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12/11/18 - (WR) - Britain Covey, rSr, 5-08, 170
WR Britain Covey, Utah's leading receiver, announced on social media that he has undergone surgery to repair a torn ACL. Covey revealed on his Twitter account on Tuesday, "Just had surgery to repair a torn ACL and meniscus. I'll be back before you know it! In the end, minor setbacks turn out to be major miracles! " Covey suffered the injury during the Pac-12 championship game loss to Washington, but the nature of the injury was not specified. A torn ACL means Covey will miss the Utes' Dec. 31 Holiday Bowl against Northwestern and will also sit out spring practice. Covey was the Utes' leader in receptions with 60 and receiving yards with 637. Covey also carried the ball 21 times for another 172 yards, and added a pair of touchdown passes. Covey was also named first-team All-Pac-12 as a return specialist.

12/08/18 - (QB) - Tyler Huntley, Jr, 6-1, 200
QB Tyler Huntley may not be done for the season after all. Huntley, who broke a collarbone on Nov. 3, was a full participant in Friday's practice and could be available for Utah's matchup against Northwestern in the Holiday Bowl on New Year's "We'll just work him in and see how much he can progress," Utes coach Kyke Whittingham told the Salt Lake Tribune of the possibility of returning for the bowl game. Huntley was able to throw during Friday's non-contact practice but he still must receive medical clearance to return to the lineup.

11/18/18 - (QB) - Jason Shelley, rFr, 5-11, 195
It was the No. 21 Utah Utes who weathered this storm. "It doesn't bother us a bit," coach Kyle Whittingham said after the Utes rolled to a 30-7 win over Colorado in freezing rain and snow Saturday. "We are up in the mountains in Salt Lake City, so not a problem at all. Our guys handled it very well. It didn't faze them." So comfortable were the Utes that several of them warmed up shirtless. "We're from Utah, so it's not like we don't play in the cold weather, too. It was nothing to us," said linebacker Francis Bernard, who had to step in for star Chase Hansen, who was ejected for targeting. Buffs senior wide receiver Jay MacIntyre, on the other hand, wasn't accustomed to the foul weather.

"No, not really. This was the first real time" playing a game in snow, he said. "Me and my brother and my friends would go at night to my high school and go play in the snow sometimes. That was fun. But other than that, not really. Not like a real game." Jason Shelley threw for 221 yards and two touchdowns in the sloppy conditions, slinging the Utes closer to their first Pac-12 title game appearance. The victory gave them at least a share of the Pac-12 South tile. "It's huge. Utah football deserves it," Shelley said. The Utes (8-3, 6-3) can clinch their first Pac-12 South title if Arizona State loses at Oregon later Saturday or if the Sun Devils lose to Arizona next week. - AP College Football

11/12/18 - (K) - Matt Gay, Sr, 6-0, 232
NOV 12 PAC-12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Matt Gay, Sr., PK, Utah (Orem, Utah),...Set a school record by making 6-of-6 field goals (35, 20, 21, 55, 41 and 24 yards) and also made both PATs to score 20 points in the 32-25 win over Oregon...His six field goals set a school record for field goals in a game and he also tied the program record for points in a game by a kicker...His 55-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter was a season-long, his sixth career field goal of 50-plus yards...He has made 18 straight field goal attempts, to tie for the school record...Gay ranks first in the Pac-12 and third nationally in field goals made per game (2.00). - Pac-12 Football

11/11/18 - (RB) - Zack Moss, Jr, 5-09, 215
Utah running back Zack Moss sustained a potentially season-ending knee injury while climbing into bed, according to coach Kyle Whittingham. Whittingham labeled the injury as "very strange" while talking with reporters after the Utes' 32-25 victory versus Oregon on Saturday. "It locked up on him, his leg, and it could have been from a week ago, a month ago, a year ago," Whittingham told reporters. "There's just no way to tell. And so, it's unfortunate. It looks like he's going to need surgery. That's not 100 percent sure right now. I guess there's going to be some second opinions and so forth." It is not immediately known if Moss -- a junior -- will return to action or if his collegiate career is over. He is expected to be an early-entry candidate for the 2019 NFL Draft.

"The approach we take is in-season you do everything that is in the best interest of the team. After the season it's what is in the best interest of the player," Whittingham said. "So, if it's in Zack's best interest to come out early, then we'll support that 100 percent. But those decisions will be made in due time, next month or two. But the first order of business is to get the injury addressed and decide exactly what needs to happen." Armand Shyne led the Utes with 174 yards on 26 carries against the Ducks in place of Moss, who has rushed for 1,092 yards and 11 touchdowns in nine games this season. Moss was on pace to break Utah's single-season rushing record, which is 1,519 yards. Moss has 2,647 career rushing yards and 23 touchdowns on 477 carries. - The Sports Xchange

11/11/18 - (RB) - Armand Shyne, rJr, 5-10, 210
Jason Shelley may be a freshman and undersized for a major college quarterback, but he doesn't lack confidence. "We know what we can do. We know we can play. We're here for a reason," Shelley said. "We couldn't wait to prove it." In his first start, Shelley ran for two touchdowns and Armand Shyne had 174 yards rushing to power Utah past Oregon 32-25 on Saturday. The Utes (7-3, 5-3 Pac-12) lost Tyler Huntley, their starting quarterback, and running back Zack Moss, who had already rushed for 1,092 yards this season, to injury within a few days of each other. "They could either pick up the slack and move forward or feel sorry and mope and pout. But that is not us. That is not our culture," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said of his team, which stayed atop the Pac-12 South standings. - AP College Football

11/09/18 - (RB) - Zack Moss, Jr, 5-09, 215
Utah running back Zack Moss will miss the rest of the season after injuring a knee injury in practice Wednesday. "So many emotions. So many tears. I'm coming back stronger. God's plan," Moss tweeted Thursday night after learning that his injury would end his season and that he would need surgery. Moss, a junior, rushed for 1,092 yards and 11 touchdowns in nine games. He ranked third in the Pac-12 in total rushing yardage and his 6.1 yards per carry ranked second in the league. Moss is just the fourth player for the Utes to have two 1,000-yard seasons in his career. He rushed for 1,173 yards and 10 touchdowns during a breakout sophomore campaign a year ago. This is the second major injury to a key playmaker for Utah in November. The Utes also lost starting quarterback Tyler Huntley for the season after he suffered a broken collarbone in the third quarter of a 38-20 loss to Arizona State. - AP College Football

11/04/18 - (QB) - Tyler Huntley, Jr, 6-1, 200
Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley will miss the remainder of the season after sustaining a broken collarbone during Saturday's 38-20 setback at Arizona State. Freshman Jason Shelley will take over starting duties in place of Huntley, who was carted off the field in the third quarter after colliding with Sun Devils defensive back Demonte King. Huntley completed 150 of 234 passes for 1,788 yards with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions this season for the Utes, who are in first place in the Pac-12 South. Utah owns a 6-3 mark overall and 4-3 conference record. The junior quarterback completed 7 of 15 passes for 88 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions against Arizona State. Shelley entered Saturday's contest and led the Utes to a field goal, trimming their deficit to 21-20. He finished just 4 of 11 for 59 yards with an interception versus the Sun Devils, who scored the game's final 17 points to seal the win. Shelley, who is expected to start next week's home game against Oregon, had attempted just three passes in his career prior to Saturday's action. Sophomore walk-on Drew Lisk is the lone other quarterback on the roster for Utah, which announced two weeks ago that freshman Kyle Tuttle was "no longer participating in team activities. - The Sports Xchange

10/22/18 - (OLB) - Chase Hansen, rSr, 6-2, 230
OCT 22 PAC-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Chase Hansen led the Utes with 11 tackles (3.0 TFL) and his second interception of the season. Hansen played a major role in holding USC to just three converted third downs (3-of-14), including 0-10 in the first three quarters. Ten of his 11 tackles against USC prevented the Trojans from a first down. Hansen now has 14.0 tackles for loss on the season, ranking second in the Pac-12 and fourth in the nation. - Pac-12 Football

10/22/18 - (K) - Matt Gay, Sr, 6-0, 232
OCT 22 PAC-12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Matt Gay was 2-for-2 on field goals and 5-for-5 on PATs. He knocked in a 33-yard field goal to close Utah's deficit to four (14-10) at the start of the second quarter. His 30-yard field goal as time expired in the first half gave Utah a 20-14 cushion at the break. Gay improved to 6-for-6 this season in the 30-39-yard range and he leads the Pac-12 in scoring by a kicker per game (8.0) and field goals per game (1.43). - Pac-12 Football

10/22/18 - (QB) - Tyler Huntley, Jr, 6-1, 200
OCT 22 PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tyler Huntley tied his career high with 341 yards on 22-of-29 passing (76%) and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 33 rushing yards and a touchdown. Huntley's 46-yard touchdown pass to Britain Covey on third down and five in the first quarter sparked a run of 34 unanswered points by Utah. The Utes took their first lead of the game (17-14) when Huntley racked up 58 of Utah's 67 yards in a second-quarter scoring drive, including his 3-yard rushing touchdown to finish the drive. - Pac-12 Football

10/21/18 - (QB) - Tyler Huntley, Jr, 6-1, 200
Tyler Huntley threw for 341 yards and four touchdowns on 22-of-29 passing to lead Utah to a 41-28 victory over Southern Cal on Saturday night. Huntley matched a career-high in passing yards to help the Utes beat the Trojans for the third straight time at home. Zack Moss added 136 yards on 25 carries. Utah (5-2, 3-2 Pac-12) has won three straight overall and moved into a first-place tie with USC in the Pac-12 South. JT Daniels was 6-of-16 passing for 89 yards and a score with two interceptions for USC. Matt Fink, who played the entire fourth quarter in place of the freshman, finished with 43 yards and a touchdown on 6-of-7 passing. The Trojans (4-3, 3-2 Pac-12) generated just 205 total yards and averaged 3.8 yards per play. Utah tallied 541 yards while averaging 6.7 yards per play. - AP College Football

10/15/18 - (P) - Mitch Wishnowsky, Sr, 6-2, 219
OCT 15 PAC-12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Mitch Wishnowsky, Sr., P, Utah (Perth, Australia)...Had four punts for a season-high average of 48.2 yards per punt against Arizona. Arizona had zero yards on one punt return...Wishnowsky, who had two punts of 50 or more yards (long of 55), landed three of his four punts inside the 20-yard-line and two inside the 10. His final punt was a 55-yarder downed on the Arizona 2-yard line with 2:33 remaining in the game...He also faked a punt for a 28-yard rush (the longest of his career) to set up Utah's final touchdown of the game. Wishnowsky ranks second in the Pac-12 and 19th in the nation in punting (44.6). Also nominated: Davis Price, P/PK, COLO; JJ Molson, PK, UCLA. - Pac-12 Football

10/14/18 - (QB) - Tyler Huntley, Jr, 6-1, 200
Tyler Huntley is flashing his familiar gap-toothed smile a lot more often these days. "Man, that was pretty tight," Huntley said with a wide grin after he threw for two touchdowns, ran for another and caught a 58-yard TD pass, leading Utah past Arizona 42-10 on Friday night. In an effort to keep Huntley healthy, Utah coaches talked all fall camp about limiting his hits and making him more of a passer. After losses to Washington and Washington State where the Utah offense sputtered, the Utes committed to the running game and has let Huntley freelance again with his legs and arm.

On a play that typified the game, Huntley handed the ball to Zack Moss, who tossed it to Britain Covey coming the other direction. Covey, a title-winning high school quarterback who is now Utah's leading receiver, threw a perfect spiral to Huntley for 58-yard touchdown. In postgame interviews, Huntley made sure everyone knew there was no quarterback controversy with Covey. "I'm definitely quarterback and that isn't even a qustion," Huntley said after his triple-threat performance. Utah (4-2, 2-2 Pac-12) led 35-0 less than two minutes into the second half. - AP College Football

10/08/18 - (K) - Matt Gay, Sr, 6-0, 232
OCT 8 PAC-12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Matt Gay, K, Utah (Orem, Utah)...Gay was integral in Utah's 40-21 win at No. 14 Stanford, making 4-of-4 field goals, including back-to-back kicks of 48 and 49 yards to end the first half and the start the second half. His 49-yard field goal was a season-long...Gay's other field goals were from 34 and 37 yards putting him at 4-of-4 made field goals inside the 40-yard line this season and 25-of-26 in his career...Gay also made 4-of-4 PATs giving him 16 points on the night...Gay ranks first in the Pac-12 in field goals per game (1.60) and is tied for first in the league in kick-scoring points per game (7.8). Also nominated: Champ Flemings, WR/KR, OSU; Jake Bailey, P, STAN; Kainoa Wilson, WR, WSU. - Pac-12 Football

10/08/18 - (CB) - Jaylon Johnson, So, 6-0, 190
OCT 8 PAC-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jaylon Johnson, So., DB, Utah (Fresno, Calif.)...Johnson tallied seven tackles and one interception return for a touchdown in the 40-21 win at No. 14 Stanford...He became just the third Ute in history, and the first since 1994, to return an interception 100 yards for a touchdown. His interception return for the touchdown came in the second quarter with Stanford on the Utah 9-yard line and the Utes clinging to a 7-0 lead...Johnson's 100-yard interception return is the longest in the nation this year. Also nominated: Scottie Young Jr., S, ARIZ; Mustafa Johnson, DE, COLO; Bobby Okereke, LB, STAN; Adarius Pickett, S, UCLA; Ben Burr-Kirven, LB, WASH; Peyton Pelluer, LB, WSU. - Pac-12 Football

09/25/18 - (OLB) - Chase Hansen, rSr, 6-2, 230
SEPT 10 PAC-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Chase Hansen, Sr., LB, Utah (Highland, Utah)... Finished the game with 12 tackles (2.0 sacks, 2.5 TFL), an interception return for a touchdown and a key fourth-quarter fumble recovery that stopped an NIU drive on first and 10. It was his third career game with 10-plus tackles... With Utah clinging to a 10-6 lead with under three minutes remaining, Hansen scored the final points of the game on a 40-yard return of an interception for a touchdown. It was his second career pick-six...One of Hansen's two sacks came on NIU's last offensive drive of the game, sending the Huskies back 15 yards on a first-and-10. He secured the victory with a 5-yard tackle for loss on fourth down for the Huskies. Also nominated: Merlin Robertson, LB, ASU; Evan Weaver, LB, CAL; Nate Landman, LB, COLO; Jalen Jelks, DL, ORE; Bobby Okereke, LB, STAN; Jalen Thompson, S, WSU. - Pac-12 Football

09/24/18 - (K) - Matt Gay, Sr, 6-0, 232
PK Matt Gay, a consensus All-American last year who won the Lou Groza Award, has gotten off to a slow start, making only 3 of 6 field goal attempts, including 1 of 4 from 40 yards or beyond. Last year, he led the nation in field goals made (30), field goals made per game (2.31), 50-plus yard field goals (5, tie) and field goals attempted (34).

09/12/18 - (WR) - Britain Covey, rSr, 5-08, 170
ATH Britain Covey had his first 100-yard receiving game of the season and tied his career high with 129 yards on eight catches against Northern Illinois. He has two career 100-yard receiving games (129 vs. USC in 2015 is the other). Covey led Utah with 137 all-purpose yards, which also included three rushing yards and five punt return yards. He has five career games with 100-plus all-purpose yards.

09/12/18 - (OLB) - Chase Hansen, rSr, 6-2, 230
LB Chase Hansen scored a touchdown on a 40-yard interception return against Northern Illinois last week. He has two career interceptions returned for a touchdown (also against Arizona State in 2016). Hansen had 12 tackles and led Utah with 2.5 tackles for loss (2.0 sacks) against the Huskies. He has three career games with 10-plus tackles.

08/31/18 - (RB) - Zack Moss, Jr, 5-09, 215
Zack Moss rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown and added a receiving score to power Utah to a 41-10 win over Weber State on Thursday night. Unexpectedly down 10 to start the game, the Utes responded and tallied 587 yards, and Moss claimed the fourth-longest run from scrimmage in school history when he ran untouched for an 86-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Utah's Tyler Huntley overcame an early pick to throw for 253 yards and four touchdowns. The Utes showcased a balanced offense of 294 yards on the ground and 293 through the air. The Wildcats stunned Utah with two quick scores, capitalizing on a muffed punt and an interception and led 10-0 in the first quarter. The Wildcats players danced on the sideline as Utah's 52nd consecutive sellout crowd went quiet. - AP College Football

08/27/18 - (QB) - Jason Shelley, rFr, 5-11, 195
QB Jason Shelley, a redshirt freshman, has been named the No. 2 quarterback behind starter Tyler Huntley. Shelley earned the nod over true freshman Jack Tuttle.

08/27/18 - (OT) - Johnny Capra, rJr, 6-5, 301
OL Johnny Capra, a fourth-year junior who was a projected starter coming out of spring practice, will miss the 2018 season with an undisclosed injury.

08/27/18 - (WR) - Britain Covey, rSr, 5-08, 170
WR Britain Covey, a sophomore, is back in the starting lineup after returning from a two-year church mission. He was Utah's leading receiver, a Freshman All-American and an honorable mention All-Pac-12 return specialist in 2015.

08/27/18 - (OT) - Jackson Barton, rSr, 6-7, 303
LT Jackson Barton has the size scouts covet -- 6-foot-7 and 308 pounds -- and he reminds people of his predecessor Garrett Bolles, who became a starter for the Denver Broncos as a rookie. Barton, a Salt Lake City native, comes from an athletic family that includes a pair of parents who were each two-sport athletes in college.

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