Utah Utes football: Ranking the best offensive players in school history

The University of Utah football team has been loaded with talent since the early days of college football. It has had legendary performers, including stars at every position on the field. There have been all-conference honorees and more than a handful of All-Americans. This list ranks the best-of-the-best offensive players Utes have had. The players that made a difference every time they stepped on the field. The guys who helped lead Utah to great heights.

Here is my list of the best offensive players in University of Utah history.

Stats from Sports-reference.com. Award information from UtahUtes.com.

H.M. Marvin Jonas, center (1928-30)

Jonas played for the Utes during one of the most dominant stretches in school history. Utah never lost a game during his three seasons on the field as an All-American center. He was an I.N.S. third-team All-American in 1929 and a second-team All-American by the I.N.S. and the Consolidated Press a year later.

H.M. Earl Pomeroy, fullback (1927-29)

Pomeroy was a key player as part of a 7-0 Utah squad that finished sixth in the nation in scoring offense and won the Rocky Mountain Conference in 1929. He earned numerous All-American honors, including first-team I.N.S., second-team Consolidated press and third-team AP.

H.M. Frank Christensen, fullback (1930-32)

Christensen had three very impressive seasons under Ike Armstrong. He earned All-American honors all three years and held the single season school record with 100 points until Dennis Smith broke it in 1989. His 235 points during his three seasons stood until Louie Sakoda broke it in 2008.

H.M. Floyd Spendlove, tackle (1939-1941)

Spendlove played on both sides of the ball as a tackle. He was a two-time first-team all-conference selection as part of back-to-back conference championship teams. He also earned 1941 Colliers Little All-America first-team honors.

H.M. Wally Nalder, guard (1947-49)

Nalder was a very good guard on some very talented Utah teams. He was a first-team All-Skyline Conference selection in 1948 and 1949.

H.M. Lewis Walker, running back (1978-79)

Walker played just two seasons for the Utes and was never the No.1 guy, but when he got his hands on the football he could make plays. His best season came in 1979 when he earned first-team all-WAC after he rushed for 714 yards and seven touchdowns on just 93 carries. His 7.7 yards per carry led the WAC and was good for second in the nation.

For his Utah career, he carried the ball 114 times for 837 yards and seven touchdowns to go along with five catches for 27 yards.

H.M. Terry Nofsinger, quarterback (1958-1960)

Even though he only started for one season, Nofsinger did some great things for the Utes. He led the Utes to a 7-3 record in 1960 when he threw for 614 yards and five touchdowns. He also finished with 370 yards on the ground and a team-leading five touchdowns.

H.M. Ike Spencer, running back (1972-74)

Spencer had three productive seasons during his time as a Ute. He led the team in rushing in back-to-back years and was always a threat to catch passes out of the backfield. His best season came in 1973 when he had 761 yards and eight touchdowns on 179 carries to go along with 13 catches for 164 yards and another score.

For his Utah career, he carried the ball 395 times for 1,856 yards and 15 touchdowns. He added 34 receptions for 448 yards and two scores.

H.M. Ken Vierra, quarterback (1981-82)

Vierra was under center for parts of two seasons under Wayne Howard and Chuck Stobart. His most productive season came in 1982 when he completed 51.2 percent of his passes for 1,315 yards and 13 touchdowns. His 136.4 passing efficiency rating was good enough to place him second in the WAC and eighth in the nation.

For his Utah career, he completed 53.7 percent of his throws for 2,038 yards and 18 touchdowns with only six interceptions.

H.M. Randy Gomez, quarterback (1977-78)

Gomez was the starting quarterback at Utah for two years and had vastly different results in each season. In his first year as a starter, he led the Utah to a 3-8 record while throwing 10 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.  His second season as the starter was much more impressive. He led the Utes to an eight-win season while leading the WAC in touchdown passes with 19 and passer efficiency rating (125.9).

During his Utah career, he completed 50.4 percent of his passes for 4,042 yards and 29 touchdowns.

H.M. Ben Moa, tight end (2002-03)

Moa had two solid seasons during his time on the hill. His best year came in 2003 when he earned first-team all-MWC honors after he caught 26 passes for 366 yards and three touchdowns to go along with 31 carries for 151 yards and three more scores.

For his Utah career, he had 40 receptions for 492 yards and three touchdowns with 151 yards and three scores in the running game.

H.M. Mark Stevens, quarterback (1983-84)

Stevens did some special things during his two years under center for the Utes even though the team was less than impressive. His most impressive season came in 1984 when he finished seventh in the nation in total touchdowns and eighth in the nation in rushing touchdowns. That season, he completed 54.2 percent of his passes for 1,889 yards and 11 touchdowns while adding 452 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground.

For his Utah career, he finished with 3,875 yards and 23 touchdowns through the air to go along with 986 yards and 23 scores in the running game.

H.M. Aaron Grimm, wide receiver (1987-88)

Grimm spent two seasons catches passes with the Utes and was very productive even though he didn’t reach the end zone very often. His best year came in 1988 when he had 55 receptions for 850 yards and two touchdowns. Those numbers placed him fifth in the WAC in catches and receiving yards.

For his Utah career, he caught 86 passes for 1,371 yards and three touchdowns.

H.M. Travis Wilson, quarterback (2012-current)

Wilson has had plenty of ups and downs while at Utah, but he has done enough to make this list. His best season came in 2014 when he completed 60.7 percent of his passes for 2,170 yards and 18 touchdowns with just five interceptions to go along with 309 yards and five scores in the running game.

To this point in his Utah career, he has completed 59.8 percent of his passes for 5,308 yards and 41 touchdowns. He also has 735 yards and 14 scores on the ground.

H.M. Matt Asiata, running back (2007-2010)

Even though injuries extended his time at Utah for a couple of seasons, when he was on the field he was very productive. His best season came as a junior in 2008 when he led the team with 707 yards and 12 touchdowns.

For his Utah career, he carried the ball 379 times for 1,748 yard and 24 touchdowns to go along with 54 receptions for 394 yards and two scores.

H.M. Floyd Hodge, wide receiver/quarterback (1979-1980)

Hodge made a huge impact during his one season at Utah as a wide receiver. That year came in 1980 when he finished with 44 receptions for 829 yards and five touchdowns. Those numbers were good enough to lead the team in every category and place him in the top six in the WAC.

Hodge also spent a year as the starting quarterback under Wayne Howard and threw for 1,006 yards and eight touchdowns to go along with 246 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

H.M. Darrell Mack, running back (2005-2008)

Mack put up some very solid numbers during his time at Utah. His best season came as a junior in 2007 when he had 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns on 253 carries to go along with 21 receptions for 144 yards and three scores.

For his Utah career, he carried the ball times for 2,065 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also added 40 catches for 250 yards and three scores.

H.M. Henry Lusk, wide receiver (1991-95)

While Lusk played multiple positions with the Utes, he was at his best playing as a wide receiver. His most productive season came in 1993, when he caught 42 passes for 692 yards and five touchdowns. Those stats were good enough to place him in the top 10 of the WAC in receiving yards, yards per reception and receiving touchdowns.

For his Utah career, he caught 124 passes for 1,807 yards and 12 touchdowns.

H.M. Deron Claiborne, wide receiver (1993-94)

Claiborne spent two very productive seasons with the Utes and was one of the favorite targets of Mike McCoy. His best year came in 1994 when he finished second in the WAC with 63 receptions for 743 yards and five touchdowns.

For his Utah career, he caught 105 passes for 1,540 yards and six touchdowns.

H.M. Eddie Wide, running back (2007-2010)

Even though wide spent four seasons on the hill, it wasn’t until his last two years that he put up numbers. His best season came as a junior when he had 203 carries for 1,069 yards and 12 touchdowns to go along with 17 receptions for 154 yards and another score.

For his Utah career, he registered 2,013 yards and 23 touchdowns on 401 carries. He added 51 receptions for 425 yards and three more scores.

H.M. Rocky Henry, wide receiver (1995-96)

Henry was one of the primary targets for quarterback Mike Fouts and was very successful during his two seasons with the Utes. His most productive year came in 1995 when Henry Led the team in receiving yards while tying at the top of the list for both receptions and touchdowns. That year, he caught 55 passes for 866 yards and six touchdowns.

For his Utah career, he had 97 receptions for 1,391 yards and 11 touchdowns.

75. Danny Huey, wide receiver (1983-84)

Huey spent two seasons on the field with the Utes and was one of the best receivers in the WAC. His best year came in 1984 when he was first-team all-conference after he finished in the top three in receiving yards and receptions. That year, he caught 52 passes for 869 yards and five touchdowns.

For his Utah career, he had 93 receptions for 1,492 yards and 10 scores.

74. Keith Williams, running back (1991-93)

Williams was one of the best dual-threat backs that the Utes have ever had. His best season came in 1991 when he carried the ball 207 times for 1,076 yards and six touchdowns. He added 24 receptions for 252 yards and one more score.

For his Utah career, he carried the ball 396 times for 2,002 yards and 15 touchdowns to go along with 72 receptions for 726 yards and a score.

73. Daniel Jones, wide receiver (1997-98)

Like many of the receivers on this list, Jones spent two seasons shinning for the Utes. His best year came in 1998 when he earned first-team all-WAC after he led the conference in catches and receiving yards. That season, he caught 57 passes for 809 yards and four touchdowns.

For his Utah career, he had 98 receptions for 1,435 yards and nine touchdowns.

72. Frank Henry, wide receiver (1977-78)

Henry spent two really good seasons as a member of the Utes. His best year came in 1978 when he led the team with 45 catches for 771 yards and six touchdowns. Those numbers were good enough to finish second in the WAC in catches, receiving yards and yards-per-reception while leading the conference in touchdown catches.

For his Utah career, he had 85 receptions for 1,393 yards and six touchdowns.

71. Brandon Warfield, running back (2002-03)

Warfield spent two years in the backfield for the Utes and put up solid numbers both seasons. In each year he finished in the top five in the WAC in both rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. His most productive season came as in 2003 when he rushed for 976 yards and 11 touchdowns on 237 carries.

For his Utah career, he had 438 carries for 1,895 yards and 20 touchdowns to go along with 12 receptions for 69 yards.

70. Mike Butera, tight end (1965-66)

Butera had one amazing season during his two years on the field for the Utes. That year came in 1965 when he led the Utes with 29 receptions for 469 yards and four touchdowns to earn first-team all-WAC tight end.

For his Utah career, he had 39 receptions for 582 yards and four touchdowns.

69. Jack Steptoe, wide receiver (1976-77)

Steptoe had two really good seasons on the hill as a receiver (and also as a return specialist). His most productive year came in 1976 when he caught 38 passes for 752 yards and finished fifth in the nation with nine touchdown catches.

For his Utah career, he had 80 receptions for 1,476 yards and 17 touchdowns.

68. Curtis Marsh, wide receiver (1993-94)

While Marsh spent two seasons with the Utes, it was his senior season that really stands out. That year, he had 61 receptions for 859 yards while finishing second in the nation with 11 touchdowns to earn first-team all-WAC honors.

For his Utah career, he caught 69 passes for 990 yards and 12 touchdowns.

67. Juan Johnson, running back  (1994-97)

While he never had the opportunity to carry the full workload for the Utes, Johnson put up some big numbers during his four seasons at Utah. His most productive campaign came as a senior in 1997 when he carried the ball 181 times for 838 yards and seven touchdowns.

For his Utah career, he had 582 carries for 2,601 yards and 22 touchdowns to go along with 22 receptions for 167 yards and two more scores.

66. Gordon Jolley, offensive line (1968-1970)

Jolley was a great lineman during his time on the field with the Utes. After a solid junior season that saw him earn All-Western Athletic Conference honorable mention, Jolley had a great senior year. He was first-team All-WAC at tackle.

65. Joe Borich, wide receiver (1959-61)

Borich spent three seasons catching passes when the Utes were a running team. His most productive season came in 1961 when he led the team with 29 catches for 489 yards and five touchdowns. Those numbers constituted more that half of the team’s receiving offense and placed him sixth in the nation in receiving touchdowns and 10th in receptions.

For his Utah career, he caught 48 passes for 731 yards and seven touchdowns.

64. Dres Anderson, wide receiver (2011-14)

Even though his senior year was cut short because of injuries, Anderson still had and impressive career at Utah. His most productive season came as a junior in 2013 when he caught 53 passes for 1,002 yards and seven touchdowns. Those numbers placed him fifth in the Pac-12 in receiving yards and seventh in receiving touchdowns.

For his Utah career, he had 134 receptions for 2,077 yards and 17 touchdowns.

63. Monk Bailey, running back (1957-59)

Even though he had to split carries with Larry Wilson, Bailey led the team in rushing each of his last two seasons. His best season came in 1959 when he earned all-conference recognition after he carried the ball 138 times for 640 yards and five touchdowns.

For his Utah career, he had 252 carries for 1,204 yards and 11 touchdowns to go along with four catches for 53 yards.

62. Craig McEwen, tight end (1985-86)

McEwen had two very impressive seasons with the Utes. His best year came in 1986 when he had 64 catches for 721 yards and seven touchdowns. Those numbers placed him second in the WAC in receptions, third in receiving touchdowns and fourth in yards.

For his Utah career, he caught 111 passes for 1,199 yards and nine touchdowns.

61. Jesse Boone, offensive line (2002-05)

Boone was a very good center during his time at Utah. His most decorated year came as a senior in 2005 when he was first-team All-Mountain West Conference while protecting Brian Johnson.

60. Allen Jacobs, running back (1963-64)

Even though Jacobs shared carries with Ron Coleman during both his seasons, he was still a key contributor to one of the best teams in school history. His most productive season came in 1964 when he carried the ball 175 times for 752 yards and a team-leading eight touchdowns to earn all-conference recognition.

For his Utah career, he carried the ball 299 times for 1,316 yards and 16 touchdowns.

59. Ron Coleman, running back (1963-64)

Even though Coleman was second on the team in carries during both of his seasons, he still put up some impressive numbers. His best season came in 1964 when he carried the ball 123 times for 750 yards and six touchdowns to earn all-WAC. His 6.1 yards per carry was fourth best in the country.

For his Utah career, he had 209 carries for 1,143 yards and 10 touchdowns to go along with 13 receptions for 87 yards.

58. Jack Campbell, offensive line (1980-81)

Campbell had two great season on the offensive line with the Utes after transferring from USC. He was a second-team All-Western Athletic Conference player as a junior before he earned first-team all-conference as a senior.

57. Tony Lindsay, running back (1977-1980)

Lindsay had four really productive seasons during his time with the Utes under coach Wayne Howard. Even though he was an all-WAC performer in 1979, his best statistical season came in 1980 when he had 190 carries for 909 yards and eight touchdowns to go along with 25 receptions for 215 yards and another score.

For his Utah career, he had 648 carries for 2,995 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also had 42 catches for 347 yards and three more scores.

56. Quinton Ganther, running back (2004-05)

Ganther had two really solid seasons with the Utes on the ground and in the passing game. His best year came in 2005 when he with 1,120 yards and seven touchdowns on 5.5 yards per carry to go along with 25 catches for 314 yards and another score.

For his Utah career, he had 314 carries for 1,774 yards and nine touchdowns. He added 32 catches for 363 yards and two more scores. His 5.6 yards per carry is the seventh highest in MWC history.

55. Larry Egger, quarterback (1985-86)

Egger spent two seasons as the Utes’ starting signal caller under Jim Fassel. While the team had mixed success, Egger put up big numbers both seasons. His most impressive totals came in 1986 when he finished second in the nation in passing touchdowns and seventh in passing yards. That season, he completed 60.7 percent of his pass for 2,761 yards and 21 touchdowns with just nine interceptions.

For his Utah career, he completed 58.7 percent of his passes for 5,749 yards and 39 touchdowns. He also added three rushing scores.

54. Eddie Lewis, running back (1982-85)

Lewis played four seasons for the Utes and was very productive when he had the ball in his hands. His best year came as a senior in 1985 when he carried the ball 195 times for 1,018 yards and eight touchdowns. He added 22 catches for 198 yards and four scores.

For his Utah career, he carried the ball 379 times for 2,179 yards and 18 touchdowns to go along with 29 receptions for 280 and four more scores.

53. Brett Ratliff, quarterback (2005-06)

Ratliff didn’t start for too long, but when he did, he was fantastic. He replaced an injured Brian Johnson late in his junior year and had some remarkable performances, including wins over BYU and Georgia Tech. During his only full year as a starter he led the Utes to an 8-5 record and another bowl win after passing for 2,796 yards and 23 touchdowns. He added 260 yards and another score on the ground.

For his Utah career, he completed 59 percent of his passes for 3,438 yards and 31 touchdowns with just 11 interceptions to go along with 361 yards and two scores in just 15 starts.

52. Jamal Anderson, running back (1992-93)

Anderson spent two years with the Utes under Ron McBride where he was a very powerful runner. His best season came in 1993 when he 168 carries for 958 yards and 11 touchdowns to go along with 17 receptions for 183 yards and three scores. Those numbers would good enough to place in the top five in the WAC in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns.

For his Utah career, he carries the ball 223 times for 1,275 yards and 14 touchdowns. He added 35 catches for 342 yards and four scores.

51. Mike Fouts, quarterback (1995-96)

While he didnt throw for a ton of yards, Fouts had a great deal of success during his two seasons on the field at Utah. His most productive year came in 1996 when he finished eighth in the nation in passing efficiency rating while leading the Utes to an 8-4 record. That season, he completed 58.6 percent of his passes for 2,526 yards and 21 touchdowns with just seven interceptions.

For his Utah career, he completed 57 percent of his passes for 5,107 yards and 39 touchdowns to go along with two scores on the ground.

50. Wayne Jones, offensive line (1978-1981)

Jones was a very solid performer for the Utes during all four seasons at Utah. He was a second-team All-Western Athletic Conference performer as a junior and first-team All-WAC during his senior year.

49. Gary Hertzfeldt, quarterback (1961-63)

Hertzfeldt spent three years as the starter as the Utes went from the Skyline conference to the WAC. His best season came in 1963 when he was an all-conference selection after he threw for 945 yards and nine touchdowns to go along with 260 yards and two touchdowns in the running game.

For his Utah career, he completed 49.3 percent of his passes for 2,535 yards and 25 touchdowns. He added 410 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.

48. Marv Fleming, tight end (1960-62)

Fleming was very productive for the Utes during all three years on the field. His best statistical season came in 1960 when he had nine catches for a team-leading 237 yards and two touchdowns. A year later, he earned first-team all-Skyline after he caught 15 passes for 193 yards and two scores.

For his Utah career, he had 35 receptions for 598 yards and six touchdowns.

47. Del Rodgers, running back (1978-1981)

Rodgers was productive from the moment he got on the field with the Utes. His best season came as a senior in 1981 when he carried the ball 170 times for 1,127 yards and 13 touchdowns to go along with 17 catches for 156 yards and another score. Those numbers were good enough to lead the WAC in rushing yards, yards per carry while finished second in touchdowns to earn first-team all-conference.

For his Utah career, he carried the ball 494 times for 2,616 times and 31 touchdowns. He also had 34 catches for 338 yards and one more score.

46. Dameon Hunter, running back (2000-01)

Hunter played for two seasons with the Utes and put together one of the top rushing seasons in school history. That season came in 2001 when he carried the ball 257 times for 1,396 yards and nine touchdowns with six catches for 70 yards. Those numbers were good enough to finish in the top three in the WAC in rushing yards and yards per carry.

For his Utah career, he carried the ball 346 times for 1,735 yards and 10 touchdowns to go along with seven receptions for 66 yards.

45. Norm Chow, offensive line (1965-67)

Chow was a very talented right guard during his time on the hill. His most decorated season came in 1967 when he was a first-team All-Western Athletic conference performer under coach Mike Giddings.

44. Chris Fuamatu-Ma’afala, running back (1995-97)

Fuamatu-Ma’afala spent three seasons carrying the ball for the Utes before he left for the NFL following his junior season. His best year came as a sophomore in 1996 when he carried the ball 168 times for 982 yards and nine touchdowns to go along with 10 catches for 80 yards to earn first-team all-WAC.

For his Utah career, he carried the ball 463 times for 2,630 yards ans 22 touchdowns. He added 15 receptions for 125 yards and another score.

43. Tony Bergstrom, offensive line (2008-2011)

Bergstrom was a starting tackle for the Utes during the transition from the Mountain West to the Pac-12. His most decorated year came in 2011 when he was first-team all-Pac-12 performer.

42. Kevin Dyson, wide receiver (1994-97)

Even though he never crossed the 1,000 yard mark during a season with the Utes, he was one of the most productive four-year players the school has ever seen. His best season came in 1996 when he earned first-team all-WAC with 53 catches for 812 yards and eight touchdowns.

For his career, he caught 192 passes for 2,726 yards and 18 touchdowns.

41. Loren Richey, wide receiver (1985-86)

Richey had two very productive seasons during his time with the Utes. His best season came in 1985 when he finished fifth in the nation in receptions and eighth in receiving yards. That year, he caught 73 passes for 971 yards and seven touchdowns. A year later, he earned first-team all-WAC after he led the conference in catches.

For his Utah career, he had 140 receptions for 1,746 yards and 13 touchdowns.

40. Frank Dolce, quarterback (1991-92)

Dolce was the starting signal caller for two seasons during the early days of the Ron McBride coaching tenour and did some very nice things. His best season came in 1992 when Dolce led the Utes to the Copper Bowl while leading the WAC in completion percentage and finishing seventh in the nation in total touchdowns. That year, he completed 58.4 percent of his passes for 2,369 yards with 14 touchdowns as well as eight rushing scores.

For his Utah career, he completed 57.4 percent of his passes for 4,813 yards and 30 touchdowns. He added 12 scores in the running game.

39. Steve Smith, wide receiver (1999-2000)

Smith was a big-play threat whenever he touched the ball during his two seasons with the Utes. His best season came in 1999 when he caught 43 passes for 860 yards and eight touchdowns. Those numbers were good enough to lead the MWC in receiving touchdowns and finish second in receiving yards and yards-per-catch. A year later, he finished sixth in the nation with 21.2 yards-per-reception.

For his Utah career, he had 78 receptions for 1,603 yards and 12 touchdowns.

38. Lance Scott, offensive line (1991-94)

Scott was a very talented offensive lineman for some very solid teams under Ron McBride. He was a back-to-back first-team All-Western Athletic Conference performer in 1993 and 1994.

37. David Reed, wide receiver (2008-09)

After a solid junior campaign saw Reed find the end zone six times, he had a dominant senior season in 2009. That year, he led the Mountain West Conference in receptions (81)  and receiving yards (1,188 yards) to earn first-team all-conference.

For his Utah career, he caught 106 passes for 1,615 yards and 11 touchdowns.

36. Dean Miraldi, offensive line (1978-1980)

Miraldi was a three-year starter at guard and one of the best lineman in school history. His most decorated year came in 1980 when he was a first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honoree.

35. Steve Savoy, wide receiver (2003-04)

Savoy would probably be higher on this list had he not left school after his sophomore year to try his hand at the NFL. His most productive season came in 2004 when he caught 67 passes for 961 yards and 11 touchdowns. He added 22 carries for 307 yards and six more scores to earn first-team all-MWC.

For his Utah career, he had 107 receptions for 1,624 yards and 18 touchdowns to go along with 27 carries for 342 yards and six scores.

34. John Stipech, offensive line (1964-66)

While Stipech was a great player on both sides of the ball, he did enough on the offensive line to make this list. His most decorated year on offense came in 1965 when he was a first-team All-Western Athletic Conference selection at tackle.

33. Dale Nosworthy, tight end (1968-1970)

While his stats aren’t big by today’s standards, Nosworthy was a very productive tight end during his time with the Utes. His most productive season came in 1970 when he finished with 23 catches for 309 yards and three touchdowns to earn first-team all-WAC honors for the second straight year. In fact, he is the only two-time first-team all-conference tight end in school history.

For his Utah career, he had 49 receptions for 659 yards and four touchdowns.

32. Paris Warren, wide receiver (2003-04)

Warren spent two years at Utah dominating the Mountain West. He was named first-team all-MWC as a junior after he led the conference in receptions. A year later, he led the league in catches (80), receiving yards (1,076) and receiving touchdowns (12).

For his Utah career, he caught 156 passes for 1,885 yards and 16 touchdowns to go along with 48 carries for 281 yards and three more scores.

31. Roy Jefferson, wide receiver (1962-64)

Even though his numbers don’t look all that impressive, Jefferson had an amazing career with the Utes. He was one of the leading receivers on the team three straight years and was a two-time first-team all-WAC selection. His most productive season on offense came in 1963 when he had 29 receptions for 435 yards and four touchdowns.

For his Utah career, he caught 70 passes for 1,166 yards and nine touchdowns.

30. Merrill Douglas, running back (1955-57)

Douglas had some really impressive seasons during his time with the Utes. He finished one yard off the team leading in rushing in 1956 and then led the team in rushing and touchdowns a year later. His best season came in 1957 when he carried the ball 97 times for 646 yards and 10 touchdowns to go along with seven receptions for 84 yards to earn first-team all-conference fullback. His 6.7 yards-per-carry was good enough for fourth in the nation while his 10 touchdowns placed him seventh.

29. Steve Odom, wide receiver (1971-73)

While he is known more for his All-American career as a return specialist, Odom was also a fantastic receiver. One of his best years came in 1972 when he caught 30 passes for 663 yards and 11 touchdowns. Those numbers were good enough to place fourth in the nation in receiving touchdowns and fifth in yards-per-reception (22.1).

For his Utah career, he had 72 receptions for 1,440 yards and 19 touchdowns.

28. Stuart Vaughan, running back  (1955-57)

Even though his rushing totals are the lowest on this list, Vaughan deserves plenty of recognition for what he did under coach Jack Curtice. His best season came in 1957 when earned first-team all-Skyline half back when he carried the ball just 28 times for 117 yards. He added 53 receptions for 756 yards and five touchdowns. Those receiving numbers placed him first in the country in catches and yards and sixth in receiving touchdowns.

27. Mike Anderson, running back (1998-99)

Anderson was with the Utes for two seasons and was dominant both years. As a junior, he rushed for 1,173 yards and 12 touchdowns on 244 carries to earn first-team all-WAC. A year later he earned first-team All-MWC after finishing second in the conference in rushing yards and touchdowns.

For his Utah career, he carried the ball 439 times for 2,150 yards and 22 touchdowns to go along with five catches for 51 yards and two more scores.

26. Devontae Booker, running back (2014-current)

Even though he has played just one season with the Utes to this point in his career, Booker is one of the best backs the school has ever seen. As a junior, he carried the ball 292 times for 1,512 yards and 10 touchdowns to go along with 43 receptions for 306 yards and two more scores. Those numbers were good enough to place second in the Pac-12 in rushing yards and fifth in touchdowns from scrimmage.

25. Tom Dublinski, quarterback (1949-1951)

Dublinski only started for one season, but that year was a great one. He led the Utes to a 7-4 record and a Skyline Conference championship. He earned unanimous all-conference selection after he was the leading passer in the Skyline and the fourth leading passer in the country. His conference-leading 1,633 yards of total offense were also good enough for fifth in the nation, according to the 1952 University of Utah media guide.

24. Louis “Speedy” Thomas, wide receiver (1967-68)

Even though he was only with the Utes for two seasons, Thomas was one of the best wide outs the school ever had. His best year came as a senior in 1968 when he earned first-team all-WAC after he carried the Utah receivers all season long. That year, he caught 60 passes for 1,006 yards and seven touchdowns. To put into context how impressive that was, all you have to do is look at the overall team stats.  No other Ute had more than 12 catches for 173 yards. On top of that, Utah had only nine receiving touchdowns.

For his Utah career, he had 74 receptions for 1,199 yards and eight touchdowns.

23. Carl Monroe, running back (1981-82)

After a solid junior campaign, Monroe took over the reins from the departed Del Rodgers and provided one of the best rushing seasons in school history. That year, he earned first-team all-WAC after he carried the ball 309 times for 1,507 yards and four touchdowns to go along with 16 catches for 108 yards and another score. Those numbers were good enough to finish seventh in the nation in rushing yards.

For his Utah career, he carried the ball 408 times for 2,029 yards and nine touchdowns. He added 30 receptions for 249 yards and one more score.

22. Don Van Galder, quarterback (1971-73)

Van Galder was under center for the better part of three seasons and made some very solid contributions for the Utes. In 1972, he finished 10th in the nation in passing efficiency rating and earned all-conference honors after leading Utah to a winning record. A year later, he finished in the top six nationally in passing yards, total yards, passing touchdowns and total touchdowns. That season, he threw for 2,012 yards and 17 touchdowns while adding eight more scores on the ground.

For his Utah career, he had 4,402 yards passing and 39 touchdowns to go along with 13 rushing scores.

21. Carl Harry, wide receiver (1985-88)

Even though Harry led the team in receptions and receiving yards as a junior, it was what he did as a senior in 1988 that puts him this high on the list. That year, he earned first-team all-WAC after leading the conference in catches (65), receiving yards (1,145) ans touchdowns (14). Those numbers were also good enough to place sixth in the nation in yards and second in touchdowns.

For his Utah career, he caught 149 passes for 2,283 yards and 20 touchdowns.

20. Mike McCoy, quarterback (1992-94)

McCoy was the most successful quarterback coach Ron McBride ever had. McCoy has two monster seasons under center as the Utes made it to back-to-back bowl games. In 1993, he finished second in the nation in passing yards (3,860), and total yards (3,969) while finishing 10th in completion percentage. A year later, he led Utah to a 10-2 record and a No. 10 ranking in the final AP Poll while finishing in the top 10 nationally in passing efficiency rating (sixth), completion percentage (fifth), passing yards (fifth), total yards (fifth), passing touchdowns (third) and total touchdowns (third). That season, he completed 64.8 percent of his passes for 3,035 yards and 28 touchdowns.

For his Utah career, he completed 63.7 percent of his passes for 7,404 yards and 49 touchdowns.

19. John White IV, running back (2011-2012)

White eased the Utes difficult transition from the Mountain West into the Pac-12 with two huge rushing seasons. His best year came as a junior in 2011 when he carried the ball 316 times for 1,519 yards and 15 touchdowns to go along with 13 catches for 44 yards and two more scores. Those numbers were good enough to finish second in the Pac-12 and 10th in the nation in rushing yards.

For his Utah career, he carried the ball 534 times for 2,560 yards and 23 touchdowns. He added 23 catches for 167 yards and three additional scores.

18. Brian Johnson, quarterback (2004-08)

Johnson was a three-year starter and the signal caller on one of the best teams in Utah history. His most impressive season came in 2008 when he won the MWC offensive player of the year after he led the Utes to a 13-0 record and a win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. That year, he completed 68 percent of his passes for 2,972 yards with 27 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

For his Utah career, he completed 66.2 percent of his passes for 7,853 yards with 57 touchdowns to go along with 848 yards and 12 scores in the running game.

17. Anthony Brown, offensive line (1993-94)

Brown was on the offensive line for back-to-back bowl teams. His most decorated season came in 1994 when he was a first-team All-WAC performer for one of the best offenses in the country. He was also a third-team AP All-American.

16. Caleb Schlauderaff, offensive line (2007-2010)

Schlauderaff was on the line for some of the best teams Utah fans have ever seen. His most decorated season came in 2010 when he was first-team All-Mountain West Conference and was a second-team All-American by Walter Camp and SI.com.

15. Eddie Johnson, running back (1984-88)

Johnson did some very special things during his time as a Ute. He finished top seven in the nation in yards per carry two different seasons while crossing the 1,000 yard mark to earn first-team all-WAC. He added a third impressive season as a senior when he had 748 yards and 12 touchdowns on 157 carries to go along with 32 catches for 319 yards and three more scores.

For his Utah career, he carried the ball 564 times for 3,219 yards and 26 touchdowns to go along with 95 catches for 839 yards and nine more scores.

14. Doug Kaufusi, offensive line (1998-2001)

Kaufusi was an elite lineman during his time on the hill. He was a two-time first-team All-Mountain West Conference honoree while protecting Lance Rice and Darnell Arceneaux. His most decorated season came in 2001 when he was first-team all-conference and a Sporting News third-team All-American.

13. Carlton Walker, tackle/ guard (1983-84)

Walker spend two good seasons with the Utes on the offensive line. His best year came in 1984 when he started at guard and earned first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors. He also earned FWAA first-team and second-team AP All-American recognition.

12. Dennis Smith, tight end (1986-89)

Smith was part of some of the most dominant offensive units in school history. While he earned all-WAC first-team honors, he best season came in 1989. That year, he caught 73 passes for 1,091 yards and 18 touchdowns. Those numbers placed him sixth in the nation in receptions and yards as well as second in receiving touchdowns.

For his Utah career, he had 156 catches for 2,168 yards and 24 touchdowns.

11. Chris Kemoeatu, guard (2001-2004)

Kemoeatu was a first-rate lineman during his time at Utah. His best year came in 2004 when he was first-team all-Mountain West Conference and a Sportsillustrated.com first-team All-American at right guard.

10. Scott Mitchell, quarterback (1987-89)

The Utes didnt have a great deal of success with Mitchell under center, but most of that was because of a lackluster defense. His best season came in 1988 when Utah finished 6-5 after he led the nation in passing yards, total yards and passing touchdowns while finishing fourth in total touchdowns and ninth in passing efficiency rating. That year, he completed 60.6 percent of his passes for 4,322 yards and 29 touchdowns.

For his Utah career, he still holds the school records for passing yards (8,981) and touchdown passes (69).

9. Don Rydalch, quarterback  (1951-53)

Rydalch took over the quarterbacking duties from Tom Dublinski after the 1951 season and had two great years under center. Rydalch led the Utes to back-to-back Skyline Conference championships and earned all-conference honors in both seasons. In 1952, he completed 55.2 percent of his passes for 974 yards and six touchdowns. A year later, he completed 77 of 128 passes for 980 net yards and six touchdowns. Those numbers were good enough to lead the nation in completion percentage at 60.9 percent and finish sixth in passing, according to the 1954 University of Utah football media guide.

8. Larry Wilson, running back (1957-59)

While his name doesn’t land very high on Utah’s list of most rushing yards, Wilson was the only back in the last 80 years to earn All-American honors. His best season came in 1959 when he was third-team Williamson All-America and first-team all-conference after he carried the ball 98 times for 559 yards and eight touchdowns. He added 21 receptions for 215 yards and four more scores. His 12 touchdowns from scrimmage was fourth most in the nation.

For his Utah career, he carried the ball 230 times for 1,220 yards and 11 touchdowns to go along with 43 receptions for 593 yards and eight more scores.

7. Dave Costa, tackle (1961-62)

Costa was very impressive on the line during his time with the Utes. His most decorated season came in 1962 when he earned first-team All-Western Athletic Conference at offensive tackle and the WAC lineman of the year. He was also a Williamson All-American.

6. Bryan Rowley, wide receiver (1989-1993)

Rowley had four very impressive seasons with the Utes. He led the team receiving yards three times and receptions twice on his way to becoming the leading receiver in school history. His most productive season came as a junior in 1991 when he was first-team all-WAC and second-team All-American by the Sporting News after he caught 60 passes for 1,011 yards and 11 touchdowns.

For his Utah career, he had 177 receptions for 3,143 yards and 25 touchdowns.

5. Zane Beadles, tackle (2006-09)

Beadles is one of the best tackles to ever play for the Utes. He was a four-year starter and a two-time first-team all-conference selection. He also earned first-team All-American honors from FWAA, College Football News and Phil Steele.

4. Edward Pine, center (1959-1961)

Pine was a great lineman under coach Ray Nagel during his time with the Utes. He was a two-time first-team All-Skyline center and a first-team Williamson All-American in 1961.

3. Jordan Gross, tackle (1999-2002)

Gross was a dominant lineman during his time with the Utes. He didn’t allow a sack during his last two years at Utah. His most productive season came in 2002 when he was a first-team all-MWC selection, a consensus All-American and an Outland Trophy finalist.

2. Lee Grosscup, quarterback (1957-58)

Grosscup played just two seasons at Utah, but was one of the most successful signal callers in school history. He had his best year in 1957 when he led the Utes to a 6-4 record and a Skyline Conference championship. That season, he completed 68.6 percent of his passes while leading the nation in passing yards (1,398) and 10 touchdowns with just two interceptions. Those numbers were good enough to earn first team all-conference, All-American and finish 10th in the voting for the Heisman Trophy.

For his Utah career, he completed 62.1 percent of his passes for 2,226 yards and 13 touchdowns to go along with seven rushing scores.

1. Alex Smith, quarterback (2002-04)

Smith played spent most of two seasons as the Utah starting quarterback and won 21 of 22 starts before he left for the NFL. His best season came in 2004 when he won MWC offensive player of the year and finished fourth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy after he led Utah to a 12-0 record. That year, he completed 67.5 percent of his passes for 2,952 yards with 32 touchdowns and just four interceptions. he also had 631 yards and 10 scores in the running game.

For his Utah career, he completed 66.3 percent of his passes for 5,203 yards and 47 touchdowns with eight interceptions to go along with 1,072 yards and 15 scores on the ground.

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