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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

12/30/13 - (TE) - *Jake Murphy, Jr, 6-4, 249
Jake Murphy Announces He Will Declare for NFL Draft...Utah tight end Jake Murphy announced today that he will forego his senior season to enter the NFL draft. The 6-foot-4, 252-pound Murphy played in eight games for the Utes in 2013, catching 25 passes for 417 yards (16.7 average) and five touchdowns.

"After a lot of heartfelt thought and consideration, I have decided to forego my senior year at the University of Utah and enter the NFL draft this spring," said Murphy. "This has been a really tough decision for me to make and one that I do not take lightly. In the end, I had to make the choice that was best for my family--my wife and my daughter. Although I will miss playing college football, I am very confident in my abilities and ready to pursue my dream of playing in the NFL. I am so grateful for the time I have spent here and the many people who have supported me both on and off the field. I am grateful to Coach Whittingham and his staff for all they have done for me, as well as all of my teammates. I will watch their future success with much excitement and pride. No matter where life takes me, I will always feel privileged to be a part of this great Ute family."

The 24-year-old junior from Alpine, Utah (American Fork High) lettered three seasons for the Utes after redshirting in 2010. He was honorable mention all-Pac-12 as a sophomore and was named to the John Mackey preseason watch list entering his junior season. - Utah football

12/03/13 - (P) - Tom Hackett, Jr, 5-11, 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 - (OLB) - Trevor Reilly, rSr, 6-5, 245
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 - (ILB) - Jason Whittingham, rJr, 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, rSo, 5-10, 207
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, 6-3, 211
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, 301
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, Sr, 6-2, 190
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, 6-2, 298
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 - (OLB) - Trevor Reilly, rSr, 6-5, 245
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, Jr, 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 - (OLB) - Trevor Reilly, rSr, 6-5, 245
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 - (OLB) - Trevor Reilly, rSr, 6-5, 245
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, Sr, 6-2, 190
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

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