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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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) 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, ... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58422220@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:33:02 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 Pac-12 notes: Mora impressed with Neuheisel sticking with Bruins http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58421446-89/mora-ucla-neuheisel-pac.html.csp Starting a new coaching regime at a football program is never easy. But when you’re replacing a player’s dad? Just plain tricky. But even though UCLA’s Jim Mora couldn’t be the same kind of coach to Jerry Neuheisel as his father, Rick, he knew he had to be patient. If anyone could understand dealing with a coaching dad being fired, it was Mora, who went through the experience when he was on his father’s staff with the New Orleans Saints. “I know what that’s like,” Mora said. “[Jerry] has been ab... Starting a new coaching regime at a football program is never easy. But when you’re replacing a player’s dad? Just plain tricky. But even though UCLA’s Jim Mora couldn’t be the same kind of coach to Jerry Neuheisel as his father, Rick, he knew he had to be patient. If anyone could understand dealing with a coaching dad being fired, it was Mora, who went through the experience when he was on his father’s staff with the New Orleans Saints. “I know what that’s like,” Mora said. “[Jerry] has been ab... 58421446@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:10:03 MDT Utah football: Utes lose Jason Whittingham for about two months http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58416579-89/utah-whittingham-blechen-linebacker.html.csp The return of Gionni Paul and a demonstration of versatility from Nate Orchard could not have come at a better time for Utah. The Utes will need both, without Jason Whittingham. The Salt Lake Tribune has learned that Utah will likely be without the honorable mention All-Pac-12 linebacker for about two months after an apparent wrist injury he sustained against Fresno State. Asked at Monday’s news conference about his absence from the depth chart, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham — Jason’s uncle —... The return of Gionni Paul and a demonstration of versatility from Nate Orchard could not have come at a better time for Utah. The Utes will need both, without Jason Whittingham. The Salt Lake Tribune has learned that Utah will likely be without the honorable mention All-Pac-12 linebacker for about two months after an apparent wrist injury he sustained against Fresno State. Asked at Monday’s news conference about his absence from the depth chart, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham — Jason’s uncle —... 58416579@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:05:49 MDT Utah football: Utes want to play villian in road trip to Michigan (video) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58417089-89/michigan-utah-utes-game.html.csp Going into an enemy stadium sets off a special kind of chill. The thrill Brian Blechen gets from being in a stadium packed with fans rooting against him is why he says being the road team isn’t nerve-wracking — it’s fun. “Just knowing as much as we want to protect our house, they want to do the same,” he said. “It’s fun to see all their colors up in the stands and come away with the victory. Just that challenge is exciting to me.” Blechen smiled: “I like coming in and being the bad guy.” The Ute... Going into an enemy stadium sets off a special kind of chill. The thrill Brian Blechen gets from being in a stadium packed with fans rooting against him is why he says being the road team isn’t nerve-wracking — it’s fun. “Just knowing as much as we want to protect our house, they want to do the same,” he said. “It’s fun to see all their colors up in the stands and come away with the victory. Just that challenge is exciting to me.” Blechen smiled: “I like coming in and being the bad guy.” The Ute... 58417089@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:05:10 MDT Utah football: Michigan bounces back ahead of game with Utes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58412826-77/michigan-utes-game-utah.html.csp Two weeks out from their next game, against an opponent that had just been lashed 31-0, Utah could have been forgiven for getting a little cocky. But asked about Michigan’s big loss to Notre Dame two days before, Utes quarterback Travis Wilson declined to start talking trash. “Michigan is going to be a different team when we face them,” he said “They’re going to bring their A game and we’ve got to be ready for that.” Whether Michigan is significantly better that it was a week ago is still a ques... Two weeks out from their next game, against an opponent that had just been lashed 31-0, Utah could have been forgiven for getting a little cocky. But asked about Michigan’s big loss to Notre Dame two days before, Utes quarterback Travis Wilson declined to start talking trash. “Michigan is going to be a different team when we face them,” he said “They’re going to bring their A game and we’ve got to be ready for that.” Whether Michigan is significantly better that it was a week ago is still a ques... 58412826@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:20:16 MDT Missing: Utah’s historic 1964 Liberty Bowl trophy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58406498-89/trophy-bowl-1964-liberty.html.csp Thirty-odd members of Utah’s 1964 Liberty Bowl-winning football team were on hand for last weekend’s induction into the Crimson Club Hall of Fame. There was do-it-all Roy Jefferson, halfback Ron Coleman and wingback John Pease. There were handshakes and hugs and tears. But there was one thing missing, and its absence was particularly conspicuous: The 1964 Liberty Bowl trophy. Have you seen this trophy? Complete with a replica Liberty Bell, a shining, platter-sized half-shell, four figurines and ... Thirty-odd members of Utah’s 1964 Liberty Bowl-winning football team were on hand for last weekend’s induction into the Crimson Club Hall of Fame. There was do-it-all Roy Jefferson, halfback Ron Coleman and wingback John Pease. There were handshakes and hugs and tears. But there was one thing missing, and its absence was particularly conspicuous: The 1964 Liberty Bowl trophy. Have you seen this trophy? Complete with a replica Liberty Bell, a shining, platter-sized half-shell, four figurines and ... 58406498@www.sltrib.com Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:33:13 MDT Utah football: Nate Orchard fills Trevor Reilly’s role for Utah’s defense http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58405372-89/orchard-reilly-utah-game.html.csp Asked to describe each other, they both say the same thing: He’s a goofball. But, a goofball who gets down to business when it’s time to get down to business. Going a little further, Trevor Reilly and Nate Orchard are 255-pound, 6-foot-4-plus ball-carrier-crushing goofballs who get few laughs out of opposing offenses. “Defensive disrupters,” Reilly termed them. The eccentric Reilly and the jovial Orchard played together for three years, but with Reilly taking his act to New York, Utah’s defensi... Asked to describe each other, they both say the same thing: He’s a goofball. But, a goofball who gets down to business when it’s time to get down to business. Going a little further, Trevor Reilly and Nate Orchard are 255-pound, 6-foot-4-plus ball-carrier-crushing goofballs who get few laughs out of opposing offenses. “Defensive disrupters,” Reilly termed them. The eccentric Reilly and the jovial Orchard played together for three years, but with Reilly taking his act to New York, Utah’s defensi... 58405372@www.sltrib.com Sat, 13 Sep 2014 12:39:06 MDT Utah State football: Aggies in search of win, identity vs. Wake Forest http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58406441-89/aggies-state-forest-wake.html.csp Logan • Asked this week what he thought of the strengths of the various conferences this season, Utah State coach Matt Wells acknowledged he hadn’t seen enough other teams to have an informed opinion. He has been too busy figuring out what kind of team he has to worry about anyone else. The Aggies knew this would be a bit of a rebuilding year in some areas. However, the return of Chuckie Keeton and running back Joe Hill made the Aggies hopeful their offense would find its old form. But now, as t... Logan • Asked this week what he thought of the strengths of the various conferences this season, Utah State coach Matt Wells acknowledged he hadn’t seen enough other teams to have an informed opinion. He has been too busy figuring out what kind of team he has to worry about anyone else. The Aggies knew this would be a bit of a rebuilding year in some areas. However, the return of Chuckie Keeton and running back Joe Hill made the Aggies hopeful their offense would find its old form. But now, as t... 58406441@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:46:01 MDT Women’s soccer: Elmer sisters’ skill gives Utah edge http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58404527-89/mikayla-mariah-utes-utah.html.csp Here’s the vision the Utah soccer team has: In a heated tie game some day in the future, Mikayla Elmer will be dribbling toward the opposing goal. She’ll be looking for a target, and she’ll find one. Her sister, Mariah Elmer, will be streaking toward the box, put her head on Mikayla’s cross, and score. That’s the vision. Reality is still catching up to the two Utah newcomers, who have so far one assist between them in five games. But the Utes (4-0-1) feel that someday, the sisters who hail from ... Here’s the vision the Utah soccer team has: In a heated tie game some day in the future, Mikayla Elmer will be dribbling toward the opposing goal. She’ll be looking for a target, and she’ll find one. Her sister, Mariah Elmer, will be streaking toward the box, put her head on Mikayla’s cross, and score. That’s the vision. Reality is still catching up to the two Utah newcomers, who have so far one assist between them in five games. But the Utes (4-0-1) feel that someday, the sisters who hail from ... 58404527@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:46:01 MDT Utah football notes: Running back battle stays hot (VIDEO) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58399526-89/poole-yards-booker-week.html.csp If there’s a theme to this fall, it might well be this: The Utes have no problem breeding competition within their own ranks. They did it at quarterback. Guard. Defensive line. Corner. One place where the battle is still burning — and may in fact be more intense since the games began — is runningback, where Bubba Poole and Devontae Booker have been named co-starters for the first time this week. It’s a move that’s been a long time coming, if not printed on the depth chart, than at least in spiri... If there’s a theme to this fall, it might well be this: The Utes have no problem breeding competition within their own ranks. They did it at quarterback. Guard. Defensive line. Corner. One place where the battle is still burning — and may in fact be more intense since the games began — is runningback, where Bubba Poole and Devontae Booker have been named co-starters for the first time this week. It’s a move that’s been a long time coming, if not printed on the depth chart, than at least in spiri... 58399526@www.sltrib.com Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:07:36 MDT Ex-Utah QB Scott Mitchell to battle his demons on ‘Biggest Loser’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58393632-89/mitchell-weight-former-nfl.html.csp Something had to change. Scott Mitchell knew it, and the audition seemed like the perfect opportunity to do something about it. During the spring, the former Utah and NFL quarterback had heard NBC was looking for former athletes to join the latest cast of “The Biggest Loser,” the network’s prime-time weight loss show. For Mitchell, who played for four teams in an 11-year NFL career, 300 pounds had long been in his rear view. He wasn’t sure if he wanted to know how much he weighed. After Utah’s s... Something had to change. Scott Mitchell knew it, and the audition seemed like the perfect opportunity to do something about it. During the spring, the former Utah and NFL quarterback had heard NBC was looking for former athletes to join the latest cast of “The Biggest Loser,” the network’s prime-time weight loss show. For Mitchell, who played for four teams in an 11-year NFL career, 300 pounds had long been in his rear view. He wasn’t sure if he wanted to know how much he weighed. After Utah’s s... 58393632@www.sltrib.com Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:45:08 MDT Utah football: Whittingham says his offense can always improve http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58395276-89/whittingham-utah-week-team.html.csp It’d be an undesirable character trait in most walks of life, but nothing is ever good enough for Kyle Whittingham, and that’s probably what you should expect from a head football coach. Utah racked up 59 points against Fresno State in the first FBS test for offensive coordinator Dave Christensen. They’re No. 6 in the nation in pass efficiency rating (189.99). They’re No. 4 in scoring offense (57.5). But it could be better, Whittingham said Tuesday. They missed blocks. Their blitz pickups were n... It’d be an undesirable character trait in most walks of life, but nothing is ever good enough for Kyle Whittingham, and that’s probably what you should expect from a head football coach. Utah racked up 59 points against Fresno State in the first FBS test for offensive coordinator Dave Christensen. They’re No. 6 in the nation in pass efficiency rating (189.99). They’re No. 4 in scoring offense (57.5). But it could be better, Whittingham said Tuesday. They missed blocks. Their blitz pickups were n... 58395276@www.sltrib.com Tue, 09 Sep 2014 22:41:11 MDT Utah football: Utes feeling positive, healing during bye week (video) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58389386-89/game-michigan-whittingham-utes.html.csp Travis Wilson would play Michigan on Thursday night if he could. The way the Utah offense has rolled, scoring 115 points in two games, and the way the defense is one of the top-sacking units in the country, the Utes appear primed. And with Michigan getting blitzed 37-0 by Notre Dame, the Wolverines look wounded and ripe for a strike. But hey, a break has its perks as well. “It’s getting a little getting a little extra time to prepare for them,” he said. “We’re going to take full advantage.” Fro... Travis Wilson would play Michigan on Thursday night if he could. The way the Utah offense has rolled, scoring 115 points in two games, and the way the defense is one of the top-sacking units in the country, the Utes appear primed. And with Michigan getting blitzed 37-0 by Notre Dame, the Wolverines look wounded and ripe for a strike. But hey, a break has its perks as well. “It’s getting a little getting a little extra time to prepare for them,” he said. “We’re going to take full advantage.” Fro... 58389386@www.sltrib.com Tue, 09 Sep 2014 12:01:38 MDT Utah football: Headed into bye, Utes rolling early http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58385726-77/utes-utah-state-michigan.html.csp Minutes after victory, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham looked like he was ready to play the next game right away. Who could blame him? The Utes’ first-string units got plenty of rest in the second half in the 59-27 win over Fresno State on Saturday. And they must’ve felt even more anxious after watching the later 37-0 drubbing Michigan suffered at Notre Dame’s hands. As it stands, there’s a two-week wait before Utah can march into the Big House, an early interruption to a great start to the season. ... Minutes after victory, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham looked like he was ready to play the next game right away. Who could blame him? The Utes’ first-string units got plenty of rest in the second half in the 59-27 win over Fresno State on Saturday. And they must’ve felt even more anxious after watching the later 37-0 drubbing Michigan suffered at Notre Dame’s hands. As it stands, there’s a two-week wait before Utah can march into the Big House, an early interruption to a great start to the season. ... 58385726@www.sltrib.com Mon, 08 Sep 2014 09:28:13 MDT Kurt Kragthorpe: Utah defense sets tone in Fresno State rout http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58382659-89/state-utah-fresno-defensive.html.csp So maybe the Utah Utes were not playing the likes of Idaho State anymore, but you never would have known that by the Rice-Eccles Stadium scoreboard Saturday. And even if the Utes were not actually facing USC, everyone’s attempt to compare the Utes with Fresno State’s season-opening opponent was inevitable. Utah’s 59-27 victory matches up well with everything the Trojans had done against Fresno State — right from the start, and right up front. Any hope the Bulldogs held of competing in this game... So maybe the Utah Utes were not playing the likes of Idaho State anymore, but you never would have known that by the Rice-Eccles Stadium scoreboard Saturday. And even if the Utes were not actually facing USC, everyone’s attempt to compare the Utes with Fresno State’s season-opening opponent was inevitable. Utah’s 59-27 victory matches up well with everything the Trojans had done against Fresno State — right from the start, and right up front. Any hope the Bulldogs held of competing in this game... 58382659@www.sltrib.com Sun, 07 Sep 2014 11:01:39 MDT Utah football: Offense shines as Utes blow out Fresno State, 59-27 (video) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58382736-77/utah-kick-pass-wilson.html.csp Midway through the third quarter, quarterback Travis Wilson had retired to the sideline for good. He had 11 completions. That was all he needed. Almost every other pass was a touchdown. Utah’s offensive attack shredded its visitors apart Saturday afternoon, as Wilson’s five-touchdown day headlined a 59-27 victory over Fresno State. From the opening play — a 41-yard pass — until well after the game was decided, Utah (2-0) passed and ran all over the Bulldogs to stay perfect entering its first bye... Midway through the third quarter, quarterback Travis Wilson had retired to the sideline for good. He had 11 completions. That was all he needed. Almost every other pass was a touchdown. Utah’s offensive attack shredded its visitors apart Saturday afternoon, as Wilson’s five-touchdown day headlined a 59-27 victory over Fresno State. From the opening play — a 41-yard pass — until well after the game was decided, Utah (2-0) passed and ran all over the Bulldogs to stay perfect entering its first bye... 58382736@www.sltrib.com Sat, 06 Sep 2014 22:28:40 MDT Utah football LIVE updates: On Wilson’s 5 TDs, Utes rout Bulldogs 59-27 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58381556-89/utah-state-yards-quarter.html.csp Midway through the third quarter, quarterback Travis Wilson had retired to the sideline for good. He had 11 completions. That was all he needed. Utah’s offense attack shredded their visitors apart Saturday afternoon, as Wilson’s five-touchdown day headlined a 59-27 victory over Fresno State. From the opening play — a 41-yard pass — until well after the game was decided, Utah (2-0) passed and ran all over the Bulldogs to stay perfect entering their first bye week. Most lingering questions left ov... Midway through the third quarter, quarterback Travis Wilson had retired to the sideline for good. He had 11 completions. That was all he needed. Utah’s offense attack shredded their visitors apart Saturday afternoon, as Wilson’s five-touchdown day headlined a 59-27 victory over Fresno State. From the opening play — a 41-yard pass — until well after the game was decided, Utah (2-0) passed and ran all over the Bulldogs to stay perfect entering their first bye week. Most lingering questions left ov... 58381556@www.sltrib.com Sat, 06 Sep 2014 22:06:11 MDT Utah football: Offense passes test against Bulldogs (video) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58382670-89/yards-christensen-utah-offense.html.csp Either Dave Christensen finally solved Tim DeRuyter’s defense, his personnel at Utah is just that much better than they were at Wyoming, or a little bit of both. Utah totaled 526 yards against Fresno State in Saturday’s 59-27 blowout at Rice-Eccles. To put that in perspective, Christensen averaged 238 per game against DeRuyter’s defenses at Air Force and Wyoming. “Really pleased with the offense,” said head coach Kyle Whittingham after the game. “The tempo, the execution, it was really clean.” A... Either Dave Christensen finally solved Tim DeRuyter’s defense, his personnel at Utah is just that much better than they were at Wyoming, or a little bit of both. Utah totaled 526 yards against Fresno State in Saturday’s 59-27 blowout at Rice-Eccles. To put that in perspective, Christensen averaged 238 per game against DeRuyter’s defenses at Air Force and Wyoming. “Really pleased with the offense,” said head coach Kyle Whittingham after the game. “The tempo, the execution, it was really clean.” A... 58382670@www.sltrib.com Sat, 06 Sep 2014 22:06:11 MDT