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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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) What to watch for in Utah's Red-White Spring Game — position-by-position breakdown http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/57836577-59/game-spring-saturday-team.html.csp There's only so much practice one can watch before wondering, "Yeah, but how do they look in a game?" Utah's Red-White Spring Game on Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium will start filling in the blanks for the football team and its fans. It's the last chance a lot of players have to make an impression prior to the doldrums of summer workouts. While it won't be the last word in who starts and who sits, spring game performances can certainly make a powerful statement. The game starts at 1 p.m., with ... There's only so much practice one can watch before wondering, "Yeah, but how do they look in a game?" Utah's Red-White Spring Game on Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium will start filling in the blanks for the football team and its fans. It's the last chance a lot of players have to make an impression prior to the doldrums of summer workouts. While it won't be the last word in who starts and who sits, spring game performances can certainly make a powerful statement. The game starts at 1 p.m., with ... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57836577@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:26:49 MDT Source: Runnin' Utes schedule game with Wichita State for 2014-15 season http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/57836899-59/season-utes-state-wichita.html.csp While some of Utah men's basketball's non-conference opponents last season left some fans asking "Where's the beef?" the Runnin' Utes schedule next year is already looking much tougher with a new opponent that was revealed Friday. Utah will host Wichita State on Dec. 3 this winter as part of a home-and-home agreement, a source close to the deal confirmed to the Tribune. The Shockers, who earned a No. 1 seed this past season while winning an NCAA-record 35 straight games to start the year, will v... While some of Utah men's basketball's non-conference opponents last season left some fans asking "Where's the beef?" the Runnin' Utes schedule next year is already looking much tougher with a new opponent that was revealed Friday. Utah will host Wichita State on Dec. 3 this winter as part of a home-and-home agreement, a source close to the deal confirmed to the Tribune. The Shockers, who earned a No. 1 seed this past season while winning an NCAA-record 35 straight games to start the year, will v... 57836899@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:26:49 MDT Utes football camp round-up — Thin safety depth will improve after spring http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/57834554-59/safety-game-spring-freshman.html.csp No, spectators' eyes weren't deceiving them on Thursday afternoon. That was Uaea Masina out in the defensive backfield, taking reps at free safety with Charles Henderson not participating. After practice, kicker Jeff Gaston also tweeted that Kyle Whittingham had told him to be prepared with free safety reps. Between his thinning safety corps and the 72-degree weather, it was perhaps surprising that there were no beads of sweat to be found on safeties coach Morgan Scalley's brow. Although spring ... No, spectators' eyes weren't deceiving them on Thursday afternoon. That was Uaea Masina out in the defensive backfield, taking reps at free safety with Charles Henderson not participating. After practice, kicker Jeff Gaston also tweeted that Kyle Whittingham had told him to be prepared with free safety reps. Between his thinning safety corps and the 72-degree weather, it was perhaps surprising that there were no beads of sweat to be found on safeties coach Morgan Scalley's brow. Although spring ... 57834554@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:14:02 MDT Utah swimming and diving team has 26 on Pac-12 All-Academic teams, up from 15 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/57828230-59/business-team-3.4-3.5.html.csp The U.’s swimming and diving team made large strides (strokes?) not only in the pool but also in the classroom in 2014. The Utes had 26 athletes named to the Pac-12 Swimming and Diving All-Academic teams on Wednesday, up from 15 in 2013. Last year’s team had just two first-teamers. This year the top squad includes three Ute men ­— sophomores Jacob Crayne (3.78 GPA in communications), David Fraser (3.73 business) and Josiah Purss (3.77 business) — and two Ute women in sophomore Ashlyn Karosas (3.... The U.’s swimming and diving team made large strides (strokes?) not only in the pool but also in the classroom in 2014. The Utes had 26 athletes named to the Pac-12 Swimming and Diving All-Academic teams on Wednesday, up from 15 in 2013. Last year’s team had just two first-teamers. This year the top squad includes three Ute men ­— sophomores Jacob Crayne (3.78 GPA in communications), David Fraser (3.73 business) and Josiah Purss (3.77 business) — and two Ute women in sophomore Ashlyn Karosas (3.... 57828230@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:40:02 MDT Utes get 2015 commit from California ATH Donzale Roddie http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/57828298-59/roddie-howard-utes-college.html.csp Most Los Angeles football players have two choices in mind for their future: UCLA or USC. Not Donzale Roddie. The Compton, Calif., native has had plenty of conversations with his coach about his future, and it doesn't surprise Paramount HS coach Matt Howard that one of his stars would choose the Utes as his college destination. "I knew he probably was going to take off," Howard said. "Every time we talked, it wasn't a situation in which he was worried about staying close to home." Utah football ... Most Los Angeles football players have two choices in mind for their future: UCLA or USC. Not Donzale Roddie. The Compton, Calif., native has had plenty of conversations with his coach about his future, and it doesn't surprise Paramount HS coach Matt Howard that one of his stars would choose the Utes as his college destination. "I knew he probably was going to take off," Howard said. "Every time we talked, it wasn't a situation in which he was worried about staying close to home." Utah football ... 57828298@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:05:02 MDT Crimson Club HOF to induct seven, including Andre Miller, Elaine Elliott and Kevin Dyson http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/57824434-59/miller-leader-andre-dyson.html.csp This year’s Crimson Club Hall of Fame class is a bumper crop, including 15-year NBA veteran Andre Miller, 27-year women’s basketball coach Elaine Elliott and all-time receptions leader Kevin Dyson. Also enshrined at the 2014 ceremony on Sept. 5 at Rice-Eccles Stadium will be all-time women’s soccer goal leader Amy Kofoed, all-time volleyball kills and blocks leader Kim Turner, five-time All-American gymnast Sandy Woolsey and the 1964 Liberty Bowl-winning Utah football team. Miller, now with the ... This year’s Crimson Club Hall of Fame class is a bumper crop, including 15-year NBA veteran Andre Miller, 27-year women’s basketball coach Elaine Elliott and all-time receptions leader Kevin Dyson. Also enshrined at the 2014 ceremony on Sept. 5 at Rice-Eccles Stadium will be all-time women’s soccer goal leader Amy Kofoed, all-time volleyball kills and blocks leader Kim Turner, five-time All-American gymnast Sandy Woolsey and the 1964 Liberty Bowl-winning Utah football team. Miller, now with the ... 57824434@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:51:03 MDT Utah football camp round-up: Tribe’s blessing welcomed by Whittingham, Blechen http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/57824205-59/tribe-ute-utah-com.html.csp The University of Utah sealed a new memorandum of understanding with the Ute Indian Tribe by presenting a signed Utah football helmet signed by Kyle Whittingham. One hundred and fifty miles away, at Rice-Eccles Stadium, the head football coach was happy to hear that his team will continue to use the Ute name with the blessing of the tribe. “To be able to get things lined up and everybody on the same page is a big positive,” Whittingham said after practice Tuesday. “We’ve heard off and on for the... The University of Utah sealed a new memorandum of understanding with the Ute Indian Tribe by presenting a signed Utah football helmet signed by Kyle Whittingham. One hundred and fifty miles away, at Rice-Eccles Stadium, the head football coach was happy to hear that his team will continue to use the Ute name with the blessing of the tribe. “To be able to get things lined up and everybody on the same page is a big positive,” Whittingham said after practice Tuesday. “We’ve heard off and on for the... 57824205@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:01:01 MDT Utes secure commitment from Bingham kicker Chayden Johnston http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/57824347-59/johnston-chayden-kicking-bingham.html.csp University of Utah didn’t have to look far for Andy Phillips’ potential replacement. Local Chayden Johnston, rated by a prestigious kicking camp as one of the nation’s best, committed to the Utes on Tuesday. The Bingham High standout grew up playing soccer, practicing for hours on end in his backyard since the age of 3. It wasn’t until he watched Bingham play Herriman in 2010 that he realized, “Hey, I bet I could probably kick a ball that far.” He was correct. As a sophomore he was ranked fourth... University of Utah didn’t have to look far for Andy Phillips’ potential replacement. Local Chayden Johnston, rated by a prestigious kicking camp as one of the nation’s best, committed to the Utes on Tuesday. The Bingham High standout grew up playing soccer, practicing for hours on end in his backyard since the age of 3. It wasn’t until he watched Bingham play Herriman in 2010 that he realized, “Hey, I bet I could probably kick a ball that far.” He was correct. As a sophomore he was ranked fourth... 57824347@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:59:01 MDT Utah gymnasts well represented on Pac-12 all-academic team http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/57819047-59/team-pac-academic-gymnastics.html.csp Utah's gymnastics team dominated the Pac-12 all-academic gymnastics team that was released Monday with seven of the 12 first-team selections being Utes. Georgia Dabritz (3.77), Kailah Delaney (3.86), Lia Del Priore (3.74), Hailee Hansen (3.96), Breanna Hughes (3.98), Mary Beth Lofgren (3.88) and Becky Tutka (3.81) represented the Utes on the first team. Nansy Damianova (3.61), Corrie Lothrop (3.62) and Tory Wilson (3.66) were on the second team. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have a mini... Utah's gymnastics team dominated the Pac-12 all-academic gymnastics team that was released Monday with seven of the 12 first-team selections being Utes. Georgia Dabritz (3.77), Kailah Delaney (3.86), Lia Del Priore (3.74), Hailee Hansen (3.96), Breanna Hughes (3.98), Mary Beth Lofgren (3.88) and Becky Tutka (3.81) represented the Utes on the first team. Nansy Damianova (3.61), Corrie Lothrop (3.62) and Tory Wilson (3.66) were on the second team. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have a mini... 57819047@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:32:02 MDT Utes name young cancer patients as honorary coaches for Red-White game http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/57817999-59/twitter-cancer-game-com.html.csp &lt;freeform&gt; There are some pretty tough football coaches — coaches who shout, coaches who scream, coaches with head-to-toe scars from their own time in the trenches. And then there are Tristan Chidester and Mac Brennan. On the sidelines at Utah’s Red-White Spring Game on Saturday will be two of the toughest guys ever to don a headset, both of them having battled cancer at a young age. “Their courage and positive attitude is an example and inspiration to us all, and we could not be more hon... &lt;freeform&gt; There are some pretty tough football coaches — coaches who shout, coaches who scream, coaches with head-to-toe scars from their own time in the trenches. And then there are Tristan Chidester and Mac Brennan. On the sidelines at Utah’s Red-White Spring Game on Saturday will be two of the toughest guys ever to don a headset, both of them having battled cancer at a young age. “Their courage and positive attitude is an example and inspiration to us all, and we could not be more hon... 57817999@www.sltrib.com Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:53:02 MDT Utewrap: The week in Utah sports, April 7-13 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/57814331-59/utah-saturday-utes-deck.html.csp GYMNASTICS • The Utes have made a conscious effort to improve team chemistry after last year’s ninth-place finish. So far, they say, so good. After a favorable draw at the NCAA Championships, we’ll see if the Red Rocks’ intangible improvements pay off this week in Birmingham. First they’ll try to beat three out of No. 3 Alabama, No. 4 Florida, No. 7 Nebraska, No. 10 UCLA and No. 12 Penn State to reach the Super Six and have a puncher’s chance at their 11th national championship. ON DECK: NCAA Ch... GYMNASTICS • The Utes have made a conscious effort to improve team chemistry after last year’s ninth-place finish. So far, they say, so good. After a favorable draw at the NCAA Championships, we’ll see if the Red Rocks’ intangible improvements pay off this week in Birmingham. First they’ll try to beat three out of No. 3 Alabama, No. 4 Florida, No. 7 Nebraska, No. 10 UCLA and No. 12 Penn State to reach the Super Six and have a puncher’s chance at their 11th national championship. ON DECK: NCAA Ch... 57814331@www.sltrib.com Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:10:17 MDT Utes football camp round-up: Coaches hope Gionni Paul can beat 5-month estimate http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsutahsports/57811447-59/paul-sophomore-whittingham-linebacker.html.csp The Utes are concerned enough about injuries at linebacker that Jared Norris — although perfectly healthy — won’t get any more live reps this spring. It’s simple: They can’t risk losing Norris in addition to Jacoby Hale, Jason Whittingham and Gionni Paul. But coaches believe Whittingham will be fine by fall and they suspect, or at least hope, that Paul will also. After the junior team captain had surgery on his broken foot Thursday, the team estimated Paul would recover in 5 to 6 months. Head co... The Utes are concerned enough about injuries at linebacker that Jared Norris — although perfectly healthy — won’t get any more live reps this spring. It’s simple: They can’t risk losing Norris in addition to Jacoby Hale, Jason Whittingham and Gionni Paul. But coaches believe Whittingham will be fine by fall and they suspect, or at least hope, that Paul will also. After the junior team captain had surgery on his broken foot Thursday, the team estimated Paul would recover in 5 to 6 months. Head co... 57811447@www.sltrib.com Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:38:02 MDT