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Pac-12 Media Day is July 23-24 in Hollywood

Kyle Whittingham, Nate Orchard and Dres Anderson will represent Utah at the Pac-12 Media Day.

Kyle Whittingham, Nate Orchard and Dres Anderson will represent Utah at the Pac-12 Media Day.

July 21, 2014

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HOLLYWOOD, Calif.--

UTES ATTEND PAC-12 MEDIA DAY

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham, receiver Dres Anderson and defensive end Nate Orchard will attend the 2014 Pac-12 Football Media Day at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, Calif., July 23-24. Whittingham and the other Pac-12 head coaches will then fly to Bristol, Conn., to participate in the ESPN "Car Wash" on July 25.

WATCH ALL THE MEDIA DAY ACTION

The Pac-12 Networks and Pac-12.com will offer complete coverage of the 2014 Pac-12 Football Media day on July 23 and 24. Utah coach Kyle Whittingham and players Dres Anderson and Nate Orchard will appear live on Wednesday, July 23 at 10:35 a.m. MDT. A Free Stream and TV/Online Viewer Guide will be provided on Pac-12.com.

#PAC12FB #GOUTES

In addition to media day coverage on the Pac-12 Networks and Pac-12.com, look for photos and live Utah updates on Utah's official athletics social media sites: Twitter; Instagram; Facebook.

STAFF CHANGES

Dave Christensen, the former Wyoming head coach and 2011 Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year, begins his first season as Utah's offensive coordinator and will also coach the tight ends. Other newcomers to the coaching staff are Jim Harding (offensive line) and Taylor Stubblefield (wide receivers). After nine seasons with the receivers, Aaron Roderick will coach the quarterbacks this fall, while head coach Kyle Whittingham takes over the special teams.

TWO MINUTE DRILL

Sixteen starters return for the Utes (8 offense, 6 defense, 2 kickers) ... Receiving full medical clearance in June was two-year starting quarterback Travis Wilson, who missed the final three games of 2013 following a concussion ... Back after missing all of last season with an injury is 2012 starting receiver Kenneth Scott, three-year starting safety Brian Blechen and tight end Westlee Tonga ... Utah has All-America candidates at both kicking positions in placekicker Andy Phillips and punter Tom Hackett ... Senior safeties Blechen and Eric Rowe are both projected to start for their fourth season. Rowe could also see significant time at corner ... Named to preseason watch lists were Dres Anderson (Maxwell Award, Biletnikoff Award); Phillips (Lou Groza Award) and Hackett (Ray Guy Award).

DID U KNOW?

Utah has lost its starting quarterback to injury every year since 2009. The last Utah quarterback to start and finish a season was Brian Johnson in 2008, when he was MVP of the Sugar Bowl and led Utah to a 13-0 record ... The 2014 Utes have six scholarship quarterbacks battling for the starting job--including three with NCAA game experience. Junior Travis Wilson enters training camp as the favorite, with Oklahoma transfer Kendal Thompson his leading challenger. Junior Adam Schulz started the last three games of 2013 after Wilson's season-ending injury ... Delshawn McClellon, Utah's fastest player, runs a 4.37 40, while Troy McCormick runs a 4.38 ... Jeremiah Poutasi officially goes by Jeremiah, but is called Cedrik or CJ by his coaches and teammates ... The Utes will sport new uniforms this fall, which are expected to arrive by the first week of August ... Utah's Sept. 20 game at Michigan is the front end of a home-and-home series. The Wolverines will visit Rice-Eccles Stadium on Sept. 3, 2015 ... Utah will not play an in-state opponent this fall for the first time since 1943 ... Homecoming is scheduled for Sept. 27 against Washington State.

SPOTLIGHT ON Dres Anderson

Senior receiver Dres Anderson (6-2, 190), who averaged 83.5 yards per game in 2013, is the leading returning receiver in the Pac-12. Anderson was honorable mention all-conference last season when he caught 53 passes for 1,002 yards and his 18.2 yards-per-catch average led the Pac-12 and ranked 12th nationally. He had six 100-yard games in 2013 and in his career, to rank tied for fifth in school history. A three-time honorable mention academic all-conference selection, Anderson received a bachelor's degree in communications in the spring. His father, Willie "Flipper" Anderson played for UCLA and four NFL teams.

SPOTLIGHT ON Nate Orchard

Senior defensive end Nate Orchard has played in all 37 games since his true freshman season, with his 23 starts coming in the last two seasons. Honorable mention All-Pac-12 in 2012, he was the Athlon National Player of the Week in Utah's 2013 win over No. 5 Stanford. His 50 total tackles as a junior included 9.0 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. Orchard has five career forced fumbles, which is tied for fifth in school history. He changed his surname from Fakahafua to Orchard (the name of his guardians) between his sophomore and junior seasons. He is married to the former Maegan Webber and has a daughter Katherine Mae. He is on track to graduate after the fall semester with a degree in economics.

UTE STORY LINES

Andy Phillips, a former five-year member of the U.S. Ski Team (2007-11), had never played in a football game at any level prior to walking on at Utah ... Jared Norris attended a pro skateboarding camp (Camp Woodward) in high school, and at 6-1, 230 pounds, was the biggest skateboarder ever to attend ... Eric Rowe lived in six cities in four states growing up ... Junior Salt played a role in the rugby-themed movie Forever Strong ... Viliseni Fauonuku was the first member of his family to graduate from high school ... Donovan Isom was his high school's Homecoming King ... Conner Manning broke Matt Barkley's Orange County record for single-season passing yards (4,219) as a junior at El Toro High School ... Travis Wilson is one quarter Japanese (his paternal grandmother).

FAMILY TIES

Dres Anderson's father Willie "Flipper" Anderson played for UCLA and four NFL teams ... Both of Jackson Barton's parents were two-sport athletes at Utah. Mother Mikki Kane-Barton played basketball and volleyball (she was the 1993 WAC Basketball Player of the Year) and father Paul Barton played football and baseball ... Brian Blechen's grandfather was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1956 and played some sort of organized football until he was 64 years old ... All three of Hunter Dimick's siblings have played football, including his two sisters ... Chase Dominguez' identical twin Reid plays volleyball at UC Irvine ... Chandler Johnson is the son of Utah's all-time rushing leader Eddie Johnson ... Andre Lewis' father Andre Sr. is a music producer and community activist in the Bay Area ... Lowell Lotulelei is the younger brother of former Ute All-American and first-round NFL draft pick Star Lotulelei (Carolina Panthers) ... Filipo Mokofisi and Sharrieff Shah Jr. share the name of their fathers, who were both former Utah football stars (the elder Sharrieff Shah now coaches Utah's cornerbacks) ... Kyle Whittingham's son Alex Whittingham and nephew Jason Whittingham both play for the Utes.

2013 IN REVIEW

Utah jumped out to a 4-2 start with a healthy Travis Wilson at the helm, sweeping their non-conference opposition (BYU, Utah State and Weber State) and upsetting previously undefeated and No. 5 ranked Stanford. Their early losses were in overtime to Oregon State and by a touchdown vs. UCLA. Utah went 1-5 down the stretch after an injury to Wilson's throwing hand and a season-ending concussion, to finish 5-7 overall and 2-7 in the Pac-12. Named to the All-Pac-12 first team were senior defensive end Trevor Reilly and sophomore punter Tom Hackett. Making the second team was senior defensive tackle Tenny Palepoi. See sidebar on page 3 for a complete list of Ute individual honors.

HOT TICKET

For the fourth-straight year, there was a 98-percent renewal rate for Utah football season tickets. Returning season ticket holders also made 1,200 requests for upgrades or additional seats and 100 season tickets were sold to fans on the wait list. With more than 32,000 seats claimed in renewals, season tickets will not go on sale to the general public at this time, but are available with a new donation to the Crimson Club Athletic Fund. Contact your account rep for more information. Single-game tickets will go on sale to the general public on August 4 for all home games that have available seats. Every game in Rice-Eccles Stadium for the last four seasons has sold out and the average attendance for each the past six seasons has exceeded the 45,017 seating capacity.

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