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Utes' Andy Phillips: 'I am a skier but I am playing football today'

Posted Sep 5th - 1:12pm by Mike Grant

SALT LAKE CITY — Andy Phillips story has been well publicized by now. He is an alpine skier that is now a football player.

It is very reminiscent of Happy Gilmore who introduced himself while entering a golf tournament, "I'm a hockey player but I'm playing golf today."

Put yourself in Kyle Whittingham's shoes, or special teams coach Jay Hill's shoes for a moment. There are kids that come in all the time wanting to walk-on the football team. Imagine the coaches' faces when Andy Phillips comes in and basically says, "Hi, I am a skier but I am playing football today."


UTEcast 9-4: Utes prep for Weber State's rushing attack

Posted Sep 4th - 7:15pm 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' upcoming matchup with Weber State, focusing in on the Wildcats' 315 rushing yards in their last game vs. Stephen F. Austin.

You can listen to the show here:


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

Posted Sep 4th - 6:12pm by KSL.com

SALT LAKE CITY — The week one slate of games is in the books for the local college football teams.

For the Utes, they endured a hard fought 30-26 win over Utah State, while Weber State outlasted Stephen F. Austin 50-40 in a shootout in Ogden.

Saturday the Utes and the Wildcats will square off in Rice-Eccles Stadium as each team tries to improve to 2-0 on the young 2013 season. 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 Weber State insider Jon Oglesby.


UTEcast 9-3: Utah vs. Utah State recap

Posted Sep 3rd - 3:11pm 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' 30-26 win over Utah State, from key calls to position breakdowns and what the Utes need to work on as they prepare for Weber State on Saturday.

You can listen to the show here:


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."


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