SALT LAKE CITY — Antonio Brown is a seven-time All-Pro wide receiver and a Tyler Huntley supporter.
The Oakland Raiders wide receiver shared a photo Saturday that showed him training with other athletes, including Utah’s senior quarterback. Brown was wearing a gray hoodie with the University of Utah logo on the front in the photo.
Brown, who’s in his first season in Oakland after nine years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, gave a shoutout to Huntley on social media.
Huntley, who missed the final five games last season with a broken collarbone, responded in kind.
Naturally, seeing one of the game's elite wide receivers sporting Utes gear brought out plenty of positive reactions from Utah fans on Twitter.
Kiper high on local prospects
Five local ties, including three Utes, show up in ESPN NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr.’s list of top prospects at every position for the 2020 NFL draft released Friday.
The list includes Kiper’s rankings of the top five seniors at each position, as well as the top five underclassmen.
Here’s the five locals Kiper has in his rankings:
- Utah State’s Jordan Love, No. 5 underclassmen quarterback
2018 stats: 3,567 passing yards, 64.03 completion percentage, 39 total touchdowns (32 passing, seven rushing)
- Utah’s Zack Moss, No. 2 senior running back
2018 stats: 179 carries, 1,096 rushing yards, 12 total touchdowns (11 rushing, one receiving)
- BYU’s Matt Bushman, No. 5 underclassmen tight end
2018 stats: 29 receptions, 511 receiving yards, two touchdowns
- Utah’s Jaylon Johnson, No. 3 underclassmen cornerback
2018 stats: 41 tackles, four interceptions, four pass breakups
- Utah’s Julian Blackmon, No. 3 senior safety
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The Pac-12 has 21 players among the 140 prospects listed at 14 different positions. Oregon leads the conference with six players making Kiper’s list. The Ducks’ Justin Herbert is one of four Pac-12 quarterbacks to make the list, along with another senior, Colorado’s Steven Montez, and underclassmen Jacob Eason from Washington and K.J. Costello from Stanford.
And finally …
Utah Athletics’ Instagram account shared a photo of former Utah basketball player Leilani Mitchell, now playing for the Phoenix Mercury, with future Hall of Famer and Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.