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Utah's most pressing camp needs

Posted Jul 31st - 5:10pm by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — Entering the dog days of summer? Oh, I don't think so.

Fall camp is just five days away for the Utes. As KSL.com's preseason previews continue, this week we look at the three biggest objectives for the Utes to complete over the next three weeks.

Out on an island


Utah football player and 2 others killed, 2 more hospitalized in car crash

Posted Jul 30th - 9:58pm by Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — Tragedy has struck the University of Utah football team.

New Mexico State Police responded to a single vehicle rollover on US 550 near milepost 83 late Monday evening.

Police found two passengers dead on the scene, both of whom were ejected from the Toyota SUV as it rolled numerous times. A third passenger died moments later.


Arrest warrant issued for ex-Ute defensive lineman

Posted Jul 30th - 4:32pm by Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — A third district judge issued a warrant for the arrest of an ex-University of Utah football player after he failed to show up for a sentencing hearing Monday.

Koliniasi "Niasi" Mona Leota, 24, a former defensive lineman for the Utes, was scheduled to be sentenced on charges of domestic violence in the presence of a child, a third-degree felony that carries a maximum of five years in prison.

The charge stemmed from a Feb. 17 incident at Leota's Salt Lake apartment, when Leota became angry and punched his wife in the head and face, according to charging documents.


Chapman commits to the U

Posted Jul 29th - 3:42pm by Mike Grant

SALT LAKE CITY — One of the best high school basketball players in the state of Utah, Brekkot Chapman of Roy high school just committed to the University of Utah.

"I am proud to say I have committed to the University of Utah." Chapman said via his twitter page.

This is a huge get for head coach Larry Krystkowiak. In each of his first three years he has started to change to in-state recruiting dynamic.


Whittingham speaks to KSL about new facility

Posted Jul 29th - 2:47pm by Mike Grant, Robert Jackson, and Jeremiah Jensen

SALT LAKE CITY — During an interview at PAC12 media day at Sony Studios in Los Angeles, Jeremiah Jensen asked head coach Kyle Whittingham about the new football facility.

"It's something that we can't wait to recruit to," Whittingham said. "It is one thing to talk to recruits and show them the plans and show them the video of what it is going to look like, show them the building in progress, but to actually walk them through it and say, here is your facility. That's a whole different deal."

If there is one thing for the football program that needed to be updated, it was the facility. The academic center, stadium, and indoor facilities are right there with everyone else, but this football facility puts the program in a great position for recruiting.


VIDEO: Crimson Corner 7-28

Posted Jul 29th - 10:20am by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — This week on the Crimson Corner Jeremiah Jensen, Robert Jackson, and Mike Grant were at Pac-12 media day in Los Angeles. Trevor Reilly tells us the Utes need to win now, Jake Murphy explains why the offense will be better, and JJ has a conversation with Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham.


Utes receive little love in Pac-12 media poll, Oregon nabs top spot

Posted Jul 26th - 11:38am by Robert Jackson

CULVER CITY, Calif. — After struggling in its initial two seasons in the Pac-12, members of the media picked Utah to finish second to last in the South Division, the conference announced Friday.

The Utes are coming off a 5-7 season in which they missed making a bowl game for the first time since 2002.


5 breakout stars for the 2013 Utes

Posted Jul 24th - 6:27pm by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — While the Utes have struggled offensively in their first two years in the Pac-12, with just a few tweaks from new co-offensive coordinator Dennis Erickson, Ute fans were able to witness what actually resembled a college football offense during the Red and White Spring Game.

Simple, short passes to the running backs out of the backfield and perfecting the zone read option drastically improved Utah's offensive output.

How much of that success can we expect to translate over into the regular season? That remains to be seen, but fans should be comforted in knowing that the offense is heading in the right direction.


VIDEO: Crimson Corner 7-21

Posted Jul 22nd - 10:56am by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — This week Mike Grant takes a look at the top five most talented players the Utes will face this fall and Jason Shepherd catches up with Utah basketball great Alex Jensen.


5 best players the Utes will play in 2013

Posted Jul 17th - 4:30pm by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — The football season is about six weeks away when Utah fans will get to see some of the best players in college football.


UTEcast 7-16

Posted Jul 16th - 7:43pm by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson


3 former Utes giving back

Posted Jul 16th - 2:44pm by Mike Grant

SALT LAKE CITY — This Saturday, Christian Cox, Braden Godfrey and Mike Wright will help kids learn how to get recruited.

They are holding a combine-style camp at Olympus High School in Holladay to teach kids how to become better at six events that are also held at the NFL combine.


VIDEO: Crimson Corner 7-14

Posted Jul 15th - 10:30am by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — This week on the Crimson Corner, Utah Athletics Director Chris Hill clarifies the future scheduling with BYU, Kenneth Scott joins us in studio, Paul Soliai donates to Utah, The Whittingham boys remember their dad, and Trey Nielsen signs with the St. Louis Cardinals.


Kenneth Scott: 'The grind is already underway'

Posted Jul 12th - 3:05pm by Mike Grant

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah football season is just under seven weeks away. Utah wide receiver Kenneth Scott was nice enough to come in to the KSL studios and spend a few hours with us to talk about the upcoming season.

"The grind is already underway," Scott said.

The 2012 season did not go as planned for the Utes. A losing (5-7) season will never be good enough, and if that isn't enough, the national media is not very high on the Utes.


Paul Soliai Makes Major Donation to Utah Football Center

Posted Jul 12th - 2:42pm by Liz Abel, Utah Press Release

SALT LAKE CITY--Former University of Utah all-conference defensive tackle Paul Soliai—now a franchise player for the Miami Dolphins—has pledged $250,000 to the University of Utah's new football center. His contribution will fund the Paul and LeTasha Soliai Player Lounge.

"I'm thankful I can donate and help out the University of Utah football team and give back to the school. They gave me the opportunity to play, and as a kid from Samoa, it's something I'm thankful for every day. Without the University giving me a scholarship to play the sport I love, I wouldn't be where I am today."

Soliai played in 24 games for Utah from 2005-06, after redshirting in 2004, and was named second-team all-Mountain West Conference as a senior. He was then selected in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft by Miami, where he is preparing for his seventh season.


Utah Baseball: Nielsen Signs With St. Louis Cardinals

Posted Jul 12th - 2:19pm by Utah Utes Press Release

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah baseball player Trey Nielsen signed with the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday, and will forgo his senior season at Utah. Nielsen was a 30th round draft pick to the Cardinals in last month's Major League Baseball Draft.

Nielsen hit .232 for the Utes this season with a team-high 13 doubles. He also led Utah with 24 RBI and tied for the team lead with three home runs. He had a .367 slugging percentage and was 6-of-8 in stolen bases. Nielsen had Utah's longest hitting streak of the season, a 14-game hitting streak. Drafted as a pitcher, he made just four appearances on the mound this year for the Utes due to injury, and had seven strikeouts over six innings.

For his career, Nielsen has hit .259 with 47 doubles, 14 home runs, 85 RBI and a .422 slugging percentage. He was a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in 2011, in addition to being named second-team all-conference at third base.


UTEcast 7-11

Posted Jul 11th - 7:59pm by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson


Utah's three 'swing games' in 2013

Posted Jul 10th - 11:42am by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — As the Utes have witnessed in their first two seasons in the Pac-12, wins are a lot harder to come by.


Utes and Cougars to schedule additional rivalry games?

Posted Jul 9th - 12:48pm by Robert Jackson

SALT LAKE CITY — It's the news that fans of the rivalry wanted to hear.

Though not official (pending Pac-12 approval), it appears that the Utes and the Cougars will continue their annual rivalry with additional games scheduled in 2017 and 2018.

Utah Athletic Director Chris Hill made the announcement in a video posted on the school's YouTube account Tuesday morning.


Special Edition: UTEcast 7-8

Posted Jul 8th - 6:50pm by Mike Grant and Robert Jackson


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