Utah Sports Blog - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/Blogs/utahsports Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune &copy; 2014 The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Utah football notes: Thomas, Aiono out but expected back against Fresno State http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58351665-59/utah-game-sltrib-yards.html.csp We tried to hit all the angles (see below) after last night’s seventh-straight season-opening win for the Utes, but here are a few notes that slipped through the cracks. Old faces, big results • After the game, Travis Wilson said he has an embarrassment of riches with the skill players surrounding him now, but his three top targets weren’t the new kids on the block. Seniors Dres Anderson (111 yards) and Westlee Tonga (61) yards and junior Kenneth Scott (57 yards) all had standout performances, ... We tried to hit all the angles (see below) after last night’s seventh-straight season-opening win for the Utes, but here are a few notes that slipped through the cracks. Old faces, big results • After the game, Travis Wilson said he has an embarrassment of riches with the skill players surrounding him now, but his three top targets weren’t the new kids on the block. Seniors Dres Anderson (111 yards) and Westlee Tonga (61) yards and junior Kenneth Scott (57 yards) all had standout performances, ... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58351665@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:46:25 MDT Utah vs. Idaho State: Everything you need to know for Thursday’s opener http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58345870-59/utah-state-idaho-utes.html.csp Hey folks, it’s football time, and here’s all you need to know when the Utes take on Idaho State: Time, Place and [radio waves in] Space • 5:30 p.m. MT, Rice-Eccles Stadium. Televised on Pac-12 Networks and broadcasted on ESPN700. The Set-Up • Utah opens the season with an FCS opponent that hasn’t beaten a road team since before Justin Bieber was a hit. But Utah does return some very big names, including Travis Wilson, Kenneth Scott and Brian Blechen, and has a chance to showcase its new-look... Hey folks, it’s football time, and here’s all you need to know when the Utes take on Idaho State: Time, Place and [radio waves in] Space • 5:30 p.m. MT, Rice-Eccles Stadium. Televised on Pac-12 Networks and broadcasted on ESPN700. The Set-Up • Utah opens the season with an FCS opponent that hasn’t beaten a road team since before Justin Bieber was a hit. But Utah does return some very big names, including Travis Wilson, Kenneth Scott and Brian Blechen, and has a chance to showcase its new-look... 58345870@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:06:17 MDT Utah football — Scouting Idaho State with beat writer Kyle Franko http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58342907-59/state-idaho-bengals-game.html.csp You gotta take it one game at a time, right? Even if Utah isn't expecting too much of a challenge from visiting Idaho State in Thursday's season opener, it's worth knowing more about what you're going to see. What is Idaho State like? Who are their important players? What are their expectations for the game (even if their coach kind of answered that Tuesday)? To that end, I asked beat reporter Kyle Franko of the Idaho State Journal to answer a few questions on just what's going on in Pocatello. ... You gotta take it one game at a time, right? Even if Utah isn't expecting too much of a challenge from visiting Idaho State in Thursday's season opener, it's worth knowing more about what you're going to see. What is Idaho State like? Who are their important players? What are their expectations for the game (even if their coach kind of answered that Tuesday)? To that end, I asked beat reporter Kyle Franko of the Idaho State Journal to answer a few questions on just what's going on in Pocatello. ... 58342907@www.sltrib.com Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:03:42 MDT Utah plans to install $4M-$6M Rice-Eccles scoreboard by 2015 season http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58339063-59/hill-stadium-scoreboard-utah.html.csp Utah Athletic Director Chris Hill told The Tribune on Tuesday that the U. plans to install a new south end zone scoreboard at Rice-Eccles Stadium by the start of the 2015 football season. The scoreboard will be larger and have a higher-quality picture than the current one, Hill said. The sound system — which Hill admits is currently bad — will also be improved. “Just making sure that we give our fans the right experience,” he said. Hill gave a rough cost estimate of $4 million to $6 million. He ... Utah Athletic Director Chris Hill told The Tribune on Tuesday that the U. plans to install a new south end zone scoreboard at Rice-Eccles Stadium by the start of the 2015 football season. The scoreboard will be larger and have a higher-quality picture than the current one, Hill said. The sound system — which Hill admits is currently bad — will also be improved. “Just making sure that we give our fans the right experience,” he said. Hill gave a rough cost estimate of $4 million to $6 million. He ... 58339063@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:28:46 MDT It’s 3 to play 2, unless it’s 3 to play 3: clarifying the eligibility of UCLA transfer DE Kylie Fitts http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58338903-59/fitts-transfer-ucla-eligibility.html.csp There was some confusion about the eligibility of UCLA transfer defensive end Kylie Fitts, so we asked Utah Director of Player Personnel Fred Whittingham for a clarification. Here’s the deal: After UCLA’s coaches denied permission for Fitts to transfer to another Pac-12 school, Fitts appealed through the school’s compliance department. He asked that he be allowed to transfer to one of four Pac-12 schools, of which one was Utah. Granted. He asked that he could immediately be eligible for financia... There was some confusion about the eligibility of UCLA transfer defensive end Kylie Fitts, so we asked Utah Director of Player Personnel Fred Whittingham for a clarification. Here’s the deal: After UCLA’s coaches denied permission for Fitts to transfer to another Pac-12 school, Fitts appealed through the school’s compliance department. He asked that he be allowed to transfer to one of four Pac-12 schools, of which one was Utah. Granted. He asked that he could immediately be eligible for financia... 58338903@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:48:02 MDT Idaho State’s Kramer: Road losing streak ‘really not in danger’ against Utah, USU http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58338786-59/utah-state-idaho-kramer.html.csp Idaho State head coach Mike Kramer doesn’t want Utah kicker Andy Phillips getting oxygen because he’s kicking so many PATs. How’s that for honesty? Speaking in a Big Sky conference call ahead of his team’s opener Thursday night in Salt Lake City, Kramer acknowledged that the Bengals’ 44-game road losing streak, among other losing streaks, “are just nasty.” “Opening up at Utah and next week at Utah State, I’m sure that that streak’s really not in danger,” he said. He feels good about his team’s p... Idaho State head coach Mike Kramer doesn’t want Utah kicker Andy Phillips getting oxygen because he’s kicking so many PATs. How’s that for honesty? Speaking in a Big Sky conference call ahead of his team’s opener Thursday night in Salt Lake City, Kramer acknowledged that the Bengals’ 44-game road losing streak, among other losing streaks, “are just nasty.” “Opening up at Utah and next week at Utah State, I’m sure that that streak’s really not in danger,” he said. He feels good about his team’s p... 58338786@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:32:03 MDT Utah football notes: Utes aim to showcase new offense (video) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58335605-59/utes-utah-team-captain.html.csp Day one of the Dave Christensen offense wasn't the smoothest transition. Getting up to speed was a challenge, to say the least. "The tempo, to tell you the truth, when Coach Christensen first came in, it was something that caught us off guard," senior offensive lineman Junior Salt said. "We were getting a little tired, a little fatigued from this uptempo. We definitely have progressed." When the Utes open their season on Thursday afternoon against Idaho State, expect fireworks. Although the game... Day one of the Dave Christensen offense wasn't the smoothest transition. Getting up to speed was a challenge, to say the least. "The tempo, to tell you the truth, when Coach Christensen first came in, it was something that caught us off guard," senior offensive lineman Junior Salt said. "We were getting a little tired, a little fatigued from this uptempo. We definitely have progressed." When the Utes open their season on Thursday afternoon against Idaho State, expect fireworks. Although the game... 58335605@www.sltrib.com Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:35:11 MDT Utah football notes: And the captains are Anderson, Salt, Orchard, Blechen, Phillips http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58328838-59/team-captain-salt-com.html.csp We wrote yesterday that it was a virtual certainty that Travis Wilson, after being named team captain as a sophomore and all that he’s been through since, would be named team captain again. Whoops. Kyle Whittingham announced after Saturday’s practice that the players voted for seniors Dres Anderson, Junior Salt, Nate Orchard and Brian Blechen, and Whittingham’s first-ever special teams captain is sophomore Andy Phillips — who was only recently awarded a scholarship after walking on at the U. Whi... We wrote yesterday that it was a virtual certainty that Travis Wilson, after being named team captain as a sophomore and all that he’s been through since, would be named team captain again. Whoops. Kyle Whittingham announced after Saturday’s practice that the players voted for seniors Dres Anderson, Junior Salt, Nate Orchard and Brian Blechen, and Whittingham’s first-ever special teams captain is sophomore Andy Phillips — who was only recently awarded a scholarship after walking on at the U. Whi... 58328838@www.sltrib.com Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:10:57 MDT Utah football notes — Brandon Cox shines in limited reps http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/58326633-59/teams-game-reps-team.html.csp It's a familiar story: Athlete lingers down the depth chart. Athlete works all summer. Athlete rises up depth chart. Work pays off. No one's denying that quarterback Brandon Cox did his fair share of work over the summer. The 6-foot-2 California native said repetition and developing relationships with receivers was key to improving. But it wasn't the summer work as much as his fall camp performance that's elevated Cox now to third on the depth chart and squarely in the discussion as the potentia... It's a familiar story: Athlete lingers down the depth chart. Athlete works all summer. Athlete rises up depth chart. Work pays off. No one's denying that quarterback Brandon Cox did his fair share of work over the summer. The 6-foot-2 California native said repetition and developing relationships with receivers was key to improving. But it wasn't the summer work as much as his fall camp performance that's elevated Cox now to third on the depth chart and squarely in the discussion as the potentia... 58326633@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:28:31 MDT