Ute football alumni praise Red-White event

Published: Saturday, April 21 2012 9:29 p.m. MDT

"It just felt good seeing everybody," he said. "It was probably better seeing them at the golf course yesterday than running around out here today."

The alumni flag football game went down to the wire. A "Hail Mary" pass from Brian Johnson to Braden Godfrey capped all scoring in the 28-28 contest.

"They know better. That's all I'm going to say," Johnson joked. "Don't give me a chance to win it with two minutes left in a game. That's just what I do . . . I don't understand why they gave me that opportunity."

GANTHER WANTS TO COACH: After getting a taste of coaching this spring with Utah's running backs, Ganther plans to submit his retirement papers to the NFL soon — following stints with the Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins, Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills.

"I'm going to hang them up and get out here," Ganther said. "I want to coach here because this is where it all started for me. So I want to coach here and just help these guys out and teach them."

Ganther is eager to share his knowledge on how to help the youngsters become better players and better men.

"I love it just to see the kids respond to what you teach them and see them put it to use. I think that's what I'm going to be, I'm going to be a coach," Ganther said. "Every running backs coach I've had in the NFL always told me 'Q, you're a pure coach. You're going to coach.' So I like it and that's what I'm going to continue to do."

Whittingham sees the same thing.

"He seems to be a natural," Whittingham added while noting there's a possibility Ganther will continue helping the Utes this fall. "We're working on the particulars. He may be able to be a student assistant, so we're working through the red tape trying to make that happen."

EXTRA POINTS: As usual, former "Voice of the Utes" Bill Marcroft walked the field and provided play-by-play of the Alumni Game over the public address system. ... Walter Francom was the MVP of the ninth annual MUSS flag football game. ... After the Red-White Game, the Utes signed autographs for fans in the east concourse of the stadium. ... Players report for fall camp on Aug. 1 and practices begin the next day. Utah opens the 2012 season at home on Thursday, Aug. 30, against Northern Colorado.

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