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  05/20/20 - Cameron RisingrJr/2022, Utah, 6-1, 225 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down Utah spring practice in mid-March, Cameron Rising had an early leg up in the Utes' spring/summer quarterback competition with Jake Bentley and Drew Lisk. In hindsight, that was to be expected. Rising spent the 2019 season in residence after the NCAA denied his immediate-eligibility waiver. Instead of being eligible right away, Rising ran the scout team, while working with first-year offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig. Rising even spent home game days in the Rice-Eccles Stadium press box to gain a better understanding of the offense and how Ludwig calls a game. "It's been great, something I don't take for granted," Rising told The Salt Lake Tribune via phone last week from his home in Ventura, Calif., which remains under a stay-well-at-home order through the end of the month. "How much I saw last season, it was mind-boggling at times how much work really goes into a game day. Seeing him call a game, experiencing that, I got to see how Coach Ludwig acts and I think that can only benefit me."

Rising may have impressed in the early days of spring ball, but that means little anymore. At this point, the quarterback situation at Utah is unsettled. It will remain so until everyone is back on campus and going through whatever ramp-up and training camp is allowed ahead of the season. "I felt like things were going well and I was ready to keep it going," Rising said. "We'd just gotten pads on and I was itching to get back after it after spring break. I wanted to keep working with the team. A lot of development was happening and we all could have used as many reps as possible. "We all just need to hang in there and make sure we hit the ground running when we come back. No hitches or anything like that, get back to work and get better." - Salt Lake Tribune


(DS#999 QB) rJr/2022 QB Cameron RisingUtah
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  05/13/20 - Jake BentleyrSr/2021, Utah, 6-4, 220 (DS#14 QB) + More +

  A 33-game starter across parts of four seasons at the University of South Carolina, Bentley committed to the Utes on Dec. 9, then arrived in Salt Lake City on Jan. 3, three days before the start of the spring semester. Bentley went through the offseason program, then opened a three-way quarterback competition with redshirt sophomore Cam Rising and redshirt junior Drew Lisk. Utah's three spring practices gave way to a week off for spring break. The Utes never returned after the COVID-19 pandemic struck, indefinitely postponing all in-person team-related activities. At the end of the day, I think we all would've shown what we can do on the football field," Bentley said Tuesday on a conference call with beat reporters from his family's home in Lexington, S.C. "Spring practice would've allowed us to do that. It would have been clear who it was, but I think it goes back to my point that each day is an opportunity to compete.

"It would've definitely been a fun situation to have those scrimmages and those game-like reps, but the situation we're in will take us to fall camp, whenever that is, so I guess it'll shake out then. That's why this time is so important, to not take any steps back and to keep getting better." Bentley suffered a season-ending Lisfranc injury to his right foot on the final play of the 2019 season-opener. He was a full participant once spring ball started at Utah, but still had a plate in the injured foot. Once Bentley was home in South Carolina and it was clear spring practice would not be resuming for the foreseeable future, Utes head football athletic trainer Joe McBeth advised Bentley to have the plate removed. - Salt Lake Tribune


(DS#14 QB) rSr/2021 QB Jake BentleyUtah
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  05/07/20 - Britain CoveyrJr/2022, Utah, 5-08, 170 (DS#19 WR) + More +

  There are a slew of awards handed out at the close of every college football season. The Heisman Trophy is the most notable, but there is also the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Award, each given to the player of the year. There is the Jim Thorpe Award, awarded to the nation's best defensive back, and the Davey O'Brien Award, which honors the country's best quarterback, and, well, you get the idea. There is basically a prestigious award for every position on the football field, not to mention All-America honors and more beyond that. With so much recognition of the athletes, deservedly so, college football is hardly in need of another award. And yet, that is what CBS Sports' Matt Hinton recently proposed, albeit facetiously.

What is this new award, you ask? Hinton calls it the "The Taysom Hill Trophy for perpetual eligibility." It honors the college football player who has been on the scene for so long that there is no way, at first glance, that they could possibly still be eligible to play. And this year's winner, according to Hinton, is Utah's Britain Covey. - Salt Lake Tribune


(DS#19 WR) rJr/2022 WR Britain CoveyUtah
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  05/03/20 - *Alex SmithJr/2005, Utah, 6-4, 217 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  Alex Smith achieved something Friday that no other University of Utah sports alumnus had ever done - and it actually had nothing to do with the documentary about his recovery from a harrowing near-death experience on ESPN. The former No. 1 pick in the NFL and Heisman Trophy finalist will become the first-ever Utah athlete inducted into the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-America Hall of Fame, the organization announced Friday. Smith earned 2004-05 CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year honors for football and all sports for the University Division, having graduated in two years with a bachelor's degree in economics and a 3.74 GPA. Smith led Utah to a 12-0 record, a No. 4 ranking by the Associated Press and a spot in the Bowl Championship Series (a 35-7 win over Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl) in 2004. - Deseret News

(DS#1 QB) Jr/2005 QB *Alex SmithUtah
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  04/20/20 - Francis BernardrSr/2020, Utah, 6-0, 234 (DS#8 ILB) + More +

  On March 27, Bernard and a handful of other prospects, including Utes teammate and projected second-day selection Bradlee Anae, were at All-American Park in Las Vegas to run the 40, 20-yard shuttle and the L drill. The event was timed by Zybek Timing and CEO Mike Weinstein, which is important for two reasons. One, Zybek has the clout of doing the timing for the NFL Scouting Combine. Two, Zybek does laser timing, so even without the Combine spotlight, a time produced by Zybek will be taken seriously by NFL personnel, who were not allowed to attend. Bernard made up for his 4.81 at the Combine by running 4.65 in Vegas. "I definitely feel relieved about it," Bernard said. "I wanted to reassure people I am not a 4.8 guy, and you could already see that on film."

On April 8, in a workout run by Jordan Pendleton of Lehi-based Pendleton Performance, Bernard did positional drills at Summit Academy's Bluffdale campus. Five days later, LaBoy emailed a Vimeo link with 28 videos of Bernard working out to roughly 150 NFL personnel, general managers, college scouting directors and area scouts. Things haven't been easy, but the end result appears to have been fruitful. After meeting with 17 teams at the Combine, Bernard has met with 14 via video conferencing. Most reputable projections have Bernard as a third-day selection, potentially as high as the middle of the fourth round. "I feel good about the feedback from teams and my agent, so I'm feeling pretty confident about the draft," Bernard said. "Some of the feedback has said late third round, so I'm just hoping more teams see me. The projections vary all over the place. "I left everything out there and I think I check off a lot of boxes. It's up to the teams to like me or not." - Salt Lake Tribune


(DS#8 ILB) rSr/2020 ILB Francis BernardUtah
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  04/19/20 - Zack MossSr/2020, Utah, 5-09, 223 (DS#7 RB) + More +

  For better or worse, the 40-yard dash is a significant factor in helping to determine an NFL draft prospect's worth, especially at a skill position like running back. Zack Moss ran the 40 twice at the NFL Scouting Combine on Feb. 28, and neither effort sufficed. One of a school-record nine prospects at the Combine, the University of Utah's all-time leading rusher ran a 4.72 on his first attempt at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, followed by a 4.65, making him the fourth-slowest of the 28 running backs to run the 40. It was revealed later that evening that Moss had tweaked his hamstring earlier in the day during other Combine drills, but he wanted to power through the rest. Either way, that 40 time would not do. That wasn't going to be a problem with Utah Pro Day slated for March 26. Moss would get his hamstring right, run the 40 again in Salt Lake City, and the 40 at the Combine would be an afterthought. The COVID-19 pandemic had other ideas. In the wake of the Pac-12 and the Utah athletic department suspending all athletic-related activities, Utah Pro Day was axed, which left Moss and his agent, Jamal Tooson, surveying their options.

"We were working closely with the University of Utah, reaching out to them to see if it would be canceled," Tooson told The Salt Lake Tribune. "When I was given confirmation they wanted to reschedule pro day, we needed to get ahead of the curve, get that workout done and get it to teams. "Zack's 40 was certainly one box teams had questions about. With the hamstring injury, he hadn't run consistently, so we needed to get that time and get it out there. That was critically important." On March 20, with a stay-at-home order bearing down on California, Moss ran a fully electronic 4.52 40 at Lions Field. A 4.65 wouldn't suffice, but a 4.52 certainly will. That mark would have been good for No. 10 among running backs at the Combine. - Salt Lake Tribune


(DS#7 RB) Sr/2020 RB Zack MossUtah
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  04/18/20 - Tyler HuntleySr/2020, Utah, 6-1, 196 (DS#20 QB) + More +

  When it comes to Tyler Huntley, Utah offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig doesn't mince any words. "He's the best quarterback I've ever coached," said Ludwig, who has worked with signal-callers like David Carr, the No. 1 NFL pick in 2002, and Brian Johnson, the 2009 Sugar Bowl Most Outstanding Player. "The guy is going to be an excellent pro," Ludwig said. "He's going to be an excellent professional quarterback." "Whoever takes him or whatever camp he gets into, they're going to be pleasantly surprised because he's a fierce competitor and like I said I think he is not getting the recognition that he deserves." - Utah coach Kyle Whittingham, on Tyler Huntley

It wasn't enough, though, to get Huntley a spot in the combine - even though five other Pac-12 quarterbacks participated - Jacob Eason (Washington), Anthony Gordon (Washington State), Justin Herbert (Oregon), Jake Luton (Oregon State) and Steven Montez (Colorado). "I think people are missing the boat on Tyler. I was hoping he would get an invite to the combine, didn't happen - at least he got to play in those all-star games," said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham. "Whoever takes him or whatever camp he gets into, they're going to be pleasantly surprised because he's a fierce competitor and like I said I think he is not getting the recognition that he deserves." - Salt Lake Tribune


(DS#20 QB) Sr/2020 QB Tyler HuntleyUtah
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  04/18/20 - *Javelin K. GuidryJr/2020, Utah, 5-09, 191 (DS#21 CB) + More +

  Javelin Guidry made quite an impression at the NFL Scouting Combine. According to ESPN, the former Utah nickel back became the first player since 2006 to post a sub-4.3 time in the 40 and also exceed 20 reps in the 225-pound bench press. The two-time Pac-12 honorable mention selection enters the upcoming NFL draft as someone to watch, that is if folks are able to keep an eye on him. "You can't coach speed and he's got it. He's got a ton of speed," said Utah defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley. "He's a willing tackler and some team is going to get a steal with this kid because not many guys are ever going to run away from him." Besides that, Scalley noted that Guidry is a "great kid off the field as well." That includes athletics. He holds the distinction of winning high school championships in two populous states in the 100 meters - 2016 in Texas and 2017 in California.

"Obviously his most redeeming quality is that speed," said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham. "That's obviously Jav's strong suit is his incredible speed. He's also extremely tough and has for us played that nickel position extremely well." In 41 games at Utah, Guidry tallied 120 tackles (82 solo) with 19 passes defended and three interceptions. The 5-foot-9, 193-pound defensive back made 25 starts over the 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons. "My experience there was unreal, the greatest experience of my life," Guidry said. "I was able to grow as a man and as a football player as well. It was a great time for me." - Salt Lake Tribune


(DS#21 CB) Jr/2020 CB *Javelin K. GuidryUtah
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  04/13/20 - Bradlee AnaeSr/2020, Utah, 6-3, 257 (DS#6 DE) + More +

  Bradlee Anae will have a beautiful view and supreme surroundings when his name is called at the NFL draft. The former University of Utah defensive end will be in picturesque Laie, Hawaii. Waiting and watching the draft on television isn't an option for the 6-foot-3, 257-pound consensus All-American. "Oh no, no. I'm going to be on the beach. I'm going to be quarantining myself on the beach and whenever the phone rings I'll pick it up," Anae said. "It's a one-minute walk from my house to the beach, so I'll get the call and then walk over and make the announcement to family and that will be that." Anae added that he plans to get a beach chair, cruise out there and be soaking in the sun when he learns his NFL destination.

He'll be in paradise, after all. "Oh no, no. I'm going to be on the beach. I'm going to be quarantining myself on the beach and whenever the phone rings I'll pick it up." "I didn't want to be glued on the TV when I'm in Hawaii," said Anae, who may be joined on the beach by some buddies and cousins. After getting his call, Anae noted that he'll watch the draft on television to see where his former Utah teammates are headed. "Definitely. I want to see where everybody gets picked up," Anae said. "I would love to land somewhere with a teammate like how Cody (Barton) and Marquise (Blair) are in Seattle," Anae said. "That's pretty cool to me. But, yeah, I'll definitely be watching out and looking for the guys to see where they go." - Deseret News


(DS#6 DE) Sr/2020 DE Bradlee AnaeUtah
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  04/13/20 - John PenisiniSr/2020, Utah, 6-1, 318 (DS#29 DT) + More +

  Considering he played alongside two All-Americans in Bradlee Anae and Leki Fotu, John Penisini could easily have been known as just the other senior on Utah's highly touted defensive line. Penisini, though, proved to be much more than that. The two-time All-Pac-12 honoree was a definite force to reckon with up front for the Utes. Defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley noted that Penisini has a great will to win. Such an attitude helped the 6-foot-2, 333-pound tackle earn an invite to both the East-West Shrine Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine. "I would say the reason that scouts are interested in John is this is a guy that never takes a play off, that loves the game of football and it shows in every single rep," Scalley said. "He is a guy that doesn't have the length that's going to wow you or the size, he just has that motor and that will to win. He's a guy that loves the game and he's a fairly efficient pass rusher." In 2019, Penisini recorded 38 tackles - seven behind the line of scrimmage, including two sacks. He was named Pac-12 Defensive Lineman of Week after making a career-high seven tackles and a forced fumble in Utah's 33-28 win at Washington on Nov. 2. "I would say the reason that scouts are interested in John is this is a guy that never takes a play off, that loves the game of football and it shows in every single rep." - Utah defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley" - Deseret News

(DS#29 DT) Sr/2020 DT John PenisiniUtah
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  04/11/20 - Jaylon JohnsonJr/2020, Utah, 6-0, 193 (DS#6 CB) + More +

  Earlier this week, the NFL announced that it would hold a "fully virtual" 2020 NFL draft, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Late Thursday night, NFL.com released a list of players who will participate in those online proceedings come April 23-25, and among them are Utah cornerback Jaylon Johnson and Utah State quarterback Jordan Love. Both Johnson and Love have been mentioned as potential first-round picks in the buildup to the draft, and they will join 56 additional prospects who are expected to participate in the virtual event.

Love is one of seven quarterbacks, including LSU's Joe Burrow, Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Oregon's Justin Herbert, expected to be involved. Johnson, meanwhile, is one of nine defensive backs, including LSU's Grant Delpit, Florida's CJ Henderson and Ohio State's Jeffrey Okudah. The Pac-12 Conference will be represented by Herbert, Johnson, USC's Austin Jackson (OT), Arizona State's Brandon Aiyuk (WR), Washington's Jacob Eason (QB) and Colorado's Laviska Shenault (WR). - Deseret News


(DS#6 CB) Jr/2020 CB Jaylon JohnsonUtah
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  04/08/20 - Zack MossSr/2020, Utah, 5-09, 223 (DS#7 RB) + More +

  Nearly two years ago, former Atlanta Falcons All-Pro and University of Utah alum Jamal Anderson went to Salt Lake City to meet Utes running back Zack Moss. Since then, the two have formed a relationship, and with Moss now just a few weeks away from almost surely getting drafted by an NFL team, the pair met Wednesday for a nearly hourlong chat on Instagram Live, discussing different topics centered on their common past at Utah and what awaits Moss in the professional ranks. "I'm not Marshawn Lynch. No way possible. That guy is a different animal, but I'm not surprised, because I did take a lot of things and try to implement them into my game and make them my own and put my own type of thing on them." - Zack Moss.

Moss, Utah's career rushing leader, said that despite the coronavirus pandemic, which will require some massive changes to the NFL draft later this month, he's still been able to work out just about every single day at Athletic Gaines in California. "It's still been a blessing for me to be able to have somewhere I can still work out," he said. The two spent some time talking about the NFL scouting combine, which went from Feb. 23-March 2. Moss said he met with officials from about 15 of the league's 32 teams, although he's fully aware of the fact he could get drafted by any squad (Anderson noted how he hadn't had much contact with the Falcons before they selected him in 1994). "It was just mind-boggling, the people you get to meet, just the learning that you continue to get every day that you're there," Moss said. "It's grueling, but it's something that you won't forget." - Deseret News


(DS#7 RB) Sr/2020 RB Zack MossUtah
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  04/06/20 - Jaylon JohnsonJr/2020, Utah, 6-0, 193 (DS#6 CB) + More +

  Jaylon Johnson was all set to be in Las Vegas for the upcoming NFL draft. He planned on being one of the players that was to be taken by boat to a red carpet stage in front of the Bellagio fountains after being picked. Then came the coronavirus. The NFL canceled the public event and will opt for a studio show (April 23-25) instead to help stem the spread of the virus. "I was planning on going," said Johnson, who is now looking forward to having the biggest smallest gathering he can in his hometown of Fresno, California. The plan there is to enjoy the draft the best way he can. Johnson, a 2019 All-American and a two-time first-team All-Pac-12 honoree, isn't expecting to be on the board for long.

"I'm just going to deal with whatever happens, but for me personally I'm not expecting anything less than the first round - whether it's the middle and wherever it may be," Johnson said. "I don't really pay attention to what the mock drafts say. That's based on some of my knowledge that I have. So I don't expect to get out of the first round." Johnson added that he's spoken with a lot of different teams and has established relationships. "I'm not too sure exactly who would be a favorite or who would be a front-runner or anything like that," Johnson said. "I just know I've talked to a lot of teams and you never know in a process like this." - Deseret News


(DS#6 CB) Jr/2020 CB Jaylon JohnsonUtah
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  03/15/20 - Jaylon JohnsonJr/2020, Utah, 6-0, 193 (DS#6 CB) + More +

  When news broke on Feb. 24 that Jaylon Johnson played most of last season with a torn right labrum, it was nothing short of a revelation. As a junior cornerback last fall at the University of Utah, the Fresno, Calif., native was named an All-American after ranking third in the Pac-12 with 11 pass breakups. His two interceptions in 13 starts included a 39-yard pick-six at Washington that helped shift momentum in that win in Seattle, while standing as arguably the Utes' biggest play of the season. The injury reportedly happened at some point in September, making the strong season Johnson had even more remarkable. Now consider that Johnson says the injury occurred even earlier than that.

"It happened sometime in 2018, not sure which game or practice, I really didn't know what was wrong," Johnson told The Salt Lake Tribune on Thursday morning via phone, eight days removed from surgery to repair the torn right labrum. "Going into fall camp, there was a tackling drill and the shoulder just went numb, it was really loose. Talking to the trainer, we knew something was wrong, but I fought through it. I wasn't too concerned with an MRI or an X-ray. "I wanted to do whatever I could and tough it out. I wasn't going to mess up what I had planned, I had a lot on the line." - Salt Lake Tribune


(DS#6 CB) Jr/2020 CB Jaylon JohnsonUtah
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  03/14/20 - Francis BernardrSr/2020, Utah, 6-0, 234 (DS#8 ILB) + More +

  Before the NFL stepped in on pro days and made up everyone's mind for them, those represented more of a gray area. The showcase for Utah's NFL-bound prospects did not fall within any Pac-12 mandate for cancelation, and it did not include current Utah student-athletes. Still, with the American sports scene barren, cancelation was the only reasonable course of action. "It makes sense because you'd have 32 teams flying in and you don't want all those people to get together in one place," former All-Pac-12 Utah linebacker Francis Bernard told The Salt Lake Tribune Thursday morning from his training base in San Diego, in between the Pac-12 and Utah announcements. "My agent and I have been discussing maybe doing a private workout. It would be easy to get a Chargers scout in there, take the information or the results and spread it to other teams."

Bernard's point about a private workout at some point in the six weeks before the NFL Draft is valid, but someone in his position could have benefit from working out in front of a wider audience. One of a program-record nine Utes invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, Bernard tweaked his hamstring before the 40-yard dash. He tried to push through it, but wound up running a 4.81 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. That mark stood as the sixth-slowest among the 30 linebackers who ran the 40 at the Combine. "I'm not a 4.8 guy," Bernard said. "I hurt my hamstring during the jumps before the 40, but I was in the moment and felt like running. I thought I could ride the adrenaline, but I unfortunately didn't. I'm looking forward to really showing what I can do." - Salt Lake Tribune


(DS#8 ILB) rSr/2020 ILB Francis BernardUtah
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