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07/02/14 - (WR) - Dres Anderson, Sr, 6-2, 190
Utah's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 1. WR Dres Anderson, Senior...As Seattle Seahawks' general manager John Schneider has been known to do, the defending Super Bowl champions surprised many with selecting Pac-12 speedster Paul Richardson with his team's first pick of the 2014 draft. Anderson, the son of 10-year NFL receiver Willie "Flipper" Anderson, is hoping to ride a similar wave of big play ability as the former Buffalo into an early round selection next spring. Despite marginal play at quarterback in 2013, Anderson nearly tripled the production he posted as a sophomore, becoming just the seventh Ute to eclipse the 1,000 yard receiving mark (1,002 yards). Much of his production came on big plays. Though few outside of the Pac-12 know his name, no one caught more than Anderson's seven passes of 50+ yards a year ago. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com


07/02/14 - (WR) - Dres Anderson, Sr, 6-2, 190
Utah's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 1. WR Dres Anderson, Senior...Anderson's very lean frame (especially in his lower body) is sure to draw some concern from scouts but it is worth noting that he hasn't missed a game due to injury and is often asked to make plays across the middle. Anderson boasts impressive first-step acceleration and lateral agility to slip through creases and break away from the defense. He's frequently targeted on relatively simple passes like screens and as vertical threat but also runs pro-style routes (slants, comebacks, crosses, drags) that require more sophistication. He shows very good hand-eye coordination and body control to contort in space to make the tough reception, though his spindly frame puts him at a disadvantage on 50-50 balls. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com


07/02/14 - (OT) - Jeremiah Poutasi, Jr, 6-6, 322
Other Utah prospects worth watching: OL Jeremiah Poutasi, Junior...Poutasi spent his first two seasons at Utah playing tackle, first at the blindside as a freshman before moving to the right side last year. The Utes are considering him at his natural position of guard in 2014. Poutasi has struggled with his weight (he's reportedly down to 330 now) but is surprisingly quick and light on his feet. He does not possess ideal flexibility or length and struggles a bit with leverage but could emerge as a draftable commodity if he takes to the new role. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com


07/02/14 - (SS) - Brian Blechen, rSr, 6-2, 216
Other Utah prospects worth watching: S Brian Blechen, Senior...Blechen missed the entire 2013 season with knee tendinitis, which will obviously warrant investigation from any NFL team looking to add him to their roster. He is an instinctive, physical defender who has shown a knack for making big plays throughout his career, notching eight interceptions and six forced fumbles in 35 career starts. Blechen was recruited as a quarterback but his blue-collar style and grit earned him a spot on defense and he won the strong safety role in his first week of practice. Blechen has 'tweener traits but has been too productive for too long to ignore. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com


06/25/14 - (QB) - Travis Wilson, Jr, 6-6, 240
Utah quarterback Travis Wilson has been cleared to play months after a concussion revealed a pre-existing medical condition last season. Wilson had previously been cleared to participate in spring football practice, but he was limited to non-contact drills as a precautionary measure. The school says that a CT scan on June 20 showed that the previous trauma to an intracranial artery has remained stable since February. The injury was discovered after Wilson suffered a concussion in a Nov. 9 game against Arizona State.

"I had a feeling nothing would change from the previous scan, so I've been working to get back into shape. I feel totally comfortable about returning to football and full contact," Wilson said in a statement. "I believe I've been playing with this condition for awhile and never even knew about it. I'm going to keep playing just the way I've always played. I knew something positive would come out of the whole thing." The 6-foot-7, 240-pound junior has started 16 games over two seasons. He completed 133 of 237 passes for 1,827 yards, 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions for the Utes last season before his concussion. - AP Sports

05/14/14 - (DT) - Tenny Palepoi, Sr, 6-2, 298
San Diego Chargers agreed to terms with 17 rookie free agents: Tenny Palepoi, DL, Utah,...Second-team All-Pac-12 selection started all 13 games and finished third on team with 9.5 tackles for loss. - San Diego Chargers


05/12/14 - (CB) - Keith McGill, rSr, 6-3, 211
A closer look at the Raiders' picks: Round 4/116 - Keith McGill, CB, 6-3, 211, Utah...The Raiders looked past off-the-field issues that included a 2012 DUI arrest and a reputation for not taking the sport seriously enough in part because McGill said he has matured. The physical talent is not in question. McGill is a big, physical press corner who was a standout in the receiver-rich Pac-12 conference. - The Sports Xchange


05/12/14 - (CB) - Keith McGill, rSr, 6-3, 211
Cornerback Keith McGill, taken in the fourth round at No. 116 out of Utah, promises the Raiders won't regret selecting him despite a past that includes a DUI and a reputation for not taking the game seriously until his senior year with the Utes. "All the teams that passed on me are going to realize it's a big mistake and the Raiders are going to realize it's probably a really good draft pick," McGill said.

McGill, who was rehabbing a serious shoulder injury at the time of his arrest, thought that period in his life helped turn things around. "It was probably where I grew as a person," McGill said. "I sat down with the coaches and talked about where I wanted my life to go. I realized that everything can be taken away in a flash, and the window was closing. There comes a point in your life where you make a decision to become a man or remain a boy. That's what I did before the 2013 season. It got me in the situation I am in now." - The Sports Xchange

05/12/14 - (OLB) - Trevor Reilly, rSr, 6-5, 245
A closer look at the Jets' picks: Round 7/233 -- Trevor Reilly, OLB, 6-5, 245, Utah...At 26, Reilly will be older than many of the players he meets this summer in Cortland. But Reilly -- who spent two years on a Mormon mission before enrolling at Utah -- will get a chance to prove he can chip in as a situational pass rusher. - The Sports Xchange


05/08/14 - (CB) - Keith McGill, rSr, 6-3, 211
2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 78/9. Keith McGill, CB, Utah, 6-3, 211, 4.44, 2-3...Former JUCO All-America safety at Cerritos, McGill lasted only five games there with the Utes before a shoulder injury dictated a move to cornerback. McGill shows field awareness of a safety and even baits quarterbacks to throw underneath routes where he excels at closing on the ball. Uses height and long arms well, but lacks unbridled enthusiasm on run support. Frankly: Curiously reminiscent of Nnamdi Asomugha (Cal, Raiders, Eagles, 49ers), who maximized his height and ball skills as a boundary-style cornerback to make All-Pro. Like Asomugha, McGill seems more suited for safety except for that bad shoulder, which may explain why neither of them will be remembered as a big hitter. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com


05/07/14 - (DT) - Tenny Palepoi, Sr, 6-2, 298
2014 NFL Draft: 126 FBS programs, 126 possible UDFAs: UTAH: DT Tenny Palepoi (6-2, 298, 5.03)...A team captain with NFL bloodlines, Palepoi became a full-time starter as a senior and finished among the team leaders with 9.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com


04/21/14 - (CB) - Keith McGill, rSr, 6-3, 211
2014 NFL Draft Defensive Backs: Keith McGill, Utah, 6-3, 211, 4.51...Former JUCO All-America safety at Cerritos, McGill lasted only five games there with the Utes before a shoulder injury dictated a move to cornerback. McGill shows field awareness of a safety and even baits quarterbacks to throw underneath routes where he excels at closing on the ball. Uses height and long arms well, but lacks unbridled enthusiasm on run support. Frankly: Curiously reminiscent of Nnamdi Asomugha (Cal, Raiders, Eagles, 49ers), who maximized his height and ball skills as a boundary-style cornerback to make All-Pro. Like Asomugha, McGill seems more suited for safety except for that bad shoulder, which may explain why neither of them will be remembered as a big hitter. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange


04/17/14 - (OLB) - Trevor Reilly, rSr, 6-5, 245
Five players who should be on the San Diego Chargers' draft radar: OLB Trevor Reilly, Utah (66, 6): The Chargers have dedicated multiple early rounds picks to exterior pass rushers in recent years with little to show for it, tying for 23rd overall (with Tampa Bay) with 35 sacks last season. High profile free agent additions Jarrett Johnson (33 tackles, three sacks) and Dwight Freeney (two tackles, .5 sacks) provided little off the edge a season ago, which could make a versatile edge rusher like Reilly an intriguing option if still available deep into the second round. Reilly may not have a high profile from a national perspective but the 6-foot-5, 245-pounder is surprisingly nimble and an instinctive and productive defender capable of wreaking havoc off the edge or dropping back into space. The Chargers have gambled (and largely lost) on athletic edge defenders before. Reilly is a good athlete but a better football player who would fit in from a schematic and locker room perspective. - Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange


04/17/14 - (TE) - Anthony Denham, rSr, 6-5, 235
Five players who should be on Washington's draft radar: TE Anthony Denham, Utah: With the Redskins signing DeSean Jackson and Jordan Reed emerging as a go-to threat, Washington's receiving group is in much better shape than a year ago. But they could still use some size and height to help convert third downs and make a difference in red zone situations. Denham is an impressive-looking specimen on the hoof and looks more like a well-built wide receiver than traditional tight end. He lacks the ideal physical nature for the position and appears allergic to blocking so his ability to get stronger and get his nose dirty in the trenches are essential to his development. A later round pick, Denham is still very raw and lacks the resume you want, but there is some untapped potential there if he stays focused, projecting as a hybrid target and red zone threat. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com


04/15/14 - (OLB) - Trevor Reilly, rSr, 6-5, 245
2014 NFL Draft Linebackers: Trevor Reilly, Utah, 6-5, 245, 4.67, 2-3...As mature and responsible as you might expect of a 26-year-old married man with two daughters, an Eagle Scout badge and a resume that includes a two-year Mormon Mission in Sweden. He was Utah's best player last season, leading team in tackles (100), tackles for loss (16), sacks (8.5) and fumble recoveries (3). Versatile athlete with strength, agility and know-how to fit in either 3-4 or 4-3 schemes. Had ACL surgery in 2012 and clean-out surgery this January 14, but came back at March 19 pro day to run 40 yards in 4.66 seconds.

Frankly: He could be a little tougher on the field, but it is hard to criticize a guy with his credentials in life and in football and whose youngest daughter (Shayn, 19 months) had a kidney tumor removed and is battling cancer. Best wishes to the Reilly family. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

03/26/14 - (OLB) - Trevor Reilly, rSr, 6-5, 245
2014 Pro Days: Reilly, Murphy stand out at Utah workout...Surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus kept versatile Utah defender Trevor Reilly from fully participating at the 2014 Scouting Combine but he proved that he is well on his way towards a full recovery during Wednesday's Pro Day, clocking in at 4.66 and 4.69 seconds in the 40-yard dash. To put those times in perspective, the only linebacker of similar size tested at the Combine who ran faster than the 6-foot-4, 244-pound Reilly was superstar Khalil Mack (6-foot-3, 251), who clocked in just one-hundredth of a second faster. Reilly also posted a solid 34" vertical and 9-9" broad jump, according to Utah's official athletic website.

Demonstrating that he's recovering from the injury could push Reilly into the second round. His length and athleticism will intrigue scouts operating for 4-3 and 3-4 defenses, alike. He is at his best in the two-point stance, demonstrating the burst to pressure the edge and the long-arms to keep blockers from controlling him. He locates the football quickly and is a passionate defender, showing good overall athleticism and straight-line speed for a man of his size. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/26/14 - (TE) - *Jake Murphy, Jr, 6-4, 249
2014 Pro Days: Reilly, Murphy stand out at Utah workout...While Reilly may have helped himself the most with his Pro Day efforts, tight end Jake Murphy caught the attention of scouts by enjoying a very impressive positional workout. Murphy elected to sit on his Combine numbers, but caught the ball cleanly and ran very good routes after measuring in at 6-foot-3, 253 pounds. His impressive bloodlines -- his father, Dale Murphy, was a seven-time MLB All-Star with the Atlanta Braves -- often get cited but Jake is a highly intriguing, if underrated prospect in his own right. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com


03/26/14 - (CB) - Keith McGill, rSr, 6-3, 211
2014 Pro Days: Reilly, Murphy stand out at Utah workout...Defensive back Keith McGill enjoyed a solid workout, as well. The 6-foot-3, 213 pounder was clocked at 4.52-4.54 seconds on his two 40-yard dash attempts -- terrific times for a cornerback of his size. Given the copycat nature of the NFL, don't be surprised if a team drafts McGill in the hopes that he'll prove to be the next Richard Sherman. According to the Utes' report, representatives from 20 NFL teams were on hand for the workout. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com


02/27/14 - (QB) - Kendal Thompson, rJr, 6-1, 199
QB Thompson to leave Oklahoma for Utah...Utah announced Wednesday that Oklahoma quarterback Kendal Thompson is transferring to the Pac-12 school. "It's official, Utah Football wants to welcome QB Kendal Thompson @Thurm405 to the #UteNation Welcome to the family," the school tweeted Wednesday. Thompson, the son of former Oklahoma quarterback Charles Thompson, decided in January to leave the Sooners' program after playing in only two games and throwing 13 passes last season as a redshirt sophomore behind returning starter Trevor Knight and Blake Bell. Thompson suffered a broken foot during preseason camp last summer and Knight ended up winning the starting job. Thompson is scheduled to graduate from Oklahoma in May and would have two seasons of eligibility remaining at Utah beginning in the fall. To win the starting job at Utah, Thompson will have to unseat returning starter Travis Wilson, who threw for 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions last season. The junior was given the go-ahead this week to begin spring practice after he suffered a concussion in November and a pre-existing condition was discovered. The Utes also return junior Adam Schulz, who played in six games last season. - The Sports Xchange


02/27/14 - (QB) - Travis Wilson, Jr, 6-6, 240
Utah quarterback Travis Wilson is getting a chance to play football again. Wilson announced on his Instagram account on Monday that he will return for the 2014 season. School officials confirmed Wilson has been cleared to participate in spring ball, but he will be limited to non-contact drills as a precautionary measure. Wilson's sophomore season was cut short after the team discovered a pre-existing medical condition during a concussion diagnosis in mid-November. The 6-foot-7, 240-pound Wilson must undergo further exams as doctors continue to monitor his condition to make sure there is no serious health risk before the 2014 season. Wilson is expected to regain his spot as Utah's starting QB. He has started 16 games over two seasons. He completed 133 of 237 passes for 1,827 yards, 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions for the Utes before a concussion sidelined him following a 20-19 loss to Arizona State on Nov. 9.

An initial scan for the concussion after that game turned up evidence of a pre-existing head trauma and a follow-up angiogram confirmed the trauma to an intracranial artery. Utah then lost two of its final three games to finish 5-7 and fail to reach a bowl game for a second straight season. Wilson struggled with other injuries prior to his season-ending head injury. He missed parts of games against Southern California and Arizona with an injury to his throwing hand. It affected Wilson's consistency late in the season. - AP Sports

02/20/14 - (OLB) - Trevor Reilly, rSr, 6-5, 245
2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 46. Trevor Reilly, OLB, Utah, 6-5, 255, 4.67, 2...As mature and responsible as you might expect of a 26-year old married man with two children, an Eagle Scout badge and a resume that includes a two-year Mormon Mission in Sweden. He was Utah's best player last season, leading the team in tackles (100), tackles for loss (16), sacks (8.5) and fumble recoveries (3). Versatile athlete with strength, agility and know-how to fit in either 3-4 or 4-3. Missed all-star games due to minor cleanout on right knee (had ACL surgery in 2012). - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange


01/27/14 - (OLB) - Trevor Reilly, rSr, 6-5, 245
2014 NFL Draft: Utah's Reilly had knee surgery...Given his production in 2013 as an edge rusher for Utah, senior Trevor Reilly was conspicuously absent from postseason all-star games. The reason the first-team All-Pac-12 defender didn't participate is now clear as Reilly recently underwent a knee scope, NFLDraftScout.com has learned. The surgery took place in early January and was described as a relatively minor arthroscopic procedure to clean out his meniscus. It did take place on the same knee (right) on which Reilly had previously undergone surgery to repair a torn ACL. Reilly tore the ACL in 2012 and played through the pain to earn honorable mention accolades as a junior.

The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Reilly currently ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 5 outside linebacker and the No. 45 overall prospect for the 2014 draft. Reilly, a team captain, was the perfect candidate for an all-star game invitation. Besides boasting an exciting combination of size and athleticism, he capped off an impressive career with the Utes with his best season in 2013. He was Utah's best player last season, leading the Utes in tackles (100), tackles for loss (16), sacks (8) and fumble recoveries (three). After starring at outside linebacker and defensive end throughout most of the year, Reilly made the move to middle linebacker in his final game, collecting a game-high 14 tackles and sealing the Utes' 24-17 victory with an interception with just 1:54 remaining. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/27/14 - (OLB) - Trevor Reilly, rSr, 6-5, 245
2014 NFL Draft: Utah's Reilly had knee surgery...Reilly played in 48 games (including 32 starts) for the Utes, breaking out as a sophomore to rank 17th nationally (and tied for third in the Pac-12) with four forced fumbles in 2011. As a junior Reilly again showed his ability to make big plays, pacing the club with three forced fumbles and 69 tackles, including 6 tackles for loss and 4 sacks while splitting time between STUD linebacker (eight starts) and right defensive end (four starts). Reilly's length and athleticism will intrigue scouts operating for 4-3 and 3-4 defenses, alike. He is at his best in the two-point stance, demonstrating the burst to pressure the edge and the long-arms to keep blockers from controlling him.

He locates the football quickly and is a passionate defender, showing good overall athleticism and straight-line speed for a man of his size. Reilly enters the NFL older than most prospects, having just celebrated his 26th birthday, according to his official bio at Utah. He served a Mormon mission in Sweden. Reilly is married and has two daughters. According to a source close to Reilly, he is already running in preparation for the scouting combine and Utah's Pro Day on March 19. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/22/14 - (CB) - Keith McGill, rSr, 6-3, 211
2014 Senior Bowl Wednesday...Some flashy plays were turned in members of the secondary -- especially Liberty cornerback Walt Aikens and Vanderbilt safety Kenny Ladler -- but the news wasn't so good for Utah cornerback Keith McGill, who appeared to be battling cramps throughout the practice. McGill is a talented player whose terrific size (6-foot-3, 213 pounds) and ball-skills is sure to draw plenty of interest of teams as either a cornerback or potential safety conversion. Unfortunately, McGill appeared to feel the greatest pain on pass plays in which he was clearly already beaten. Some will credit McGill with fighting through the pain to return to the action (trainers worked on him yesterday too) but there were some in the stands who wondered aloud about his toughness. Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider, who, of course, has shown a fondness for lanky cornerbacks, had as good a view as anyone of McGill and their trainers working with him by observing the action from the sideline. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com


01/22/14 - (QB) - Kendal Thompson, rJr, 6-1, 199
Oklahoma QB Kendal Thompson announces transfer...Even being the son of famous/infamous 1980s Oklahoma quarterback Charles Thompson wasn't enough to keep Kendal Thompson in Norman for another season. The redshirt sophomore quarterback announced his intention to transfer on his Twitter account Tuesday night, writing "I believe God has another path in store for me," per the Associated Press. "I will be graduating in May, and transferring to play at another college next season," he wrote. Thompson's decision not-so-coincidentally comes on the heels of Trevor Knight's breakout performance against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, when the redshirt freshman threw for 348 yards and four touchdowns in winning game MVP honors.

That outing makes it all-but-impossible to imagine anyone else entering 2014 as the Sooners' starting quarterback, particularly with Thompson already seemingly playing catch-up. Though expeted to compete for the starting job when 2013 spring practice opened, a broken foot at the beginning of fall camp helped relegate Thompson to third string behind Knight and Blake Bell. Despite Bell's and Knight's occasional struggles (and his father's public calls for more playing time), Thompson would appear in only two games in 2013, completing 4 of 13 passes. Thompson still has two years of eligibility remaining and as a graduate student will be eligible to play immediately at his transfer destination. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com

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