DEFENSIVE - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/DEFENSIVE News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Utah football notes: Eric Rowe eyes revenge against Brett Hundley http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/utahsports/58479028-59/rowe-utah-booker-defense.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/utahsports/58479028-59/rowe-utah-booker-defense.html.csp">Utah football notes: Eric Rowe eyes revenge against Brett Hundley</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Matthew Piper and Kyle Goon</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-10-01T21:17:43.699-06:00">Updated Oct 1, 2014 09:17PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Since starting as a true freshman in 2011, Eric Rowe has proven fast, strong, smart, tough, you name it. The only thing he hasn’t proven is consistently sure-handed. Although Rowe’s 25 pass breakups are fourth all-time at the U., he has just three career interceptions. But Rowe’s latest — his first since a move from free safety to cornerback — may be a glimpse of his full potential. Drifting back into his own end zone, Connor Halliday threw it up for grabs between Rowe and Isiah Myers. Rowe read...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58479028@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:17:43 MDT MLB: Great grab helps Zimmermann toss Nats’ 1st no-no http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58468142-77/zimmermann-nationals-souza-grab.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58468142-77/zimmermann-nationals-souza-grab.html.csp">MLB: Great grab helps Zimmermann toss Nats’ 1st no-no</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By HOWARD FENDRICH</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-10-01T16:09:52.963-06:00">Updated Oct 1, 2014 04:09PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • As the ball soared toward deep left-center, seemingly destined to end Jordan Zimmermann’s bid for the first no-hitter by a Washington Nationals pitcher, the righty threw his head back and thought, “Double. No-doubt double.” Zimmermann was one out from history Sunday, and for what must have seemed like forever he watched little-used rookie left fielder Steven Souza Jr. — a defensive replacement in the ninth inning — give chase. “Once I got closer,” Souza said, “I knew, ‘Oh, my gosh, ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584681422014-10-01T16:09:52.963-06:00" id="#license-2014-10-01T16:09:52.963-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58468142@www.sltrib.com Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:09:52 MDT Utes in the NFL (updated): Steve, Sean and Alex Smith star, Matt Asiata scores thrice, Eric Weddle picks off Blake Bortles http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/utahsports/58466444-59/smith-week-com-http.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/utahsports/58466444-59/smith-week-com-http.html.csp">Utes in the NFL (updated): Steve, Sean and Alex Smith star, Matt Asiata scores thrice, Eric Weddle picks off Blake Bortles</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Matthew Piper</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-29T22:15:30.467-06:00">Updated Sep 29, 2014 10:15PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Wrapping up how Utah’s players on active NFL rosters performed in Week Four: Minnesota running back Matt Asiata • The Vikings third game without beleaguered running back Adrian Peterson went far better than the first two, and Asiata rushed for 78 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries, and he also caught three passes for 22 yards in the Vikings’ 41-28 win over the Falcons. His touchdown total doubled his career total, with three earlier scores also all coming in the same game. Lone drawback f...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58466444@www.sltrib.com Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:15:30 MDT BYU Cougars enter bye week concerned about spotty defense http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58443151-88/byu-happy-howell-defensive.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58443151-88/byu-happy-howell-defensive.html.csp">BYU Cougars enter bye week concerned about spotty defense</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Jay Drew</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-23T07:56:27.575-06:00">Updated Sep 23, 2014 07:56AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Provo • How good is this BYU football team that is 4-0, ranked No. 20 in the Associated Press Top 25 and winning games against rather average opponents by an average of 18.7 points? It’s a debate that rages nationally, and will continue to make headlines as long as the Cougars keep winning — although there should be a bit of a reprieve this week because BYU has a bye before facing Utah State on Oct. 3. One theory: BYU is an average football team with a great quarterback. Last Saturday against V...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58443151@www.sltrib.com Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:56:27 MDT NFL: Lions 19, Packers 7 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58439184-77/detroit-packers-rodgers-bay.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58439184-77/detroit-packers-rodgers-bay.html.csp">NFL: Lions 19, Packers 7</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By NOAH TRISTER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> AP Sports Writer</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-23T16:04:24.05-06:00">Updated Sep 23, 2014 04:04PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Detroit • If Detroit’s defensive front plays like this, it may not matter how banged up the secondary is. Don Carey returned a fumble 40 yards for a touchdown, and Detroit’s defensive front stuffed Green Bay on Sunday, leading the Lions to a 19-7 victory over Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. The Lions (2-1) came into the game with a secondary decimated by injuries, but that didn’t much matter with Rodgers under constant pressure. He was sacked twice and threw for only 162 yards, and Green Bay (1-2...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584391842014-09-23T16:04:24.05-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-23T16:04:24.05-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58439184@www.sltrib.com Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:04:24 MDT Walden’s NFL Four Downs: Week 3 lets us jump to some logical conclusions http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58435847-77/game-interest-provide-week.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58435847-77/game-interest-provide-week.html.csp">Walden’s NFL Four Downs: Week 3 lets us jump to some logical conclusions</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Eric Walden</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-20T23:36:21.448-06:00">Updated Sep 20, 2014 11:36PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Author’s note • If you want an NFL preview with stats, analysis and facts … there are about 3 gazillion places for that. If you’d like an oddball perspective (mixed with pop culture references) on this weekend’s four broadcast TV games in the SLC market, this is just the thing for you. First Down Raiders at Patriots, 11 a.m., Ch. 2 • Last week, New England faced a Minnesota team lacking talent at running back due to the shocking deactivation of Adrian Peterson. This week, New England faces ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58435847@www.sltrib.com Sat, 20 Sep 2014 23:36:21 MDT Football players, volleyball standout earn awards http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/ususports/58416167-55/named-week-awards-volleyball.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/ususports/58416167-55/named-week-awards-volleyball.html.csp">Football players, volleyball standout earn awards</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-15T11:20:02.955-06:00">Updated Sep 15, 2014 11:20AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Couple of awards to announce for the Aggies today. Zach Vigil was named the MWC Defensive Player of the Week for returning an interception 37 yards for a touchdown against Wake Forest in addition to finished with four tackles and a pass breakup. Vigil was also named the Linebacker of the Week by the College Football Performance awards while teammate B.J. Larsen was named the Defensive Lineman of the Week. Larsen had four tackles Saturday, including three sacks and a pass breakup. In volleyball...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58416167@www.sltrib.com Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:20:02 MDT Utes in the NFL: Paul Kruger ‘playing out of this world,’ Matt Asiata steps in for Adrian Peterson http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/utahsports/58413868-59/loss-com-smith-yards.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/utahsports/58413868-59/loss-com-smith-yards.html.csp">Utes in the NFL: Paul Kruger ‘playing out of this world,’ Matt Asiata steps in for Adrian Peterson</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Matthew Piper</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-14T19:39:02.258-06:00">Updated Sep 14, 2014 07:39PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">&lt;freeform&gt; Wrapping up how Utah’s players on active NFL rosters performed in Week Two: Minnesota running back Matt Asiata • With Adrian Peterson benched after being indicted on a child abuse charge, Asiata made his second career start in the Vikings’ 30-7 home loss to the Patriots. He rushed 13 times for just 36 yards, but he took a Matt Cassel pass 25 yards to paydirt for the Vikings’ only score and finished with 48 receiving yards on five catches. “It’s not a one-man team,” Asiata told ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58413868@www.sltrib.com Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:39:02 MDT USU Football: Defense feeling good after win http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58413320-77/aggies-saturday-defense-yards.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58413320-77/aggies-saturday-defense-yards.html.csp">USU Football: Defense feeling good after win</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Lya Wodraska </span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-14T22:32:46.325-06:00">Updated Sep 14, 2014 10:32PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Despite all the dynamic play of Chuckie Keeton and the heroic efforts of his backup Darell Garretson, Utah State’s defense reminded all with Saturday’s 36-24 win over Wake Forest that it often is the greatest factor in determining the team’s success. That trend has the Aggies feeling rather good about themselves going forward, regardless of what happens at the quarterback spot. Garretson might be the guy who leads the offense this week against Arkansas State and possibly longer if Keeton can’t ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58413320@www.sltrib.com Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:32:46 MDT Utah State football: Vigil brothers help defense make history http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58411624-77/vigil-usu-yards-forest.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58411624-77/vigil-usu-yards-forest.html.csp">Utah State football: Vigil brothers help defense make history</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Kurt Kragthorpe </span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-13T23:44:02.132-06:00">Updated Sep 13, 2014 11:44PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Logan • Utah State coach Matt Wells kidded linebacker Zach Vigil about taking so long to reach the end zone during his 35-yard interception return Saturday night. When his turn came during the postgame news conference, Vigil didn’t contest his coach’s description. “I was happy I caught it, for one,” Vigil said. But then, “I thought I was going to get caught. I’m not too quick.” Maybe so, but he managed to score the Aggies’ first touchdown in a 36-24 defeat of Wake Forest. That pulled USU into a ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58411624@www.sltrib.com Sat, 13 Sep 2014 23:44:02 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 <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58405372-89/orchard-reilly-utah-game.html.csp">Utah football: Nate Orchard fills Trevor Reilly’s role for Utah’s defense</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Matthew Piper</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-12T23:23:00.501-06:00">Updated Sep 12, 2014 11:23PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">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...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58405372@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 23:23:00 MDT Cavaliers ‘D’ faces offense of No. 21 Louisville http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58406412-77/cavaliers-louisville-virginia-cardinals.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58406412-77/cavaliers-louisville-virginia-cardinals.html.csp">Cavaliers ‘D’ faces offense of No. 21 Louisville</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By HANK KURZ Jr.</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-12T23:23:00.361-06:00">Updated Sep 12, 2014 11:23PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Charlottesville, Va. • Louisville coach Bobby Petrino seems to want it all. The coach in his second tour with the No. 21 Cardinals wants a power running game, an efficient passing game and to see his team show big-play ability by hitting the occasional deep ball. That hat trick might be difficult to pull off when Louisville (2-0) plays at Virginia (1-1) on Saturday. The Cavaliers defense has allowed just 17 points in two games, including the opener against No. 12 UCLA. The Bruins won 28-20 on th...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584064122014-09-12T23:23:00.361-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-12T23:23:00.361-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58406412@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 23:23:00 MDT ‘Big Wiggle’ takes over as Washington nose tackle http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58402515-77/baker-team-wiggle-defensive.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58402515-77/baker-team-wiggle-defensive.html.csp">‘Big Wiggle’ takes over as Washington nose tackle</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JOSEPH WHITE</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-11T23:28:46.277-06:00">Updated Sep 11, 2014 11:28PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Ashburn, Va. • “Big Wiggle” can dance, of course. And he can cry. Chris “Big Wiggle” Baker also is a starter in the NFL. On Sunday, he will line up at nose tackle for the Washington football team against the Jacksonville Jaguars, taking Barry Cofield’s spot while Cofield is out at least eight week with an ankle injury. In the Week 1 game against the Houston Texans, Baker was at defensive end. And that was something. “It’s an overwhelming feeling,” Baker said. “Before the game, I kind of broke do...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584025152014-09-11T23:28:46.277-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-11T23:28:46.277-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58402515@www.sltrib.com Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:28:46 MDT Utah football notes: Running back battle stays hot (VIDEO) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58399526-89/poole-yards-booker-week.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58399526-89/poole-yards-booker-week.html.csp">Utah football notes: Running back battle stays hot (VIDEO)</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Kyle Goon</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-10T23:13:35.399-06:00">Updated Sep 10, 2014 11:13PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">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...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58399526@www.sltrib.com Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:13:35 MDT AP source: Chiefs sign DT Kevin Vickerson http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58393342-77/chiefs-vickerson-kevin-achilles.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58393342-77/chiefs-vickerson-kevin-achilles.html.csp">AP source: Chiefs sign DT Kevin Vickerson</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DAVE SKRETTA</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-09T22:38:51.04-06:00">Updated Sep 9, 2014 10:38PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Kansas City, Mo. • A person with knowledge of the deal says the Kansas City Chiefs have signed former Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson to a one-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the team had not announced the move. Vickerson will likely start right away. The Chiefs lost defensive tackle Mike DeVito to a season-ending ruptured Achilles tendon in Sunday’s loss to Tennessee. Vickerson has spent the last four years in Denver, making 41 starts and will ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583933422014-09-09T22:38:51.04-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-09T22:38:51.04-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58393342@www.sltrib.com Tue, 09 Sep 2014 22:38:51 MDT Utah football notes: Booker listed as co-starter at RB; Michigan game time announced (video) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/utahsports/58389068-59/utah-freshman-receiver-matthew.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/utahsports/58389068-59/utah-freshman-receiver-matthew.html.csp">Utah football notes: Booker listed as co-starter at RB; Michigan game time announced (video)</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Matthew Piper</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-08T14:08:51.236-06:00">Updated Sep 8, 2014 02:08PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">There were just two tweaks to Utah’s depth chart heading into the bye week: 1. Devontae Booker is now listed as a co-starter with Bubba Poole after totaling 145 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in his first two games (with a 61-yard bubble screen reception, to boot), and 2. True freshman receiver Kenric Young has replaced Dominique Hatfield in one of the backup spots, a reflection not only of Young’s early progress but Hatfield’s emergence as a co-starting cornerback after switching late i...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58389068@www.sltrib.com Mon, 08 Sep 2014 14:08:51 MDT Updated: How Utes fared in the NFL’s opening week http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/utahsports/58386742-59/com-http-tackle-kruger.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/utahsports/58386742-59/com-http-tackle-kruger.html.csp">Updated: How Utes fared in the NFL’s opening week</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Matthew Piper</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-09T12:50:29.336-06:00">Updated Sep 9, 2014 12:50PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Wrapping up how Utah’s players on active NFL rosters performed in Week One: Minnesota running back Matt Asiata • Asiata rushed twice for 10 yards and caught a pass for five yards in Minnesota’s 34-6 victory over St. Louis, but his biggest single contribution was a block that sprung Cordarrelle Patterson for a 67-yard rushing score. Watch Asiata’s block here. The Pioneer Press wrote earlier in the week that Asiata’s role could expand as Adrian Peterson’s primary backup. Jacksonville offensive li...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58386742@www.sltrib.com Tue, 09 Sep 2014 12:50:29 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 <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58382659-89/state-utah-fresno-defensive.html.csp">Kurt Kragthorpe: Utah defense sets tone in Fresno State rout</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Kurt Kragthorpe</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Tribune columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-07T17:15:09.049-06:00">Updated Sep 7, 2014 05:15PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">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...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58382659@www.sltrib.com Sun, 07 Sep 2014 17:15:09 MDT Analysis: Utah-Fresno State position preview http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58374434-89/yards-state-utah-week.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58374434-89/yards-state-utah-week.html.csp">Analysis: Utah-Fresno State position preview</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Brennan Smith</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-05T23:22:35.678-06:00">Updated Sep 5, 2014 11:22PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Utes did exactly as they were supposed to do in the team’s season opener against Idaho State, rolling over an FCS team while looking efficient on offense and explosive on special teams. The defense was underwhelming, allowing the Bengals to rack up 179 rushing yards, a weakness the coaches and players have stated all week they must address. The Utes this week get Fresno State at home, a team that is better than it showed last week in a 52-13 shellacking at USC. The Bulldogs aren’t Pac-1...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58374434@www.sltrib.com Fri, 05 Sep 2014 23:22:35 MDT NFL: Michael Sam’s 2nd chance comes on Cowboys’ practice squad http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58369061-77/sam-cowboys-dallas-defensive.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58369061-77/sam-cowboys-dallas-defensive.html.csp">NFL: Michael Sam’s 2nd chance comes on Cowboys’ practice squad</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By SCHUYLER DIXON</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-03T22:51:04.453-06:00">Updated Sep 3, 2014 10:51PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Irving, Texas • Michael Sam’s second chance will be with the Dallas Cowboys. Coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday that the league’s first openly gay player will be added to the practice roster. “We just want to give him a chance to come in and help our football team,” Garrett said. “That’s where our attention is (football). What people say outside the organization is up to them.” The Cowboys, who are seeking help with their pass rush because of injuries and the offseason release of franchise sacks...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583690612014-09-03T22:51:04.453-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-03T22:51:04.453-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58369061@www.sltrib.com Wed, 03 Sep 2014 22:51:04 MDT