Utah Utes football: Linebacker Trevor Reilly capitalizes on opportunity against BYU
"It just felt like the right time and I felt comfortable with him in the game," Sitake said. "He prepared real well last week and that's why we went with it."
Reilly didn't disappoint.
"He's that kind of guy. He can explode like that and hopefully he can keep doing that and be consistent," Sitake said. "It's my job to make sure that he tries to produce that way. I've been real happy with the way he's played and with the way the defense has performed this whole year. It makes my job a lot easier. These guys have worked extremely hard, and that's why you've seen the results that have happened this year."
Utah leads the nation in fumble recoveries with eight. The Utes are tied for second in turnovers caused with 12 and rank third in turnover margin. They also top the Pac-12 in interceptions with four.
And that's not all.
Utah leads the conference in red-zone defense (50 percent) and is second in scoring defense (14.3 points per game). After holding BYU to just 11 yards on the ground, the Utes moved up to third in the Pac-12 in rushing defense (79.3 ypg).
Reilly's overall contributions against the Cougars were abundant, especially with the Utes' seven takeaways.
"I'm an LDS guy so growing up I watched BYU and Utah, and to go down there and play well like I did, it's really honoring," Reilly said. "I'll always remember it."
Trevor Reilly file
Weight: 238 pounds
Hometown: Valley Center, Calif.
Career highlight: Became Utah's first-ever Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Utes' 54-10 victory over BYU.
Reilly by the numbers vs. BYU:
3: Forced fumbles
1: Fumble recovery
1: Pass breakup
Pac-12 decides against further expansion
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — The Pac-12 issued the following statement Tuesday night regarding conference expansion:
"After careful review, we have determined that it is in the best interests of our member institutions, student-athletes and fans to remain a 12-team conference," said commissioner Larry Scott. "While we have great respect for all of the institutions that have contacted us, and certain expansion proposals were financially attractive, we have a strong conference structure and culture of equality that we are committed to preserve. With new landmark TV agreements and plans to launch our innovative television networks, we are going to focus solely on these great assets, our strong heritage and the bright future in front of us."
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