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Crimson Corner 9-1: Utah 30, Utah State 26

Posted Sep 2nd - 1:00pm by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — This week on the Crimson Corner the season gets underway with a win against Utah State, one play might have already changed the season, and quarterback Travis Wilson answered the questions.


Wilson earns his stripes as team captain with stellar performance

Posted Aug 30th - 4:30pm by Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — While all eyes were on the quarterback in the grey jersey and blue helmet, it was the one that was decked out in all red whose error-free performance led his team back from a nine point deficit for a 30-26 win Thursday night.

Utah quarterback Travis Wilson threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns, completing 61% of his passes while also picking up a critical first down on the ground late in the fourth as the Utes held on to beat Utah State in Rice-Eccles Stadium.

"The team responded well," Wilson said. "We never doubted ourselves and kept our confidence up. We were able to make some big plays downfield that set us up well for our touchdowns."


Ute offense, special teams step up to spoil Keeton's big night

Posted Aug 29th - 10:37pm by Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — For a team known for its defensive identity, giving up 487 yards of total offense doesn't come close to what you would expect.

And for a team struggling to find an offensive identity over the last two seasons, picking up 450 yards — 302 through the air — was as unexpected as seeing Ben Affleck cast as the new Batman.

Utah's inexperienced secondary, along with a lackluster pass rush, allowed Aggie quarterback Chuckie Keeton to seemingly move the ball at will.


Utes vs. Aggies: 5 things each team has to do to win

Posted Aug 29th - 10:50am by KSL.com

SALT LAKE CITY — For college football fans, today is the equivalent of Christmas morning — game day.

Tonight the Utah Utes and the Utah State Aggies kick off the 2013 season in Rice-Eccles Stadium. To help you get the scoop on what each team needs to do to win, we brought in Utah insiders Mike Grant and Robert Jackson and Utah State insider Matt Glade.

Here are five keys for each team to come away with the all important 'W' in the season opener.


UTEcast 8-28: Previewing Utah vs. Utah State

Posted Aug 28th - 7:38pm by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

Every week we here at the Crimson Corner are teaming up with the UteSportsReport.com staff to bring you the UTEcast, a podcast focusing on everything Utes.

This week on the show we break down the game that is happening TOMORROW at Rice-Eccles Stadium — Utah vs. Utah State. To help us break it down we are joined by Aggie insiders Kyle Goon from the Salt Lake Tribune and Matthew Glade from KSL Sports.

You can listen to Part 1 here:


What kind of impact will Erickson have on the Utes' offense?

Posted Aug 28th - 2:19pm by Mike Grant

SALT LAKE CITY — Only one day away from Utah's season opener against Utah State and the question remains, what will the offense look like?

Since Dennis Erickson was hired the hype has been building about how explosive the offense can be.

It was interesting looking through the number from when Coach Erickson was at Arizona State from 2007-2011.


Why the Utes will be the best team in the state

Posted Aug 23rd - 6:31pm by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — In ksl.com's final set of build-up previews to the 2013 college football season, this week's assignment is to make each in-state team's case as "Best in State."

Our job? Convince you why Utah is the best team in the state. Fasten your seatbelts, you ain't seen nothing yet!

For those of you up in arms that KSL would make such an outlandish statement, you can read my colleague Greg Wrubell's post on Why BYU will be the best team in the state.


Kyle Whittingham: 'I laugh until I cry'

Posted Aug 22nd - 8:44pm by Mike Grant

SALT LAKE CITY — Much of the talk in the Utah Utes' post-practice interviews has moved towards their rivals up north.

Kyle Whittingham was asked after practice Thursday about the comment that was made at the Utah football facility unveiling from Spence Eccles. Eccles referred to the drive from Logan after the Utes' overtime loss to the Aggies last year being very long coming back to Salt Lake City. To that Coach Whittingham responded, "I laugh until I cry."

It is only one week away until the college football season gets underway here in the state of Utah and it seems the Utes and Aggies are both beyond anxious to get back out on the field and face one another.


Utes priority No. 1? Containing Chuckie Keeton

Posted Aug 21st - 3:05pm by Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — 310. No, that's not my weight, but the total yards Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton was accountable for in Utah's 27-20 overtime loss to the Aggies last season.

Keeton had a terrific performance, completing 22 passes for 216 yards with two touchdowns, while adding an additional 94 yards on the ground.

"He's a great quarterback. I think he's an elite guy," Utah defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake said. "He gets better every time you watch him. He just keeps improving."


UTEcast 8-20: Should the Utes go to a power running game?

Posted Aug 20th - 4:48pm by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

Every week we here at the Crimson Corner are teaming up with the UteSportsReport.com staff to bring you the UTEcast, a podcast focusing on everything Utes.

This week on the show the guys break down the depth chart, talk about the need to run the football in the home opener vs. Utah State and any lingering concerns in the secondary with the first game only nine days away.

You can listen to the show here:


Utes game planning for Aggies

Posted Aug 20th - 2:17pm by Mike Grant

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is technically still in fall camp but have been in full game-week mode getting ready for the Utah State Aggies next Thursday.

"We always circle the opener," head coach Kyle Whittingham said regarding Utah State. "That is our primary focus."

"Now we are trying to get ourselves ready for Utah State," co-offensive coordinator Dennis Erickson added.


Utes name team captains, depth chart taking shape

Posted Aug 19th - 12:59pm by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah football team entered the final week of fall camp naming the captains and the depth chart looks to be taking shape.

Travis Wilson, Jeremiah Tofaeono, Tenny Palepoi, and Trevor Reilly were elected by their team members as the team captains.

Reilly was voted by a "landslide," as coach Whittingham called it.


UTEcast 8-17: Wilson shines at QB during Utes final scrimmage

Posted Aug 17th - 1:14pm by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

Every week we here at the Crimson Corner are teaming up with the UteSportsReport.com staff to bring you the UTEcast, a podcast focusing on everything Utes.

This week on the show we break down the Utes final scrimmage of the fall, one that saw perhaps the best statistical practice for quarterback Travis Wilson who went 12-18 for 281 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

You can listen to the show here:


Utes open new state-of-the-art football facility

Posted Aug 15th - 5:44pm by Josh Furlong and Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah celebrated its grand opening of a new football facility Thursday afternoon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The $32 million, 150,000-square foot Spence and Cleone Eccles Football Center is the newest addition to the university's athletics complex, which features state-of-the-art technology and equipment.

"I'm so excited about this building," Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said. "I can't tell you how long I've been waiting for this."


Crimson Corner 8-11: Heimuli healthy, Reilly's daughter's battle and fall camp week 1 recap

Posted Aug 12th - 9:28am by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — This week on Crimson Corner we wrap up week one of Camp Kyle, profile a healthy Latu Heimuli and share the inspiring story of Trevor Reilly and his daughter's battle with cancer. And don't miss the 2013 hype video at the end as we countdown to the season opener against Utah State.


Utah football: Healthy Heimuli making impact

Posted Aug 9th - 3:22pm by Mike Grant

SALT LAKE CITY — He was highly recruited, big expectations, destined for a career in football until injuries derailed him. Now, Latu Heimuli is back in camp at Utah and is 100% healthy for his senior season.

"From his injuries," fellow defensive lineman Tenny Palepoi started, "you can't even tell, he's a monster already."

Nate Orchard added, "It's amazing, he's just coming out here and and beasting it."


Utah football: 'We've got to go faster'

Posted Aug 9th - 2:01pm by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — Fully padded up the Utes took the practice field for day five of fall camp and the coaches told us that the tempo is still not fast enough.

In accordance with the rest of college football trying to speed up the tempo (only half joking) the Utes are trying to do the same thing and on day five of camp the tempo wasn't where the head coach and offensive coordinator wanted.

"We have got to get better, that was not a very good performance," Dennis Erickson said. "We didn't go fast today. We've got to go faster and play faster than that."


UTEcast 8-8: Injuries shuffle depth chart in day 4

Posted Aug 8th - 3:59pm by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

Every week we here at the Crimson Corner are teaming up with the UteSportsReport.com staff to bring you the UTEcast, a podcast focusing on everything Utes.

This week on the UTEcast we broke down day 4 of the Utes' fall camp, one in which might have been the best day of practice we've seen, but was overshadowed by some injuries to key players.

You can listen to the show here:


Utah football: Injuries to linebackers dim Utes best practice of fall

Posted Aug 8th - 1:44pm by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — Day four of the Utes fall camp brought the best practice overall the team has seen and some injuries to the linebackers.

Beginning with the linebackers, Reshawn Hooker sustained another concussion on Wednesday, his third concussion in two years.

That will force Hooker to basically retire from football. This is frustrating coming off the news yesterday that the Utes were going to move him to safety due to Tevin Carter having not made it to cam yet.


Utah football: Safeties going to plan B

Posted Aug 7th - 3:12pm by Mike Grant

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utes put the pads on today and the players always seem to love to talk about that. Eric Rowe was no different. "Everybody is getting ready to hit again, it's the first day since spring ball," Rowe said smiling.

One of the most notable changes from day three has to be in the defensive backfield at safety. Junior college transfer Tevin Carter has not made it to camp yet so head coach Kyle Whittingham is starting to turn to plan "B" right now giving some snaps to linebacker Reshawn Hooker at strong safety.

"We don't know when that's going to happen," Whittingham said about Tevin Carter getting to Utah. "Potentially it may not happen."


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