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  04/10/21 - Charlie BrewerSr/2022, Utah, 6-1, 210 (DS#13 QB) + More +

  Baylor transfer Charlie Brewer continues to solidify himself as Utah's No. 1 quarterback as the Utes work through the fourth week of spring practices. Coach Kyle Whittingham was asked Tuesday if any QB has separated himself from the rest of the group. "Charlie Brewer, hands down. He's been everything we've hoped he'd be to this point. He's a proven vet," he said. "He's got a lot of experience under his belt at the Power Five level. He's thrown for a ton of yards and he's won a ton of games. That's what we expected. So far, he's been exactly what we've expected." During spring camp, Brewer, a senior, has been competing with a group of freshmen - Peter Costelli, Ja'Quinden Jackson, Cooper Justice and Bryson Barnes. Fans will be able to catch Brewer's first public performance as a Ute during the spring game on April 17 at Rice-Eccles Stadium. "Charlie Brewer, hands down. He's been everything we've hoped he'd be to this point. He's a proven vet. He's got a lot of experience under his belt at the Power Five level. He's thrown for a ton of yards and he's won a ton of games. That's what we expected." - Utah coach Kyle Whittingham on Charlie Brewer separating himself from the pack of QBs. - Deseret News

(DS#13 QB) Sr/2022 QB Charlie BrewerUtah
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  04/10/21 - Brant KuitheSr/2022, Utah, 6-2, 230 (DS#22 TE) + More +

  Whoever winds up as the starting quarterback at the University of Utah, whether it be Charlie Brewer, Cameron Rising, or Ja'Quinden Jackson, there is some question right now as to who that person will throw to this fall. The Utes are thin at wide receiver, a problem coach Kyle Whittingham has addressed numerous times in the last two months in the wake of Bryan Thompson and Samson Nacua transferring. Whittingham has made clear he will hit the NCAA Transfer Portal in the time between spring practice ending and fall camp beginning, so for now, wide receiver is a significant question mark for the program. As far as pass-catching options go, that's the bad news. The good news, though, is two-folded. One, Utah likes to utilize the tight end position. Two, there are no questions at Utah about tight ends like there are about wide receivers.

Two-time All-Pac-12 tight end Brant Kuithe is back as a junior. Another veteran pass-catching option returns in junior Cole Fotheringham, and still, there is a third legitimate option in junior Dalton Kincaid, an FCS All-American as a sophomore in 2019 at the University of San Diego. "We have playmakers," Kuithe said this week a Zoom call with reporters. "Dalton is doing well this spring and I think next year, it's going to be a different story. He wasn't involved much last year, and only getting five games, the play was a little erratic. Getting a full slate of games, I think the tight end group is going to be really solid." - Salt Lake Tribune


(DS#22 TE) Sr/2022 TE Brant KuitheUtah
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  04/07/21 - Micah BernardrSo/2024, Utah, 5-11, 200 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Among Utah's intriguing position battles this spring is at running back. The arrivals of T.J. Pledger, a transfer from Oklahoma, and Chris Curry, a transfer from Louisiana State, have been well publicized while a three-star recruit from Florida, Ricky Parks, will join the Utes this summer. But overlooked somewhat is 5-foot-11, 200-pound redshirt freshman Micah Bernard, who is actually No. 1 on the depth chart this spring. Bernard has been in the program since 2019, arriving on campus when he was just 17 years old.

Bernard, a three-star recruit, rushed for 2,411 yards during his career at Gahr High School in Cerritos, California. He hails from Long Beach. After redshirting at Utah in '19, Bernard played in five games last season, rushing 15 times for 76 yards and catching four passes for 25 yards. So what puts Bernard at the top of the depth chart, ahead of Pledger and Curry at this point? "He's 200 pounds and he has great hands out of the backfield. He's tough and really smooth. You didn't really see Micah last year for obvious reasons. But he's really made a big jump from last spring to this spring. Now it's his time to shine." - Utah coach Kyle Whittingham, on Micah Bernard - Deseret News


(DS#999 RB) rSo/2024 RB Micah BernardUtah
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  04/01/21 - Chris CurryrJr/2023, Utah, 5-11, 216 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  As spring practice at the University of Utah hits the midway point this week, the running back room finds itself in a similar position compared to a year ago at this time. Last spring, the room was crowded, with Devin Brumfield, Jordan Wilmore, TJ Green and Micah Bernard all vying for carries, and that was before intriguing three-star recruit Ty Jordan was due to arrive on campus last summer. Most of those names have changed, but the situation within the position group has not. Bernard is now joined by two Power Five transfers in Oklahoma's T.J. Pledger and LSU's Chris Curry this spring, while four-star recruit Ricky Parks is due on campus this summer.

"As of now, a very similar situation as last year going into fall camp, with the three guys that we've got at the top of the chart now, then adding Ricky Parks, but that could change," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. "We've still got nine practices left this spring. As it sits right now, I think that's the best bet, that it will be a four-guy competition." When Power Five-level transfers show up at a new home, they are understandably going to get a lot of attention. Curry, a redshirt sophomore, was on LSU's vaunted 2019 national championship-winning team, which featured Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow. In the College Football Playoff semifinal win over Oklahoma, Curry started, carrying the ball 16 times for 90 yards. - Salt Lake Tribune


(DS#999 RB) rJr/2023 RB Chris CurryUtah
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  03/27/21 - Charlie BrewerSr/2022, Utah, 6-1, 210 (DS#13 QB) + More +

  University of Utah graduate transfer quarterback Charlie Brewer attempted over 1,300 passes across 44 games for Baylor from 2016-19. The other four Utes quarterbacks available during spring practice are freshmen, with a combined zero collegiate snaps between them. Taking all of that information into account as Utah finishes up its second week of spring ball, it stands to reason that Brewer would seize early control of a quarterback competition that will surely drag into the summer. After Kyle Whittingham spoke on the matter Friday morning, that assumption would be correct. "First of all, Charlie Brewer is quite a bit ahead of everybody else," the 17th-year Utah head coach said on a Zoom call with reporters. "The other four are freshmen, that's to be expected. Charlie's a senior with a lot of experience under his belt. The other four guys have almost no Division I experience, so that's no surprise to us. That's how things are unfolding to this point." Brewer may be ahead of everyone else, but all of Whittingham's quarterback options are not yet available, which is why this competition will eventually move to fall camp. - Salt Lake Tribune

(DS#13 QB) Sr/2022 QB Charlie BrewerUtah
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  03/24/21 - Britain CoveyrSr/2022, Utah, 5-08, 172 (DS#14 WR) + More +

  There always seem to be jokes about Utah wide receiver Britain Covey's age. During media availability via Zoom Monday morning, he cracked that he's been in the program for 35 years. It only seems that way. Covey had an impactful freshman season in 2015, followed by a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Chile. Since returning from his mission, he's experienced both good times and tough times. He's dealt with a variety of injuries. While he is as healthy as he's been for some time, during spring practices, in some ways, Covey is feeling a little different.

"We've got a great group of guys and I'm really grateful for that. It is really cool to be an older guy on the team. It's strange," said the 5-foot-8 junior from Provo. "Every other year in my career, I've felt like this was the older guys' team. This is probably the first year where I come in and I see someone doing something that maybe is not in Ute culture. And I'm the one that's like, 'No, this is my team. We don't act like that here. This is our team.' That's really cool to feel like that and feel like an older guy." Most years, Utah loses a handful of players to the NFL. But all the players that could have declared for the draft have decided to return for the 2021 campaign. - Deseret News


(DS#14 WR) rSr/2022 WR Britain CoveyUtah
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  03/20/21 - Charlie BrewerSr/2022, Utah, 6-1, 210 (DS#13 QB) + More +

  Kyle Whittingham has four high-profile, Power Five transfers at his disposal as spring practice rolls on at the University of Utah, two at quarterback and two at running back. They may all be transfers, but they're not all in the same boat. As a graduate transfer from Baylor, quarterback Charlie Brewer is eligible immediately for the Utes. Normally, freshman quarterback Ja'Quinden Jackson, junior running back T.J. Pledger, and redshirt sophomore running back Chris Curry would have to either sit one season, or petition the NCAA for an immediate-eligibility waiver. The need for Jackson, Pledger and Curry to all sit out the 2021 season may soon disappear, though. On Wednesday, the NCAA Division I Council reaffirmed its preference to vote as soon as April on a legislative proposal that would allow student-athletes, regardless of sport, to transfer one time without having to sit a season as penalty. - Salt Lake Tribune

(DS#13 QB) Sr/2022 QB Charlie BrewerUtah
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  03/19/21 - Devin LloydrSr/2022, Utah, 6-2, 232 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  Like some of his teammates, Utah middle linebacker Devin Lloyd faced a major decision after the truncated 2020 campaign ended last December. Should he enter his name in the NFL draft? Or should he come back for one more season? Ultimately, Lloyd chose to return to the Utes. So why did he postpone his shot at the NFL? "More than anything, I want to leave with a championship, with a nice little ring on my finger. Hopefully a couple of rings," said the 6-foot-3, 232-pound junior. "I want to bring everyone along with me, too. I know this team wants to be great. I'm not the only one on this team that wants to be great. "My passion for the game as well - the NFL isn't going anywhere," he continued. "I just want to cement a legacy here at the university and do a lot of great things here. I knew I had an opportunity to leave but it wouldn't have been up to my expectations as far as the draft. I just felt like it was all around the best decision to come back and invest another year." - Deseret News

(DS#2 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Devin LloydUtah
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  03/18/21 - Cameron RisingrJr/2023, Utah, 6-1, 220 (DS#40 QB) + More +

  The University of Utah quarterbacks room is undergoing a radical shift with Power Five transfers Charlie Brewer and Ja'Quinden Jackson entering the fray, but Cameron Rising is the incumbent.The redshirt sophomore won the starting job last season, out-dueling Jake Bentley late in fall camp to get the nod in the Nov. 21 season-opener vs. USC. Rising lasted all of 14 offensive snaps, though, suffering a season-ending shoulder injury while trying to recover his own fumble. Rising underwent surgery to repair the shoulder injury and continues to go through rehabilitation as spring practice begins to unfold without him. Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham has ruled Rising out for the spring, so he has no choice but to continue rehab, not to mention wait for his turn to come back around. - Salt Lake Tribune

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  02/25/21 - Theo HowardrSr/2022, Utah, 6-0, 182 (DS#71 WR) + More +

  Theo Howard's time at Oklahoma appears to have met its end. Rivals.com reports the OU receiver is entering the NCAA transfer portal following one season in Norman. Howard transferred from UCLA to OU ahead of the 2020 college football season. He recorded 163 receiving yards on 13 catches in 10 appearances for the Sooners. His most productive outing came against Missouri State on Sept. 12, posting 63 yards on five catches. Howard came to OU following three seasons with the Bruins and was a consensus four-star recruit coming out of Westlake Village High School in California. - Norman Transcript

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  01/25/21 - Elijah SheltonJr/2023, Utah, 6-1, 230 (DS#999 OLB) + More +

  The Utah football team will be the recipient of an in-state player who has been in the transfer portal. On Friday, former Utah State linebacker/defensive end Elijah Shelton announced via Twitter that he has committed to the Utes after announcing on Jan. 13 that he was entering the portal. Listed by Utah State at 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds, Shelton played in five games for the Aggies as a redshirt sophomore in 2020, tallying 15 tackles (nine solo), including 3.5 for loss and two sacks. He also recovered one fumble. - Deseret News

(DS#999 OLB) Jr/2023 OLB Elijah SheltonUtah
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  01/25/21 - Elijah SheltonJr/2023, Utah, 6-1, 230 (DS#999 OLB) + More +

  Shelton, a former Aggie outside linebacker, entered the portal earlier this month and announced his landing spot Friday on Twitter. The redshirt sophomore is headed to the University of Utah. Shelton played in five games this past season for the Aggies, primarily as a second-stringer, and contributed with 15 tackles, including 3.5 for a loss, 2.0 sacks and one pass breakup. The former Highland High star finished with 23 tackles in nine games for USU in 2019. - Herald Journal Tribune

(DS#999 OLB) Jr/2023 OLB Elijah SheltonUtah
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  01/15/21 - Devin LloydrSr/2022, Utah, 6-2, 232 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  On Saturday at 5:20 p.m., Devin Lloyd tweeted out a 21-second highlight video from the shortened 2020 football season, and slapped a caption on it that read, "One Last Ride." Lloyd, a University of Utah redshirt junior linebacker and a finalist for last season's Butkus Award, will return to Salt Lake City in 2021 as a redshirt junior. With that, all of the Utes' major offseason business should now be complete.

Lloyd is returning, an announcement that came days after redshirt junior offensive lineman Nick Ford and junior tight end Brant Kuithe both announced they would return. The coaching staff restocked the quarterback room, hitting the NCAA Transfer Portal for Baylor's Charlie Brewer and Ja'Quinden Jackson of Texas. Same with the running back room, which now includes Oklahoma transfer T.J. Pledger and LSU's Chris Curry. The question now begs, will Utah contend for the Pac-12 South title? - Salt Lake Tribune


(DS#2 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Devin LloydUtah
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  01/14/21 - Chris CurryrJr/2023, Utah, 5-11, 216 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  LSU running back Chris Curry announced Wednesday afternoon he will transfer to Utah. Curry, who entered the NCAA transfer portal in December, posted a graphic on social media of himself wearing a Utah jersey underneath the word "Committed." Wearing the coveted No. 18 jersey this season, Curry finished as LSU's third-leading rusher. The redshirt sophomore played in nine games. He started twice and gained 145 yards on 45 carries. - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#999 RB) rJr/2023 RB Chris CurryUtah
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  01/12/21 - T.J. PledgerSr/2022, Utah, 5-09, 193 (DS#17 RB) + More +

  T.J. Pledger, a 2018 Oklahoma signee and three-year reserve running back, will transfer to Utah, he announced on Monday. The 5-foot-9 running back, who's from Pacoima, California, appeared in 30 games, rushing for 695 yards and six touchdowns on 135 carries. Pledger leaves the program following his most productive season. He tallied 451 rushing yards and five scores during the 2020 season, receiving the role of OU's primary running back while Rhamondre Stevenson served a five-game suspension. He backed up Stevenson, who leaves this offseason as well but for the 2021 NFL Draft, during the last half of OU's 2020 slate. - Norman Transcript

(DS#17 RB) Sr/2022 RB T.J. PledgerUtah
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