Clay registers two TD returns in Ute debut.
Talent runs deep on 2013 roster
Lotulelei, Dunn make first team; Brenner second team.
Utah took on Idaho State to open the 2014 football season.
Utah vs. USC - USATSI Gallery
Utah vs. Stanford - USATSI Gallery
Utah defeated Utah State 30-26 in the opening game of the season
UTAH: All-conference candidate has started since his true freshman season, playing and starting in 35 games at free safety from 2011-13 (missed two games with injury as a sophomore) ... split his time in spring ball between corner and free safety and is listed as a starter at both positions ... Utah's fastest defensive back has 4.39 40 speed, which ranks third overall on the team ... 21 career pass breakups is tied for the seventh-most in school history ... five double-digit tackle games in his career ... made four Freshman All-America teams in 2011.
2013-Played and started in all 12 games at free safety ... 69 tackles tied for third on team ... seven pass breakups ranked second on the team and was tied for 10th in the Pac-12 ... 10 tackles against both Utah State and Arizona ... nine tackles (0.5 TFL) vs. Oregon ... six tackles and two pass breakups at BYU ... three pass breakups vs. Weber State ... honorable mention Academic All-Pac-12.
2012-Honorable mention All-Pac-12 ... played and started in 10 games at free safety, missing two and a half games early in the season with a hamstring injury ... ranked second on the team in tackles (64, including a team-high 39 solo stops) and pass breakups (5, tie) ... also had an interception and a fumble recovery ... career-high 16 tackles and two pass breakups against Arizona ... 10 tackles against USC ... five tackles, a fumble recovery, an interception and a pass breakup against Colorado.
2011-Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America (first team), Scout.com/CFN (first team), Yahoo! Sports (second team) and Phil Steele (third team) ... started all 13 games (10 at free safety and three at strong safety) ... nine pass breakups ranked second on the team and tied for ninth in the Pac-12 ... 10 passes defended tied for 11th in the league ... team's fourth-leading tackler had 69 tackles, 2.5 TFL, a sack and a fumble recovery ... season-high 10 tackles against Arizona State ... seven tackles with two pass breakups vs. Oregon State ... four tackles (1 sack) and two pass breakups against UCLA ... nine tackles vs. Montana State ... six tackles, an interception and a pass breakup at Washington State.
HIGH SCHOOL: First-team 13-5A all-district in 2010 and second-team in 2009 ... third-team 5A all-state as a junior and honorable mention as a senior ... 2010 Rivals 5A all-state pick ...2010 5A first-team all-Texas defense ... 2010 Texas AP Top 100 Football Player ... first-team all-area defense as a junior and first-team all-Greater Houston defense as a senior ... VYPE Magazine's Top 50 Legends of the Fall ... finalist for Defensive Player of the Year by the Houston Touchdown Club ... Klein HS (Texas) Most Valuable Defensive back as a junior and senior ... team captain his senior year ... Klein High made the 2009 state semi-finals and was the region champion ... career stats included 207 tackles, four forced fumbles, nine interceptions (returned one for a touchdown), three blocked punts and two kickoff returns for a touchdown ... also competed in basketball and track ... all-district basketball player as a junior ... member of National Honor Society.
PERSONAL: Son of Nelson and Denise Rowe ... father graduated from Purdue and mother from Cleveland State ... two sisters both play volleyball ... lived in six cities in four states growing up ... business major will receive his bachelor's degree in the fall ... full name is Nelson Eric Rowe Jr. ... born Oct. 3, 1992 in Cleveland, Ohio.