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  11/27/20 - Cameron RisingrSo/2023, Utah, 6-1, 220 (DS#45 QB) + More +

  Cameron Rising lasted all of 14 plays as the University of Utah's starting quarterback. Utah coach Kyle Whittingham opened his Tuesday morning Zoom press conference by announcing that Rising, a redshirt sophomore who won the starting job out of fall camp, is out for the season after sustaining a shoulder injury early in the second quarter of Saturday night's 33-17 season-opening loss to USC. Jake Bentley, who went 16-for-28 for 171 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in relief of Rising, will start this weekend The Utes were scheduled to play Arizona State on Sunday, but with the Sun Devils dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak, that game was canceled by the Pac-12 late Tuesday afternoon. The possibility exists that Utah will wind up playing Washington after its Apple Cup matchup at Washington State this weekend was canceled on Sunday. - Salt Lake Tribune

(DS#45 QB) rSo/2023 QB Cameron RisingUtah
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  11/24/20 - Nephi SewellrJr/2022, Utah, 6-0, 225 (DS#27 OLB) + More +

  The safety-turned-linebacker has long been slotted into that spot as a starter, but on Saturday, he essentially reverted back to safety. As Whittingham explained it, the Utes did not stick with their typical nickel package, which employs three cornerbacks and two safeties. For matchup purposes, they went with three safeties and two corners, with Sewell backing up into a safety spot for much of the night. Regardless of the position, Sewell had a big night. His 23 yard scoop-and-score off a Kedon Slovis fumble early in the second quarter tied the game at 10. He later picked off Slovis inside the Utah 15 after Jordan fumbled the ball at his own 23 a few plays earlier. Sewell finished with 10 tackles, two of which went for a loss, in addition to the fumble-recovery touchdown and the interception. "As a defense, I feel like we played really well," Sewell said. "There were obviously some mental mistakes; we have to clean those up. If we'd done that, personally, I feel like it would have been a way closer game." - Salt Lake Tribune

(DS#27 OLB) rJr/2022 OLB Nephi SewellUtah
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  11/06/20 - Bronson BoydrJr/2022, Utah, 6-0, 187 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  The University of Utah's already young, inexperienced secondary got even younger and more inexperienced late Monday afternoon. Redshirt junior cornerback Bronson Boyd has entered his name in the NCAA Transfer Portal, Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham confirmed on his weekly radio show Monday evening. Boyd's decision to transfer comes on the same day Utah released its first in-season depth chart. On it, Boyd is listed as a backup at one cornerback spot behind much-hyped four-star freshman Clark Phillips III. As expected, with Phillips at one cornerback spot, sophomore JT Broughton is penciled at the other cornerback spot, with sophomore Malone Mataele set to start at nickel. "That was disappointing," Whittingham said. "He was a great teammate, a great member of our program and he did everything we asked of him. For whatever reason, with Clark coming in and JT on the other side, maybe he thought there would be better opportunities elsewhere. I wish he stayed stayed with us and finished the season, but he had his mind made up." - Salt Lake Tribune

(DS#999 CB) rJr/2022 CB Bronson BoydUtah
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  10/23/20 - Mika TafuarJr/2022, Utah, 6-2, 250 (DS#42 DE) + More +

  Three will eventually become four and that would make it 100% for Utah's starting defensive line in 2019. That's what Utah coach Kyle Whittingham says about the guys who did the work up front on a defense that ranked second nationally in total defense (269.2 ypg), third in rush defense (81.8 ypg) and sixth in scoring defense (15 ppg) last season. Seniors Bradlee Anae, Leki Fotu and John Penisini went on to be drafted by the NFL. Fotu went to the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round; Anae was taken by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth; and the Detroit Lions picked Penisini in the sixth. Eventually, Whittingham predicts, the fourth starter on that line will join them. Defensive end Mika Tafua, who is back with the Utes, is progressing in that direction. He was tied for second in the nation with four fumble recoveries as a sophomore. Now he's a veteran, joining linebacker Devin Lloyd as the only returning starters for the Utah defense.

"He is an NFL guy in my opinion," Whittingham said. "He is just a junior, but he has what it takes to play at the next level." Tafua, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound force from Laie, Hawaii, earned honorable mention all-conference honors from the Pac-12 after making 47 tackles (8.5 for loss with three sacks) on a Utah team that repeated as South Division champions. He has played in 25 games during the past two seasons - doing so after joining the Utes and redshirting following a two-year church mission to Tacoma, Washington. Tafua originally signed with BYU. "He is a great leader for us. He was voted captain, so that is what his peers think of him and how much respect he has from them," said Whittingham, who added that Tafua has been a tremendous player since arriving at Utah. "Right now, he is the leader of that defensive line." - Deseret News


(DS#42 DE) rJr/2022 DE Mika TafuaUtah
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  10/23/20 - JaTravis BroughtonSo/2023, Utah, 5-11, 190 (DS#21 CB) + More +

  Sophomore cornerback JaTravis Broughton is optimistic that the Utah Utes can successfully restock their depleted secondary. All five starters from 2019 must be replaced. "We still have a long way to go, but we build every day. My confidence in my team is very high," Broughton said. "I see the potential that we have. We just have to do the little things better and when that comes along we will be great." Broughton, who saw limited action on defense (eight tackles overall) as a freshman, acknowledged it was beneficial to watch stars in the secondary like Jaylon Johnson, Julian Blackmon and others last season. Why Utah football's lone returning starter on defensive line 'has what it takes to play at the next level' "I was able to take from their technique and take from what they were able to tell me and use that with my own technique," he said. "It took a long time for me to come together, but I am ready to go now." The starters from last season, Broughton explained, helped him every day. "I was able to see how they operate and how they became that dog," he said. "And then, I was able to do it myself." Broughton topped the pre-camp depth chart at right cornerback. Junior Bronson Boyd held the No. 1 spot on the left side with sophomore Malone Mataele leading the way at nickel back. The starting safety positions were held by senior Vonte Davis and junior R.J. Hubert. - Deseret News

(DS#21 CB) So/2023 CB JaTravis BroughtonUtah
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  10/23/20 - TJ GreenrJr/2022, Utah, 5-10, 209 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  The Utah Utes running back room will be losing a player, as TJ Green announced on Tuesday via Twitter his decision to transfer. Green thanked God, his family, the Utah football program, fans and his teammates for making his time in Salt Lake City a positive experience (he graduated), but he concluded by writing, "This decision has come after deep thought and conversations with those close to me. With that being said, I have decided to enter my name into the transfer portal, and I am excited for what my future holds." A three-star prospect out of Chandler, Arizona, in the Class of 2017, the 5-foot-11, 209-pound Green redshirted that fall and then has gotten a bit of playing time since but nothing consistent. He'll leave Utah having tallied 39 carries for 258 yards, most of which came in 2018. - Deseret News

(DS#999 RB) rJr/2022 RB TJ GreenUtah
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  10/23/20 - Nephi SewellrJr/2022, Utah, 6-0, 225 (DS#27 OLB) + More +

  Kyle Whittingham has said that Nephi Sewell is the "odds-on favorite" to start at linebacker opposite Devin Lloyd. The University of Utah football coach dropped that tidbit regarding the redshirt junior during an ESPN700 interview on Oct. 2, one week before fall camp began. The Utes practiced for the ninth time on Monday. In that time, they have been in full pads in a small handful of sessions and conducted a live scrimmage on Saturday afternoon. With the benefit of some film since camp began, Whittingham and linebackers coach Colton Swan are now in a better position to decide whether or not Sewell, who is transitioning from safety to linebacker, can start immediately when the season begins Nov. 7 vs. Arizona at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

"He's a really savvy football player," Swan said Monday on a Zoom call with reporters. "He's starting to see the blocking schemes in front of him and fitting correctly. He's making great strides and I'm really happy with where he's at. It's still a competition amongst him and the rest of the guys, but really satisfied with how he's handling what's being put on his plate." Added Whittingham: "He's made the transition, really very smoothly, from safety to linebacker, and this is really where he belongs. He seems much more comfortable and his element in the box rather than the safety position." - Salt Lake Tribune


(DS#27 OLB) rJr/2022 OLB Nephi SewellUtah
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  10/20/20 - Jake BentleyrSr/2021, Utah, 6-4, 220 (DS#19 QB) + More +

  Whittingham got out in front of the elephant in the room, Bentley, long perceived as the eventual starter for the Nov. 7 opener, being voted a captain. "The first thing I'll say is don't read anything into Jake Bentley being a captain as far as winning the job," Whittingham said. "That's just what his peers think of him. Don't get me wrong, that's a positive thing, but that does not factor into our decision as far as who's going to be the guy." In Whittingham's defense, a quarterback being named a captain does not always indicate who the starter will be. Utah's recent history at the position is proof.

In 2016, Troy Williams was a captain. He started all 13 games at quarterback for Utah, throwing for 2,757 yards and 15 touchdowns as part of a 9-4 season. Late in training camp ahead of the 2017 season, Williams was again voted as a captain. Days later, sophomore Tyler Huntley was named the starting quarterback. Huntley went on to win 23 games as a starter, was named All-Pac-12 first team as a senior in 2019, and is currently on the Baltimore Ravens practice squad. Even if Bentley's captaincy is not a sure sign of who the starting quarterback will be, it is a clear sign of how much progress he has made in a short time. - Salt Lake Tribune


(DS#19 QB) rSr/2021 QB Jake BentleyUtah
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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#19 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#19 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#19 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#19 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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  07/28/20 - Dalton KincaidJr/2022, Utah, 6-4, 240 (DS#44 TE) + More +

  2020 PHIL STEELE/DRAFTSCOUT PRESEASON ALL-FCS FIRST TEAM: TE Dalton Kincaid, San Diego, Jr.,...Kincaid was All-PFL Second Team in 2019...Led all FCS tight ends in yards per catch (18.98)...21st among all receivers...Second among FCS tight ends in receiving yards and receiving yards per game...44 rec, 835 yards and 8 TDs in 12 games. - San Diego Football

(DS#44 TE) Jr/2022 TE Dalton KincaidUtah
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  07/26/20 - Devin LloydrJr/2022, Utah, 6-2, 232 (DS#3 ILB) + 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#3 ILB) rJr/2022 ILB Devin LloydUtah
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