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Last Updated Sep 2, 2015 08:48AM

Two years ago, when Jim Harbaugh was coming off a Super Bowl appearance in San Francisco and Devontae Booker was sitting out a season to complete his academic work at a California junior college, nobody would have imagined them converging …

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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah WR Kenneth Scott hydrates during University of Utah Spring scrimmage at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Saturday, April 11, 2015. Kragthorpe: Think you know the Ute football team? Kenneth Scott is the resident expert
    Kenneth Scott knows Austin Lee and Taylor Loomis. He’s very familiar with Nick Carman and Braden Pelly. He can provide insights into Griffin Kemp and ...
    Updated Sep 01 2015 07:44 am   |     |   Share
  • Tony Finau hits out of a trap onto the 18th green during the third round of play at The Barclays golf tournament Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Edison, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) Kragthorpe: Utahns well positioned as FedEx Cup Playoffs continue
    Tony Finau birdied his first three holes and eagled his last hole of the first FedEx Cup Playoffs event. In between, he played 68 holes in even par, w...
    Updated Aug 31 2015 10:00 am   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Ute head coach Kyle Whittingham gives some parting words to players at the end of practice Monday August 17. 

Kragthorpe: We’ll soon know if Bronco and A-Rod were right calls for BYU and Utah
    The last time Bronco Mendenhall called BYU’s defensive schemes in a game, Boise State’s offense shredded the Cougars with 637 yards and 55 points. T...
    Updated Aug 30 2015 12:26 pm   |     |   Share
  • |  Courtesy Weber State Athletics

Action from the 2013 Weber State vs. Southern Utah University football game. Kragthorpe: Big Sky enjoys college football sweet spot with FCS Kickoff
    Ogden While the rest of the college football world awaits next week's launch of the 2015 season, the Big Sky Conference is ahead of the game. Montana ...
    Updated Aug 28 2015 10:48 am   |     |   Share


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  • Tony Finau putts on the eighth hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Kragthorpe: Tony Finau targets big payoff in FedEx Cup Playoffs
    With the waters of Lake Michigan to his left and a throng of fans to his right, Tony Finau marveled at his view of the PGA Championship from the 17th ...
    Updated Aug 26 2015 09:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy  |  Utah State University

USU's John Taylor. Kragthorpe: After accident, Utah State lineman values life and football more than ever
    Logan John Taylor stood on Utah State’s football practice field, about 10 miles away and two months removed from a life-changing moment. Not life-en...
    Updated Aug 24 2015 06:32 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
The Salt Lake Bees host their annual weekday morning game, with 13,000 fifth and sixth graders at Smith's Ballpark. Kragthorpe: A busy Saturday night in the Salt Lake Valley
    In a case of doing something just to say I did it, I once attended parts of three professional sporting events in Salt Lake City on the same night, wa...
    Updated Aug 24 2015 10:27 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Real Salt Lake midfielder/forward Luis Silva (20) Luke Mulholland and (19) Joau Plata (8) celebrate after Sebastian Jaime (23)  scored a goal in the first period, in MLS action Real Salt Lake vs. The Seattle Sounders, at Rio Tinto Stadium,  Saturday, August 22, 2015. Kragthorpe: Real Salt Lake comes through in desperate times
    Sandy Luke Mulholland’s rising shot ricocheted off the goalpost, and there went another missed opportunity for Real Salt Lake, one of Major League S...
    Updated Aug 22 2015 10:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton throws downfield during opening day of football practice in Logan, Friday, August 7, 2015.  l Kragthorpe: Chuckie Keeton promises USU will overcome personnel setbacks
    Logan • Chuckie Keeton always has a story to tell. One of the pleasures of interviewing Utah State's senior quarterback involves how he takes the conv...
    Updated Aug 21 2015 09:57 am   |     |   Share
  • Kragthorpe: Ex-Orem Owlz broadcaster has moved on from ‘Caucasian Heritage Night’ fallout
    The baseball sailed over the wall and Joey Zanaboni delivered his signature home run call as the Rockford Aviators celebrated an extra-innings victory...
    Updated Aug 19 2015 09:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Harvey Langi graduated from Bingham High in December 2010 and enrolled at Utah for spring semester to be eligible for spring practices. Because he was already enrolled, he did not sign a national letter of intent on FebruaryÌs National Signing Day, and he became a recruitable athlete one year into his LDS mission to Tampa, Fla. Langi transferred to BYU after his return. Kragthorpe: A year later, BYU’s Harvey Langi still adjusting to new school, new position
    Provo Harvey Langi is one of the most celebrated players in Utah high school football history. He’s featured in a movie promoted in this year’s Sund...
    Updated Aug 28 2015 02:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • Tiger Woods waits to putt on the eighth hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) Kragthorpe: Tiger Woods’ absence in majors hardly noticed, thanks to young generation
    In each of professional golf's last three major tournaments of 2014, Tiger Woods missed the weekend rounds. Did anybody miss him? The way those tourna...
    Updated Aug 17 2015 10:03 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Bingham High coach Dave Peck works with members of the Bingham High School football team as they practice Wednesday December 17, 2014. Bingham will compete in the State Champions Bowl Series December 27th at Florida Atlantic University. Kragthorpe: Rise of Utah prep football talent level is great for the state
    Eventually, Urban Meyer becomes the answer to almost every question. The former University of Utah coach has influenced high school football offensiv...
    Updated Aug 16 2015 10:15 am   |     |   Share
  • Los Angeles Angels' C.J. Cron, right, is congratulated by Erick Aybar, left, and Tony Campana, second from left, after hitting a three-run home run as Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Sucre looks on during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Wednesday Sept. 17, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Kragthorpe: Ex-Ute C.J. Cron and Bees' Kaleb Cowart, former Angels first-rounders, have salvaged their seasons
    In 2013, the nightly lineup of the Arkansas Travelers of the Double-A Texas League featured four former first-round picks of the parent Los Angeles An...
    Updated Aug 14 2015 10:57 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Harvey Langi graduated from Bingham High in December 2010 and enrolled at Utah for spring semester to be eligible for spring practices. Because he was already enrolled, he did not sign a national letter of intent on FebruaryÌs National Signing Day, and he became a recruitable athlete one year into his LDS mission to Tampa, Fla. Langi transferred to BYU after his return. Kragthorpe: A year later, BYU’s Harvey Langi still adjusting to new school, new position
    Provo Harvey Langi is one of the most celebrated players in Utah high school football history. He’s featured in a movie promoted in this year’s Sund...
    Updated Aug 28 2015 02:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • Tiger Woods waits to putt on the eighth hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) Kragthorpe: Tiger Woods’ absence in majors hardly noticed, thanks to young generation
    In each of professional golf's last three major tournaments of 2014, Tiger Woods missed the weekend rounds. Did anybody miss him? The way those tourna...
    Updated Aug 17 2015 10:03 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Bingham High coach Dave Peck works with members of the Bingham High School football team as they practice Wednesday December 17, 2014. Bingham will compete in the State Champions Bowl Series December 27th at Florida Atlantic University. Kragthorpe: Rise of Utah prep football talent level is great for the state
    Eventually, Urban Meyer becomes the answer to almost every question. The former University of Utah coach has influenced high school football offensiv...
    Updated Aug 16 2015 10:15 am   |     |   Share
  • Los Angeles Angels' C.J. Cron, right, is congratulated by Erick Aybar, left, and Tony Campana, second from left, after hitting a three-run home run as Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Sucre looks on during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Wednesday Sept. 17, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Kragthorpe: Ex-Ute C.J. Cron and Bees' Kaleb Cowart, former Angels first-rounders, have salvaged their seasons
    In 2013, the nightly lineup of the Arkansas Travelers of the Double-A Texas League featured four former first-round picks of the parent Los Angeles An...
    Updated Aug 14 2015 10:57 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah long snapper Chase Dominguez (94) and tight end Westlee Tonga (80) celebrate with Utah fans, as the Utes held on for a 30-28 upset over UCLA, in Pac 12 action, at the Rose Bowl, Saturday, October 4, 2014 Kragthorpe: Ute specialist Chase Dominguez’s job is a snap
    Chase Dominguez’s job description includes being good friends with kicker Andy Phillips and punter Tom Hackett, two of the University of Utah’s cooles...
    Updated Aug 12 2015 09:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

The Ute defense stops USC Trojans running back Javorius Allen (37) in Pac-12 action, Utah vs. USC, at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Saturday, October 25, 2014. Kragthorpe: So, I was wrong about BYU and Utah
    In 25 years of doing this stuff every day, anyone would have some mistakes, misjudgments, omissions and just plain misses. My Tribune anniversary thi...
    Updated Aug 28 2015 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Tour of Utah fans cheer at the finish line of Stage 7 on Park City's Main Street, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. Kragthorpe: Team Cannondale-Garmin regroups, wins Tour of Utah
    Park City The cycling competition was challenging enough for Joe Dombrowski and the rest of Team Cannondale-Garmin. The bus rides between the early ...
    Updated Aug 10 2015 10:06 am   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf  |  Tribune file photo)  
BYU QB Taysom Hill runs and eludes Utah State Aggies safety Brian Suite (21) during first half play. He later would run a similar play and be injured on a tackle by Suite. Utah State led BYU 28-14 at the half in Provo, Friday, October 1, 2014. Kragthorpe: BYU's loss of Jamaal Williams gives bigger load to Taysom Hill
    By denying former BYU running back Harvey Unga readmission to the school in 2010, costing him a senior season, BYU's administration effectively made U...
    Updated Aug 07 2015 10:51 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) runs past Memphis Grizzlies guard Nick Calathes (12) and Memphis Grizzlies guard Vince Carter (15) during the game at EnergySolutions Arena Friday April 10, 2015. Kragthorpe: Dante Exum’s injury may require creative solution from Jazz
    Well, you wanted him to drive. Jazz guard Dante Exum dribbled into the lane, sliced between two defenders, planted his left knee and ruined the franc...
    Updated Aug 05 2015 09:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Sue Nyhus plays a round of golf in the 2015 UGA Ladies State Amateur  tournament at Fox Hollow Golf Course, July 23, 2015.  Nyhus, Utah Valley University's golf coach, is the only person to have competed in every United States Golf Association event available to her. UVU coach Nyhus is proud of her unmatched cycle
    Never content merely to tell a story, Sue Nyhus suddenly stands on a chair in a golf course clubhouse. And then she resumes the narration: “No joke, O...
    Updated Aug 03 2015 08:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Patton Kizzire celebrates after winning the Web.com Utah Championship golf tournament  at Thanksgiving Point Golf Club Sunday August 2, 2015. Kragthorpe: Utah Championship winner Patton Kizzire makes himself memorable
    Lehi The well-meaning folks offering tributes to the Utah Championship winner during the awards presentation Sunday evening collectively needed seve...
    Updated Aug 02 2015 10:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Patton Kizzire (left) shakes hands with Harold Varner III (right), after shooting a 62 for the day, breaking the course record, in the Utah Championship golf tournament at Thanksgiving Point, Friday, July 31, 2015. The tournament continues through Sunday. Kurt Kragthorpe: Web.com Tour star Varner seeks identity beyond ‘black golfer’
    Lehi The golfer possessing some of the strongest credentials to fill what the legendary Gary Player cited as a major need in the game stood outside ...
    Updated Aug 02 2015 10:30 am   |     |   Share
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