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Utes Place 11 on All-Pac-12 Conference Teams
Five of 25 first-team selections are Utes.
Utes put two-game win streak on the line.
UTAH: One of the league's best special teams players won honorable mention all-Pac-12 honors in that capacity ... also saw time at safety ... won four letters ... blocked three punts in his career ... signed in 2005 as a linebacker, redshirting that fall before leaving for an LDS church mission ... returned to school spring semester of 2008 ... member of Utah's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
2011-Honorable mention all-Pac-12 special teams player ... played all 13 games (mostly on special teams) with one start at safety in the Sun Bowl against Georgia Tech ... 24 tackles included a season-high five stops against Georgia Tech ... blocked two punts against Arizona ... four tackles against UCLA and Washington State ... 7-yard punt return against Arizona ... Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention.
2010-Played in all 13 games, starting at safety against Air Force and San Diego State ... 19 total tackles included one tackle for loss ... tied for second in the MWC in fumble recoveries with two, while 0.15 recoveries per game tied for sixth ... season-high four tackles against San Diego State ... blocked a punt against SDSU that led to the game-winning touchdown ... recovered a fumble on a blocked punt in the fourth quarter against BYU ... three tackles (including an assisted TFL), a forced fumble, fumble recovery and pass breakup against Air Force.
2009-Played in three games on special teams ... made a tackle against Louisville and New Mexico ... lettered.
2008-Played in four games on special teams ... made a tackle against Wyoming ... lettered.
HIGH SCHOOL: 2004 all-state defensive back was also an all-region defensive back, linebacker, punter and wide receiver for Red Mountain High (Ariz.) ... named region Two-Way Player of the Year ... Mesa City Player of the Year ... set Red Mountain High records for receiving yards (1,095) and yards per catch (24.8) ... also lettered four years in track and two in basketball.
PERSONAL: Son of Robert and Laurie Bird ... one of six kids ... bachelor's degree exercise sport science ... full name is Gregory Thomas Bird ... born June 17, 1986.
YEAR G/GS UT AT TOT TFL SACK 2008 4/0 1 0 1 0-0 0-0 2009 3/0 2 0 2 0-0 0-0 2010 13/2 8 11 19 1.0-2 0-0 2011 13/1 14 10 24 0-0 0-0 Totals 33/3 25 21 46 1.0-2 0-0