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09/26/16 - (QB) - Troy Williams, rJr, 6-1, 200
Troy Williams grew up 15 miles from Southern California's campus but said he wasn't recruited by the Trojans despite being ranked the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the country by Rivals. On Friday night, the Utah quarterback showed the storied program what it missed. Williams threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score in No. 24 Utah's 31-27 comeback victory over USC. The Utes roared back in spectacular fashion with Tim Patrick catching an 18-yard touchdown pass at the pylon with 16 seconds remaining to cap a 15-play, 93-yard drive. Patrick had his third 100-yard receiving game of the season. "USC, that's my hometown," said Williams, who is from Carson, California. "Growing up watching Reggie Bush, Carson Palmer and Mike Williams and all those dudes, just sitting at home watching on TV and imagining maybe one day I'll play with them or against them. Today was that day."

The Trojans controlled most of the game and had a 27-17 fourth-quarter lead, but Utah (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) scored 14 straight points. Coach Clay Helton decided to punt on fourth-and-3 from the Utah 37-yard line on the possession before the winning drive. USC fell to 1-3 for the first time since 2001. "I thought it was tonight," said Helton when asked about getting over the hump. "I'll be honest with you. I thought the attitude and the competitiveness was great. I'm heartbroken for them. If they compete like they did tonight, they're going to win a lot of games." Utah attempted to control the game on the ground early against the No. 98 run defense in the country, but USC tightened up and forced the Utes to win through the air. - AP Sports

09/19/16 - (DE) - Hunter Dimick, rSr, 6-3, 272
Until Utah's young offense finds its footing, the Utes defense feels ready to shoulder the load. The Utes sacked San Jose State's quarterbacks 10 times and scored 17 points off three turnovers on the way to a 34-17 victory Saturday night. "It's contagious," said defensive end Hunter Dimick. "As an identity, we're still trying to build that. This was a step in the right direction." Eight different Utah players collected sacks, with Dimick and Filipo Mokofisi each notching a pair. Utah (3-0) trailed twice early but kept the defensive pressure on Spartans (1-2) quarterback Kenny Potter, who took five sacks in the first half. "We thought going into the season we were going to be pretty good up front," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. "I'm very encouraged. They came through tonight. They performed." The 10 sacks equaled the second-most in Utah history. - AP Sports


09/13/16 - (ILB) - Sunia Tauteoli, Jr, 6-0, 220
In a game between bitter rivals with both teams desperate to win, it seemed as if neither actually wanted to. Utah and BYU combined for nine turnovers Saturday as the The Holy War more closely resembled a game of hot potato with both squads struggling with ball control. Sunia Tauteoli had two interceptions as the Utah defense saved the day in a disjointed 20-19 win over BYU. The Utes have now won six straight in the series for the first time since 1964. "I felt like I was just doing my job and the ball came to me," said Tauteoli, who returned an interception 41 yards for a score on the first play of the game. "The game was very intense. As a defensive player, you want those opportunities to land on your shoulder. If we're called on, we need to perform."

The Utah defense was routinely put in bad positions as the offense committed six turnovers. Troy Williams had 194 yards passing with one touchdown and three interceptions. Starting running back Joe Williams was benched for a spell after losing a fumble in the first quarter. Utah totaled six fumbles, losing three. "I told them after the game we dodged a bullet because you're not going to win many games against quality opponents turning the ball over six times," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. "It's just not going to happen. "My stomach was churning pretty good tonight. I was thinking on the sideline, 'Am I getting an ulcer?'" But the Cougars didn't take advantage. - AP Sports

09/06/16 - (QB) - Troy Williams, rJr, 6-1, 200
Bittersweet is how Utah coach Kyle Whittingham described his Thursday night. He certainly wasn't going to complain about a 24-0 shutout of Southern Utah, but the win certainly wasn't as pretty as the 12th-year coach hoped for against the FCS program. "The degree of difficulty is going to get higher in the ensuing weeks," Whittingham said. "That's why we're kind of bittersweet because we know that performance won't be good enough down the road. We've got to get better." Troy Williams threw for 272 yards and two touchdowns as fans got their first glimpse of the revamped Utah offense, which included a new full-time starter at quarterback for the first time since 2012. The Utes have new starters at every offensive skill position.

"It was a little rocky in the first half, but we started to get in a rhythm," Troy Williams said. "Just first game jitters, that is all that was. Especially for me. Then I started to get comfortable and went out there and executed and came out of there with a win. "I just put it in (my teammates') hands and they made it happen." Williams showed why there is optimism throughout the program for the Santa Monica College transfer that originally signed with Washington as one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the country. He put zip on the ball on several out routes and kept his eyes downfield while scrambling. - AP Sports

08/22/16 - (WR) - Cory Butler-Byrd, Sr, 5-09, 180
Utah wide receiver Corey Butler-Byrd was partially reinstated from his suspension Tuesday, a day after pleading guilty as part of a plea deal in Salt Lake City stemming from a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief last month. Butler-Byrd will be able to participate in practices and team activities, but will not be able to compete in games. Butler-Byrd was suspended indefinitely on the first day of fall camp for what coach Kyle Whittingham called "personal issues" in a school release. Authorities say he damaged a university police patrol car and building in July. Butler-Byrd signed with the Utes as a cornerback coming out of junior college in 2015. He started last season on defense before making the switch to wide receiver, with his lone reception a 54-yard touchdown catch. Butler-Boyd also had a kick return for a touchdown.


08/04/16 - (WR) - Cory Butler-Byrd, Sr, 5-09, 180
Utah wide receiver Corey Butler-Byrd was suspended indefinitely on the first day of fall camp Thursday for what coach Kyle Whittingham called "personal issues" in a school release. The specific reason behind the suspension was not disclosed, but Butler-Byrd will remain on scholarship while unable to take part in football-related activities. Butler-Byrd signed with the Utes as a cornerback coming out of junior college in 2015. He started last season on defense before making the switch to wide receiver, with his lone reception a 54-yard touchdown catch. Butler-Boyd also had a kick return for a touchdown.


12/19/15 - (SS) - Tevin Carter, rSr, 6-1, 218
Utah took advantage of a disastrous start by BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl, scoring five first-quarter touchdowns on turnovers - including two interceptions by Tevin Carter - before holding on to beat the Cougars 35-28 on Saturday. Carter returned one of the picks for a touchdown and another to the 1 as No. 20 Utah romped to a 35-0 first- quarter lead in the first meeting of the two heated rivals outside of the state of Utah. BYU turned the ball over the first five times it had the ball, with freshman quarterback Tanner Mangum throwing three interceptions and fumbling once. That was all the scoring Utah did, and it nearly cost the Utes the game. Mangum would bring BYU back, throwing two touchdown passes and rushing for another score with 3:23 left to get the Cougars within one score, but BYU never got the ball back. - AP Sports


12/11/15 - (K) - Andy Phillips, rSr, 5-10, 210
2015 ALL-PAC-12 CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): PK Andy Phillips, Jr.,...Honorable mention honorees were junior offensive lineman Isaac Asiata, freshman return specialist Britain Covey, senior defensive lineman Jason Fanaika and junior kicker Andy Phillips. - Utah Football


12/11/15 - (DE) - Jason Fanaika, rSr, 6-2, 271
2015 ALL-PAC-12 CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DL Jason Fanaika, Sr.,...Honorable mention honorees were junior offensive lineman Isaac Asiata, freshman return specialist Britain Covey, senior defensive lineman Jason Fanaika and junior kicker Andy Phillips. - Utah Football


12/11/15 - (WR) - Britain Covey, So, 5-08, 166
2015 ALL-PAC-12 CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): RS Britain Covey, Fr.,...Honorable mention honorees were junior offensive lineman Isaac Asiata, freshman return specialist Britain Covey, senior defensive lineman Jason Fanaika and junior kicker Andy Phillips. - Utah Football


12/11/15 - (OG) - Isaac Asiata, rSr, 6-3, 323
2015 ALL-PAC-12 CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): OL Isaac Asiata, Jr.,...Honorable mention honorees were junior offensive lineman Isaac Asiata, freshman return specialist Britain Covey, senior defensive lineman Jason Fanaika and junior kicker Andy Phillips. - Utah Football


12/11/15 - (ILB) - Jared Norris, rSr, 6-1, 241
2015 ALL-PAC-12 CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): LB Jared Norris, Sr., Utah...Named to the second team were senior running back Devontae Booker, junior offensive lineman J.J. Dielman and senior linebacker Jared Norris. - Utah Football


12/11/15 - (OT) - J.J. Dielman, rSr, 6-5, 300
2015 ALL-PAC-12 CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): OL J.J. Dielman, Jr., Utah...Named to the second team were senior running back Devontae Booker, junior offensive lineman J.J. Dielman and senior linebacker Jared Norris. - Utah Football


12/11/15 - (RB) - Devontae Booker, rSr, 5-11, 219
2015 ALL-PAC-12 CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): RB Devontae Booker, Sr., Utah...Named to the second team were senior running back Devontae Booker, junior offensive lineman J.J. Dielman and senior linebacker Jared Norris. - Utah Football


12/11/15 - (P) - Tom Hackett, Sr, 5-10, 198
2015 ALL-PAC-12 CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): P Tom Hackett, Sr., Utah...Three-time first-team All-Pac-12 Conference punter Tom Hackett highlighted a list of 11 Utes named to the 2015 All-Pac-12 football teams. Hackett, the third punter in Pac-12 history to earn first-team honors three times, was one four Utes to receive first-team honors. The others were sophomore defensive lineman Lowell Lotulelei, senior linebacker Gionni Paul and sophomore defensive back Marcus Williams. - Utah Football


12/11/15 - (FS) - Marcus Williams, Jr, 6-0, 195
2015 ALL-PAC-12 CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Marcus Williams, So., Utah...Three-time first-team All-Pac-12 Conference punter Tom Hackett highlighted a list of 11 Utes named to the 2015 All-Pac-12 football teams. Hackett, the third punter in Pac-12 history to earn first-team honors three times, was one four Utes to receive first-team honors. The others were sophomore defensive lineman Lowell Lotulelei, senior linebacker Gionni Paul and sophomore defensive back Marcus Williams. - Utah Football


12/11/15 - (ILB) - Gionni Paul, rSr, 5-10, 231
2015 ALL-PAC-12 CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB Gionni Paul, Sr., Utah...Three-time first-team All-Pac-12 Conference punter Tom Hackett highlighted a list of 11 Utes named to the 2015 All-Pac-12 football teams. Hackett, the third punter in Pac-12 history to earn first-team honors three times, was one four Utes to receive first-team honors. The others were sophomore defensive lineman Lowell Lotulelei, senior linebacker Gionni Paul and sophomore defensive back Marcus Williams. - Utah Football


12/11/15 - (DT) - Lowell Lotulelei, Jr, 6-2, 310
2015 ALL-PAC-12 CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL Lowell Lotulelei, So., Utah...Three-time first-team All-Pac-12 Conference punter Tom Hackett highlighted a list of 11 Utes named to the 2015 All-Pac-12 football teams. Hackett, the third punter in Pac-12 history to earn first-team honors three times, was one four Utes to receive first-team honors. The others were sophomore defensive lineman Lowell Lotulelei, senior linebacker Gionni Paul and sophomore defensive back Marcus Williams. - Utah Football


12/10/15 - (P) - Tom Hackett, Sr, 5-10, 198
2015 RAY GUY AWARD WINNER: Tom Hackett, Utah...Hackett, a 2014 consensus All-American and three-time first-team All-Pac-12 punter from Australia, is the only Ray Guy Award winner in Pac-12 history. He had never played a down of American football before walking on to the Utah team in 2013 and has started every game the past three seasons after sharing the starting job as a freshman. Utah leads the nation in net punting (43.67) behind Hackett, whose 47.8 punt average (55 punts, 2,628 yards) leads the Pac-12 and ranks third in the nation. His 20 punts of 50+ yards also leads the Pac-12. Hackett has placed 24 punts inside the 20-yard line (43.6-percent of his punts) with 11 inside the 10-yard line and two inside the 5-yard line. Hackett has two of the six longest punts in the country this season (76 yards vs. Oregon and 74 yards vs. Michigan). - Utah Football


11/25/15 - (P) - Tom Hackett, Sr, 5-10, 198
2015 RAY GUY AWARD FINALIST: Tom Hackett, Utah...Hackett, Utahís second Ray Guy Award finalist along with Louie Sakoda in 2008, became the first Ray Guy Award winner in Pac-12 history last season. Utah leads the nation in net punting (43.44) behind Hackett, whose 47.4 punt average (48 punts, 2,274 yards) leads the Pac-12 and is fourth in the nation. His 17 punts of 50+ yards also leads the Pac-12. He has placed 21 punts inside the 20-yard line (42.8-percent of his punts), with 11 inside the 10-yard line and two inside the 5-yard line. Hackett has two of the six longest punts in the country this season (76 yards vs. Oregon and 74 yards vs. Michigan). Hackett, a 2014 consensus All-American and two-time first-team All-Pac-12 punter from Australia, had never played a down of American football before walking on to the Utah team in 2013. He has started every game the past three seasons after sharing the starting job as a freshman. - Utah Football


11/20/15 - (RB) - Devontae Booker, rSr, 5-11, 219
Utah running back Devontae Booker will miss the final two games of the regular season and perhaps the Utes' postseason after having knee surgery Thursday. Booker's father, Ronnie Booker, confirmed his son suffered a torn meniscus and bone bruise in his left knee last week against Arizona. The hope is that Booker will at least be able to participate in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 30. "It's unfortunate," Ronnie Booker said. No. 18 Utah hosts UCLA on Saturday in a must-win for the team to remain in contention for a Pac-12 championship. The Utes need to win their final two games and have USC lose to either UCLA or Oregon to win the South division and earn a berth in the Dec. 5 title game. Ronnie Booker said they hope Utah can win the conference and have a January bowl game that would give Devontae more time to heal and possibly participate. "He was disappointed," Ronnie Booker said. "He said, 'Well, dad, it happens.'" "He said, 'Well, dad, all I'm thinking about now is getting the surgery done so I can start getting back to rehab and getting back right. That's what's on my mind now.'" - AP Sports


11/10/15 - (SS) - Chase Hansen, rSo, 6-2, 212
Utes lose S Hansen to leg injury...Utah freshman safety Chase Hansen will be sidelined for the remainder of the season after injuring his leg on the final play of Saturday's win against Washington, coach Kyle Whittingham confirmed Monday. Hansen, who was making his first start, played a significant role in the Utes' 34-23 win over the Huskies. He compiled a game-high 11 tackles, forced a fumble and broke up a pass. "It's a shame. He played lights out in this game and was really just phenomenal with his play," Whittingham said. "So, it's a setback for us. But it's next man up." Hansen was four-star quarterback recruit. He just started practicing at safety about a month ago. Whittingham did not reveal details of the injury, but it is possible Hansen will need surgery. Whittingham did say Hansen should be 100 percent by next year. - The Sports Xchange


11/09/15 - (ILB) - Gionni Paul, rSr, 5-10, 231
NOV 9 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL FBS DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: GIONNI PAUL, UTAH, Senior, Linebacker, Winter Haven, FL/Kathleen...Gionni Paul recorded nine tackles, two quarterback sacks, one interception and recovered a fumble and returned it 54 yards for a touchdown as 13th-ranked Utah defeated Washington, 34-23 Paulís all-around play on defense helped the Utes improve to 8-1, 5-1 in the Pac-12. Notes: Gionni Paul is the third Utah player to earn Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors since 2004, joining former Ute DB Eric Weddle (Sept. 24, 2006) and DE Derrick Shelby (Oct. 16, 2011). - The Walter Camp Football Foundation


11/08/15 - (ILB) - Gionni Paul, rSr, 5-10, 231
Utah finally forced some more turnovers to remain in control of the Pac-12 South Division race with three weeks left in the regular season. Don't count out the No. 13 Utes just yet from getting back into the College Football Playoff conversation. Gionni Paul returned a fumble 54 yards for a touchdown, set up another score with an interception and No. 13 Utah held off Washington 34-23 on Saturday night. Utah (8-1, 5-1, No. 12 CFP) leaned on big plays from its defense to overcome an inconsistent night offensively against the Huskies (4-5, 2-4). After going two weeks without forcing a turnover, the Utes forced three in the first half and made that stand up against Washington's second-half rally. "Going in we knew we were going to be facing a good defense. We wanted to prove which defense was better," Paul said. Part of Utah's success this season has been the ability to create turnovers. But that aspect disappeared in its lone loss at USC and again last week in a tougher-than-expected victory over Oregon State. That prowess for causing chaos was back against Washington, including the Utes' third defensive touchdown of the season. - AP Sports


11/03/15 - (QB) - Travis Wilson, Sr, 6-7, 232
The magic number is down to four for No. 13 Utah. Four more wins and the Utes will play in their first Pac-12 title game since joining the conference in 2011. The Utah defense ruled the day again, helping the Utes beat Oregon State 27-12 on Saturday night. Utah (7-1, 4-1) holds a game lead in the Pac-12 South over UCLA (6-2, 3-2) with four games remaining, including the Bruins on Nov. 21.

"Were you impressed by that," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham asked the media at the start of his press conference. "... Bottom line is that we're 7-1 and we're headed to Seattle with sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 South. "I'm very interested in the College Playoff Rankings. That's what it's all about. The other rankings are just window dressing for the fans and the media. We very, very interested to see where we're at." Utah led 14-0 after its first two possessions and cruised from there. Devontae Booker rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown, and Travis Wilson completed 14 of 17 passes for 198 yards and a touchdown and ran for 56 yards and a score. Wilson broke the Utah record for starts by a quarterback with 34, and tied Alex Smith for second place in school history with 21 wins as a starter. - AP Sports

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