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Football Hosts Colorado Saturday in Senior Day

Senior DB Keith McGill, the Pac-12 leader in pass breakups, has been invited to play in the Senior Bowl.

Senior DB Keith McGill, the Pac-12 leader in pass breakups, has been invited to play in the Senior Bowl.

Nov. 25, 2013

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Quotes from Coach Whittingham's Weekly Press Conference

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> Utah (4-7, 1-7 Pac-12) hosts Colorado (4-7, 1-7 Pac-12) in the season finale on Saturday, Nov. 30 at noon MST in Rice-Eccles Stadium. Tickets for the annual Senior Day are available at UtahUtes.com and 801-581-UTIX. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. Radio is ESPN700 AM. Satellite radio is Sirius 93/XM 193.

> Saturday marks the final game for 19 seniors who will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony. Ten of the seniors are starters. See Senior Sendoff for more.

> In this week's NCAA rankings, Utah has the fifth-toughest schedule in the country (down from No. 2 a week ago). Utah's schedule has been rated among the nation's toughest all season. The combined FBS record of Utah's opponents is 64-30 and all of its first 11 FBS opponents are bowl eligible.

> Utah ranks second in the nation in total sacks (36) and sacks per game (3.27).

> Receiver Dres Anderson needs 92 yards against Colorado to become the seventh Ute to reach 1,000 receiving yards in a season. His 908 receiving yards currently stands ninth in school history.

> Anderson has tied the school record for most 100-yard receiving games in a season with six. He shares the mark with Dennis Smith (1989) and Louis Thomas (1968).

> Utah has dropped five straight games since beating Stanford on Oct. 12--the school's longest losing streak since a six-game skid in 2002.

> Utah and Colorado are meeting for the 60th time (Utah's longest series against a Pac-12 opponent), but just the third time since 1962. The series is tied 14-14-2 in Salt Lake City and Colorado leads the overall series 31-25-3. See page 2 for complete series results.

SENIOR SENDOFF

Fans are encouraged be in their seats early on Saturday to see 19 seniors honored in a pre-game ceremony. Listed alphabetically, seniors who will be recognized (*indicates starter) include Quade Chappuis, LB; Anthony Denham*, WR; Sean Fitzgerald*, WR; Latu Heimuli, DT; Phil Hinson, WR; Mike Honeycutt*, DB; Vyncent Jones*, OL; Soni Kinikini, RB; Keith McGill*, DB; Thretton Palamo, DE; Tenny Palepoi*, DT; Trevor Reilly*, DE/LB; Percy Taumoelau, OL; Jeremiah Tofaeono*, OL; Tanqueray Towns, WR; LT Tuipulotu*, DT; Michael Walker*, DB; Karl Williams, RB and Kelvin York, RB.

TWO MINUTE DRILL

Senior cornerback Keith McGill has been invited to play in the Senior Bowl ... Adam Schulz's 347 yards against WSU last week was the most passing yards in a game by a Ute quarterback since Jordan Wynn threw for 362 yards against San Diego State in 2010 ... Dres Anderson leads the nation with seven receptions of 50 yards or longer and the Utes are tied for third nationally in plays of 50+ yards from scrimmage with 13 ... Last week against Washington State marked the first time since 2004 that Utah has had two 100-yard receivers in a game: Anderson (129 yards) and Jake Murphy (102 yards) ... Utah (4-7 this season and 5-7 a year ago) will have back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since 1989 (4-8) and 1990 (4-7) ... Utah has not played a home game on Nov. 30 since 1933 (a win over Colorado State) and its last Nov. 30 game was a 1974 loss at LSU ... Utah and Colorado are 1-1 as members of the Pac-12 Conference but Utah owns a 20-18-2 lead in all-time conference games. The two schools were members of the Rocky Mountain Conference from 1910-37 and the Big Seven Conference from 1938-1947 ... Utah is 0-4 against the Pac-12 South season and 3-11 overall. The Utes are 1-3 this season and 5-7 overall against the Pac-12 North.

LEADERS OF THE PAC

Utah leads the Pac-12 in net punting (40.04), sacks (36), sacks per game (3.27), PAT percentage (1.000/38-38) and onside kicks recovered (2-2) ... Senior cornerback Keith McGill is tied for the Pac-12 lead in pass breakups (10) ... Sophomore punter Tom Hackett leads the Pac-12 in punt average (43.7) and punts of 50+ yards (17). He is tied for the longest punt (70 yards) and ranks second in punts inside the 20-yard line (24) ... Freshman kicker Andy Phillips is tied for first in PAT percentage (1.000/38-38) and second in field goals per game (1.45) ... Junior receiver Dres Anderson leads the Pac-12 and is ninth in the nation in yards per catch (19.7) ... Senior defensive end Trevor Reilly ranks second in the league in sacks (8.5), sack average (0.77), fumble recoveries (3) and fumble recoveries per game (0.27). He is third in tackles for loss (15) and TFL per game (1.4). See page 3 for complete Utah Pac-12 and national rankings.

QUARTERBACK WOES

For the fourth-straight season, Utah has lost its starting quarterback to injury. Starting sophomore quarterback Travis Wilson is out for the season and perhaps longer after suffering a concussion against Arizona State on Nov. 9. The Utes have not had the same quarterback start and complete a season since 2008, when Brian Johnson (now Utah's co-offensive coordinator) quarterbacked all of Utah's games in a 13-0 season.

IN THE HUDDLE

Senior linebacker Brian Blechen and senior tight end Westlee Tonga will return next season as medical redshirts ... Bubba Poole, Kelvin York and Lucky Radley are listed as the "co" starters at running back this week ... If starting linebacker Jared Norris is unable to play again this week (he has missed the last two games with injury), Quade Chappuis will be the backup to Jacoby Hale at rover linebacker ... Starting cornerback Davion Orphey missed last week's game at WSU with an injury ... Offensive linemen Jeremiah Poutasi, Jeremiah Tofaeono and Vyncent Jones have played every offensive snap for the past eight games ... Eight true freshmen have played: DT Sam Tevi, DB Hipolito Corporan, TE Siale Fakailoatonga, LB Uaea Masina, WR Dominque Hatfield, DE/LB Pita Taumoepenu, SN Chase Dominguez and RB Marcus Sanders-Williams. Dominguez has started in every game and Fakailoatonga has one start.

OUTSIDE THE LINES

The final Kyle Whittingham radio show of the season is Tuesday at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPN700 from Harmon's City Creek. It is free to the public ... The Ute Walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Guardsman Way and 500 South. Those participating in the Ute Walk will receive a variety of giveaways and prizes including Utah mini basketballs. Sign up for the Utah Football text program to win other great prizes at the Ute Walk. To join the program, text "UtahFB" to 53535 ... Senior receiver Sean Fitzgerald was named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District team and is now eligible for the Academic All-America ballot.

LAST WEEK

Utah clawed back from a 21-0 first-quarter deficit to get within six points of Washington State in the fourth quarter, only to fall in the end, 49-37. Adam Schulz, making his second career start, threw back-to-back pick-sixes in the opening minutes before recovering to pass for a career-high 347 yards and three touchdowns. For the first time since 2004, Utah had two 100-yard receivers in a game in Dres Anderson (129 yards) and Jake Murphy (102 yards), while Kelvin York rushed for a career-high 94 yards. Michael Walker and Justin Thomas each had seven tackles to lead the defense.

 

 

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