The numbers don't lie: When it comes to putting players in the NFL, the Utes are doubling up on the Cougars and Aggies.
Heading into league training camps that started near the end of July, the University of Utah had more players on NFL rosters than BYU and Utah State combined.
Thirty former Utah players headed to NFL training camps, while BYU had 14 and Utah State 12.
Each of these players is in a different stage of his NFL career. Some are established veterans, while others are fighting for the right to take a position on an NFL field on Sundays.
Who are these players and how are they faring in the league? Take a look.
Number of former Utah players who headed to training camps: 30
Number of NFL teams who started training camp with a former Ute on their roster: 16
Team with the most former Utah players: Miami Dolphins with 5
The third-year pro missed most of the 2011 season after being released from the Vikings' practice squad. Asiata re-signed with the team in January 2012 and saw action in all 16 games last year.
Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier is big on Asiata's ability to block from the backfield.
"The fact that he is a very good special teams player, he can run the ball, but also he is very sound in protection as well helps him and gives him a leg up on other guys who are vying for the third running back spot on our roster."
Beadles, heading into his fourth NFL season, has started at left guard for the Broncos all but two regular season games in his career. He earned his first Pro Bowl selection last season after allowing just one sack.
According to recent reports, Beadles may be shifted to left tackle, the same position he held during his years at Utah. Head coach John Fox has not said whether the move is permanent or not.
"We're looking at things," Fox said, "… that's what this is for."
A third-round selection by the Raiders in the 2012 draft, Bergstrom played in nine games and started one his rookie season. He is listed as the backup at left guard, but according to reports is in the middle of a position battle for the right guard position.
Brenner signed a free-agent contract with the Dolphins this year after going undrafted. He is a long shot at making the 53-man roster as the fourth-string center but could provide depth along the offensive line. The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson says Brenner and several others will need to do a lot more if they intend to stick around.
After forgoing his final season at Utah, Burton has been in a reserve role for Minnesota in his first two seasons in the NFL. In the Vikings' preseason loss to the Texans this week, he had seven tackles.
Burton is one of four players vying for three defensive backfield positions, and he largely owes that competition to the injury of another player.
Dunn went undrafted this year and signed a free-agent deal with Pittsburgh after proving himself as a kick return specialist at Utah. Earlier in the offseason, the rookie was struggling to master catching punts and is listed as the team's third string kickoff returner.
His problems have continued into fall camp, and it's not likely he will make the final roster.
Finau spent last year on the Arizona Cardinals' practice squad and moved to New York for the Jets' 2013 fall camp. He is in the throes of a battle to make the final roster.
On the same day that Mark Sanchez threw his first interception of fall camp, Finau planted J.B. Shugarts on his backside during drills, an impressive feat.
The 2003 first round draft pick is still more than an adequate starter on the Panthers' offensive line, though his career is definitely on the decline.
Gross has even gone as far as to address his NFL mortality publicly. He has said he will retire following this year if the Panthers don't want him back next season.
Johnson had a good 2012, playing in 12 games and starting three, until he sustained a foot injury. He was placed on a disabled list and has missed most of fall camp because of the injury.
Unwilling to wait, the Titans waived Johnson Sunday and signed two veterans to shore up their defensive backfield. It is unclear where Johnson will end up or what his chances are for playing this season.
Kruger had one of the most visible postseasons any player from the state of Utah has ever had, winning Super Bowl XLVII with the Baltimore Ravens.
Kruger signed a $40 million deal with the Cleveland Browns and hopes success follows him from Baltimore to Cleveland. It should go without saying the Browns hope for the same.
Most NFL draft gurus — including a few NFL general managers and Kruger's agent — thought the strong defensive end from Utah would get taken between rounds two and four. Kruger was taken in round seven.
Now with the Eagles, Kruger has been told to start putting on weight. Apparently 269-pound four-technique defensive ends don't last long. Kruger has said his goal weight is 290, but he doesn't plan to put it on before the season starts.
Not much has been said about the younger brother of NFL superstar Paul Kruger, and truthfully, there's not much to say at this point. An undrafted free agent, Kruger is just trying to make the final roster, and according to the blogosphere, it's not that likely he'll make it.
Another undrafted free agent, Lee is trying to prove to the Ravens organization that he belongs.
He did himself a favor in Thursday's preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when he intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter of a 44-16 blowout.
Lotulelei's draft stock may have fallen following reports of heart problems near draft day, but it's now looking like the Panthers cashed in on a huge bonus.
Lotulelei's days at fall camp usually consist of destroying the Panthers' offensive line, and that has the defensive coaches all smiles these days.
McCain went down with an injury that sidelined him for the 2012 NFL Playoffs, and the Texans suffered for it. Tom Brady and the Patriots sliced and diced Texas' secondary to the tune of 344 passing yards and three touchdowns.
Now McCain is back, and his play might help the Texans get over the playoff hump that's been impeding their progress.
In his fourth year with the Dolphins, Koa Misi has been thrust into a leadership role for no other reason than he is currently the longest-tenured linebacker on the team. He has assumed that responsibility admirably.
"We can be great," Misi said. "The guys that they brought in to play in this defense and bring it to where we need to be, I think they did a good job in that."
A few years ago, the coaching staff thought Reed was on the cusp of receiving greatness, but he never emerged. Reed is in the middle of a muddled-up receiving corps looking for answers. Things apparently are so thin in Baltimore that running back Ray Rice might start taking passes soon.
The door is wide open for Reed if he'll only walk through it.
Rolf plays alongside Antonio Gates. That statement alone should be enough to deduce that Rolf is in the fight for his life to get on the field at all, especially because former Cowboys TE John Phillips was signed during the offseason.
Rolf is definitely the low man on the totem poll in SoCal.
Camp apparently has been a mixed bag for Schlauderaff. A backup, he got a serious opportunity to shine when a first string rookie suffered an ankle injury.
The problem? Schlauderaff is a guard, not a center. He sailed a snap over Mark Sanchez's head and overall didn't look very good. He'll make the final roster for the season, but may not get the starting gig come the regular season.
Bad news for the former Utah punter came through the wire on Sunday. The Falcons waived Sean Sellwood, whom they signed as a free agent during the summer.
It's unclear where he's headed next or if he'll play in the NFL at all.
Shelby had a great opening to the NFL preseason, recording two sacks against the Cowboys while the regular starters — and overall No. 3 pick of the 2013 NFL Draft Dion Jordan — sat out.
Now beginning his second year in the pros, Shelby is less starstruck of the fact he's actually in the NFL and more focused on taking the next step up in his game.
It looked like the defensive tackle position was going to be a weak spot for Denver until they drafted Sylvester Williams and signed Terrance Knighton.
Those moves have diminished Siliga's value to the Broncos, and according to some analysts, he's in danger of being cut from the roster by the time the season begins.
Smith made headlines in March when he signed a three-year $18 million contract for Kansas City, becoming the second Smith from Utah to sign a huge contract with the Chiefs for 2013.
Smith is a leader for the Chiefs' defensive backfield. He and coach Andy Reid are preaching personal accountability in an attempt to improve.
"It would be easy for me and the rest of the starters to go out there and be like, ‘Well, at least we played good,’ ” Smith said, "but coach always preaches that you’re only as good as the last player on the roster. We have to pick each other up collectively, because we’re all one unit."
Smith is one of the all-time great players to come from Utah. There is no question he'll be in the starting lineup when the NFL season begins.
Now beginning his 13th season in the NFL, Smith has said the secret to NFL longevity has been to never get complacent.
The 2005 No. 1 overall pick has gotten nothing but positivity from his new teammates in Kansas City, not to mentioned heightened expectations from the media. Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pedersen recently said Smith is the best quarterback in the NFL.
If NFL preseason action is any indication, Smith substantiated Pedersen's claims this weekend. He completed seven of eight passes on the Chiefs' opening drive of Friday's game against New Orleans, pioneering a 14-play, 80-yard drive for a touchdown.
Soliai is aiming to become the premier run-stopper in football. Now entering his seventh NFL season, the former Ute is full of confidence.
It's tough to think that if it weren't for a call from the Utes more than a decade previous, Soliai would probably be in the military.
Stanford made the 2012 Dolphins squad and a few appearances over the course of last season.
This year is much less certain than last. The Dolphins have new depth at the cornerback position, notably fomer USU standout and interception machine Will Davis. That depth may push Stanford off the 53-man roster.
Stevens has been nursing an ankle injury and didn't report to the early days of training camp because of it. He recently returned, however, and is making a case for a slot on the roster.
Some analysts project he'll only make the practice squad.
Sylvester has had a hard time staying healthy since he left the Utes, and his odds of making the 53-man roster with Pittsburgh diminished Saturday after he sustained a knee injury during a punt.
Even worse, the injury was inflicted by one of his own teammates, wide receiver Markus Wheaton.
Another of Utah's all-time NFL greats, news on Weddle from San Diego's camp has been anything but plentiful this year.
Regardless, Weddle said he is very grateful to be able to play the game he loves in a city near his native home.
Weddle is the subject of a recently published book written by Deseret News writer Trent Toone: "No Excuses, No Regrets: The Eric Weddle Story." Five segments of the book were published in the Deseret News earlier this summer. They chronicle his journey to the NFL and his conversion to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Number of former BYU players who headed to training camps: 14
Number of NFL teams who started training camp with a former Cougar on their roster: 11
Team with the most former BYU players: Three teams with 2 (Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins)
The rookie made a big splash to begin his NFL career when he returned an interception 14 yards just minutes into the Lions' preseason opener against the New York Jets on Friday. Ansah, picked No. 5 overall in this year's NFL draft, is expected to start for Detroit this season.
Brown went undrafted and signed with the Rams. It was a short trip in St. Louis, however, after Brown was released in late July with a back injury.
Collie spent nearly six months not being on an NFL roster, after being released by the Indianapolis Colts in February. But the former Cougar — who's been plagued by injury issues — was recently signed by the 49ers and caught two passes for 20 yards in San Francisco's preseason opener against Denver.
Denney is the longest tenured member of the Dolphins team, entering his ninth season in the NFL, all in South Beach. During Miami's preseason win over Jacksonville on Friday, he recovered a fumble.
Fangupo has been a journeyman in his short two-year NFL career. After originally signing with the Houston Texans in summer 2012, he went to the Seattle Seahawks — where he saw his lone regular season action — before sticking with the Pittsburgh Steelers since late last season.
Fuga signed a free-agent contract with Denver after finishing his Cougar career last season. A long shot to make the Broncos' 53-man roster, Fuga had a solo tackle in the team's preseason opener this week against San Francisco.
The rookie Kaveinga, like Fuga, signed a free-agent deal with the Broncos this year. He is listed third string at wideside linebacker for the Broncos and had a solo tackle Friday vs. the 49ers.
Kehl is back for his second season in Washington, where he is trying to find ways to contribute on defense and special teams. He is listed at backup at inside linebacker and had four tackles in the Redskins' preseason opener against Tennessee.
Keisel is the Cougars' longest tenured former player in the pros as he enters his 12th year in the NFL, all with the Steelers. He is a captain and a starter at defensive end for Pittsburgh, which led the league last year in total defense (275.8 yards per game).
Pitta was expected to take on a bigger role in the Super Bowl champion Ravens' offense, until he suffered a dislocated and fractured hip early in training camp that ended his 2013 season. Last year, the former Cougar had a breakout season with 61 catches for 669 yards and seven touchdowns.
Reynolds, a four-year NFL veteran, finally got a chance to play last year due to injury and started 14 games. With teammate Jason Kelce back, he is now listed as the Eagles' backup center.
Reynolds enters his second NFL season hoping to stick on the Chiefs' roster. The chance is there, as he is currently a backup on the Kansas City depth chart at left guard.
So'oto is trying to find an NFL team to call home heading into his third season in the league. He joined the Redskins' roster late last season, his third team in 2012.
Unga's NFL career had been spent on preseason rosters and practice squads — all in Chicago — until late last season, when he was elevated to the active roster due to other Bears' injuries. This year, he is trying to stick on the team again, and he had 15 yards on three carries in preseason play against Carolina on Friday.
Number of former Utah State players who headed to training camps: 12
Number of NFL teams who started training camp with a former Aggie on their roster: 10
Team with the most former Utah State players: Two teams with 2 (Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks)
Borel was once a wide receiver at Utah State before becoming the team's quarterback his final three seasons in Logan. Now in the NFL, Borel has returned to the wide receiver position, where he sits near the bottom of the depth chart with several other wideouts in Tennessee.
Bush has been with the Packers his entire seven-year NFL career. Generally a reserve and special-teamer, Bush has 150 tackles, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries in his pro career, in addition to eight starts.
The rookie Davis, a third-round pick by the Dolphins in this year's draft, has been a turnover machine throughout training camp. In one practice, he picked off three passes. During Miami's preseason victory over Jacksonville this week, that success translated to game play, as he had an interception.
The rookie undrafted wide receiver out of Utah State is trying to find a roster spot with the NFC champion 49ers. Jacobs, in his first NFL game action, caught two passes for 27 yards for San Francisco in its preseason opener against Denver this week.
Lapuaho signed a free-agent contract with the Rams following this year's NFL draft. In his first pro game action, the former Aggie had one assisted tackle in St. Louis' preseason loss to Cleveland.
Marsh enters his third NFL season after being drafted by the Eagles in the third round of the 2011 draft. In addition to being a special teams contributor, he is listed as the backup at the right cornerback position.
Once an undrafted free agent, Penn has proven himself at the pro level, including being named to the NFC Pro Bowl roster in 2011. He has started every game at offensive tackle for the Bucs since 2008.
Scales is headed into his third NFL season, and what he hopes will be his first with the Jets — he is listed as the backup currently at long snapper. Earlier this year, the Dolphins added Scales to provide competition for incumbent starter John Denney from BYU.
Smith, a second-year pro, is one of several candidates vying to back up versatile back Doug Martin. In the Buccaneers' preseason loss to Baltimore this week, Smith had five carries for 15 yards and added one catch for nine yards.
Turbin missed time earlier in training camp with a foot injury, but has since returned to his position backing up featured back Marshawn Lynch. In a reserve role last season, Turbin rolled up 535 all-purpose yards during his rookie season.
Wagner burst onto the pro scene in 2012, earning strong consideration for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors after leading the Seahawks with 147 tackles. He also intercepted three passes and had two sacks while starting 15 games for one of the league's top defenses.
Williams joined the Colts after being selected by the team in the seventh round of this year's NFL draft. Indianapolis is hoping the speedster can man the kick return duties.