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.
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.
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.
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.
SALT LAKE CITY — This week on the Crimson Corner, the Utes move into their new state of the art football facility. Jeff Rudy from the Utah football program took us for a tour back in February. The grand opening will be August 15th. Robert Jackson also breaks down one of the Utes biggest strengths coming into the 2013 season - the tight ends.
SALT LAKE CITY — "Our strength right now is that we've got two tight ends that I think are as good as anybody in our league." -Utah co-offensive coordinator Dennis Erickson
"I think they could be one of the best tandems in the conference this year if they continue to develop." -Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham
"They run great routes. They know how to get open. They're big targets and they're definitely people that I trust throwing to." -Utah QB Travis Wilson
SALT LAKE CITY — This week in the Crimson Corner we break down a couple of players the Utes cannot afford to lose, Kyle Whittingham is a guest speaker, Larry Krystkowiak breaks a record, and Connor Van Brocklin joins the basketball team.
LAYTON — A coach is only as good as his players. Kyle Whittingham understands that recruiting is the lifeblood of his program and it never stops.
The search for elite talent is the reason Whittingham makes attending the All-Poly Camp a priority for him and his staff.
This last week the All-Poly camp took place at Ellison Park in Layton.
Every week we here at the Crimson Corner are teaming up with the InsidetheUtes.com staff to bring you the UTEcast, a podcast focusing on everything Utes.
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah men's basketball program has announced the addition of Connor Van Brocklin for the 2013-14 season.
"We are very excited to add another quality player and person from the great state of Utah," Runnin' Ute head coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "Connor brings great shooting skills and maturity to our program."
Van Brocklin, a 6'5" wing, recently completed his sophomore season at Snow College. A deadly outside shooter, Van Brocklin led the Badgers in scoring this season with an average of 15.9 points per game including an average of 2.5 three-pointers per game. He was also a Second Team All-Scenic Western Athletic Conference selection this past year.
SALT LAKE CITY — The end of June is not a hot time for college basketball, unless it is players heading to the NBA.
This month was different for Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak — he isn't going anywhere.
"I did the math," Krystkowiak said, "I've never been in one house for more than two years, I just broke our record."
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah fans know what it is like to not have an offensive line/left tackle. Take, for example, 2012.
For the entire fall camp the offensive line was a mess. There were injuries and players were getting moved around and not stepping up. Even through the first few weeks of the season the line was still getting shifted around.
The 2012 season mirrored what the offensive line did - it was incredibly inconsistent.
SALT LAKE CITY — This week on the Crimson Corner, Mike Grant and Robert Jackson tell you why Brian Blechen will be the Utes next "Star", Quinton Pedroza is dismissed from the team, and Jeremiah Jensen catches up with former Ute and current Miami Dolphins DL Paul Soliai at his charity golf tournament.
SALT LAKE CITY — In a game of inches, timing is everything. The difference between winning and losing a football game can simply be having a player in the right place at the right time.
For Utah senior LB Brian Blechen, being in the right place at the right time is something that he has made him stand out from the pack in his first three years up on the hill.
In his first ever college game, Blechen intercepted a Pitt pass in overtime, setting up a game winning field goal. Later that year, he intercepted a San Diego State pass in the end zone to preserve a 38-34 win over the Aztecs.
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah wide receiver Quinton Pedroza was dismissed from the football team for disciplinary reasons.
Pedroza has been with the Utes since 2011 playing mostly on special teams. He has registered zero stats on offense in either 2011 or 2012 but was expected to play a bigger role at wide receiver this coming fall. Pedroza was listed as a starter after spring camp.
The hole on the depth chart could be filled by Anthony Denham, Brian Allen, or incoming JC transfer Andre Lewis.
SALT LAKE CITY — This week on the Crimson Corner we explore the Utes biggest needs to replace on the football team, Dennis Erickson was on the UTEcast and knows the Utes aren't getting any respect going into the 2013 season, and we catch up with Chris Burgess who was hired on Larry Krystkowiak's staff.
The defense will be missing a Star but it is time for others to step up and shine. The defensive line is a place where the Utes have not only been dominant in the last decade, but the depth shelf has also been fully stocked.
Utah knew that they would be losing one of the most talented defensive tackles to the NFL draft in Star Lotulelei and Dave Kruger to graduation (now with the Cleveland Browns) but depth took a hit when Joe Kruger decided to enter the draft. He was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the sixth round.
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