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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-American, Ted Hendricks Award and Morris Award winner ... three-year starter played in all 50 games in his four-year career (2011-14) with 36 starts ... finished his career tied for third in school history in career sacks (25) ... 38.5 career tackles for loss is tied for the second-most ever by a Ute ... other school career rankings included eight career forced fumbles (tied for second) and five career fumble recoveries (tied for fifth most) ... 10 career pass breakups.
2014-Named to 10 All-America teams ... first-team All-American by Walter Camp, FWAA, ESPN.com, Phil Steele, Scout.com and SB Nation ... second-team All-American by AP, Sporting News, USA Today and FOXSports.com ... won the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation's top defensive end ... Morris Award winner as the Pac-12's best defensive lineman as chosen by the league's starting offensive linemen ... first-team All-Pac-12 ... finalist for Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award ... semifinalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award (College Lineman of the Year) and the Chuck Bednarik Award (Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year) ... started all 13 games (12 at right end, 1 at stud linebacker) ... led the nation in sacks per game (1.46) and was second in total sacks (18.5) ... 18.5 sacks set the school record, as did his 118 yards of losses on sacks ... finished fourth in the nation in tackles for loss per game (1.6) and fifth in total tackles for loss (21.0) while ranking third in the Pac-12 in both categories ... 21.0 tackles for loss tied for the second most in a season at Utah and 123 yards in TFL was also second ... 84 total tackles ranked second on the team ... led Utah with three forced fumbles ... 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 for his efforts against UCLA ... tied the school record with four sacks and had a career-high 11 tackles against UCLA ... 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 (2.0 sacks) and five total tackles at Oregon State ... recovered a fumble and had a pass breakup and six tackles against Fresno State ... seven tackles, two sacks and a pass breakup at Michigan ... sack, forced fumble and pass breakup in Las Vegas Bowl win over Colorado State ... invited to the Senior Bowl.
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 wide 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: Guardians are Dave and Katherine Orchard ... took his guardians' last name in 2013 (went by Nate Fakahafua his first two seasons at Utah) ... mother is Ana Fakahafua and stepfather is Leti Fonohemia ... seven siblings ... married to the former Maegan Webber ... daughter Katherine Mae ... full name is Napaa Lilo Fakahafua Orchard ... anticipates receiving his bachelor's degree in economics in the spring of 2015 ... born Jan. 5, 1993 in Los Angeles.


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