Talent runs deep on 2013 roster
Utah leads first-team selections.
Game kicks off at 7:45 p.m. in Rice-Eccles Stadium
Jon Hays throws for two touchdowns and 196 yards in 24-21 victory.
UTAH: UTAH: Backup strong safety ... has also returned punts and kickoffs ... came to Utah as a receiver ... received a medical hardship extension for an injury suffered his freshman year and has two years remaining on his clock.
2013-Played in nine games, primarily on special teams ... got in at safety against Stanford ... three total tackles ... two tackles against Oregon State ... six kick returns for 88 yards ... career-high 55 yards on four kick returns against Oregon ... season-long 24 yard kick return against Oregon State ... lettered.
2012-Played in all 12 games on special teams ... Utah's leading punt returner had 26 returns for 138 yards ... 5.3 punt return average ranked fourth in the Pac-12 ... also had eight kick returns for 117 yards (14.6 average) ... four punt returns for 85 yards vs. BYU included a season-long 57-yard return ... five punt returns for 35 yards vs. Washington State ... three kick returns for 49 yards at Colorado ... two kick returns for 43 yards against Washington included a season-long 32-yard return ... second-team Academic All-Pac-12 ... lettered.
2011-Injury redshirt played in four games before suffering a knee injury against Arizona State ... nine punt returns for 113 yards (12.6 average) ... three punt returns for 41 yards against BYU ... two punt returns for 34 yards against Arizona State included a season-long 30-yard return ... three punt returns for 32 yards vs. Montana State ... had a 23-yard kickoff return ... also played receiver and had a 13-yard catch against Washington.
HIGH SCHOOL: All-state receiver as a senior in 2010 ... three-time all-district kick and punt returner ... 45 receptions for 1,076 yards and eight touchdowns his senior year ... McDonogh 35 HS (La.) was the 2009 10-4A champion ... also lettered in track ... made the Principal's honor roll and Maroon honor roll.
PERSONAL: Son of the late Charles Thomas and Nadine Henderson ... father played football at Southeastern Louisiana ... mother has a master's degree in social work from Southern University-New Orleans ... two brothers and two sisters ... sociology major will receive his bachelor's degree in the fall ... born Feb. 3, 1993.