The Utah football all-time team

Posted: July 6, 2016 in college football, sports, Uncategorized, Utah Football, Utah Utes, Utah Utes football

The University of Utah football team has found the path to success int he Pac-12 conference, relying on a great defense and a terrific running attack. While they have had great teams and impressive players since joining the Pac-12, the Utes have always had talent on both sides of the ball since the football program started  They have had plenty of all-conference sections, conference players of the year and All-Americans. This team is the best of the best of those players- the ones who have made an impact on the gridiron during their time on the hill.

Here is my Utah Utes football all-time team.

Note: Players were picked based only on their play while at Utah.

Offensive line

Backups

Dean Miraldi (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.

John Stipech (1964-66)

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

Anthony Brown (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.

Caleb Schlauderaff (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.

Carlton Walker (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.

Doug Kaufusi (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.

Starters

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.

Edward Pine (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.

Zane Beadles (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 the FWAA, College Football News and Phil Steele.

Dave Costa (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.

Chris Kemoeatu (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.

Running back

Backups

Stuart Vaughan  (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.

Mike Anderson (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.

John White IV (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.

Eddie Johnson (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.

Starters

Devontae Booker (2014-15)

Booker had two monster seasons with the Utes even though his career was cut short with an injury. His best year came as a junior in 2014 when he finished second in the Pac-12 with 1,512 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns on 292 carries to earn all-conference recognition.

For his Utah career, he carried the ball 560 times for 2,773 yards and 21 touchdowns while catching 80 passes for 622 yards and two more scores.

Carl Monroe (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 as well as 30 receptions for 249 yards and one more score.

Fullback

Backup

Chris Fuamatu-Ma’afala (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.

Starter

Merrill Douglas (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.

Wide Receiver

Backups

Steve Smith (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.

Roy Jefferson (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.

David Reed (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.

Steve Savoy (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.

Paris Warren (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.

Louis “Speedy” Thomas (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.

Starters

Carl Harry (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 on this team. 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.

Bryan Rowley (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.

Kevin Dyson(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.

Steve Odom (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.

Tight end

Backups

Marv Fleming (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.

Craig McEwen (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.

Starters

Dale Nosworthy (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.

Dennis Smith (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.

Quarterback

Backups

Scott Mitchell (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).

Lee Grosscup (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 and All-American honors 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.

Starters

Alex Smith (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.

Defensive line

Backups

Norman McBride (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.

Steve Fifita (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.

Garrett Smith (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.

Ron Rydalch (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.

Jason Kaufusi (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.

John Frank (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.

Starters

Star Lotulelei (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.

Luther Elliss (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.

Steve Clark (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 a 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.

Nate Orchard (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.

Linebacker

Backups

Garland Harris (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.

Trevor Reilly (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.

Bill Gompf (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.

Mark Rexford (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.

Mark Blosch (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.

Stevenson Sylvester (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.

Starters

Filipo Mokofisi (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.

Kautai Olevao (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.

Anthony Davis (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.

John Huddleston (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.

Secondary

Backups

Andre Dyson (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.

Robert Love (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.

Eric Jacobsen (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.

Norm Thompson (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.

Jeff Griffin (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.

LaVon Edwards (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. He was also an impressive return man where he averaged 21.6 yards on 53 kick returns and 8.0 yards on 112 punt returns.

Harold Lusk (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.

Starters

Eric Weddle (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.

Larry Wilson (1957-59)

Wilson was a star on both sides of the ball and on special teams during his time with the Utes. His best season on offense 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 while making plenty of plays on defense. He also averaged 26.1 yards on 26 kick returns.

Erroll Tucker (1984-85)

Tucker was a great return man and a huge part of the secondary. One of his most productive seasons on defense 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.

Morgan Scalley (2001-04)

Scalley was a key piece to one of the best defenses in Utes history and a solid return man. 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.

Backup punter

Tom Hackett, punter (2012-15) 

Hackett had a legendary career punting for the Utes. He was a consensus All-American as a junior and senior and won the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s best punter each year. His best season came in 2015 when he led the nation, averaging 48 yards per punt on 61 attempts.

For his Utah career, he averaged 45.2 yards per punt on 242 attempts.

Starting punter

Marv Bateman (1969-1971)

Bateman was a legendary punter and kicker during his time with the Utes. He was a two-time All-WAC performer and a two-time All-American. His best year came in 1971 when he was named a first-team All-American by two publications after he broke the NCAA record when he averaged 48.1 on 68 punts.

For his Utah career, he averaged 46.9 yards on 133 punts and had 118 points as a kicker.

Backup kicker

Joe Phillips (2009-2010)

Phillips had two tremendous seasons as the Utah kicker. He finished sixth in the nation in 2009 when he made 90.9 percent of his field goals. A year later. he was named first-team All-MWC after he converted on 55-of-56 extra points and made 13-of-17 field goals.

For his Utah career, he missed two of 95 extra points and hit on 84.6 percent of his field goals.

Starting kicker

Louie Sakoda (2005-08)

Sakoda is the most decorated special teams player in Utah history. He is a three-time Mountain West Conference special teams player of the year and was a first-team All-American as both a kicker and a punter. His best year came in 2008 when he was a consensus All-American kicker after 56-of-57 extra points and 22-of-24 field goals.

For his Utah career, he averaged 42.1 yards on 242 punts  while hitting 86.3 percent of his 66 field goal attempts.

Punt returner

Steve Smith (1999-2000)

Smith was an explosive return man during his time with the Utes. His best year came in 1999 when he scored on three times and averaged 17.1 yards on his 29 punt returns to earn first-team All-Mountain West Conference. He also averaged 28.2 yards on six kick returns.

For his Utah career, he returned 72 punts for 860 yards and four touchdowns and averaged 22 yards on 23 kick returns.

Shaky Smithson (2009-2010)

Smithson was a dynamic punt returner during his time with the Utes. His best year came in 2010 when he was a Walter Camp first-team All-American after he led the nation in punt return yards (572) and average per return (19.1). He also finished second in the country with two punt return touchdowns.

For his Utah career, he averaged 16.2 yards with two touchdowns on 43 punt returns to go along with a 24.4 yard average on 43 kick returns.

Kaelin Clay (2014) 

Clay had a terrific season as a return man during his only year on the field with the Utes. He was a first-team all-conference selection after he led the Pac-12 with 346 yards and three touchdowns on 23 punt returns. He also had 22 kick returns for 548 yards and another touchdown. Those numbers were good enough to lead the nation in punt return touchdowns and earn him CBSSports.com first-team All-American.

Kicker returner

Erroll Tucker (1984-85) 

Tucker was a dominating return man during his two seasons on the hill. He was a two-time first-team All-WAC performer. His best season came in 1985 when he was first-team all-conference and was named a first-team All-American by three publications after he led the nation in punt return (24.3) and kick return average (29.1). That year, he finished with 24 kicks returns for 698 yards and two touchdowns to go long with 16 punt returns for 389 yards and two more scores.

For his Utah career, he averaged 26.6 yards with two touchdowns on 41 kick returns as well as 17.0 yards and three scores on 38 punt returns.

Steve Odom (1971-73)

Odom was a star return man during each of his three seasons with the Utes. His best season came in 1973 when he was a FWAA first-team All-American after he averaged 29.5 yards with a touchdown on 21 returns. He added 13 punt returns for 304 yards and two more scores.

For his Utah career, he averaged 26.1 on 99 kick returns with four touchdowns to go along with a 20.3 yard average and four scores on 27 punt returns.

Reggie Dunn (2010-12)

Although he didn’t have many kick returns, Dunn was a threat to take the score any time a team made the mistake to kick to him. His best season came in 2012 when was a first-team All-Pac-12 honoree and a first-team All-American after he led the nation with four kick return touchdowns while averaging 51.3 yards per kick return.

For his Utah career, he averaged 30.9 yards per return and had five touchdowns on 48 returns.

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