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Utah’s offensive line ranks in the top 10 nationally in preventing sacks of its quarterback. Tyler Huntley himself has something to do with that statistic.
Huntley has been sacked only four times in five games. The downside is that all four have come in the last two games, vs. Pac-12 opponents USC and Washington State. And that number might be much higher, if not for Huntley's escapes.
Huntley “definitely has made us look good back there,” line coach Jim Harding said. “I think we are improving, but Tyler definitely has saved us from a few sacks, for sure.”
The Utes are preparing for Saturday's game at Oregon State. The Beavers (2-3) have allowed at least 31 points to each of their four FBS opponents, but they're among the Pac-12's leaders in tackles for loss.
Ute running back Zack Moss remains questionable for Saturday with a shoulder injury. In Moss’ absence, offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig has pieced together a productive running game.
Armand Shyne, Moss’ former backup, is among graduate transfers from Utah who are doing well in other programs.
While the Utes were off last weekend, more crazy stuff happened in the Pac-12.
New Tribune sports reporter Julie Jag did a thorough study of the California law enabling college athletes to profit from the use of their name, image and likeness and columnist Gordon Monson endorsed the idea.
Track hurdler Blaine Lindgren, one of few Olympic medalists that Utah’s athletic program has produced, died recently at age 80.
Ute assistant softball coach Hannah Flippen, a former star of the program, has made the U.S. Olympic team for the 2020 Games in Tokyo.
Back to football: The Utes will face another big-time receiver Saturday. It could create a fun matchup with cornerback Jaylon Johnson.
R.J. Hubert is a defensive contributor as Utah’s No. 3 safety as a sophomore, having come from a small town in Nevada.
Hubert looks like a 2020 starter for defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley, whose 40th birthday this week was a natural checkpoint in his career.
Some fans are unhappy that Utah’s potentially big game next week vs. Arizona State will be relegated to the Pac-12 Networks. Jon Wilner explains how that happened (MERC).
Christopher Kamrani of The Athletic visits Jaylon Johnson’s hometown (ATH).
The Utes got a commitment from a Texas linebacker, as Alex Markham reports (NATION).
Joe Coles of the Deseret News assesses Utah’s offense through five games (DNEWS).
• It is highly unlikely that any Utah team in any sport ever has gone from being unranked to No. 6 in one week. That’s what the Ute women’s cross country team has done, after winning Notre Dame’s meet in a field that included No. 1 Colorado and four other top 10 teams. The Utes had not competed since Sept. 6 and were well prepared to run in Indiana, where junior Bella Williams finished 11th, Poppy Tank was 16th and Sarah Feeny was 19th. The Utes will run in Southern Utah’s meet Saturday.
• Utah’s women’s soccer team tied 1-1 with Oregon State and beat Oregon 2-0 at home, moving to 6-3-3 overall and 1-0-2 in the Pac-12. The Utes will play Thursday (4 p.m. MDT) at USC and Sunday at UCLA.
• Utah’s No. 18 volleyball team will stage a big celebration Friday, with a 30th-season commemoration for coach Beth Launiere and a jersey retirement for Kim Turner, the program’s first All-American. The Utes will host UCLA at the Huntsman Center (7 p.m.).
• Utah’s women’s swimming and diving team beat Arizona for the first time ever, 174-126. “Not many people thought this was possible,” said Ute coach Joe Dykstra.