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Utah-BYU: It bleeds both blue and red, but Reilly clan still stands together

Trevor plays for Utes, Drew plays for BYU and the rest of the family has chosen sides.



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Kris: "The boys argue about everything."

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Especially … this.

On hand, besides Russ and Kris, Trevor, Jessica, and Drew, are A.J., the oldest son; his wife, Bonnie; Ashlyn, Drew’s fiancé; and a number of grandkids, among them, 1-year-old Shayne, who has three more chemotherapy sessions remaining after a large tumor was removed from her kidney by … well, You-Know-Who.

Jessica: "When we went in for a consultation with the doctor, I was like, ‘Are you a BYU grad?’ He said, ‘Yeah.’ I was like, ‘Great. Isn’t there a Utah guy around here somewhere?’"

Trevor, looking down at the wiggly, beautiful treasure curled up in his lap: "She’s going to be OK."

Absent are Beau, the fourth of Russ and Kris’s sons, a quarterback who signed with Colorado State before going on an LDS Church mission (He returns next month and has plans to transfer. He’ll go on recruiting trips to Utah, BYU and Utah State), and Savanna, a 17-year-old daughter who remains at home. She plays three sports at the local high school in Valley Center, Calif., a small community outside of Escondido. And there is another son, Jett, who died 12 years ago at the age of 6, having fallen off a bicycle.


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This family can feud over a rivalry all the day long, but perspective is firmly in place.

Trevor: "Beau will probably end up at Utah."

Drew: "What?"

Trevor: "Utah is just better. If he wants to be a great player, he should come to Utah. It’s clear."

Drew: "You can’t deny the history. If you want to be an NFL, Heisman-winning, Super Bowl quarterback, you go to BYU."

Trevor: "That was in the ‘80s. Now, look at the record, Utah. Look at the undefeated seasons, Utah. Look at the Utah-BYU record, Utah."

Kris: "Everything in our family … you get a debate."

The exchange of words was always preferred over punches. The Reilly boys were never allowed by Kris and Russ to fight — at least not with one another. The penalty for doing so was too harsh.

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