SALT LAKE CITY — It's the call every college football player dreams of hearing: The call from an NFL team informing you that you've been drafted.
A few players with Utah ties were lucky enough to get that call.
First was Utah's Marquise Blair, who was selected in the second round by the Seattle Seahawks.
Second was former BYU linebacker Sione Takitaki, although he was in the bathroom.
The 'Hawks head coach Pete Carroll was soon calling another Utes player, Cody Barton.
The most touching one was the call from the San Francisco 49ers' general manager John Lynch who gave former Utes punter Mitch Wishnowsky an Australian greeting. Wishnowsky seems to be generally touched by the gesture and is overcome with emotions a few times during the call with the Niners' coaches.
Utah a 'winner' from the NFL draft
The San Jose Mercury handed out its Pac-12 winners and losers from the NFL draft, and Utah was decidedly in the winners category:
"The Utes machine just keeps churning out victories and draft picks (five this year, 14 in the past three) at rates that exceed what you’d expect from the recruiting ratings. The player development in SLC is first class, but that’s only one piece of Kyle Whittingham’s success. No program in the conference better meshes scheme and philosophy of the head coach with the natural recruiting pipeline."
Other winners include Washington, Mike Leach, and defensive backs.
Porter Gustin's lesson to others
Former Salem Hills star Porter Gustin took to Instagram to tell football players to keep good care of their bodies and not play through pain that could make injuries more serious.
"My pride blinded me and I have paid a heavy price for it," said Gustin, who was forced out of several games playing at USC. Gustin was undrafted, and has yet to sign a free-agent contract.
It was reported last week that he failed a PED test at the NFL combine. The Los Angeles Times reported that he tested positive for Adderall, which is a stimulant used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
The article also said he has been given a therapeutic use exemption, so a suspension is unlikely.