Morning links: Utes on the bubble; Wagner ranked among top NFL players; ‘weird’ Mark Eaton stat

Michael Beller of Sports Illustrated looked at the teams on the bubble for a berth in the NCAA Tournament and the Utes were one of three teams discussed from of the Pac-12.

After talking about the Utes’ loss to the Cal Bears, he wrote, “While there may be room for both Cal and Utah in the field of 68, it’s more likely that their flaws, coupled with the relative weakness of the Pac-12 as a whole, will preclude both of them from getting an invite.”

Bobby Wagner ranked 11th best NFL player for 2016

Pro Football Focus ranked the top 101 players for 2016 and former Utah State linebacker Bobby Wagner came in at No. 11.

Of Wagner’s performance during the season Sam Monson wrote, “Seattle’s Bobby Wagner was one of the league’s best run defenders and a true force for the Seahawks in that area. His ability to read plays quickly, work his way between blocks and still arrive at the ball carrier ready to not just passively make a stop, but to deliver a hit, was unrivaled.”

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