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
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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: 85-43
Bowl Record: 8-1*
*Includes 2005 Fiesta Bowl
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.
|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|
|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|
|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), 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