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Then, in July, doctors will decide whether current starting quarterback Travis Wilson is fit for c... Now that Utah’s spring camp is in the books, the countdown to meaningful action begins: T-minus three-and-a-half months. Er — make that one-and-a-half months. Fall camp starts Aug. 4, but NCAA rule changes will give coaches unprecedented access to players who arrive for summer work in June. One of those players, Oklahoma transfer Kendal Thompson, will vie for the reins of the Ute offense this fall. Then, in July, doctors will decide whether current starting quarterback Travis Wilson is fit for c... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 57841494@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:43:20 MDT Utah gymnastics: Utes leave NCAAs empty-handed http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57842388-89/dabritz-utah-vault-floor.html.csp Birmingham, Ala. • Utah’s gymnastics team left the NCAA Championships not only discouraged but empty-handed as well, as the Utes failed to snag any of the individual titles up for grabs on Sunday at the Birmingham Convention Complex. Utah’s Georgia Dabritz finished ninth out of 12 competitors on the vault with a 9.8667, Becky Tutka finished 11th on the floor with a 9.85 and senior Nansy Damianova finished 13th on the floor with a 9.7375. All three had nice routines, but hops on landings cost the... Birmingham, Ala. • Utah’s gymnastics team left the NCAA Championships not only discouraged but empty-handed as well, as the Utes failed to snag any of the individual titles up for grabs on Sunday at the Birmingham Convention Complex. Utah’s Georgia Dabritz finished ninth out of 12 competitors on the vault with a 9.8667, Becky Tutka finished 11th on the floor with a 9.85 and senior Nansy Damianova finished 13th on the floor with a 9.7375. All three had nice routines, but hops on landings cost the... 57842388@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:58:08 MDT Utah gymnastics: No easy way to decide qualifiers for NCAA individuals http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57842328-89/season-individual-qualify-title.html.csp Birmingham, Ala. • Having standouts such as Utah’s Georgia Dabritz, Georgia’s Chelsea Davis and Florida’s Bridget Sloan absent from the individual championships due to low scores during Friday’s preliminary round may seem unfair, but coaches can’t think of a better way of determining the field, they say. Currently, the top four gymnasts, including ties, from each session on Friday make up the field for the individual contest. Sloan had a rare fall and didn’t qualify on the event in which she i... Birmingham, Ala. • Having standouts such as Utah’s Georgia Dabritz, Georgia’s Chelsea Davis and Florida’s Bridget Sloan absent from the individual championships due to low scores during Friday’s preliminary round may seem unfair, but coaches can’t think of a better way of determining the field, they say. Currently, the top four gymnasts, including ties, from each session on Friday make up the field for the individual contest. Sloan had a rare fall and didn’t qualify on the event in which she i... 57842328@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:56:16 MDT Utah gymnastics: Super Six too painful to watch for most Utes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57840131-89/team-american-utah-utes.html.csp Birmingham, Ala. • Utah coach Greg Marsden didn’t add to his team’s misery of failing to advance to the Super Six finals by making his team watch Saturday’s event. Instead, he left it up to the gymnasts to decide if they wanted to attend. “A few wanted to go but for most of them it was too tough,” he said. “We are still really devastated and disappointed. This team worked so hard, and to think we are right where we were last year is tough to take.” The Utes finished seventh overall, only two not... Birmingham, Ala. • Utah coach Greg Marsden didn’t add to his team’s misery of failing to advance to the Super Six finals by making his team watch Saturday’s event. Instead, he left it up to the gymnasts to decide if they wanted to attend. “A few wanted to go but for most of them it was too tough,” he said. “We are still really devastated and disappointed. This team worked so hard, and to think we are right where we were last year is tough to take.” The Utes finished seventh overall, only two not... 57840131@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:18:35 MDT Utah football notes: Devontae Booker stands out at running back http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57839965-77/yards-booker-game-embed.html.csp Even before halftime, Devontae Booker needed some stitches — well, for his jersey. Small bands of fabric looped together the section of his white top that had been ripped by a defender trying to bring him down. It was a tough task to drag Booker to the turf in Saturday’s spring game as he ran 103 yards on 19 carries with a pair of touchdowns, highlighting a position the Utes have come to see as a strength this spring. “Every game I’m playing, I’m looking forward to making a statement,” he said. ... Even before halftime, Devontae Booker needed some stitches — well, for his jersey. Small bands of fabric looped together the section of his white top that had been ripped by a defender trying to bring him down. It was a tough task to drag Booker to the turf in Saturday’s spring game as he ran 103 yards on 19 carries with a pair of touchdowns, highlighting a position the Utes have come to see as a strength this spring. “Every game I’m playing, I’m looking forward to making a statement,” he said. ... 57839965@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:17:38 MDT Monson: Utah buoyed by new hope at quarterback on the horizon http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57839916-89/quarterbacks-roderick-yards-hope.html.csp At the collision of pomp and pigskin in Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday, the Utes trying to dress up their Red-White spring game into the football celebration it should be, there were all kinds of things to see, from new faces in the secondary to new looks across the offense to new influences by new coaches to new hope that this time of year naturally brings. But the view that snagged almost everyone’s attention was … the quarterbacks. A whole lot of quarterbacks. Attendance was announced at 12... At the collision of pomp and pigskin in Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday, the Utes trying to dress up their Red-White spring game into the football celebration it should be, there were all kinds of things to see, from new faces in the secondary to new looks across the offense to new influences by new coaches to new hope that this time of year naturally brings. But the view that snagged almost everyone’s attention was … the quarterbacks. A whole lot of quarterbacks. Attendance was announced at 12... 57839916@www.sltrib.com Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:37:54 MDT Utah gymnastics: Individuals hope to salvage Utah’s NCAA experience http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57839661-89/utah-finals-damianova-floor.html.csp Birmingham, Ala. • Utah’s gymnasts admitted following their devastating failure to reach Saturday’s Super Six finals that it would take a while to get over the disappointment. But a few must put aside the hurt do their best to salvage the NCAAs for the Utes in the NCAA Individual Championships on Sunday here at the Birmingham Convention Complex. Utah’s Georgia Dabritz qualified on the vault with a 9.925 and Becky Tutka and Nansy Damianova made the cut for floor finals by scoring 9.925. Each of ... Birmingham, Ala. • Utah’s gymnasts admitted following their devastating failure to reach Saturday’s Super Six finals that it would take a while to get over the disappointment. But a few must put aside the hurt do their best to salvage the NCAAs for the Utes in the NCAA Individual Championships on Sunday here at the Birmingham Convention Complex. Utah’s Georgia Dabritz qualified on the vault with a 9.925 and Becky Tutka and Nansy Damianova made the cut for floor finals by scoring 9.925. Each of ... 57839661@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:24:17 MDT Utah football: Offense shines in Red-White game http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57839706-77/junior-yards-senior-red.html.csp With as many as 10 defensive starters sitting out and a vanilla defensive scheme, there may not have been a ton to learn at Utah’s Red-White game. If anything, we now know this: The Utah offense can beat up on a dilapidated version of its own defense. The Red Team, led by junior Travis Wilson, beat the White Team 28-27 while a crowd of 12,056 received an early taste of fall Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Grill smoke was in the air, notable ex-players were milling about on the sidelines, and th... With as many as 10 defensive starters sitting out and a vanilla defensive scheme, there may not have been a ton to learn at Utah’s Red-White game. If anything, we now know this: The Utah offense can beat up on a dilapidated version of its own defense. The Red Team, led by junior Travis Wilson, beat the White Team 28-27 while a crowd of 12,056 received an early taste of fall Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Grill smoke was in the air, notable ex-players were milling about on the sidelines, and th... 57839706@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:59:16 MDT Utah gymnastics: Florida’s Bridget Sloan has stunning fall http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57838396-89/six-super-utah-gymnasts.html.csp Birmingham, Ala. • Utah’s failure to make the Super Six wasn’t the only surprise of the NCAA Championships. Perhaps the biggest shocker was Florida’s Bridget Sloan, the defending balance beam and all-around champion. Sloan, one of the sport’s most decorated gymnasts, fell off the balance beam and scored just 9.2. The mistake didn’t cost the Gators as they advanced to the Super Six, but it did cost Sloan a chance at more individual titles since only the top four gymnasts from each session on eac... Birmingham, Ala. • Utah’s failure to make the Super Six wasn’t the only surprise of the NCAA Championships. Perhaps the biggest shocker was Florida’s Bridget Sloan, the defending balance beam and all-around champion. Sloan, one of the sport’s most decorated gymnasts, fell off the balance beam and scored just 9.2. The mistake didn’t cost the Gators as they advanced to the Super Six, but it did cost Sloan a chance at more individual titles since only the top four gymnasts from each session on eac... 57838396@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:54:50 MDT Utah gymnastics: Utes can’t vault past competition http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57838336-89/utes-vault-nebraska-utah.html.csp Birmingham, Ala. • Utah imagined it would go head-to-head with UCLA for a spot in the Super Six, given how close the two teams have competed this year. But what the Utes never expected was to be eliminated by old foe Nebraska. The two teams competed on a regular basis until the Utes joined the Pac-12 and dropped the Huskers from their schedule last year. After Friday, one can imagine the Utes don’t want to see the Huskers for a long time. Utah thought it had taken care of the Huskers in the thir... Birmingham, Ala. • Utah imagined it would go head-to-head with UCLA for a spot in the Super Six, given how close the two teams have competed this year. But what the Utes never expected was to be eliminated by old foe Nebraska. The two teams competed on a regular basis until the Utes joined the Pac-12 and dropped the Huskers from their schedule last year. After Friday, one can imagine the Utes don’t want to see the Huskers for a long time. Utah thought it had taken care of the Huskers in the thir... 57838336@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:59:45 MDT Utah Football: QB battle will go to the tape after spring wraps up http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57836370-89/quarterback-roderick-wilson-utah.html.csp There’s some news at quarterback that Ute fans aren’t going to like. Have a seat. Take a deep breath. It’s this: Most of you have no idea what you’re talking about. Neither do the media, for that matter. The people who are qualified to judge the spring practice quarterback battle say the results are still inconclusive, and the investigation is ongoing. The depth chart says junior Travis Wilson is No. 1, followed by redshirt freshman Conner Manning, junior Adam Schulz and redshirt freshman Brand... There’s some news at quarterback that Ute fans aren’t going to like. Have a seat. Take a deep breath. It’s this: Most of you have no idea what you’re talking about. Neither do the media, for that matter. The people who are qualified to judge the spring practice quarterback battle say the results are still inconclusive, and the investigation is ongoing. The depth chart says junior Travis Wilson is No. 1, followed by redshirt freshman Conner Manning, junior Adam Schulz and redshirt freshman Brand... 57836370@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:41:55 MDT Utah gymnastics: Utes eliminated from NCAAs with subpar vault performance http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57837320-89/utes-utah-gymnastics-nebraska.html.csp Birmingham, Ala. • After a strong year and a near-perfect postseason run, Utah’s fifth-ranked gymnastics team never imagined it wouldn’t make the cut for the NCAA Super Six, but the unimaginable happened Friday as the Utes finished fourth in their session and failed to advance to Saturday’s finals here at Birmingham’s Convention Complex. Utah ended the night with a 197.025 to finish behind Alabama and Florida, which tied for first at 197.65, and Nebraska, which finished with a 197.1. Pac-12 riva... Birmingham, Ala. • After a strong year and a near-perfect postseason run, Utah’s fifth-ranked gymnastics team never imagined it wouldn’t make the cut for the NCAA Super Six, but the unimaginable happened Friday as the Utes finished fourth in their session and failed to advance to Saturday’s finals here at Birmingham’s Convention Complex. Utah ended the night with a 197.025 to finish behind Alabama and Florida, which tied for first at 197.65, and Nebraska, which finished with a 197.1. Pac-12 riva... 57837320@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:56:26 MDT Utah Gymnastics: Utes ready for NCAA prelims http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57836538-89/utes-utah-ncaa-gymnastics.html.csp Birmingham, Ala. • Utah’s final preparation for the NCAA Gymnastics Championships went well enough to leave the Utes relaxed and confident for their preliminary round scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m. MT. Live coverage from the meet can be found on www.ncaa.com. The fifth-ranked Utes will compete against UCLA, Florida, Penn State, Alabama and Nebraska with the top three teams advancing to Saturday’s Super Six. Friday’s afternoon session, which begins at noon MT, features Oklahoma, Illinois, Georgia... Birmingham, Ala. • Utah’s final preparation for the NCAA Gymnastics Championships went well enough to leave the Utes relaxed and confident for their preliminary round scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m. MT. Live coverage from the meet can be found on www.ncaa.com. The fifth-ranked Utes will compete against UCLA, Florida, Penn State, Alabama and Nebraska with the top three teams advancing to Saturday’s Super Six. Friday’s afternoon session, which begins at noon MT, features Oklahoma, Illinois, Georgia... 57836538@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:27:02 MDT Utah gymnastics: Utes ready for the final push http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57831859-89/season-utes-utah-final.html.csp Birmingham, Ala. • A big smile spread across Mary Beth Lofgren’s face when asked what this season has been like for Utah’s gymnastics team. “It has been crazy,” she said. “With the exception of the Stanford meet, we’ve been building with every meet and we just want to keep that going.” They only need to make one final push. Finally, the fifth-ranked Utes are at the culmination of all their hard work as the NCAA championships begin Friday in Birmingham, Ala. Shortly after they finished ninth last... Birmingham, Ala. • A big smile spread across Mary Beth Lofgren’s face when asked what this season has been like for Utah’s gymnastics team. “It has been crazy,” she said. “With the exception of the Stanford meet, we’ve been building with every meet and we just want to keep that going.” They only need to make one final push. Finally, the fifth-ranked Utes are at the culmination of all their hard work as the NCAA championships begin Friday in Birmingham, Ala. Shortly after they finished ninth last... 57831859@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:24:44 MDT Utah basketball: Freshman Ahmad Fields to transfer http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57788736-89/fields-utah-forward-program.html.csp Utah’s basketball roster will look slightly different next season. Freshman small forward Ahmad Fields will leave the program and transfer to another school, he told The Tribune late Monday. A native of Washington D.C., Fields said he is leaving Utah in order to be closer to home and closer to his family. The decision was made shortly following the Utes’ season-ending NIT loss to St. Mary’s. Fields said he met with coach Larry Krystkowiak following that game and that he and the program have had ... Utah’s basketball roster will look slightly different next season. Freshman small forward Ahmad Fields will leave the program and transfer to another school, he told The Tribune late Monday. A native of Washington D.C., Fields said he is leaving Utah in order to be closer to home and closer to his family. The decision was made shortly following the Utes’ season-ending NIT loss to St. Mary’s. Fields said he met with coach Larry Krystkowiak following that game and that he and the program have had ... 57788736@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:24:11 MDT Utah women’s basketball: Michelle Plouffe waits for call from WNBA http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57810066-89/plouffe-utah-basketball-draft.html.csp Professional basketball was not much of a goal for Michelle Plouffe as she was growing up. There’s no doubt she loved the game. She put in as much time working on her craft as anyone, including late-night sessions at the gym, with hard work in the weight room as well. But the WNBA was a pipe dream to her. She watched her favorite players on television and all. But being raised in Canada, all she could see is what was directly in front of her. A college basketball career in Utah. “I honestly didn... Professional basketball was not much of a goal for Michelle Plouffe as she was growing up. There’s no doubt she loved the game. She put in as much time working on her craft as anyone, including late-night sessions at the gym, with hard work in the weight room as well. But the WNBA was a pipe dream to her. She watched her favorite players on television and all. But being raised in Canada, all she could see is what was directly in front of her. A college basketball career in Utah. “I honestly didn... 57810066@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:24:11 MDT Utah Basketball: Krystkowiak will greet deep, versatile class http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57818095-89/class-utah-utes-krystkowiak.html.csp When coach Larry Krystkowiak accepted the Utah basketball job in 2011, he also accepted the fact that his rebuilding process was going to take time. Then he lured in Jordan Loveridge and Delon Wright in back-to-back recruiting classes. Suddenly the process sped up, as well as expectations. The Utes went from six wins in that first year to 15 in 2013. Then they won 21 games this past season, nine in the rugged Pac-12, and advanced to the NIT. Now, the process seems virtually complete. Wright and ... When coach Larry Krystkowiak accepted the Utah basketball job in 2011, he also accepted the fact that his rebuilding process was going to take time. Then he lured in Jordan Loveridge and Delon Wright in back-to-back recruiting classes. Suddenly the process sped up, as well as expectations. The Utes went from six wins in that first year to 15 in 2013. Then they won 21 games this past season, nine in the rugged Pac-12, and advanced to the NIT. Now, the process seems virtually complete. Wright and ... 57818095@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:24:11 MDT Utah basketball signs top junior college power forward Chris Reyes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57829818-89/reyes-junior-utah-basketball.html.csp He signed with Saint Mary’s out of high school. He took a detour to Citrus Junior College, and became one of the best JUCO power forwards in the country. Now, Chris Reyes is back playing Division I basketball. The 6-foot-7 rising junior officially signed with Utah on Wednesday morning, becoming a Ute when he faxed over his letter of intent. With his signature, Reyes becomes the fourth member of Larry Krystkowiak’s recruiting class. “I’m really excited to join Utah,” Reyes said. “It’s an excellen... He signed with Saint Mary’s out of high school. He took a detour to Citrus Junior College, and became one of the best JUCO power forwards in the country. Now, Chris Reyes is back playing Division I basketball. The 6-foot-7 rising junior officially signed with Utah on Wednesday morning, becoming a Ute when he faxed over his letter of intent. With his signature, Reyes becomes the fourth member of Larry Krystkowiak’s recruiting class. “I’m really excited to join Utah,” Reyes said. “It’s an excellen... 57829818@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:24:11 MDT Utah football: After struggles last season, Utes feel good about secondary http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57792698-89/porter-sophomore-senior-cornerback.html.csp Reginald Porter is a fast man. In fact, Reginald Porter runs a 4.43 40-yard dash, but with an injured hip flexor? Not so much. “And you’ve gotta run full speed in football,” he said. Hundredths of a second can determine whether a receiver is blanketed or wide open, and Porter and his secondary teammates were sometimes hundredths of a second and thus miles behind Pac-12 burners in 2013. Now a healthy sophomore, Porter is part of the reason that cornerback is beginning to feel like one of Utah’s s... Reginald Porter is a fast man. In fact, Reginald Porter runs a 4.43 40-yard dash, but with an injured hip flexor? Not so much. “And you’ve gotta run full speed in football,” he said. Hundredths of a second can determine whether a receiver is blanketed or wide open, and Porter and his secondary teammates were sometimes hundredths of a second and thus miles behind Pac-12 burners in 2013. Now a healthy sophomore, Porter is part of the reason that cornerback is beginning to feel like one of Utah’s s... 57792698@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:24:11 MDT Utah football: Uaea Masina making the most of spring reps http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57797511-89/masina-linebacker-uaea-getting.html.csp If he didn’t line up at the position, it might be hard to pick out Uaea Masina as a linebacker. A kid that skinny, trying to bring down tight ends and running backs? He’s listed at 222 pounds — which he might make with rocks in his pockets. The sophomore doesn’t seem to mind that he’s arguably the runt of the litter, rolling up his jersey and leaving his midsection exposed every practice. “You can see it out there,” junior linebacker Jared Norris said. “His ribs are showing.” But what Masina lac... If he didn’t line up at the position, it might be hard to pick out Uaea Masina as a linebacker. A kid that skinny, trying to bring down tight ends and running backs? He’s listed at 222 pounds — which he might make with rocks in his pockets. The sophomore doesn’t seem to mind that he’s arguably the runt of the litter, rolling up his jersey and leaving his midsection exposed every practice. “You can see it out there,” junior linebacker Jared Norris said. “His ribs are showing.” But what Masina lac... 57797511@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:24:11 MDT