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The competition was fierce at times, freshman Tyler Huntley admits, but he never wanted to see Brandon Cox leave. After Huntley earned a backup job to starter Troy Williams this fall, Cox decided to transfer to Hampton. And Huntley, who …

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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Kylie Fitts, left and Hunter Dimick celebrate Fitts’ 4th quarter sack of Cal QB Jared Goff. Utah beat Cal 30-24, Saturday, October 10, 2015. Monson: While the pretty boys on offense find themselves, Utah’s defense could be extraordinary
    Now that everyone — including Kyle Whittingham — has determined that Utah’s offense blew it last year, that it must become more consistent, more explo...
    Updated Aug 23 2016 10:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah tight end Siale Fakailoatonga (87) runs over Oregon linebacker Johnny Ragin III (28) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang) Pac-12 football preview: Oregon Ducks still living with big loss to Utes
    Four months in advance of Oregon’s visiting Rice-Eccles Stadium, coach Mark Helfrich good-naturedly addressed what happened in the last meeting betwee...
    Updated Aug 23 2016 03:47 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes defensive back Cory Butler-Byrd (16) runs the ball past USC Trojans cornerback Kevon Seymour (13)  during the game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Saturday October 24, 2015.  Utah football: Utes allow Cory Butler-Byrd to practice, but not yet play in games
    Following Cory Butler-Byrd's court resolution on Monday afternoon, the Utes have "partially" reinstated the senior receiver to the football team. Utah...
    Updated Aug 23 2016 11:43 am   |     |   Share
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    (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Ute head coach Kyle Whttingham at the end of practice Tuesday Aug. 9. Utah football: Troy Williams, Dominique Hatfield among Utes captains
    In electing five captains last week, the Utah football team made some noteworthy choices. The most-discussed might just be Troy Williams, the junior q...
    Updated Aug 22 2016 08:18 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes defensive back Cory Butler-Byrd (16) returns an interception past Colorado Buffaloes running back Patrick Carr (1) during the game at Rice-Eccles Stadium Saturday November 28, 2015.  Utah is winning the game 10-7 at halftime. Utah football: Cory Butler-Byrd enters guilty plea in abeyance for criminal mischief charge
    Utah football receiver Cory Butler-Byrd entered a guilty plea in abeyance in Utah’s Third District court on Monday afternoon for his class A misdemean...
    Updated Aug 23 2016 11:40 am   |     |   Share
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    In this Sept. 25, 2014 photo, former Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb (7) is pictured during an NCAA college football game between Texas Tech and Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla. Webb, a graduate transfer, has been named the starting quarterback for California. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) Pac-12 football preview: Cal gets early start vs. Hawaii in Australia
    California’s 2015 football season was never the same after a “GameDay” buildup in Salt Lake City. The biggest question for 2016 is how Cal will perfor...
    Updated Aug 22 2016 09:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The Utes go through their second fall scrimmage to solidify a handful of position battles.  INFORMATION-> Relevant position battles: • Offensive tackle (Garett Bolles, Sam Tevi, Jackson Barton) • Tight end (Harrison Handley, Evan Moeai) • Receiver (Tyrone Smith, Caleb Repp, Raelon Singleton) • Linebacker (Cody Barton, Kavika Luafatasaga)  , Tuesday August 16, 2016. Utah football: At fall camp’s end, Utes have solidified identity, key roles
    On Sunday morning, the first Associated Press poll of the season left Utah football out of the top 25 and dropped the Utes to third in the “Others rec...
    Updated Aug 21 2016 09:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley, center, poses for a photo with some of his defensive players, Saturday, August 20, 2016. Utah football: Morgan Scalley’s influence on Utes’ ‘D’ goes way back
    He’s taking his hard knocks now in NFL training camp, but so far, the toughest night Jared Goff ever had on a football field was at Rice-Eccles Stadiu...
    Updated Aug 23 2016 09:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham during practice, Thursday, August 11, 2016. Monson: Can Utah win the Pac-12 title?
    Quarterback Tyler Huntley and receiver Tim Patrick stood about 20 yards apart from one another in the hot late-morning sun after a recent Utah practic...
    Updated Aug 20 2016 08:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Wide Receiver Tim Patrick cools down with the rest of the team during the last few days of fall camp on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. Utah football: Tim Patrick personifies rising confidence for Utes receivers
    Receivers coach Guy Holliday recently called senior Tim Patrick “the complete package” at wideout. Apparently, that package includes some big talk. Wh...
    Updated Aug 22 2016 01:58 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah QB Brandon Cox speaks with reporters after practice, Thursday, August 4, 2016. Utah football: Junior quarterback Brandon Cox decides to transfer
    Utah football is down to two scholarship quarterbacks after junior Brandon Cox has decided to transfer from the program. With junior Troy Williams in ...
    Updated Aug 19 2016 03:09 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Djamila Grossman  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah State University’s coaches Stew Morrill and Chris Jones react to the play at a game against Brigham Young University in Provo, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2010. Jones is expected to be announced as Utah’s newest director of basketball operations. Utah basketball: Utes to hire USU's Chris Jones
    Utah men’s basketball is bringing back another former Ute to serve as its director of basketball operations. The Tribune has learned that Chris Jones ...
    Updated Aug 18 2016 06:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham runs practice in Salt Lake City, Saturday August 6, 2016. Utah football: Latest in long line of Krugers follows older brothers to Utes
    Which Kruger brother is this? Kyle Whittingham has lost count. “Number three? Four? Five?” he asked. “Which is it? Four.” Yes, No. 4: Mark, a 6-foot-2...
    Updated Aug 23 2016 08:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy  |  Utah athletics  Katie Rogers dribbles during a game last year. The senior scored a pair of goals last year for the Utes, and is aiming to help the team add juice to their offense. Utah soccer: Youth infusion boosts Utes’ confidence for 2016 season
    At what point does self-assuredness border on being cocky? Off a 7-10-3 record and a ninth-place finish in the Pac-12 in 2015, the Utes have a number ...
    Updated Aug 17 2016 09:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah DB Nygel King comes up to stop WR Jameson Field after a catch during practice, Thursday, August 4, 2016. Utah football: Subpar defense in practice showing leads to frustration
    Since Signing Day in February, there has been buzz about how the Utes have signed one of their best recruiting classes under Kyle Whittingham. By Wedn...
    Updated Aug 23 2016 08:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah QB  Troy Williams high steps down the field to join in the celebration with WR Tyrone Smith after connecting with Smith on a long 4th down pass play during practice, Thursday, August 11, 2016. Utah football: As positions firm up, Utes’ passing game building buzz
    In the portion of practice closed to prying eyes, the reported big play of Utah’s second fall scrimmage was a 10-yard hitch from quarterback Troy Will...
    Updated Aug 22 2016 01:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes defensive back Justin Thomas (12) runs for a touchdown at Rice-Eccles Stadium Thursday September 3, 2015.  Thomas ran for 55 yards for a game-clinching touchdown in the fourth quarter after intercepting a pass from Michigan Wolverines quarterback Jake Rudock. Utah defeated Michigan 24-17. Monson: Justin Thomas is Utah football’s old soul
    Justin Thomas’ story is for everybody, but especially for those who are absolutely convinced the world’s going to hell in a football helmet. No. No i...
    Updated Aug 16 2016 07:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham during practice, Thursday, August 11, 2016. Utah football: True freshmen fighting for roles (with video)
    Donavan Thompson made the tough decision this offseason to shear off the dreadlocks he grew for years in Miami. But now a freshman linebacker at Utah,...
    Updated Aug 15 2016 09:11 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes TE Ken Hampel (82) makes a catch for a first down during first half play. Hampel and Utah Utes TE Harrison Handley (88) saw playing time due to the knee injury suffered by Utah Utes TE Siale Fakailoatonga (87). Utah led Arizona State 14-10 at the half, Saturday, October 17, 2015. Utah football notes: Tight end Ken Hampel gets scholarship surprise (with video)
    Ken Hampel’s first thought was that he was the butt of a joke in a team meeting. It took him a few seconds to realize he was the guest of honor. The s...
    Updated Aug 14 2016 07:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   At 6-foot-5, 300-plus, University of Utah’s newest lineman, Garett Bolles will be a formidable force this football season for the Utes. Utah football: 'A lost kid,' five-star recruit Garett Bolles picked himself up
    They met for the first time last March, minutes before midnight. Garett Bolles, a lumbering 6-foot-5, 300-pound goliath of a man, approached Natalie W...
    Updated Aug 23 2016 09:15 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah’s Jordan Loveridge shoots a corner three pointer in the first half of a game at the Huntsman Center, Saturday, March 1, 2014. Utah basketball: Jordan Loveridge signs contract with Hungarian team Egis Kormend
    His high school is literally a stone’s throw from his parents’ backyard. His college was just a short drive up the highway. But the next step in Jorda...
    Updated Aug 12 2016 07:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah tight end Evan Moeai at football practice, Friday August 12, 2016. Utah football: Tight ends ready to step up after injury strikes again (with video)
    On the first drive, on his first catch, Evan Moeai went down as his left ankle buckled and gave way beneath him in Utah’s season opener against Michig...
    Updated Aug 20 2016 07:21 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Jeremy Harmon  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah’s Siale Fakailoatonga (87) is tackled by DUPLICATE***Fresno State’s Jamal Ellis (2) as the Utes host the Bulldogs at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Utah football: Siale Fakailoatonga lost for season with ACL tear
    For a second straight year, Siale Fakailoatonga will be sitting out the rest of the season with a knee injury. Coach Kyle Whittingham said Thursday th...
    Updated Aug 11 2016 04:11 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah QB  Troy Williams high-steps down the field to join in the celebration with WR Tyrone Smith after connecting with Smith on a long 4th down pass play during practice, Thursday, August 11, 2016. Utah football: Troy Williams pulling ahead in quarterback competition (with video)
    The two-minute drill wasn’t going so hot. Incompletion, incompletion, delay of game, incompletion, false start. On fourth-and-20, the Troy Williams-le...
    Updated Aug 16 2016 06:46 pm   |     |   Share