SALT LAKE CITY — It was a record-setting year for Utah football . . . in the classroom. The Utes placed six players on the Pac-12 All-Academic first team, one more than previous bests in 2011 and 2012.
Honorees include sophomore offensive lineman Johnny Capra (3.96/communications), freshman defensive lineman Nick Heninger (3.93/undeclared/pre-dentistry), senior tight end Harrison Handley (3.63/educational leadership and policy), sophomore defensive back Terrell Burgess (3.59/undeclared), freshman defensive lineman Pita Tonga (3.56/undeclared) and junior punter Mitch Wishnowsky (3.40/kinesiology teaching).
Utah placed three players on the second team — freshman special teams standout Connor Haller (3.86/pre-business), sophomore offensive lineman Darrin Paulo (3.44/economics) and sophomore wide receiver Demari Simpkins (3.23/communication).
The Utes had eight players earn honorable mention recognition. The cast includes sophomore defensive back Julian Blackmon, sophomore running back Devonta’e Henry-Cole, sophomore kicker Hayes Hicken, junior cornerback Casey Hughes, sophomore quarterback Tyler Huntley, sophomore tight end Jake Jackson, senior quarterback Troy Williams and senior short snapper Alex Whittingham.
BOWL ANNOUNCEMENT: Utah officials have scheduled a media availability with tight end Harrison Handley and safety Chase Hansen after bowl match-ups are announced on Sunday. The Utes (6-6) became bowl eligible with a 34-13 win over Colorado in the final game of the regular season.