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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, 6-1, 187
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, 5-11, 210
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, 6-1, 187
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, 6-1, 187
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 - (FS) - Eric Rowe, Sr, 6-1, 205
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, 6-0, 196
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


10/03/13 - (P) - Tom Hackett, Jr, 6-0, 187
Scouting the special teams: The kicking game continues to be one of the best in the nation. Tom Hackett, a sophomore from Australia who did not play organized football before attending Utah, is averaging 43.8 yards a punt. Six of his punts have been longer than 50 yards. Andy Phillips, a redshirt freshman, has made all seven of his field goal attempts, including two beyond 40 yards. - The Sports Xchange


10/03/13 - (CB) - Keith McGill, rSr, 6-3, 211
Scouting the pass defense: The Utes finally recorded their first interception of the season, against BYU with 1:37 left. The interception occurred at a valuable time, thwarting BYU's potential game-tying drive. Utah started nickelback Mike Honeycutt early in the game to blitz BYU QB Taysom Hill. He sacked him early in the game, setting the tone for a defense that got to the BYU quarterback five times. Utah coach Kyle Whittingham also complimented cornerbacks Keith McGill and Davion Orphey for their improved play. - The Sports Xchange


10/03/13 - (OLB) - Trevor Reilly, rSr, 6-5, 245
Scouting the run defense: Opponents are gaining 3.0 yards per carry and the Utes have allowed just three rushing touchdowns through the first four games. Trevor Reilly, a senior defensive end/outside linebacker, leads the Utes with six tackles for lost yardage, including two sacks. The Utes have 31 tackles for lost yardage, averaging 7.8 a game. - The Sports Xchange


10/03/13 - (QB) - Travis Wilson, Jr, 6-6, 240
Scouting the passing game: Wilson was Utah's leading rusher until the BYU game, but he is still the No. 2 runner and has emerged as one of the Pac-12's best quarterbacks. He averages 342.2 yards a game. He is completing 64.3 percent of his passes (74 of 115) with nine touchdowns and just three interceptions. His 166.6 pass efficiency rating ranks No. 15 nationally. - The Sports Xchange


10/03/13 - (RB) - Kelvin York, Sr, 5-11, 212
Scouting the Utah running game: The good news is leading RB James Poole gained 96 yards on 18 carries against BYU on Sept. 21. The bad news is he gained 65 on one play. That means he gained only 31 yards on his 17 other carries. Kelvin York, the backup running back, and QB Travis Wilson were the only other ball carriers and they had 33 yards on 15 carries. The Utes have managed to survive behind the play of Wilson, but if he is not on his game, they are in trouble. - The Sports Xchange


10/03/13 - (QB) - Travis Wilson, Jr, 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, 249
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, Sr, 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, Jr, 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 Utes’ 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, Jr, 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, Sr, 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, rSr, 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, 6-2, 298
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, 201
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


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