DEFENSIVE - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/DEFENSIVE News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Thoughts on BYU's post-spring football depth chart http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/byusports/57837424-65/listed-camp-starting-spring.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/byusports/57837424-65/listed-camp-starting-spring.html.csp">Thoughts on BYU's post-spring football depth chart</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="2014-04-18T17:37:12.829-06:00">Updated Apr 18, 2014 05:37PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Two weeks to the day after they wrapped up spring camp, the BYU coaches released their 2014 Post-Spring Depth Chart on Friday afternoon.Seemingly, the biggest battles for starting spots this fall will be on the offensive line, so let’s start there first. Right now, four seniors are listed as starters: De’Ondre Wesley (LT), Solomone Kafu (LG), Edward Fusi (C) and Michael Yeck (RT). The starting right guard is listed as freshman Tuni Kanuch, which would be quite an accomplishment for the returned ...</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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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> 57837424@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:37:12 MDT Kragthorpe: Utes seeking many more interceptions in 2014 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57806241-89/interceptions-utes-interception-season.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57806241-89/interceptions-utes-interception-season.html.csp">Kragthorpe: Utes seeking many more interceptions in 2014</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="2014-04-12T16:00:59.261-06:00">Updated Apr 12, 2014 04:00PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Walking into Utah’s football practice Thursday, I immediately witnessed a phenomenon. A pass was deflected at the line of scrimmage, fluttered through the air and was caught by Ute nickel back Justin Thomas, who made a diving interception. Something like that occurred only three times in Ute games last season — from a defensive perspective, anyway. Michael Walker’s fourth-quarter interception at BYU came on a critical fourth-down play, although he probably should have deflected the ball and impr...</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> 57806241@www.sltrib.com Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:00:59 MDT Utah football: Fanaika reestablishing his career at Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57827084-89/fanaika-utah-poutasi-defensive.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57827084-89/fanaika-utah-poutasi-defensive.html.csp">Utah football: Fanaika reestablishing his career at Utah</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Kyle Goon | The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-16T22:15:36.49-06:00">Updated Apr 16, 2014 10:15PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">He doesn’t hold back: The trash talk spews forth from his mouth like venom. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound defensive end inches in front of Jeremiah Poutasi and tells him his quarterback will end up face down in the turf. After the snap, he’ll do his best to fulfill his threat and muscle into the pocket. The big left tackle is thankful that at the end of every two-hour practice, that the scourge in a black jersey dials back the gusto and ferocity, morphing into a friend who will pat him on the back. Po...</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> 57827084@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:15:36 MDT Utah football: Filipo Mokofisi following in dad’s footsteps http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57830397-89/mokofisi-says-defensive-coach.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57830397-89/mokofisi-says-defensive-coach.html.csp">Utah football: Filipo Mokofisi following in dad’s footsteps</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="2014-04-18T14:29:42.892-06:00">Updated Apr 18, 2014 02:29PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">He has been sizing up this man his whole life. Filipo Mokofisi stands 6-foot-3, 265 pounds — square-jawed and broad-shouldered. At 19, he already possesses the moves of a wily vet. His high school coach compares his talent to that of Star Lotulelei, now mauling interior offensive linemen in a Sunday time slot. But the question looms: Can Mokofosi Jr. take Mokofisi Sr.? Junior thinks so. Senior? Not so much. “Maybe in five years or so,” says Mokofisi Sr., laughing. Sooner than that, though — at...</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> 57830397@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:29:42 MDT Postseason awards ballot: Durant for MVP http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/jazznotes/57831868-62/burke-noah-chicago-indiana.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/jazznotes/57831868-62/burke-noah-chicago-indiana.html.csp">Postseason awards ballot: Durant for MVP</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="2014-04-17T16:25:31.104-06:00">Updated Apr 17, 2014 04:25PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">At this point, I think most writers make their postseason award votes known publicly anyway. But this year, in the name of transparency, ballots will be released. Here's mine. After last night's season finale had wrapped up, I double-checked my first awards ballot and sent it in. Already, I'm wrestling with some of the decisions. I don't doubt you'll disagree with some, too. MVP1. Kevin Durant2. LeBron James3. Joakim Noah4. Blake Griffin5. Al Jefferson This is KD's year. He's played without Russ...</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> 57831868@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:25:31 MDT BYU football: Cougar defense has lots of holes to fill in 2014 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/57827786-88/camp-defensive-junior-2014.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/57827786-88/camp-defensive-junior-2014.html.csp">BYU football: Cougar defense has lots of holes to fill in 2014</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="2014-04-16T22:15:36.507-06:00">Updated Apr 16, 2014 10:15PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Provo • If quarterback Taysom Hill stays healthy, BYU’s offense in 2014 will undoubtedly be better than it was in 2013. The Cougars have to replace prolific pass-catcher Cody Hoffman and all-around playmaker JD Falslev, but not much else, in their quest to be more effective in the red zone and move the ball against the better teams on their schedule. What about the defense? Coach Bronco Mendenhall said that side of the ball will be fine in 2014 and up to the standard he has installed since takin...</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> 57827786@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:15:36 MDT Sports Illustrated says ex-BYU guard Carlino a coveted transfer http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/byusports/57827240-65/byu-carlino-former-com.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/byusports/57827240-65/byu-carlino-former-com.html.csp">Sports Illustrated says ex-BYU guard Carlino a coveted transfer</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="2014-04-16T11:21:02.152-06:00">Updated Apr 16, 2014 11:21AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Where will Matt Carlino go? That’s the question of the month I’m getting from BYU sports fans, after the rising senior guard announced on April 1 that he will graduate from BYU in June and play out his final season of eligibility at another school. So far, Carlino has declined interview requests from local writers, and apparently the only reporter he has spoken to is Jeff Goodman of ESPN. Goodman tweeted that Carlino told ESPN he had heard from Purdue, UCLA, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh and Memphi...</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> 57827240@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:21:02 MDT Utes football camp round-up: Coaches hope Gionni Paul can beat 5-month estimate http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/utahsports/57811447-59/paul-sophomore-whittingham-linebacker.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/utahsports/57811447-59/paul-sophomore-whittingham-linebacker.html.csp">Utes football camp round-up: Coaches hope Gionni Paul can beat 5-month estimate</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="2014-04-12T16:38:02.75-06:00">Updated Apr 12, 2014 04:38PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Utes are concerned enough about injuries at linebacker that Jared Norris — although perfectly healthy — won’t get any more live reps this spring. It’s simple: They can’t risk losing Norris in addition to Jacoby Hale, Jason Whittingham and Gionni Paul. But coaches believe Whittingham will be fine by fall and they suspect, or at least hope, that Paul will also. After the junior team captain had surgery on his broken foot Thursday, the team estimated Paul would recover in 5 to 6 months. Head co...</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> 57811447@www.sltrib.com Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:38:02 MDT Kragthorpe: Jay Hill applies Ute football model to Weber State http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57810717-77/hill-utah-coach-state.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57810717-77/hill-utah-coach-state.html.csp">Kragthorpe: Jay Hill applies Ute football model to Weber State</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="2014-04-13T14:05:50.896-06:00">Updated Apr 13, 2014 02:05PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Ogden When a valued member of the University of Utah’s football staff landed an in-state head coaching position and headed north, The Tribune published a big photo of Jay Hill. That was five years ago, when the accompanying story was about Gary Andersen’s move to Utah State. Easy mistake, because of their resemblance. And it was prescient. Hill also was going places in the profession, becoming Weber State’s coach last December. So here he is in Ogden, applying the blueprint that Andersen took...</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> 57810717@www.sltrib.com Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:05:50 MDT Utah State football: Aggies reloading on defensive line http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57792705-77/malloe-defensive-state-aggies.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57792705-77/malloe-defensive-state-aggies.html.csp">Utah State football: Aggies reloading on defensive line</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="2014-04-09T12:21:11.358-06:00">Updated Apr 9, 2014 12:21PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Logan • He’s heard it all spring, and he’ll probably hear it into the fall. With his helmet on, Aggie newcomer John Taylor looks strikingly similar to a former Utah State standout who also played defensive end. It’s the long brown hair that drapes over his shoulders. But, no, he’s not Connor Williams. He’ll take it as a compliment, though. “I get that a lot,” he said. “It’s pretty funny.” The Aggies hope that Taylor will bear more than a passing resemblance to the graduated Williams, in games mo...</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> 57792705@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:21:11 MDT Utah football: Greg Reese, Clarence Smith switch to bolster Utes defensive line http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57759191-89/reese-smith-defensive-utes.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/57759191-89/reese-smith-defensive-utes.html.csp">Utah football: Greg Reese, Clarence Smith switch to bolster Utes defensive line</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="2014-04-02T11:50:53.253-06:00">Updated Apr 2, 2014 11:50AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Rain and snow kept fans away, so the biggest cheering section belonged to Greg Reese. Wearing the defense’s black for the first time, Reese lined up at defensive end and registered a sack and a tackle for a loss in Tuesday’s wintry practice, drawing full-throated roars of “Reeeese!” — seemingly from both sidelines. As a tight end until Monday, Reese has bipartisan appeal. “Going up against the team that I was with for the past year, it just felt weird but I had to put that to the side and pla...</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> 57759191@www.sltrib.com Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:50:53 MDT Utes football camp round-up: WR Kenneth Scott lambasts offense for lackluster effort http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/utahsports/57759198-59/defensive-senior-whittingham-junior.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/utahsports/57759198-59/defensive-senior-whittingham-junior.html.csp">Utes football camp round-up: WR Kenneth Scott lambasts offense for lackluster effort</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="2014-04-01T22:18:54.872-06:00">Updated Apr 1, 2014 10:18PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Junior wide receiver Kenneth Scott addressed his team at the middle of the field after Tuesday’s practice. Forty yards away, onlookers could hear almost every word. The gist was that the intensity has to improve. Playing in soggy jerseys with wet footballs and numb hands, the Ute offense looked at times like regular people do when they’re spending 2 1/2 hours in the elements: miserable. Travis Wilson was probably the sharpest of the quarterbacks, taking off multiple times for what might’ve been...</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> 57759198@www.sltrib.com Tue, 01 Apr 2014 22:18:54 MDT Utes football camp round-up: Travis Wilson finds his groove http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/utahsports/57747480-59/wilson-field-junior-pass.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/utahsports/57747480-59/wilson-field-junior-pass.html.csp">Utes football camp round-up: Travis Wilson finds his groove</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="2014-03-29T17:45:47.904-06:00">Updated Mar 29, 2014 05:45PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">There have been times this spring where Travis Wilson has looked like he spent four months away from football. Which, of course, he did. On Saturday, the junior quarterback approached his old form with quick decisions and accurate throws, taking what the defense gave him and moving the chains. It wasn’t perfect: He had one pass batted down. There were a few plays where he’d have likely been sacked, including one during a two-minute drill that brought a reprimand from offensive coordinator Dave C...</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> 57747480@www.sltrib.com Sat, 29 Mar 2014 17:45:47 MDT NFL: Jared Allen gets $15.5M from Bears http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57733244-77/allen-bears-million-deal.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57733244-77/allen-bears-million-deal.html.csp">NFL: Jared Allen gets $15.5M from Bears</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JON KRAWCZYNSKI</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-28T17:29:18.179-06:00">Updated Mar 28, 2014 05:29PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Chicago Bears replaced one accomplished veteran pass rusher with another Wednesday when they agreed to terms with Jared Allen on a four-year contract. A person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press that Allen will get $15.5 million guaranteed on a deal that could be worth as much as $32 million. The person requested anonymity because the terms have not been announced. Allen’s deal can be voided down to three years and $24 million, but the first two years of his salary and...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577332442014-03-28T17:29:18.179-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-28T17:29:18.179-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57733244@www.sltrib.com Fri, 28 Mar 2014 17:29:18 MDT Utes football camp round-up: New offense + fast tempo = defense’s delight http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/utahsports/57715614-59/offense-whittingham-cox-wilson.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/utahsports/57715614-59/offense-whittingham-cox-wilson.html.csp">Utes football camp round-up: New offense + fast tempo = defense’s delight</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="2014-03-22T16:11:05.836-06:00">Updated Mar 22, 2014 04:11PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">It didn’t matter who was under center at the end of practice Saturday. The Ute offense, starting from its own 20-yard line, was ushered moonwalking back to its own goal line by the defensive line’s pressure, the receivers’ inability to create separation, and the whole unit’s struggle to get a play off using the Utah coaches’ 20-second clock. But offensive futility is “almost always the case this time of the year,” said head coach Kyle Whittingham. What’s important to the Utah coaches is that the...</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> 57715614@www.sltrib.com Sat, 22 Mar 2014 16:11:05 MDT Reilly, McGill and Murphy: A quick and dirty primer for Utah Pro Day http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/utahsports/57696472-59/agent-combine-mcgill-wednesday.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/utahsports/57696472-59/agent-combine-mcgill-wednesday.html.csp">Reilly, McGill and Murphy: A quick and dirty primer for Utah Pro Day</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="2014-03-18T10:48:02.705-06:00">Updated Mar 18, 2014 10:48AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The day after spring enrollees like Jackson Barton and Alani Havili-Katoa first don crimson at spring camp, a handful of their Ute forebears will make one last trip to the Spence Eccles Field House to disprove what scouts believe to be the boundaries of human performance. Their hope is to join more than 20 fellow alums in the National Football League. For a couple, it’s a formality. For others, it’s a fantasy. Here’s a quick primer on those involved Wednesday. Keith McGill Don’t tell agent J...</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> 57696472@www.sltrib.com Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:48:02 MDT NFL roundup: Steve Smith, Revis, Sproles on the move http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57679996-77/signed-million-smith-contract.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57679996-77/signed-million-smith-contract.html.csp">NFL roundup: Steve Smith, Revis, Sproles on the move</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By BARRY WILNER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-13T23:31:22.775-06:00">Updated Mar 13, 2014 11:31PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Darrelle Revis and Darren Sproles found landing spots in the Northeast. Now Steve Smith and James Harrison look for new NFL homes. Revis’ stay in Tampa Bay was short, and he might not be in New England much longer. After less than a year as a Buccaneer, he was cut Wednesday and officially agreed to terms with the Patriots on Thursday — but only on a one-year deal, albeit worth about $12 million. The 28-year-old shutdown cornerback whose contract impasses have led him from the Jets to the Bucs t...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-576799962014-03-13T23:31:22.775-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-13T23:31:22.775-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57679996@www.sltrib.com Thu, 13 Mar 2014 23:31:22 MDT USC’s new tempo on display in Sarkisian’s 1st practice http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57670683-77/sarkisian-usc-practice-kessler.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57670683-77/sarkisian-usc-practice-kessler.html.csp">USC’s new tempo on display in Sarkisian’s 1st practice</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By DAN GREENSPAN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-13T16:48:35.726-06:00">Updated Mar 13, 2014 04:48PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Los Angeles • Steve Sarkisian said his first day of spring practice as Southern California’s new coach “felt different.” It certainly looked different, with the Trojans running 120 plays in less than two hours Tuesday as the former BYU quarterback and USC assistant coach began installing his up-tempo spread offense. “We got a great deal of work done,” Sarkisian said. “It didn’t feel like — to me — a first practice, and that’s a credit to our coaches and to our players for their ability to respon...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-576706832014-03-13T16:48:35.726-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-13T16:48:35.726-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57670683@www.sltrib.com Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:48:35 MDT NFL Mock Draft Version Two http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57649570-77/season-draft-combine-jump.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57649570-77/season-draft-combine-jump.html.csp">NFL Mock Draft Version Two</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="2014-03-11T23:32:59.753-06:00">Updated Mar 11, 2014 11:32PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The NFL Combine has come and gone and on the eve of free agency, this draft is one of the most fluid in recent memory. With no consensus top quarterback, the top 10 picks could include a host of positions from defensive end to wide receiver to outside linebacker to go along with passers such as Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles. Here’s the second version of our mock draft. 1. Houston Texans: UCF QB Blake Bortles Bortles separated himself at the combine, wisely deciding to throw while Teddy ...</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> 57649570@www.sltrib.com Tue, 11 Mar 2014 23:32:59 MDT Sports briefs: Seahawks re-sign defensive end Michael Bennett http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57661475-77/bennett-cardinals-defensive-diaz.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/57661475-77/bennett-cardinals-defensive-diaz.html.csp">Sports briefs: Seahawks re-sign defensive end Michael Bennett</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-10T23:25:27.429-06:00">Updated Mar 10, 2014 11:25PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">NFL • Free-agent defensive end Michael Bennett is returning to Seattle after agreeing to a multi-year deal with the Super Bowl champion Seahawks. Terms of the contract were not immediately available on Monday. Bennett was considered one of the top free agents in the NFL after a breakout season with the Seahawks where he led the team in sacks (8½) and proved a versatile option as a defensive end and defensive tackle. Bennett took a chance on himself last offseason by signing a one-year deal for ...</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> 57661475@www.sltrib.com Mon, 10 Mar 2014 23:25:27 MDT