Winning Program

Six 10-win seasons since 2003:

10-2 in 2003­­­­

­­­­12-0 in 2004

13-0 in 2008­­­­

­­­­10-3 in 2009

­­­­10-3 in 2010

­­­­10-3 in 2015


Seven Top 25 finishes since 2003:

No. 21 in 2003 (AP)

­­­­No. 4 in 2004 (AP)

No. 2 in 2008 (AP)

­­­­No. 18 in 2009 (AP)

No. 23 in 2010 (Coaches)

No. 21 in 2014 (AP)

No. 16 in 2015 (Coaches)

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2015 Las Vegas Bowl

The Pac-12 Era

Utah won a share of its first Pac-12 Conference South Division title in 2015. ­­­­

The Utes had their best league record in five years as a Pac-12 member in 2015 at 6-3 and was one of two teams with double-digit wins overall.

The last two seasons, Utah had wins over the likes of Michigan (twice), UCLA, USC, Oregon and Stanford.

Utah had 11 players earn All-Pac-12 honors in 2015. Four Utes were named first-team All-Pac-12: Punter Tom Hackett, defensive lineman Lowell Lotulelei, linebacker Gionni Paul and defensive back Marcus Williams. Three others made second-team All-Pac-12: running back Devontae Booker, offensive lineman J.J. Dielman and linebacker Jared Norris.

Capacity Crowds

Utah has sold out 38 consecutive games in Rice-Eccles stadium, dating back to the 2010 season opener. Of the sellouts, 35 were played before standing-room only crowds, including all seven home games in 2015. Utah set a new single-season attendance record last year (46,533). The Utes broke their all-time single-game mark (47,825) against Michigan, had the second-highest total against Cal (47,798) and recorded four other top-15 single-game marks in 2015.



BOWL ROLL

Eleven bowl appearances in the last 13 years with a 10-1 record. The Utes made nine consecutive bowl appearances from 2003-11.

From 1999-2009, Utah won nine-consecutive bowl games to tie for the second-longest bowl win streak in NCAA history.

Five of Utah’s nine consecutive bowl wins were against major conference opponents coming from the SEC (Alabama), Pac-12 (USC and California), ACC (Georgia Tech) and Big East (Pittsburgh).

2-0 in Bowl Championship Series bowl games, defeating Pittsburgh in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl and Alabama in the 2009 Sugar Bowl.

15-4 all-time bowl record.

2009 Sugar Bowl

All-Americans

Thirteen first-team All-American citations since 2002.

From 1999-2009, Utah won nine-consecutive bowl games to tie for the second-longest bowl win streak in NCAA history.

Tom Hackett is one of three players all-time to win the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s best punter twice (2014 and ’15).

Alex Smith (QB) was a Heisman Trophy finalist and earned two National Player of the Year Awards (Sports Illustrated and Sporting News) in 2004.

Six Consensus first-team All-America awards since 1994: Luther Elliss (DT) in 1994, Jordan Gross (OL) in 2002, Eric Weddle (S) in 2006, Louie Sakoda (K) in 2008, Tom Hackett (P) in 2014 and ‘15.

Academic All-Stars

Utah has had eight Academic All-Americans since 2000. First-team honors were earned by Morgan Scalley (2003-04), Alex Smith (2004) and Louie Sakoda (2008).

Louie Sakoda earned an NCAA Top VIII citation in 2008.

Utah was recognized for academic excellence by the American Football Coaches Association in 2105 for having a Federal Graduation Rate of 75 percent or better. Utah was one of 65 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision institutions to attain a GSR of 75 percent or better and one of three Pac-12 schools.

Fifteen Utes earned Pac-12 All-Academic honors in 2015.

The Next Level

Utah has produced 21 NFL Draft picks in the last seven years and 37 over the last 15 years.

Three first round draft picks since 2000 and eight others have gone in the second round.

Quarterback Alex Smith was the No. 1 pick in the 2005 NFL Draft pick.

Among the former Utes who have played in the NFL Pro Bowl in recent years:

Luther Elliss - DL

Jordan Gross – OL

Alex Smith – QB

Steve Smith – WR

Eric Weddle – S

Kyle Whittingham

Head Coach

KYLE WHITTINGHAM

In 11 seasons as Utah’s head coach, Kyle Whittingham—the 2008 National Coach of the Year—has the second-most wins in school history with a 95-46 career record. He was named the 2015 CBSSports.com Midseason Coach of the Year and was a semifinalist for the George Munger Coach of the Year Award.

Whittingham boasts a 9-1 bowl record that includes a 2009 Sugar Bowl win over No. 4 Alabama. He owns the best bowl win percentage in NCAA FBS history (90%), moving ahead of former USC/UNLV coach John Robinson with last season’s Las Vegas Bowl win. The victory gave Whittingham his fourth 10-win season at Utah since 2008.

He came to Utah in 1994 as the defensive line coach and was promoted to defensive coordinator the next year. On Dec. 8, 2004, Whittingham was named the school’s 20th head coach. His first victory came three weeks later when he co-coached the 2005 Fiesta Bowl victory over Pittsburgh.

Whittingham’s players have won 63 first-team all-conference awards, including 11 in Utah’s first four seasons of Pac-12 play. He has sent a steady stream of players into the NFL. As an assistant or head coach, has had 62 players make NFL teams.

Whittingham graduated from BYU in 1984 and added a master’s degree from the school in 1987. He and his wife Jamie have four children: Tyler, Melissa, Alex and Kylie.

 

Team Facilities

Rice-Eccles Stadium

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Spence and Cleone Eccles Football Center

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Spence Eccles Field House

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