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  10/16/20 - Jaylen DixonrJr/2022, Utah, 5-09, 170 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  A deep stable of pass-catching options at the University of Utah is now smaller by one. Jaylen Dixon, a redshirt junior slot receiver, announced Monday afternoon he has entered his name into the NCAA Transfer Portal. A three-star recruit in Utah's 2017 recruiting class, Dixon took a redshirt in 2017, then caught 56 passes for 932 yards and three touchdowns across the 2018 and 2019 seasons. The return of a healthy Britain Covey to Utah's offense may have helped fuel Dixon's departure. Covey, a redshirt junior, has 113 catches for 1,233 yards and five touchdowns in 29 career games. The Provo native will figure very prominently in the Utes' offense this fall. Utes offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig was saying as much Friday morning, hours before training camp opened. - Salt Lake Tribune

(DS#999 WR) rJr/2022 WR Jaylen DixonUtah
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  09/01/20 - Jake BentleyrSr/2021, Utah, 6-4, 220 (DS#17 QB) + More +

  After seeing seven players drafted last spring and several other players sign NFL deals, the Utes won't have nearly as many pro prospects from this year's team. The Utes only have 16 seniors on their current roster and only about a half dozen are likely starters when the Utes play again. Among the seniors is South Carolina transfer quarterback Jake Bentley, who had three good seasons for the Gamecocks and possibly wouldn't want to wait until next year to play, if he felt he had a chance to play in the NFL.

Other top seniors are defensive back Vonte Davis, long-snapper Keegan Markgraf, receivers Samson Nacua and Tyrone Young-Smith, offensive linemen Orlando Umana and Bam Olaseni and defensive linemen Viane Moala, Mufi Hill-Hunt, Hauati Pututau, Pita Tonga and Maxs Tupai. In the depth chart released before spring practice, only Davis, Umana, Moala, Hill-Hunt, Pututau and Markgraf were listed as starters with Bentley as a possible starter. When asked about the possibility of a pro day for his seniors this fall or next spring, Whittingham said, "We want to give our seniors every advantage possible. Any exposure we can give them, we'll certainly try to do." - Deseret News


(DS#17 QB) rSr/2021 QB Jake BentleyUtah
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  08/29/20 - Britain CoveyrJr/2022, Utah, 5-08, 172 (DS#18 WR) + More +

  Britain Covey hears the jokes, but in fairness, jokes about how old he is and how long he has been at the University of Utah are probably valid. Still only a redshirt junior at the age of 23 after taking a two-year LDS mission during the 2016 and 2017 seasons, Covey's first collegiate game was against the University of Michigan in 2015. The game stands out because it was Jim Harbaugh's head-coaching debut with the Wolverines, which, on a college football timeline, feels like a lifetime ago. With no fall football for the Pac-12, and no promise of a winter/spring season at this point, Covey, aware of his age and injury history, plans to play out the final two years of his career at Utah, at which point it would theoretically be the fall of 2022 and he will be 25.

Instead of waiting for those jokes to come in two years, Covey is getting out in front of them. "If I do, I'll be the first grandpa in college football history," Covey joked to The Salt Lake Tribune late last week. "I know my age is a running joke, but honestly, I feel like I'm in my prime and my body is where it's never been before. You look at the NFL, the best wide receivers, the average age is 27, 28-years old. Those guys are craftsmen, but they needed to mature and develop. I think I'm just entering that phase." Covey continues to believe the NFL is an attainable goal, but he's keeping it in the back of his mind with more pressing matters to deal with in the present. - Salt Lake Tribune


(DS#18 WR) rJr/2022 WR Britain CoveyUtah
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  08/25/20 - Jake BentleyrSr/2021, Utah, 6-4, 220 (DS#17 QB) + More +

  2021 SENIOR BOWL WATCH LIST: Jake Bentley, Utah,...Graduate transfer from South Carolina started in every game he appeared in (33), playing in just one game in 2019 due to injury...led the Gamecocks to the Belk Bowl (2018) and the Outback Bowl (2017) during his time as a starter, earning Outback Bowl MVP as a sophomore...19-14 career record as a starter including a 10-7 record in SEC games...ranks second in South Carolina history in career completion percentage (.625), third in career pass completions (626) and passing touchdowns (55), fourth in career passing yards (7,527) and is fifth in career total offense (7,670). - Utah Football

(DS#17 QB) rSr/2021 QB Jake BentleyUtah
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  08/05/20 - Keegan MarkgrafrSr/2021, Utah, 6-2, 225 (DS#4 LS) + More +

  2020 PRESEASON PATRICK MANNELLY LONG SNAPPER AWARD WATCHLIST: Keegan Markgraf, Utah,...Transfer walk-on joined the team in fall camp in 2018...in his third season at both long and short snapper...has one year left to play his final season of eligibility...Started all 14 games at short and long snapper in 2019...119 snaps (45 punt, 15 field goal, 58 PAT)...first-team CoSIDA Academic All-District...Pac-12 All-Academic. - Utah Football

(DS#4 LS) rSr/2021 LS Keegan MarkgrafUtah
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  07/26/20 - Devin LloydrJr/2022, Utah, 6-2, 232 (DS#6 OLB) + More +

  2020 WUERFFEL TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Devin Lloyd, Utah, junior, linebacker,...Honorable mention All-Pac-12 honoree started at rover linebacker as a sophomore...led Utah with 91 tackles...second on the team (tied for seventh in the Pac-12) with 6.5 sacks and second on the team with 11.0 tackles for loss (ninth in the Pac-12). - Utah Football

(DS#6 OLB) rJr/2022 OLB Devin LloydUtah
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  07/26/20 - Jake BentleyrSr/2021, Utah, 6-4, 220 (DS#17 QB) + More +

  2020 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: QB Jake Bentley, Utah,...Graduate transfer from South Carolina started in every game he appeared in (33), playing in just one game in 2019 due to injury...led the Gamecocks to the Belk Bowl (2018) and the Outback Bowl (2017) during his time as a starter, earning Outback Bowl MVP as a sophomore...19-14 career record as a starter including a 10-7 record in SEC games...ranks second in South Carolina history in career completion percentage (.625), third in career pass completions (626) and passing touchdowns (55), fourth in career passing yards (7,527) and is fifth in career total offense (7,670). - Utah Football

(DS#17 QB) rSr/2021 QB Jake BentleyUtah
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  07/25/20 - Britain CoveyrJr/2022, Utah, 5-08, 172 (DS#18 WR) + More +

  2020 PRESEASON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Britain Covey, Utah,...Utah's leading receiver as a freshman in 2015 and a sophomore in 2018...two-time All-Pac-12 returner (first team in 2018) and a 2015 Freshman All-American...two career 100-yard receiving games...Played in four games with three starts before redshirting in 2019...l0 receptions for 77 yards, adding three rushes for 22 yards, three kick returns for 52 yards and nine punt returns for 69 yards. - Utah Football

(DS#18 WR) rJr/2022 WR Britain CoveyUtah
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  07/25/20 - Devin LloydrJr/2022, Utah, 6-2, 232 (DS#6 OLB) + More +

  2020 BUTKUS AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Devin Lloyd, Utah,...Honorable mention All-Pac-12 in 2019...started all 14 games at rover linebacker...led Utah with 91 tackles...second on the team (tied for seventh in the Pac-12) with 6.5 sacks and second on the team with 11.0 tackles for loss (ninth in the Pac-12)...led or tied for the team lead in tackles in five games. - Utah Football

(DS#6 OLB) rJr/2022 OLB Devin LloydUtah
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  07/06/20 - Brant KuitheJr/2022, Utah, 6-2, 230 (DS#13 TE) + More +

  The bad news for the University of Utah is that once mandatory summer activities and training camp begin, coaches still need to figure out who the starting quarterback will be. The good news is, whether it's South Carolina graduate transfer Jake Bentley or redshirt sophomore Cameron Rising, that signal caller is going to have more than a fair amount of pass-catching options. Entering the 2020 season, the Utes return seven players who caught at least 10 passes last season. Chief among them is junior tight end Brant Kuithe, whose emergence in the second half of the season was a revelation. His 34 catches for 602 yards and 6 touchdowns as a sophomore mark him as one of, if not the top returning tight end in the Pac-12. Utah possesses a second starting-caliber tight end thanks to junior Cole Fotheringham (16 catches, 156 yards, 1 TD). - Salt Lake Tribune

(DS#13 TE) Jr/2022 TE Brant KuitheUtah
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  06/24/20 - Jake BentleyrSr/2021, Utah, 6-4, 220 (DS#17 QB) + More +

  In a recent interview with a newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina, quarterback Jake Bentley reemphasized his decision to play his final college season at Utah. The graduate transfer played and started in 33 games for South Carolina before making the move. He was limited to one game last season because of a foot injury. "I just felt like I needed a new start," Bentley told The State. "I love (Will) Muschamp and I'm so thankful for all that he's done for me and my family. But I think for me it was just something that I needed to do."

Bentley made his decision in December and enrolled at Utah shortly thereafter. He's competing with Texas transfer Cam Rising and veteran Drew Lisk for the starting job vacated by the graduation of Tyler Huntley. "Going into it, I told my dad and all of the other coaches that were talking to me that I wanted a situation where I could grow as a person and a football player. Those were the two big things I was looking for. Utah really is a special place." - Deseret News


(DS#17 QB) rSr/2021 QB Jake BentleyUtah
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  06/08/20 - Jake BentleyrSr/2021, Utah, 6-4, 220 (DS#17 QB) + More +

  Utah quarterback Jake Bentley wrote a post that shares his thoughts on race in America. The former South Carolina quarterback posted this message on Twitter as protests continued over the death of George Floyd. Here's what Bentley shared: "I once had the opportunity to speak with Tim Tebow and I asked him what he told his team when down in the 4th quarter. "'Why not us? Why can't we be the guys that shock the world?' was his response. "Over the past couple of days I've thought about this a lot. Not in terms of football but about life. "Why can't we be the generation that puts an end to racism? Why can't we shock the world and kneel with a fellow black teammate? Your views on the kneeling might be completely different than theirs. But that's not the point, the point is that you recognize the pain and suffering that the black community is in and have been for generations because of racial inequality. While you might not have experienced the same pain, you recognize the need for change in America," he wrote. Bentley is a senior graduate transfer from South Carolina. He was sidelined for all but one game last year with an injury. In his career with the Gamecocks, he threw for 7,527 yards, 55 touchdowns and 32 interceptions. - Deseret News

(DS#17 QB) rSr/2021 QB Jake BentleyUtah
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  06/05/20 - Morgan ScalleySr/2005, Utah, 5-10, 199 (DS#21 FS) + More +

  Utah has suspended defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley for using a racial slur in a 2013 text message. Utes athletic director Mark Harlan said in a statement Friday that he was made aware of a social media post that referenced the text message. Utah will have an outside firm review the matter for more details and to determine whether it was an isolated incident. Morgan will be suspended until the review is completed. "The use of any form of racist language is not only antithetical to our policies and our values, but it is an affront to all of us, especially our African-American community members," Harlan said. Morgan acknowledged use of the slur and apologized in a statement released by the school. Scalley has been an assistant at Utah for 13 years, the past five as defensive coordinator. - AP College Football

(DS#21 FS) Sr/2005 FS Morgan ScalleyUtah
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  05/20/20 - Cameron RisingrSo/2023, Utah, 6-1, 220 (DS#30 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#30 QB) rSo/2023 QB Cameron RisingUtah
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  05/13/20 - Jake BentleyrSr/2021, Utah, 6-4, 220 (DS#17 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#17 QB) rSr/2021 QB Jake BentleyUtah
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