18 players from Utah colleges sign NFL free agent deals, one invited to camp


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  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    May 6, 2013 2:42 p.m.

    Oh, please, my fellow posters: No one was "outdone". These athletes are all individuals and would have excelled no matter where they played. Can we just recognize their achievements and wish them well in the future? None of us can take ANY credit for what they have accomplished so it matters little who we support. Think about it.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    May 1, 2013 5:34 p.m.

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again. When you resort to name calling, you just lost the argument.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    May 1, 2013 12:00 p.m.

    NV Coug - I never said he claimed that they would be first round draft picks, I was contrasting the difference between the two and Star, who DEFINITELY would have been a first rounder and chose to stay with his school and program. That says a lot more about a program than players who would have been drafted, but chose to stay to improve their draft status. Ex was the one who was stating that them staying another year said a lot about the tds "program", I was only pointing out the flaw in his logic.

    I don't know that much about Hoffman, but KVN has a shot at having a stellar NFL career despite having Roscoe as a coach.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    April 30, 2013 5:07 p.m.

    ExecutorIoh never said that Hoffman and Van Noy would be first round picks. He just said they could have gone to the NFL, but chose to return. Although, with the performance Van Noy gave in the bowl game, he might have had a shot at 1st round, depending on how he did at the combine and/or the BYU pro day.

    Of course, those with agendas will now be claiming I said Van Noy would have been the number one pick.

    April 30, 2013 3:18 p.m.

    ExecutorIoh, your thoughts exactly! Haha says a lot about a person's agenda when they make claims before checking if they're true or not.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    April 30, 2013 12:39 p.m.

    ExecutorIoh: Several?? Who? Kruger was the only Junior to come out, and he was drafted. And you forgot about Star. He stayed his senior year when he would have been a sure first rounder last year. KVN and Hoffman would definately NOT have been sure first rounders. It also says a lot about a program when they could have had a great players, had them signed, but they chose to go to the rival. Star, Jake Murphy and Davion Orphey has to hurt!!.

    Maybe KVN and Hoffman didn't want to go in the draft this year because they know the horrible reputation Roscoe has with getting players to the NFL!! My thoughts.

  • ExecutorIoh West Jordan, UT
    April 30, 2013 12:10 p.m.

    Several of the free agent signees from Utah were juniors. With a team that really isn't as deep as other teams in the Pac-12, I am not sure it is a good thing for the Utes to see so many players leave. BYU had Kyle Van Noy and Cody Hoffman that could have done NFL but chose to stay and play. I think that says a lot about a program that students are staying and playing their senior years, where they could have done to the draft and done well. My thoughts...

  • UteRB77 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 29, 2013 10:26 p.m.

    You serious? Rome wasn't built in a day. Why such anymosity? It's just a game. As a former Ute, it really is getting old to read the negative nasty whining that goes both ways. I was very sceptical about the Pac 12 move, but I've come to feel a great deal of pride for what they're accomplishing. What a great hill to have to climb. I'm sorry the system is rigged, and the BCS conferences are ignorant to the vast and nationwide fan base that the Y garnishes. If they could get beyond their own provincial ignorance, they'd be blown away at the numbers that would follow, and you should feel some pride in that. But to throw the darts with such venim does you little good but satisfy that little demon inside. Cheer up, dude! You've got a great school that did more to lift all of us to a level we never could have imagined. I know my fellow Utes are a bit heathenistic and uncooth, but what you gonna do about gentiles. Love em like the Lord does, and show a bit more class for other's success.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    April 29, 2013 6:25 p.m.

    I knew there was something I was forgetting about Eathyn. For some reason, I thought it was a mistake to see his name on the potential draftees list. Now I know why I was thinking that.

  • canadiancougar624 Raymond, 00
    April 29, 2013 6:19 p.m.


    And don't forget than Eathyn was granted a medical redshirt so he'll be back for another year!

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    April 29, 2013 5:00 p.m.

    From ESPN's list of BYU players who were eligible for the draft, these the ones that haven't signed with a team or been invited to camp (at least according to this article):

    O'neil Champbers (did you really think he would be after basically not playing for the last two years?

    Eathyn Manumaleana

    Riley Nelson (does he even count)

    Riley Stephenson

    Russell Tialavea

    12 guys on the list, 1 drafted at #5, 5 signed to free agent deals, and 1 with a camp invite. That leaves 3 of the 12 without an NFL invite thus far, and 2 more who really shouldn't be on the list.

    I think BYU did pretty well for themselves.

  • cougar76 Raleigh, NC
    April 29, 2013 3:06 p.m.

    Oh so much attention from u bloggers for your "declining, mid-major, little brother." Shouldn't you be concerned about who is and will continue to be better than u in the pac12...oregon with 5 draft picks, 2 in the first round, usc and ucla with 4 each. Even your designated rival tied u with 2 draft picks. Don't look at free agent signings from the good pac teams. It will depress you. I'm more familiar with SEC teams than with the pac. If you are ever able to get to the top of the pac, you may get to see what real college football is like. Better for your ego to stay focused on having three more free agents than BYU.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    April 29, 2013 12:52 p.m.

    Dave redshirted the 2008 Sugar Bowl winning season, so he never actually suited up with his big brother Paul, but it looks like he could finally get that chance now that the both of them will be headed to Cleveland. Way cool.

    Plus we get the OTHER Kruger back here in Philly.

    Go Eagles!

    GO UTES!!!

  • amagnetick AV, CA
    April 29, 2013 12:30 p.m.

    You guys crack me up... My dad is stronger and bigger than your dad. LOL

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    April 29, 2013 10:42 a.m.

    The performance on the field is the only measure of success in the NFL. No sense being catty with each other. Comments here (including mine) won't change anything!

  • The Skeptical Chymist SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 29, 2013 10:12 a.m.

    How many of these players will have their lives ruined by brain damage due to multiple concussions? I would never encourage a young man to take up this "sport".

  • adelman provo, UT
    April 29, 2013 8:47 a.m.

    This list is missing Dave Kruger - Browns, and DeVonte Christopher - Redskins.

  • UteJunky70 midvale, UT
    April 29, 2013 8:35 a.m.

    I don't see Dave Krugers name on the list. Anyone have any info on that?

  • UteNationAlum Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 29, 2013 8:33 a.m.

    I hope J White can score a deal with a team. He was a class act and hard worker while at the U. Not to mention he carried the team on his back when we had no QB. We easily would have lost 2-3 more games each year without him.

    He may be too small though for teams to be willing to take a chance on... Hopefully not...

  • UteNationAlum Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 29, 2013 8:29 a.m.

    @ Real Bass

    You should go count up the number of free agent deals the Utes signed vs. the Cougs. Looks like your team was again outdone.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    April 29, 2013 7:54 a.m.

    Real Bass:
    What? The Utes had two taken in the draft (USU had two drafted as well) and a boat load signed as free agents. Your jealousy continues to shine forth, my friend. Byu...still on par with the mid-majors and always will be.

  • Real Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    April 29, 2013 7:00 a.m.

    Looks like that PAC membership didn't garner much respect for ute players!

  • sls Columbia, MO
    April 29, 2013 6:53 a.m.

    Did you miss that BYU's Braden Hansen signed with the Oakland Raiders?

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    April 29, 2013 12:36 a.m.

    Never heard of this guy.

    Ever heard of Josh Hubner?

  • Joe Schmoe Orem, UT
    April 28, 2013 10:33 p.m.

    Heard Riley had signed with someone. Anybody know?

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    April 28, 2013 10:10 p.m.

    Stephenson was one of the best punters in college ball last year.

    Some pro team will be very happy to get him.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    April 28, 2013 10:02 p.m.

    @ ida--


  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    April 28, 2013 9:42 p.m.

    What about BYU punter Riley Stephenson?

    I am really surprised!