UTAH RUMORS & GOSSIP

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham has a surprise answer on the Pac-12's most talented team

Simply put, there might not be a more underappreciated program in college football than the Utah Utes, and there might not be a more underappreciated coach in the country than Kyle Whittingham. In 11 years in charge at the school, Whittingham has led the Utes to nine bowl games, and helped transition the program from a Mountain West power, into the much more rugged Pac-12, where...
Via FOX Sports
13 hours ago

Video: Utah Utes football players hilariously struggle to make extra point

The Utah Utes football program has to be thrilled to have All-Pac-12 kicker Andy Phillips returning for his senior season, because the rest of the team leaves a lot to be desired in the kicking department. With the start of the 2016 season just around the corner, the Utes decided to unwind with a fun and friendly extra point kicking competition after practice. As you would have...
Via Campus Sports Net
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Utah football: 5 things to watch in 2016

1 of 6> The Utah Utes had a solid 2015 campaign, just missing the PAC-12 Championship Game after they were co-champions in the South Division. It certainly seems like this team can make a huge impact in 2016, especially with a dominant defense returning many key components. The offense has to deal with losing four-year starting quarterback Travis Wilson and two-year starting...
Via Campus Sports Net
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Utah Football: Defense Part 3 – The BIG Men

Defense Part 3: The Line If you’ve watched more than one Utah Football game in the last couple decades, then you know this is the heart and soul of our program. They make the linebackers look better, and the life of a defensive back significantly easier. The starters are pretty much set in this group, but the backups battles should be fun. I really don’t need to do a huge lead...
Via TornBySports
18 hours ago

Who Is the Biggest Offseason Loss for Utah?

While this offseason was relatively quiet for the Utah football team, they have lost several key players. Senior offensive lineman Hiva Lutui and junior tight end Siale Fakailoatonga (ACL injury) were both lost to injury. Senior defensive lineman Stevie Tu'ikolovatu and junior quarterback Brandon Cox both opted to transfer in an attempt to get more playing time. One other player...
Via Block U
1 day ago

Preseason AP Poll Released Utah Outside Top 25

The preseason AP Poll came out today, and the Utah Utes are outside the top 25. The Utes received 74 votes, which puts them at No. 28. The defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide claimed the top spot. Rounding out the rest of the top five is Clemson, Oklahoma, Florida State, and LSU. The Pac-12 is led by Stanford at No. 8, followed by Washington (No. 14), UCLA (No. 16),...
Via Block U
2 days ago

Utah Football 2016 Team Captains Named!

The season is upon us, fall camp camp to a close on Saturday, and the voting for team captains by the Utah football players was completed. To be voted as a team captain by about 100 of your teams is an incredible honor, and something that anybody should be proud of. Here are this year’s captains: Your 2016 Utah Football Captains are...Hunter DimickTroy WilliamsJJ DielmanJason...
Via Block U
3 days ago

Utah Basketball Hires Chris Jones

The Utes have filled out their coaching staff with the addition of Chris Jones, who will assume responsibilities of Director of Basketball Operations. The hiring of Jones is a welcome one, as he’s familiar with the program, and the state when it comes to recruiting. To see more about the hiring of Jones, check out the press release below: SALT LAKE CITY – Chris Jones has...
Via Block U
3 days ago

Brandon Cox Will Transfer

The decision comes with less than two weeks before the season begins. Kyle Whittingham reported today that Utah quarterback Brandon Cox will be transferring out of the Utah football program. Cox was in the competition for the starting quarterback position to begin fall camp, but had slipped to third in the competition in the past week. The announcement comes with less than two weeks...
Via Block U
4 days ago

Utah Football: Defense Part 2 – The Secondary

Defense Part 2: The Secondary Some of the highlight plays of last year are owned by these guys. Jared Goff was the number one pick in the NFL Draft, but his five picks against Utah are a lot more memorable to a lot of us Utes fans. I was watching my Lion’s preseason game Friday night and saw Jake Rudock making some good NFL throws. When I think of the season opener last year,...
Via TornBySports
6 days ago

Utah looking for new quarterback for first time in 4 years

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah will have a new full-time starting quarterback for the first time in four seasons this year and the competition could go well into camp. The three-man race was led by junior Troy Williams early in the spring before he suffered a shoulder injury that ended his session. Williams was the No. 1 dual threat quarterback in the country coming out of high school...
Via Associated Press
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Williams trying to fill Booker's shoes in Utah offense

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Once Joe Williams turns on his full speed, few people have a realistic chance of keeping up with the Utah running back. Williams hammered that point home during the spring. He blew away all other returning Utes players in the 40-yard dash, clocking in at 4.35 seconds. The next-fastest 40 times were posted by receiver Kyle Fulks (4.44), fellow running back Troy...
Via Associated Press
19 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: We're Back: Utah Football Opens 2016 Fall Camp

The Utes practiced for the first time in the fall as they prepare for Southern Utah on September 1.
Via Utah Running Utes Athletics
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Utah loses potential starter Brekkott Chapman to transfer

The Utah Utes’ basketball team has made the NCAA Tournament each of the last two seasons and they are looking to compete ever more next season. However, they have just an important piece in Brekkott Chapman, who was expected to be a starter in the team’s frontcourt this year. Chapman announced his intentions to transfer out of Utah on Friday, according to Tony Jones of the Salt...
Via Campus Sports Net
May 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Texas A&M and Utah return to the rankings

Texas A&M and Utah both return to the Top 25 this week, replacing Dayton and Providence. The Aggies (20-7) return at No. 21 after wins over Mississippi and Kentucky last week. They had lost five of six before those games, knocking them out of the poll for the first time since the third week of the season. Texas A&M, which was ranked as high as fifth this season, was out...
Via Associated Press
February 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Utah Football Recruiting: The biggest win was…

Utah Football recruiting and Runnin’ Utes hoops. In this episode of the TornBySports Lunch Break, I speak with Brian Swinney from the Ute Sports Report and ESPN 700. He breaks down the recruiting class and assigns his grade, including the surprises and disappointments. Then we talk some Utah hoops covering the lack of depth, what to expect the rest of the season, and looking into...
Via TornBySports
February 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Larry Krystkowiak cites safety for cancellation of BYU-Utah game

When Utah and BYU are on the same athletic field, it’s usually a fierce and intense meeting. However, it’s that nature that is the reason behind the next men’s basketball game between the two schools being cancelled. The two teams met in early December. During that contest, BYU’s Nick Emery was ejected for punching Utah’s Brandon Taylor. However, it’s not just the players...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Utah calls for halt in basketball rivalry series with BYU after most recent incident

BYU-Utah is perhaps one of the longest and most heated rivalries in college sports, but the basketball rivalry is of particular importance. To say these two programs don’t get along would be an understatement. Sometimes those emotions boil over, and they did just that this season as BYU guard Nick Emery was ejected for throwing a punch at Utah’s Brandon Taylor late in their...
Via The Comeback
January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

5-Star JuCo Offensive Tackle Garett Bolles Commits To Utah

Coming off of a strong 2015, things are looking up for the Utah Utes. This afternoon, Kyle Whittingham’s program landed one of the top junior college linemen in the country, 6-foor-5, 300 pound tackle Garett Bolles out of Snow College. I am proud to announce that the Bolles family has committed to the University of Utah! #GoUtes pic.twitter.com/oC5n4ydDzr — Garett Bolles (@gbolles74...
Via College Spun
January 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Utah fans calling for Jimmy Fallon to 'wear the hat'

Being one of the most prolific figures in modern TV and Twitter comes with a price: If you lose a bet, you'd better pay up.So naturally, after Jimmy Fallon lost a bet on last weekend's Duke-Utah basketball game and didn't immediately "pay his dues," social media has made sure to call him on it — and even make a hashtag for him.#WearTheHat began trending after "The Tonight Show...
Via Yardbarker
December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Utah wins a bowl, BYU wins a new head coach, but both schools face uncertain times

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham had a lot to prove on Saturday. Had this game been suspended or called after one quarter, Whittingham would have looked pretty good. As it is, though, teams have to play four full quarters. Yes, Utah still defeated archrival Brigham Young in the 2015 Las Vegas Bowl, but the way the game unfolded, a victory is the only thing Utah gained. Whittingham proved...
Via The Student Section
December 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Utah DT Viliseni Fauonuku Calls BYU A “Dirty Team” On Stage Ahead Of Las Vegas Bowl

Utah vs. BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl, given the rivalry between the two over the years, was already shaping up to be one of the most entertaining postseason contests of the season. Utes defensive lineman Viliseni Fauonuku kicked things up a notch Wednesday night, however. In the below video, which was shot by Jeremiah Jensen of KSL 5 TV, Fauonuku takes the microphone on stage during...
Via College Spun
December 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Utah DL calls BYU a ‘dirty team’

Saturday's Las Vegas Bowl between rivals Utah and BYU just got a whole lot more interesting. Utah senior defensive lineman Viliseni Fauonuku added some intrigue to the Holy War matchup when he called BYU a "dirty team" at a pre-bowl game event on Wednesday. The event was supposed to be a dance-off, but when Fauonuku grabbed the mic, he declared he wasn't a dancer and that instead...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Bill Walton: BYU-Utah 'a battle for the souls of the world'

Bill Walton is the best. This is a fact that is without a counter-argument. His introduction to last night’s BYU-Utah game seemed to be well-reasoned and logically thought out with proper perspective regarding the importance of an early season, non-conference college basketball game. Mainly, the fate of the universe was riding on it. ICYMI: @BillWalton said BYU-Utah is "a battle...
Via Awful Announcing
December 03, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: USC WR tosses Utah defender with nasty stiff arm

USC knocked Utah from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 42-24 victory tonight. During the win, USC wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster knocked a Utah defender clear out of the field of play with a nasty stiff-arm.    It’s been speculated that Smith-Schuster was pointing at the defender to call him out to come get stiff-armed, but it looks like he was just trying to signal for...
Via College Spun
October 24, 2015  |  Discuss
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