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Utah's Eric Weddle (left) and Casey Evans celebrate after Weddle recovered a fumble that led to Utah's fourth touchdown score as the University of Utah and Air Force Academy play MWC football in Salt Lake City, Utah Sept. 22, 2005. Photo by Tom Smart


Editor's note: In anticipation of the 121st college football season in Utah, DeseretNews.com writer Jay Yeomans is ranking the 50 greatest Division I college football players of all time from the state of Utah. We're counting down the 50 days until Sept. 1 when Southern Utah at Utah and Weber State at Utah State kick off at 6 p.m. Rankings are based on what the player did during his college career.


11. Eric Weddle, Utah, defensive back (2003-06)

Weddle did just about everything for the Utes during his time in Salt Lake City. He was a star in the secondary, and he also got plenty of touches on offense and even punted a time or two. He was a two-time first-team All-MWC selection, a two-time MWC Defensive Player of the Year and a consensus All-American.

One of his best years came in 2006 when he was consensus a All-American after recording 65 tackles, seven interceptions, three fumble recoveries and two interception returns for touchdowns.

For his Utah career, he recorded 277 tackles, 23 pass break-ups, 22.5 tackles for loss, 18 interceptions, 10 sacks and nine forced fumbles. He also scored nine touchdowns (six on offense, three on defense) and threw for another.


No. 12: Phil Olsen

No. 13: Alex Smith

No. 14: Luke Staley

No. 15: Clay Brown

No. 16: Louie Giammona

No. 17: Rob Morris

No. 18: Austin Collie

No. 19: Kevin Curtis

No. 20: Dennis Pitta

No. 21: Lee Grosscup

No. 22: Bobby Wagner

No. 23: Kyle Van Noy

No. 24: Gifford Nielsen

No. 25: Jordan Gross

No. 26: Luther Elliss

No. 27: Mohammed Elewonibi

No. 28: Ed Pine

No. 29: Steve Clark

No. 30: Kyle Morrell

No. 31: Star Lotulelei

No. 32: Phil Odle

No. 33: Henry King

No. 34: Erroll Tucker

No. 35: Rod Wood

No. 36: Gary Sheide

No. 37: Rulon Jones

No. 38: Steve Odom

No. 39: Virgil Carter

No. 40: Bill Staley

No. 41: Devontae Booker

No. 42: Nick Eyre

No. 43: Cody Hoffman

No. 44: Louie Sakoda

No. 45: Harvey Unga

No. 46: Marv Bateman

No. 47: Demario Brown

No. 48: Bryan Rowley

No. 49: Robert Turbin

No. 50: Tom Hackett

Jay Yeomans is a sports writer for DeseretNews.com. Contact him at [email protected].