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

While the Utah defense has had a great deal of success under Kyle Whittingham, there have been talented players for a long time. There have been stars on the defensive line and in the secondary as well as plenty of talented linebackers. There have been all-conference selections, players of the year and some All-Americans. This list ranks the best of the best of those players from the last 50 years.

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

Note: These rankings are based on what each player did at Utah. No other parts of each players career was taken into consideration. It is also important to note that defensive stats weren’t officially recognized by the NCAA until 2000 so some stats may be incomplete.

Stats from UtahUtes.com, Sports-reference.com and SLTrib.Utestats.com. Award information from UtahUtes.com.

H.M. Teneil Ethridge, defensive back (1995-99)

Ethridge was a very solid cover corner during his time in the secondary. One of his most productive seasons came in 1998 when he had 46 tackles, 11 pass break-ups, three tackles for loss and an interception.

For his Utah career, he totaled 106 tackles, 35 pass break-ups, four tackles for loss and two interceptions.

H.M. Randell Hansen, defensive end (1968-1970)

Hansen made big contributions to the Utah defense during his time on the hill. One of his best seasons came in 1970 when he had 99 tackles, three pass break-ups and two fumble recoveries.

For his Utah career, he totaled 162 tackles, four pass break-ups, three fumble recoveries and an interception.

H.M. Guy Morrell, linebacker (1975-78)

Morrell had two nice seasons as a linebacker for the Utes. His most productive season came in 1978 when he totaled 79 tackles, nine pass break-ups, six sacks, three forced fumbles and two interceptions.

For his Utah career, he registered 194 tackles, 14 pass break-ups, six sacks, four interceptions and three forced fumbles.

H.M. Wes Tufaga, linebacker (1997-2000)

Tufaga had a couple of solid years as a linebacker. His best year came in 2000 when he led the team with 87 tackles while adding seven tackles for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and a pass break-up.

For his Utah career, he totaled 183 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, three pass break-ups and three forced fumbles.

H.M. Mark Jackson, linebacker (1984-85)

Jackson had one really impressive season during his two years with the Utes. That year came in 1985 when he led the team with 127 tackles. He added six tackles for loss, two sacks, two forced fumbles and a pass break-up.

For his Utah career, he recorded 159 tackles, six tackles for loss, three sacks and two forced fumbles.

100. Brandon Dart, defensive back (1994-96, 1999-2000)

Dart earned all-conference recognition during his time in the Utah secondary. His most productive year came in 1996 when he totaled 93 tackles, five pass break-ups, four tackles for loss and an interceptions.

For his Utah career, he recorded 193 tackles, 12 pass break-ups, 10 tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble.

99. Jeff Kirkman, defensive back, (1991-95)

Kirkman had a very solid career in the Utah secondary. His most productive year came in 1995 when he earned all-conference recognition after he totaled 101 tackles, three pass break-ups, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble.

For his Utah career, he recorded 203 tackles, 13 pass break-ups, four forced fumbles and four tackles for loss.

98. Pita Tonga, linebacker (1988-1992)

Tonga was very productive as a linebacker during his time on the hill. One of his best years came in 1990 when he recorded 94 tackles, six tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and a pass break-up.

For his Utah career, he totaled 216 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, three pass break-ups and two sacks.

97. Jared Norris, linebacker (2012-current)

Norris has been a very solid linebacker so far for the Utes. His most productive year came in 2014 when he had 116 tackles 13 tackles for loss, four sacks and a pass break-up.

So far in Utah career, he has recorded 182 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, three pass break-ups and two forced fumbles.

96. Blaine Berger, defensive line (1990-93)

Berger had three productive seasons on the defensive line. His best year came in 1992 when he earned All-WAC recognition after he managed 85 tackles, eight tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles and a pass break-ups.

For his Utah career, he totaled 214 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, seven pass break-ups and two forced fumbles.

95. Paul Soliai, defensive line (2005-06)

Soliai had one really solid season during his two years on the hill. That year came in 2006 when he was second-team All-MWC after he totaled 36 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, four pass break-ups, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble.

For his Utah career, he had 42 tackles, six tackles for loss, four pass break-ups and 3.5 sacks.

94. Gabe Long, defensive line (2006-07)

Long was a key piece to the defensive line during his two seasons. His best year came in 2007 when he was second-team All-MWC after he totaled 36 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, three pass break-ups, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumbles.

For his Utah career, he had 59 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, four pass break-ups, three forced fumbles and two hurries.

93. Jay Hill, defensive back (1998-99)

Hill was a productive part of the secondary during his two years. His best year came in 1999 when he was second-team All-Mountain West Conference after he finished with 41 tackles, 10 pass break-ups, six interceptions, three forced fumbles and three tackles for loss.

For his Utah career, he totaled 69 tackles, 17 pass break-ups, seven interceptions, three tackles for loss and three forced fumbles.

92. Tenny Palepoi, defensive line (2012-13)

Palepoi had two solid seasons for the Utes on the defensive line. His best year came in 2013 when he was second-team All-Pac-12 after he had 53 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble.

For his Utah career, he totaled 74 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and a forced fumble.

91. Mike Wright, linebacker (2006-09)

Wright had two productive seasons as a linebacker during his time with the Utes. He earned all-conference recognition in the Mountain West his last two years. One of his best years came in 2009 when he had 79 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and two interceptions.

For his Utah career, he had 186 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, six pass break-ups, five sacks and three forced fumbles.

90. Frank Bonifacio, linebacker (1986-1990)

Bonifacio had a very impressive career as a linebacker. His most productive year came in 1987 when he recorded 105 tackles, four tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and two sacks.

For his Utah career, he totaled 283 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, five sacks and three forced fumbles.

89. Ma’ake Kemoeatu, defensive line (1998-2001)

Kemoeatu had three productive seasons on the defensive line including two years where he earned all-conference recognition. His most productive year came in 1999 when had 58 tackles, eight tackles for loss, six quarterback hurries and four sacks.

For his Utah career, he totaled 159 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 10 hurries and six sacks.

88. Casey Evans, defensive back (2003-06)

Evans was a solid contributor to the Utes secondary during his time on the hill. His most productive year came in 2005 when he was second-team All-MWC after he had 89 tackles, four tackles for loss, three pass break-ups and two sacks while finishing eighth in the nation with five interceptions.

For his Utah career, he totaled 202 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, five interceptions, four pass break-ups and two forced fumbles.

87. Joe Jiannoni, linebacker (2004-07)

Jiannoni had three solid seasons as a linebacker for the Utes. His most productive season came in 2006 when he was second-team All-MWC after he recorded 92 tackles, eight tackles for loss, four sacks, three pass break-ups a forced fumble and an interception.

For his Utah career, he totaled 235 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, three pass break-ups and two interceptions.

86. Sealver Siliga, defensive line (2008-2010)

Siliga had two big years on the defensive line for the Utes. He earned all-conference recognition during his last two years. His most productive season came in 2009 when he had 48 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, four pass break-ups and two sacks.

For his career, he had 96 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, five pass break-ups and 3.5 sacks.

85. Brandon Burton, defensive back (2008-2010)

Burton had two really solid seasons during his time with the Utes. His best year came in 2010 when he was second-team All-Mountain West Conference after he registered 51 tackles, eight pass break-ups, two interceptions and a forced fumble.

Foe his Utah career, he recorded 101 tackles, 18 pass break-ups, five tackles for loss, three interceptions and a forced fumble.

84. Arnold Parker, defensive back (2000-03)

Parker was a contributor from day one in the Utah secondary. His most productive season came in 2003 when he earned all-conference honors after he had 63 tackles, five pass break-ups, 2.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble.

For his Utah career, he recorded 213 tackles, 20 pass break-ups, 20 tackles for loss, seven sacks and five forced fumbles.

83. Eric Rowe, defensive back (2011-14)

Rowe contributed in the secondary during all four seasons with the Utes. One of his most productive seasons came in 2014 when he was honorable mention All-Pac-12 after he totaled 59 tackles, 13 pass break-ups, three tackles for loss and an interception.

For his Utah career, he registered 260 tackles, 33 pass break-ups, seven tackles for loss, three interceptions and 1.5 sacks.

82. Sharrieff Shah, defensive back (1990-93)

Shaw had three really productive seasons in the secondary and was a two-time all-conference selection. His best year came in 1991 when he earned All-WAC recognition after he recorded 74 tackles, eight sacks, six tackles for loss, four pass break-ups and two forced fumbles.

For his Utah career, he totaled 223 tackles, 13 pass break-ups, nine sacks, nine tackles for loss and six forced fumbles.

81. Reggie Alston, safety/linebacker (1991-92)

Alston had two solid seasons on the Utes defense. His best year came in 1991 when he was second-team All-Western Athletic Conference at safety after he totaled 139 tackles, four pass break-ups, and interception and a forced fumble.

For his Utah career, he recorded 197 tackles six pass break-ups, two tackles for loss, two interceptions and two interceptions.

80. Mark Swanson, defensive back (1990-93)

Swanson made an impact to the Utes secondary each of his four seasons. His best statistical season came in when he earned all-conference recognition after he totaled 83 tackles, four interceptions, two pass break-ups and an interception return for a touchdown.

For his Utah career, he recorded 249 tackles, 20 pass break-ups and 10 interceptions.

79. Brian Blechen, defensive back (2010-14)

While he never had that one huge breakout season, Blechen was an all-conference contributor each of his four seasons on the hill. His best statistical year came in 2011 when he was honorable mention All-Pac-12 after he totaled 78 tackles, eight tackles for loss, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and two sacks.

For his Utah career, he had 264 tackles, 19 pass break-ups, 16 tackles for loss, eight interceptions and six forced fumbles.

78. Mike Bailey, linebacker (1975-78)

Bailey led the Utes in tackles during three of his four seasons on the hill. One of his most productive years came in 1977 when he totaled 132 tackles, five pass break-ups and a tackle for loss.

For his Utah career, he recorded 401 tackles, 10 pass break-ups, two sacks and two forced fumbles.

77. Chad Kauha’aha’a, defensive end (1995-96)

Kauha’aha’a was a very solid producer during two years with the Utes and earned all-conference recognition. One of his best years came in 1996 when he was second-team All-WAC after he had 41 tackles, six tackles for loss, four sacks, three pass break-ups and a forced fumble.

For his Utah career, he totaled 113 tackles, 11 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, seven pass break-ups and three forced fumbles.

76. Lauvale Sape, defensive line (1999-2002)

Sape was a huge presence on the defensive line and was a two-time second-team all-conference selection. His most productive season came in 2001 when he had 25 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.

For his career, he totaled 86 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, five quarterback hurries and five pass break-ups.

75. Chaz Walker, linebacker (2008-2011)

Walker had two great seasons during his time with the Utes. He led the team in tackles and earned all-conference recognition twice. One of his best years came in 2010 when he was second-team All-MWC after he totaled 113 tackles, seven tackles for loss, two interceptions and two sacks.

For his Utah career, he had 254 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and two sacks.

74. Edgar Scott Robbins, defensive back (1969-1971)

Robbins had two great years in the Utah secondary. His most productive season came in 1970 when he led the team with 114 tackles to go along with five interceptions, and three pass break-ups.

For his Utah career, he totaled 251 tackles, six interceptions, three fumble recoveries and three pass break-ups.

73. Elliot Hagood, linebacker (1970-72)

Hagood led the team in tackles during two of three years as a Ute. His most productive season came in 1972 when he recorded 124 tackles, an interception and an interception return for a touchdown.

For his Utah career, he totaled 305 tackles, a pass break-up, an interception and a return for touchdown.

72. Greg Smith, defensive back (1985-88)

Smith had two great years in the secondary during his time on the hill. One of his most productive seasons came in 1988 when he totaled 112 tackles, six pass break-ups, four tackles for loss, three interceptions and a forced fumble.

For his Utah career, he recorded 308 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, eight pass break-ups, three interceptions and three forced fumbles.

71. Jay Fairman, linebacker (1979, 1981-83)

Fairman had three very productive seasons as a linebacker. One of his best years came in 1983 when he totaled 121 tackles, seven tackles for loss, four pass break-ups and a sack.

For his Utah career, he recorded 322 tackles, 12 pass break-ups, seven tackles for loss, five sacks and two forced fumbles.

70. Phil Glover, linebacker (1997-98)

Glover had a great junior season as a linebacker. That year, he was first-team All-WAC after he totaled 90 tackles, seven tackles for loss, four pass break-ups, four sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble.

For his Utah career, he recorded 107 tackles, nine tackles for loss, seven pass break-ups, four sacks and three interceptions.

69. Curtis Sampson, linebacker (1984-85)

Sampson was one of the best Utah tacklers during his two years on the field. His most productive year came in 1984 when he earned all-conference recognition after he recorded 119 tackles, six tackles for loss, four sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.

For his Utah career, he totaled 243 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, seven sacks, four pass break-ups and three forced fumbles.

68. Larry Stone, linebacker (1967-69)

Stone was one of the best defensive players on the best team under coach Bill Meeks. One of his best years came in 1969 when he was first-team All-Western Athletic Conference after he recorded 92 tackles, three pass break-ups and an interception for the 8-2 Utes.

67. Sione Pouha, defense line (2001-04)

Pouha was a stalwart on the defensive line for Utah. His most productive year came in 2004 when he was first-team All-Mountain West Conference after he had 36 tackles, four pass break-ups, 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.

For his Utah career, he recorded 89 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, five pass break-ups a forced fumble and an interception.

66. Anthony Reed, defensive back (1978-1981)

Reed had three productive seasons in the secondary. One of his best years came in 1981 when he was first-team All-Western Athletic Conference after he had 52 tackles, three interceptions and three pass break-ups.

For his Utah career, he recorded 162 tackles, 11 pass break-ups, six interceptions and a sack.

65. Josh Savage, defensive end (2000-03)

Savage was a great contributor on the defensive line for the Utes. One of his best year came in 2003 when he was first-team All-MWC after he had 47 tackles, nine pass break-ups, 8.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.

For his Utah career, he totaled 117 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 16 pass break-ups, 10 sacks and two quarterback hurries.

64. Bob Pritchett, defensive line (1971-72)

Pritchett was a big help to the defensive line during his two seasons at Utah. His most productive year came in 1972 when he was first-team All-Western Athletic Conference after he totaled 61 tackles.

For his Utah career, he recorded 88 tackles.

63. Derrick Shelby, defensive line (2008-2011)

Shelby had four solid seasons for the Utes defense. His most productive season came in 2011 when he was first-team All-Pac-12 after he had 52 tackles, nine tackles for loss, seven pass break-ups, four sacks and an interception return for the a touchdown.

For his Utah career, he totaled 166 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 12 pass break-ups, 10 sacks and five forced fumbles.

62. Martail Burnett, defensive end (2004-07)

Burnett had three very productive seasons on the defensive line for the Utes. One of his best years came in 2007 when he recorded 50 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, seven tackles for loss, three pass break-ups, a forced fumble and an interception return for a touchdown.

For his Utah career, he totaled 151 tackles, 33.5 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks, nine pass break-ups and three forced fumbles.

61. Steve Tate, defensive back (2004-07)

Tate had two huge seasons in the secondary for the Utes. His most productive season came in 2007 when he was first-team All-Mountain West Conference after he totaled 103 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, four pass break-ups, three interceptions and two sacks.

For his Utah career, he recorded 252 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, five pass break-ups, five interceptions, 4.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.

60. Sean Smith, defensive back (2006-08)

Smith was very productive during two of his years on the hill. His best season came in 2008 when he was first-team All-MWC after he recorded 53 tackles, eight pass break-ups, two tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumbles while leading the conference with five interceptions.

For his Utah career, he totaled 86 tackles, 15 pass break-ups, nine interceptions and three tackles for loss.

59. Clarence Lawson, defensive back (1994-97)

Lawson was a big part of the Utah secondary and was a two-time all-conference honoree. His most impressive year came in 1997 when we was first-team All-WAC after he had 42 tackles, 10 pass break-ups, two tackles for loss and an interception.

For his Utah career, he recorded 148 tackles, 27 pass break-ups, four tackles for loss and three interceptions.

58. Henry Kaufusi, defensive line (1994-95)

Kaufusi had two solid seasons on the defensive line. His most productive year came in 1995 when he was second-team All-WAC after he recorded 73 tackles, five tackles for loss, two sacks and two pass break-ups.

For his Utah career, he totaled 130 tackles, eight tackles for loss, seven sacks and two pass break-ups.

57. Spencer Toone, linebacker (2002-05)

Toone had a tremendous career as a linebacker for the Utes. He earned all-conference recognition and led the team in tackles each of his last two seasons. One of his best years came in 2005 when he was first-team All-MWC after he totaled 113 tackles, five tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble.

For his Utah career, he recorded 294 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, four pass break-ups, 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.

56. Pene Talamaivao, defensive line (1995-98)

Talamaivao was a two-time all-Western Athletic Conference performer during his time on the hill. His most productive season came in 1997 when he was first-team all-conference after he had 59 tackles, seven tackles for loss and three pass break-ups.

For his Utah career, he totaled 113 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 11 pass break-ups and a sack.

55. Sheldon Deckart, linebacker (1999-2002)

Deckart had three productive seasons as a linebacker and was a two-time all-conference selection. His most productive year came in 2001 when he was first-team All-MWC after he recorded 86 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, six sacks, six pass break-ups, two quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles.

For his Utah career, he totaled 240 tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss, 12 pass break-ups, eight sacks and three forced fumbles.

54. Robert Fratto, defensive line (1970-72)

Fratto was very productive on the defensive line during his three seasons on the field. His best year came in 1972 when he was first-team All-Western Athletic Conference after he recorded 99 tackles.

For his Utah career, he managed 237 tackles.

53. Brice McCain, defensive back (2005-08)

McCain had three solid seasons in the secondary during his time with the Utes. One of his best years came in 2008 when he was first-team All-MWC after he managed 35 tackles, five pass break-ups, two tackles for loss, a sack and an interception.

For his Utah career, he totaled 103 tackles, 21 pass break-ups, three interceptions, 2.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble.

52. Garland Harris, linebacker (1986-89)

Harris was very productive during all four of his seasons as a linebacker. One of his most impressive years came in 1988 when he was a second-team All-WAC and honorable mention All-American after he totaled 102 tackles, eight tackles for loss, four quarterback hurries and two pass break-ups.

For his Utah career, he recorded 324 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 16 hurries, eight pass break-ups, five sacks and three forced fumbles.

51. Peter Owens, defensive line (1980, 1982-84)

Owens was a two-time all-conference honoree during his four seasons on the defensive line. His most productive season came in 1984 when he was first-team All-WAC after he totaled 72 tackles, four sacks, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble.

For his Utah career, he recorded 181 tackles, 13 sacks, three tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.

50. Jeff Reyes, defensive line (1980-83)

Reyes was a two-time All-Western Athletic Conference performer during his four years on the defensive line. His most productive season came in 1983 when he was first-team all-conference after he managed 75 tackles, 14 sacks, four forced fumbles and two pass break-ups.

For his Utah career, he totaled 172 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 25 sacks, six forced fumbles and five pass break-ups.

49. Trevor Reilly, linebacker/defensive line (2010-13)

Reilly made a huge impact on defense during his four years with the Utes. His most productive season came in 2013 when he was first-team All-Pac-12 and an AP honorable mention All-American after he registered 100 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and two pass break-ups.

For his Utah career, he totaled 235 tackles, 37 tackles for loss, 20 sacks, nine pass break-ups and eight forced fumbles.

48. Bill Gompf, linebacker (1978-1981)

Gompf had three great seasons as a linebacker for the Utes and was a two-time all-conference selection. One of his best years came in 1981 when he was first-team All-WAC after he recorded 128 tackles, nine pass break-ups, five sacks, three forced fumbles and three interceptions.

For his Utah career, he totaled 380 tackles, 18 pass break-ups, 10 interceptions, eight sacks and five forced fumbles.

47. Dave Revill, defensive back (2001-03)

Revill made an impact on the Utah secondary during his three years with the Utes. He was a two-time all-conference performer who got wrecked havoc in the backfield. His most productive year came in 2003 when he was second-team All-MWC after he had 91 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, two sacks and an interception.

For his Utah career, he totaled 203 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, five sacks, five forced fumbles, five pass break-ups and three interceptions.

46. Robert Johnson, defensive back (2007-09)

Johnson had three good seasons in the secondary for the Utes. His best year came in 2009 when he was first-team All-MWC after he had 67 tackles, five pass break-ups, four tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries while finishing eighth in the nation with six interceptions.

For his Utah career, he totaled 152 tackles, 13 interceptions, 12 pass break-ups, five tackles for loss and two returns for touchdowns.

45. Lonnie Lawson, defensive back (1981-82)

Lonnie was very productive during his two seasons in the secondary. His best year came in 1982 when he was first-team All-Western Athletic Conference after he recorded 81 tackles, four interceptions, two pass break-ups and a sack.

For his Utah career, he totaled 148 tackles, four sacks, four interceptions, two pass break-ups and a forced fumbles.

44. Kelly Talavou, defensive line (2005-06)

Talavou is another in a long line of great defensive linemen for the Utes. His best season came in 2006 when he was first-team All-Mountain West Conference after he totaled 47 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, two pass break-ups and a forced fumble.

For his Utah career, he recorded 78 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, four pass break-ups and a forced fumble.

43. Christian Cox, defensive line (2009-2010)

Cox had two very good seasons on the defensive line for the Utes. His best year came in 2010 when he was first-team All-Mountain West Conference after he totaled 53 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and four sacks.

For his Utah career, he recorded 84 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, three pass break-ups and two quarterback hurries.

42. Kareem Leary, defensive back (1992-94)

Leary made a big impact in the secondary on some of the best teams under coach Ron McBride. His best year came in 1994 when he was first-team All-WAC after he recorded 68 tackles, 17 pass break-ups, six interceptions, two forced fumbles and two interception return for touchdowns.

For his Utah career, he totaled 137 tackles, 21 pass break-ups, nine interceptions and two forced fumbles.

41. Ernest Boyd, defensive back (1993-94)

Boyd had two great years in the Utah secondary. His best year came in 1994 when he was first-team All-Western Athletic Conference after he finished with 71 tackles, nine pass break-ups, six interceptions, six tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.

For his Utah career, he totaled 144 tackles. 14 pass break-ups, 12 interceptions and six tackles for loss.

40. Keith Embray, defensive end (1990-91)

Embray had two great seasons on the defensive line. His most productive year came in 1991 when he was second-team All-WAC after he totaled 66 tackles, eight sacks and two tackles for loss.

For his Utah career, he recorded 132 tackles, nine sacks, six tackles for loss, six quarterback hurries and a forced fumble.

39. Bronzell Miller, defensive end (1993-94)

Miller mad a big impact on the defensive line during his two seasons on the field. His most productive year came in 1994 when he totaled 38 tackles, 12 sacks, five forced fumbles, five tackles for loss and three pass break-ups.

For his Utah career, he recorded 88 tackles, 17 sacks, nine tackles for loss, seven forced fumbles and five pass break-ups.

38. Steve Marshall, defensive back (1971-73)

Marshall had two really solid seasons in the secondary. His most productive year came in 1973 when he was first-team All-Western Athletic Conference after he recorded 74 tackles, three interceptions and an interception return for a touchdown.

For his Utah career, he totaled 141 tackles, seven interceptions and two returns for touchdowns.

37. Stevenson Sylvester, linebacker (2006-09)

Sylvester had three good years as a linebacker for the Utes. One of his best years came in 2009 when he was first-team All-MWC after he had 81 tackles, five tackles for loss, two sacks, two pass break-ups and an interception.

For his Utah career, he recorded 262 tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss, 12 pass break-ups, nine sacks, four forced fumbles and two interceptions.

36. Dave Chaytors, defensive line (1989-1992)

Chaytors was very productive during all for of his seasons on the defensive line and was an All-WAC performer. His best statistical season came in 1992 when he had 72 tackles, nine tackles for loss and two sacks.

For his Utah career, he totaled 198 tackles, 33 tackles for loss, 18 quarterback hurries, six sacks and two pass break-ups.

35. Reggie Richardson, defensive back (1982-85)

Richardson was a great player in the second for the Utes and was an all-conference selection numerous times. ONe of his best seasons came in 1984 when he was second-team All-WAC after he totaled 77 tackles, four interceptions, four pass break-ups and a tackles for loss.

For his Utah career, he recorded 224 tackles, 19 pass break-ups and 13 interceptions.

34. Sean Knox, defensive back (1987-1990)

Knox was a big-time play-maker for all four of his seasons in the Utah secondary. One of his best years came in 1990 when he was first-team All-WAC after he totaled 82 tackles, eight pass break-ups, five interceptions, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble.

For his Utah career, he recorded 278 tackles, 42 pass break-ups, 15 interceptions and seven tackles for loss.

33. Koa Misi, defensive line (2007-2009)

Misi made a huge impact on the defensive during all three of his seasons with the Utes. One of his best seasons came in 2009 when he was first-team All-MWC after he totaled 71 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and five sacks while leading the conference with three forced fumbles.

For his Utah career, he registered 206 tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, 10 pass break-ups and six forced fumbles.

32. Jeff Lyall, defensive end (1978)

Lyall was fantastic during his only season on the field for the Utes. That year, he was first-team All-WAC after he recorded 107 tackles, three forced fumbles, two sacks and two pass breaks.

31. Paul Kruger, defensive line (2007-08)

Kruger had two really productive seasons on the defensive line for the Utes. His best year came in 2008 when he was first-team All-Mountain West Conference and a SI.com honorable mention All-American after he totaled 61 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, seven pass break-ups and two forced fumbles.

For his Utah career, he registered 124 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 12 pass break-ups and three forced fumbles.

30. Antwoine Sanders, defensive back (2001-02)

Sanders had two great seasons in the Utah secondary. He was an all-conference selection each year and a big-time play-maker. One of his best years came in 2002 when he was first-team All-MWC after he totaled 62 tackles, five pass break-ups, two interceptions and two tackles for loss.

For his Utah career, he recorded 144 tackles, 13 pass break-ups, six interceptions and five tackles for loss.

29. Mark Rexford, linebacker (1993-94)

Rexford was an elite linebacker during his two years on the hill. One of his best seasons came in 1994 when he was first-team All-WAC after he totaled 111 tackles, six tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, three pass break-ups and a sack.

For his career, he registered 223 tackles, seven tackles for loss, six forced fumbles and five pass break-ups.

28. Joe Clausi, defensive end (1988-89)

Clausi was one of the best pass rushers the Utes have ever had during his two seasons. His most productive year came in 1989 when he recorded 112 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, nine sacks, nine quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and a pass break-up.

For his Utah career, he totaled 167 tackles, 30 tackles for loss, 17 hurries, 11 sacks and three forced fumbles.

27. Andre Dyson, defensive back (1997-2000)

Dyson had three impressive seasons in the Utah secondary and was a two-time all-conference performer. His most productive season came in 2000 when he was first-team All-MWC after he totaled 65 tackles, 17 pass break-ups and four tackles for loss. He also led the conference with four interceptions, including a nation-leading three returns for touchdowns.

For his Utah career, he recorded 147 tackles, 47 pass break-ups, 10 interceptions, six tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.

26. Erroll Tucker, defensive back (1984-85)

As well as being a great return man, Tucker was a huge part of the secondary. One of his most productive seasons came in 1985 when he was first-team All-WAC after he had 70 tackles, nine pass break-ups, six interceptions and five tackles for loss.

For his Utah career, he totaled 118 tackles, 14 pass break-ups, eight interceptions and six tackles for loss.

25. Jimmy Bellamy, defensive line (1990-91)

Bellamy was one of the best pass rushers in Utah history. He was a two-time all-conference performer and led the team in sacks both years. One of his best seasons came in 1991 when he was first-team All-WAC after he recorded 68 tackles, 15 sacks, 21 tackles for loss, two pass break-ups and a forced fumble.

For his Utah career, he totaled 124 tackles, 34 tackles for loss, 25 sacks, seven quarterback hurries, four forced fumbles and three pass break-ups.

24. Robert Love, defensive back (1995-98)

Love had three great seasons in the Utah secondary and was a three-time All-WAC selection. One of his best years came in 1998 when he was first-team all-conference after he had 76 tackles, six pass break-ups, three tackles for loss and two interceptions.

For his Utah career, he recorded 284 tackles, 14 pass break-ups, nine tackles for loss, seven sacks, three forced fumbles and three interceptions.

23. LaVon Edwards, defensive back (1988-1991)

Edwards was four-year contributor in the secondary and was a three-time all-conference selection. One of his most impressive seasons came in 1991 when he was first-team All-WAC after he totaled 57 tackles, five interceptions and five pass break-ups.

For his Utah career, he totaled 211 tackles, 33 pass break-ups, 17 interceptions and a forced fumbles.

22. Mark Blosch, linebacker (1981-1984)

Blosch was a tackling machine as a linebacker with the Utes and a three-time all-conference selection. One of his best years came in 1984 when he was first-team All-Western Athletic Conference after he totaled 123 tackles, four sacks, three tackles for loss and two interceptions.

For his Utah career, he recorded 495 tackles, eight sacks, six tackles for loss, five pass break-ups, three interceptions and two forced fumbles.

21. Eric Jacobsen, defensive back (1984, 1986-88)

Jacobsen starred in the secondary for two years during his time on the hill. One of his most impressive years came in 1987 after he totaled 138 tackles, seven interceptions, five pass break-ups, five forced fumbles, three quarterback hurries, two sacks and two tackles for loss.

For his Utah career, he recorded 338 tackles, 14 pass break-ups, 11 interceptions, six forced fumbles and five sacks.

20. John Huddleston, linebacker (1973-75)

Huddleston was one of the most prolific tackles in Utes history. His best season came in 1974 when he was first-team All-Western Athletic Conference after he recorded 157 tackles, three pass break-ups and an interception.

For his Utah career, he totaled 406 tackles, six pass break-ups, two interceptions, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble.

19. Norman McBride, defensive line (1967-68)

McBride had two terrific seasons on the defensive line for the Utes under Mike Giddings and Bill Meek. Even though the team struggled both seasons, he was a first-team All-Western Athletic Conference during each year.

18. Harold Lusk, defensive back (1993-96)

Lusk was a huge part of the secondary during all four seasons with the Utes. He was a two-time first team all-conference performer and an honorable mention All-American. One of his best years came in 1995 when he recorded 82 tackles, eight pass break-ups and six interceptions.

For his Utah career, he totaled 285 tackles, 19 interceptions, 18 pass break-ups, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble.

17. Steve Fifita, defensive line (2002-05)

Fifita lived in the opponent’s backfield during three of his years on the defensive line. He earned all-conference recognition three straight years, including first-team All-MWC as a junior and senior. His best statistical season came in 2004 when he totaled 46 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, five sacks, two pass break-ups and an interception return for a touchdown.

For his Utah career, he recorded 137 tackles, 32.5 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, eight pass break-ups and two interceptions.

16. Garrett Smith, defensive line (1999-2002)

Smith had a great career on the defensive line. He was a three-time all-conference honoree, including back-to-back years as first-team All-MWC. One of his best statistical seasons came in 2000 when he recorded 72 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 10 quarterback hurries, seven sacks and three pass break-ups.

For his Utah career, he totaled 207 tackles, 34.5 tackles for loss, 18 hurries, 12 pass break-ups and 11 sacks.

15. Anthony Davis, linebacker (1990-91)

Davis was a two-time first-team All-Western Athletic Conference performer as a linebacker during his two years. One of his best years came in 1990 when he had 87 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, four sacks, three quarterback hurries, an interception and a forced fumble.

For his Utah career, he totaled 193 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, nine sacks, three hurries and two forced fumbles.

14. Ron Rydalch, defensive line (1971-73)

Rydalch was one of the best players on the Utes defense during the early 70’s. His best season came in 1973 when he was first-team all-conference and the WAC Defensive Player of the Year after he recorded 81 tackles and four pass break-ups.

For his Utah career, he totaled 199 tackles, four pass break-ups and a tackle for loss.

13. Jason Kaufusi, defensive end (2000-03)

Kaufusi had an amazing career on the defensive line before injuries ended his career. He was a three-time all-conference selection, including a two-time first-time All-MWC performer. One of his best statistical season came as a freshman when he had 63 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, seven quarterback hurries, 6.5 sacks and five pass break-ups.

For his Utah career, he totaled 137 tackles, 38.5 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, 11 pass break-ups, nine hurries and two forced fumbles.

12. Kautai Olevao, linebacker (1995, 1998-2000)

Olevao has a big hitter during his four years as a linebacker and was a three-time first-team all-conference selection. His best statistical year came in 1998 when he had 77 tackles, nine tackles for loss, six pass break-ups, four sacks and two forced fumbles.

For his Utah career, he recorded 240 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, 14 pass break-ups, 11 sacks and six quarterback hurries.

11. Filipo Mokofisi, defensive line/linebacker (1982-85)

Mokofisi made an impact on the defense during all four seasons. His best year came in 1984 when he was a first-team all-conference performer and the WAC Defensive Player of the Year after he recorded 86 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, nine sacks, four forced fumbles and three pass break-ups.

For his Utah career, he totaled 264 tackles, 47 tackles for loss, 26 sacks, 11 pass break-ups and seven forced fumbles.

10. John Frank, defensive end (1996-99)

Frank was a great player on the defensive line. He was a two-time all-conference selection and the 1999 Mountain West Conference Player of the Year. That year, he had 56 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 18 quarterback hurries, 13 sacks and three forced fumbles.

For his Utah career, he totaled 124 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 27 sacks, 18 hurries, six forced fumbles and five pass break-ups.

9. Roy Jefferson, defensive back (1962-64)

Jefferson had a great career on both sides of the ball for the Utes. As well as being an all-conference performer at split end he was an All-American on defense. His most productive season came in 1964 when he was named an All-American cornerback by The Sporting News after recording three interceptions.

8. Norm Thompson, defensive back (1969-1970)

Thompson had two great seasons in the Utah secondary. He was a two-time first-team All-Western Athletic Conference performer and an All-American. His most productive year came in 1970 when he was first-team all-conference and an AP second-team All-American after he totaled a team-leading seven interceptions.

For his Utah career, he totaled 12 interceptions with three returned for touchdowns.

7. Jeff Griffin, defensive back (1977-1980)

Griffin had a standout career in the secondary for the Utes. He was a two-time first-team All-WAC selection and a second-team All-American. One of his best years came in 1980 when he was N.E.A. second-team All-American after he totaled 81 tackles, three pass break-ups, three interceptions and three forced fumbles.

For his Utah career, he recorded 304 tackles, 24 pass break-ups, 13 interceptions, five forced fumbles and three interception returns for touchdowns.

6. Nate Orchard, defensive line (2011-14)

Orchard was a huge piece of the Utes defense on the defensive line. His best year came in 2014 when he earned first-team All-Pac-12 and first-team All-American honors after he recorded 84 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 18.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.

For his Utah career, he totaled 186 tackles, 39.5 tackles for loss, 25 sacks, 10 pass break-ups and eight forced fumbles.

5. Morgan Scalley, defensive back (2001-04)

Scalley was a key piece to one of the best defenses in Utes history. He was a two-time all-conference honoree and an All-American. One of his most productive seasons came in 2004 when he was first-team All-MWC and a second-team AP All-American after he totaled 51 tackles, six interceptions, 2.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss.

For his Utah career, he recorded 134 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, eight interceptions,four pass break-ups and 3.5 tackles for loss.

4. Star Lotulelei, defensive tackle (2010-12)

Lotulelei was a dominating force for the Utes on the defensive line. He was a two-time All-Pac-12 performer and a first-team All-American. One of his best years came in 2012 when he was an AP first-team All-American after he totaled 42 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, five sacks, three pass break-ups and three forced fumbles.

For his Utah career, he had 107 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks, four pass break-ups and four forced fumbles.

3. Steve Clark, defensive tackle (1978-1981)

Clark was a premier defensive lineman during his time on the hill. He was a two-time first-team All-WAC performer and a first-team All-American. One of his best seasons came in 1981 when he was FWAA first-team All-American after he totaled 62 tackles and 12 sacks.

For his Utah career, he registered 213 tackles, 12 sacks, two forced fumbles and two pass break-ups.

2. Luther Elliss, defensive tackle (1991-94)

Elliss had a legendary career on the defensive line for the Utes. He was a three-time first-team All-WAC performer and a consensus All-American. One of his best seasons came in 1994 when he was the WAC Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-American after he totaled 78 tackles, nine tackles for loss, four sacks and a forced fumble.

For his Utah career, he totaled 239 tackles, 47 tackles for loss, 18 sacks and five pass break-ups.

1. Eric Weddle, defensive back (2003-06)

Weddle did just about everything for the Utes in the secondary during his time on the hill. He was a two-time first-team All-MWC selection, a two-time MWC defensive player of the year and a consensus All-American. One of his best statistical season came in 2005 when he totaled 77 tackles, 12 pass break-ups, 10.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, four interceptions and three forced fumbles.

For his Utah career, he recorded 277 tackles, 23 pass break-ups, 22.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and nine forced fumbles.

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