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Post-practice media availability at Santa Monica College is a low-key affair. There might be a reporter or two on hand, but most practices end with a slow trickle into the locker room out of the California sunshine. Last summer, Troy …

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  • PAC 12
    Pac-12 pick: Cal over Hawaii
    The Pac-12 football season begins Friday night – in America, anyway. California gets an early start, playing Hawaii in Sydney, Australia, where it wil...
    Updated Aug 26 2016 07:15 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah football: Captain Jason Thompson has proven a ‘special’ team player
    From Wyoming to Utah. From quarterback to safety. Jason Thompson’s road to his final year of college football has taken a few unexpected turns. But th...
    Updated Aug 25 2016 08:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE -- In this Nov. 27, 2015, file photo, Washington quarterback Jake Browning drops back to pass against Washington State during an NCAA college football game in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) Pac-12 football preview: Washington Huskies hope to live up to the hype
    Chris Petersen never created this much of a preseason stir as Boise State’s football coach, even while winning 92 games in eight years. The Washington...
    Updated Aug 26 2016 07:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah K Andy Phillips follows through on a FG attempt during practice, Thursday, August 11, 2016. Utah football: For Andy Phillips, age brings respect, perspective
    No, he doesn’t have a Social Security number in single digits. No, he doesn’t keep a jar full of butterscotch candies at home. And no, Utah kicker And...
    Updated Aug 26 2016 05:47 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah’s Adora Anae lines up for a shot at they host No. 9 BYU in the annual meeting between the schools’ women’s volleyball teams. Utah volleyball: Utes look for more balance, more success in 2016 season
    Twice last year, in games against Oregon State and Cal, outside hitter Adora Anae got a season-high 28 kills. Both times, it took her at least 75 swin...
    Updated Aug 24 2016 09:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this March 29, 2016 file photo, Oregon State Beavers quarterback Darell Garretson throws a pass during spring NCAA college football practice in Corvallis, Ore. After last season’s quarterback carousel at Oregon State, Darell Garretson heads into this season as the established starter. (Godofredo Vasquez/The Corvallis Gazette-Times via AP, file) Pac-12 football preview: Gary Andersen’s Oregon State team needs good start
    If coach Gary Andersen is going to make significant progress with Oregon State’s rebuilding project in his second year, it will have come early in the...
    Updated Aug 24 2016 08:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Quarterback Tyler Huntley at the University of Utah’s Red-White spring football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Saturday April 23, 2016. Utah football notes: As lone backup QB on scholarship, Tyler Huntley ready for anything
    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...
    Updated Aug 23 2016 08:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • (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 24 2016 12:05 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
    (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
    (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
  • (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
  • PAC 12
    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
    (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
    (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 25 2016 10:46 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