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Utah QB Hays shows toughness, grit in wild journey

For a player once without a team, then so far under the radar two freshmen were generating more buzz, the Utah quarterback was hardly complaining. The QB not recruited by any Division I school until a roundabout journey to Salt Lake City last year is now the offensive leader on a squad riding high after a 27-24 [I think they mean 24-21] upset win over rival BYU. "He's tough as nails," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said of the 6-foot, 208-pound senior. "He takes some shots, and picks himself right back up every time. That mental and physical toughness is infectious to the rest of the team."

Sellwood Top Punter in the Country

To all those decrying our punting game, we do have the top punter in the country. Hackett was also noted this week for his skill at placing the ball inside the 10. We obviously need to work on blocking, but at least our kickers are fantastic.

3 SI columnists predict Utah as 2012's surprise team

Oregon and USC are unquestionably the class of the Pac-12, but the Utes could wind up the next best by season's end. They'll run the ball with John White, stuff the run with Star Lotulelei and a return to the spread offense days of Brian Johnson -- led by 25-year-old coordinator Johnson -- will benefit veteran quarterback Jordan Wynn.

RoJo "Poised to contribute"

FB friends with RoJo, and I've noticed he's been much more cheerful lately, so I checked out his roster spot on the Titans website. Looks like he's ready to break into the league! I know many have been hopefully following his NFL career, so I thought this was a good update to share.

Rick Majerus Hospitalized - Taking Medical Leave this season

Not surprising, but Coach is having heart troubles. I hope he gets well soon. http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleges/saint-louis-coach-rick-majerus-takes-medical-leave-of-absence-jim-crews-to-direct-team/2012/08/24/9a25684e-ee3a-11e1-b624-99dee49d8d67_story.html

Fan Fest today

Utah's annual Fan Fest is today at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Events begin at 10 a.m. and go until 1 p.m. - admission is free. Players and coaches from all Utah varsity teams will be on hand to sign autographs.

We won a Game!

Sure, it's completely meaningless at this point of the year, but a win is a win is a win! We only won 6 last year, so I'll take them where I can get them.

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