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Alma Mater:
Brigham Young (1984)


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.


Karl Williams Leads Offense in Scrimmage

Run game and defense perform well.


Whittingham Pleased With First Spring Scrimmage

Utes go at it for over 100 snaps on Friday afternoon.


Dennis Erickson Hired as Co-Offensive Coordinator

Longtime coach won two national championships


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.


Utah vs. Colorado

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Utah Football vs. No. 23 Arizona State

Utah Football vs. No. 23 Arizona State, November 9, 2013

Kyle Whittingham Photo Gallery

Year at Utah: 11th
Career Record: 85-43
Bowl Record: 8-1*
*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 participated in 170 victories in his 20 years at Utah. Eighty-five of those (85-43) have come in 10 years as the head coach.

Whittingham has been almost unbeatable in bowl games and is tied with John Robinson (USC/UNLV) for the best bowl winning percentage of any coach in NCAA history with a .889 mark. The two have identical 8-1 bowl records and the NCAA minimum is seven wins.

Whittingham is the only person who was involved in all of Utah's nine-consecutive bowl wins from 1999-2009, which tied 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.

He came to Utah in 1994 as the defensive line coach and was promoted to defensive coordinator the next 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 had 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.

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.

He has had four teams finish in the top 25 in his head coaching tenure: No. 2 in 2008 (AP), No. 18 in 2009 (AP), No. 23 in 2010 (Coaches) and No. 21 in 2014 (AP). Utah appeared in every College Football Playoff ranking in the CFP's inaugural season in 2014 with a final rank of No. 22.

Last season, while leading Utah to its best overall (9-4) and conference (5-4) record since joining the Pac-12 in 2011, Whittingham was named to the watch list for the 2014 Dodd Trophy and was a semifinalist for the Maxwell Football Club Collegiate Coach of the Year Award.

The 2014 Utes beat two top 25 teams and boasted wins over historical football powers Michigan, UCLA, USC and Stanford, which is considered unprecedented in Utah's history. Utah concluded its 2014 season with a 45-10 pasting of Colorado State in the Las Vegas Bowl.

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 won three of their final five Pac-12 games and the 2013 season included an upset of No. 5 Stanford.

Whittingham's players have earned numerous individual honors as well. He has coached 12 players to major All-America team honors--among them 10 first-team 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), Reggie Dunn (2012, kick returner), Tom Hackett (2014, punter), Nate Orchard (2014, defensive end) and Kaelin Clay (2014, returner). His second-team All-Americans were Morgan Scalley (2004, defensive back) and Caleb Schlauderaff (2010, offensive line).

Hackett became the first Ray Guy Award winner in school history in 2014 and Orchard received the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation's top defensive end.

Whittingham's players have won 63 first-team all-conference awards, including 11 in Utah's first four seasons of Pac-12 play. Among them were two-time first-team honorees Hackett and Star Lotulelei (2011-12). Utah has also captured two of the four Morris Awards since 2011 for the Pac-12's best defensive lineman: Lotulelei won the 2011 Morris Award before becoming a first-round NFL Draft pick and Nate Orchard was the 2014 Morris Award winner.

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 earned three Academic All-America citations and 186 academic all-conference awards.

Whittingham has sent a steady stream of players into the NFL and there are 26 former Utes on current NFL rosters. As an assistant or head coach, he has had 57 players make NFL teams, including 31 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.

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 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. Tyler played for the Utes from 2009-11 and Alex is a sophomore linebacker.

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
Utah Career Record: 85-43 Pac-12 Record: 14-22
Conference record: 49-35 Bowl Record: 8-1
*Co-head coach at the 2005 Fiesta Bowl
Air Force 5-1
Alabama 1-0
Arizona 2-3
Arizona State 0-4
Boise State 0-2
Brigham Young 6-3
California 2-1
Colorado 3-1
Colorado State 6-1
Fresno State 1-0
Georgia Tech 2-0
Idaho State 1-0
Iowa State 1-0
Louisville 2-0
Michigan 2-0
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 0-3
Oregon State 3-3
Pittsburgh 3-0
San Diego State 5-1
San Jose State 2-0
Stanford 2-0
TCU 3-3
Tulsa 1-0
UCLA 3-3
UNLV 5-1
USC 1-3
Utah State 6-1
Washington 0-2
Washington State 2-2
Weber State 2-0
Wyoming 5-1
TOTALS 85-43


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

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), Detroit	                        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, Dallas	        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 Tackle
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), Pittsburgh	                Defensive End
Paul Kruger	     Baltimore (2nd round), Cleveland	                        Linebacker
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)	                                        Linebacker
Jake Murphy	     Oakland (free agent), Cincinnati	                        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 End
Sealver Siliga	     Denver (free agent), New England	                        Defensive Tackle
Sean Smith	     Miami (2nd round), Kansas City	                        Defensive Back
Paul Soliai	     Miami (4th round), Atlanta	                                Defensive Tackle
R.J. Stanford	     Carolina (5th round), Miami, Cincinnati, Miami	        Defensive Back
Tevita Stevens	     Washington (free agent)	                                Offensive Line
Stevenson Sylvester  Pittsburgh (5th round), Buffalo	                        Linebacker
Pene Talamaivao	     Buffalo (free agent), San Diego	                        Defensive Line
Kelly Talavou	     Seattle (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

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