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Recruit Central

Posted Feb 2nd - 6:50am by KSL.com

Utes' are still hopeful as signing day looms

Posted Jan 31st - 8:13pm by Mike Whitelock, KSL.com Contributor

SALT LAKE CITY - ESPN.com is reporting that two top recruits that were considering Utah have both committed elsewhere. Under Armour All-American offensive lineman Mo Latu has committed to Arizona State and cornerback Floyd Raven has recommitted to Mississippi.

The Utes' are reportedly still after several uncommitted top recruits including wide receivers Devin Lucien and Anthony Denham, quarterback Michael Eubanks, defensive lineman Akeem Gonzales and tight ends Junior Pomee and Andrew Peterson.

This should all shake out by February 2 as National signing day arrives.


Chow, Davis talk Utah football

Posted Jan 31st - 6:25pm by Josh Furlong, KSL.com Contributor

SALT LAKE CITY -- Newly hired offensive coordinator Norm Chow and offensive line coach Tim Davis have big plans for the Utah Utes as they make their transition into the Pac-12. The new challenge poses a big test for the Utes, but Davis and Chow are certain that the Utes have what it takes to be competitive.

Chow, a familiar face in Utah, is considered by many to be one of the top offensive coordinators in the nation, making his tenure at USC and UCLA a valuable source of knowledge to tap into as the Utes enter the Pac-12. Davis, too, adds experience to the Utah coaching staff, following his work with Chow at USC.

Coach Kyle Whittingham and the Utes have fared well against Pac-10 teams but not quite on the level of playing them on a weekly basis.


Norm Chow named Utah's next offensive coordinator

Posted Jan 22nd - 5:54pm by Robert Jackson and Mike Grant

SALT LAKE CITY - While speculation and rumors surrounding whether Norm Chow would be Utah's offensive coordinator in 2011 have been going around for what seemed like weeks, many began to believe he really wasn't going to come.

He's coming to Utah... wait, now he's going to stay at UCLA. He's coming to Utah ... now he's going to the Seahawks to rejoin his former boss Pete Caroll.

To end the roller coaster of hype and emotion for Utah fans, Norm Chow IS coming to Utah to be their offensive coordinator for the 2011 season.


Utah baseball to host `An Evening With Dave Winfield'

Posted Jan 20th - 1:19pm by Robert Jackson, KSL.com Sports Director

SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah baseball team will host `An Evening with Dave Winfield' at the University Park Marriott on Feb. 15, 2011.

"It's an honor to have Dave Winfield continue the tradition of baseball greats who have participated in our season-opening banquet" Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "It's a fun way to kick off our year and we always look forward to a great evening."

Winfield's 22-year baseball career includes eight years with the San Diego Padres and nine years with the New York Yankees. He also played stints with the California Angels, Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians. Winfield drove in the winning run of the 1992 World Series with the Blue Jays and reached the 3,000 hit milestone with the Twins.


Ute forward Jay Watkins out indefinitely

Posted Jan 17th - 9:46pm by Robert Jackson, KSL.com Sports Director

The Utes finally were able to end their seven game losing streak with a big win over the Cowboys in Laramie, but some bad news just came out of the Utah camp.

Utah forward Jay Watkins, who is averaging 8.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, is out indefinitely for medical reasons, Utah Coach Jim Boylen stated Monday.

Utah's official press release is below.


Early report indicating Norm Chow to Utes as new OC

Posted Jan 12th - 6:54pm by Robert Jackson, KSL.com Sports Writer

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah coach Kyle Whittingham mentioned the need to upgrade the program as they transition into the PAC-12 in the 2011 season. One early report is indicating that he is doing just that.

Tom Dienhart, a sports writer for Rivals.com, is reporting that the Utes are expected to hire Norm Chow as offensive coordinator and Tim Davis as offensive line coach. The hires are expected to happen soon.

For Norm Chow, this would provide an opportunity to return to his alma mater. Chow was a two-year starter at offensive guard for the Utes (1965-67).


Utah athletics enjoys record success in the classroom

Posted Jan 10th - 3:53pm by U Of U Press Release

SALT LAKE CITY The University of Utah's intercollegiate athletics teams had their best semester ever in the classroom in the fall of 2010, earning a combined 3.069 grade point average.

The Utes' classroom success was a balanced effort. Eleven of Utah's 18 teams achieved at least a 3.0 GPA during the fall term, led by the women's gymnastics and women's ski teams. Both squads placed 100-percent of their student-athletes on the Athletics Director's Honor Roll (3.0 GPA or better).

Overall, 56-percent of Utah's student-athletes were named to the Athletics Director's Honor Roll. More than 25-percent made the Dean's List by earning a 3.5 GPA or better in a minimum of 12 graded units.


GAME BLOG: (10) Boise State 26, (19) Utah 3

Posted Dec 22nd - 9:26pm by Robert Jackson, KSL.com Sports Writer

Time Remaining: Final
Score: #10 Boise State 26, #19 Utah 3

Utah's nine game bowl winning streak comes to an end as the #10 Boise State Broncos rout the #19 Utes 26-3 in front of the second largest crowd to watch a football game in the state of Nevada.

Utah's defense did everything they could to keep the Utes in the game, but the offense struggled mightily against one of the best defenses in college football. The Utes were only able to manage 198 yards, but had multiple opportunities to stay in this game. Dropped passes, untimely penalties and the inability to convert on third down (2-13) were too much for the Utes to overcome. Credit the defense though, they played their hearts out and should get credit for their performance.


GAME PREVIEW: (19) Utah vs (10) Boise State

Posted Dec 22nd - 12:08pm by Mike Grant

LAS VEGAS -- It is finally here. The bowl streak is on the line. What a match-up, the two original BCS Busters? Merry Christmas to all of us!

The Utah Utes bring their 10-2 record to Las Vegas to tangle with 11-1 and 10th ranked Boise State, America's favorite perennial underdog. The Broncos are not the underdog this time though. In fact, according to Las Vegas lines this game is a borderline blowout. 17 points? What?

One reason for the big spread - quarterback. Kellen Moore for Boise State was a Heisman candidate and threw for four billion yards. Terrance Cain is the Utah quarterback and the last two passes he threw were caught by Jameson Frazier and Shane Hunter, both BYU players. Judging by those differences alone, this game is already over. No hope, right? None. On the game simulation at ESPN.com, Boise State won 87.2% of the time in a possible 10,000 simulations. No chance for the Utes. None, period.


Crimson Corner: T-Cain gets another chance to lead Utes

Posted Dec 15th - 4:20pm by Robert Jackson, KSL.com Sports Writer

SALT LAKE CITY -- In life, second chances are hard to come by. Whether with your job or your girlfriend, if you mess up you are likely shown the door. Fair or not, that is just the way life is. However, for Terrance Cain, he will get that rare opportunity by leading the 19th ranked Utes against the No. 10 Boise State Broncos in the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl.

While the Utes look to extend the nation's longest bowl winning streak to ten games, Cain will get the start in place of Jordan Wynn, who is out for six months recovering from shoulder surgery.


Top ESPN crew assigned to Las Vegas Bowl

Posted Dec 14th - 3:16pm by U Of U Press Release

LAS VEGAS - ESPN is sending some heavy hitters to town to handle the television announcing for the 2010 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas on Dec. 22.

Legendary mic man Brent Musburger will do play-by-play and ESPN College Gameday star Kirk Herbstreit will serve as analyst. Respected reporter Tom Rinaldi will handle the sideline duties. That same trio will also work the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game between Auburn and Oregon on Jan. 10.

The MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, which is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), will be televised nationally on ESPN HD. BCS No. 10 Boise State will be taking on BCS No. 20 Utah in the 19th edition of the game at Sam Boyd Stadium beginning at 5 p.m. PT.


It's official, Utes to face Boise State in Vegas

Posted Dec 6th - 11:50am by Dirk Facer, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY It's officially official. Utah and Boise State will meet in MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, Dec. 22 at Sam Boyd Stadium.

"Boise State is one of the top teams in the country and the opportunity to play them in the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl will present a big challenge for our players and coaches," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said in a released statement. "Until a week ago, the Broncos were in the mix for the national championship, so this game will have a lot of national as well as regional interest. Not many bowls outside the BCS games will feature teams with the kind of success Boise State and Utah have experienced in recent years, which makes this an exciting matchup. We will have our work cut out for us, but I know our players and staff are looking forward to playing in a bowl game against such a quality opponent."

Solid speculation turned into reality Sunday when the Bowl Championship Series released the 10th-ranked Broncos (11-1) from consideration. Their consolation prize, via an at-large bid created when the Pac-10 failed to provide an eligible team for the Las Vegas game, is a meeting with the No. 19/20 Utes (10-2), who were invited earlier in the week.


Shaky Smithson named Scout/Fox.com All-American

Posted Dec 2nd - 6:28pm by Robert Jackson, KSL.com Sports Writer

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah's Shaky Smithson, who leads the nation in punt return yards with 572, has been named a first-team All-American by Scout/Foxsports.com.

Smithson set the Mountain West Conference record for punt return yards in a season while also becoming the first Ute ever to surpass 500 yards in punt returns in a season.

The senior is averaging 19.72 yards per return and his four 100-yard punt return games leads the NCAA. He also has four of the top 11 punt return yardage games in the nation this season, with 145 vs. Iowa State (2nd), 140 vs. New Mexico (3rd), 128 vs. UNLV (5th-tie) and 111 vs. Wyoming (11th), and is the only player with three 70-yard punt returns.


Jace Tavita leaves Runnin' Utes

Posted Dec 2nd - 1:14pm by Robert Jackson, KSL.com Sports Writer

SALT LAKE CITY - Junior guard Jace Tavita has chosen to leave the Utah men's basketball team, head coach Jim Boylen announced Thursday.

"I want to thank Coach Boylen for giving me every opportunity to be successful in my three years here," said Tavita. "But I feel at this time it would be in my best interest to move on to another school where I might have a chance for more playing time."

"Jace approached me this week and informed me that he wanted to leave the program based on his playing time," said Boylen. "I sincerely appreciate Jace's efforts over the last three years. He has worked hard and represented his family and this program well. We wish him nothing but success in his future endeavors."


Utes accept Las Vegas Bowl invitation

Posted Dec 1st - 4:52pm by Dirk Facer, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY The University of Utah football team has officially accepted an invitation to play in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 22 at Sam Boyd Stadium against an opponent to be determined.

"We're excited about the opportunity to be going back to Las Vegas. It's been quite awhile since we've been there," said Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham. "The players are excited and the players are looking forward to it, and we think it's a good situation for us."

The Utes (10-2) last played in the Las Vegas bowl in 2001, when they defeated the University of Southern California. Utah has the longest active winning streak in bowl games with nine straight victories.


Bowl roll; 10-2 Utes await destination

Posted Nov 30th - 12:10pm by Robert Jackson, KSL.com Sports Writer

SALT LAKE CITY -- No. 20 Utah (10-2, 7-1 MWC) will begin gearing up for its eighth-straight bowl game this week while awaiting word on its bowl destination. The Mountain West Conference runner-up Utes are 12-3 all-time in bowl games.

ESPN.com is projecting the Utes to play in Las Vegas against Temple or Ohio, while CBSSports.com is projecting the Utes to play Ohio, also in Las Vegas.

The Maaco Las Vegas Bowl expressed interest in inviting Notre Dame, but with the Irish's success towards the end of the season, it appears that they are now a lock for the Champ Sports Bowl in Orlando.


Blechen, Burton earn MWC honors in win over Cougars

Posted Nov 29th - 11:25am by Robert Jackson, KSL.com Sports Writer

Brian Blechen and Brandon Burton (Utah), Ryan Lindley (San Diego State) and Marcus Sullivan (UNLV) are the Mountain West Conference Players of the Week for games through Nov. 27. Lindley earns the Offensive Player of the Week award, while Blechen claims the Defensive Player honor and Burton and Sullivan share Special Teams recognition. This marks the third career player of the week honor for Blechen and Lindley, and the first weekly honor for Burton and Sullivan.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

BRIAN BLECHEN, UTAH
Freshman, Defensive Back, Moorpark, Calif./Moorpark HS
Brian Blechen registered seven tackles (three solo), one sacks (-15 yards), an interception and a pass breakup to lead Utah to a 17-16 victory over in-state rival BYU. A product of Moorpark, Calif., Blechen began the contest by notching an interception at the Utah 25-yard line late in the first quarter to halt a BYU drive. Early in the second quarter, Blechen recorded a 15-yard sack, a pass breakup and a solo tackle all on the same drive, helping to force a BYU punt. Blechen and the Utah defense also limited the Cougars to 65 rushing yards on the day.


POSTGAME BLOG: (20) Utah 17, BYU 16

Posted Nov 27th - 4:47pm by Robert Jackson, KSL.com Sports Writer

FINAL
Score: (20) Utah 17, BYU 16

Brandon Burton blocks Mitch Payne's game winning 42 yard field goal attempt and the Utes have defeated BYU 17-16 in yet another classic in the 92nd edition of the Holy War.

Utah was outplayed by BYU for the first three quarters, but the Utes never gave up and battled back from a 13-0 deficit to take the lead 17-16 with just over 4 minutes left in the game.


GAME PREVIEW: (20) Utah vs. BYU, Ute edition

Posted Nov 27th - 9:56am by Mike Grant

A Tale of Two Seasons.

A win in overtime vs. Pitt. A blowout of UNLV. A smack down of the Lobos. A laugher against San Jose State. A run-up of the Cyclones. A win for the last time in Laramie. Colorado State came to town, enough said. Survived in Colorado Springs.

Utah at one point was 8-0, then came the TCU game, and the Notre Dame game. The San Diego State game was a tale of two seasons in itself.


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