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10/23/16 - (RB) - Joe Williams, Sr, 5-11, 205
Five years after Utah running back Joe Williams and UCLA quarterback Mike Fafaul left Fork Union Military Academy together, they both posted record-breaking performances on the same wild afternoon. Only Williams left the Rose Bowl happy with his effort — and his decision to get back in the game with the Utes. Williams rushed for a school-record 332 yards and four touchdowns in his second game back from retirement, and No. 19 Utah held off pass-happy UCLA 52-45 Saturday. Williams broke off TD runs of 3, 43, 64 and 55 yards during the greatest rushing day in Utah (7-1, 4-1 Pac-12) history, surpassing Mike Anderson's 1999 record, and the most prolific rushing performance ever by a UCLA opponent.

"I'm pretty sure (the Bruins) are tired of seeing the back of my jersey running down the field," Williams said, giving the credit to his offensive line. "We've got five grown men out there that could be in the NFL tomorrow. I'm just glad to be running behind them." Cory Butler-Byrd returned the opening kickoff for a 99-yard touchdown on a day of stunning superlatives for the Utes in their second straight win at the Rose Bowl. Williams quit football last month before returning last week when injuries decimated Utah's depth, and he has 511 yards on the ground in two games since. - AP Sports

10/16/16 - (RB) - Joe Williams, Sr, 5-11, 205
Joe Williams got the call Monday. Would he consider coming back to the Utes? "It was a quick yes," the running back said. With just a week of practice, Williams came out of retirement and ran for 179 yards and a touchdown for No. 21 Utah on Saturday in a rain-soaked 19-14 victory over Oregon State. The senior who left the team following the second game of the season finished with 34 carries and the Utes (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) became bowl eligible with the victory. "It's like riding a bike," he smiled. Trailing 12-7, Oregon State (2-4, 1-2) got as close as the Utah 9 with 8:25 left in the game, but couldn't score and Garrett Owens' 27-yard field goal attempt went wide left. After quarterback Troy Williams ran for an 8-yard touchdown to extend Utah's lead, the Beavers scored on Marcus McMaryion's 14-yard pass to Hunter Jarmon for the final margin. But ultimately Oregon State couldn't overcome its first-half struggles. The game was costly for Oregon State. Starting quarterback Darell Garretson (ankle) and backup Conor Blount (knee) were both on crutches following the game. Running back Ryan Nall (foot) left the game after one carry. - AP Sports


10/11/16 - (RB) - Armand Shyne, So, 5-10, 214
Disaster has struck for No. 21 Utah. That's how coach Kyle Whittingham described the running back situation after the position was hit by injury yet again. Starting running back Armand Shyne is done for the season after suffering an injury to his right leg during the 36-23 win over Arizona on Saturday. Shyne was promoted to starter last week and went down immediately after becoming the first Utes back to rush for 100 yards in a game this season. He finished with 101 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Shyne will miss the spring session, also. The sophomore was the fourth Utah running back to go down this season, and he wasn't the only one Saturday. Junior Jordan Howard became No. 5 after making his debut at running back following Shyne's injury. Whittingham didn't specify the injury, but Howard cannot play this week against Oregon State. Game 1 starter Joe Williams retired after two games due to injuries. - AP Sports


10/09/16 - (QB) - Troy Williams, rJr, 6-1, 200
Utah's eighth false start penalty of the first half brought out boos from its homecoming crowd. Luckily for the Utes, a second-half rally was enough to avoid spoiling the occasion. Quarterback Troy Williams ran for two touchdowns and threw another, helping No. 24 Utah come back to beat Arizona 36-23 on Saturday night. Utah (5-1, 2-1) trailed 14-12 at halftime after committing 11 first-half penalties, including all those false starts. Arizona (2-4, 0-3) scored on the first snap of the game when Brandon Dawkins connected with Shun Brown for a 75-yard TD pass, taking advantage of blown coverage that left Brown completely uncovered. "We're a pretty decent football team if we would stop some of the self-inflicted stuff," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. "We did some things to create tough situations for us that we've got to get fixed. We had far too many penalties tonight." The Utes scored 26 straight points after falling behind 14-3. Williams got both of his running TDs in the second half and had 245 yards passing for the game. - AP Sports


10/05/16 - (OT) - J.J. Dielman, rSr, 6-5, 300
Hours after coach Kyle Whittingham said No. 24 Utah didn't sustain any season-ending injuries during its loss California, the Utes found out three-year starting center J.J. Dielman will miss the rest of the season due to a lower leg injury. Whittingham said several players were having MRIs on Monday to determine the severity of their injuries. Dielman clearly got bad news as the school said he was out in a release Monday afternoon. He joins former starting defensive end Kylie Fitts and tight end Siale Fakailoatonga on the sideline for the rest of the season with injuries. Utah is coming off its first loss, but it may have bigger problems in the quest for a Pac-12 title. The Utes have been ravaged by injuries at receiver, offensive line, running back, defensive line and in the secondary. "I'd be here for a half hour if we start talking about all the injuries," Whittingham said. - AP Sports


10/03/16 - (ILB) - Sunia Tauteoli, Jr, 6-0, 220
SEPT 12 PAC-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sunia Tauteoli, Jr., LB, Salt Lake City...Returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown on the game’s first play from scrimmage for a 7-0 Utah lead...Also intercepted a pass in the third quarter giving him two in the game and in his career...Along with six tackles (tied for second on the team), he assisted in the tackle that stopped BYU’s two-point conversion attempt with 18 seconds remaining to secure a 20-19 win over BYU. ALSO NOMINATED, Defensive: De'Chavon 'Gump' Hayes, ASU; Jalen Jelks, ORE; Randall Goforth, UCLA; Cameron Smith, USC. - Pac-12 Football


10/03/16 - (P) - Mitch Wishnowsky, So, 6-2, 220
SEPT 6 PAC-12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Mitch Wishnowsky, So., P, Utah...In his Utah debut, Mitch Wishnowsky broke two-time Ray Guy Award winner and consensus All-American Tom Hackett’s school record for punting average in a game with a 55.5-yard punt average (six punts, 333 yards) in the 24-0 win over Southern Utah...Five punts of 50 yards or more is second-most in school history...Downed two punts inside the 20-yard line (10 and 13-yard lines). ALSO NOMINATED, Special Teams: Zane Gonzalez, ASU; Matt Anderson, CAL; Diego Gonzalez, COLO; Charles Nelson, ORE; Jake Bailey, STAN; Austin Ken, UCLA; Matt Boermeester, USC; Dante Pettis, WASH. - Pac-12 Football


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


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