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  Nate Orchard
Nate Orchard

Player Profile

Salt Lake City

High School:
Highland HS

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 255





Utah Takes Down Colorado, 38-34

Travis Wilson threw for 311 yards and three touchdowns to lead Utah


Utah Football Picks Up Season-Opening Win Over Idaho State, 56-14

Clay registers two TD returns in Ute debut.


Position Breakdown and 2013 Football Preview Part 2 - Defense and Special Teams

Talent runs deep on 2013 roster


Football Spring Camp Enters Week 4

Scrimmage Saturday is open to the public.


Week 3: Spring Football Camp

First scrimmage is Friday at 4 p.m.


Utah vs. Idaho State

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


Utah vs. USC - USATSI Gallery

Utah vs. USC - USATSI Gallery


Utah vs. Stanford - USATSI Gallery

Utah vs. Stanford - USATSI Gallery


Utah vs. Colorado

Utah vs. Colorado


AP Photos: Football vs. USC

AP Photos: Football vs. USC

Nate Orchard Photo Gallery

UTAH: All-America candidate is in his third year starting at left end ... also sees time at stud linebacker in select packages ... has played in all 49 games in the last three years with 35 starts ... 24 career sacks is the fourth-most in school history while 37.5 career tackles for loss is the fourth most all-time at Utah ... seven career forced fumbles is tied for third in school history while five career fumble recoveries is tied for fifth most ... nine career pass breakups.
2014-Midseason All-American by CBS.com and Phil Steele ... one of 12 semifinalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award (College Lineman of the Year) and one of 20 semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award (Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year) ... leads the nation in sacks per game (1.46) and is second in total sacks (17.5) ... 17.5 sacks is a school record while 113 yards off sacks ranks second in a season at Utah and is one shy of the school record ... tied for fifth in the nation in tackles for loss (20.0 for 118 yards) and TFL per game (1.7) while ranking third in the Pac-12 in both categories ... 20.0 TFL is tied for third most in a season at Utah while his 118 yards of losses from tackles for loss ranks fourth ... second on the team with 81 tackles (51 unassisted) ... named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week, Chuck Bednarik Award Player of the Week, Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and CFPA Defensive Lineman of the Week against UCLA when he tied the school sack record with four and had a career-high 11 tackles ... 10 tackles with 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble against Stanford earned him Pac-12 Player of the Week honors ... 10 tackles vs. Arizona State ... four TFL (two sacks) with five total tackles at Oregon State ... forced a fumble against Oregon ... recovered a fumble and had a pass breakup and six tackles against Fresno State ... seven tackles, two sacks and a pass breakup at Michigan.
2013-Started all 12 games at left end ... Athlon National Defensive Player of the Week in Utah's win over No. 5 Stanford, when he recorded 2.0 sacks, forced two fumbles (tied for third in school history) and had five tackles ... 50 total tackles included 9.0 TFL (3.5 sacks) ... three forced fumbles was tied for fourth in the Pac-12 ... also had one fumble recovery and one pass breakup.
2012-Honorable mention All-Pac-12 ... played in all 12 games, starting 11 at left end ... tied for ninth in the nation in total fumble recoveries (3) and 11th in fumble recoveries per game (0.25) ... also forced two fumbles ... forced and recovered a fumble against USC, which he ran back for a touchdown ... second on the team in tackles for loss (8.5) and first in TFL yardage (50) ... 3.0 sacks ... 48 total tackles ranked fourth on the team ... 8 tackles and a sack vs. Washington ... seven tackles included three for a loss and a sack against Colorado ... second-team Academic All-Pac-12.
2011-True freshman played in all 13 games, seeing action at defensive end, linebacker and on special teams ... four tackles ... two pass breakups and two tackles against BYU.

HIGH SCHOOL: 2010 Utah 4A MVP as a receiver ... first-team all-state in 2010 and second-team all-state in 2009 ... first-team all-region in 2009 and 2010 ... led Highland High to the 2010 4A state championship, catching 10 passes for a state record 200 yards and three touchdowns in the title game (also had two sacks) ... as a senior, he had 58 receptions for 1,351 yards (96.5 yards per game) and 17 touchdowns ... two-way player totaled 62 tackles, 17.5 sacks and two interceptions in 2010 ... Highland High's team captain in football and basketball ... won four letters in football, basketball and track ... second-team all-state and first-team all-region basketball selection in 2009 ... honor roll student had a 4.0 GPA his senior year.

PERSONAL: Mother is Ana Fakahafua and stepfather is Leti Fonohemia ... guardians are Dave and Katherine Orchard ... took his guardians' last name after going by Fakahafua his first two seasons ... seven siblings ... brother Jake Orchard played basketball for Westminster College in Salt Lake City ... married to the former Maegan Webber ... daughter Katherine Mae ... full name is Napaa Lilo Fakahafua Orchard ... economics major will receive his bachelor's degree in the fall ... born Jan. 5, 1993 in Los Angeles.


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