10/03/13 - (QB) - Travis Wilson, So, 6-6, 240 Whittingham's hopes of avoiding another losing season lie with sophomore quarterback Travis Wilson. He plays opposite Heisman hopeful Brett Hundley, another sophomore, of UCLA. They were both born in 1993. Wilson has a pass efficiency rating of 166.6, which ranks third in the Pac-12. Hundley is fourth at 165.9. They're also third and fourth in total offense, with Wilson holding a 342.3 to 335 yards per game edge over Hundley. Hundley holds a 282.7 to 279.5 advantage in passing yards per game over Wilson. They are sixth and seventh, respectively, in the conference. Wilson holds the upper hand in rushing, averaging 62.7 yards per game compared to 52.3 for Hundley. - The Sports Xchange
10/03/13 - (TE) - Westlee Tonga, Sr, 6-4, 252 TE Westlee Tonga left the BYU game with an undisclosed injury but should be ready to play against UCLA on Oct. 3. - The Sports Xchange
10/03/13 - (TE) - Jake Murphy, Jr, 6-4, 252 TE Jake Murphy left the BYU game with an undisclosed injury but will be ready to play against UCLA on Oct. 3. - The Sports Xchange
10/03/13 - (OLB) - Brian Blechen, Sr, 6-2, 225 DB Brian Blechen is out indefinitely with a knee injury. He has yet to play this season. - The Sports Xchange
09/26/13 - (WR) - Dres Anderson, Jr, 6-1, 187 Making big plays comes naturally for Utah's Dres Anderson. After all, it's in his genes. The junior who is leading the Utes receiving corps this season in several major categories is following in the footsteps of his father, former NFL receiver Flipper Anderson. During his 10-year NFL career, Flipper Anderson had 5,357 yards and 28 touchdowns on 267 receptions while playing for the Los Angeles Rams and the Indianapolis Colts, along with stops with the Broncos and Redskins. He set a single-game NFL record for yards receiving after accumulating 336 yards on 15 receptions for the Rams in a 1989 game against the New Orleans Saints.
Dres has made a major impact of his own on the Utah offense. After four games, he leads the Utes in receptions (18), receiving yards (404), yards per game (101.0) and touchdowns (3). He set a career-high with 141 yards on eight catches in a 20-13 win over BYU last weekend. "Dres has been a big plus this year for us and I've been waiting for Dres to step up and put up those kind of numbers for a couple of years now," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. "I was bragging on him for the last couple of years and this year is the year he has come into his own." - AP SPorts
09/23/13 - (QB) - Travis Wilson, So, 6-6, 240 WEEK 4 PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Utah quarterback Travis Wilson, a sophomore from San Clemente, Calif., completed 24 of 35 passes for 273 yards and no interceptions in leading Utah to a 20-13 victory over BYU, the fourth-straight win over their in-state rival. His 74-yard second-quarter pass to Dres Anderson was his fifth pass play of more than 50 yards this season and set up a touchdown that put Utah up 13-0 just before halftime.
Clinging to a 13-6 fourth-quarter lead, Wilson engineered a 12-play, 79-yard drive that concluded with a 2-yard touchdown pass and extended the Utesí lead to 20-6. Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were quarterbacks Sean Mannion of Oregon State and Keith Price of WASHINGTON; running back Jordan James of UCLA; and wide receivers Jaelen Strong of ARIZONA STATE, Ty Montgomery of STANFORD and Gabe Marks of WASHINGTON STATE. - Pac-12 football
09/22/13 - (QB) - Travis Wilson, So, 6-6, 240 Travis Wilson threw for 273 yards and two touchdown passes and Dres Anderson had 141 yards on eight receptions to lead Utah to a 20-13 victory over BYU on Saturday night. James Poole added 96 yards on 18 carries for the Utes, who won their fourth straight game over the Cougars. Utah (3-1, 0-1 Pac-12) has won nine of the last 12 games in the series overall. Taysom Hill threw for 260 yards and an interception on 18-of-48 passing and ran for 99 yards on 20 carries to lead BYU. The Cougars (1-2) rallied to within a touchdown late in the fourth quarter after Michael Alisa scored on a 1 yard run with 5:13 left.
BYU had a chance to tie it up a few minutes later, but Michael Walker intercepted Hill's pass on 4th-and-13 from the Utah 38 with 1:37 left to slam the door on the Cougar comeback. Utah stifled BYU's offense throughout the first half. The Cougars went 3-and-out on four possessions and crossed midfield only three times. BYU's only scoring opportunity resulted in a missed 32-yard field goal from Justin Sorensen. - AP Sports
09/13/13 - (FS) - Eric Rowe, Jr, 6-1, 205 PLAYERS TO WATCH: FS Eric Rowe, a junior, has played in and started 25 games since his true freshman season, when he was named a Freshman All-American. Rowe had three pass breakups against Weber State last week, the most a Ute has made in a game since NFL cornerback Brandon Burton had three against BYU in 2010. - The Sports Xchange
09/13/13 - (RB) - Lucky Radley, rJr, 5-08, 187 PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Lucky Radley led the Utes with 111 yards rushing on 13 carries against the Wildcats. He also rushed for two touchdowns. Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said he would use a running back by committee this season with Radley, James Poole and Kelvin York, but he went against that idea against Weber State. Radley's 13 carries were six more than Poole and York combined. - The Sports Xchange
09/13/13 - (DT) - Tenny Palepoi, Sr, 6-1, 300 PLAYERS TO WATCH: DT Tenny Palepoi led Utah's defense against Weber State with eight tackles, including 3.5 for loss, and 2.5 sacks. Utah recorded seven sacks, the most sacks by the Utes since they had eight against Alabama in the 2008 Sugar Bowl. Palepoi is tied for the Pac-12 lead in tackles for loss with 3.5 and he is ranked 13th nationally in sacks per game (1.3). His 2.5 total sacks are tied for second in the Pac-12. He leads the Utes in sacks (2.5) and sack yardages (22). - The Sports Xchange
09/13/13 - (WR) - Sean Fitzgerald, rSr, 6-2, 200 PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Sean Fitzgerald, a 25-year-old senior who missed 2007 and 2008 while on an LDS church mission, is becoming more of a reliable target for quarterback Travis Wilson. Fitzgerald hooked up with Wilson against Weber State for an 80-yard touchdown reception, the 10th-longest pass in Utah's history. It is the Utes' longest pass since 2009. Fitzgerald had three catches for a career-high 87 yards. - The Sports Xchange
09/13/13 - (P) - Tom Hackett, So, 6-0, 187 Scouting the Utah special teams: Utah is solid in the punting game and placekicking with Tom Hackett and Andy Phillips, respectively. Hackett averages 43.6 yards per punt and has pinned Utah State and Weber State inside their 20 six times. Phillips has made all three of his field goal attempts, including one from 45 yards. He has made all 13 of his extra-point attempts, including 10 in the Utes' 70-7 win over Weber State on Saturday. - The Sports Xchange
09/13/13 - (CB) - Keith McGill, rSr, 6-2, 205 Scouting the Utah pass defense: Utah is allowing 225 passing yards per game, which is average, but the Utes' pass efficiency defense (136) ranks 10th in the Pac-12. The Utes have yet to record an interception although Utah State and Weber State have combined for 65 attempts in two games. Opposing quarterbacks have also completed 67.7 percent of their passes (44 of 65 attempts). - The Sports Xchange
09/13/13 - (DE) - Nate Orchard, Jr, 6-3, 255 Scouting the Utah run defense: As is customary with Whittingham teams, the Utes are tough against the run, allowing Utah State and Weber State to average only three yards per carry in the first two games. The Utes have 17 tackles for loss, led by 3.5 each for defensive tackle Tenny Palepoi and defensive end Nate Orchard. - The Sports Xchange
09/13/13 - (QB) - Travis Wilson, So, 6-6, 240 Scouting the Utah passing game: Wilson, a sophomore, is off to an All-Pac-12 type of season. The Utes rank second in the Pac-12 and ninth in the nation in pass efficiency offense. Wilson is a freakish type of athlete because of his size (6-foot-7 and 240 pounds). He has completed 31-of-47 passes (66 percent) for 566 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions. He also has 11 rushes for 102 yards (9.3 average) and two TDs. - The Sports Xchange
09/13/13 - (RB) - Kelvin York, Sr, 5-11, 220 Scouting the Utah running game: Utah coach Kyle Whittingham and his co-offensive coordinators Dennis Erickson and Brian Johnson went mostly with Lucky Radley against Weber State after they mentioned the carries would be split among three backs. The Utes are very deep in the backfield with James Poole and Kelvin York also able to produce on the ground. The Utes rank 30th in the nation in rushing yards per game (243.0) getting a boost from the athleticism of quarterback Travis Wilson. - The Sports Xchange
09/13/13 - (OLB) - Brian Blechen, Sr, 6-2, 225 DB Brian Blechen missed the Utah State and Weber State games with a knee injury and is listed as questionable for the Oregon State game. - The Sports Xchange
09/13/13 - (OLB) - Reshawn Hooker, So, 6-0, 220 LB Rashawn Hooker is out indefinitely and may retire from the sport after suffering repeated concussion issues. - The Sports Xchange
09/09/13 - (QB) - Travis Wilson, So, 6-6, 240 WEEK 2 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Travis Wilson, Utah, had two long TD runs and threw for three more scores, all in the first half, in the Utes' 70-7 win over Weber State. - AP Sports
09/07/13 - (QB) - Travis Wilson, So, 6-6, 240 Travis Wilson had two long touchdown runs and threw for three more scores, all in the first half, and Utah exploded for a 70-7 win over Weber State on Saturday. The blowout marked the most points by the Utes (2-0) since an 82-6 victory over UTEP in 1973. The Wildcats are 1-1. Wilson completed 14-of-19 passes for 264 yards and added 93 yards on just three carries. The sophomore did not play in the second half.
Wilson ran for a 51-yard touchdown and threw for two more scores in a historic 35-point second quarter. Since the school started tracking such statistics in 1968, the previous record was 31 points in a 68-27 win at Iowa State in 2010. Dres Anderson had four catches for 103 yards and Sean Fitzgerald had two TD receptions as Utah rolled up 630 yards of total offense, the eighth best mark in school history. - AP Sports
09/04/13 - (DE) - Trevor Reilly, rSr, 6-5, 255 PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE/LB Trevor Reilly split time between the positions against Utah State depending on the Utes' defensive alignment. He recorded eight tackles, one for lost yardage, and a pass breakup. Reilly, a Butkus Award candidate, has 22 career tackles for loss and 11.5 career sacks. - The Sports Xchange
09/04/13 - (WR) - Anthony Denham, rSr, 6-4, 222 PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Anthony Denham will get more looks with fellow receiver Kenneth Scott lost for season with a lower-leg injury suffered against Utah State last Thursday. Denham led the Utes with a career-high 113 yards on six catches against the Aggies. Denham also had a career-long reception of 51 yards. He ranks fifth in the Pac-12 and 26th in the NCAA in receiving yards (113 in the young seasons. He played in 11 games a year ago with only 11 receptions for 135 yards. - The Sports Xchange
09/04/13 - (K) - Andy Phillips, rFr, 5-11, 210 Scouting the Utah special teams: This unit was an obvious strength of the Utes after the first week. Redshirt freshman kicker Andy Phillips, playing in his first football game at any level, made a 45-yard field goal in his first attempt against Utah State. He also executed a successful onside kick that led to a touchdown. Sophomore punter Tom Hackett punted five times against USU, dropping three inside the 20-yard line while averaging 43.6 yards per punt. - The Sports Xchange
09/04/13 - (CB) - Keith McGill, rSr, 6-2, 205 Scouting the Utah pass defense: The Utes struggled against proven Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton, who passed for 314 yards in the opener. Utah has inexperienced talent at the cornerback positions, which contributed to its subpar performance. Keith McGill, a senior, and JC transfer Davian Orphey made their first career starts at cornerback. McGill is a converted safety who missed last season with injuries. - The Sports Xchange
09/04/13 - (DT) - LT Tuipulotu, rSr, 6-1, 305 Scouting the Utah run defense: The Utes have room for improvement after Utah State outrushed them in yards, 173-148. The Aggies averaged 4.4 yards a carry. The Utes are dealing with inexperience on the defensive line. Utah had two players make their first career starts against Utah State -- senior tackle L.T. Tuipulotu and redshirt freshman Hunter Dimick. Whittingham mixed and matched many players on the defensive line throughout the game. - The Sports Xchange