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.
Utes go at it for over 100 snaps on Friday afternoon.
Longtime coach won two national championships
Football USATSI Photos -- 12/20/14
Utah vs. Colorado football
Utah took on Idaho State to open the 2014 football season.
Utah Football vs. No. 23 Arizona State, November 9, 2013
Year at Utah: 10th
Career Record: 76-39
Bowl Record: 7-1*
*Includes 2005 Fiesta Bowl
Kyle Whittingham, the 2008 National Coach of the Year, has participated in more Utah victories than any football coach in school history. Whittingham, who enters his 10th year as Utah's head coach with a 76-39 record, has contributed to 161 victories in 20 total seasons on the staff.
On December 8, 2004, he was named the school's 20th head coach. His first victory came less than a month later when he co-coached (with Urban Meyer) the 2005 Fiesta Bowl win over Pittsburgh. His first regular-season victory was against Arizona in the 2005 season opener. He came to Utah in 1994 as the defensive line coach and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 1995.
Utah has registered three 10-win seasons in Whittingham's first nine years as the head coach--in 2008, 2009 and 2010--earning final national rankings of No. 2 in 2008 (Associated Press), No. 18 in 2009 (A.P. and Coaches) and No. 23 in 2010 (Coaches).
Whittingham, who has compiled a 7-1 bowl record (2-0 in BCS bowls) as the head coach, is the only person in the program who was involved in all of Utah's nine-consecutive bowl wins from 1999-2009, which tied for the second-longest bowl win streak in NCAA history. He was the head coach for six of those wins and the defensive coordinator for the first three. Whittingham's Sun Bowl victory over Georgia Tech in 2011 was the first bowl win for the new Pac-12 Conference.
In 2008, Whittingham engineered the best season in Utah football history when the Utes finished 13-0 and routed Alabama--a team that had spent five weeks at No. 1--in the Sugar Bowl. Utah finished the season with a No. 2 A.P. ranking and Whittingham was recognized as the National Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and the Paul "Bear" Bryant Awards committee.
The country's only undefeated FBS team in 2008, Utah beat four top-25 teams--two that finished in the top 10. In addition to his national awards, Whittingham was named the Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year.
In their first season in the Pac-12 Conference in 2011, the Utes were in contention for a berth in the league championship game until the final week of the regular season. They bounced back to beat Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl and finish with an 8-5 record. The 2012 Utes finished strong, winning three of their final five Pac-12 games. The highlight of the 2013 season was a win over No. 5 Stanford and Utah went 3-0 in non-conference play, sweeping the in-state schools and improving Whittingham's record against BYU to 6-3.
Whittingham has a solid reputation for developing NFL players and Utah was one of six Pac-12 schools with at least 25 players on NFL rosters in 2013. As an assistant or head coach, he has had 57 players make NFL rosters, including 31 NFL draft picks (eight first or second-round selections) and 26 undrafted free agents. A school-record six Utes were drafted in 2010, which was tied for fourth in the nation that year.
His players have also earned numerous collegiate awards. Whittingham has coached nine All-Americans--among them seven first-team selections and two second-team honorees. First-team All-Americans were Luther Elliss (1994, consensus defensive lineman), Eric Weddle (2006, consensus defensive back), Louie Sakoda (2007, punter; 2008, unanimous consensus place kicker), Zane Beadles (2009, offensive line), Shaky Smithson (2010, punt returner), Star Lotulelei (2012, defensive tackle) and Reggie Dunn (2012, kick returner). His second-team All-Americans were Morgan Scalley (2004, defensive back) and Caleb Schlauderaff (2010, offensive line).
Whittingham's players have won 58 first-team all-conference awards. In Utah's first three seasons in the Pac-12, Utah has had six first-team all-conference players, among them two-time honoree Star Lotulelei (2011-12). Lotulelei won the 2011 Morris Award as the Pac-12's best defensive lineman and went onto become a first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Utah's first-team All-Pac-12 picks to date are Tony Bergstrom (2011), Derrick Shelby (2011), Reggie Dunn (2012), Lotulelei (2011, 2012), Trevor Reilly (2013) and Tom Hackett (2013).
Before joining the Pac-12, Whittingham coached a Mountain West Conference MVP every year from 2004-08: Defensive Players of the Year Scalley (2004) and Weddle (2005 and 2006), Special Teams MVP Sakoda (2006, 2007, 2008), and Offensive MVP Brian Johnson (2008).
Utah has also excelled academically under Whittingham. Since he became head coach in 2005, his players have won three Academic All-America citations and 163 academic all-conference awards.
Whittingham began his coaching career in 1985-86 as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Brigham Young. He spent one season as the defensive coordinator at the College of Eastern Utah in 1987, before a six-year stint at Idaho State (1988-93).
A linebacker for Brigham Young from 1978-81, Whittingham earned first-team all-WAC and WAC Defensive Player of the Year honors in 1981. He played in the first four Holiday Bowls and was named Defensive MVP of the 1981 game. In 2008, he was inducted into the Holiday Bowl Hall of Fame. After his senior season, Whittingham played in the Hula and Japan Bowls. He played professionally with the Denver Broncos (1982 training camp) and the U.S. Football League's (USFL) Denver Gold (1983) and New Orleans Breakers (1984). He played on the Los Angeles Rams' replacement squad in 1987.
Whittingham graduated from BYU in 1984 and added a master's degree from the school in 1987. Born November 21, 1959, he was raised in Provo, Utah. He is married to the former Jamie Daniels. They have four children: Tyler, Melissa, Alex and Kylie. Tyler played for the Utes from 2009-11 and Alex is currently a redshirt freshman for the Utes.
|2004*||Utah||1-0||0-0 MWC||Fiesta (Pittsburgh)||W|
|2005||Utah||7-5||4-4 MWC||Emerald (Georgia Tech)||W|
|2006||Utah||8-5||5-3 MWC||Armed Forces (Tulsa)||W|
|2007||Utah||9-4||5-3 MWC||Poinsettia (Navy)||W|
|2008||Utah||13-0||8-0 MWC||Sugar (Alabama)||W|
|2009||Utah||10-3||6-2 MWC||Poinsettia (California)||W|
|2010||Utah||10-3||7-1 MWC||Las Vegas (Boise State)||L|
|2011||Utah||8-5||4-5 Pac-12||Sun (Georgia Tech)||W|
|Utah Career Record: 76-39||Pac-12 Record: 9-18|
|Conference record: 44-31||Bowl Record: 7-1|
|*Co-head coach at the 2005 Fiesta Bowl|
|RECORD vs ALL OPPONENTS|
|San Diego State||5-1|
|San Jose State||2-0|
|Special Teams Coordinator|
|1987||College of Eastern Utah|
|FROM WHITT TO THE NFL|
|Matt Asiata||Minnesota (free agent)||Running Back|
|Zane Beadles||Denver (2nd round), Jacksonville||Offensive Line|
|Blaine Berger||Arizona (free agent)||Defensive Tackle|
|Tony Bergstrom||Oakland (3rd round)||Offensive Line|
|Conroy Black||Oakland (free agent)||Defensive Back|
|Jesse Boone||Cincinnati (free agent)||Offensive Line|
|Andy Bowers||Arizona(free agent)||Defensive End|
|Sam Brenner||Miami (free agent)||Offensive Line|
|Freddie Brown||Cincinnati (7th round), Minnesota||Wide Receiver|
|Martail Burnett||Minnesota (free agent), San Francisco||Defensive End|
|Brandon Burton||Minnesota (5th round), Buffalo, Cincinnati||Cornerback|
|Anthony Denham||Houston (free agent)||Tight End|
|Reggie Dunn||Pittsburgh (free agent), New England||Wide Receiver|
|Andre Dyson||Tennessee (2nd round),Seattle, N.Y. Jets||Defensive Back|
|Luther Elliss||Detroit (1st round), Denver||Defensive Line|
|Jonathan Fanene||Cincinnati (7th round)||Defensive Line|
|Steve Fifita||Miami (free agent), New England||Defensive Line|
|Tevita Finau||Philadelphia (free agent), N.Y. Jets||Defensive Line|
|John Frank||Philadelphia (6th round)||Defensive Line|
|Quinton Ganther||Tennessee (7th round), Washington, Seattle, Buffalo||Running Back|
|Phil Glover||Tennessee (7th round), Indianapolis||Linebacker|
|Robert Johnson||Tennessee (5th round)||Defensive Back|
|Ma'ake Kemoeatu||Baltimore (free agent), Carolina, Washington, Baltimore||Defensive Line|
|Joe Kruger||Philadelphia (7th round)||Defensive Line|
|Paul Kruger||Baltimore (2nd round)||Defensive Line|
|Travis LaTendresse||Kansas City (free agent)||Wide Receiver|
|Star Lotulelei||Carolina (1st round)||Defensive Tackle|
|John Madsen||Oakland (free agent), Cleveland||Tight End|
|Brice McCain||Houston (6th round), Pittsburgh||Defensive Back|
|Keith McGill||Oakland(4th round)||Defensive Back|
|Bronzell Miller||St. Louis Rams (7th Round), Jacksonville||Defensive End|
|Koa Misi||Miami (2nd round)||Defensive End|
|Jake Murphy||Oakland(free agent)||Tight End|
|Tenny Palepoi||San Diego (free agent)||Defensive Line|
|Arnold Parker||Seattle (free agent)||Defensive Back|
|Sione Pouha||N.Y. Jets (3rd round)||Defensive Line|
|Brett Ratliff||N.Y. Jets (free agent), Cleveland, Tampa Bay||Quarterback|
|David Reed||Baltimore (5th round), Indianapolis, San Francisco||Wide Receiver|
|Trevor Reilly||N.Y. Jets (7th round)||Linebacker|
|Antwoine Sanders||Baltimore (7th round), Miami||Defensive Back|
|Lauvale Sape||Buffalo (6th round), Oakland Tennessee||Defensive Line|
|Josh Savage||Tampa Bay (free agent), Atlanta, Tennessee, New Orleans||Defensive Line|
|Caleb Schlauderaff||Green Bay (6th round), N.Y. Jets||Offensive Line|
|Richard Seals||N.Y. Jets (7th round), New Orleans, Buffalo||Defensive Line|
|Derrick Shelby||Miami (free agent)||Defensive Line|
|Sealver Siliga||Denver (free agent), New England||Defensive Line|
|Sean Smith||Miami (2nd round), Kansas City||Defensive Back|
|Paul Soliai||Miami (4th round), Atlanta||Defensive Line|
|R.J. Stanford||Carolina (5th round), Miami, Cincinnati||Defensive Back|
|Tevita Stevens||Washington (free agent)||Offensive Line|
|Stevenson Sylvester||Pittsburgh (5th round)||Linebacker|
|Pene Talamaivao||Buffalo (free agent), San Diego||Defensive Line|
|Kelly Talavou||Atlanta (free agent), Baltimore||Defensive Line|
|Spencer Toone||Tennessee (7th round)||Linebacker|
|LT Tuipulotu||New England (free agent)||Defensive Line|
|Eric Weddle||San Diego (2nd round)||Defensive Back|
|Karl Williams||Oakland (free agent)||Running Back|