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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

Eight 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)

No. 23 in 2016 (AP)




2015 Las Vegas Bowl

The Pac-12 Era

Utah won a share of its first Pac-12 Conference South Division title in 2015 and had its best league record in six years as a Pac-12 member at 6-3.

Utah has had a winning record in Pac-12 play in each of the last three years and has finished in the top three in the South Division three times (2011, 2015, 2016).

The Utes are one of five teams that have appeared in every College Football Playoff rankings since its inception in 2014. Utah has won all four of its bowl games since joining the Pac-12.

The last three seasons, Utah had wins over the likes of Michigan (twice), UCLA (twice), USC (twice), Oregon and Stanford. The Utes have wins over every Pac-12 team since joining the league in 2011.

Utah had 12 players earn All-Pac-12 honors in 2016. Three Utes were named first-team All-Pac-12: offensive lineman Garett Bolles, defensive lineman Hunter Dimick, punter Mitch Wishnowsky. Three others made second-team All-Pac-12: offensive lineman Isaac Asiata, kicker Andy Phillips, defensive back Marcus Williams.

2016 Foster Farms Bowl

Capacity Crowds

Utah has sold out 44 consecutive games in Rice-Eccles stadium, dating back to the 2010 season opener. Of the sellouts, 41 were played before standing-room only crowds, including all six home games in 2016. The Utes set a new single-season attendance record (46,533) in 2015 when they also broke their all-time single-game mark (47,825) against Michigan. Utah recorded its second-highest attendance average (46,506) and two of the top six single-game totals in 2016.



BOWL ROLL

Twelve bowl appearances in the last 14 years—including three straight—with an 11-1 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.

16-4 all-time bowl record.

2008 Sugar Bowl

All-Americans

Fourteen first-team All-American citations since 2002.

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

Tom Hackett (2014 and '15) and Mitch Wishnowsky (2016) have swept the Ray Guy Award as the nation's best punter the last three years.

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, and Mitch Wishnowsky (P) in 2016.

Academic All-Stars

Nine Academic All-Americans since 2000, including Hunter Dimick in 2016.

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 2015 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.

Seventeen Utes earned Pac-12 All-Academic honors in 2016, including three first-team selections.

The Next Level

A school-record eight NFL Draft picks in 2017, leading the Pac-12 and tying for third in the country.

In 2010, six Utes were drafted, which tied for fourth nationally.

30 NFL Draft picks in the last nine years, including two first round selections and seven more 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

Kyle Whittingham, the 2008 National Coach of the Year, has participated in more Utah victories than any football coach in school history. Utah has won 189 games in Whittingham’s 23 years on the staff, including a 104-50 record in 12 years as the head coach.

Among those head coaching wins is a remarkable 10-1 bowl record. Whittingham owns the best bowl win percentage in NCAA history (91%) and his 10 bowl wins ties him for second among active coaches (one behind Alabama’s Nick Saban). Including ties, he is ranked in the top 10 in all-time bowl victories.

Overall, he has averaged nearly nine wins a season as Utah’s head coach. The Utes have wins over every team in the Pac-12 Conference since joining the league in 2011 and Whittingham’s impressive non-conference resume includes a winning record against current members of the other Power Five conferences: 4-0 vs. the Big Ten, 7-1 against the ACC, 1-0 vs. the SEC and 4-3 over the Big 12.

Whittingham came to Utah in 1994 as the defensive line coach and was promoted to defensive coordinator the following year. On December 8, 2004, he was named the school’s 20th head coach. His first victory came three weeks later when he co-coached (with Urban Meyer) the 2005 Fiesta Bowl win over Pittsburgh. His first regular-season victory was against Arizona in the 2005 season opener.

Whittingham has been a semifinalist for the George Munger Coach of the Year Award for the past three seasons (2014-16). His teams have recorded five AP top-25 finishes while logging 13 wins over ranked teams, including victories over No. 4 Alabama (2009), No. 5 Stanford (2013) and No. 8 UCLA (2014).

Eleven of his players have made major All-America teams in 13 seasons, and he has mentored the Ray Guy Award winner as the nation’s best punter in the last three seasons. Whittingham’s players have won 70 first-team all-conference awards, including 19 in Utah’s first six seasons of Pac-12 play.

Whittingham owns a reputation for developing NFL talent, which was reinforced by a school-record eight NFL draft picks in 2017. As an assistant or head coach, 79 of Whittingham’s players have signed contracts with NFL teams. Among them were 45 draft picks—including 13 first or second-round selections—and 35 undrafted free agents.

             

Whittingham graduated from BYU in 1984 and added a master’s degree from the school in 1987. Born Nov. 21, 1959, he was raised in Provo, Utah. He is married to the former Jamie Daniels. They have four children: Tyler, Melissa, Alex and Kylie, and one grandchild. Tyler played for the Utes from 2009-11 and Alex is preparing for his senior season at Utah.

 

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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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