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There seemed to be an extra measure of giddiness among Utah fans at Saturday’s annual athlete meet-and-greet, knowing that on the very turf they tread upon, they’d soon see what their Utes were made of. And that, this year, so …

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    Utah football: Florida DB Ohaji Hawkins chooses Utes
    Once he heard a little bit about Utah’s cornerbacks who made the NFL, it wasn’t hard for Ohaji Hawkins to connect the dots. Sean Smith is 6-foot-3. Ke...
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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah QB Travis Wilson throws during practice, Thursday, August 20, 2015. Utah football: Few will take Utes lightly after 9-4 campaign
    There was a minor stir last week when Utah fans discovered the calendar in the latest issue of Popular Mechanics. On Sept. 3, it heralds the beginning...
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  • FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2014, file photo, Oregon's Royce Freeman, right, evades Arizona's Jared Tevis during the first half of a Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game in Santa Clara, Calif. Just a sophomore, Freeman is already assuming a leadership role on the Ducks' offense. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, file) Pac-12 Outlook: Breaking down the top teams, players and coaches
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    Updated Aug 30 2015 05:00 pm   |     |   Share
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University of Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham watches his payers practice during first day of fall football camp at the University of Utah baseball field in Salt Lake City, Thursday, August 6, 2015.  l Utah football: Whittingham’s intense workout routine inspires, befuddles his players
    An unusual part of covering Utah football is that you’re often asked about the secret to Kyle Whittingham’s bulging calf muscles. Utah will host Michi...
    Updated Aug 28 2015 08:47 pm   |     |   Share


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Utah QB Travis Wilson throws as OL Siaosi Aiono takes on DT Viliseni Fauonuku, left, and LB Jared Norris, right, during Utah practice, Saturday, August 15, 2015. Utah football notes: Saiosi Aiono staying centered before season
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University of Utah football player Salesi Uhatafe at practice in Salt Lake City, Thursday August 27, 2015. Utah football: Ute guard finds comfort in game after mother dies
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Utah outside hitter Eliza Katoa (7) spikes the ball past Stanford middle blocker Inky Ajanaku (12) and Stanford setter Madi Bugg (22) during the game at The Huntsman Center Sunday October 19, 2014. Utah volleyball: With loss of six seniors and two assistants, Utes have ‘embraced the new’
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University of Utah tight end Siale Fakailoatonga tucks the ball and runs after catching a pass during second day of the teams fall camp at the University of Utah baseball field  in Salt Lake City, Friday, August 7, 2015.  Utah football: Tight ends getting it done on the field and the barber shop
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Ute head coach Kyle Whittingham gives some parting words to players at the end of practice Monday August 17. 

Popular Mechanics sends the Utes cupcakes to make up for ‘cupcake’ comment
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  • Washington Huskies head coach Chris Petersen watches his team Saturday, April 19, 2014, during Washington's spring NCAA college football preview in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Pac-12 preview: Washington could struggle in apparent rebuilding year
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  • Utah football: Sam Tevi plays weighty role after warming up to left tackle
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  • Southern California NCAA college football coach Steve Sarkisian speaks to media before football practice, in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. Sarkisian publicly apologized for his drunken appearance at a team rally last weekend, attributing his slurred, profane speech to a combination of alcohol and medication.(AP Photo/Nick Ut) Pac-12 preview: USC has talent to win, but tough schedule awaits
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Utah goalkeeper Lindsey Luke kept BYU off the scoresheet as Katie Taylor scored on a second half penalty kick, and Utah women's soccer defeated BYU 1-0 in Salt Lake City, Friday, September 5, 2014. Utah soccer: Lindsey Luke earns Pac-12 goalkeeper of the week
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  • Utah guard Jakob Poeltl, right, celebrates with teammate Brandon Taylor during the second half of an NCAA college basketball second-round game against Stephen F. Austin in Portland, Ore., Thursday, March 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer) Utah basketball: From California to Lithuania, Jakob Poeltl’s been busy this summer
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University of Utah quarterback Travis Wilson throws a side-arm pass to running back Devontae Booker during practice in Salt Lake City, Friday, August 21, 2015.  l Monson: Utah’s Travis Wilson looking for a little faith
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Utah enters Michigan Stadium as the Utes face the Wolverines in Ann Arbor, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014.

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Timpview High School football standout and now University of Utah freshman Britain Covey following practice at the University of Utah baseball field in Salt Lake City, Friday, August 21, 2015.  l Utah football: PR/WR Britain Covey aims to prove — again — that while others are bigger, he’s better
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Utah's head coach Kyle Whittingham talks to the team after practice. University of Utah football team held its first fall scrimmage at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Thursday, August 13, 2015. Utah football notes: Utes wrap up camp in shape, confident (with video)
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University of Utah wide receiver Cory Butler heads up field after catching a pass during first day of fall football camp at the University of Utah baseball field in Salt Lake City, Thursday, August 6, 2015.  l Utah football: Major revelations from the Utes’ 2015 fall camp (with video)
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Utah OL Jackson Barton, left, and his brother, Utah LB Cody Barton pose after practice, Thursday, August 20, 2015. Both played at Brighton High. Utah football: Blood runs thick for Utes’ Barton brothers
    Seeing them standing next to one another with their helmets on, it is difficult to tell that they are brothers. Jackson Barton, who was a head taller ...
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Utah wide receiver Kenneth Scott (2)  is tackled during a practice Tuesday April 21, 2015. Utah football notes: Scott, Booker, Phillips, Paul and Norris named team captains
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  • Colorado quarterback Jordan Gehrke throws against Arizona during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in Tucson, Ariz. Gehrke replaced the injured Sefo Liufau. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Pac-12 preview: Colorado struggling to get out of South division basement
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Utah CB Phillip Afia studies the action from the sidelines during scrimmage, Thursday, August 20, 2015. Utah football: Soccer background gave freshman S Philip Afia a leg up in the American game
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