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I guess they develop a talent for it, he thought to himself. They have to. Loveri... Upon arriving in Shanghai, the first thing Jordan Loveridge noticed was the decorative lighting, like he was in a super-sized Las Vegas. And then he saw the people. So many people. Loveridge had heard there were 24 million people in Shanghai, but seeing it is another thing, he said. Motorists — many on scooters — navigated busy streets at high speeds while Loveridge wondered how they could possibly avoid crashing. I guess they develop a talent for it, he thought to himself. They have to. Loveri... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58326295@www.sltrib.com Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:11:07 MDT Utah football: Stakes high for Whittingham in 4th Pac-12 season http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58317181-77/utah-season-whittingham-fall.html.csp Expectations among Utah fans tend to fall within a narrow range for 2014. The optimists say they’ll start 4-0, beat Oregon State, Arizona and Colorado and finish 7-5 to snap a two-year bowl drought. The pessimists say they’ll go 5-7, and thus, the sky will fall. This seems to be the feeling in Salt Lake City: A magical season is 7-5. A disastrous season is 5-7. Who knows? Maybe three regular seasons spent going 17-19 will cramp your imagination. But with better depth at quarterback, more talent ... Expectations among Utah fans tend to fall within a narrow range for 2014. The optimists say they’ll start 4-0, beat Oregon State, Arizona and Colorado and finish 7-5 to snap a two-year bowl drought. The pessimists say they’ll go 5-7, and thus, the sky will fall. This seems to be the feeling in Salt Lake City: A magical season is 7-5. A disastrous season is 5-7. Who knows? Maybe three regular seasons spent going 17-19 will cramp your imagination. But with better depth at quarterback, more talent ... 58317181@www.sltrib.com Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:21:38 MDT Utah football: What we’ve learned as Utes’ camp ends http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58325818-89/sltrib-utah-com-utes.html.csp We had questions, and we got answers. We know Travis Wilson will be the starting quarterback, and which five linemen will grapple to protect him, and what we can expect from a score of players wearing crimson for the first time. But the more you learn, the less you know. You know? So where does that leave us as Utah’s fall camp comes to a close and Utah embarks on what may be a make-or-break season? Here’s what we learned: — It’s Wilson’s team • Utah will vote for captains Friday night, and at... We had questions, and we got answers. We know Travis Wilson will be the starting quarterback, and which five linemen will grapple to protect him, and what we can expect from a score of players wearing crimson for the first time. But the more you learn, the less you know. You know? So where does that leave us as Utah’s fall camp comes to a close and Utah embarks on what may be a make-or-break season? Here’s what we learned: — It’s Wilson’s team • Utah will vote for captains Friday night, and at... 58325818@www.sltrib.com Sat, 23 Aug 2014 10:52:50 MDT Utah football: Freshman safety Williams says he’s ready if needed http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58323441-89/freshman-williams-camp-rowe.html.csp Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said earlier this week that if disaster struck, and senior safeties Tevin Carter or Brian Blechen went down with injury, fellow senior Eric Rowe would be yanked back from his spot at corner to fill the void. But that’s not an indictment of the safety backups, said their coach, Morgan Scalley, on Thursday. It’s just a feeling that the next corner — senior Wykie Freeman, at this point — is ahead of the next safety, and coaches want to get their best 11 players on ... Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said earlier this week that if disaster struck, and senior safeties Tevin Carter or Brian Blechen went down with injury, fellow senior Eric Rowe would be yanked back from his spot at corner to fill the void. But that’s not an indictment of the safety backups, said their coach, Morgan Scalley, on Thursday. It’s just a feeling that the next corner — senior Wykie Freeman, at this point — is ahead of the next safety, and coaches want to get their best 11 players on ... 58323441@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:45:50 MDT Utah soccer: Experienced Utes ready to defy expectations http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58322225-77/utes-team-utah-conference.html.csp Seventh? Really, seventh? To the Utah women’s soccer team, it cries out for justification just how their squad, who finished third in 2013 and are returning nine starters, have been picked by the Pac-12’s coaches to finish in the bottom half of the conference. Of course, the Utes aren’t waiting for a recount. After a recent practice when the poll was brought up, Katie Taylor bit her lip before offering a measured reaction. “Every year we’ve tended to do better than we’re picked to finish,” she s... Seventh? Really, seventh? To the Utah women’s soccer team, it cries out for justification just how their squad, who finished third in 2013 and are returning nine starters, have been picked by the Pac-12’s coaches to finish in the bottom half of the conference. Of course, the Utes aren’t waiting for a recount. After a recent practice when the poll was brought up, Katie Taylor bit her lip before offering a measured reaction. “Every year we’ve tended to do better than we’re picked to finish,” she s... 58322225@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:51:17 MDT Utah football: Junior Salt sets high standard for O-line http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58318117-89/salt-offensive-team-utes.html.csp If it seems like Junior Salt has been around the Salt Lake Valley football scene forever, that’s only a little off. Even Kyle Whittingham, guessing off the top of his head, missed Salt’s age by two years. Salt’s senior season at Brighton High? That would be 2006. He is 26 years old. Freshman Jackson Barton played for the Bengals as well, but he was 12 when Salt went on his LDS Church mission to Tonga. Still, Barton said he’s dusted off Salt’s high school tape — he didn’t specify if he needed a ... If it seems like Junior Salt has been around the Salt Lake Valley football scene forever, that’s only a little off. Even Kyle Whittingham, guessing off the top of his head, missed Salt’s age by two years. Salt’s senior season at Brighton High? That would be 2006. He is 26 years old. Freshman Jackson Barton played for the Bengals as well, but he was 12 when Salt went on his LDS Church mission to Tonga. Still, Barton said he’s dusted off Salt’s high school tape — he didn’t specify if he needed a ... 58318117@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:04:02 MDT Utah football notes: Jackson Barton thinks he’ll redshirt http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58313316-89/tackle-defensive-shepard-barton.html.csp This time last year, Jackson Barton was gearing up for a senior season in which he’d help lead Brighton to the 5A state championship game. Now he’s a true freshman tackle in the Pac-12, and it speaks volumes that the following may come as a surprise to some of you: He might not play this season. Barton was in the mix to start at right tackle heading into the final scrimmage in camp, but Monday’s depth chart shows sophomore J.J. Dielman No. 1 and sophomore Sam Tevi (until very recently, a defensi... This time last year, Jackson Barton was gearing up for a senior season in which he’d help lead Brighton to the 5A state championship game. Now he’s a true freshman tackle in the Pac-12, and it speaks volumes that the following may come as a surprise to some of you: He might not play this season. Barton was in the mix to start at right tackle heading into the final scrimmage in camp, but Monday’s depth chart shows sophomore J.J. Dielman No. 1 and sophomore Sam Tevi (until very recently, a defensi... 58313316@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:26:43 MDT Monson: Utes’ Hatfield an extraordinary man doing extraordinary things http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58313888-89/hatfield-says-receiver-monson.html.csp Dominique Hatfield felt the plumbing back up in his eyes and spill out of his eye sockets the day they buried his close friend and teammate, Marvin, in his football jersey five years ago. Talk about traumatic and devastating. Both kids were just 14 years old. Marvin was walking home from the store in Crenshaw, on one of the meaner streets in one of the meaner neighborhoods in Los Angeles. That’s where he and Hatfield lived, in housing on those streets, slammed between desperation and despair. H... Dominique Hatfield felt the plumbing back up in his eyes and spill out of his eye sockets the day they buried his close friend and teammate, Marvin, in his football jersey five years ago. Talk about traumatic and devastating. Both kids were just 14 years old. Marvin was walking home from the store in Crenshaw, on one of the meaner streets in one of the meaner neighborhoods in Los Angeles. That’s where he and Hatfield lived, in housing on those streets, slammed between desperation and despair. H... 58313888@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:16:24 MDT Utah football: Utes name Wilson starter, say Thompson will play http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58309735-89/wilson-thompson-utah-quarterback.html.csp Conjecture will hold that there was no fall quarterback competition, that it was always going to be Travis Wilson. Before Monday’s depth chart was ever released, that was the popular talk-radio opinion, and why not? Wilson’s a “known commodity,” as coaches are fond of saying. He’s a team leader. After what he went through, you could argue that he deserves it. But while those things may be true, Kyle Whittingham said after Monday morning’s practice that it wasn’t a remotely easy call to name Wil... Conjecture will hold that there was no fall quarterback competition, that it was always going to be Travis Wilson. Before Monday’s depth chart was ever released, that was the popular talk-radio opinion, and why not? Wilson’s a “known commodity,” as coaches are fond of saying. He’s a team leader. After what he went through, you could argue that he deserves it. But while those things may be true, Kyle Whittingham said after Monday morning’s practice that it wasn’t a remotely easy call to name Wil... 58309735@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:23:02 MDT Video: Top 10 plays from week 2 of Utah, BYU football camp http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58306684-89/camp-iframe-week-com.html.csp Every week, we’ll be counting down the top 10 plays in fall camp captured by Tribune videographer Brennan Smith. Here’s the highlights from the second week of camp for Utah and BYU:&lt;freeform&gt; &lt;iframe width=”640” height=”400” src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/RnbneerG_mE?list=PLh3NNe3cO5UC-r2UQJUoPehoecLvWHGV1” frameborder=”0” allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt; &lt;/freeform&gt; bsmith@sltrib.com Twitter: @BrennanJSmith Every week, we’ll be counting down the top 10 plays in fall camp captured by Tribune videographer Brennan Smith. Here’s the highlights from the second week of camp for Utah and BYU:&lt;freeform&gt; &lt;iframe width=”640” height=”400” src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/RnbneerG_mE?list=PLh3NNe3cO5UC-r2UQJUoPehoecLvWHGV1” frameborder=”0” allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt; &lt;/freeform&gt; bsmith@sltrib.com Twitter: @BrennanJSmith 58306684@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:46:32 MDT Utah Football: From SLC and back again, Utes LT Andrew Albers takes unconventional route http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58302438-77/albers-frank-football-andrew.html.csp Costa Mesa High’s Andrew Albers had everything you look for in a left tackle. He was long, nimble, smart — heck, he was the son of an offensive line instructor. If only he wasn’t so nice. His father, Frank, told him, “When you’re outside of the lines, you need to be the good, decent human being, but when you cross those lines, in this game, you have to have a little nastiness.” Eventually, he came around to that notion. He could manhandle his peers for a couple of hours each week. Still, when he... Costa Mesa High’s Andrew Albers had everything you look for in a left tackle. He was long, nimble, smart — heck, he was the son of an offensive line instructor. If only he wasn’t so nice. His father, Frank, told him, “When you’re outside of the lines, you need to be the good, decent human being, but when you cross those lines, in this game, you have to have a little nastiness.” Eventually, he came around to that notion. He could manhandle his peers for a couple of hours each week. Still, when he... 58302438@www.sltrib.com Sun, 17 Aug 2014 20:53:14 MDT Utah Football: Both QBs excel in vital scrimmage (video) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58303841-89/yards-wilson-starter-thompson.html.csp Most people who have recently avoided collisions with large men, if they’ve thought about it at all, are grateful for the fact. Travis Wilson isn’t most people. For the first time that media have observed since doctors found an intracranial artery condition last November, Wilson was a live target for Utah defenders at Saturday’s scrimmage. And he relished it. “In fact, he was too aggressive,” said head coach Kyle Whittingham. “You want to be smart when you’re running the ball as a quarterback,... Most people who have recently avoided collisions with large men, if they’ve thought about it at all, are grateful for the fact. Travis Wilson isn’t most people. For the first time that media have observed since doctors found an intracranial artery condition last November, Wilson was a live target for Utah defenders at Saturday’s scrimmage. And he relished it. “In fact, he was too aggressive,” said head coach Kyle Whittingham. “You want to be smart when you’re running the ball as a quarterback,... 58303841@www.sltrib.com Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:08:47 MDT Utah football: Pita Taumoepenu is learning quickly http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58301299-89/taumoepenu-football-defensive-player.html.csp With bulging muscles packed onto his 6-foot-1 frame and a shock of electric yellow through the middle of his dark hair, Pita Taumoepenu can cut an intimidating image. But spend a few minutes, and inevitably he’ll laugh. It’s a loud, carefree and disarming guffaw that has the power to put anyone in its range at ease. Taumoepenu, 20, showed up in the United States just over three years ago, and he only joined the Utes football team in the last year. His English is still … developing, but his laug... With bulging muscles packed onto his 6-foot-1 frame and a shock of electric yellow through the middle of his dark hair, Pita Taumoepenu can cut an intimidating image. But spend a few minutes, and inevitably he’ll laugh. It’s a loud, carefree and disarming guffaw that has the power to put anyone in its range at ease. Taumoepenu, 20, showed up in the United States just over three years ago, and he only joined the Utes football team in the last year. His English is still … developing, but his laug... 58301299@www.sltrib.com Sat, 16 Aug 2014 10:17:58 MDT Utah football notes — Brian Allen is Mr. Position Switch http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58298181-89/allen-whittingham-brian-receiver.html.csp Brian Allen has never played safety before this summer. Brian Allen never played corner before this week. Brian Allen, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound Texas native, hadn’t played defense at all before the Utes elected to move him from wide receiver. But here’s what they saw: A long, fast athlete who was buried behind other talented offensive players. They saw a receiver who didn’t mind contact, and looked like he could handle more of it. “You can ask anybody: I’m very physical,” Allen said. “I like to ge... Brian Allen has never played safety before this summer. Brian Allen never played corner before this week. Brian Allen, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound Texas native, hadn’t played defense at all before the Utes elected to move him from wide receiver. But here’s what they saw: A long, fast athlete who was buried behind other talented offensive players. They saw a receiver who didn’t mind contact, and looked like he could handle more of it. “You can ask anybody: I’m very physical,” Allen said. “I like to ge... 58298181@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:07:19 MDT Utah football: Utes’ secondary feeling the loss of Porter (video) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58297308-89/shah-porter-cornerback-com.html.csp It saddens Sharrieff Shah just to talk about it. Sophomore cornerback Reginald Porter has loving teammates and family to support him, but “a season-ending injury to an athlete at this level is absolutely emotionally crushing,” said his position coach after practice Thursday. And while Shah’s secondary still includes seniors Eric Rowe and Davion Orphey, and sophomore Justin Thomas, the loss of Porter to a knee injury in Tuesday’s scrimmage leaves Utah scrambling to add depth without one of its be... It saddens Sharrieff Shah just to talk about it. Sophomore cornerback Reginald Porter has loving teammates and family to support him, but “a season-ending injury to an athlete at this level is absolutely emotionally crushing,” said his position coach after practice Thursday. And while Shah’s secondary still includes seniors Eric Rowe and Davion Orphey, and sophomore Justin Thomas, the loss of Porter to a knee injury in Tuesday’s scrimmage leaves Utah scrambling to add depth without one of its be... 58297308@www.sltrib.com Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:53:49 MDT Kragthorpe: Ute coach settles in with Jagger on board http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58291501-89/stubblefield-coach-receivers-utah.html.csp New beginnings are nothing new for Utah receivers coach Taylor Stubblefield. He’s used to learning a different offense, becoming acquainted with the players and teaching them his old tricks. Even so, this month’s preseason camp is producing unique experiences for Stubblefield. Two receivers on the Utes’ depth chart arrived in town recently, and so did a newcomer with an old-time rock-and-roll name: Jagger Stubblefield. The first child of the coach and his wife, Georgia, was born July 23. He’s n... New beginnings are nothing new for Utah receivers coach Taylor Stubblefield. He’s used to learning a different offense, becoming acquainted with the players and teaching them his old tricks. Even so, this month’s preseason camp is producing unique experiences for Stubblefield. Two receivers on the Utes’ depth chart arrived in town recently, and so did a newcomer with an old-time rock-and-roll name: Jagger Stubblefield. The first child of the coach and his wife, Georgia, was born July 23. He’s n... 58291501@www.sltrib.com Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:44:20 MDT Utah football: Whittingham unhappy with QBs in 1st scrimmage http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58288573-89/yards-carries-catch-whittingham.html.csp All six of Utah’s quarterbacks took snaps Tuesday. None, apparently, played very well. “Based on today’s performance, we don’t have a starting quarterback,” said head coach Kyle Whittingham after Utah’s first scrimmage of fall camp. And though Whittingham said the quarterbacks weren’t the only ones at fault, it was the quarterbacks he harped on. Did the offensive line play poorly? No. Did the receivers screw up? No. Again and again, he came back to the guys under center. “We didn’t throw the bal... All six of Utah’s quarterbacks took snaps Tuesday. None, apparently, played very well. “Based on today’s performance, we don’t have a starting quarterback,” said head coach Kyle Whittingham after Utah’s first scrimmage of fall camp. And though Whittingham said the quarterbacks weren’t the only ones at fault, it was the quarterbacks he harped on. Did the offensive line play poorly? No. Did the receivers screw up? No. Again and again, he came back to the guys under center. “We didn’t throw the bal... 58288573@www.sltrib.com Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:28:30 MDT Monson: Utah football finds inspiration from one of its own http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58288873-89/football-petersen-monson-playing.html.csp By convention, Kenneth Ryan Petersen had no business being on the field at Rice-Eccles Stadium during the Utes’ scrimmage on Tuesday morning. The dual major — a senior studying biology and chemistry — should have been in a white lab coat somewhere on campus, calculating equations in his brain and pouring frothing liquid from one beaker into another. Instead, there he was, running routes and playing special teams. His story is cool. Very cool. “I’m super-fortunate to be out here,” he said. “I me... By convention, Kenneth Ryan Petersen had no business being on the field at Rice-Eccles Stadium during the Utes’ scrimmage on Tuesday morning. The dual major — a senior studying biology and chemistry — should have been in a white lab coat somewhere on campus, calculating equations in his brain and pouring frothing liquid from one beaker into another. Instead, there he was, running routes and playing special teams. His story is cool. Very cool. “I’m super-fortunate to be out here,” he said. “I me... 58288873@www.sltrib.com Tue, 12 Aug 2014 22:59:14 MDT Utah football: Defense rattles QBs in first camp scrimmage http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58288694-89/defense-scrimmage-utah-yards.html.csp With two-and-a-half weeks left until the season starts, the Utes’ first fall scrimmage led coach Kyle Whittingham to declare the team still doesn’t have a starting quarterback. Utah’s passers were often frustrated during the Tuesday morning live session at Rice-Eccles Stadium, as the defense held the top four quarterbacks to a combined 228 yards on 34 percent passing. Two fumbles, including one that was returned for 89 yards by safety Tevin Carter, also helped cement the defense’s control of the... With two-and-a-half weeks left until the season starts, the Utes’ first fall scrimmage led coach Kyle Whittingham to declare the team still doesn’t have a starting quarterback. Utah’s passers were often frustrated during the Tuesday morning live session at Rice-Eccles Stadium, as the defense held the top four quarterbacks to a combined 228 yards on 34 percent passing. Two fumbles, including one that was returned for 89 yards by safety Tevin Carter, also helped cement the defense’s control of the... 58288694@www.sltrib.com Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:43:40 MDT Video: Top 10 Utah, BYU fall camp week one plays http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58281442-89/camp-iframe-week-com.html.csp Every week, we’ll be counting down the top 10 plays in fall camp captured by Tribune videographer Brennan Smith. Here’s the highlights from the first week of camp for Utah and BYU: &lt;freeform&gt; &lt;iframe width=”640” height=”400” src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/6rxm6koKsww?rel=0” frameborder=”0” allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt; &lt;/freeform&gt; bsmith@sltrib.com Twitter: @BrennanJSmith Every week, we’ll be counting down the top 10 plays in fall camp captured by Tribune videographer Brennan Smith. Here’s the highlights from the first week of camp for Utah and BYU: &lt;freeform&gt; &lt;iframe width=”640” height=”400” src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/6rxm6koKsww?rel=0” frameborder=”0” allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt; &lt;/freeform&gt; bsmith@sltrib.com Twitter: @BrennanJSmith 58281442@www.sltrib.com Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:25:30 MDT