Local players shine during Senior Bowl practices


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  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 25, 2014 1:55 a.m.

    "Who would have thought Ziggy, KVN and Hoffman would be future NFL players...Great job Bronco."

    Everybody who saw them play?

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Jan. 24, 2014 7:59 p.m.

    If you're talking NFL players right now, then Wagner gets my vote. I hate the Seahawks but dude is a beast! Good luck Saturday to all these guys.

  • CougOrUte..Naah Nibley, UT
    Jan. 24, 2014 2:44 p.m.

    I hope all these players do well in the game, it was exciting as an Aggie fan to see Bobby Wagner and Robert Turbin contribute to the Seahawks win this past weekend. I cheer for the Utah graduates and BYU graduates as well. The pro games are more meaningful when you recognize players you have seen in college. All of them deserve it with the hard work they have put in.

  • docdages WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Jan. 24, 2014 12:52 p.m.

    Chris B.

    If the number of NFL players from a certain school equates to success then below are the teams that in your logic are better then the University of Utah:

    Virginia - 22
    Virginia Tech - 21
    South Carolina - 29 (They have only been good for the last 2 years in the SEC)
    Rutgers - 23
    Penn State - 27 (They have been in the middle of the Pac of the Big ten for years)
    North Carolina - 20 (So they should be equally just as good at the Utes!)
    North Carolina State - 20
    Notre Dame - 26
    Maryland - 20
    Miami - 43
    Michigan - 26
    Mississippi - 22
    Missouri - 20
    Illinois - 25
    Iowa - 27
    Clemson - 22
    California - 33

    There are some good teams on this list however there are some really bad teams as well. I have a hard time believing that every team on this list is better then the Utes.

    The fact is that Utah owns BYU's mental space right now and until BYU comes back and wins consistently against Utah. Utah is the better the better team no matter what the end of the season says.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Jan. 24, 2014 10:42 a.m.

    Good to see them all doing well.

    Outside of McGill and Van Noy, I honestly don't know much about the other players, but both those guys have overcome a lot of adversity so it's nice to see their hard work pay off.

  • evansrichdm west jordan , UT
    Jan. 24, 2014 9:25 a.m.

    Cant wait for the game, it will be good to see how KVN leads a group he is not used to playing with. The fact that the other players are showing that much respect for KVN leadership say a lot about what they think of him.

  • Ed Grady Idaho Falls, ID
    Jan. 24, 2014 8:09 a.m.

    Only one player from Utah and two each from BYU and Utah State? Utah had better players in the MWC.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Jan. 24, 2014 7:39 a.m.

    I wonder how many NFL players it takes to save a coaches job if he has one more losing season in a highly competitive conference.

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Jan. 24, 2014 6:52 a.m.

    @Chris B,

    At some point you've got to realize that we've all heard you rehash that post over and over and over again! Will there be an end? Believe me, we've heard you, man! We heard you a long time ago, loud and clear! You won the recruits, you won the stars ranking, you won the head to head 4 in a row, etc, etc,. Congratulations! Now can we move on? Thank you!

    Congrats to Van Noy, Hoffman, and all the others on the Senior Bowl! Love to see them all make it to the NFL including Riley and Murphy from Utah. Those boys are definitely NFL material and should make the roster of any NFL team.

    Good luck to all!

  • CougarColby Fort Benning, GA
    Jan. 24, 2014 5:28 a.m.

    Oh Chris B...

    Just making the BYU case easier. You keep throwing these softies, so here is my home run.

    Of course Utah is wining the recruiting wars, especially since they are not a church owned school. It is amazing they haven't been winning the battles for more years. The school that wins the in-state recruits is often cyclical and Utah has the upper hand right now. Once again, that shouldn't really be a shock given some of the characteristics and attitudes BYU needs to recruit.

    That being said, it really should be BYU not going to Bowl Games and finishing the season with a losing record. Don't throw the PAC 10.2 schedule out there. If your recruits have that many more stars than BYUs, you can at least make a bowl game.

    According to your recruiting analysis, Bronco does more with less (less stars, LDS players or those who may not be as talented, but can/will attend a religious university); whereas Whit underachieves (more stars, no BYU Honor Code and PAC 10.2 affiliation).

    Who would have thought Ziggy, KVN and Hoffman would be future NFL players...Great job Bronco.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 9:17 p.m.

    Ah Chris.....quit giving all the cred to whiting ham.........Anderson at Wisconsin had more to do with the 20 than whit did,,,,,keep reaching!

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 8:50 p.m.

    We're cheering for Kyle VanNoy. It's so great to see him showing so well in practice. He will be exciting to watch Saturday and in the NFL after he is drafted. Go KVN!

  • BlackDiamond Provo, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 7:48 p.m.

    @Chris B
    Leave college behind it is in the past. When our boys make it to the next level it doesn't matter what school they attended. We should encourage and support them for they all represent the great State of Utah. At least with the BYU football players that don't make it to the league still are able to graduate and able find a jobs.

  • CoUtegar Universal City, TX
    Jan. 23, 2014 6:20 p.m.

    What's the grudge Chris B.? You show too much interest in BYU.

  • Cougar Blue 1 Henderson , NV
    Jan. 23, 2014 5:54 p.m.

    KVN and the Hoff are going to be great in the NFL. I think Cody will be the way Ziggy was in Senior Bowl practices last year. A little sluggish in practices, but shines during game time. I really do think Cody will be big time in the NFL. The guy catches everything. I think when GM's and coaches do an in depth review of every game he has played in the last two years, they will come away amazed.
    Think about it, Cody broke several BYU records with QB's Heaps, Nelson, and Hill. Not guys known for accuracy.

  • G-Day-M8 WVC, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 4:31 p.m.

    Chris, Didn't the article say that Van Noy and McGill and Hoffman will be playing on the same team? Did you read anything about Bronco or Whit in the article? Didn't it compliment Utah State's Lawson and Larsen?

    Please make your comments relevant to the story.

    DN: Perhaps a little more looking into staying on topic.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 4:15 p.m.

    I wish them all luck. Once they leave here there is nothing to root against.

    christina why wasn't reilly invited to sr bowl, the most prestigious, and important for NFL prospects, of all these games?

  • Mikeylikesit Davis, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 4:12 p.m.

    Since I can't get a post to go thru that captures my true feelings about the pervasive need of one individual to crow over his "personal" quests as he sees it. I'll just say WOW

  • the REAL DEAL Sandy, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 3:36 p.m.

    Good luck to all the players out of Utah schools. I'm a Utah fan but it's great to see all the players from our state succeed.

  • IndeMak South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 2:58 p.m.

    All four will make NFL teams next year plus Murphy out of Utah.

  • JayDee West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 2:56 p.m.

    Congrats to the Senior Bowl participants.

    With all those current NFL vets, highly drafted players, recruits decorated with a plethora of stars, you'd think the U could stumble into a PAC12 road win outside of Boulder or Pullman. At the least, they should have been able to crawl into their conference's least prestigious bowl game the last two years.

    What has winning the NFL alum, NFL draft, Count My Stars, and Moral Victory trophies done for U lately?

    Good luck to KVN and the Hoff. I'll be watching Saturday and looking for you on the gridiron next year.

  • Alex H Murray, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 2:48 p.m.

    Chris B.

    Doesn't seem like those NFL standouts from the U could win a National Championship for you guys could they? If we're going to refer to the time where the U had maybe 1 or two guys drafted in over 20 years...BYU was busy winning. (i.e. 1984 National Championship....Ty Detmer winning the Heisman Trophy) The list goes on and on.

    Congrats on the current success. Don't really understand why you feel the need to downplay every success that BYU has.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 2:05 p.m.

    Good luck to all of them.

  • Ifel Of'a-sofa Alpine, Utah
    Jan. 23, 2014 2:03 p.m.

    looks like you forgot one Brandon:

    Tyler Larsen, Utah State
    The center is the most underrated position in football, and Tyler Larsen is head and shoulders better than any other in the state. Larsen has been a first team all-conference selection since he was a sophomore, but he received a new honor this season. USA Today selected Larsen as a second team All-American. Larsen was also a finalist for the Rimington Trophy, which is the national award for the nation’s best center. To top it all off, Larsen will play in this year’s Senior Bowl.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 2:02 p.m.

    Samwise, sorry there hasn't been more than just a couple guys at any given time from byu to watch on Sundays the past decade

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 2:02 p.m.

    Gee Christopher B, how many did LaVell Edwards get drafted/play in the NFL? Next time try and be relevant. So what that Wittingham has had a hot streak. The Utes went years with maybe 1 or two. These things go in cycles.

  • Samwise Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 1:39 p.m.

    Good luck to all of them. It would be great if all of them are playing in the NFL next season. Its always good to see players with ties to the great State of Utah doing well. After they leave college, I generally let the rivalry go and cheer for even the Ute players (for example Eric Weddle is one of my favorite NFL players). Of course my BYU allegiance leads me to cheer for the former Cougars the most.

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 1:34 p.m.

    The University of Utah has as many alum currently in the NFL as all other Utah schools combined.

    Whittingham has had over 20 guys drafted in his time as a coach.

    I believe Bronco is at 4

    Think recruits know they have a much better chance at going to the NFL under Whittingham?

    You'd better believe it.

    And being that Utah has won the recruiting war both head to head AND average stars every year the past 4 years should come as no surprise