Talent runs deep on 2013 roster
Travis Wilson throws for over 200 yards in one half of work, Karl Williams runs for over 100 yards and three touchdowns.
Run game and defense perform well.
Utes go at it for over 100 snaps on Friday afternoon.
Longtime coach won two national championships
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Year at Utah: 9th
Career Record: 71-32
Bowl Record: 7-1*
*Includes 2005 Fiesta Bowl
Kyle Whittingham, the 2008 National Coach of the Year, has won nearly 70-percent of his games in eight years as Utah's head coach. His 71-32 overall record includes seven bowl victories and his teams have played in a bowl game every year but one since he took the helm in December of 2004.
Utah has registered three 10-win seasons under Whittingham, including a 13-0 mark in 2008 that culminated with a 31-17 win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and a No. 2 national ranking. Whittingham is 2-0 in BCS bowl games, having served as the co-head coach of Utah's victorious 2005 Fiesta Bowl team, and his overall bowl record is 7-1.
The 2013 season will mark Whittingham's 20th anniversary on the Utah coaching staff. In 19 years at the school, he has participated in 156 wins and 13 bowl games (winning 11). After one season as the defensive line coach in 1994, he spent the next decade as the Utes' defensive coordinator (1995-2004), during which time Utah established itself as a top-20 program and a perennial postseason player. He was elevated to head coach following an undefeated season in 2004, when Utah earned a No. 4 final national ranking.
From 1999-2009, Utah won nine consecutive bowl games to tie for the second-longest bowl win streak in NCAA history. Whittingham was the defensive coordinator for the first three games of the streak, the co-head coach for the 2005 Fiesta Bowl win (2004 season) and the head coach for the five bowl victories from 2005-09. The Utes also won a bowl game under Whittingham in 2011--the first postseason win by the Pac-12 Conference in its inaugural year as a 12-member league.
As the head coach, he has averaged nearly nine wins a season and he already has half of the six 10-win seasons in Utah's 119-year football history. The Utes won 10 or more games from 2008-10, while finishing in the Top 25 all three seasons (No. 2 A.P. in 2008, No. 18 A.P and Coaches in 2009, and No. 23 Coaches in 2010).
His national runner-up 2008 team set the school win mark at 13-0--routing an Alabama team that had spent five weeks at No. 1 in the Sugar Bowl--and Whittingham was recognized as the National Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and the Paul "Bear" Bryant Awards committee.
The country's only undefeated FBS team in 2008, Utah beat four top-25 teams--two that finished in the top 10. In addition to his national awards, Whittingham was named the Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year.
In their first season in the Pac-12 Conference in 2011, the Utes were in contention for a berth in the league championship game until the final week of the regular season. They bounced back to beat Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl and finish with an 8-5 record. Last year's team won three of its final five Pac-12 games.
Whittingham is known for developing NFL players and Utah was the third-most represented team in the 2013 Super Bowl with four former players: Baltimore's Paul Kruger, Ma'ake Kemoeatu and David Reed, and San Francisco's Alex Smith. A few months later, Star Lotulelei was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft with the 14th overall pick by Carolina.
As an assistant or head coach, he has had 54 players make NFL rosters: 29 as draft picks and 25 as undrafted free agents. A school-record six Utes were drafted in 2010, which was tied for fourth in the nation that year.
Whittingham has also coached nine All-Americans--seven first team (three consensus) and two second team. First-team All-Americans were Luther Elliss (1994, consensus defensive lineman), Eric Weddle (2006, consensus defensive back), Louie Sakoda (2007, punter), Sakoda (2008, unanimous consensus place kicker), Zane Beadles (2009, offensive lineman), Shaky Smithson (2010, punt returner), Star Lotulelei (2012, defensive tackle) and Reggie Dunn (2012, kick returner). His second-team All-Americans were Morgan Scalley (2004, defensive back) and Caleb Schlauderaff (2010, offensive lineman).
Whittingham coached a Mountain West Conference MVP every year from 2004-08: Defensive Players of the Year Scalley (2004) and Weddle (2005 and 2006), Special Teams MVP Sakoda (2006, 2007, 2008), and Offensive MVP Brian Johnson (2008). Lotulelei was honored as the Pac-12's best defensive lineman in 2011, winning the Morris Award.
Whittingham has mentored 56 first-team all-conference players total. In Utah's first two seasons in the Pac-12, his players have won five first-team all-conference honors.
Utah has also excelled academically under Whittingham. Since he became head coach in 2005, his players have won three Academic All-America citations and 146 academic all-conference awards.
Whittingham began his coaching career in 1985-86 as a graduate assistant at Brigham Young. He served as the defensive coordinator at the College of Eastern Utah in 1987 then went to Idaho State for a six-year stint (1988-93)--the last two years as the defensive coordinator.
A linebacker for Brigham Young from 1978-81, Whittingham earned first-team all-WAC and WAC Defensive Player of the Year honors in 1981. He played in the first four Holiday Bowls and was named Defensive MVP of the 1981 game. In 2008, he was inducted into the Holiday Bowl Hall of Fame. After his senior season, Whittingham played in the Hula and Japan Bowls. He played professionally with the Denver Broncos (1982 training camp) and the U.S. Football League's (USFL) Denver Gold (1983) and New Orleans Breakers (1984). He played on the Los Angeles Rams' replacement squad in 1987.
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. Tyler played for the Utes from 2009-11.
|2004*||Utah||1-0||0-0 MWC||Fiesta (Pittsburgh)||W|
|2005||Utah||7-5||4-4 MWC||Emerald (Georgia Tech)||W|
|2006||Utah||8-5||5-3 MWC||Armed Forces (Tulsa)||W|
|2007||Utah||9-4||5-3 MWC||Poinsettia (Navy)||W|
|2008||Utah||13-0||8-0 MWC||Sugar (Alabama)||W|
|2009||Utah||10-3||6-2 MWC||Poinsettia (California)||W|
|2010||Utah||10-3||7-1 MWC||Las Vegas (Boise State)||L|
|2011||Utah||8-5||4-5 Pac-12||Sun (Georgia Tech)||W|
|Utah Career Record: 71-32||Pac-12 Record: 7-11|
|Conference record: 42-24||Bowl Record: 7-1|
|*Co-head coach at the 2005 Fiesta Bowl|
|RECORD vs ALL OPPONENTS|
|San Diego State||5-1|
|San Jose State||2-0|
|WHITTINGHAM'S COACHING CHRONOLOGY|
|1985||Brigham Young||Graduate Assistant||Citrus|
|1986||Brigham Young||Graduate Assistant||Freedom|
|1987||College of Eastern Idaho||Defensive Coordinator|
|1988-91||Idaho State||Linebackers/Special Teams|
|1992-93||Idaho State||Defensive Coordinator|
|1999||Utah||Defensive Coordinator/Safeties||Las Vegas|
|2001||Utah||Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers||Las Vegas|
|2004||Utah||Defensive Coordinator/Safeties||Fiesta (2005)*|
|2006||Utah||Head Coach||Armed Forces|
|2008||Utah||Head Coach||Sugar (2009)|
|2010||Utah||Head Coach||Las Vegas|
|*Co-head coach at the 2005 Fiesta Bowl|
Tevita FinauPhileadelphia (free agent), N.Y. JetsDefensive Line
|FROM WHITT TO THE NFL|
|Matt Asiata||Minnesota (free agent)||Fullback|
|Zane Beadles||Denver (2nd round)||Offensive Line|
|Blaine Berger||Arizona (free agent)||Defensive Tackle|
|Tony Bergstrom||Oakland (3rd round)||Offensive Line|
|Jesse Boone||Cincinnati (free agent)||Offensive Line|
|Andy Bowers||Arizona(free agent)||Defensive End|
|Freddie Brown||Cincinnati (7th round), Minnesota||Wide Receiver|
|Martail Burnett||Minnesota (free agent, San Francisco)||Defensive End|
|Brandon Burton||Minnesota (5th round)||Cornerback|
|Andre Dyson||Tennessee (2nd round),Seattle, N.Y. Jets||Defensive Back|
|Luther Elliss||Detroit (1st round), Denver||Defensive Line|
|Jonathan Fanene||Cincinnati (7th round)||Defensive Line|
|Steve Fifita||Miami (free agent)||Defensive Line|
|John Frank||Philadelphia (6th round)||Defensive Line|
|Quinton Ganther||Tennessee (7th round), Washington, Seattle, Buffalo||Running Back|
|Phil Glover||Tennessee (7th round), Indianapolis||Linebacker|
|Robert Johnson||Tennessee (5th round)||Defensive Back|
|Ma'ake Kemoeatu||Baltimore (free agent), Carolina, Washington, Baltimore||Defensive Line|
|Paul Kruger||Baltimore (2nd round)||Defensive Line|
|Travis LaTendresse||Kansas City (free agent)||Wide Receiver|
|John Madsen||Oakland (free agent), Cleveland||Tight End|
|Brice McCain||Houston (6th round)||Defensive Back|
|Bronzell Miller||St. Louis Rams (7th Round), Jacksonville||Defensive End|
|Koa Misi||Miami (2nd round)||Defensive End|
|Arnold Parker||Seattle (free agent)||Defensive Back|
|Sione Pouha||N.Y. Jets (3rd round)||Defensive Line|
|Brett Ratliff||N.Y. Jets (free agent), Cleveland, Tampa Bay||Quarterback|
|David Reed||Baltimore (5th round)||Wide Receiver|
|Antwoine Sanders||Baltimore (7th round)||Defensive Back|
|Lauvale Sape||Buffalo (6th round)||Defensive Line|
|Josh Savage||Tampa Bay (free agent), Atlanta, Tennessee, New Orleans||Defensive Line|
|Caleb Schlauderaff||Green Bay (6th round)||Offensive Line|
|Richard Seals||N.Y. Jets (7th round)||Defensive Line|
|Derrick Shelby||Miami (free agent)||Defensive Line|
|Sealver Siliga||Denver (free agent)||Defensive Line|
|Sean Smith||Miami (2nd round)||Defensive Back|
|Paul Soliai||Miami (4th round)||Defensive Line|
|R.J. Stanford||Carolina (5th round)||Defensive Back|
|Stevenson Sylvester||Pittsburgh (5th round)||Linebacker|
|Pene Talamaivao||Buffalo (free agent), San Diego||Defensive Line|
|Kelly Talavou||Atlanta (free agent), Baltimore||Defensive Line|
|Spencer Toone||Tennessee (7th round)||Linebacker|
|Eric Weddle||San Diego (2nd round)||Defensive Back|