Utah Utes - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/Utes 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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) Kaelin Clay on Heisman pose: ‘It was a little homage to Desmond’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58437762-89/clay-utah-desmond-heisman.html.csp &lt;freeform&gt; Utah’s Kaelin Clay had three touchdowns on his first six return attempts as a Ute, but all anybody was talking about for a while Saturday was what he did after his latest. Against Michigan, at the Big House, and on ABC, Clay took a punt back 66 yards and then struck the Heisman pose, mimicking prolific Wolverines returner Desmond Howard (and Charles Woodson, after him). After the game, Clay said it was something that “just happened.” “It was a little homage to Desmond, but it is... &lt;freeform&gt; Utah’s Kaelin Clay had three touchdowns on his first six return attempts as a Ute, but all anybody was talking about for a while Saturday was what he did after his latest. Against Michigan, at the Big House, and on ABC, Clay took a punt back 66 yards and then struck the Heisman pose, mimicking prolific Wolverines returner Desmond Howard (and Charles Woodson, after him). After the game, Clay said it was something that “just happened.” “It was a little homage to Desmond, but it is... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58437762@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 22:12:01 MDT Utah football: Utes fans go extra mile(s) for road tailgating http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58435929-89/fans-michigan-utah-beck.html.csp Some Utah fans flew into Michigan. But why do it the easy way? If you’re going to tailgate at one of the best gameday atmospheres in the nation, Donnie Beck reasoned, you might as well bring your own truck. Beck, a Salt Lake City resident, hit the road early this week with a few friends, spent a few nights in Ann Arbor and was up early on the University of Michigan golf course, parked with thousands of cars and camped next to tens of thousands of fans sporting Maize and Blue. Deep in enemy terri... Some Utah fans flew into Michigan. But why do it the easy way? If you’re going to tailgate at one of the best gameday atmospheres in the nation, Donnie Beck reasoned, you might as well bring your own truck. Beck, a Salt Lake City resident, hit the road early this week with a few friends, spent a few nights in Ann Arbor and was up early on the University of Michigan golf course, parked with thousands of cars and camped next to tens of thousands of fans sporting Maize and Blue. Deep in enemy terri... 58435929@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 21:48:33 MDT Utah football: Travis Wilson returns from injury scare, finishes strong http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58437334-89/wilson-game-utah-definitely.html.csp Ann Arbor, Mich. • It took only an instant. It haunted Utah fans for an hour. Just how badly hurt was Travis Wilson? The way his face took the impact into the ground, the way his back and legs bent behind him unnaturally, then lashing back down to the turf. He took a minute to get up on his hands and knees, leaving Utah fans sitting on needles and feeling their stomachs clench involuntarily. Count coach Kyle Whittingham among that number. “It was a pretty nasty spill he took,” Whittingham said. ... Ann Arbor, Mich. • It took only an instant. It haunted Utah fans for an hour. Just how badly hurt was Travis Wilson? The way his face took the impact into the ground, the way his back and legs bent behind him unnaturally, then lashing back down to the turf. He took a minute to get up on his hands and knees, leaving Utah fans sitting on needles and feeling their stomachs clench involuntarily. Count coach Kyle Whittingham among that number. “It was a pretty nasty spill he took,” Whittingham said. ... 58437334@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 21:47:47 MDT Utah football: Three interceptions tie last year’s total http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58437378-89/paul-blechen-carter-utah.html.csp Ann Arbor, Mich. • In one game, Utah’s defense solved its biggest problem from last season. The Utes intercepted three passes in a 26-10 defeat of Michigan, matching their 12-game total of 2013 — after failing to produce an interception against Idaho State or Fresno State this season. Not surprisingly, Brian Blechen contributed to the breakthrough Saturday, with his second-quarter interception of a pass that deflected off a receiver’s hands. Ute linebacker Gionni Paul and safety Tevin Carter add... Ann Arbor, Mich. • In one game, Utah’s defense solved its biggest problem from last season. The Utes intercepted three passes in a 26-10 defeat of Michigan, matching their 12-game total of 2013 — after failing to produce an interception against Idaho State or Fresno State this season. Not surprisingly, Brian Blechen contributed to the breakthrough Saturday, with his second-quarter interception of a pass that deflected off a receiver’s hands. Ute linebacker Gionni Paul and safety Tevin Carter add... 58437378@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 21:47:47 MDT Utah football: Michigan’s struggles hurt coach’s cause http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58437616-77/michigan-utah-yards-offensive.html.csp Ann Arbor, Mich. • Big-game opportunities remain with rivals Michigan State and Ohio State, but Saturday’s 26-10 loss to Utah did not help Michigan coach Brady Hoke’s cause. Hoke blamed two critical factors in the defeat: Michigan’s failure to finish drives and Utah’s fast start in the third quarter. The game was tied 10-10 late in the first half and Michigan seemed to have the momentum after turning an interception into a touchdown. But Ute backup quarterback Kendal Thompson responded with a dr... Ann Arbor, Mich. • Big-game opportunities remain with rivals Michigan State and Ohio State, but Saturday’s 26-10 loss to Utah did not help Michigan coach Brady Hoke’s cause. Hoke blamed two critical factors in the defeat: Michigan’s failure to finish drives and Utah’s fast start in the third quarter. The game was tied 10-10 late in the first half and Michigan seemed to have the momentum after turning an interception into a touchdown. But Ute backup quarterback Kendal Thompson responded with a dr... 58437616@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 21:47:47 MDT Kragthorpe: Ute defense comes through when it counts http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58437338-89/utah-michigan-defense-ute.html.csp Ann Arbor, Mich. As the fourth quarter unfolded and heavy rain fell Saturday evening, tens of thousands of Michigan fans dressed in yellow headed for the exits. Their departures made a swath of red appear more distinct in the south end zone, 90-plus rows above the field. Those folks from Utah were not going anywhere, until they were ordered to evacuate. Same story with the Ute defense. Utah’s defenders were at their best when it counted in a 26-10 victory — rarely dominating, but always deliv... Ann Arbor, Mich. As the fourth quarter unfolded and heavy rain fell Saturday evening, tens of thousands of Michigan fans dressed in yellow headed for the exits. Their departures made a swath of red appear more distinct in the south end zone, 90-plus rows above the field. Those folks from Utah were not going anywhere, until they were ordered to evacuate. Same story with the Ute defense. Utah’s defenders were at their best when it counted in a 26-10 victory — rarely dominating, but always deliv... 58437338@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 21:17:38 MDT Utah football: Defense, special teams drive Utes to Big House win (VIDEO) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58435834-89/utah-michigan-phillips-team.html.csp Ann Arbor, Mich. • When lightning struck, the Utes were willing to be patient. The weather was the only hurdle between Utah (3-0) and its biggest victory this season. The Big House had a few first-half stumbles for the Utes, and there was a nightmare moment when quarterback Travis Wilson took a rough landing on his face before halftime. But like a bad dream, it passed: Wilson came back, leading three second-half scoring drives, and Utah’s defense never broke to secure a 26-10 road victory over M... Ann Arbor, Mich. • When lightning struck, the Utes were willing to be patient. The weather was the only hurdle between Utah (3-0) and its biggest victory this season. The Big House had a few first-half stumbles for the Utes, and there was a nightmare moment when quarterback Travis Wilson took a rough landing on his face before halftime. But like a bad dream, it passed: Wilson came back, leading three second-half scoring drives, and Utah’s defense never broke to secure a 26-10 road victory over M... 58435834@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 21:02:47 MDT Utah Football: Utes beat Michigan 26-10 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58435844-89/utah-michigan-utes-game.html.csp Q4 7:51; Utah 26, Michigan 10 Can we call for a running clock? Because this rain delay is putting off what seems inevitable. Utah is up by 16 — a relative gulf in this game — and is 7:51 away from its best win of the season. But if the Super Bowl isn’t immune to delays, then we’re not at a now-empty Michigan Stadium. The Utes look good to win it after Andy Phillips kicked another field goal, and Tevin Carter intercepted another pass. Special teams and defense deserve the lion’s share of the cred... Q4 7:51; Utah 26, Michigan 10 Can we call for a running clock? Because this rain delay is putting off what seems inevitable. Utah is up by 16 — a relative gulf in this game — and is 7:51 away from its best win of the season. But if the Super Bowl isn’t immune to delays, then we’re not at a now-empty Michigan Stadium. The Utes look good to win it after Andy Phillips kicked another field goal, and Tevin Carter intercepted another pass. Special teams and defense deserve the lion’s share of the cred... 58435844@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:34:53 MDT Utah shuts out Utah State in women’s soccer http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58435024-89/utah-state-scored-soccer.html.csp Logan • Mariah Elmer and Natalie Vukic each scored their first collegiate goals, leading Utah to a 3-0 victory over Utah State in women’s soccer Friday. Lindsey Luke made three saves for her fifth shutout of the season and Katie Ribgy also scored for the Utes (6-0-2). Utah State is 3-4-1. The Salt Lake Tribune Logan • Mariah Elmer and Natalie Vukic each scored their first collegiate goals, leading Utah to a 3-0 victory over Utah State in women’s soccer Friday. Lindsey Luke made three saves for her fifth shutout of the season and Katie Ribgy also scored for the Utes (6-0-2). Utah State is 3-4-1. The Salt Lake Tribune 58435024@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:03:11 MDT Utah football: Victory over Michigan could be big boost to Utes’ season http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58433101-89/michigan-utah-utes-game.html.csp Ann Arbor, Mich. • Kyle Whittingham identifies the Big House with good memories. Brian Johnson throwing for over 300 yards. Paul Kruger and Koa Misi racking up sacks. Louie Sakoda drilling field goal after field goal. So, yeah, there’s a bit of nostalgia for that 2008 meeting with Michigan, when the Utes were able to pull away with a 25-23 victory that jump-started their 13-0 seaon. But it’s time to make some new memories. “Our guys are excited,” Whittingham said. “They’re excited to go there an... Ann Arbor, Mich. • Kyle Whittingham identifies the Big House with good memories. Brian Johnson throwing for over 300 yards. Paul Kruger and Koa Misi racking up sacks. Louie Sakoda drilling field goal after field goal. So, yeah, there’s a bit of nostalgia for that 2008 meeting with Michigan, when the Utes were able to pull away with a 25-23 victory that jump-started their 13-0 seaon. But it’s time to make some new memories. “Our guys are excited,” Whittingham said. “They’re excited to go there an... 58433101@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 12:38:48 MDT Utah volleyball: Utes look to remain unbeaten http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58430581-89/byu-utah-hamson-launiere.html.csp Not only is Utah’s volleyball team 10-0, they’re 30-3 when you break it down by set. A victory in Provo on Friday would earn a school record for the most wins to start a season. They’d be undefeated entering Pac-12 play. Most importantly, they’d be proven. Taking three sets against No. 12 BYU is more impressive than 30 against the likes of Montana State, Georgia Tech, Lipscomb and even Utah State. Utah was also 10-0 last year when BYU came to town. But perfection proved fleeting as they lost 3-... Not only is Utah’s volleyball team 10-0, they’re 30-3 when you break it down by set. A victory in Provo on Friday would earn a school record for the most wins to start a season. They’d be undefeated entering Pac-12 play. Most importantly, they’d be proven. Taking three sets against No. 12 BYU is more impressive than 30 against the likes of Montana State, Georgia Tech, Lipscomb and even Utah State. Utah was also 10-0 last year when BYU came to town. But perfection proved fleeting as they lost 3-... 58430581@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:17:50 MDT Analyis: Utah-Michigan Position Preview http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58416966-89/yards-game-michigan-utes.html.csp Utah-Michigan has lost some of its marquee luster as the Wolverines have struggled so far in 2014, but the Utes are still expecting a tough test this Saturday. Coming off blow out victories over Idaho State and Fresno State, the Utes have looked sharp in all three phases of the game, but haven’t been tested much. The team leads the nation in sacks and has one of the strongest special teams units in the nation, but Michigan can’t be taken lightly at home. The Wolverines rebounded with a 35-10 wi... Utah-Michigan has lost some of its marquee luster as the Wolverines have struggled so far in 2014, but the Utes are still expecting a tough test this Saturday. Coming off blow out victories over Idaho State and Fresno State, the Utes have looked sharp in all three phases of the game, but haven’t been tested much. The team leads the nation in sacks and has one of the strongest special teams units in the nation, but Michigan can’t be taken lightly at home. The Wolverines rebounded with a 35-10 wi... 58416966@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:22:41 MDT Utah football: From Down Under, Tom Hackett punts way to top http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58422798-89/hackett-chapman-australian-hill.html.csp Frankly, Jay Hill told Australian punting coach Nathan Chapman, he wasn’t sold. He’d seen the film of Chapman’s Australian rules football converts, who at the time included current Ute Tom Hackett, but he didn’t know if their 50-yard kicks could be believed. Who was to say the balls met regulation? Fold-up boards that supposedly marked every 10 yards might only be spaced 8 1/2 yards apart, and either way, there was no opponent. Hill needed to see it for himself. Thus it was that after being ch... Frankly, Jay Hill told Australian punting coach Nathan Chapman, he wasn’t sold. He’d seen the film of Chapman’s Australian rules football converts, who at the time included current Ute Tom Hackett, but he didn’t know if their 50-yard kicks could be believed. Who was to say the balls met regulation? Fold-up boards that supposedly marked every 10 yards might only be spaced 8 1/2 yards apart, and either way, there was no opponent. Hill needed to see it for himself. Thus it was that after being ch... 58422798@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:39:30 MDT Kragthorpe: Road win is next item on Utes’ checklist (Video) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58423669-89/utes-road-game-utah.html.csp In the first two games of the football season, the Utah Utes have done just about everything that anyone could have wanted. It is fair to demand more from them, starting Saturday afternoon at Michigan. The Utes need to intercept a pass, win a road game and build some momentum for the Pac-12 schedule. None of that is asking too much. In so many ways, this is a terrific opportunity for Utah. Michigan features an iconic venue with 100,000-plus fans, a brand-name program with a lot of history and, ... In the first two games of the football season, the Utah Utes have done just about everything that anyone could have wanted. It is fair to demand more from them, starting Saturday afternoon at Michigan. The Utes need to intercept a pass, win a road game and build some momentum for the Pac-12 schedule. None of that is asking too much. In so many ways, this is a terrific opportunity for Utah. Michigan features an iconic venue with 100,000-plus fans, a brand-name program with a lot of history and, ... 58423669@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:49:07 MDT Utah football: Michigan’s Brady Hoke is battling for his job http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58425078-89/hoke-michigan-coach-state.html.csp Don’t feel sorry for Brady Hoke. When he took over in Ann Arbor in 2011, to a swell of fanfare as the program finally bagged itself “a Michigan Man,” he knew he had to win. As he told The New York Times in the fall of that year, “There are consequences for losing.” He must have known then, even as those consequences draw nearer now, that the bar was higher for college football’s all-time winningest program. He knew Top 25 rankings, BCS bowl games and beating “that school in Ohio” weren’t just bo... Don’t feel sorry for Brady Hoke. When he took over in Ann Arbor in 2011, to a swell of fanfare as the program finally bagged itself “a Michigan Man,” he knew he had to win. As he told The New York Times in the fall of that year, “There are consequences for losing.” He must have known then, even as those consequences draw nearer now, that the bar was higher for college football’s all-time winningest program. He knew Top 25 rankings, BCS bowl games and beating “that school in Ohio” weren’t just bo... 58425078@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:51:39 MDT Eric Weddle: NFL missteps obscure ‘amazing things’ league has done http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58424970-89/weddle-nfl-chargers-game.html.csp It wasn’t just the NFL’s controversial handling of Ray Rice’s domestic abuse: It was owners getting DUIs, owners taking racy photos and being accused of sexual misconduct, and the seeming unending string of negative revelations about his league. It was all too much for Eric Weddle. So he took to Twitter last Thursday and shared the following message that has since been both retweeted and favorited more than 1,700 times: “As a husband, father and player I’m embarrassed to be associated with the ... It wasn’t just the NFL’s controversial handling of Ray Rice’s domestic abuse: It was owners getting DUIs, owners taking racy photos and being accused of sexual misconduct, and the seeming unending string of negative revelations about his league. It was all too much for Eric Weddle. So he took to Twitter last Thursday and shared the following message that has since been both retweeted and favorited more than 1,700 times: “As a husband, father and player I’m embarrassed to be associated with the ... 58424970@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:27:49 MDT Both former Ute stars, Ma’ake Kemoeatu retires to donate kidney to brother Chris http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58425721-89/kidney-ake-brother-ravens.html.csp On the field, their ex-teams are huge NFL rivals. Off the field, brothers Ma’ake (May-ah-kay) Kemoeatu (Kee-mo-ee-ah-tu), an ex-Baltimore Raven, and Chris Kemoeatu, an ex-Pittsburgh Steeler, are closer than close. When Chris’ pro football career was cut short because he needed a kidney transplant, his older brother, whose organ was good match, quit the Ravens and donated his kidney to his 31-year-old brother. University of Maryland Medical Center transplant surgeon Dr. Stephen Bartlett said Wedn... On the field, their ex-teams are huge NFL rivals. Off the field, brothers Ma’ake (May-ah-kay) Kemoeatu (Kee-mo-ee-ah-tu), an ex-Baltimore Raven, and Chris Kemoeatu, an ex-Pittsburgh Steeler, are closer than close. When Chris’ pro football career was cut short because he needed a kidney transplant, his older brother, whose organ was good match, quit the Ravens and donated his kidney to his 31-year-old brother. University of Maryland Medical Center transplant surgeon Dr. Stephen Bartlett said Wedn... 58425721@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:27:49 MDT Utah football notes: Gionni Paul healthy, stepping up for Utes (VIDEO) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58422220-77/utah-utes-game-paul.html.csp As Gionni Paul said himself, “One soldier goes down, the next one comes up.” Luckily for the Utes, they have a pretty decent linebacker coming in as reinforcement. Paul, a junior transfer from Miami, is in his second week of practice with the Utah defense, taking over as starting MAC linebacker. Healthy for the first time since April, the 5-foot-10, 227-pound bruiser has been generating positive reviews from coaches. Just in time, too: The Utes will be playing without junior Jason Whittingham, ... As Gionni Paul said himself, “One soldier goes down, the next one comes up.” Luckily for the Utes, they have a pretty decent linebacker coming in as reinforcement. Paul, a junior transfer from Miami, is in his second week of practice with the Utah defense, taking over as starting MAC linebacker. Healthy for the first time since April, the 5-foot-10, 227-pound bruiser has been generating positive reviews from coaches. Just in time, too: The Utes will be playing without junior Jason Whittingham, ... 58422220@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:16:25 MDT Monson: Utah has new reasons for big hope http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58420765-89/utah-state-monson-reasons.html.csp “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill OK, that’s a little too profound for a column on Utah football. Winny wasn’t a college coach, but … he could have been. There’s both room and reasons for his kind of optimism around here now, as it pertains to the Utes. They seem better, look better, than what we had imagined or expected a few short weeks ago. And, just as important, their circumstances are, too. Th... “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill OK, that’s a little too profound for a column on Utah football. Winny wasn’t a college coach, but … he could have been. There’s both room and reasons for his kind of optimism around here now, as it pertains to the Utes. They seem better, look better, than what we had imagined or expected a few short weeks ago. And, just as important, their circumstances are, too. Th... 58420765@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:41:00 MDT Kragthorpe: Pac-12 South’s elite teams showing weaknesses http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58421093-89/usc-south-teams-ucla.html.csp USC lost to Boston College, with the Trojans’ defense being exploited. UCLA needed a series of clutch plays to overcome Texas. Arizona State allowed a bunch of yards to Colorado. The top half of the Pac-12 South appears vulnerable, even if those three teams are ranked No. 17 or higher in the AP Top 25. Much more evidence about Utah is needed for anyone to make a case that the Utes can contend in the South, but it is fair to say those divisional opponents look less intimidating than they did befo... USC lost to Boston College, with the Trojans’ defense being exploited. UCLA needed a series of clutch plays to overcome Texas. Arizona State allowed a bunch of yards to Colorado. The top half of the Pac-12 South appears vulnerable, even if those three teams are ranked No. 17 or higher in the AP Top 25. Much more evidence about Utah is needed for anyone to make a case that the Utes can contend in the South, but it is fair to say those divisional opponents look less intimidating than they did befo... 58421093@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:40:05 MDT