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Utah Football: Jordan Wynn out 2-3 weeks

Posted Oct 3rd - 3:02pm by KSL.com

SALT LAKE CITY -- The University of Utah announced Monday that starting quarterback Jordan Wynn will be sidelined for two to three weeks with a left shoulder injury.

Wynn will be re-evaluated at that time to determine if he is ready to return. Wynn, a junior in his third year starting, injured his non-throwing shoulder in the first half of Utah's game against Washington on Saturday.

Wynn will be replaced by junior Jon Hays. Hays joined the Utes in the summer after the team he initially signed with out of Butte College (Nebraska-Omaha) dropped its football program. He has played in two games this season, playing out the fourth quarter of Utah's rout over Brigham Young on Sept. 17 and playing the entire second half of last week's loss to Washington.


Video Preview: Utah vs. Washington

Posted Sep 29th - 9:07pm by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

Mike Grant and Robert Jackson preview the Utah-Washington game with some amazing food from Scaddy's (1830 South 300 West).

What are your predictions for the game? Tweet us:

Twitter: @mikegrantksl


Across the Ute sideline: Scouting the Washington Huskies

Posted Sep 27th - 4:19pm by Robert Jackson, KSL.com Sports Director

SALT LAKE CITY - After a brief step outside of conference play, Utah returns to Salt Lake to host its first home Pac-12 conference game against the Washington Huskies.


Utes behind the lines: Special Teams

Posted Sep 22nd - 5:56pm by Josh Furlong

SALT LAKE CITY -- The special teams can often make or break a team in close games. Missed or blocked field goals in game-deciding situations are any kickers worst nightmare.

However, a nicely planted ball on the 1-yard line to frustrate the opposing team is what kickers live for. With that, we take a look at some of the players on Utah's special teams.


VIDEO PREVIEW: Utah at BYU

Posted Sep 16th - 3:58pm by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

Mike Grant and Robert Jackson preview the Utah-BYU game with some amazing food from Scaddy's (1830 South 300 West - RoJack recommends the footlong chili cheese dog).

What are your predictions for the game? Tweet us:

Twitter: @mikegrantksl


Across the Ute sideline: Scouting the BYU Cougars

Posted Sep 13th - 10:10pm by Robert Jackson, KSL.com Sports Director

SALT LAKE CITY - It doesn't feel like rivalry week, but believe it or not, Utah (1-1) and BYU (1-1) face off this weekend for the 93rd meeting between the two schools.


Utah vs. USC from a Trojan state of mind

Posted Sep 10th - 7:03am by Robert Jackson, KSL.com Sports Director

LOS ANGELES - Game day is here, and the countdown to the first Pac-12 matchup is down to just a few hours away.

USC sports reporter Aaron Fischman shares his insight of the Trojans as they prepare to take on their newest Pac-12 South Division foe, the Utah Utes, Saturday in the Coliseum.

You can read my Q/A with the Neon Tommy here.


Across the Ute sideline: Scouting the USC Trojans

Posted Sep 6th - 7:00pm by Robert Jackson, KSL.com Sports Director

SALT LAKE CITY - The time has come. Players and coaches no longer need to avoid answering questions or pretend that their focus is on Montana State anymore. Next up for Utah is the USC Trojans. Welcome to the Pac-12.

Saturday's upcoming matchup between the Utes and Trojans will not only be the first ever Pac-12 Conference football game, but in all reality might as well be the season opener for both teams.


Crimson Corner: Defense, special teams shine for Utes in opener

Posted Sep 2nd - 2:04pm by Robert Jackson, KSL.com Sports Director

SALT LAKE CITY - It wasn't pretty, but style points don't add anything extra to the win-loss column in the standings.

Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham described the passing game as "abysmal", and noted that "we won't win a game in the Pac-12 if we play like this the rest of the way."


Across the Ute sideline: Scouting the Montana State Bobcats

Posted Aug 29th - 3:04pm by Robert Jackson, KSL.com Sports Director

SALT LAKE CITY - Flashback to Sept. 2, 2006. Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado was the site for the season opener for for the Colorado Buffaloes and then first year coach Dan Hawkins. The opponent was the Montana State Bobcats, a FCS (Football Championship Subdivision, formerly known as Division I-AA) team from the Big Sky Conference (which is the same conference that Weber State is in).

Is it possible that a team from the powerhouse Big 12 Conference (Colorado) could lose to a Division I-AA team? No. I mean let's be honest, with the recruits and BCS money backing the Buffaloes, there is no way that they could lose.


West Jordan prep star commits to the University of Utah

Posted Aug 26th - 12:49pm by Robert Jackson, KSL.com Sports Director

WEST JORDAN - West Jordan High basketball player Jordan Loveridge has committed to play for the Runnin' Utes. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound prospect was Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak's first in-state offer.

"He (Krystkowiak) made a good impression on me immediately," said Loveridge. "He's a real down-to-earth man, and I believe he'll get Utah back in the right direction real soon. He has a real high basketball IQ, and I just like everything about him."

Jordan likes the idea of helping to rebuild the Utes' once-storied basketball program.


Utes land 4 star cornerback from Texas

Posted Aug 26th - 12:18pm by Dirk Facer

SALT LAKE CITY Utah has picked up an early recruiting commitment from Justin Thomas, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound cornerback from West Orange-Stark High School In Texas.

Thomas was the MVP of the Schuman National Underclassmen Combine, primarily comprised of players from the Greater Houston area, in February.

Thomas was rated by Rivals.com as the 29th best player in Texas.


Red roundup: Newspaper features U. recruit

Posted Aug 25th - 5:42pm by Dirk Facer

Compiled by Dirk Facer

Deseret News


Former Baylor receiver Josh Gordon joining the Utes

Posted Aug 24th - 3:37pm by Dirk Facer

SALT LAKE CITY Former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon, who was suspended indefinitely for violating team rules at the Texas school, has enrolled at Utah and is practicing with the Utes. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound junior was arrested last year after being found in a car with marijuana in it near the Baylor campus.


Blechen returns to camp for second day of Utes' practice

Posted Aug 5th - 7:00pm by Michael Grant

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah linebacker Brian Blechen didn't want to talk about the bee flying in his mouth and stinging him in the throat, but he did anyway, reluctantly.

It was nice to see #4 back out on the field after his encounter with "The Bee." This was not the first encounter that Blechen has had with a bee; he has been stung in the eye before.

The best part of the interview was when my good friend and colleague Dirk Facer asked Blechen if he realized that Utah was the Beehive State. It was a funny exchange and "Beegate", or whatever people call it is now over.


Utah's first fall practice creates quite the buzz, literally

Posted Aug 4th - 1:49pm by Robert Jackson, KSL.com Sports Director

SALT LAKE CITY - After months of anxiously waiting, football is back for the Utes as they had their first fall practice Thursday morning at the Ute Baseball Field.

The energy and excitement level surrounding this Utah team was apparent by the massive media crowd watching the from the sidelines - the largest gathering for a Utah practice, according to Utah's Sports Information Director Liz Abel.

But it wasn't just the media creating all the buzz - sophomore safety turned linebacker Brian Blechen had a bee fly into his mouth and string inside his throat. Ouch. Blechen was taken to receive medical treatment and missed the last 45 minutes of practice, but should be back on the field by Saturday.


3 areas of focus for the Utes entering fall camp

Posted Aug 3rd - 1:17pm by Robert Jackson, KSL.com Sports Director

SALT LAKE CITY While twenty-nine days remain on the calendar until the University of Utah officially kicks the season off at home against Montana State, fall camp is right around the corner as players report Wednesday night for a team meeting and practice begins Thursday morning.

For Utah fans, excitement level has never been so high as the Utes prepare for their inaugural season in the Pac-12, playing for the first time as a member of one of the automatic qualifying conferences in the Bowl Championship Series.

Can Utah compete week in and week out with BCS teams? We will soon find out. But until then, here are three things that I will be looking for during fall camp:


Pac-12 Media Day: Opposing coaches not overlooking Utah

Posted Jul 26th - 4:00pm by Robert Jackson, KSL.com Sports Director

LOS ANGELES -- Being the new kid on the block isn't easy. For a team that built quite the reputation as a BCS buster, Utah certainly has their work cut out for them. Not only are they playing in the inaugural season for the newly formed Pac-12, but they are also playing for the first time as a member of one of the automatic qualifying conferences in the Bowl Championship Series.

"It's exciting to have Utah come in. Utah has played so well. You look at what Coach (Kyle Whittingham) has done over the past five years and it has been incredible," USC Head Coach Lane Kiffin told KSL.

"Utah has built themselves into a national power over the last decade, and I see it as a great fit (in the Pac-12)," UCLA Head Coach Rick Neuheisel added.


Phil Steele picks the Utes third in the Pac-12 South

Posted Jul 22nd - 1:37pm by Mike Grant

For us who are sports crazies, and especially football crazies, the fact that the college football season is literally right around the corner is not only exciting, but needed.

There has been a real lack of anything interesting going on. I am a huge baseball fan and with the major league season winding up now with 60 games left, baseball is improving, but let's be honest, it is time for college football season.

One of the more interesting reads is "Phil Steele's College Football Preview" that comes out annually before the football season. If you haven't ever read it, give it a chance.


Utah's Kyle Whittingham to appear on ESPN Car Wash

Posted Jul 21st - 3:26pm by Robert Jackson, KSL.com Sports Director

BRISTOL, Conn. Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham will be featured on ESPN's "Car Wash" on Wed., July 27 as part of the Pac-12 Bicoastal Media Tour. The tour begins in Los Angeles on July 26 before moving to the East Coast for press events in Bristol, Conn., and New York City on July 27 and 28.


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