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Published: Monday, May 12 2014 6:15 a.m. MDT

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worf
Mcallen, TX

Unga should also be signed somewhere.

idablu
Idaho Falls, ID

How about Uani Unga, who led BYU in tackles? Has he signed with a NFL team?

truthsandwich
RANDOLPH, UT

Congrats Spencer Hadley! One of the greatest guys I know. This is a well deserved honor.

Best of luck to all these young men representing our great state.

pac12utah
WJ, UT

Crazy to me that Utah struggled when Murphy was out last season because they had no good tight ends. Yet Denham signs a free agent deal as a tight end even though Whit never used him as such. Either the NFL is stupid or Whit is for never trying Anthony at TE.I guess I'm just piling on a coach who is in his last season after running a BCS busting program off a cliff.
Good luck Anthony, show us the talent you have that was never used here!!

Kralon
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

Good luck to all of them!

hedgelog
Idaho Falls, ID

Guess Murphy got put in his place! No draft love, no instate love either!

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Good luck to all these guys. Sometimes a free agent signing proves more beneficial to players because they can pick the situation that suits them best, rather than being stuck with an organization that had no real plans for them, but had a pick remaining late. Undrafted free agents face a big uphill climb, but guys like Derrick Shelby prove if you can work hard enough, you can flourish.

Taking pot shots at guys who didn't get drafted just because of where they went to school? Classy as always. Must have had quite the illustrious NFL career to be in a position to mock these guys.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

StGtoSLC:

"Taking pot shots at guys who didn't get drafted just because of where they went to school? Classy as always. Must have had quite the illustrious NFL career to be in a position to mock these guys."

I think comments like hedgelog's are just cases of little brother trying to vent his frustration since he can't remember the last time the cougars drafted more players the Utes. It's been a tough reconciliation that their heyday of the 70s and 80s are now a full generation behind them.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

@Naval Vet -

Tell us all about the utah "heydays". oh, wait.

And don't cite 4-0 v. BYU or it will confirm once again the most important game of your year.

dnay
Salt Lake City, UT

How is it that a second team all american center doesn't get drafted? Lineman are big for teams and it seems like that kid has what it takes. Just can't believe he didnt get drafted, can't believe Cody Hoffman didn't either, amazing. Also very surprised Uani Unga didn't get signed by someone, way too good not to get a shot.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

Daniel Sorenson has an excellent chance to stick with KC.

Nickel/dime packages as well as special teams are a perfect fit for his skill set.

BleedCougarBlue
Enid, OK

I could maaaaaaybe see Daniel Sorensen not getting drafted but not Cody Hoffman. That's crazy.

Good luck to all players with ties to the state of Utah in making it at the next level.

Go Cougars!

Utes11
Salt Lake City, Utah

Congratulations to all the LDS players that signed deals.!
Someone help me understand what rationale they use for now playing on Sundays when the LDS church teaches them thier entire lives that they should NOT play on Sundays?

2020
Herriman, UT

@ Tom in CA - Citing 4-0 vs BYU does not confirm that BYU is Utah's most important game. It confirms that there is a reason Bronco was BYU's second choice, and that BYU's schedule is much easier than Utah's.

Samwise
Eagle Mountain, UT

Congrats to all players with ties to the state of Utah who were drafted or signed deals. Good luck to all of them in their pursuit of a professional career.

Utes11, to answer your question, a couple of Bible scriptures that come to mind. First, is "judge not that ye be not judged" (see Matthew 7:1). It is not my place to judge those who choose a profession that requires them to work on Sunday, including if their profession is playing a sport. Judging them is God's place and I honestly don't know what His judgement will be. Second, "the Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath" (see Mark 2:27). Sometimes it is okay to do work or buy something on Sunday, depending on circumstances. Tying this in to the first scripture I cited, it is not my place to judge if someone else's circumstances require them to work on Sunday or not. A final thought is that thinking we should not work on Sunday at all is a very Pharisaical view of the law of the Sabbath.

CottageCheese
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@Utes11

The rationale is that these guys have their moral agency to do whatever they want. Play on Sunday. Pick their nose. Fart in public.

They were and are taught correct principles and are allowed to govern themselves.

VegasUte
Las Vegas, NV

Congratulations to all the players from the state of Utah signing contracts. I wish them all the best of luck.

Go Utes!

Ifel Of'a-sofa
Alpine, Utah

Great to see so many kids from the state OR who played in the state make it to the NFL... however they get there!

Mostly happy my Aggies got 2 drafted as well as 6 get free agent deals and 2 more invited to mini-camps!
Go Aggies!!!

blackattack
Orem, UT

Congrats to the Aggies. They have a solid program that is consistently pumping out good talent.

For my Cougars, it is sad to see the dropoff in NFL draftees over the years. There was an interesting article a ways back talking about how Lavell had a great NFL network to draft players and that Bronco is really lacking it. People who went undrafted under Bronco like Harline, Hall, Andrew George, and many others would likely have been drafted under Lavell. It probably is a combination of having a terrible NFL network, a low coaching priority to draft players, and losing top LDS talent to other schools.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

Too bad for Jake Murphy. I think he got some bad advise to come out early. I was surprised when he announced he was declaring for the draft and then many experts I heard interviewed said it was a bad move. I know he was concerned about his age hurting him, but it looks like the combination of this age and the wrist injury really hurt him. Now he's got an uphill battle to prove he belongs in the NFL.

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