Gerald Herbert, Associated Press
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (11) prepares to throw as he is hit by New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith (91) during the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Friday, Aug. 12, 2011.

Former Utah quarterback Alex Smith has enlisted some help from another sport to improve his throwing mechanics.

— Bud Withers of the Seattle Times picks the Utes to finish second in the Pac-12 South.

— Check out the number of ex-Utes on NFL rosters.

Andre Miller is the master of the alley-oop lob.

— looks at the Sporting News' coaches rankings.