Jay Yeomans

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Commentary: Ranking the top 15 Utah Utes running backs of the past 35 years

By Jay Yeomans

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 21 2013 2:45 p.m. MDT

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Years at Utah: 2005-08

Mack spent four seasons on the hill but only one full season as the main ball carrier. As a junior, Mack carried the ball 253 times for 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns. That same season, he caught 21 passes for 144 yards and three more scores.

The best game of Mack’s career was Oct. 5, 2007, when he carried the ball 32 times for 163 yards and three scores, in Utah’s 44-35 victory on the road over University of Louisville.

For his career, he rushed for 2,065 yards and 16 touchdowns while catching 40 passes for 250 and three more scores.
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Saint George, UT

Good list. I wasn't around for Eddie Johnson so I have a hard time putting him at the top. In my book, John White IV is the greatest runningback in Utah history. I think Matt Asiata deserves a spot on this list and you could make a case for Marty Johnson as well.

Sandy, UT

My favorite Del "popcorn" rogers for one play. On Utah's first play from scrimmage at what was then Cougar stadium he carried the ball over 70 yards for a touchdown. Stunning a highly favored Cougar team and silencing the home fans.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

I'm glad to see Mike Anderson here.

Not only was he a bruising, productive back, his story is all the more remarkable because he played in his high school band instead of on the football team and then spent several years in the Marine Corps and a couple more playing JC ball before Coach McBride gave him a chance. For those reasons he'll always be at or near the top of my favorites list.

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