Utah Rumors & News

  • Alabama joins pursuit of Husker graduate transfer target Stevie Tu'ikolovatu

    Omaha World-Herald "Utah graduate transfer Stevie Tu'ikolovatu — who is considering a spot on Nebraska's roster — is also looking at Alabama, according to his Twitter profile. Tu'ikolovatu posted a photo of himself and Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban on Wednesday morning. The photo is from his visit to Alabama's..." May 25

  • Signing of Maxs Tupai tops off the Utes' 2016 class nicely

    The Deseret News "Utah football topped off its 2016 recruiting class nicely on Wednesday, securing the late signing of Murray four-star defensive end prospect Maxs Tupai. The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Tupai finished his standout Spartan career with 81 tackles and eight sacks in 2015, helping Murray reach the 4A state..." February 25

  • Delshawn McClellon transferring from Utes for final season

    College Football Talk "Another day, another senior deciding to use his final season of eligibility elsewhere. The latest to do as much is Delshawn McClellon, who took to Instagram Tuesday to confirm that he has decided to leave Utah and finish his collegiate career at an undetermined locale. While the wide receiver..." February 11

  • Kyle Whittingham, Utah agree to contract extension through 2020

    CBS Sports "Utah coach Kyle Whittingham has signed a two-year contract extension with the Utes to keep him there through 2020. The extension will pay him $3.3 million per year, a $700,00 raise from what he made in 2015, per the USA Today coaches salary database. “I am grateful for the support and..." January 30

  • Former Utah QB Conner Manning transfers to Georgia State

    The Score "The nation's ninth-ranked passing attacked added another piece Friday as former Utah quarterback Conner Manning announced he's transferred to Georgia State. Manning graduated from Utah in just two-and-a-half years and is eligible to play for the Panthers immediately as a graduate transfer." January 16

  • 5-Star JuCo Offensive Tackle Garett Bolles Commits To Utah

    College Spun "Coming off of a strong 2015, things are looking up for the Utah Utes. This afternoon, Kyle Whittingham’s program landed one of the top junior college linemen in the country, 6-foor-5, 300 pound tackle Garett Bolles out of Snow College." January 04

  • Utah parts ways with WR coach Taylor Stubblefield

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAF - Dr. Saturday "Utah announced Wednesday that wide receivers coach Taylor Stubblefield would not return next season. The release did not specify a reason for the departure. Stubblefield had been with the Utes for two seasons and in that time, the Utes highest single-season receiving total was Kaelin Clay’s..." December 24

  • Utah's Devontae Booker to undergo meniscus surgery, miss rest of regular season

    Salt Lake Tribune "The No. 18 Utes will be without Devontae Booker, who leads the nation in carries per game, as they pursue a Pac-12 South title the next two weeks. As first reported by ESPN 700 and confirmed by The Tribune, the senior running back injured his meniscus in Utah's double-overtime loss to Arizona..." November 19

  • Utah loses safety Chase Hansen for the season

    The Deseret News "Chase Hansen was a major contributor in Utah’s 34-23 win at Washington last Saturday. The redshirt freshman had a game-high 11 tackles, a pass breakup and a forced fumble in his first collegiate start. Things were going well until the final play from scrimmage. That’s when Hansen suffered a..." November 10

  • Utes receive commitment from junior college QB Troy Williams

    Salt Lake Tribune "Of all Utah's commitments in this class, the latest has the chance to have the biggest impact on the 2016 season. Utah received a verbal pledge Tuesday from Santa Monica College quarterback Troy Williams, who played at Washington before opting to play junior college and will have two seasons..." October 21

  • Utah TE Siale Fakailoatonga out for season

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAF - Dr. Saturday "Utah has lost a second tight end for the season. Coach Kyle Whittingham said Siale Fakailoatonga would miss the rest of the 2015 campaign with an injury he suffered against Arizona State. Fakailoatonga became Utah's starting tight end after the first game of the season when Evan Moeai was..." October 20

  • Utah TE Lo Falemaka, RB Marcel Brooks-Brown suffer gunshot wounds

    ESPN "Utah sophomore tight end Lo Falemaka and freshman running back Marcel Brooks-Brown are both stable and recovering in a hospital Sunday morning after being shot in the torso late Saturday night. According to a Utah news release, both players are expected to recover. "Obviously, our first..." September 13

  • Utah reinstates Dominique Hatfield, no target for return to field

    College Football Talk "If there was one concern for Utah coming out of Thursday night’s season-opening win at home against Michigan, it might have been the defensive secondary. A key reinforcement is on the way though, as Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham has reinstated cornerback Dominique Hatfield. Whittingham..." September 08

  • Jim Harbaugh era at Michigan opens with 24-17 loss at Utah

    ESPN "Jim Harbaugh was swarmed by cameramen from the moment he stepped off the bus at Rice-Eccles Stadium. College football's newest rock star had finally arrived to play a game after eight months of hype. And Utah was sick of hearing about it. The Utes felt disrespected despite being favored and..." September 04

  • Jim Harbaugh has told his QBs who the starter is, he's just not telling Utah

    Michigan Live "Jim Harbaugh knows who his starting quarterback will be Thursday night. His quarterbacks know who the starting quarterback will be Thursday night. But Utah doesn't. And, apparently, Harbaugh would like to keep it that way. Speaking on the Big Ten coaches teleconference Tuesday afternoon,..." September 01

  • Former Cal DE Sione Sina transfers to Utah for final season

    Salt Lake Tribune "Capping off an eventful Sunday was a report that former Cal defensive end Sione Sina will transfer to play for Utah. We can confirm that. Sina graduated from Cal with a degree in sociology and will use his final season of eligibility at Utah, deepening a rotation that includes Hunter Dimick,..." August 18

  • Former Cal DE Sione Sina transfers to Utah for final season

    Salt Lake Tribune "Capping off an eventful Sunday was a report that former Cal defensive end Sione Sina will transfer to play for Utah. We can confirm that. Sina graduated from Cal with a degree in sociology and will use his final season of eligibility at Utah, deepening a rotation that includes Hunter Dimick,..." August 05

  • Former Ute Dominique Hatfield charged with assault

    KSL "Former Utah cornerback Dominique Hatfield was charged with assault Monday. On July 5, Hatfield, 20, was at a party when an acquaintance of his asked him to stop "rolling marijuana into a blunt." The acquaintance said he didn't want the smell of marijuana smoke in the room due to the many..." August 04

  • State drops charges against former CB Dominique Hatfield; investigation continues

    Salt Lake Tribune "The state filed a motion Thursday to dismiss current charges against former Utah cornerback Dominique Hatfield, released from the team last week after he was accused of robbing a man at knifepoint. According to the motion: "New evidence has been received and examined that casts doubt on the..." July 18

  • Hatfield dismissed from U. football team in wake of criminal charges

    The Deseret News "University of Utah cornerback Dominique Hatfield’s legal trouble has now cost him his college scholarship. Just a week after the 20-year-old California native was charged with aggravated robbery, a first degree felony, and theft, a class A misdemeanor, he was dismissed from the U.’s football..." July 13

  • Utah suspends alleged knife-wielding Dominique Hatfield

    College Football Talk "Well, you probably saw this one coming. Utah has suspended defensive back Dominique Hatfield for an indefinite amount of time. Hatfield was arrested last week for alleged aggravated robbery, in which the Ute is accused of brandishing a knife and demanding money after luring the alleged victim to a..." July 06

  • U. cornerback Hatfield arrested for investigation of aggravated robbery

    The Deseret News "A key player with the University of Utah football team has been arrested for investigation of aggravated robbery after police say he robbed a man at knife point. Dominique Taishun Hatfield, 20, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail Wednesday, according to jail records. Unified Police..." July 02

  • Utah RB Troy McCormick goes down with 'pretty severe' knee injury

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAF - Dr. Saturday "Utah took a hit to its depth at running back over the weekend. Sophomore Troy McCormick suffered what head coach Kyle Whittingham called a “pretty severe” knee injury after taking a hard hit from sophomore Andre Godfrey during practice on Friday. Whittingham said, per the Salt Lake Tribune,..." April 07

  • Utah transfer from Gamecocks injured ‘pretty severely’ in workout

    College Football Talk "Ahmad Christian will be expected to compete for a starting job in Utah’s secondary this year, although joining that defensive backfield fray has been put off indefinitely. One day after revealing during a radio interview that a quarterback transfer was switching positions, Kyle Whittingham..." February 13

  • Wyoming QB transfer Jason Thompson to play safety at Utah

    The Score "Utah transfer Jason Thompson will make a position change for the 2015 season. Thompson, who came over from Wyoming, will make the switch from quarterback to safety, accommodating the team's need at the position, according to Ben Anderson of 1320 KFan. " February 13

  • Utes QB Adam Schulz transferring to Houston

    Salt Lake Tribune "Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham confirmed Monday that backup quarterback Adam Schulz, who will be a senior next fall, is transferring to Houston. Schulz hails from Muskego, Wis. and walked on at the U. before earning a scholarship. He played in eight games and started three in 2013 after..." January 20

  • Kyle Whittingham agrees to terms on $11M contract extension through 2018

    Salt Lake Tribune "Utah Athletics announced Friday that head coach Kyle Whittingham has agreed to terms on a four-year contract that will extend him one year through 2018 and quell speculation that his days on the hill may be numbered. In the new deal, which has yet to be signed, Whittingham will earn $2.6..." January 17

  • Utah RB Devontae Booker will be back for 2015 season

    Salt Lake Tribune "In his one year on the hill, Devontae Booker finished seven yards shy of John White IV’s single-season rushing record. In 2015, he’ll get another crack at it, according to a release Wednesday from Utah Athletics. The transfer from American River College has decided to not declare for the NFL..." January 15

  • Utah OC Dave Christensen jumping to Texas A&M

    Fox Sports - College Football "Utah offensive coordinator Dave Christensen has accepted an offer to join Texas A&M as its offensive line coach/run game coordinator, a source told FOX Sports on Thursday afternoon. The 53-year-old Christensen, a former head coach at Wyoming for five seasons and a longtime assistant to Gary..." December 26

  • Kalani Sitake and Ilaisa Tuiaki to join Gary Andersen at Oregon State

    Salt Lake Tribune "Utah’s future went from bright to uncertain Tuesday afternoon, when defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake and defensive line coach Ilaisa Tuikai agreed to join former boss Gary Andersen at Oregon State. Sitake, 39, was widely thought to be the linchpin of Utah’s recruiting efforts and directed a..." December 24

  • Sportswriter suggests Utah coaching staff could be ready to split

    College Football Talk "A failure to show a financial commitment to the coaching staff at Utah could prove to be a costly move by Utah athletics director Chris Hill, as one sportswriter suggests. In the past offseason Utah opted not to extend contracts for members on the football team’s coaching staff as the coaches..." November 13

  • Utah WR Dres Anderson out for season with knee injury

    Salt Lake Tribune "Utah announced Wednesday morning that leading receiver Dres Anderson will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury. Anderson, a senior, redshirted in 2010 and has played in seven games this season — over the limit for an NCAA hardship waiver. He has 355 yards and four touchdowns..." October 29

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 09

  • Utah quarterback Travis Wilson cited for alcohol at concert

    Salt Lake Tribune "The leading candidate to start at quarterback for Utah’s football team this fall, Travis Wilson was cited for possession and consumption of alcohol by a minor while at a Tim McGraw concert at USANA Amphitheatre on Friday night. A statement from the Department of Public Safety/Utah Highway..." July 30

  • Utah QB Travis Wilson cited on underage alcohol charge

    CBS Sports "Utah junior quarterback Travis Wilson was cited on an underage alcohol charge at a Salt Lake City concert Friday night, the Associated Press reported. Per the AP, the Utah Department of Public Safety issued a statement Saturday saying Wilson had been charged with possession or consumption of..." July 28

  • South Carolina CB Ahmad Christian to join Utes this fall, sit out one year

    Salt Lake Tribune "Former South Carolina cornerback Ahmad Christian will transfer to Utah this fall and be eligible to play in 2015, he told The Tribune by phone Wednesday night. As a redshirt sophomore last season, Christian was credited with 18 tackles, two pass break-ups and one forced fumble. He played in..." July 21

  • Utah Utes QB Travis Wilson glad to be back after health scare

    NFL.com "Travis Wilson is familiar with just about everything at the Elite 11, from the schedule to the coaching staff he worked with at the event several years ago when he was a rising senior in high school. He has thrown the branded Nike footballs at the competition too many times to count and has stood..." July 09

  • Utah QB Travis Wilson medically cleared for contact

    Salt Lake Tribune "Utah’s most experienced quarterback cleared a huge hurdle Tuesday in his quest to get back on the football field after it was once feared that his career was over. Junior Travis Wilson was medically cleared for full contact following a CT scan that showed that a once-threatening artery injury..." June 24

  • Utes officially lose QB, could gain ex-Gamecocks CB

    College Football Talk "A handful of days after it was first reported, Utah officials have confirmed to the Deseret News that quarterback Micah Thomas has left the football program and will transfer to an unknown university to continue his collegiate playing career. The decision to leave the Utes came down to playing..." June 17

  • Medical decision on Utah QB Travis Wilson’s future forthcoming

    College Football Talk "At some point before the calendar flips from June to July, Utah should know whether or not it will have its starting quarterback moving forward. A concussion — technically, an intracranial artery injury — sidelined Travis Wilson for the last three games of the 2013 season and led to questions..." June 16

  • Utah QB turned WR Micah Thomas will transfer

    Salt Lake Tribune "After moving from quarterback to wide receiver this spring, Micah Thomas will transfer. The move, hinted at in Thomas’ tweets earlier this week, was confirmed by Utah’s program Wednesday. The program did not say where Thomas will go. A 6-foot, 194-pound redshirt freshman signal caller out of..." June 12

  • Utah RB Lucky Radley to walk on at SDSU

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The Aztecs had great success with a pair of graduate transfers two years ago -- Oregon State transfer Ryan Katz won the starting quarterback job, and USC transfer Brice Butler finished his one season at San Diego State as the Oakland Raiders' seventh round selection in the 2013 draft. This..." June 02

  • Injury will likely sideline Utes’ Gionni Paul for start of season

    College Football Talk "After transferring to Utah last year, Gionni Paul was forced to sit out the 2013 season to satisfy NCAA regulations. Unfortunately for the linebacker, he’ll have to wait even longer to officially begin his Utes playing career. Head coach Kyle Whittingham confirmed Friday that Paul suffered a..." April 12

  • Utes lose linebacker Jacoby Hale for spring due to ACL tear

    Salt Lake Tribune "The Utes may be without one of their top pass-rushing threats when they open 2014 play. Senior linebacker Jacoby Hale tore his ACL and MCL at Thursday’s practice and will undergo surgery, said Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham after practice Saturday. Whittingham said he’s seen guys come back..." March 31

  • Utah DL injured in moped accident says he's recovering

    CBS Sports "Kyle Whittingham and the Utah football program announced some unfortunate news Feb. 24, offering their "thoughts and prayers" to the family of Ute defensive lineman Moana Ofahengaue, who had suffered a serious head injury in a motorized bike accident and was then in critical condition. Two..." March 10

  • Oklahoma transfer Kendal Thompson lands at Utah

    The Oklahoman "Former Oklahoma quarterback Kendal Thompson looks to have found his next college football home - The University of Utah. The Utah Football Twitter page made an announcement Wednesday morning that Thompson was officially part of the "Ute Nation." Thompson had visited Utah earlier this month." February 26

  • Quarterback Travis Wilson gets doctors’ OK to practice

    Salt Lake Tribune "Utah quarterback Travis Wilson received the news he had been hoping for on Monday with doctor examinations revealing there was no change in the intracranial arterial condition that cut short his 2013 season and threatened to end his career. As a result, Wilson has been cleared to participate in..." February 25

  • Accident leaves Utah DL Moana Ofahengaue critical

    College Football Talk "While there was good news on the medical front for Utah’s starting quarterback, it was decidedly the opposite for a player on the other side of the ball. Moana Ofahengaue, the school confirmed, is listed in critical condition following what was described as a motorbike accident Sunday night...." February 25

  • Utah first up on Kendal Thompson’s transfer tour

    College Football Talk "ased on one report, there’s certainly no lack of interest in a former Oklahoma quarterback. Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, the Daily Oklahoman is reporting that more than 40 football programs — 42 to be specific — have expressed an interest in erstwhile Sooner Kendal Thompson...." February 16

  • Former Utah DE Reilly fueled by daughter's battle with cancer

    Fox Sports "When Trevor Reilly lines up at the NFL Scouting Combine, the former Utah defensive end will also carry the weight of his two daughters and wife on his shoulders. Ever since Reilly’s year-old daughter Shayn was diagnosed with cancer in June, his perspective on life, football and family have..." February 14

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