10:11 PM EDT, Fri August 29, 2014

Utah vs. Idaho State: Everything you need to know for Thursday’s opener

Hey folks, it’s football time, and here’s all you need to know when the Utes take on Idaho State: Time, Place and [radio waves in] Space • 5:30 p.m. MT, Rice-Eccles Stadium. Televised on Pac-12 Networks and broadcasted on ESPN700. The Set-Up • Utah opens the season with an FCS opponent that hasn’t beaten a road team since before Justin Bieber was a hit. But Utah does return some very big names, including Travis Wilson, Kenneth Scott and Brian Blechen, and has a chance to showcase its new-look...
Deseret Morning News Aug 28, 2014
It's go time for the Utes: Utah kicks off 2014 season against Idaho State Thursday night

It's go time for the Utes: Utah kicks off 2014 season against Idaho State Thursday night

Plenty of storylines as Utah opens the season Thursday at Rice-Eccles Stadium against Idaho State.
Deseret Morning News Aug 27, 2014
Brad Rock: One thing already missing in Utah's season — siblings

Brad Rock: One thing already missing in Utah's season — siblings

For the first time in 71 years, Utah plays neither BYU or Utah State. However, that doesn't mean the schedule won't be...
Deseret Morning News Aug 27, 2014
Enemy camp: What Idaho State head coach Mike Kramer thinks of the Utes

Enemy camp: What Idaho State head coach Mike Kramer thinks of the Utes

Idaho State head coach Mike Kramer hasn't been shy heaping praise on the Utes and letting everyone know what his team's...
Deseret Morning News Aug 27, 2014
Utah Utes video: Dirk Facer tells us what to look for as Utes open season

Utah Utes video: Dirk Facer tells us what to look for as Utes open season

Deseret News University of Utah beat writer Dirk Facer shares his insight as the Utes open the season Thursday against Idaho...

Utah football — Scouting Idaho State with beat writer Kyle Franko

You gotta take it one game at a time, right? Even if Utah isn't expecting too much of a challenge from visiting Idaho State in Thursday's season opener, it's worth knowing more about what you're going to see. What is Idaho State like? Who are their important players? What are their expectations for the game (even if their coach kind of answered that Tuesday)? To that end, I asked beat reporter Kyle Franko of the Idaho State Journal to answer a few questions on just what's going on in Pocatello. ...
Deseret Morning News Aug 26, 2014
Brad Rock: Shop talk isn't a problem for Ute assistant coach Sharrieff Shah Sr. and family

Brad Rock: Shop talk isn't a problem for Ute assistant coach Sharrieff Shah Sr. and family

Football is a 24-7 proposition for the sports-oriented family of former Ute player Sharrieff Shah Sr.
Deseret Morning News Aug 26, 2014
Friendship between Utah's Whittingham and Christensen began during time together at Idaho State

Friendship between Utah's Whittingham and Christensen began during time together at Idaho State

Coaches reunite on the same side for the first time since they worked for the Bengals together in 1991.
Deseret Morning News Aug 26, 2014
NFL cuts tracker: Former Cougars So'oto, Fangupo among locals to be released (updated)

NFL cuts tracker: Former Cougars So'oto, Fangupo among locals to be released (updated)

Vic So'oto was released by the Steelers Tuesday morning as teams around the league are making cuts to reduce their rosters to...

Utah plans to install $4M-$6M Rice-Eccles scoreboard by 2015 season

Utah Athletic Director Chris Hill told The Tribune on Tuesday that the U. plans to install a new south end zone scoreboard at Rice-Eccles Stadium by the start of the 2015 football season. The scoreboard will be larger and have a higher-quality picture than the current one, Hill said. The sound system — which Hill admits is currently bad — will also be improved. “Just making sure that we give our fans the right experience,” he said. Hill gave a rough cost estimate of $4 million to $6 million. He ...

It’s 3 to play 2, unless it’s 3 to play 3: clarifying the eligibility of UCLA transfer DE Kylie Fitts

There was some confusion about the eligibility of UCLA transfer defensive end Kylie Fitts, so we asked Utah Director of Player Personnel Fred Whittingham for a clarification. Here’s the deal: After UCLA’s coaches denied permission for Fitts to transfer to another Pac-12 school, Fitts appealed to UCLA’s compliance department. He asked that he be allowed to transfer to one of four Pac-12 schools, of which one was Utah. Granted. He asked that he could immediately be eligible for financial aid at hi...

Idaho State’s Kramer: Road losing streak ‘really not in danger’ against Utah, USU

Idaho State head coach Mike Kramer doesn’t want Utah kicker Andy Phillips getting oxygen because he’s kicking so many PATs. How’s that for honesty? Speaking in a Big Sky conference call ahead of his team’s opener Thursday night in Salt Lake City, Kramer acknowledged that the Bengals’ 44-game road losing streak, among other losing streaks, “are just nasty.” “Opening up at Utah and next week at Utah State, I’m sure that that streak’s really not in danger,” he said. He feels good about his teams pr...
Deseret Morning News Aug 26, 2014
Steve Smith brings leadership and talent to Ravens

Steve Smith brings leadership and talent to Ravens

Steve Smith has played 13 NFL seasons, loves to talk about football and craves winning.
Deseret Morning News Aug 26, 2014
College football predictions: How will 2014 unfold for BYU, Utah and Utah State?

College football predictions: How will 2014 unfold for BYU, Utah and Utah State?

The Deseret News Web sports staff and college football fans predicted how the 2014 season will go for BYU, Utah and Utah...
Deseret Morning News Aug 26, 2014
The good, the bad and the most likely: Projecting the 2014 football season for Utah

The good, the bad and the most likely: Projecting the 2014 football season for Utah

Projecting how the Utah Utes will fare during the 2014 football season, including the best-case, worst-case and most likely...

Utes Player News

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    Tim Patrick

    Utah football notes — Walk-on WR Tim Patrick 'surprised' to get starting spot

  • Andre Godfrey

    Andre Godfrey

  • Wallace Gonzalez

    Wallace Gonzalez

    Former minor league baseball player Wallace Gonzalez catching attention as new Utah Utes tight end

  • Jason Fanaika

    Jason Fanaika

    Defensive end Jason Fanaika has turned 'into a man' at Utah