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, 200 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, 200 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, 300 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, 214 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, 200 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.
08/01/17 - (SS) - Chase Hansen, rJr, 6-2, 220 Utah starting safety Chase Hansen is out indefinitely with an undisclosed injury. After Monday's practice, Coach Kyle Whittingham called the issue a "lingering thing" from before camp started last week. He hopes the 6-foot-3, 220-pound junior will be ready for the season opener against North Dakota on August 31. Utah does not typically detail injuries unless they are season-ending. "He's one of the best players in the conference," Whittingham said. "You always want to be full strength and have the best guys on the field, but if he's not there, he's not there. "Knowing him, his work ethic, his toughness, my guess is he'll be there."
Hansen started all 13 games in 2016 and received an All-Pac-12 honorable mention after leading the team with 90 tackles, including 7 1/2 for loss, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. "He worked out all summer," Whittingham said. "It was just something we thought we could get out ahead of and were never able to get out ahead of it. So he needs some down time." Hansen is the lone returning starter in the Utes' defensive backfield. He is considered one of the top all-around players and one of the best athletes on the roster. - AP College Football
07/27/17 - (WR) - Darren Carrington II, rSr, 6-1, 200 WR Darren Carrington II, dismissed from Oregon in early July following a DUI charge, will play this season at Utah, his father told the Salt Lake Tribune. Carrington, a senior who has earned a degree from Oregon, is eligible this season. He caught 43 passes for 606 yards and five touchdowns last season, pushing his career totals to 112 receptions for 1,919 yards and 15 scores. Carrington is rated the sixth-best receiver prospect for 2018 by NFLDraftScout.com.
07/17/17 - (WR) - Darren Carrington II, rSr, 6-1, 200 Oregon WR Carrington off team following DUI arrest...The Oregon Ducks dismissed Darren Carrington from the football team after the wide receiver's DUI arrest on July 1. "I have visited with Darren Carrington and informed him that he is no longer a member of our program," Ducks coach Willie Taggart said in release sent by the university on Friday. "We will always consider Darren a Duck and support him in any way we can. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors." Oregon had indefinitely suspended Carrington after police stopped him in downtown Eugene. Carrington, about to enter his fifth season, was projected to be Oregon's top wide receiver. He led the team with 606 receiving yards and was second with 43 receptions in 2016 while averaging 17.1 yards per reception with 15 touchdowns during his career. The precedent was set when Oregon moved to fire co-offensive coordinator David Reaves within hours of his January arrest on a similar DUII charge that also originated in downtown Eugene. Reaves later resigned in February. - The Sports Xchange
07/10/17 - (DT) - Lowell Lotulelei, Sr, 6-1, 320 2017 Preseason Bednarik Award Watchlist: DT Lowell Lotulelei, Utah,...All-America candidate is one of the best defensive tackles in the country … All-Pac-12 all three seasons, including first-team honors in 2015 … starter since his true freshman season when he was a 2014 Freshman All-American … played in 38 of 39 games with 30 starts in his first three seasons. Honorable mention All-Pac-12 in 2016 … started 12 games at right tackle, missing the California game due to injury … 28 tackles (8.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks) … five tackles (2.0 TFL, 1.0 sack) against both Oregon and San Jose State. - Utah Football
07/10/17 - (DE) - Kylie Fitts, rSr, 6-3, 256 2017 Preseason Bednarik Award Watchlist: DE Kylie Fitts, Utah,...All-conference candidate expects to be at full strength by summer after recovering from last year's season-ending injury … received a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA to play an additional season. Played and started in two games in 2016 (1 at right end, 1 at linebacker) before suffering a season-ending injury … at the time of his injury, he was leading the team in tackles for loss (3.0) and sacks (1.5) … four total tackles were all against Southern Utah. - Utah Football
07/10/17 - (WR) - Darren Carrington II, rSr, 6-1, 200 Oregon receiver Darren Carrington has been suspended from the team indefinitely after being arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence. Eugene police say Carrington was arrested after hitting a pole at a McDonald's restaurant at 3:15 a.m. Saturday. In addition to DUI, Carrington was also cited for careless driving and making an improper turn. The senior was suspended by Oregon later Saturday. Shortly thereafter, Carrington posted a photo showing some of his Ducks teammates on Instagram , writing: "Thanks for everything I'll truly miss my brothers love y'all." The 22-year-old Carrington is scheduled to appear in Eugene Municipal Court on July 21. Last season, he caught 43 passes for 606 yards and five touchdowns. - AP College Football
04/29/17 - (WR) - Darren Carrington II, rSr, 6-1, 200 Justin Herbert threw for 327 yards and found Darren Carrington for three touchdowns in Oregon's first Spring Game under new coach Willie Taggart on Saturday. The vibe around the annual event was totally different than in past years: Instead of building on previous successes, the Ducks are - almost - starting fresh. There are a few familiar faces, notably Carrington and running back Royce Freeman, but it is clear the Ducks are now Taggart's team. "We definitely got a lot of work to do," Carrington said. "But we're on the upside right now. There's no backsteps, we're only going up." Taggart is taking over an Oregon team that finished 4-8 last season and at the bottom of the Pac-12 North standings at 2-7, snapping a run of nine straight winning seasons in conference play.
Taggart's first spring game featured Team Free, led by Herbert and featuring Carrington and Freeman, against Team Brave, with Travis Jonson and newcomer Braxton Burmeister at quarterback. Team Free won 34-11 before a crowd announced at 36,821. Unlike past seasons under Mark Helfrich and Chip Kelly, when the event was more of a scrimmage based on points, this was more like an actual game - with a running clock in the second half. Herbert, a sophomore, completed 16 of 26 passes for Team Free. He threw for 1,936 yards and 19 touchdowns in eight games as a freshman last season. Carrington finished with four receptions for 116 yards. - AP Sports
03/26/17 - (DE) - Hunter Dimick, rSr, 6-3, 268 Utah Pro day: Offensive tackle Garett Bolles will almost surely be the first Ute selected this year, with guard Isaac Asiata and safety Marcus Williams likely following close behind. All three currently rank among my top 64 prospects, but after turning heads in Indianapolis, all three focused on positional workouts, leaving the spotlight to fall on arguably this year's biggest combine snub: edge rusher Hunter Dimick. The 6-3, 274-pound Dimick led the Pac-12 with 14.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss in 2016 but was nevertheless not invited to the combine in large part because he lacks the desired length (including 31-inch arms) for NFL edge rushers. While his arms might be shorter than ideal, they certainly are powerful, as Dimick recorded 38 reps on the bench press Thursday, three more than Asiata's combine-best 35 a few weeks ago. Dimick also proved quicker than expected in the 40-yard dash, registering a time in the low 4.7s, according to a source on the scene. Despite the fact that he was not invited to the combine, Dimick currently ranks 19th among defensive ends and a solid Day 3 value. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/07/17 - (OT) - *Garett Bolles, Jr, 6-5, 297 NFL Combine Cliffhangers: Will there be a consensus top tackle? Probably not. The most gifted tackle in the draft is Utah's Garett Bolles but he will turn 25 years old in May and has only one season at the FBS level, as does Wisconsin's Ryan Ramczyk. Alabama's Cam Robinson is a classic mauler in the running game but is not the dancing bear teams want at left tackle and comes with significant off-field concerns. The only consensus about this year's tackle class is that it might be better to wait. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/04/17 - (OT) - *Garett Bolles, Jr, 6-5, 297 2017 NFL Combine, Day 3 Takeaways: 8. Utah’s Garett Bolles rolls ... perhaps into the first round?...The big winner among offensive linemen in the bench press drills Thursday was Utah’s Isaac Asiata, but Friday it was his former teammate Garett Bolles who wowed with his sheer athleticism, clocking in at 4.95 seconds in the 40-yard dash (including a 1.76-second 10-yard split), a 7.29-second three-cone and a 4.55-second time in the short shuttle, each among the top three among the approximately 45 offensive linemen tested. The 6-foot-5, 297-pound Bolles currently ranks third on NFLDraftScout.com’s board and is viewed as a potential first-round pick, something that Friday’s efforts will no doubt help. - Dane Brugler & Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/04/17 - (OT) - *Garett Bolles, Jr, 6-5, 297 2017 NFL Combine, Day 3 Winners: Garett Bolles: In a weak offensive line class, the tackle out of Utah made himself some money on Friday. Bolles ran a 4.97 40; it’s always impressive to see a lineman crack five seconds. Bolles put himself up there with Ryan Ramczyk and Cam Robinson as the top prospects in this draft class with an impressive effort in the athletic drills on Friday. Plenty of teams late in the first round and at the top of the second round need help on offensive line, so it won’t be surprising to see his star rise. - Will Brinson, CBSSports.com
03/02/17 - (OG) - Isaac Asiata, rSr, 6-3, 323 Asiata wows with 35 reps as offensive linemen hit bench press...Offensive linemen showing off their strength in the bench press was the first athletic testing to be completed at the 2017 NFL combine. The results produced some early winners, including Utah’s Isaac Asiata, who led all of Thursday’s competitors with 35 repetitions of 225 pounds, narrowly beating out TCU’s Aviante Collins, Texas A&M’s Jermaine Eluemainor and Western Kentucky’s Forrest Lamp, who each managed to push up the bar successfully 34 times. Needless to say, scouts generally take a “more is better” approach when it comes to the bench press, but they also recognize the factor that arm length plays in the exercise. Players with shorter arms have an inherent advantage over those being asked to push the weight further. This fact just makes Asiata’s strength all the more impressive given that he has 33 3/4-inch arms, longer than Collins (33 3/8 inches), Eluemainor (33 1/4 inches) and Lamp (32 1/4 inches). Asiata strength isn’t just limited to the weight room. The defensive linemen in the Pac-12 honored him with the Morris Trophy as the best offensive lineman in the conference this season. The three-time All-Pac-12 pick was invited to the Senior Bowl (and fared well there) before a hamstring strain forced him to leave Mobile early. Asiata currently ranks sixth among NFLDraftScout.com’s guards and 96th overall, and is viewed as a third-round value. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com