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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 (8½) 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 6½ tackles for loss and 4½ 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

10/14/13 - (K) - Andy Phillips, rSo, 5-10, 207
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 - (OLB) - Trevor Reilly, rSr, 6-5, 245
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, Sr, 6-2, 190
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, Jr, 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, Sr, 6-2, 190
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 - (CB) - Eric Rowe, Sr, 6-1, 201
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, rJr, 6-1, 197
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

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