12/03/13 - (P) - Tom Hackett, So, 6-0, 187 2013 ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): P Tom Hackett, So., Utah...Hackett led the Pac-12 in punt average (43.4), punts inside the 20 (27) and punts of 50-plus yards (19). He placed 11 punts inside the 10-yard line. Hackett set the Utah record for most punt yards in a season (3,300), while his 76 punts ranks second and his 19 punts of 50-plus yards is tied for third. - Utah football
12/03/13 - (DE) - Trevor Reilly, rSr, 6-5, 255 2013 ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL Trevor Reilly, Sr., Utah...Reilly was the best player for a Utah defense that is tied for first in the nation in sacks (39) and ranks third in the conference in rushing defense (130.3 yards per game). He led Utah in tackles (100), tackles for loss (16.0), sacks (8.5) and fumble recoveries (3). Reilly ranked in the top five in the league in all of those categories. - Utah football
12/03/13 - (OLB) - Jason Whittingham, rSo, 6-2, 240 2013 ALL-PAC-12 HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): LB Jason Whittingham, So.,...Has been selected All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention for the 2013 college football season as voted on by the Pac-12 Head football coaches. - Utah football
12/03/13 - (K) - Andy Phillips, rFr, 5-11, 210 2013 ALL-PAC-12 HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): PK Andy Phillips, Fr.,...Has been selected All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention for the 2013 college football season as voted on by the Pac-12 Head football coaches. - Utah football
12/03/13 - (CB) - Keith McGill, rSr, 6-2, 205 2013 ALL-PAC-12 HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DB Keith McGill, Sr.,...Has been selected All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention for the 2013 college football season as voted on by the Pac-12 Head football coaches. - Utah football
12/03/13 - (C) - Vyncent Jones, rSr, 6-3, 305 2013 ALL-PAC-12 HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): OL Vyncent Jones, Sr.,...Has been selected All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention for the 2013 college football season as voted on by the Pac-12 Head football coaches. - Utah football
12/03/13 - (WR) - Dres Anderson, Jr, 6-1, 187 2013 ALL-PAC-12 HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): WR Dres Anderson, Jr.,...Has been selected All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention for the 2013 college football season as voted on by the Pac-12 Head football coaches. - Utah football
12/03/13 - (DT) - Tenny Palepoi, Sr, 6-1, 300 2013 ALL-PAC-12 SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL Tenny Palepoi, Sr., Utah...Palepoi clogged up the middle from his position at nose tackle and finished with 53 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. - Utah football
12/01/13 - (DE) - Trevor Reilly, rSr, 6-5, 255 Kelvin York rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns and Trevor Reilly had a late interception to help Utah slide by Colorado 24-17 on Saturday afternoon. In a matchup of the two teams at the bottom of the Pac-12 South, the Utes raced to a 21-0 first-half lead before the Buffs roared back. On fourth-and-10, Sefo Liufau completed a 14-yard TD pass to Nelson Spruce that made it 24-17 with 2:30 remaining. The ensuing onside kick bounded high over the Utah line and out of bounds.
But the Buffs forced a Utah punt that was downed at the 10 - Tom Hackett's third kick inside the 10-yard-line. On the next play, defensive end Reilly dropped back from the line and caught the ball at the 21-yard-line. A year of frustration was evident as Reilly threw the ball high into the south end zone stands before he was greeted by a horde of celebrating teammates on the sidelines. - AP Sports
11/21/13 - (QB) - Travis Wilson, So, 6-6, 240 Career may be over for Utah QB Wilson...Utah sophomore quarterback Travis Wilson will miss the final two games of this season, and his football career may be over, because of a pre-existing condition discovered during a post-concussion exam, the Salt Lake Tribune reported Monday. Wilson, who became a starter midway through his freshman season last year, suffered the concussion against Arizona State on Nov. 9, but he didn't exhibit any symptoms until the following day.
Exams revealed a head-related condition that is not life-threating at the moment, but coach Kyle Whittingham said it could put Wilson at higher risk if he continues to play, according to the Tribune report. Wilson has two years of college eligibility remaining, but it will be several months before it is determined whether Wilson can play again, according to Whittingham.
Wilson started the first nine games this season before missing Saturday's game against Oregon because of the concussion. He completed 56 percent of his passes this season with 16 touchdown passes and 16 interceptions for the 4-6 Utes. Sophomore Adam Schulz, who originally came to Utah as a walk-on, will start Utah's remaining games at Washington State on Saturday and against Colorado on Nov. 30. He presumably would start if the Utes earn a berth in a bowl game. - The Sports Xchange
11/11/13 - (DE) - Trevor Reilly, rSr, 6-5, 255 2014 NFL Draft: Utah's Trevor Reilly bedevils ASU in losing effort...With Stanford's bludgeoning of Oregon Thursday night, the one-loss Cardinal have jumped right back into the BCS mix. Voters had pointed to Stanford's shocking 27-21 loss in Utah October 12 as the one blight on their resume. With the Utes giving No. 22 Arizona State and their explosive offense all they could handle Saturday in Salt Lake City, the national perception of Kyle Whittingham's defense could be changing. Versatile senior defender Trevor Reilly personifies the underrated Utes, who lost a heart-breaker to the Sun Devils 20-19.
The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Reilly serves as moveable chess piece for the Utes, showing the same ability to make plays at defensive end or linebacker as more hyped conference defenders like UCLA's Anthony Barr and the Cardinal's Trent Murphy. His average of 1.38 tackles for loss per game in 2013, in fact, ranks just behind Barr (1.62) and Murphy (1.56) among Pac-12 defenders. Reilly entered Saturday's Pac-12 showdown leading the team with 69 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and three fumble recoveries. NFL scouts know Reilly well, however. And after Saturday's gritty effort, more should be hearing Reilly's name soon. Surprisingly athletic, Reilly was a constant fork in the side of the Sun Devils, recording multiple tackles for loss, including three sacks on the day. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
11/11/13 - (DE) - Trevor Reilly, rSr, 6-5, 255 2014 NFL Draft: Utah's Trevor Reilly bedevils ASU in losing effort...Twice Reilly used a pure speed rush to slip past senior left tackle Evan Finkenberg to sack quarterback Taylor Kelly, the second of which came on ASU's attempted two-point conversion after scoring the go-ahead touchdown with just under three minutes remaining. Reilly's sack kept the Sun Devils' lead at just one-point with 2:32 remaining. It wasn't Reilly's only notable contribution on a PAT attempt.
Though he wasn't successful, the Utes showed their confidence in Reilly's athleticism by running him on a fake PAT attempt in the first quarter. When rushing the quarterback out of a three point stance, Reilly shows good burst, as well as the flexibility to dip under the reach of the left tackle and turn the corner. He is very light on his feet, showing good body control to dip back inside on a counter move. Reilly's balance and flexibility were put to the test in this game but he showed the ability to handle cut blocks as well as keep his feet when pursuing down the line.
Considering his lanky frame, perhaps most surprising is Reilly's agility and awareness in coverage. Against Arizona State's up-tempo passing attack, Reilly showed quickness and instincts in space, demonstrating a blend of skills that could make him a highly attractive "hybrid" defender to scouts operating for 4-3 and 3-4 teams, alike. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/15/13 - (WR) - Dres Anderson, Jr, 6-1, 187 On a day of upsets, Utah knocked off the biggest Goliath. Utah made a goal-line stand in the final minute and Dres Anderson scored twice, helping the Utes to their biggest upset at home as they held off No. 5 Stanford 27-21. It was the first time in school history the Utes had knocked off a top-five program at Rice-Eccles Stadium. They beat No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl following the 2008 season.
Kevin Hogan marched the Cardinal down to the 6, but on fourth down, amid heavy pressure, he overthrew his intended target. The Utes took a knee to end the game and end Stanford's 13-game winning streak. Utah's fans rushed the field after it was over to celebrate a huge win for the program. - AP Sports
10/14/13 - (K) - Andy Phillips, rFr, 5-11, 210 WEEK 7 PAC-12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Utah kicker Andy Phillips, a freshman from Draper, Utah, made two field goals that proved to be the difference in the Ute’s 27-21 upset over No. 5 Stanford on Saturday. He hit from 22 and a career-long 48 yards to improve to 11-11 in his first season of football at any level. His 48-yarder extended the Ute’s 4th-quarter lead to 27-14 with a little over 14 minutes remaining in the game. Phillips added three PATs on three attempts to move to 27-of-27 on the year. Also nominated for special teams player of the week honors were kickers Zane Gonzalez of Arizona State, Ka’imi Fairbairn of UCLA and Kris Albarado of USC and wide receiver/kick returner Ty Montgomery of STANFORD. - Pac-12 football
10/12/13 - (DE) - Trevor Reilly, rSr, 6-5, 255 Utah's slow and steady approach did indeed win the race. The Utes used a steady diet of short passes and runs up the middle to move the chains, run the clock and eventually upset No. 5 Stanford 27-21 on Saturday night. The Cardinal (5-1) lost for the first time in 14 games, and Utah (4-2) beat a Top 5 team for just the second time in eight tries. Stanford's final drive ended at the Utah 6-yard line when Kevin Hogan's fourth-and-2 pass sailed high and out of the end zone.
Utah's Trevor Reilly recovered two fumbles in the second half and each led to Andy Phillips field goals -- 23 and 48 yards. The latter gave Utah a 27-14 lead with 14:13 remaining in the game. Stanford, which entered the game 21st in the nation defending the run at 111.8 yards per game, allowed 182 yards -- 111 by redshirt sophomore Bubba Poole. But it was the short passing game of quarterback Travis Wilson that did the most damage. The sophomore, who threw six interceptions in his previous game against UCLA, piled up yardage in small chunks with swing passes to Karl Williams and Dres Anderson, among others. - The Sports Xchange
10/12/13 - (WR) - Dres Anderson, Jr, 6-1, 187 Utah's defense made a goal-line stand in the final minute and Dres Anderson scored twice, helping the Utes to their biggest upset at home as they held off No. 5 Stanford 27-21 on Saturday. This marked the first time in school history the Utes (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) have knocked off a top-five program at Rice-Eccles Stadium. They beat No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl following the 2008 season. The fans rushed the field after the final gun.
Kevin Hogan marched the Cardinal down to the 6, but on fourth down, amid heavy pressure, he overthrew his intended target. The Utes took a knee to end the game and the 13-game winning streak of Stanford (5-1, 3-1). Utah kept Stanford's stingy defense off balance all day with a mix of draws and wide receiver screens. Anderson caught a 51-yard TD pass and scored another on a short run. Bubba Poole finished with 111 yards rushing. - AP Sports
10/03/13 - (QB) - Travis Wilson, So, 6-6, 240 PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Travis Wilson is 3-1 this season and 6-5 in his career as the starter. Wilson has played in all 16 games since his freshman season in 2012 and has started the last 11. The 6-foot-7, 240-pound Wilson has completed 64.3 percent of his passes (74-of-115) for 1,118 yards and nine touchdowns and three interceptions. All of Wilson's interceptions came against Oregon State. He is also Utah's second-leading rusher, with 32 carries for 251 yards and five TDs. His 7.8 yards per carry rank third in the Pac-12. - The Sports Xchange
10/03/13 - (WR) - Dres Anderson, Jr, 6-1, 187 PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Dres Anderson's father, Willie "Flipper" Anderson, had a 10-year NFL career for four teams after playing for UCLA, Utah's opponent on Thursday. The younger Anderson leads Utah in receptions (18), receiving yards (404), yards per game (101.0) and touchdowns (three). His 404 receiving yards through four games has already surpassed his team-leading 365 yards last season in 12 games. - The Sports Xchange
10/03/13 - (FS) - Eric Rowe, Jr, 6-1, 205 PLAYERS TO WATCH: FS Eric Rowe, a junior, has played in and started 27 games since his freshman season. Rowe is fourth on the team with 24 tackles. He is tied for fifth in the Pac-12 in passes deflected (five) and is tied for sixth in passes deflected per game (1.25). - The Sports Xchange
10/03/13 - (RB) - Bubba Poole, rSo, 6-0, 196 PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Bubba Poole, a sophomore, has emerged from a close race with teammates Lucky Radley and Kelvin York to be the Utes' top running back. He leads Utah in carries (58), net yards (304) and rushing yards per game (76.0). He has one touchdown run. Poole has started the last two games, averaging 106.5 yards against Oregon State and BYU. He rushed for a career-high 117 yards against the Beavers in his first start. He also has 15 receptions (second on the team) for 120 yards. - The Sports Xchange
10/03/13 - (P) - Tom Hackett, So, 6-0, 187 Scouting the special teams: The kicking game continues to be one of the best in the nation. Tom Hackett, a sophomore from Australia who did not play organized football before attending Utah, is averaging 43.8 yards a punt. Six of his punts have been longer than 50 yards. Andy Phillips, a redshirt freshman, has made all seven of his field goal attempts, including two beyond 40 yards. - The Sports Xchange
10/03/13 - (CB) - Keith McGill, rSr, 6-2, 205 Scouting the pass defense: The Utes finally recorded their first interception of the season, against BYU with 1:37 left. The interception occurred at a valuable time, thwarting BYU's potential game-tying drive. Utah started nickelback Mike Honeycutt early in the game to blitz BYU QB Taysom Hill. He sacked him early in the game, setting the tone for a defense that got to the BYU quarterback five times. Utah coach Kyle Whittingham also complimented cornerbacks Keith McGill and Davion Orphey for their improved play. - The Sports Xchange
10/03/13 - (DE) - Trevor Reilly, rSr, 6-5, 255 Scouting the run defense: Opponents are gaining 3.0 yards per carry and the Utes have allowed just three rushing touchdowns through the first four games. Trevor Reilly, a senior defensive end/outside linebacker, leads the Utes with six tackles for lost yardage, including two sacks. The Utes have 31 tackles for lost yardage, averaging 7.8 a game. - The Sports Xchange
10/03/13 - (QB) - Travis Wilson, So, 6-6, 240 Scouting the passing game: Wilson was Utah's leading rusher until the BYU game, but he is still the No. 2 runner and has emerged as one of the Pac-12's best quarterbacks. He averages 342.2 yards a game. He is completing 64.3 percent of his passes (74 of 115) with nine touchdowns and just three interceptions. His 166.6 pass efficiency rating ranks No. 15 nationally. - The Sports Xchange
10/03/13 - (RB) - Kelvin York, Sr, 5-11, 220 Scouting the Utah running game: The good news is leading RB James Poole gained 96 yards on 18 carries against BYU on Sept. 21. The bad news is he gained 65 on one play. That means he gained only 31 yards on his 17 other carries. Kelvin York, the backup running back, and QB Travis Wilson were the only other ball carriers and they had 33 yards on 15 carries. The Utes have managed to survive behind the play of Wilson, but if he is not on his game, they are in trouble. - The Sports Xchange