FOOTBALL - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/FOOTBALL News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) NFL: Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith focusing on football, not contract http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58243960-77/smith-chiefs-alex-contract.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58243960-77/smith-chiefs-alex-contract.html.csp">NFL: Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith focusing on football, not contract</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="2014-07-30T23:52:01.141-06:00">Updated Jul 30, 2014 11:52PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">St. Joseph, Mo. • The moment when Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith will no longer discuss his contract situation is rapidly approaching, even though he makes it seem as if the deadline has already passed. Sure, Smith politely answers every question about his uncertain future, but he also makes it clear that he would rather not. The Chiefs have been talking to his representatives for months about a contract extension, but the sides remain far apart in their negotiations. “You’re getting to the point...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582439602014-07-30T23:52:01.141-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-30T23:52:01.141-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58243960@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:52:01 MDT BYU football: Cougars to play No. Illinois in 2018, 2020 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58241697-88/byu-football-illinois-state.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58241697-88/byu-football-illinois-state.html.csp">BYU football: Cougars to play No. Illinois in 2018, 2020</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="2014-07-30T11:55:02.384-06:00">Updated Jul 30, 2014 11:55AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Provo • BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe made a football scheduling announcement on Wednesday, but it was not the one many Cougar fans were hoping for. Holmoe said BYU has agreed to a future football series with Northern Illinois of the Mid-American Conference. The Huskies will travel to Provo on Oct. 27, 2018 and BYU will travel o DeKalb Ill., on Oct. 24, 2020. The 2018 matchup will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools. Northern Illinois played Utah State in the Poinsettia Bowl las...</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> 58241697@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:55:02 MDT UHSAA sets public hearing on realignment http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/prepsports/58241630-52/football-proposal-public-realignment.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/prepsports/58241630-52/football-proposal-public-realignment.html.csp">UHSAA sets public hearing on realignment</a></h4> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-30T17:38:03.411-06:00">Updated Jul 30, 2014 05:38PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Utah High School Activities Association is doing everything possible to gather public input on the always controversial subject of realignment. The organization’s Board of Trustees must make a final decision for the 2015-2017 seasons in November. It may include a new football-only system where success in the state tournament will be placed in a complicated formula. Under the proposal, successful teams could be placed in a higher classification despite studenbody numbers while struggling scho...</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> 58241630@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:38:03 MDT Looking forward to the first week of prep football http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/prepsports/58233911-52/class-game-state-season.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/prepsports/58233911-52/class-game-state-season.html.csp">Looking forward to the first week of prep football</a></h4> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-30T17:38:03.615-06:00">Updated Jul 30, 2014 05:38PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The start of Utah’s high school football season is just a little over three weeks away. The Utah High School Activities Association’s Jeff Cluff, who assigns officials to games, was kind enough to share the first week’s schedule and there are some interesting matchups that include all six defending state champions. The season kicks off on August 21 when Class 1A power Duchesne, which has won four straight state titles and owns a 47-game winning streak, travels to Class 2A Layton Christian for 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> 58233911@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:38:03 MDT Prep football: Turf wars (the artificial kind) breaking out in Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58216768-77/turf-artificial-grass-field.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58216768-77/turf-artificial-grass-field.html.csp">Prep football: Turf wars (the artificial kind) breaking out in Utah</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Tierra Smith</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-27T22:54:19.764-06:00">Updated Jul 27, 2014 10:54PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Football pads drenched in sweat and mud streaked with grass strains on the knees. That’s football, right? But this classic scene is slowly disappearing from high schools in Utah. More and more programs are switching from grass fields to artificial turf in a bid to enhance their financial bottom lines. Of the 103 high schools in Utah that have football programs, 35 now play on some kind of artificial surface. Olympus, Provo, Murray and Clearfield are all schools that have converted to turf recen...</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> 58216768@www.sltrib.com Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:54:19 MDT NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58236805-77/ncaa-athletes-football-chicago.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58236805-77/ncaa-athletes-football-chicago.html.csp">NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MICHAEL TARM</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-29T23:18:55.588-06:00">Updated Jul 29, 2014 11:18PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Chicago • The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports. College sports’ governing body also agreed to implement a single return-to-play policy spelling out how all teams must treat players who received head blows, according to a Tuesday filing in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Crit...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582368052014-07-29T23:18:55.588-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-29T23:18:55.588-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58236805@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:18:55 MDT Northwestern coach: Union push unified team http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58234720-77/fitzgerald-football-conference-northwestern.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58234720-77/fitzgerald-football-conference-northwestern.html.csp">Northwestern coach: Union push unified team</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ANDREW SELIGMAN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-28T23:25:02.644-06:00">Updated Jul 28, 2014 11:25PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Chicago • No matter how this season unfolds, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald insisted there is no more unified team than his Wildcats. For that, he credits the push for them to unionize. Fitzgerald said he’s “proud of the maturity” his players displayed the past few months. As the Big Ten opened its annual two-day media event on Monday, some big story lines hung over the college landscape. A four-team playoff system to determine a national champion is being implemented and the conference would...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582347202014-07-28T23:25:02.644-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-28T23:25:02.644-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58234720@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:25:02 MDT Utah football: Zane Beadles donates $750,000 to Ute program http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58233072-89/beadles-football-utah-former.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58233072-89/beadles-football-utah-former.html.csp">Utah football: Zane Beadles donates $750,000 to Ute program</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="2014-07-28T23:25:13.814-06:00">Updated Jul 28, 2014 11:25PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">As a Utah lineman, Zane Beadles left behind a collection of memorable seasons, bowl trophies and individual accolades. As a five-year veteran of the NFL, Beadles has given the Utes the largest-ever donation from a former football player that he hopes will have just as lasting an impact. The U. announced Monday morning that Beadles, a guard with the Jacksonville Jaguars, is donating $750,000 to a sports medicine center, as well as an offensive lineman schoolarship. Both the center and the scholar...</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> 58233072@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:25:13 MDT Letter: Bump Catholic schools to 4A athletics http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58233065-82/schools-catholic-athletes-football.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58233065-82/schools-catholic-athletes-football.html.csp">Letter: Bump Catholic schools to 4A athletics</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-28T16:33:02.443-06:00">Updated Jul 28, 2014 04:33PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">As high school football is about to begin, can the UHSAA make some better rules when it comes to recruitment? As Juan Diego Catholic and Judge Memorial Catholic can open and close the doors to any prep athlete, the UHSAA can make it fairer to the schools they compete against by bumping them up completely to class 4A. (Judge Memorial plays 3A in football and 4A in basketball and baseball.) That should be a consequence for being able to recruit junior high school athletes entering high school and...</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> 58233065@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:33:02 MDT College football: Olsen, Crowton could be the key at Southern utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58226318-77/crowton-lamb-olsen-southern.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58226318-77/crowton-lamb-olsen-southern.html.csp">College football: Olsen, Crowton could be the key at Southern utah</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Steve Luhm</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-26T23:29:02.101-06:00">Updated Jul 26, 2014 11:29PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">There’s a different feel to Southern Utah football these days, beyond the fact three assistant coaches left last winter to work at rival Weber State and retired media information director Neil Gardner now spends more time in Hawaii than Cedar City. The Thunderbirds expect to win. Big. Southern Utah won eight games and reached the FCS playoffs for the first time in school history last November. This season, the Thunderbirds want more. It could happen, too. The pieces are in place for improvement...</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> 58226318@www.sltrib.com Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:29:02 MDT Utah quarterback Travis Wilson cited for alcohol at concert http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58227137-89/twitter-com-wilson-team.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58227137-89/twitter-com-wilson-team.html.csp">Utah quarterback Travis Wilson cited for alcohol at concert</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="2014-07-28T11:29:27.769-06:00">Updated Jul 28, 2014 11:29AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">&lt;freeform&gt; The leading candidate to start at quarterback for Utah’s football team this fall, Travis Wilson was cited for possession and consumption of alcohol by a minor while at a Tim McGraw concert at USANA Amphitheatre on Friday night. A statement from the Department of Public Safety/Utah Highway Patrol said that Wilson was cited into West Valley Justice Court and released at the scene. The 20-year-old junior last threw for 1,827 yards 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in a season cu...</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> 58227137@www.sltrib.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:29:27 MDT College football: Weber State hires director of operations from University of Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58225335-77/football-duff-weber-state.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58225335-77/football-duff-weber-state.html.csp">College football: Weber State hires director of operations from University of Utah</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-26T15:59:31.888-06:00">Updated Jul 26, 2014 03:59PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Ogden • Grant Duff has been named the new director of football operations at Weber State, first-year head coach Jay Hill announced Friday. Duff has spent the last five years serving in various capacities with the football program at the University of Utah, where he worked with Hill. In his new role at Weber, Duff will be involved in all areas of the football program, including travel, budget, scheduling and organization. “We are really excited to have Grant join our staff,” Hill said. “I know ho...</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> 58225335@www.sltrib.com Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:59:31 MDT The top 5 Utah football seasons of all-time: No. 1 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58147004-89/utah-com-season-bowl.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58147004-89/utah-com-season-bowl.html.csp">The top 5 Utah football seasons of all-time: No. 1</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="2014-07-25T10:13:49.24-06:00">Updated Jul 25, 2014 10:13AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">&lt;freeform&gt; The top two seasons are interchangeable for Utah, two great years punctuated by a breakthrough into college football’s elite. Still, 2008 is tops for one reason only: the 31-17 Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama when no one outside of the 801 area code expected the Utes to shock the world. Here’s a look at the top Utah football season of all-time: Biggest moment: The opening drive of the Sugar Bowl, when Utah marched down the field in a minute and 19 seconds to score. Quarterb...</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> 58147004@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:13:49 MDT Utah football: Were the 2004 Utes playoff-worthy? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58216694-77/utes-hanskat-utah-bowling.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58216694-77/utes-hanskat-utah-bowling.html.csp">Utah football: Were the 2004 Utes playoff-worthy?</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="2014-07-25T23:49:02.324-06:00">Updated Jul 25, 2014 11:49PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Would the 2004 Utah Utes have qualified for a four-team playoff, in this era of college football? Let’s just say that would have been a good test case for the new College Football Playoff committee. The Utes barely earned automatic inclusion in the Bowl Championship Series at No. 6 in the final BCS standings, determined by polls and computer rankings. For the Utes to have made the top four, the committee would have had to vote them above Texas and California, each with one loss, while evaluating...</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> 58216694@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:49:02 MDT BYU football: Ex-Ute Langi's mom says he's still undecided http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/byusports/58219596-65/langi-byu-harvey-kimmel.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/byusports/58219596-65/langi-byu-harvey-kimmel.html.csp">BYU football: Ex-Ute Langi's mom says he's still undecided</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="2014-07-24T08:26:04.499-06:00">Updated Jul 24, 2014 08:26AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Harvey Langi saga of the summer of 2014 took another strange twist on Wednesday. Langi is the former 5A football MVP who picked the University of Utah over USC, Stanford and others out of Bingham High and played a year at running back for the Utes before a church mission to Tampa, Fla. Two and a half weeks ago, ex-BYU player Vai Sikahema reported in the Deseret News that Langi wanted to transfer to BYU and would be immediately eligible to compete for the Cougars because of a loophole in NCA...</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> 58219596@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:26:04 MDT Utah State football: Aggies still mum on trademark decision http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58216253-77/state-aggies-trademark-mwc.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58216253-77/state-aggies-trademark-mwc.html.csp">Utah State football: Aggies still mum on trademark decision</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="2014-07-24T17:41:25.904-06:00">Updated Jul 24, 2014 05:41PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Las Vegas • While Utah State officials said they are still deciding how to respond to San Diego State’s attempts to trademark the slogan “I believe that we will win,” a mantra made popular by the Aggies’ basketball fans, Utah State football coach Matt Wells said the issue is clear to him. “I was at Navy when they first started that chant, but it was Utah State that made it what it is,” he said. “We own it.” Who actually owns the rights may not be settled for several more months. The Aggies trade...</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> 58216253@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:41:25 MDT The top 5 Utah football seasons of all-time: No. 3 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58149575-89/season-utah-utes-team.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58149575-89/season-utah-utes-team.html.csp">The top 5 Utah football seasons of all-time: No. 3</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="2014-07-24T11:29:33.726-06:00">Updated Jul 24, 2014 11:29AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">&lt;freeform&gt; The 1994 Utes were a well-balanced team on both sides of the ball under Ron McBride, finishing the season at 10-2 and beating three ranked opponents along the way. Utah scored the seventh most points per game in the country and limited opponents to the 18th most points per game in the country. The team finished with the highest AP poll ranking in program history and set the tone for future success. Here’s a look at the third-best Utah football season of all-time: Biggest mom...</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> 58149575@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:29:33 MDT Prep football: Out of state schools finding recruiting gold in Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58199037-77/state-utah-recruiting-recruits.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58199037-77/state-utah-recruiting-recruits.html.csp">Prep football: Out of state schools finding recruiting gold in Utah</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Kyle Goon | The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-19T23:33:08.971-06:00">Updated Jul 19, 2014 11:33PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Only a few years ago, the holiday break never provided much of a respite for high school football coaches. Armed with the raw tape from that season’s games, Highland’s Brody Benson was one of those coaches who spent hours splicing together highlight reels for each of his players who was hoping to get to college. Then he would copy the tapes, mail them out, and hope some college assistant had time to see them and maybe look into making a scholarship available. “The time spent on those tapes was r...</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> 58199037@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:33:08 MDT Four BYU players on watch list for Polynesian Player of the Year award http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/byusports/58215328-65/award-football-list-polynesian.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/byusports/58215328-65/award-football-list-polynesian.html.csp">Four BYU players on watch list for Polynesian Player of the Year award</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="2014-07-23T10:03:12.973-06:00">Updated Jul 23, 2014 10:03AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Four BYU football players are among the 34 players from 20 schools on the inaugural Watch List for the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award. The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced the establishment of the award on Wednesday with the release of the Watch List for the 2014 season. BYU players on the list are linebackers Alani Fua and Bronson Kaufusi and offensive linemen Edward Fusi and Solomone Kafu. Utah State safety Brian Suite and Utah offensive lineman Jeremiah Poutasi...</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> 58215328@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:03:12 MDT Former Ute Paul Kruger talks leading youth and a youthful NFL team http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/utahsports/58212179-59/kruger-browns-cleveland-team.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/utahsports/58212179-59/kruger-browns-cleveland-team.html.csp">Former Ute Paul Kruger talks leading youth and a youthful NFL team</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="2014-07-22T18:45:32.786-06:00">Updated Jul 22, 2014 06:45PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Paul Kruger is taking a leadership role in two youth movements: One in Cleveland, and the other back home in Utah. Kruger went from the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens to the Cleveland Browns in 2013, earning a five-year, $40 million contract but enduring the growing pains of the league’s second-youngest team. “We’re obviously in the building stages, but it’s exciting to be a part of that,” Kruger told The Tribune by phone on Tuesday. “We’ve just got to put the pieces together and go forwar...</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> 58212179@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:45:32 MDT