12/11/17 - (K) - Matt Gay, Jr, 6-0, 220 2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): PK Matt Gay, Jr., Utah,...Gay, a Lou Groza Award finalist in his first season of NCAA football, leads the nation in most major kicking categories, including field goals made (a school-record 27), field goals per game (2.25), field goal attempts (31) and 50-yard field goals (5). He has made 87-percent of his field goal attempts, which leads the Pac-12. - Utah Football
12/11/17 - (P) - Mitch Wishnowsky, Jr, 6-2, 220 2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): P Mitch Wishnowsky, Jr., Utah,...Wishnowsky has made the All-Pac-12 first team both seasons at Utah and is a two-time Ray Guy Award finalist. He won the 2016 Ray Guy Award and was a unanimous consensus All-American. This year, he ranks second in the nation in percentage of punts inside the 10 (21.74%) and second in the Pac-12 (sixth in the country) in net punting (42.20). - Utah Football
12/11/17 - (DT) - Filipo Mokofisi, rSr, 6-3, 295 2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DL Filipo Mokofisi, Sr.,...Lotulelei, a four-time All-Pac-12 selection, is honorable mention for the third time. He made the first team as a sophomore. Mokofisi is honorable mention for the second year in a row, while Luafatasaga and Falemaka are making their first appearance on the All-Pac-12 team. - Utah Football
12/11/17 - (DT) - Lowell Lotulelei, Sr, 6-1, 320 2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DL Lowell Lotulelei, Sr.,...Lotulelei, a four-time All-Pac-12 selection, is honorable mention for the third time. He made the first team as a sophomore. Mokofisi is honorable mention for the second year in a row, while Luafatasaga and Falemaka are making their first appearance on the All-Pac-12 team. - Utah Football
12/11/17 - (OLB) - Kavika Luafatasaga, Sr, 6-3, 235 2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): LB Kavika Luafatasaga, Sr.,...Lotulelei, a four-time All-Pac-12 selection, is honorable mention for the third time. He made the first team as a sophomore. Mokofisi is honorable mention for the second year in a row, while Luafatasaga and Falemaka are making their first appearance on the All-Pac-12 team. - Utah Football
12/11/17 - (OG) - Lo Falemaka, rSr, 6-4, 295 2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): OL Lo Falemaka, Sr.,...Lotulelei, a four-time All-Pac-12 selection, is honorable mention for the third time. He made the first team as a sophomore. Mokofisi is honorable mention for the second year in a row, while Luafatasaga and Falemaka are making their first appearance on the All-Pac-12 team. - Utah Football
12/11/17 - (CB) - Boobie Hobbs, Sr, 5-10, 180 2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): RS Boobie Hobbs, Sr., Utah,...Hobbs leads the Pac-12 and is tied for ninth in the nation in punt returns (23) and his 10.7 punt return average ranks third in the Pac-12 and 16th in the nation. - Utah Football
12/11/17 - (CB) - Julian Blackmon, So, 6-0, 187 2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB Julian Blackmon, So., Utah,...Blackmon leads Utah in passes defended (8) and is tied for the team lead in interceptions (2) and pass breakups (6). - Utah Football
12/11/17 - (OG) - Salesi Uhatafe, rSr, 6-4, 320 2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): OL Salesi Uhatafe, Sr., Utah,...Uhatafe, a four-year starter, has started all 12 games at left guard this season and has five cuts and 814 snaps recorded. - Utah Football
12/11/17 - (WR) - Darren Carrington II, rSr, 6-1, 205 2017 ALL-PAC-12 FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): WR Darren Carrington II, Sr., Utah,...Carrington is a two-time All-Pac-12 Conference second-team selection, having also made the team in 2015 while playing for Oregon. Carrington ranks second in the Pac-12 in receiving yards per game (83.5) and leads Utah in receptions (66), yards (918) and touchdowns (6). - Utah Football
12/07/17 - (K) - Matt Gay, Jr, 6-0, 220 2017 LOU GROZA AWARD WINNER: Matt Gay, Utah,...Utah junior kicker Matt Gay was voted the winner of the Lou Groza Award, which is presented to the nation's top kicker. Gay accepted the award at The Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards show at the College Football Hall of Fame. Also during the show, Gay and junior punter Mitch Wishnowsky were announced as Walter Camp All-Americans. Both were named to the second team. Gay becomes Utah's first Lou Groza Award winner. He is Utah's second finalist for the award, joining Louie Sakoda (2008). Gay leads the nation in most major kicking categories, including field goals made (27), field goals made per game (2.25), 50+ yard field goals (5) and field goals attempted (31). He has made 87-percent of his field goal attempts, which leads the Pac-12 and ranks 11th in the nation.
Gay ranks ninth across all positions and third among kickers in scoring, averaging 9.8 points per game. He is 5-of-6 from 50+ yards, 4-of-6 between 40-49 yards and 18-of-19 inside the 40. His two 56-yard field goals are tied for the second-longest in the nation this season. Gay's 27 field goals and 31 attempts are new school records, while his 118 points ranks second all-time in a season at Utah. He is the first Utah kicker to make five 50+ field goals in a season. Gay played soccer at Utah Valley in 2014 and 2016. His only previous football experience came as a high school senior at Orem High School in 2011. - Utah Football
11/04/17 - (QB) - Tyler Huntley, So, 6-1, 190 Tyler Huntley threw for 234 yards and four touchdowns and added 93 yards on the ground to help Utah snap a four-game losing streak with a 48-17 win over UCLA on Friday night. Zack Moss added a career-high 153 yards and two touchdowns on a career-high 23 carries for the Utes. Utah (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) totaled 506 yards and averaged 7.0 yards per play against the Bruins. UCLA played without junior quarterback Josh Rosen, who did not travel with the team after suffering a concussion against Washington. The Bruins (4-5, 2-4 Pac-12) generated only 249 total yards in Rosen's absence. Both offenses struggled to get their engines moving in the first quarter. Utah totaled just 39 yards. UCLA didn't fare much better. The Bruins gained only 94 yards.
Utah carved out a 7-0 first-quarter lead on a 3-yard run from Moss. The Utes cashed in on a short field after Caleb Repp stripped the ball from Mossi Johnson on a punt return and Boobie Hobbs recovered it at the UCLA 17-yard line. Both teams finally generated some sparks on offense in the second quarter. Utah extended its lead to 14-3 when Darren Carrington hauled in a 25-yard catch on a fade route and got a foot down in the end zone before falling out of bounds. UCLA answered on the ensuing drive, trimming the deficit to 14-10 on a 24-yard grab by Darren Andrews. A series of big plays helped Utah put it away early in the second half. - The Sports Xchange
10/16/17 - (P) - Mitch Wishnowsky, Jr, 6-2, 220 OCT 16 PAC-12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Mitch Wishnowsky, Jr., P, Utah (Gosnells, Western Australia)...The Pac-12's leading punter averaged 46.8 yards on six punts (281 yards) vs. USC...Placed punts at the USC 2-, 7- and 12-yard lines for a total of three punts inside the 20...Had punts of 56 and 60 yards...Ranks No. 1 in the Pac-12 and No. 2 in the nation in net punting. ALSO NOMINATED, SPECIAL TEAMS: Brandon Ruiz, ASU. - Pac-12 Football
09/23/17 - (QB) - Tyler Huntley, So, 6-1, 190 QB Tyler Huntley left Friday night's game in the first half with an apparent shoulder injury. He did not return. His status wasn't immediately clear after the game. Huntley had completed 8 of 9 passes for 98 yards and one touchdown before he left with the injury.
09/23/17 - (LB) - Marquise Blair, , 6-2, 205 SS Marquise Blair was ejected in the third quarter of Friday night's game at Arizona for a targeting penalty. He will miss the first half of Utah's next game -- Oct. 7 at home vs. Stanford.
09/23/17 - (QB) - Troy Williams, rSr, 6-1, 208 Utah coach Kyle Whittingham had the luxury of a veteran on the bench to help keep things calm on the field. In stepped Troy Williams to save the day for No. 23 Utah in a 30-24 victory over Arizona on Friday night at Arizona Stadium in front of the smallest announced crowd in 32 years (36,651). Williams replaced injured Tyler Huntley midway through the first half to help keep Utah ahead. Huntley had gone 8-of-9 passing before suffering the injury. Whittingham said he was not clear on what the injury was to Huntley. Williams finished 9 of 18 for 131 passing yards for Utah (4-0). "We're in good place quarterback-wise; we want to get Tyler back as soon as possible," Whittingham said. "But Troy won nine ballgames for us last year and he was ready. To his credit, when his number was called he was ready."
Arizona (2-2) did have some success on the ground against the country's second-best defense against the run, getting 200 yards. Utah, second in the country against the run, had given up 49.3 yards per game on the ground. "They got about two thirds of what they get, it's tough and it's a great scheme," Whittingham said of Arizona's offense. "They run it better than anyone in the country. They have a very athletic quarterback ... (their running game) is really potent. "We did a decent job on the run game but not nearly as well as we did last year." - The Sports Xchange
09/17/17 - (WR) - Darren Carrington II, rSr, 6-1, 205 Darren Carrington caught two first-half touchdown passes Saturday night and added a third one in the fourth quarter as Utah established a 30-3 first-half lead and cruised to a 54-16 nonconference win over San Jose State at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. Carrington scored on second-quarter receptions of 7 and 26 yards from Tyler Huntley as the Utes (3-0) blew the game open by scoring 24 unanswered points. Zack Moss added a 5-yard touchdown run to cap a 21-point quarter for Utah. Huntley got going after a sluggish start, completing 30 of 43 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns. He found Rae Singleton with a 13-yard scoring strike with 2:36 remaining in the third quarter, upping the margin to 37-13, and then hit Carrington with a 15-yard pass at the 11:21 mark of the fourth quarter. Carrington, an Oregon transfer, finished with nine catches for 153 yards. Kicker Matt Gay added field goals of 21, 56, 50 and 20 yards as Utah ended the night with 501 total yards and 29 first downs. - The Sports Xchange
09/10/17 - (QB) - Tyler Huntley, So, 6-1, 190 Tyler Huntley completed 27 of 36 passes for 300 yards on while adding 89 yards and a touchdown on the ground to lift Utah to a 19-13 win over BYU on Saturday night. The Utes (2-0) held off a late comeback attempt by BYU to win their seventh straight game in the series. It is the first time Utah has won seven straight over the Cougars since winning seven in a row from 1951 to 1957. Trailing by two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, BYU cut it to 19-13 on a 7-yard pass from Tanner Mangum to Trey Dye with 2:38 left. The Cougars earned a comeback chance after stuffing Zach Moss for a 5-yard loss on fourth-and-1 with 5:51 remaining after Utah marched into the red zone. The Utes went 3-and-out on their next drive and BYU got the ball back with 1:34 left and had a chance to take the lead. Beau Tanner dropped a pass on third down that would have gotten a first down and the Cougars turned it over on downs on the next play. Mangum threw for 170 yards and a touchdown on 21-of-39 passing but also had three interceptions. - The Sports Xchange
09/01/17 - (QB) - Tyler Huntley, So, 6-1, 190 Tyler Huntley threw for 227 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 70 yards and two scores to lead Utah to a 37-16 victory over North Dakota on Thursday night in Salt Lake City. Huntley made his first career start at quarterback after beating out senior Troy Williams in fall camp. The sophomore's favorite target was Oregon transfer Darren Carrington, who finished with 127 receiving yards and a touchdown on 10 catches. Zach Moss added 128 rushing yards and a touchdown on 22 carries to help Utah (1-0) improve to 39-0 all time against current members of the Big Sky Conference. The Utes totaled 499 yards on offense. Keaton Studsrud threw for 175 yards and a touchdown to lead the Fighting Hawks. North Dakota (0-1) mustered just 51 total yards on the ground. The Fighting Hawks fell to 1-9 all time against FBS opponents. North Dakota, an FCS school, cashed in on a turnover to jump out in front in the first quarter. - The Sports Xchange
08/31/17 - (QB) - Tyler Huntley, So, 6-1, 190 QB Tyler Huntley, a sophomore who was the Florida Gatorade High School Player of the Year as a senior, is Utah's new starter chosen ahead of returner Troy Williams. Utah's coaches are impressed with Huntley's passing accuracy along with his command of the new uptempo offense that relies on quick reads. The four-year starter in high school passed for 9,053 yards and 106 touchdowns in his career. He once rushed for 219 yards in a game.
08/18/17 - (OG) - Lo Falemaka, rSr, 6-4, 295 C Lo Falemaka is out indefinitely with an undisclosed injury. A projected starter, no timetable has been announced for his return.
08/18/17 - (OL) - Jordan Agasiva, , 6-5, 310 OL Jordan Agasiva, a junior college transfer who is a projected starter at guard, was held out of some fall practices with an undisclosed injury. Coach Kyle Whittingham is hopeful that Agasiva will be healthy to play in the opener Aug. 31 against North Dakota.
08/18/17 - (RB) - Armand Shyne, Jr, 5-10, 210 RB Armand Shyne was injured early in fall camp and will be "out a long time," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. Shyne, whose injury is undisclosed, was battling RB Zack Moss for a starting role.
08/18/17 - (WR) - Darren Carrington II, rSr, 6-1, 205 WR Darren Carrington II. a graduate transfer from Oregon, has performed very well in fall camp. He was dismissed by the Ducks after being charged with a DUI in July. He played 33 games with Oregon, catching 112 passes for 1,919 yards and 15 touchdowns. He had 43 receptions for 606 yards and five touchdowns last season. "He's got the frame," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said of the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder. "He's got great ability to go up and get the contested ball. He's got exceptional hands, runs very clean routes. He's got great body control. He's a guy that fits very well into (new offensive coordinator Troy Taylor's) plans."
08/18/17 - (DT) - Lowell Lotulelei, Sr, 6-1, 320 DT Lowell Lotulelei went from a first-team All-Pac-12 performer in 2015 to honorable mention last season despite a good year with 8.5 tackles for loss, including 3.5 sacks. His presence will help set the tone for a defense that has some inexperience at linebacker and the secondary. He is durable, with 30 starts in 38 games since his true freshman season, missing only one game.