Updated on Dec 6, 2013 11:25AM
Wrapping up a story on Utah's football season for Sunday's paper and thought I'd share a few tidbits.
Updated on Nov 30, 2013 06:30AM
There is a lot of disappointment among the Utes that they were unable to be bowl eligible this year, but I don't think that disappointment will carry over into a bad result for the Utes against Colorado. Utah should end its losing streak today and go out on a good note.
Colorado's defense is one of the worst in the country, ranking 102nd giving up 213.4 rushing yards and ranking 104th giving up 261.9 passing yards.
If anything else, today should be a good chance for quarterback Adam Schulz to get some more experience and confidence heading into the offseason. With the future of quarterback Travis Wilson unknown, Schulz will have an advantage going into spring ball against the fresh...
Updated on Nov 27, 2013 01:10PM
The Utes noticed a glaring error when the Pac-12 announced its Academic All-Conference team Tuesday with Eric Rowe's name not appearing on any of the teams.
Rowe, a junior who has been accepted into Utah's business program, has a GPA of 3.447 which would have made him an easy candidate for first team honors.
Unfortunately, the university made a mistake and failed to nominate him. At Utah's request, the Pac-12 has agreed to put him on the honorable mention team.
The Spring, Texas, native has been one of the program's better students and was a member of the National Honor Society in high school.
On the field, Rowe has started 34 games since his freshman season and is tied f...
Updated on Nov 27, 2013 11:43AM
You can see the talent when Princeton Onwas drives to the basket and finishes over a defender. You can see it when he flies through the air, catches a lob and slams it through the hoop.
Utah's 6-foot-5 junior forward hasn't always been up to speed with Larry Krystkwoiak's system. But a subtle change last week has allowed Onwas to play much better, and much more agressive.
Before last week, Onwas was playing the small forward position and learning the power forward spot as well, because the Utes have had a dearth of big men with Dallin Bachynski and Marko Kovacevic both out. Onwas struggled with the extra responsibility, and struggled some. That's when Krystkowiak made that s...
Updated on Nov 26, 2013 11:25AM
One of the more disappointing areas for Utah's offense this year has been the lack of production at running back. Before the season began, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said he felt both Bubba Poole and Kelvin York could be 1,000-yard rushers, but they are far off that mark with Poole rushing 146 times for 606 yards this season and York rushing 87 times for 331 yards.
One has to wonder what the running back position would have been like if Devontae Booker, a JC transfer from American River College, had made it into school.
The Utes were excited about Booker's potential, but unfortunately he never arrived with Whittingham announcing in August Booker wouldn't join the Utes due to...
Updated on Nov 25, 2013 01:31PM
Utah coach Kyle Whittingham and the players present at Monday's press conference were adamant they would give all they have against Colorado on Saturday even if a bowl game is no longer a possibility for them.
Nevertheless, that might be a hard ideal to live up to as the Utes admitted Saturday's loss at Washington State was a heart-breaker. The Utes thought they had a comeback within their grasp and losing in the way they did was difficult, they said.
Utah defensive end Trevor Reilly said he didn't even turn his phone on until Monday afternoon because he didn't want to discuss the loss.
"I didn't have a very good game so I am taking it pretty hard," he said. "I feel bad for th...
Updated on Nov 24, 2013 10:24AM
Shortly after dissecting Utah's 49-37 loss to Washington State and admitting the Utes couldn't cover WSU's receivers in man, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham made the most obvious and revealing statement of the day.
The Utes have some ground to make up in recruiting perimeter players, he said.
No kidding. Seeing the impact that tight end Jake Murphy had on the Utes' offense in the last two games has made that statement even more clear.
Murphy was better with one healthy hand than the rest of Utah's receivers, finishing with five catches for 102 yards, except for Dres Anderson who had five catches for 129 yards.
This was supposed to be a year when the Utes were deep at receiver...
Updated on Nov 23, 2013 12:18PM
Saturday's game looks like a perfect setup for Washington State to clinch bowl eligibility against a Utah team on a 4-game slide and using a backup quarterback.
It almost looks a little too perfect and I'm tempted to pick the Utes to win this game, but ultimately I am going with WSU for one reason - Utah's run game, or lack of it.
As Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said, the Utes' run game didn't do its part to help Utah against Oregon. Granted, Oregon's defense is a lot better than WSU's and the Utes were without Kelvin York, who missed the game with a knee injury.
York should play Saturday, but I'm still not a big enough believer in Utah's run game to pick the Utes.
Updated on Nov 19, 2013 10:28PM
Utah junior center Dallin Bachynski has begun practicing again after being sidelined for two weeks with a sprained ankle. The seven-footer is expected to play this Thursday against Grand Canyon in the first of Utah's three day tournament.
Bachynski missed Utah's first two games, thinning Larry Krystkowiak's big man rotation. Junior center Marko Kovacevic has also made progress towards returning from a fractured wrist.
Bachynski played well in Tuesday's practice, using his size and athleticism. At his best, he provides Utah with a physical presence in the middle. He can run the floor and he can finish with power in the paint.
But he's been maddenly inconsistent in his ...
Updated on Nov 18, 2013 03:10PM
When he was asked following Utah's loss to Oregon if Travis Wilson could have traveled to Eugene to help quarterback Adam Schulz, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham looked a little befuddled before admitting he didn't think of that possibility.
Now we know why his concern had more to do with Wilson's health than where he'd be on Saturday, following the news a pre-existing condition discovered during exams following a concussion has ended Wilson's season and possibly his career.
During Monday's press conference, Whittingham said he has evaluated everything over and over to try and figure out if the Utes are doing anything that is putting their quarterbacks in harm's way since the last time...
Updated on Nov 17, 2013 05:27AM
Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said following Utah's loss to Oregon on Saturday that the Utes didn't feel the need to modify the offense much with Adam Schulz playing instead of Travis Wilson.
The lack of much tweaking is a good thing, because it sure sounds like Schulz is going to be the guy for the remainder of the year.
Whittingham said the Utes' mentality is that Schulz is the starter and he'll shed more light on the nature of Wilson's head injury on Monday. Unlike other injury situations, Whittingham didn't even offer a glimmer of hope that Wilson would be back on the field.
What he did add was that his "thoughts and prayers" are with Wilson, making it sound like Wilson's st...
Updated on Nov 16, 2013 09:01PM
Larry Krystkowiak's run of getting instate commits continued on Saturday night.
Hunter guard Noah Togiai - one of the Utes key targets in the Class of 2015 - pledged to Utah one day after the Utes defeated UC-Davis 94-60 at the Huntsman Center.
Togiai was one of two instate players - Makol Mawien is the other - to hold a scholarship offer for 2015. Togiai is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, who is also one of the best football players in the state. When reached by the Tribune on Saturday night, Togiai said he was a Utah lean for quite some time.
"Ever since I got the offer, I knew Utah was where I wanted to go," Togiai said. "But my mom said no. She wanted me to take my tim...
Updated on Nov 15, 2013 06:54PM
Doubt few liked Utah's chances of winning at Oregon before Friday, now with news that quarterback Travis Wilson is out with a concussion, is anyone picking the Utes?
I'm going with Oregon, believing the Ducks simply have too many weapons for Utah, even if quarterback Marcus Mariota isn't healthy.
But really, this is a game where the weapons on Oregon's defense could hurt the Utes more than even those on offense.
Utah's defense has played well enough, especially against the run, that under normal circumstances it can give the Utes a chance to win.
But with Wilson out, as well as running back Kelvin York, Utah's already struggling offense is going to have a difficult time a...
Updated on Nov 13, 2013 02:54PM
In Brekkott Chapman, Isaiah Wright and Kyle Kuzma, Utah has landed its highest rated recruiting class in almost 10 years.
Here's what the three will bring to the Utes
Brekkott Chapman - Is the 46th rated player in the country. A 6-foot-9 forward, he needs strength. But that may be his only glaring weakness. He is left-handed, he shoots the ball to three-point range. He can block shot. He draws defenders out to the perimeter and can go by them. He handles the ball and passes well in transition. He's the kind of versatile power forward that Jordan Loveridge has turned himself into.
Isaiah Wright - Larry Krystkowiak said he loves Wright's leadership. He's a big point gua...
Updated on Nov 13, 2013 01:03PM
Utah's gymnastics team added four Junior Olympic national qualifiers to its future roster with the signings of Samantha Partyka (Katy, Texas), Maddy Stover (Fullerton, Calif.), Kari Lee (Peoria, Ariz.) and Tiffani Lewis (Las Vegas).
Partyka is a two-year, elite member of the Junior Olympic National Team and a three-time J.O. national champion while Stover won national JO titles on the beam in 2011 and all-around in 2013 in the Senior B Division.
Lee placed first in the all-around at the 2013 JO National Championships Senior A Division and Lewis placed eighth in the 2012 JO National Championship.
"This is an exceptional signing class that will help us remain nationally competi...
Updated on Nov 11, 2013 04:05PM
If you were looking for a dramatic overhaul to Utah's offense between now and Saturday, you'll be disappointed based on the thoughts shared at Utah's press conference Monday.
Utah's offense, which went from averaging 37 points in the first six games to 15.3 points in the last three, simply has to play better according to Utah coach Kyle Whittingham.
The only change one can expect to see is more of right tackle Isaac Asiata after he graded out well in his effort on Saturday.
Whittingham said coaching ultimately was to blame for Utah's struggles, saying it was up to the coaches to help the players perform better. If they couldn't, it was the coaches' fault for finding the "wrong...
Updated on Nov 10, 2013 06:15AM
Dejected doesn't even begin to describe the mood of Utah coach Kyle Whittingham and the Utah players in the post-game interview session Saturday following the loss to Arizona State.
As defender Trevor Reilly aptly put it, the 20-19 loss was "hard" and "sucked." Add "heart-wrenching to that description as well.
Utah's fourth-quarter collapse denied the Utes a much-needed win to stop their losing streak and keep their bowl hopes strong.
Instead the Utes must prepare for Oregon wondering if their offense will ever return to the efficiency of the first few games.
The latest problem, Utah's poor offensive line play, is a troubling and mysterious issue.
The Utes haven't h...
Updated on Nov 9, 2013 06:28AM
The last few times Utah and Arizona State have played, the Sun Devils have blistered the Utes with their speed. Today's game could be more of the same, which is why I am picking the Sun Devils to win. ASU's offense is so varied, I think the Utes will have trouble slowing it, as good as the Utah defense has played recently.
Running back Marion Grice is a great example of that diversity as he is not only a great runner but has good hands as well. Can they Utes contain him? I have my doubts.
Having said that, it wouldn't be a surprise if the Utes do win today. Utah plays well at home and ASU hasn't performed well on the road. Both teams have a lot of motivation, but the Utes might wan...
Updated on Nov 7, 2013 11:04AM
Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said he’ll have his eyes on tonight’s big matchup between No. 2 Oregon and No. 6 Stanford, but as for that other big matchup, the one that pits Wisconsin against BYU on Saturday, he has no interest whatsoever.
“I have my hands full with Arizona State,” he said.
Whittingham said he was unaware of all the radio and social media discussion of the friendship between BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall and Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen, Whittingham’s former assistant.
Mendenhall said this week that he and Andersen have grown closer sin...
Updated on Nov 6, 2013 02:39PM
With Tuesday marking the 5-year anniversary of the Utes' victory over TCU in the 2008 season, the Pac-12 Networks will commemorate the event by airing a 2-hour version of the game Thursday at 10 p.m. MST.
The No. 8 Utes beat No. 12 TCU 13-10 that day when now co-offensive coordinator Brian Johnson threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Freddie Brown with 48 seconds left. The pass completed an 80-yard drive in which Johnson was 7-of-9 passing.
- Lya Wodraska
Updated on Nov 5, 2013 09:17PM
Sophomore forward Dakarai Tucker appears to have won the starting small forward spot over Princeton Onwas. The reasoning appears to be simple. Both guys have their strengths. And while Onwas is a talent and is the best pure athlete on the team, Tucker's ability to shoot the ball and improved athleticism has given him a leg up.
Delon Wright is good off the dribble and can get into the lane a good amount of the time. Because of this, it makes sense to surround the junior guard with shooters. Tucker is rapidly turning into a good spot up shooter, especially from the corners. It remains to be seen whether or not he can make them once the season starts on Friday at the Huntsman Center a...
Updated on Nov 4, 2013 01:10PM
Utah quarterback Travis Wilson talked about his hand, the Utes' bowl hopes, ASU and more during today's press conference. You can check out part of his interview here.
- Lya Wodraska
Updated on Nov 4, 2013 08:35AM
Utah kicker Andy Phillips is among the 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza award, which goes to the best kicker in the nation.
Phillips is 13-of-16 on the season and is 6-of-8 from 40 yards and out. He is 30-of-30 on PATs.
The finalists will be announced on Nov. 25 and the winner will be announced on Dec. 12.
- Lya Wodraska
Updated on Nov 2, 2013 08:59PM
Eventually, Utah was able to overwhelm St. Martin's with its depth and speed and athleticism. Next Friday against Evergreen State should yield the same results for a Utah team looking to make its mark on a new season. So here are a few things on each side of the spectrum that the coaching staff should like, or want to work on.
GOOD: Jordan Loveridge and Delon Wright. It's not out of the question to think both of these guys could compete for all-conference honors. Both are matchup nightmares, Loveridge because of his ball skills a stretch power forward and Wright because of his length and athleticism at point guard. Against the Saints, both dominated, even if they weren't perfect. L...
Updated on Nov 1, 2013 11:00PM
Larry Krystkowiak and his staff tried to tell the players in the five weeks leading up to Friday night's 91-64 win over St. Martin's.
During scrimmages, makeshift referees called fouls frequently.
But nothing's going to prepare a team for the real thing....like the real thing.
The Utes were whistled for 23 fouls against the Saints. Many of them were of the ticky tack variety. You see, the NCAA is outlawing all hand-checking this season. For teams that don't adjust, it will leave them in foul trouble.
So Utah has nothing left to do but adjust.
"We're going to have to figure out some ways to not foul," Krystkowiak said. "There's nothing like seeing this up...
Updated on Oct 31, 2013 05:26PM
Utah plays its one dress rehearsal tomorrow night at the Huntsman Center against St. Martin's. Here are some of the things to keep an eye out for as the Runnin' Utes prepare for their season-opener next week against Evergreen State.
1) Jordan Loveridge is in the process of making the leap from supporting character to lead role. The offense last year went largely through departed seniors Jarred DuBois and Jason Washburn. Loveridge will have a much bigger role as a sophomore. He will get more touches, higher usage and a big opportunity to improve on the 12 points per game he averaged as one of the better freshmen in the Pac-12.
2) The point guard role will be shared by Delon W...
Updated on Oct 31, 2013 06:27AM
Utah's developmental players have been getting some extra attention during the bye week, as is customary for the Utes.
So far, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham likes what he sees out of the younger players.
Those who are standing out to him include quarterbacks Brandon Cox and Conner Manning as well as the offensive line.
"We've got four or five we are very pleased with," he said of the offensive line. "Hopefully that will be a strength in the future."
As for the quarterbacks, Whittingham said Cox, a 6-2, 200-pound freshman out of Pasadena, Calif., has gotten stronger.
"That is a product of the weight room and a lot of growth," Whittingham said.
Defensively, junior J...
Updated on Oct 28, 2013 08:32AM
Utah defender Trevor Reilly, who is widely recognized as the leader for Utah's defense, is being recognized on a national level for his talent as he is one of 12 semi-finalists for the Butkus Award, which goes to the nation's top linebacker.
Also among the candidates is BYU's Kyle Van Noy.
Reilly, who plays both defensive end and linebacker, leads the Utes with 69 tackles, including 44 solo. He has 11 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. He also has a forced fumble and three fumble recoveries.
The finalists will be announced on Nov. 26 and the winner will be announced by Dec. 10.
The other semi-finalists are UCLA's Anthony Barr, LSU's Lamin Barrow, Wisconsin's Chris Borland, Ca...
Updated on Oct 27, 2013 08:37AM
The Utes have some difficult decisions to make this week as they try to stabilize a disintegrating offense. What will end the turnovers? What will get the passing game going again? What will shore up the offensive line and which back should the Utes use?
Of all the questions, the most troubling and the one that needs the most immediate answer is what to do at quarterback.
Do the Utes stick with Travis Wilson, see what Adam Schulz can do as a starter or give freshman Conner Manning a chance?
It's a tough decision, and one the Utes will take some time in deciding. The coaches will study film of Saturday's loss and probably see how the quarterbacks practice this week.
Updated on Oct 26, 2013 09:23AM
After getting burned in my pick last week, I'm hesitant to go with the Utes against USC. However, this game, much like the Arizona game, seems ripe for a Utah upset given all the injuries to USC.
The Utes have their share of injuries too, with the most concerning being the sprained finger on quarterback Travis Wilson's throwing hand.
How much it will affect him is a big question. Wilson has to take better care of the ball and make better decisions than he did against Arizona when he threw two interceptions before leaving the game just before halftime.
Even with Wilson struggling against the Wildcats, that contest showed that more than injuries, Utah's mental state plays a bigg...
Updated on Oct 25, 2013 04:11PM
As most know, Utah and USC are dealing with injuries as they head into Saturday's game. Here is a story by the Los Angeles Times that looks at how NCAA sanctions and a reduction of scholarships have affected the Trojans.
Interestingly enough, there is another brief in which a senior associate athletic director explains away USC's 53 percent graduation rate for its football team - which ranked just 11th in the Pac-12 - because so many players turned pro and left school before completing their degrees.
The rates are based on the 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006 classes, when 21 players went to the NFL.
According to USC, the Trojans had three players leave early in 2009 (receiver Damia...
Updated on Oct 24, 2013 10:12AM
The explanations starting coming immediately following Kenneth Ogbe's performance on Wednesday night at the Huntsman Center.
Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak simply said some guys perform better when the lights come on and there are people in the stands.
Ogbe said that he's been getting extra shots up after practice lately.
Whatever the reason, the 6-foot-6 freshman guard from Germany made quite the impression in the Night with the Runnin' Utes intrasquad scrimmage.
In the first official exposure to the public, Ogbe scored a game-high 21 points. He shot 8-9 from the field. He made all three of his attempts beyond the arc. He made the play of the night - going basel...
Updated on Oct 24, 2013 07:22AM
Utah kicker Andy Phillips, who saw his streak of successful kicks end at Arizona when he missed from 42 and 40 yards out, said he'll be ready if called upon to kick against USC.
Phillips, who is 12-of-14 on the season, said he knew kicking at Arizona in his first real away game would be a challenge and he simply kicked the ball too hard.
"Naturally as a right-footed kicker you pull the ball to the left," he said. "So I haven't made any huge adjustments because I don't feel like I was kicking the ball poorly."
Recent kickers have gone on a downhill slide after failed attempts, but Phillips is convinced that won't happen to him.
"Like (punter) Tom Hackett says, you have to ...
Updated on Oct 23, 2013 08:15AM
USC's football team is going through a trying time of late, but the program is still recognized as one of the nation's long-time best, with the Trojans having won 11 national titles, going to 31 bowl games and producing six Heisman trophy winners in addition to 462 NFL players.
All of the winning history and tradition can be a bit intimidating for opponents, but the Utes haven't played against the Trojans like they were some wide-eyed team that couldn't believe it was on the same field as USC.
I was particularly impressed with the way the Utes handled themselves two years ago when they made their first trip as a Pac-12 team to USC, losing 23-14.
The Utes played well enough to ...
Updated on Oct 22, 2013 12:52PM
Utah coach Kyle Whittingham sounded hopeful quarterback Travis Wilson would play against USC when asked of Wilson's status during Tuesday's Pac-12 teleconference.
"We hope to have him, that is to be determined, but I am optimistic," Whittingham said. "I hope I am not being overly optimistic, but I will say that he will play. That is my guess right now. It's early in the week and we will see how things progress."
Wilson hurt his hand during Saturday's loss against Arizona, a game in which he threw two interceptions and completed just 3-of-9 passing for 15 yards and a touchdown before he was replaced by Adam Schulz.
Although Schulz and freshman Conner Manning both will get snap...
Updated on Oct 21, 2013 03:26PM
So Travis Wilson may or may not play against USC, depending on how he looks in practice this week, particularly in Tuesday's session since Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said ideally he'll settle on a starter for USC Tuesday.
What to make of the situation and how much could it affect the Utes as they get ready for USC?
Obviously, the Utes would prefer to have Wilson 100 percent healthy as they prepare for a crucial road game.
But more than Wilson, one has to wonder about the team's attitude. The players who represented the team at Monday's press conference backed up their coach's assessment of the Arizona loss by admitting they weren't ready to take the field Saturday.
Updated on Oct 21, 2013 02:23PM
This is the beauty and the curse of playing in the Pac-12 Conference.
Utah suffered it's most disheartening loss of the season two days ago against Arizona. The Utes may have lost quarterback Travis Wilson for at least a week. They may have to press a true freshman into service, and they are left to lament on a running back going for almost 250 yards against them - on the ground alone.
So what's the reward? You got it. Playing against USC in Los Angeles.
Few conferences around the country challenge you like the Pac-12 does with it's grinder of a schedule. Utah coach Kyle Whittingham speaks on the loss and what's ahead for the Utes, and what has to be done if the progr...
Updated on Oct 20, 2013 12:15AM
Throw the Utah-Arizona game on the pile of wacky college football contests that took place Saturday. The Utes lost in a surprising way with Arizona back Ka'Deem Carey totaling a school record 236 yards.
No doubt Carey is a great back, as the Utes learned last year when he rushed for 204 yards against them. That he bettered his stats on Saturday against a Utah defense that played so well against Stanford was surprising.
Just as troubling for the Utes was the offensive woes. Quarterback Travis Wilson threw two interceptions before he was sidelined due to a swollen right hand.
Backup Adam Schulz finished the night 12-of-23 for 142 yards, including a 55-yard flea flicker touchdown...
Updated on Oct 19, 2013 12:07PM
What does Vegas know that the rest of us don't know? I can't help but think that considering the Utes are underdogs against Arizona today.
Really, this seems like a road game ideal for the Utes. Arizona's defense is struggling against league opponents, giving up 34.5 points in losses to Washington and USC while the Utes are riding high after their upset of Stanford.
Perhaps there is some skepticism that the Utes can put that big win behind them and be focused well enough on Arizona to beat the Wildcats.
But Utah's players insisted this week they put the win in its place and are ready to get a road win against a league opponent.
I expect Utah's defense to slow Arizona runn...
Updated on Oct 17, 2013 04:52PM
Utah junior Delon Wright has yet to play his first game for the Utes.
That doesn't mean people don't know who he is.
Take Colorado junior Spencer Dinwiddie. When asked about Utah, Wright was almost the first thing out of his mouth.
"He's someone who can hurt you in a number of ways," Dinwiddie said. "He's multi-skilled and he's someone who can make a big impact in this league."
If that's not enough, take Utes coach Larry Krystkowiak's lead.
"Delon is someone who can certainly garner some attention in the conference."
Or what about college basketball analyst Jon Rothstein, who raved about Wright on twitter.
"I would expect Delon Wright to ha...
Updated on Oct 17, 2013 04:38PM
There are expected to be more whistles, more fouls.
There are expected to be a few hiccups along the way, especially early in the season.
At the same time, the changes are expected to make for better basketball by midseason, at least the NCAA hopes so.
The officiating changes were explained to the press on media day. This season, there are a few major rules that referees will make an emphasis.
1) No longer will a defender be allowed to hand-check - which is using his hands to slow the ball-handler. If a defender puts two hands on a dribbler, the whistle will automatically blow, at least it's supposed to.
2) No longer will a defender be allowed to slow a ...
Updated on Oct 17, 2013 09:55AM
Column from an Arizona paper takes a look at the age difference between Utah's players and Arizona's. While the writer doesn't come out and say the Utes have an unfair advantage by using return missionaries, it sure comes close.
Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez is quoted on the difference in age as saying, "A lot of people talk about young players being inexperienced but I think the biggest factor is strength," he said. "You're not as strong when you're 18 or 19 as you are when you're 22, 23, or 25."
This certainly isn't a new thought, that Utah or BYU or other teams that have many return missionaries on their teams have an advantage in age, but I'd say there can be just as many misses...
Updated on Oct 16, 2013 07:03PM
Video for you from today's practice of co-offensive coordinator Dennis Erickson talking about Utah's first trip out of state, the receivers and more.
Overall it was another good practice according to coach Kyle Whittingham. Whittingham feels the team has put the buzz of beating Stanford behind and is focused on the Arizona game.
- Lya Wodraska
Updated on Oct 15, 2013 11:38AM
The honors just keep pouring in for kicker Andy Phillips, who was named to ESPN's Midseason All-America team.
Phillips has yet to miss on field goal attempts or PATs.
Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said on Monday that Phillips' consistency has changed the Utes' mindset when they get close to the red zone since Phillips is so reliable.
"We hope it continues," Whittingham said.
Phillips made a career long 48-yarder against Stanford and is 4-for-4 in field goals from 40-yards out.
- Lya Wodraska
Updated on Oct 14, 2013 02:21PM
Utah coach Kyle Whittingham has always been a big believer on the merits of interior play.
Teams can spread things out, teams can have a glitzy passing game, but the key to winning lies on the offensive and defensive lines.
That's why he was so proud of the win over Stanford on Saturday. The Utes were the better team in the trenches and Whittingham wasn't afraid to point that out. Utah's ability to run the ball and stop the run proved to be a lynchpin in one of the biggest upsets this season in college football.
Whittingham addressed that and much more in his media availability on Monday morning. So watch the video and enjoy.
Updated on Oct 12, 2013 09:23PM
The Utah Utes knew they needed strong efforts from every phase of their game to have a chance to beat the Stanford Cardinal Saturday. Boy did they deliver.
From Travis Wilson bouncing back from his performance of a week ago, to the breakout effort of running back Bubba Poole to the solid play of the lines and the physicality of the defense, Utah came through with a stunning victory over the Cardinal on Saturday.
A few of the highlights from the players and coaches.
First there was the coaching, with the Utes deciding to use running back James Poole on swing passes that hurt Stanford on the perimeter and also opened up holes inside.
"What we did game-plan wise was per...
Updated on Oct 12, 2013 05:27AM
Talking to Utah coach Kyle Whittingham shortly after the loss to UCLA, he switched his line of thought midstream to say how he really felt.
"We are so close," he said. "So close."
But are the Utes close enough to being a good enough team to take down the Stanford Cardinal today?
While I do believe the Utes match up better with the Cardinal than they did the Bruins, I still think the Cardinal find a way to win this game. I might be more inclined to go with the Utes if Jake Murphy were healthy. The tight end has been a great safety net for quarterback Travis Wilson and having both Murphy and Westlee Tonga out really hurts the Utes.
Stanford's lines are extremely talented an...
Updated on Oct 10, 2013 09:30AM
Asked about the last meeting between Utah and Stanford and Utah coach Kyle Whittingham started reeling off a bunch of players who had crucial roles in the win 1996 Utah win, including running backs Juan Johnson (24 carries, 114 yds) and Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala (21 carries, 66 yds, 1 TD), receiver Kevin Dyson (6 catches for 75 yds) and quarterback Mike Fouts (18-of-32 for 222 yds, 1 TD).
The defensive coordinator didn't do too bad of a job either.
The 17-10 win over the Cardinal was a signature victory for Whittingham's defense, which held Stanford to just 60 yards on 21 carries and shut out Stanford for three quarters.
The Cardinal had just two rushing first downs and were out...
Updated on Oct 9, 2013 04:46PM
The biggest news is junior center Marko Kovacevic. He's out for six weeks due to a fractured wrist.
Dallin Bachynski is cause for worry. The junior seven-footer is still on the shelf with a high ankle sprain.
Jordan Loveridge missed Wednesday's practice with swelling on his knee.
By now, there's a pattern. Utah's a little banged up. Especially in the frontcourt.
That's the reality of the preseason. Injuries occur when there's a month of practice before the season begins. For the Utes, injuries have been plentiful.
Kovacevic received an MRI on the wrist a few weeks ago. He will at the very least be out until the middle of November. Last season, Aaron Dot...
Updated on Oct 9, 2013 08:29AM
Sad news for the Utah family with the passing of former Ute Steve McKane, who suffered an apparent heart attack Tuesday at the age of 38.
McKane, who was serving as the coach Florence H.S. in Arizona, was an offensive lineman for the Utes from 1997-2000.
His career was cut short with knee injuries, but he was known for his leadership and hustle. As a senior, he played in just two games before suffering a season-ending knee injury, but coaches still voted him to honorable mention all-conference team.
Before joining the Utes, McKane excelled at Mesa H.S. in Arizona, earning Blue Chip All-American honors and was a member of the National Honor Society.
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