither of those marks against Colorado on Saturday. The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder will now await postseason bowl assignment as he looks for one more monster game to put the cherry on top of a 2016 campaign in which he has rushed for 1,185 yards and nine touchdowns over the course of eight games played.
Nov 26 - 11:48 PM

Utah senior RB Joe Williams rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries in Saturday's 30-28 loss to Oregon.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound junior has topped 100 yards in five straight games since returning from his mini-retirement. What a strange season it has been. Williams was mediocre in the first two games, missed one game to injury, retired for another three and has now had 149 yards or more and at least one rushing touchdown in five straight games.
Nov 19 - 5:41 PM

Utah redshirt sophomore WR Raelon Singleton caught four passes for 116 yards and three touchdowns in Thursday's 49-26 win over Arizona State.

Singleton averaged a healthy 29 yards per reception in the victory. He came through with touchdown grabs of 64, 17 and 24 yards, hauling in three of the four scores that QB Troy Williams tossed on the evening. Thursday's fine results aside, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Singleton has been a relative non-factor on offense this season. He has just three games of more than 45 yards receiving.
Nov 11 - 4:00 PM

Utah redshirt junior QB Troy Williams completed 21-of-37 passes for 296 yards and four touchdowns in Thursday's 49-26 win over Arizona State.

This was about as complete of a team performance on offense as you can get. Not only did Williams throw for four touchdowns, running back partner-in-crime Joe Williams rushed for 181 yards and two scores of his own. For his part, the 6-foot-2, 194-pound Williams (Troy species) snapped out of a wicked slump with this performance. Entering Thursday's action, he had thrown just three touchdown passes over his previous five games. Overall, he has accumulated 2,184 yards passing with a 13/5 TD/INT ratio over the course of 10 games played.
Nov 11 - 1:25 PM

Utah senior RB Joe Williams rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in Thursday's 49-26 win over Arizona State.

Williams has now rushed for at least 170 yards in each of the four games he has played in since briefly retiring in early September. On Thursday, he scored on a pair of long dashes in the second half, busting out for an 82-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and capping off the Utes' scoring efforts with a 40-yard touchdown run near the end of the fourth quarter. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound senior has posted 939 yards rushing and eight touchdowns in just six games this season.
Nov 11 - 12:26 PM

Utah senior RB Joe Williams would rank third in the FBS with an average of 151.6 rushing yards per game if he had enough appearances to qualify.

Williams retired after the second game of the year only to return after a few weeks off. Since coming back, he's run 98 times for 683 yards and six scores in three games, including 172 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 31-24 loss to Washington. "He ran angry this weekend, running behind his pads between the tackles and bringing the heat to defenders whenever possible," NFL Media Draft analyst Chad Reuter wrote about his NFL prospects. "A north-south runner, Williams lacks elite agility and struggles to keep his shoulders square to cut quickly once he tries to bounce runs outside. But if scouts believe he's all-in on a career in the NFL and are looking for a guy to pound the ball in a power-running scheme, they'll be very interested in Williams.."
Source: NFL.com
Nov 2 - 8:39 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Utah junior T Grant Bolles will "consider entering the draft if he receives a first round grade from the advisory committee."

The analyst added that "many believe he is top 32 worthy." Bolles, a four-star JUCO recruit in the past cycle, previously served an LDS church mission and will be 25 years old next May. Bolles has been sensational since taking over the Utes' starting left tackle spot from J.J. Dielman, who moved to center.
Nov 2 - 6:39 PM

Utah junior RB Joe Williams rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown on 35 carries in Saturday's 31-24 loss to Washington.

This story just keeps on getting better. The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder has run for 683 yards and six touchdowns in his three post-retirement games. Despite this loss, Utah's season is far from over. In fact, this one may have been an early preview of the Pac-12 championship game. If so, yes please. The Utes are on bye next week and at Arizona State on Nov. 10.
Oct 29 - 7:46 PM

Utah received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 CB Jaylon Johnson.

This is a really nice commitment for Utah, as Johnson ranks as Scout.com's No. 59 overall prospect in the 2017 class. Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arizona State and USC were also jostling for the 6-foot, 170-pounder's love before he finally settled on a landing spot. He took an official visit to Salt Lake City for the Utes' showdown with Arizona on October 8. Utah made the right impression there, winning that game 36-23.
Oct 28 - 11:03 PM

Utah CB coach Sharrieff Shah said that "nobody throws a better deep ball than [Washington sophomore QB Jake Browning]."

Shah and company will be playing host to the undefeated Huskies on Saturday. Said the cornerbacks coach, "Get ready for the fade ball. Because Browning has thrown it, and he’s better than anyone we have faced to date." While Utah is tied for the national lead with their 14 interceptions, they will have their work cut out for them if they want to improve on that tally this weekend. Browning has thrown just two interceptions all year.
Oct 28 - 9:20 PM

Utah and BYU have reached agreement on a two-game extension of the Holy War.

Prior to this new arrangement, games had been scheduled between BYU and Utah lasting through the 2020 season. Make that 2022, now. In a statement, Cougars AD Tom Holmoe said, "I’ve loved this rivalry as a player, coach and administrator, and look forward to the future games." Utah currently holds a 56-31-4 advantage in the series. Most recently, they beat BYU by a 20-19 final on September 10.
Oct 27 - 2:34 PM

Only Michigan, Alabama and Miami are more adept at forcing third-and-longs than Utah.

The opposition's average third down against Utah sits at 8.3 yards needed to gain. This week, Washington's prolific offense will have its chance against the 7-1 Utes, in what stands as an intriguing match-up. Utah is currently rolling on a three-game winning streak and has won games in both defensive (19-14 over Oregon State) and offensive (52-45 over UCLA) fashion. And Washington, of course, just moved into the AP Top 25's No. 4 position and are tracking toward the Playoff if they can avoid a stumble over the next month-plus.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 25 - 1:08 PM

Utah junior RB Joe Williams turned in an awe-inspiring performance in Saturday's 52-45 win over UCLA, rushing for 332 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries.

Williams had retired in mid-September, but after being lured back into the fold a little over a week ago, he has been nothing short of brilliant. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound junior's 332 yards rushing against UCLA stand as the most for an FBS rusher in a game this season. He averaged a juicy 11.4 YPC and scored touchdowns on runs of three, 43, 64 and 55 yards. In two games since unretiring, Williams has posted a combined 511 yards rushing with five touchdowns scored. If he is still on the waiver wire, run, don't walk, to pick him up.
Oct 22 - 8:28 PM

Utah junior RB Joe Williams rushed for 179 yards and a touchdown on 34 carries in Saturday's 19-14 win over Oregon State.

Williams had actually left the team as of September 14, but he rejoined the Utes this week after a conversation with HC Kyle Whittingham. He wasted no time in making his presence felt. The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder scored from four yards out as time wound down in the first quarter and finished out averaging 5.2 YPC with a long run of 49 yards. He is worth a speculative fantasy flier.
Oct 15 - 8:46 PM


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