• Fri. Nov 25th, 2022

Utah Football: What Coach Kyle Whittingham is grateful for this season

ByKarla E. Kowalski

Nov 25, 2022

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Utah suffered a tough 20-17 loss at Autzen Stadium in Oregon on Saturday.

As the Utes prepare to wrap up the regular season in Colorado, maybe it’s time to think about things to be grateful for.

The last time Utah played Colorado in 2020 was during the pandemic, and no fans were allowed to watch the game in person on a snowy, cold day at Folsom Field in Boulder.

This season, fans have flocked to see college football in person.

Recently, Utes linebacker Karene Reid expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to play with his brother Gabe, who transferred from Stanford to Utah. Gabe Reid led the Utes in tackles against Oregon by eight.

“It was amazing. I can’t believe it’s almost done. It was so great I lost track of time,” said Karene Reid. “When I see him doing plays, it’s like I’m doing it. I am very happy for him and his success. I’ve seen him work since we were little. To see that pay off for him was incredible.”

Coach Kyle Whittingham recently expressed his appreciation for his coaching staff.

“I couldn’t be prouder, happier and more grateful for our employees. They’re a bunch of excellent football coaches,” he said. “They are coaches who care more about their players than just the football field. They take care of her in every aspect of her life. If the players know you care about them, they will play hard for you.”

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The Utah basketball team narrowly defeated Georgia Tech in the opening round of the Fort Myers tip-off in Florida. The Utes rose 19 points early only to see that lead evaporate.

But in the end, Utah won 68-64.

“We deserve it. It was a rollercoaster ride of a game. We pretty much saw everything from both teams in that game,” said coach Craig Smith. “What a great start. I thought we had a good ending, but not so well in between. But there were a lot of really good things from tonight.”

Five Utes scored in double digits, led by Gabe Madsen’s 16 points.

numbers game

17: Points Utah hit a season low against Oregon.

10: Points Utah’s offense scored against Oregon.

3: Interceptions thrown by Utah quarterback Cam Rising against Oregon after only throwing four all season prior to this game.

From the archives

extra points

  • Utah Defenseman Malone Mataele Enters Transfer Portal (Deseret News)
  • What bowl is Utah expected to play in? (Deseret News)
  • Nixed: Oregon, QB Bo Nix deals major blow to Utah’s Pac-12 championship hopes (Deseret News)
  • Highlights, key games and photos from No. 10 Utah’s 20-17 loss to No. 12 Oregon (Deseret News)
  • ‘The colors, the team, the guys who had them’: Why playing at Autzen fulfills childhood dream for Utah’s Micah Bernard, Devaughn Vele (Deseret News)

fan analyst

The game was a bit chaotic everywhere. What struck me most was Cam’s poor play. I don’t see him as appropriate anywhere in the NFL. Out of selfishness, I hope he sees the need to improve things for another year and *maybe* get a chance in the future. Next: two games I don’t care about – Colorado and a bowl game other than the Rose Bowl. Kyle did a great job getting us all up to the level where our mindsets are at the conference championship and the Rose Bowl – which *should* be our focus. Dear Whit and the coaching staff and team. We just fell short this year.

— MrReasonable

Thank you Whit for going to the Rose Bowl last year. That was fun!!

Which NFL Team Would Want Rising? He looked terrible last night. He’s not consistent in his pass. He’s a tough kid and going well, but that’s not the NFL game.

How ridiculous we are on the Kicking Team. We can’t kick a field goal.

— azgop

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25 Nov | 3 p.m. | volleyball | vs Colorado | @Boulder, Colorado | Pac-12 mountain

26 Nov | 2 p.m. | football | vs Colorado | @Boulder, Colorado | Pac-12 network

26 Nov | 6 p.m. | Men’s Basketball | vs. St. Thomas | @Salt Lake City | Pac-12 network

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