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.