Clay registers two TD returns in Ute debut.
Talent runs deep on 2013 roster
Travis Wilson throws for over 200 yards in one half of work, Karl Williams runs for over 100 yards and three touchdowns.
Run game and defense perform well.
Scrimmage Saturday is open to the public.
Football USATSI Photos -- 12/20/14
Utah vs. Michigan (USATSI)
Utah took on Idaho State to open the 2014 football season.
Utah vs. Stanford - USATSI Gallery
UTAH: Utah’s leading rusher and starting running back in 2013 played primarily at slot receiver this past spring … heads into fall as the starting slot back … also has the inside track to return kickoffs and is the No. 2 punt returner … two-time honorable mention Academic All-Pac-12 Conference.
2014–Appeared in 11 games with five starts at running back … team’s third-leading rusher with 211 yards on 49 carries (4.3 average) … also third on the team with three rushing touchdowns … caught 12 passes for 93 yards … returned three punts for 30 yards (10.0 average) … tied career receiving high at Michigan with 75 yards on three catches, including a season-long 67-yard reception … also rushed nine times for 40 yards against the Wolverines … six carries for 42 yards and a touchdown, two receptions for 18 yards and two punt returns for 30 yards in season opener against Idaho State … season-high 54 rushing yards on 13 carries against Fresno State … honorable mention Academic All-Pac-12.
2013–Played in 12 games with nine starts at running back … Utah’s leading rusher had 607 yards on 149 carries and two touchdowns … two 100-yard rushing games (Oregon State, Stanford) … fifth on the team in receiving with 229 yards on 29 catches … second on the team in all-purpose yards (956 yards, 79.7 average) … third on the team in total offense (50.6 yards per game) … 25 carries for a career-high 117 yards and a touchdown against Oregon State … also had seven catches for 70 yards against the Beavers … 22 rushes for 111 yards vs. Stanford … added a season-high 75 yards receiving on seven catches vs. Stanford … 18 carries for 96 yards vs. BYU included a season-best 65-yard rush … all of his 82 yards in punt returns—and four of his five total punt returns—came against Weber State … two kick returns for 38 yards were both against Utah State … honorable mention Academic All-Pac-12.
PRIOR TO UTAH: First-team All-Southern Conference as a freshman at Saddleback College … led the team with 305 yards rushing on 57 attempts (5.4 average) … four rushing touchdowns … also caught 23 passes for 282 yards and two touchdowns … returned a punt 32 yards for a touchdown … Saddleback played in the 2011 Golden State Bowl … ran a leg on the school-record setting 4x400 relay team (3:14.76) … first-team all-state, Northwest League Offensive MVP and first-team all-conference as a senior at Cimarron Memorial HS (Nev.) … 1,678 rushing yards with 20 touchdowns as a senior … also lettered three years in track, twice earning team MVP honors.
PERSONAL: Son of TJ Poole and Jeanetta Edmond … two sisters … when he was one year of age, he was struck by a ricocheting bullet that entered the side of his stomach and exited his thigh (he was shot in his cradle during a struggle over a gun brought into his parents’ home by two men believed to be after his father’s lowrider car) … finished a bachelor’s degree in communication in the summer and will add a degree in sociology in December … full name is James Marquez Poole, but prefers his nickname Bubba … born April 2, 1992.