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Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Brigham Young (1984)


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Utah scores five first-quarter touchdowns on turnovers


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Travis Wilson has 327 yards of total offense for the Utes.


Devontae Booker Leads No. 21 Utah over Fresno State, 45-24

Utah scores two special teams touchdowns on a kickoff and punt return.


Position Breakdown and 2013 Football Preview Part 1 - Offense

Talent runs deep on 2013 roster


White Team Wins Offensive Shootout 35-28 in Utah Spring Game

Travis Wilson throws for over 200 yards in one half of work, Karl Williams runs for over 100 yards and three touchdowns.


Utah, 35 vs. BYU, 28

Utah scores on turnovers early, holds on 35-28 over BYU


Utah Vs. USC

The Utes are on the road against USC, on October 24, 2015.


Las Vegas Bowl - Utah vs. Colorado State

Football USATSI Photos -- 12/20/14


Utah vs. Colorado

Utah vs. Colorado football


Utah vs. Idaho State

Utah took on Idaho State to open the 2014 football season.

Kyle Whittingham Photo Gallery

Year at Utah: 12th
Career Record: 95-46
Bowl Record: 9-1*
*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. As an assistant and head coach, Whittingham has played a role in 180 victories in 22 seasons at Utah. More than half of those have come in 11 years as the head coach, when he is 95-46.

Whittingham has been almost unbeatable in bowl games and his 90-percent bowl winning percentage is the best of any coach in NCAA history. His 9-1 bowl record exceeds the NCAA minimum of seven wins.

Whittingham was the only person involved in all of Utah’s nine consecutive bowl victories from 1999-2009—a bowl streak that is tied for the second-longest in NCAA history. He was the defensive coordinator for the first three games of the streak and the head coach for the last six. Utah is currently on a three-game bowl win streak.

He came to Utah in 1994 as the defensive line coach and was promoted to defensive coordinator the following year. On December 8, 2004, Whittingham was named the school’s 20th head coach. His first victory came three weeks 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.

In 2008, Whittingham engineered the best season in Utah football history when the Utes finished 13-0 and routed Alabama—a team that spent five weeks at No. 1—in the Sugar Bowl. Utah finished the season with a No. 2 AP 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.

Utah was the country’s only undefeated FBS team in 2008 and 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.

His success has carried over to the Pac-12 Conference where the 2015 Utes were co-champions of the Pac-12 South Division. Utah finished 10-3 overall, including a Las Vegas Bowl victory over BYU, and was 6-3 in conference games.

Utah’s No. 16 final AP ranking (No. 17 Coaches) in 2015 was the fourth AP top-25 finish under Whittingham. The Utes finished No. 2 in 2008, No. 18 in 2009 and No. 21 in 2014. In addition, the 2010 Utes were ranked No. 23 in the final Coaches’ poll. Utah has appeared in every College Football Playoff (CFB) ranking in the first two years of the system, finishing No. 22 in both 2014 and 2015.

In addition to his national coaching accolades in 2008, Whittingham was a semifinalist for the Maxwell Football Club Collegiate Coach of the Year Award in 2014 and the George Munger Coach of the Year Award in 2015.

Under Whittingham, Utah has beaten every Pac-12 team and also has an impressive non-conference resume, including a 3-0 mark against Michigan. Whittingham has 13 wins over AP Top-25 teams as a head coach.

In their first season in the Pac-12 Conference in 2011, the Utes finished with an 8-5 record and a Sun Bowl victory over Georgia Tech. The 2012 Utes won three of their final five Pac-12 games and the 2013 season included an upset of No. 5 Stanford. The 2014 Utes boasted wins against historical football powers Michigan, UCLA, USC and Stanford—a feat considered unprecedented in school history. Utah finished the 2014 season with a 9-4 record and a Las Vegas Bowl win over Colorado State.

Whittingham’s players have earned numerous individual honors as well. Twelve of his players have made major All-America teams a total of 14 times. 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), Reggie Dunn (2012, kick returner), Nate Orchard (2014, defensive end), Kaelin Clay (2014, returner) and Tom Hackett (2014, consensus punter; 2015, unanimous consensus punter). Whittingham’s second-team All-Americans were Morgan Scalley (2004, defensive back) and Caleb Schlauderaff (2010, offensive line).

Hackett was a two-time Ray Guy Award winner (2014-15) as the country’s best punter and was the first punter in Utah and Pac-12 history to win the award. Orchard received the 2014 Ted Hendricks Award as the nation’s top defensive end.

Whittingham’s players have won 67 first-team all-conference awards, including 16 in Utah’s first five seasons of Pac-12 play. Among them were three-time first-team honoree Hackett (2013-15) and two-time recipient Lotulelei (2011-12). Utes have also captured two Morris Awards honoring the Pac-12’s best defensive lineman: Lotulelei in 2011 and Orchard in 2014.

Prior to joining the Pac-12, Whittingham coached a Mountain West Conference MVP in five-straight years from 2004-08: Defensive Players of the Year Scalley (2004) and Weddle (2005 and 2006), Special Teams Player of the Year Sakoda (2006, 2007, 2008), and Offensive Player of the Year Brian Johnson (2008).

Utah has also excelled academically under Whittingham. Since he became head coach in 2005, his players have earned three Academic All-America citations and 201 academic all-conference awards.

Whittingham has sent a steady stream of players into the NFL. As an assistant or head coach, he has seen 70 of his players make NFL teams, including 36 draft picks (10 first or second-round selections) and 34 undrafted free agents. A school-record six Utes were drafted in 2010, which was tied for fourth in the nation that year.

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 from 1988-93.

A linebacker for BYU 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 Nov. 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, and one grandchild. Tyler played for the Utes from 2009-11 and Alex is a junior linebacker at Utah.

Year School Record Conf. BOWL GAME RESULT
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
2012 Utah 5-7 3-6 Pac-12
2013 Utah 5-7 2-7 Pac-12
2014 Utah 9-4 5-4 Pac-12 Las Vegas (Colorado State) W
2015 Utah 10-3 6-3 Pac-12 Las Vegas (BYU) W
Utah Career Record: 95-46 Pac-12 Record: 20-25
Conference record: 56-38 Bowl Record: 9-1
*Co-head coach at the 2005 Fiesta Bowl

Air Force 5-1
Alabama 1-0
Arizona 2-4
Arizona State 1-4
Boise State 0-2
Brigham Young 7-3
California 3-1
Colorado 4-1
Colorado State 6-1
Fresno State 2-0
Georgia Tech 2-0
Idaho State 1-0
Iowa State 1-0
Louisville 2-0
Michigan 3-0
Montana State 1-0
Navy 1-0
New Mexico 4-2
North Carolina 0-1
Northern Arizona 1-0
Northern Colorado 1-0
Notre Dame 0-1
Oregon 1-3
Oregon State 4-3
Pittsburgh 3-0
San Diego State 5-1
San Jose State 2-0
Stanford 2-0
TCU 3-3
Tulsa 1-0
UCLA 3-4
UNLV 5-1
USC 1-4
Utah State 7-1
Washington 1-2
Washington State 2-2
Weber State 2-0
Wyoming 5-1
TOTALS 95-46


1994-present Utah
2005- Head Coach
2014 Head Coach
Special Teams Coordinator
2001-04 Defensive Coordinator
1998-2000 Defensive Coordinator
1997 Defensive Coordinator
1995-96 Defensive Coordinator
1994 Defensive Line
1988-93 Idaho State
1992-93 Defensive Coordinator
1988-91 Linebackers/Special Teams
1987 College of Eastern Utah
Defensive Coordinator
1985-86 Brigham Young
Graduate Assistant


   NFL Team
Dres Anderson, WR    San Francisco (free agent)
Matt Asiata, RB      Minnesota (free agent)
Zane Beadles, OL     Denver (2nd round), Jacksonville, San Francisco
Blaine Berger, DT    Arizona (free agent)
Tony Bergstrom, OL   Oakland (3rd round)
Conroy Black, DB     Oakland (free agent), Detroit
Brian Blechen, DB    Carolina (free agent)
Devontae Booker, RB Denver (4th Round) Jesse Boone, OL Cincinnati (free agent) Andy Bowers, DE Arizona (free agent) Sam Brenner, OL Miami (free agent), Denver Freddie Brown, WR Cincinnati (7th round), Minnesota Martail Burnett, DE Minnesota (free agent), San Francisco Brandon Burton, DB Minnesota (5th round), Buffalo, Cincinnati, Indianapolis Kaelin Clay, WR Tampa Bay (6th round), Baltimore Christian Cox, DE New England (free agent) Anthony Denham, TE Houston (free agent) Reggie Dunn, WR Pittsburgh (free agent), New England, Dallas Andre Dyson, DB Tennessee (2nd round), Seattle, N.Y. Jets Luther Elliss, DL Detroit (1st round), Denver
Jason Fanaika, DE San Francisco (free agent) Jonathan Fanene, DL Cincinnati (7th round) Steve Fifita, DL Miami (free agent), New England Tevita Finau, DT Philadelphia (free agent), N.Y. Jets John Frank, DL Philadelphia (6th round) Quinton Ganther, RB Tennessee (7th round), Washington, Seattle, Buffalo Phil Glover, LB Tennessee (7th round), Indianapolis
Tom Hackett, P N.Y. Jets (free agent) Robert Johnson, DB Tennessee (5th round) Ma’ake Kemoeatu, DL Baltimore (free agent), Carolina, Washington, Baltimore Joe Kruger, DE Philadelphia (7th round), Pittsburgh Paul Kruger, LB Baltimore (2nd round), Cleveland Travis LaTendresse, WR Kansas City (free agent) Star Lotulelei, DT Carolina (1st round) John Madsen, TE Oakland (free agent), Cleveland Brice McCain, DB Houston (6th round), Pittsburgh, Miami, Tennessee Keith McGill, DB Oakland (4th round) Bronzell Miller, DE St. Louis Rams (7th round), Jacksonville Koa Misi, LB Miami (2nd round) Jake Murphy, TE Oakland (free agent), Cincinnati
Jared Norris, LB Carolina (free agent) Nate Orchard, DE Cleveland (2nd round) Tenny Palepoi, DL San Diego (free agent) Arnold Parker, DB Seattle (free agent)
Gionni Paul, LB Cincinnati (free agent) Sione Pouha, DL N.Y. Jets (3rd round) Jeremiah Poutasi, OL Tennessee (3rd round) Brett Ratliff, QB N.Y. Jets (free agent), Cleveland, Tampa Bay David Reed, WR Baltimore (5th round), Indianapolis, San Francisco Trevor Reilly, LB N.Y. Jets (7th round) Eric Rowe, DB Philadelphia (2nd round) Antwoine Sanders, DB Baltimore (7th round), Miami Lauvale Sape, DL Buffalo (6th round), Oakland, Tennessee Josh Savage, DL Tampa Bay (free agent), Atlanta, Tennessee, New Orleans Caleb Schlauderaff, OL Green Bay (6th round), N.Y. Jets Richard Seals, DL N.Y. Jets (7th round), New Orleans, Buffalo Derrick Shelby, DE Miami (free agent), Atlanta Sealver Siliga, DT Denver (free agent), New England, Seattle Sean Smith, DB Miami (2nd round), Kansas City, Oakland Shaky Smithson, WR New England (free agent) Paul Soliai, DT Miami (4th round), Atlanta, Carolina R.J. Stanford, DB Carolina (5th round), Miami, Cincinnati, Miami Tevita Stevens, OL Washington (free agent) Stevenson Sylvester, LB Pittsburgh (5th round), Buffalo Pene Talamaivao, DL Buffalo (free agent), San Diego Kelly Talavou, DL Seattle (free agent), Baltimore LT Tuipulotu, DL New England (free agent) Spencer Toone, LB Tennessee (7th round) Eric Weddle, DB San Diego (2nd round), Baltimore Karl Williams, RB Oakland (free agent)
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